Monday, September 29, 2014

Field Trip to Chile

Just a field trip mid-spring to Chile through the Andes Mountains

1) Me and two flags
2) A man made tunnel so that the snow in the Andes Mountains doesn´t need to be cleared from the roads.
3) I didn't know what to do with my hands.
4) An Amazing Sunset.

I had one week of training before taking the responsibility of over 300 missionaries and doing it none the less in a second language! I'm a little stressed!

Elder Devin G. Hampton

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Vale la Pena

What am I doing here... at times I have literally no idea.
Let's just recap my life over the past 2 weeks.

Domingo Sep. 7:
Get a call telling me that I will be saying in Tucumán, AR. for another transfer but Elder Vera will be leaving to be a zone leader in Santiago de Estero, AR.

Lunes Sep. 8:
Woke up to drop E' Vera off at the terminal and waited 13 hours for my new companion to arrive (Elder Dawson from North Carolina). No time to wash clothes or buy food or write family.

Jueves Sep. 11:
All day lunch and meeting with Elder Jorge F. Zeballos of the first quorum of the Seventy. Amazing. Absolutely AMAZING.

Sábado Sep 13:
During our baptism, we get a call saying we are leaving in the morning for Córdoba, AR (a different mission in a different Provence) and then to Chile (the country) to do stuff for our visas.

Domingo Sep 14:
All day in a colectivo (2 story charter bus). Eat dinner in the mission home with President  Alliaud and his wife. Take pictures in front of the to be completed Còrdoba Temple. Embark for Mendoza, AR (different mission in a different Provence).

Lunes Sep 15:
Eat breakfast in the capital of Mendoza. Arrive at the boarder of Chile in the middle of the Andes Mountains. Snow ball fight while waiting for 2 hours to cross over. Dinner at an awesome Chilean restaurant. So awesome. Start our journey back home.

Martes Sep 16:
While eating lunch in the middle of a ghost town in Córdoba, AR, get a phone call from Elder Merrel (Asst to the president) saying when I get back from Chile I will need to pack all of my stuff and then catch a colectivo to Salta, AR because I am the new Secretario de la misiòn.

Miércoles Sep 17: 
Arrive in Tucumán, AR at 8am. Pack all of my stuff (and shower!) and then back in the terminal headed to Salta at 1pm. Arrive in Salta... still trying to figure out where I go from here...

0 changes of clothes
0 showers
2 countries
6 providences
96 hours in a bus
436 pictures
Vale la Pena

Miss you guys,

Elder Devin G. Hampton

Friday, September 19, 2014

Secretario Hampton

I love you.
I am safe and healthy.
My new p-day is Saturday.
I will share as much as I can this Saturday about my life - it has been turned upside down.

I love you so much!

Elder Hampton - Secretario
Mision Argentia Salta
Oficina - 0387-439-8119
Celular - 0387-594-9900

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prehistoric Cathedrals

Here in Argentina, the culture is rich with history religion. Christianity and its traditions run through the blood of almost every Argentinian. Almost Prehistoric Cathedrals tower over the busy streets of ¨Centro¨standing as an Ensign to the country and to the world of their beliefs in God and Jesus Christ. It is truly amazing (in the actual meaning of the word - amazing) the architecture, detail, and sacrifice these titaneous symbols represent. My companion, Elder Vera and I, were sitting in the bench of one some weeks ago gazing upwards at the roof where the creation had been recreated in 7 individual murals representing the 7 creation periods; statues of the suffering Christ illuminated at the front and back of the halls. Biblical verse and history painted, carved, and written over every centimeter. At first glance, two white-shirt-and-tied, short haired and clean shaven Mormon boys sitting in a Catholic Building would seem awkward, even inappropriate. But there was something symbolic while sitting there. Something spiritual. 

We all come from the same creator. God -  our Eternal Father organized, planned, prepared, and created this world - the heavens above and the earth beneath - for us, his spiritual children. He did this out of his Eternal and Infinite love for us. Jesus The Christ lived, preached, and died to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of Man. He gave freely his time, words, love, and life that we can be made perfect in him. 

No matter the background, culture, religious beliefs, history, likes, dislikes, language, name, nationality, sexual orientation, or color of skin we ALL come from the SAME home. We are ALL headed to the SAME death. We are ALL headed to the SAME judgement. We are literally brothers and sisters who agreed to come to this Earth and help one another. To live above the world, to see people as Christ sees them, to be made perfect through the blood of the Savior is to loose your self in the service of love. I echo the words of one of my favorite Prophets who explained perfectly the importance of Charitable Service ¨And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.¨

My testimony is very simple but not to be taken lightly. 

I know with full surety of Heart the God and Jesus Christ live. They love us infinitely and eternally. 
I know because I have received it, the atonement or sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the only way to soften the hearts of the hardened and lift up the hands that hang low.
With the Help of God and Christ we can be made perfect. To this I testify.

As I sat in the sacred building of another´s beliefs I was humbled in my heart. To be given the sacred and special opportunity to share this message of love and unity is and will ever be my privilege. 

You are in my prayers and I pray that I am in yours. 

With Love, 
Your white-shirt-and-tied, short haired and clean shaven,
Elder Devin G. Hampton