Pictures from Sept 21, 2014 Email

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Our District’s last trip to the Temple!

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Saying goodbye to Hmo Brown

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We ate all the Eternal Life! I love seeing so many friends from Layton High like Jayson Benedict!

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That was really fast!

I cannot believe that it has already been 5 1/2 weeks!!!  It feels like no time (and a lot of time, time is really weird here) since I got here!  This week it has been super hard to focus, having my flight plans and knowing that in just one week, I would be in Argentina.  Our ten hours of class everyday really started to draw out.  Elder Perry and Hna. Story got their reassignments this week to Oakland-San Francisco Mission (the same as Elder Wallace, our Englishman).  So everybody is heading out next week to all Argentina, Columbia, San Francisco, and Detroit (another reassignment in the zone to Elder’s Church and Wiser).

It’s going to be hard without a temple in my mission, I went to what could have been my last session for two years earlier today and I don’t know what I’m going to do, because the temple has been so important to me over these past few months, I honestly don’t know how many times that I have visited it since Palmyra.  I have heard we might get to go to the temple in Buenos Aires, but there are no guarantees.  I guess I’ll just have to get down there and baptize so many people that they have to put a temple down there!:)
So we finally got to host new missionaries on Wednesday!  I was so excited, I’ve been looking forward to that for forever!  It was so fun taking them all over the place and carrying their bags for them (although I swear some of those guys are going to get HUGE baggage fees from overweight bags).  I tried to be as happy and energetic as I could, which felt super weird, but afterward I felt great, and I want to try to be like that my whole mission. There were a couple of the new missionaries that gave me some weird looks though:)  I feel bad for Elder Goodman though, he was looking forward to it to, but at gym time the day we were hosting he went up to block a shot and landed wrong and messed up his ankle.  It’s doing a lot better now, but he couldn’t host on it.  Elder Perry has been giving him piggyback rides because he moves super slow though:)
So Elder Richard G. Scott spoke at the Tuesday Night Devotional this week, which was so cool.  He talked about the importance of prayer.  We need to pray all of the time, and make our prayers meaningful.  It is literal communication with God, so we shouldn’t just breeze through it like any other item on a checklist.  Actually talk, and then afterward, actually listen for an answer.  But my favorite things that he said were during his introduction before he started talking about prayer.  When he first got up, he said “Don’t just have a good mission, have a BLAST!”  Our mission will be what we make it, so if we want it to be fun, we need that positive attitude.  We need to find joy in everything, because when you do your life is so much happier!  Not only that, but emotions are contagious.  If we are happy, so will the people around us be as well!  I also love this quote.  He said “To reach a goal you have never attained, you have to do things you have never done before.”  This is so true.  A mission is not meant to be served within your bubble of personal comfort, you’ll never get anything done if you do.  You need to reach out and try new things, walk a new road that you have never traveled before.  If you want change in your life, you physically have to do the changing.  It’s not going to happen overnight, it requires effort on our parts.
Hno. Hammond shared a really cool idea with us the other day that has given me a lot of strength.  He started off by talking about the scripture in Moses or Abraham that says that the sands of the sea don’t even begin to number the worlds that God has created.  He then asked how many of those worlds were wicked enough to crucify their own God, and ours was the only one.  The worst of the worst live here.  However, so do the best of the best. There have been an estimated 70 billion of God’s children that have lived on this earth, and then multiply that by numberless worlds with God’s children on them.  That’s a lot of children, a lot of people to choose from, but God chose us to come here to this extremely wicked world right before his coming, blessing us with this gospel.  We are less than a fraction of .0001% of God’s children who he has trusted to save this world from destruction.  He trusts us, otherwise he wouldn’t have sent us here to this place at this time.  We were given the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for a reason, and that reason is that God knew that we would do something about it.  We are the noble and great ones that Abraham saw, the extremists for God in the War in Heaven.  We were not fence sitters, we were those fighting for God with all that we had, which is why he has trusted us with the world today.  God has seen what we can do: he knows our potential from the War in Heaven, we just need to find our true identities, who we really are.  This idea has really driven me, it lights a fire in my chest that I can’t put out, I know that God trusts me, and that if I can find who I was before this life, I can be a tool in God’s hands.
I know that this church is true, and that missionary work is for real.  I encourage everyone to try to share the gospel in one way or another.  If you’re nervous, go to Alma 26:27 and substitute in who you are going to go to to share this message for the word “Lamanites” (in my scriptures, I have “lamanites” crossed out and have “Argentines” written it).  The Lord has promised us comfort if only we open our mouths and share.  I also really like D&C 24:12, where we are promised “strength not known to man.”  God is in control, he is so much more power than any of us could ever imagine of in this life.  If we want to share his gospel, he will provide a way for us to do so.  He loves all of his children, and we are especially blessed to have the Gospel in our lives.  Now we need to go out and share it!
Les quiero,
Elder Trenton Behunin

Time flies when your having fun!

