Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014 "I love all of you so much!"

 How is the family Paongo? My heart was crushed when I heard about their dad. that is wonderful that the football team did a program for him.
  I am happy to hear that the tennis team is doing well.Thats crazy how much rain has been coming down in Mesquite. It is crazy that Will leaves on wednesday... life is moving too fast. He will do a great job out in the field. The deer hunt sounds like it was a blast. 
  The baptism was so good. Estebans grandma was there and is less active. Hopefully she sees his desire and will gain a desire to return. Esteban told us after the baptism that he feels clean and even told his mom that he would do everything she asks and will be obedient. Claudia started to get emotional after he said that. They are such a special family. Saturday we had two 8 year olds get baptized. Eduardo and Rosio. eduardos grandma nad mom were in active but are re activated now!! he is really shy. Rosio was really excited throughout the whole process. Rosio´s mom is a strong memeber and her dad has been taking missionary lessons for 9 years... after the baptism, Rosio gave her testimony and at the end she got emotional and said that she wants everyone in her family to be baptized. (her dad is the only one not baptized and he was there.)  Estaban's confirmation was really good. i was so nervous and was sweating like crazy. But it was very powerful and i hope everyone could understnad. Thursday we had interviews with President Obeso. He is such and awesome guy and has the love of Christ. You can feel his love for everyone when he walks into the room. 

   Also, i am so excited for general conference!! I have been re reading the talks from last conference and I wish i had studied them more between. But also there is the tallk by Ezra T. Benson called ´´the book of mormon, the keystone to our religion´´. It is so good. ¡¡READ IT POR FAVOR!! he talks about how the family can be strengthened through reading it everyday, children will be more obedient, etc. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and the the power it has to not only start the flame for a testimony for investigators, but also rekindle the flame of a ´´burn-out´´ testimony. Dont triffle with the Book of Mormon!!(read the talk, he talks about trifiling with the book as a member). email me your testimony of the book of mormon after reading the talk. 

I love all of you so much!! here on the mission, you are able to experience the love of Christ for others and it is so powerful to find a random person and to feel a love for them automatically. Moroni 7:47

  Elder Hughes

Estaban's Baptism

The family Hildalgo-Martinez


La Gran Zona Valdivia ! (Interpretation.....they had a  zone conference
 with all the Northern Zones. And a member of the area seventies 
came and spoke)

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 "Esteban is getting baptized this Wednesday!"

 What to start with...on Wednesday, all the missionaries in the northern part of the misson went to Osorno for a conference. Elder Fransisco Viñas from the area seventy spoke to us about the atonement. it was so good and i saw people that I knew at the CCM. It was so nice to see them again and to meet other missionaries. 

The 18 of September is party week for the people here in Chile. Cualquier empanadas, meat, bread, and in most places drinking... If we didnt have a lesson with someone, then we had to be in our houses or if a member invited us over, we could go to their house for a while. We ate a lot of food. But I am not complaining.. we had an activity with the stake and also we had one with our ward. One thing is for sure, the Chilean people love fiestas. Also during the party with the ward we had a tug of war. first with elders against the high priest, then the young women and relief society. During the latter, the rope snapped.. it was so unexpected and was a good laugh.

 Last week we gave a blessing to a brother of a member  (Ruth Soto) who had been having a lot of pain and the doctors said it could be cancer. He had an examination the day after the blessing. (we give a lot of blessings as missionaries). well when we went to check on him, his wife said that everything was fine and that he feels much better and they want to start taking lessons!! (he isnt a member). He has another examination coming up and we are praying that everything stays the same.. 

 So Esteban is getting baptized this week on Wednesday!!! He asked Elder Johnson to baptize him and for me to confirm him. and he wants me to give a talk on baptism at his baptism. I am really excited for him, but i am nervous for doing both those things because my spanish is still........ yeah.. But I know that I can do it. It will just be a little rough. I will send pictures next week..

 I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it has a power in conversion. Not just with investigators, but with members as well. Sometimes we say to ourselves that we are to busy to read them, but a cool quote that I heard about that is '' If you are to busy to read your scriptures and pray everyday, then you are busier than God intended you to be''. READ YOUR SCRIPTURES EVERYDAY.. as a family and individually. You wont regret it.

Love 
Elder Hughes


"A cool landscape picture I took when we walked to a member´s house for lunch.
 We found out that she live a long ways away.

"Gabriel dancing a Chilean danve with two little chica's at our ward party"
"Here is a picture of a stake party for the celebration of their Independence Day on September 18th.

