Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I live in Tucuman (just outside of the City) The corner of - Mateo and 9 de Julio (if you want to look me up). I don´t work in the city, I work out in the Neighborhoods... The hermanas have the City.
That's good to know! Well look you up for sure! I know we are not suppose to ask, but Its killing me...Have you received a package yet?
No, no packages from anyone. I have something waiting for me in Salta (since 3 weeks ago), but I probably won't get it until 2 more weeks or more
That is probably a package from me. I mailed it before you left the MTC. Is there a better address to mail to so you get things quicker? I am following the Mission Facebook page but have not seen any pictures of your area yet. I feel like a stalker looking through the page trying to find you! What is your zone called?
Elder Devin Gerald Hampton
Zona - Tucuman Centro; Distrito - Centro II
Compañero Subalterno : en entrenamiento
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días
Salta is where we get our mail.
They don´t have an internal structure like the USA to ship, sort, and organize mail.
Also we have been advised by our Area Authority that we shouldn´t receive packages. Now, I have done my part by telling you that, but I can´t control what you do :)
I have received nothing at all. A lonely little wolf out here in Argentina.
Hahaha just kidding, but in all seriousness, No I have not received any letters, packages, notes, dear elders, nothing from anyone.
Mail works like this:
1) you send it
2)we receive it
3)it is delivered when there is a meeting in your area - which is like every 2 months.
Well, lonely wolf... You will have some nice surprises when your meetings come around every 2 months! I will keep sending things weekly like I have and whenever you get them you get them! Even if it means celebrating Christmas in July! You are loved and not forgotten son of mine!
I have never once felt forgotten in the past 3 months. I could never feel forgotten :)
When you send a package, feel free to put like 10 bucks in my account so I can pay for it.
I have to go, but Here are some scriptures to STUDY this week
Matthew 19:25-30 (Actually the whole chapter, but start with 25-30)
Keep the faith, be a missionary.
Love you mother of mine :)
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Monday, July 21, 2014
My High for this week - Having Carlos (our most recent convert) go out and teach with us. I was so impressed by his ability to share the gospel. He will be a great missionary.
My Low for this week - Sleeping is very difficult. The cimate is warmer (I don´t need 3 pairs of socks on to fall asleep, but I cannot stay asleep.)
Funny Story: My companion woke me up 3 nights ago. He was having a dream and talking out loud. ¨I testify that this message is true¨ My eyes shot open, I felt lost. I was wondering were i was and where my tie was and my white shirt, then I realized I was in my bed, and Elder Vera was teaching in his Dream. I was so worried I was in a lesson. I felt like I had to share my testimony to the people he was teaching in his dream. ¨I´d like to share a scripture with you guys about Faith, it´s in the Book of Mormon and we can......snoring¨ It is so weird - The life of a missionary. Literally working 24-7 (even in my dreams and apparently the dreams of my companion, we are still working... maybe when we dream Heavenly Father allows our spirit to leave our body for a little bit and we get to teach people in El Mundo del Espíritus)... Just Kidding = False Doctrine.
Sorry its short this week.
Rules for the mission:
1. Email Mother
2. Email President
3. (If you ever have time =Never), Email everyone else.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
PS I'm sitting next to a vejo and he is on his facebook. I am pretty sure he is like 60 or 70... he´s pretty cool. Stinks... but still pretty cool.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Elder Vera (my trainer), Elder Murray, and Elder Jones say hello.
Argentina is very excited to be playing this Wednesday in the World Cup. I have a video of just the sound of the city after a goal and after the game. There are more fireworks during a football game than there are in the 4th of July fireworks in the whole Coachella valley.
Life is great. We made a desk out of a door and its like a throne for studying. In the picture below you can see Elder Vera studying this morning and the BEAUTIFUL view of our cerros to the West. The sun has only appeared 4 times in the total number of days I've been in Argentina so today being sunny is SUCH a blessing. Its 40-50 and sunny... BEAUTIFULLLL!
Our investigator, Carlos Almiron, is being baptized this Saturday! He is the golden investigator. I am so blessed to have been a part of his conversion process over the past 3 1/2 weeks. He is 16 and wants to serve a mission, but were trying to explain he need to be baptized first then go on a mission. He has made friends with all of the young men in the ward and goes to seminary now every week with them. (Seminary is a 1 night a week program in Argentina... maybe someone should talk to our seminary principle in the desert...)
The food here is very delicious... I wish I could explain every dish I´ve tried so you can make them at home, but I don´t have the time, or the blood in my fingers to type that fast (its freezing right now...)
On Friday we had a zone training in the chapel (4th of July). While waiting before the meeting, I sat down at the piano and played a few of the Patriotic hymns and sang with the other gringos in our zone. I would give anything for an ice cold slice of water melon and some spicy chips and salsa. HAMPTON PRIDE.
I don´t want everyone to think I'm on a vacation down here, so I will share one thing that has really made me appreciate the luxuries of the USA. We are advised to not share anything ¨personally sensitive or negative¨ for obvious reasons, but my attitude about this is defiantly not negative. I am extremely blessed down here - I sleep on a makeshift bunk bed. The mattress is similar to a trampoline that has lost its spring. I say makeshift because it´s just two beds staked on top of each other with the legs on the top bunk taped to the bed posts of the bottom bunk. I sleep next to the window that doesn´t shut all the way. When it rains... let's just say sleeping is difficult. My blanket used to be the rug for our shoes, but because I don´t have a blanket, we have repurposed them for a better cause.
Know that I AM TRULY TAKEN CARE OF DOWN HERE. I love my mission. I love Elder Vera. I love my life. I would not trade any of my difficulties for the comfort of the Desert. I know, with all the conviction of my heart, that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It continues to change my life, and I have the privilege of watching it change the lives of the people of Argentina. I know my companion is MY companion. I have a testimony of divine revelation and inspiration.
I love you all, I miss you more, but I am not coming back... nothing could make me want to come back. I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The only church on the face of the earth that has the authority and keys of the priesthood power of God. I am forever in the debt of my Savior, but will someday be able to embrace his open arms and thank him for what he has given me.
Letters would be great from my family. They take a long time, but I will respond to them more than I will respond to an email.
I love the pictures in my inbox.
Keep the faith, and forever be a missionary.
Elder Devin G. Hampton