Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Elder Hughes!

This Sunday, August 31st is Elder Hughes' 19th Birthday! We know he would love to hear from you .....
Tyler, Jeffrey, and Nathan (Nathan is 5 years old)

August 31, 2011 Nathan's "Sweet 16"

Happy 19th Birthday Elder Hughes!

August 25, 2014 "I am so grateful to be out here teaching the Gospel"

HOLA! How are all of you doing?? I cant believe that summer is already over and school is starting!! I am sure that everyone is excited for school. So right now i live in a little (emphasis on little) house with my companion and another companionship. Elder Holt y Elder Salgado. Elder Holt is the district leader for Angachilla (which only consits of us two companionships) and Elder Salgado has only been here one more cambio (transfer) than I have and will finish his training at the end of this cambio. But we just recieve information that we will move into seprate house so that they are closer to theirs(they have to walk thirty minutes just to get into their sector) and the president prefers that there is only one companionship per house so that we can be more focused. Another fun thing I learned about humidity is that if your clothes get wet and you dont let them dry, mold (yes like mold on food) grows on them or any other thing. ELder johnson had a suit that he left in a protector thingy and hasnt worn it for a while. He took it out last week to wear it and there was mold all over it..... we took it to the dry cleaners today to see if it comes off. And also even though it is cold, we leave the windows open a little bit so that it doesnt get to humid. Because mold will also grow on the walls and other things laying around. Our investigators are doing well. On Sep. 6 we have a baptism set for Patricia. She has been doing really well. has a smoking problem but is doing good with that. She didnt come to church yesterday unforunately. But can still make it if she comes next week. Tina is a 22 year old that has a friend named Luciana. They live with Tinas Uncle Jose . Tina and Luciana basically ran away from home and joined the army for a couple years and are now working. Jose was baptized in 1983 and is a really good person. So nice to us. His wife is physically handicapped and is in a wheelchair. She is in active and doesnt want to go back. We are trying to work with her. But anyways, tina was introduced to the missionaries throught her uncle and has a baptismal date for sep 6 too. Luciana has a date for the 20 of sep. They both work a lot but are progressing a lot too. Also there is the family of Freddy and Claudia. They are not married but have three children (Esteban(9), Hacile(about 5 or 6), y Daniel(4)) Claudia is a less active and they have been taking lessons for about 4 months. Freddy's dad lives with them but is mentally handicapped and rambles about random stuff. Claudia has been coming to church these past two weeks with her kids and they are so awesome. Freddy has to stay with his dad but we have been trying to find a wheelchiar so that they can take his dad. They are both wonderful people and are so nice to us, but sometimes they like to just talk and it is dificult to get started wiht the lessons. We have been trying to not stay as long. Esteban wants to be baptized and has asked very inspired questions. So these are not all our investigators but they are progressing the most. I am so grateful to be out here teaching the gospel. I have learned so much and know that this is where I am suppose to be. The language is getting a lot easier but is still a little tough. Also as a commitment for everyone that reads this... by the end of two weeks, share the gospel with a friend or family member who is not a member and only knows a little about the church. Good Luck!!! Look up Alma 59:9... then read this quote ``it is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.'' -Ezra Taft Bensen Love Elder Hughes

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello everyone! Como estan??

Hello everyone!! ¿¿Còmo estan?? Good Luck to all of you who are starting school... college, high school, elementry school, and middle school and anyother school I missed..... I can`t believe that summer is already over... well here in Chile the summer is starting... but you get the picture. this week it only rained two days. when it isnt raning, the weather is so nice.

  well for one thing there are alot of dogs. a couple of times a day we have dogs running at us and there is much gnashing of teeth. but good tip to know, dont run away or it will encourage them even more. so we just pretend to be picking up rocks and they run away. and also when you walk all day, it increases your chances of stepping in dog #@! (and there is a lot of it) so I dont like that part. and there is also a lot of cats that are about too.

   the language is coming along. I can understand a little of what people are saying and i can say simple sentences and phrases. but it is getting better. chileans are known for talking really fast and slurring their words together. so after I learn Chilean Spanish, I will understand every other spanish.