 
Hey everybody!

I can’t believe it, my flight plans came yesterday!!!!!!  I’m so pumped, I’m going to Argentina!!!!!  It’s been real before now, but never like this!!  My ticket is bought, and I’m leaving on September 22 at 11:00 AM!!!!!  I love it here at the MTC, but I’m ready to be out in the field.  Especially since the older districts left!!  The new missionaries are fantastic though, don’t get me wrong!!!!  I’m literally freaking out right now I’m so excited!!!!

So, on Wednesday, we were having a meeting to prepare for the new missionaries and how we were going to introduce them to the zone when we heard a loud noise in the bathroom.  Now, we are used to hearing noises come out of Hermana’s bathroom, her toilet makes noises all the time, but this was a loud noise, like someone had turned on the shower.  I run back, and there is nothing in Hermana’s bathroom.  I then check the Elder’s bathroom.  I turn on the light, scream, and turn the light back off (I’m not sure why, but I did) and ran back, yelling that our bathroom was flooding!  We quickly phone the front desk, and a couple of elders ran to get security to see if they could help.  In the meantime, we are taking trashcans, pulling the bags out and sticking them under the sink where one of the pipes had blew out.  The water was scalding, and we had elders standing in it trying to fill up buckets, and the rest of us are taking the buckets and throwing them off of the deck!  It was crazy!  All of the while, the people we had contacted are taking their time to get here.  One of the times where I was throwing a trashcan full of water off of the deck, one of them shows up and casually walks up the stairs, asking what is going on, as if he couldn’t see the fact that I was throwing a bucket of steaming water off of our deck. When he gets into the room and sees what is happening, he says “Oh, there really is a problem up here” and gets on his walkie talkie for more help.  As if we were lying that our bathroom was flooding!  We finally got the water shut off and cleaned up, but that was quite the adventure.  Elder Fertig was the last one to use that bathroom, so we blamed it on him saying that Elder Fertig blew up the bathroom.  Looking back on it, it was way funny, but not so much during the fact!:)

I feel like a terrible person.  This morning, we were supposed to do service at 6:15, so we set our alarms for 5:50 (three of them) and went to bed.  Next thing I know, I’m waking up feeling nice and refreshed, going “that was a nice night.”  I then look at the window and noticed light coming through it.  I though “that’s weird” and checked my watch.  6:45.  I jump out of bed, and yell “oh crap!” and wake everybody up, and everyone freaks out. Somehow, all five of us managed to sleep through all of the alarms we set (or though we set, but we’re pretty sure we did).  We got some crap after that from the other districts.  But on the bright side, it was much easier to stay awake during the session, which is extremely hard as a missionary, because it is dark and those seats are so comfy.:)

So Hermano Brown gave us some really cool insight and encouragement yesterday after getting our flight plans.  It started out being directed at Elder Perry and Hermana Story because their visas didn’t come in so it looks like they might get a temporary reassignment,  which is super sad.  He told us that no matter what trial comes our way or no matter how trunky we may want to be, we need to keep pushing forward.  In his “Doctrine according to Hno. Brown”  he said that the way he sees the premortal life is that we got mission calls to go to earth, and some of our dearest friends were called to go to our missions, but not to have the gospel.  they told us that in the year 2016 (or 2015 or 2014), that they would be ready to hear the message of the restoration of the gospel.  What will we say to them in the life after this one if we slack off, if we decide that our wants are more important that their needs?  Could you look them in the eye and say “sorry, but I was thinking about home, or that I would rather be someplace else serving?”  This work is so important, and their are souls on the line that we need to save.  I can’t afford to slack off, there could be people in Comodoro Rivadavia that I used to know and love and are counting on me to bring them the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  The same goes for every missionary (and every member missionary).  Could you look someone in the face and say “I’m sorry, but I just didn’t feel like working very hard then.  You might have been prepared, but I hadn’t prepared myself to take it to you.”  That was a powerful testimony to me that I need to be doing everything I can to help these people, because who knows who will be waiting for me down there?

Les quiero (That means “I love you all” in Spanish in the friendly way, not the creepy “I want you” way:)  We learned that yesterday:))

Elder Trenton Behunin

We’re about to be the old guys!

Hey Everybody,

 
So I’m way sad and way excited at the same time.  I’m excited because we get new missionaries on Wednesday, but that also means that we lose the older half of our district.  They are all leaving (except for one who had a mixup with his departure date, Elder Wallace, who will be staying with my district for the next two weeks) on Monday morning.  I love those guys, they are such amazing examples and great friends, I don’t know what we will do without them.  On Friday, they had infield training at Main Campus, and we were all super lost as to what we should do for gym time because we usually do things as a zone.  I hope that we can be as good examples to the new missionaries as they have been to us.  Those guys are amazing!
 
