Holy! This last week went by sooo fast! 2 semanas down and it really didn’t feel that long. It seems
to me like now that I’ve left, things are really starting to move. I can already start feeling the English leaving my mind and I am having a hard time writing what I want to say. haha Sorry! It seems to me like I'm loved so much more now than before I left! haha So many emails! I’m just kidding, love you guys. I was
thinking back to before I left and realized that I may have forgotten to make my bed...soooo sorry mom.
I love Peru though! This is such an amazing place and experience and I wouldn’t change it. The Peruvians all call me Latino! haha I think it is so funny and they all love me so much. It’s been making all the white people here way jealous! My comps are all good and they are super chill! I love my district! It is awesome! One of my friends from school is in the CCM right now and it’s super cool to have him here. His name is Kellan Bumstead. I get to chill with him a little. He leaves for the Lima West Mission next week. Elder Bates is also one of my new good friends. He’s not in my district but he is a track guy. He throws jav and has the state record. He is doing track at BYU when he get’s back. His brother went to the same mission as Parker and at the same time so maybe he knows him or saw him at zone conferences or something.
This week was pretty much the same as last week. Really not much happened. We got to go to the temple last week after I emailed so that was cool. It’s a really nice temple but small. It’s about the same size as
our church. Haha The Spanish is coming along super good and I've been learning so many things! We got to go to interpol on Monday to do some stuff for our visa’s. It was just nice to get out of the walls of the CCM.
On our way to interpol we saw some guy get pegged by a car. It was nuts! The driving here is crazy! haha I said this before but sometimes it feels like we are in a prison. My district got so bored one day that we made a similarities and differences list between here and prison. It was too funny! I sent you the pic. haha.
I lost another 2 pounds this week but it’s started to slow down a little. I workout every morning and night and the jump rope was easily the best thing I brought haha. I love you guys so much and miss everyone back home! It seems like it’s been really quiet at home but sounds like everyone has been keeping busy which is a good thing! Remember, Andrew, you better not touch my stuff or I’ll come after you when I get back haha. Love ya bro. I’ll see you guys soon!
Ya boy Hunts
CCM vs. PRISON...what are the differences?
My CCM Buds!
One week down and only 100 left to go. haha This has been a pretty crazy week to be completely honest. The first 3 days were probably the longest and worst days of my life. I love it in Peru a lot more now than I did last week.
I arrived here Wednesday at 4:30 in the morning and got 2 hours of sleep! Worst day of my life! It felt so long. But it’s been good. The food is all right but nothing to brag about. haha I’ve already lost 6 pounds! I knew I had some weight to lose. haha Don’t worry Mom. I eat as much as I can but the only big
meal we get each day is lunch. I haven’t cracked into my Nutella yet but am getting close. I am trying to hold off until I get out to the field. I’m working out every night so you better believe I’m coming back ripped out of my mind…but probably like 135 pounds hahaha.
I’m in a trio companionship with some guys that are going to the Trujillo mission.Their names are Elder Olsen and Elder Greer. They are sweet and super chill about everything and so is my whole district! There is one of my good buddies from high school here right now for about 2 more weeks so that made it a lot easier to settle in. You know me I make friends pretty easily. It really feels like I’ve been friends with my comps and district for months! The Latinos are so funny too! haha Talking to them is way hard but I can carry on a conversation a lot easier now than I could last week. They all think I look like Woody from Toy Story. hahaha So Parker, if that’s the truth you should love me more!
I’m actually a lot better at Spanish than I thought I would be. I’ve learned more in a week than I have in all the years of Spanish I had in school. I feel like a complete wizard when I drop a line of Spanish that’s straight fire! Like I said earlier, I love it here but I can’t wait to get out of the CCM. It sort of feels like I’m trapped in a prison! Manual labor, learning, eat, sleep and massive walls that keep us in. Definitely prison! haha. The Spanish will start to come though. I’ve just got to make it through the next couple weeks and months and I’ll be golden! Always staying positive though you know me! There is no other place I’d rather be right now.
I miss everyone more than anything! I’d kill to go play b-ball or golf right now. You have no idea how much you miss it until it’s gone. So Drew, take advantage of that while you can! The time will start flying by and next thing you know I’ll be home and you’ll be leaving!
Suicide Squad sounds way sweet and so do the Olympics. Thanks for the updates! There really isn’t much more to write about but hey I love you guys more than anything! Enjoy your week and I’ll do the same!!! Like I said before, 1 week down and 100 to go! but whose counting!
Cole, congrats on getting the screws out of your leg. Get felling better man! Parker, you have to let me know all about your trip. I loved the pictures of Arequipa. They looked way sweet!!! I’m definitely riding that llama when I get there. I have an email list I’ll send you a pic of it next week when I have more time. Our time to email is really limited.
Phillipians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Elder Hunter Simonsen arriving in Lima Peru! Parker and Carson are traveling through Peru for 2 weeks and made a special stop at the airport in Lima to meet Hunter. Big Brothers are the best! They even stopped by the MTC to let them know Hunter was coming! I love my boys :)
This week has been a whirlwind of emotions. The day has come for Hunter to leave for the MTC in Lima Peru. I don't think any parent or family member can really prepare themselves for days like this. Saying goodbye for two years to a loved one is never easy, but when you think of all of the lives he will change, that is what will make the hard days easier. It has been an emotional day, but a special one. We had breakfast together, closed up the luggage and then the guys went out to shoot hoops one last time before we drove to the airport. Bittersweet . . . When we arrived at the airport Hunter checked in and started making friends with Elders going to Peru. There were 6 Elders going to Arequipa. Hunter has a heart of gold and a contagious smile and personality. His positive attitude and excitement for his new adventure made the good byes a bit easier. Hunter, "Love you to the Moon and Back!" See you in Two!
Saying Goodbye to Mozart and Oliver!
We Love You Elder Simonsen! See you in Two!
Brothers are the Best!
So hard to say goodbye.... Can't wait until we say Hello again!
I've got this!
Making friends is what Hunter does best!
PERU - Here I come!
After a long day of waiting the mail finally came. Hunter came home from school to wait for the mailman. I don't think the mailman knew there would be such and excited young man waiting for him. He was joined by family and many, many friends. This was an amazing day and one we will never forget.
Hunter has been called to serve in the Peru Arequipa Mission. He will report to the Lima Peru MTC on August 2, 2016. We are so proud of Hunter and his decision to serve the Lord and the people of Peru
The mail truck . . . and a hug for the Mailman!
Hunter is so blessed to have so many people that love and support him. I'm sure there is room for a few more, don't you think?