   my companion is awesome and such a great help to me. him and the other Elders in our house help lift my spirits. but my companion over the last three weeks has had lots of bumps that itch all over him (they look like mesquito bites mixed with hives). it has not been getting better so we called the person in charge of medical stuff and she concluded what it might hopefully he gets better.

   we do not have have a mamita unfortunately. we take care of breakfast and dinner and go to a members house for lunch (the biggest meal here in Chile). we have a washer to wash our clothes but dont have a dryer (no one does). after we wash our clothes, we hang them in the living room and hope they dry out over a couple of days. (they never become totally dry so that is a pain.)

   so many of our investigators have not been doing so well. the Sanhueza family is struggling a lot. we had a lot of people who committed to be baptiszed this week but all of them fell at the last minute. it has been really depressing but even mormon couldnt change the people. we have been trying to work really hard and have been doing really well. we have found people who are interested and seem to be good people. last week none of our investigators came to church but this week Patricia came and Claudia with her three kids. one of her kids (steven) is 9 and is really interested. he has asked many good questions(like how do you know this things are true). 

i dont have any more time. it is hard because it takes about 40 min to write the mission president (in spanish) then I only have 20 min to write. so if I dont write back.. sorry. I'll try next week. 
Congrats Jacob with your call.  I am so excited for you.

With Love,
Elder Hughes

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 11, 2014 "It has been chilly here in Chile"

¡Buenos días!
 How is everything at home?? it has been chilly here in Chile.... and I am in the top part of my mission.... it has rained a lot here as well. This week has been hard. We had a lot of investigators with baptismal dates but fell because they didnt attend church. We invited all of our investigators to church and none of them came.... we need to put them on time-out.... and one investigator who was progressing very well and told us that she wants to wait to get baptized ( her date was August 22). We believe that she may have done something that has made her feel guilty and makes her feel unworthy. This week will be filled with a  lot of work..... our area is pretty big and most of our investigators live on the opposite side from where we live. So we walked A LOT!!!

"Well, the doorways here are pretty small, this is at the church building."
The members here are so awesome. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people who get baptized here go inactive... so that is a little discouraging, but the members who are active are so awesome and have so much faith and love. Also they cook really good food. I haven't had one bad meal..... the ward mission leader is Gabriel Alverez. He just got back from his mission in Vina Del Mar Chile. He is so awesome and is like our friend. Pablo also got back from his mission recently and is the Elders Qurom President. Likewise, he is like a friend. Gabriel´s brother just got off his mission Wednesday and got called to be a high priest this Sunday.... 

This week we also had zone conference on Friday. It was so good and I got to see Elder Root again...afterwards, the APs ( who are also awesome) went on splits with our district leader ( who lives in the same house as us).

On Thursday, I saw a woman struggling with a bucket full of potatos walking down the street. When we went to go help her. We learned that she was a less active, had just recently moved into the area, and wanted to come back to church. That made my day!! Her name is Maria Gomez. 

So all in all my week has had its ups in downs, but I am so glad to be out here. We have been teaching a lot of lessons about family and family prayer and scriptures study. It made me even more grateful for all of you and for my  family and that I don't realize how much  I love them and how much they mean to me until I don't see them everyday. Thank you all for everything and for the support. 

Also read the two talks in the most recent general conference after the welcome to conference talk. they are so good and talk about burdens and discipleship. also matt. 10:34, 38. 

Elder Hughes

"Zone Conference, Friday, August 8, 2014.With President and Sister Obeso and the Valdivia Zone."
(Yeah! We can see all of Nathan in this picture.....way to go Nate!)

