Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 "I know that through fasting, we can learn new things and receive answers to our prayers. I am so glad that our Father in Heaven loves us enough to help us grow and to do things that are hard so that we can learn and progress"

                       
                            The Osorno Volcano, the one my district visited 2 weeks ago.

This week was really nice weather. It is starting to warm up and most of the time I just wear a long sleeve white shirt.
  We have an investigator named Eduardo (the husband of the mamita). He has known the church for a long time but does not want to get baptized right now. At first we didn't know what to teach him, but we felt that we should read the Book of Mormon with him and challenge him to read it with his wife and son everyday. Although they have not read everyday, they have been reading and he is beginning to change. On Saturday, when we went to lunch, his wife told us that the day before at his work, they had to get the religion of all the employees. everyone was saying catholic or evangelico, but when they asked him he said that he was Mormon. Everyone turn around and stared at him. It was so cool to hear that, even though he isn't baptized, he considers the LDS Church as his church. Plus she told us that he blesses his food at work even though everyone stares. It is awesome to see the change in him. and also him and his wife came to church this Sunday. it was so awesome to see them both there, even though they left after sacrament meeting.. and the talks were about eternal marriage!!!  
      Also this week, I started playing the piano in sacrament meeting!! We have a keyboard piano at the church that I practice on. I wish I had continued learning how to play the hymns so that i would not have to be so stressed to learn them now in the field..( wink wink to all of you teenagers that don't want to play the piano anymore...)
     So I learned that Elder Dolinar, my companion, finishes the mission this cambio, in 11 days. He was trying to keep it a secret, but I found out about it finally, he almost got away with it. 
     Thursday  decided to do a personal fast to help us find more people to teach and to be able to have strength to work hard. toward the end of the day, we found a 21 year old (Magdelena) and her mom(Marcia) who own a little store close to our house. Magdelena needed help with her English homework because she had a test coming up in her college. We helped her with that and after, her and her mom asked us questions about the church and why we are here in Chile. They are so nice and gave us food for helping her with her homework. They said that we can stop by another time and talk more.. It was such an awesome experience and strengthen my testimony on fasting. Alma 5:45-46 and Helaman 3:33-35 are really good scriptures about fasting. I know that through fasting, we can learn new things and receive answers to our prayers. I am so glad that our Father in Heaven loves us enough to help us grow and to do things that are hard so that we can learn and progress. I am so grateful for this church and for my family. God has given us them so that we can learn and grow as well. They are both central to Gods plan and should be the most important things to us.....(besides God and the scriptures(;   ).

Elder Hughes
 
 
 
A house in the country we walk by

A Chilean Sunset

 
A Chilean spring day.
 

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