So, funny story.  I think it was on Thursday, Elder Goodman got a package during the noon pickup of the mail, so he brought it and set it on the counter.  When everyone was leaving the room to go do an activity outside, I quickly moved the package to a shelf beneath the counter.  Elder Perry saw me do it, but didn’t say anything.  It took a while for Elder Goodman to realize that it was gone, but as soon as he did, he blamed Elder Perry, because out of all of us, it would have been Elder Perry who would have been the most likely to do it.  Elder Perry finally said that he moved it, so I decided to go along with it.  Then, when Elder Perry tried to back out and blame me, I just brought up the fact that Elder Perry had said that he did it, and Elder Goodman bought it.  When we got back from dinner, I checked to see if the package was still there briefly when nobody was looking and then went to the bathroom.  When I got out, the package was gone and Elder Goodman was still looking, so I figured that Elder Perry, since he was being blamed for it, had decided to really hide it.  Class then started and we didn’t think anything more of it for the time being, but as we were getting ready to leave at 9:00, about 7 hours after I had originally moved the package, I asked Elder Perry if he was going to give Elder Goodman’s package back, to which he said, “Honestly, I didn’t take it!”  I then said, “All right I admit, I originally moved the package, but I have no idea where it is now.  Elder Perry took it and moved it somewhere else,”  to which Elder Perry said “I didn’t do it, see!”  Elder Goodman then starts laughing and pulls the package out of a cabinet.  Evidently he had found it and decided to get revenge on Elder Perry by freaking him out for taking his package, but he says he had never suspected me.  Elder Perry has vowed never to trust either of us again, because literally everybody blamed him for everything, but we all got a good laugh out of it, including Elder Perry.
 
Now for a couple of spiritual thoughts:
 
On Monday, we were talking about our investigators as a district and I personally had a sudden epiphany about the work I was doing. The people we teach here at the MTC are already baptized, they already know of the joy of his love, and how much it can change their lives. Even knowing this in the back of my head when I go into to teach them, I am still filled with joy as they keep their commitments, feel them feel the Spirit, and listen to them say yes when I ask the question “¿Seguirá el ejemplo de Jesucristo a ser bautizado?” When they say yes to this, I feel an unquenchable joy well up inside of me, even though I know that they are just acting. But then I realized what it is all for. I just a couple of weeks, I will be in Argentina taking the gospel to people who have never heard of it and never had the opportunity to experience the joy of truly knowing the Savior and beginning to understanding how much he loves them and how much he has done for them. I thought about the joy I had experienced committing my investigators here in the MTC to baptism, about the Spirit I had felt sharing Joseph Smith’s own words about seeing our Heavenly Father in the Sacred Grove, and realized that the joy that I feel here will be nothing in comparison to really and truly bringing someone to the knowledge of their loving Heavenly Father, about hearing a real person committing themselves to baptism and a life of following the example of our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ. I am so excited!

I have also gained a greater love for the Atonement This week.  During Priesthood on Sunday, we talked about the Atonement.  There was some pretty good stuff brought up, but right now I can’t remember it off of the top of my head, and my Preach My Gospel book, where I was taking notes, it up on the classroom. What really got me happened afterward.  After we got back to our classrooms, I looked up Elder Holland’s talk “None were with Him.” That talk was definitely one of the many spiritual highs I had that day. I loved what he said in the last paragraph: “Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without our aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day.” I’ve thought a lot about that quote this past week, and have decided to make that my goal for my mission and the rest of my life: that I can easily be identified as a disciple of Christ in everything that I do, that when the world looks down upon Jesus and scorns him, that I can be there standing tall and proud as one who follows him, undeterred by what is going on around me.  I encourage all of you to look up the talk and watch it (you have to watch Elder Holland, because while the words are powerful, there’s nothing quite like him speaking them) and ponder on what he says.  There is a lot to be learned from that talk about our Savior and how much he absolutely loves us, and a glimpse of how much he actually did suffer.  He was completely and utterly alone, without even the companionship of our loving Heavenly Father for a portion of it.  Having the Spirit with me is amazing, I can’t image being able to function through me daily life without it, let alone suffering for each and every one of us individually; every pain, every heartache, every temptation, every sin.  I know that I will never be able to thank him enough for how much he has done for me.  I can try, but in the end, the only thing that I can do it stand as a witness of him in all times, in all things, and in all places, no matter what the world is doing around me.  All I can do is make sure that his suffering wasn’t in vain, that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Savior’s suffering:  he has given it to us as a gift, we need to use it.  I love him so  much.

En el nombre sacrago de mi Salvador y hermano, Jesucristo, Amen.

I love you all,

Elder Trenton Behunin