Last week we had a Family Home Evening with the ward and the missionaries were in charge. The theme was 3 Nephi 18:24.. the light of Christ. We had this maze that pairs of people (one blindfolded and one leading that person) had to go through while others were in the classrooms saying different things trying to confuse the person. At the end we had a puzzle piece with a scripture about the Light of Christ. They took turns reading it and explaining what it meant to them. it was a huge success. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 15, 2014 "I love being able to read the Book of Mormon and then teach people about it."

Thats crazy about all that rain.... I am glad that everyone is okay. I got the package with all of the notes from the Andrus reunion. Thank you sooo much. I am sorry to hear that it didnt rain this year at the reunion.. I loved reading all of them and for all of your love.
  This week we had transfers. Our new district leader and new companion to Elder Salgado is Elder Terra. He is from Santiago, Chile and has been on the mission for 11 months. He is very kind and loving and I know that he will do a great job. Also he has a problem with his foot that causes him to limp and so it is hard for him to walk(and we do a lot of that)...
   At the beginning of the week it rained for about three days straight then four days of sun. It is so nice to see people outside and flying kites. Also it was nice to not be soaking wet by the time we return to our apartments. Our new apartment is nice but small. There is no closet so we got a bookshelf to put all our clothes. We dont have a stove yet but Elder Biggs and his wife (the senior couple that help our zone) are working on that. 
    This week on the 18 of September, is the independence day of Chile. And all they do is party from the 18 to the 21. Lots of food and music and in a lot of cases drinking... we heard that we dont want to be out and about a lot in order ot stay away from the drunk people so that nothing goes wrong. another thing to is if you dont have a Chilean flag on your house by then, they fine you 40,000 chilean pesos (about $80) just for not having one. So they have a lot of patriotism. 
     Esteban is getting ready to be baptized on the 24th. We are so excited for him and are very anxious for him. He is such a good kid and wants to do what is right. The Familia Diaz is doing well also. in that family there is hte grandma Patricia(55). Her husband died a few years ago and used to smoke a lot. But now she is only smoking 2. She is doing very well and wants to be baptized. Carin is one of her daughters and has two kids... Sebastian (10) and Fernanda(12)... and Romina (17) is a grandchild of patricia that lives with her. The others in the family are not progressing much, but Patricia is doing very well. but one of the problems is that she works a lot so we are not able to teach her a lot. 
     This week I have learned a lot about the power of the Book of Mormon and how important it is in the church. For members and investigators. It is truely the keystone to this church and holds everything together. My companion has a issue of the October 2011 Liahona. It is so good and is all about the Book of Mormon. I highly recommend that you read it. I love being able to read the Book of Mormon and then teach people about it. It is such a good book.... whatever problem you have, the Book of Mormon has the answer. You just have to find it, by taking the time each day. 
 
With Love 
Elder Hughes
 
*We received another letter from Nate this week that we would like to include as well.
 
Hey mom and dad. thank you for the packages and for all of the candy... especially for the reese's and kit kats. You cant find any here.  It was so nice to read the letters from everyone at the reunion and to be able to feel all of that love. Will you thank everyone for me. I am trying to write letters to send. But we dont have a lot of time. My challeges have not  changed but I have and that is what makes the difference. One of the biggest changes that I am trying to make is to rely on the Spirit more than on my own understanding (proverbs 3:5-6). I dont have a lot of time because the internet is slow... so yeah...  thanks for Erins blog address. She seems to be doing well and I am so happy for her. Also when I was reading Jenny's note, will you tell her that I was able to read it without any help... I thought it was great. I can finally understand most of the things that people say and  I can basically read without any trouble. The only thing is speaking.... will you tell Tyler to say hi to Krystal for me and have dad tell Tim to send my a picture of his new truck. (I read that in a letter from Jace) also can you send me Jeff Andrus and Kats email.. Thanks  I love you all and pray for you... read your scriptures everyday. They are important. They were written for us. Mormon 8:35. Also that is crazy that Grandma and Grandpa Hughes are coming home from their mission  already... Also will you send pics through email when you can. I love seeing all of your faces and what you are doing.
 
Love 
Elder Hughes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 8, 2014 "I Love all of you and wish the best for you"

It still crazy to think that summer is over.... it sounds like life is becoming pretty busy.. here it is just starting to warm up. We moved into a new apartment this week. It is still crazy trying to get everything organized. All of our clothes are still in our suitcases because we dont have a closet, so the senior couple (the Biggs from Wyoming) who are in charge of the northern part of the mission are trying to get one for us. Elder Holt y Elder Salgado live in a separate house than we do, so it is just me and Elder Johnson... Elder Holt is getting transferred to Puerto Montt this Wednesday.