"Do you like the pose? Chopping wood for a single sister in our ward."
"There is a lot of graffiti here and this one caught my eye"

"This is a picture of our chapel."
"Another Elder taught me a cool trick on my rubix cube."
(Elder Hughes" Mom loved seeing a close-up of his nice long fingers)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Arrived in Chile! Letter and Picture from Elder Hughes' Mission President

We received an letter from
President and Sister Obeso 
 this week with this picture of
 Elder Hughes and the other missionaries arriving
 at the mission home to begin their service in the
 Osorno, Chile always, Nate is in the back:)
"We are pleased to inform that your son has arrived safe and sound and smiling to the Chile Osorno Mission.  It was a pleasure for us to greet your son upon his arrival and feel his desire to serve."
                                Just arrived at the mission home, July 29th, 2014. Twenty-seven new missionaries in the Osorno, Chile Mission. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 4, 2014 First Week in Chile, Assigned to Serve in Valdivia

  What to start with..... too many things have happened this week. One thing about the mission though is that my faith has been stretched, but I have seen more miracles than ever before. I am so excited to be here in Valdivia and to teach the people here.
   Wednsday morning, we went to get visa papers filled out. Afterwards, we split up with at least one native speaker per group to get contacts. I was with Elder Nielson and an Elder from Peru. We tried to talk to some people, but no one wanted to talk. After a couple minutes, we found a young man sitting on a bench in the plaza. We learned that his name was Nicholas and that he was 17. We talked a little but about our church and asked him if he wanted a book of mormon.  He said no. But then the elder from Peru had him read the second to last paragraph in the introduction. After he read, he sat there for about 1 minute and accepted the copy. It was so awesome. then we all walked to the stake center to meet our companions. We had lunch there and after, headed to the bus terminal to go to Valdivia. our little house is so small.... I'll send pictures next week because I just bought my new camera. but compared to other houses, it is medium size. once we dropped of my bags, we head off to appointments. it was a crazy day....
   throughout the rest of the week we had lots of appointments and i learned that there are about 5 people with a baptismal date for the 23 of August. the people here are so humble and amazing. especially the members. they are so kind and help me with my spanish and feed us really well. mom, i dont think i will lose any weight... 
 i dont have much more time but this week i had an amazing experience. we have a family who is taking lessons. it is an older lady with 5 kids. her name is isabel. her oldest daughter is 21 or 22. she has a little boy who is 4. his nme is joel. then isabels has a daughter named Jaqueline, Belen and a younger son. Marlen, another investigator, has a baptismal date and has been completing all of her committments. she is progressing  alot. she is the only one in her fmily to come to church and has gone 4 times already. but saturday night, we visited them to see if they would come to church. the mom was worried about the weather and rain(it rains so much here) no joke. i had a prompting to tell her that it would not rain from 10 ot 11(church is at 11). i asked her if she would come if the weather was good. she said she would and i told her that it would not rain from 10 to 11. i was scared and prayed much the next 8 hours that my promise would be fullfilled. it rained a little bit in the morning, but other than that, it was the clearest day that i had seen since arriving in the mtc. it was a miracle because all that week it rained everyday for the whole day. it strengthened my faith very much. but at church, Marlen came but here family had not. i was discouraged because her family was not keeping their commitments but i was still glad that God heard my prayers. 
  my companiion is Elder Johnson from Sandy utah. he is so awesome and has helped me a lot. he has been out almost a year now. i could not have asked for  a better companion. the ward mission leader is Gabriel. he just returned from his mission three months ago from vina del mar chile. he is so awesome. our bishop is only 28 years old and does a fantastic job. sunday was testimony meeting and me being the new missionary i bore my testimony. although it was done in very broken up spanish, i was so thankful for the oppurtunity to bear my testimony to them. also to most of the family investigators, we have been focusing on families and family scripture and prayers and FHE. i have gained a stronger testimony of that and know can see how much blessings i have recieved through them in my home. thank you Mom and Dad. Also read 2 Nephi 4. it is such a good chapter about repentance and strength of the Lord. I love you all and wish the best of luck to you.

Elder Hughes

*A few notes on Valdivia from the Internet: Valdivia is approximately 50 miles North West of Osorno, a 2 hour car ride without traffic. It has a population of 141,000 people.  It has it's own Stake with 5 Wards and 1 Branch. Valdivia is the Northernmost part of the Osorno Mission.