  My spanish is still coming along. it is still hard to understand, but I can understand most of what the people are saying. 

  Esteban is doing really well. There are two other kids who are getting baptized on the 27 of September and Claudia asked Esteban if he wanted to do it then so that there will be more people and more fun even though Freddy would not be able to go. Esteban said that he didn't want to do that because he doesnt care how many people are there as long as his family is there. He is such a good kid and is getting baptized for the right reason. 

  This week has been really rough too. Most of our investigators are not progressing.... we are trying doing all we can but a lot of them are busy and we haven't been able to teach them a lot. We are still doing the best we can with them and putting our trust in the Lord. many times we are cold and wet and have been walking a lot and everything seems against us.. but just as the lord promises Ammon and his brothers in Alma 26:27, if we endure our affliciones, he will give us success in his time. All we can do is work as hard as we can and put everything else in his hands. 

  We have found a man (Florentino) that wants to learn more about the church and is very receptive... so I am excited about him.... 

  I love all of you and wish the best for you. 

Elder Hughes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 1, 2014 "Thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes"

September 1, 2014
  First off, thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes. The members here are awesome. Freddy and Claudia gave me some chips and chocolates for my cumpleaños (birthday) and the family that we ate lunch with yesterday gave me some candy as well.  

  Also, The Alverez family had some food and we had a little party at the end of the day. The Alverez family has three sons and one daughter. Guillermo(26) just got off his mission from Spain, Gabriel(24) also just got off his mission form Vine del Mar, Chile and is the Ward Mission leader and is really good at ping-pong(which is a popular sport in Chile and Gabriel plays on the team for a university), Gerson(20) is filling out his mission papers and is really good at basketball(he is one a team that is in the top for in Chile) and Marayllan(18) is going to a university and is filling out her papers too. They are all really nice and so strong in the gospel. They are all really great friends to us and always come with us to lessons.  

  So before my mission I was not a fan of Guacamole and cilantro, did not want to touch it. but now, i love it. They put it on everything (as well as mayonase and tomatoes). 
  
  With our investigators, it has not been going to well. Most of them are not progressing and are having a hard time. But we have two that are doing really well. Esteban (Claudia and Freddy´s 9 year old son) wants to get baptized. The date we set is September 24. (it is a wednsday because his dad works thursday - sat.) he is doing so well and Claudia is bringing him and the other kids to church everyweek!!! Esteban wants to read the scriptures and is doing eveything he should. Also Ignacio  is a fifteen year old who is very interested and is always asking us when we can teach him next. His grandparents are converts and are strong in the church. Hermano B. (his grandpa) helps us out alot and is so kind. We are going to set a baptismal date with Ignacio for the 18 of October

   Something that I have learned is that life is hard....took me long enough.... and whenever everything is going great and you are cruising, you hit a speed bump. just like in the book of mormon (mosiah 23:21-23), when everything is going great, something comes along and knocks them down. but if you trust in the lord (proverbs 3:5-6) he will help you and you will be able to bear the burden. and i can see that here in the mission field and i have seen it already many times.

  Also there is a quote that the mission president gave to us that says ´´be the missionary that your mom thinks you are´´. Today i came across it again and another phrase came into my mind... ´´be the kind of person that God knows you can be´´... we have the potential to become gods and goddesses, and so does everyone around us. There is a video about a prince in the 1500´s or something like that that was put out by the church... see if you can find it but a phrase i like from it is ´´I will not do what you ask of me to do because i was born to be a King´´...

Love
Elder Hughes

*Note: the video Elder is Hughes is speaking of is of King Louis the XVI. 

 
"Wearing the apron I got for my B-day from my family to do the dishes!!!"

"Elder Johnson and I at the home of the Alverez Family, celebrating my birthday"

"The one on the far left is Hermano  Ojeda. the uncle of Tina. he is such an awesome guy who is full of love. Everytime we see him he tells us ´Les Quiero Mucho´´ which basically means i love you. he has to us crutches because he has on a boot for his foot. but he can almost take it off."

"So last P-Day, we took the wrong bus and had to walk 2 miles back to our house and we found this place"
 

"The streets of Valdivia at night, the smoke is from everyones fireplaces."