Monday, December 29, 2014

  MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I had a wonderful Christmas talking to my family and seeing their faces. It gave me such a big energy boost. 
    So funny story... Christmas eve we had dinner with a family. And we ate a lot of meat!! lamb, cow, pig, sausage, chicken, etc.. it was awesome.. but after the dinner we were walking home and I saw a drunk guy (like so drunk that he was moving more sidewase than straight) starting to cross the street.. then I saw a small truck coming toward him.. I jokingly said to my companion ``I hope he doesn't get hit," but I thought that the truck would slow down for the guy, but it didnt.. luckily it swurved just in time and nicked the guy with the side mirror.. the drunk guy fell and we went out go help him.. I thought that he had died or something but he was fine... we tried to help him get up but he told us ``leave me alone, I am trying to sleep``. The lady that hit him called the police and they got it taken care of.          Then the next morning we opened our presents and ate our candy ;).. then we had lunch with other members and we had more meat.. it was sooo good. Then all four of us (me, Elder Holt, Elder Winward, and Elder Linford)  went to another members house and skyped our familes. We had a rule that we couldnt go out side of our house unless we had a set appointment. So we had a lot of study time.. 
     Saturday, there was a baptism of Dayris, the daughter of Hermano Jacob. He just got the Melchezidek priesthood and was able to baptize her and confirm her. It was soo awesome to see him do that. They had to do it twice (the baptism) because he didnt say a word.. but other then that it was neat. We have been helping him to get ready for it and prepare everything for it. I have come to love that guy so much. He is the most humble guy I have met here in the mission.. also Magdelena came to the baptism!!! She really liked it and the memebrs were awesome to welcome her nad make her feel welcomed. And she also cam to church!!! all 3 hours!!! usually investigators stay for sacrament only but she went to all!! It was so awesome that she was able to come. We learned that she has to retake a class again because she didnt pass.. but even thought that happened, she was still happy. She still has a baptismal date for 24th of January.. 
      This week i found a scripture from Luke 6:46-49. it is so good .
46 ¶And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Great scripture and bascially explains itself. We should always do the things that we hear everyweek.. we should apply what we learn and hear so that we can recieve the blessings. We should exspecially do the things that are the seminary answers like read pray and attend church. Those three things are the three indicators that an investigator is progressing. If they do the,, then they will gain a testimony. And as members, sometimes we forget to do those things or we are lazy.. we should always do the basics so that when the trials come, we do not fall.. Helaman 5 : 12. 

With Love 
Elder Hughes
  

"Baptism of Dayris(Jacob's Daughter)"


Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 25, 2014 "Our family skyping with Elder Hughes on Christmas Day!"

Tyler talking with Elder Hughes on Christmas Day. Elder Hughes was skyping from a members house and he looked amazing! We were able to visit for 40 minutes and Elder Hughes' teary message at the end to us was to improve our daily family traditions that bring us closer to our Savior. Daily family scriptures study, daily family prayer, weekly Family Home Evening. Seeing Nathan was a great blessing and comfort, a great Christmas gift indeed.  The last thing Tyler said to Nathan was that when they talk again on Mothers Day, Tyler will have his call and they will be able to talk for one last time before Tyler leaves this summer.

December 22, 2014 " I dont know about you guys but I am really excited for Christmas "

Hey!!! I dont know about you guys but I  am really excited for Christmas (probably because I am going to be able to talk with my family) plus for the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ.... which is a gift that God gave to us (John 3:16) and also for the gift that Christ gave us (the atonement).
   This week was a little crazy..... Elder Holt got strep throat and we stayed inside all day Thursday. Friday we had a Christmas party with the Osorno and Rahue zone, then we sang at the plaza in Osorno.. that was a lot of fun and we talked to a lot of people. Then saturday, eveyone came to Rio Negro and sang there as well.. it was awseome to be able to help others feel the spirit through songs..    
   Also earlier in the week we knocked on the door of a family and the dad answered. When he saw us he acted really sarcastically (basically mocking) and invited us in... at first we could tell that he was just playing around and trying ot make fun of us.. but we started talking about the family and him and his wife change from sarcastic to really intested in what we were saying. i showed them a picture of my family and were suprised about how many brothers and sisters i have.. I was really proud to show off my family to them. They had a 9 year old son and another on the way. they were not really interested in the religious part of our message, but they loved what we shared about families. It helped me realize how grateful I am for my family and the knowledge I have that we can live together forever.. I was very grateful to be able to help them strengthen their family and to share with them what I have been able to have all my life.. even though they probably wont get baptised anytime soon, we will still talk with them and try to help them become closer as a family.. we have been trying to get a hold of our investigator, but she had a really big ezam this week in her college. Basically if she doesnt get a certain score, she has to take the class all over again. She takes it today, so hopefully she does well. but she has been reading the Book of Mormon and really loves it.. I cant blame her... 
    Sunday the speakers ended really quickly so they had extra time, so they asked me to bear my testimony about Christmas and I was greateful to share my feelings about Christmas.. 
    I have been trying to finish reading the general conference in April before I begin on october conference, and I read a talk by Elder Uchdorf about being greateful. About being grateful not for the things you have (because sometimes in life we will have less things then what we had ) but having a grateful attitude.. and with the holiday season, we can be grateful for so many things.. and if we have the attitude of gratitude, we will be more happier in whatever circumstance.. 

with love,
Elder Hughes
Osorno and Rahue Zones'Christmas Party


Another Chilean sunset


Elder Hughes and Elder Kevesdy at the zone party

A selfie  group  photo.....love the red ties!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 15, 2014 "I am also excited for Christmas... Christmas in the summer?!! "

   Well, the weather has begun to warm up.. most of the time I am just wearing a short sleeve white shirt.. it is not that hot here but the suns rays are very strong. (I wear sunscreen) also my backpack is turning from black to brown becaus of the sun... 
    My new companion (Elder Holt) is awesome. We both teach well together and get along with each other.. also this pday we played basketball at the stake center and last pday we had a barbeque with the zone.. it was so good.... the sausage here is amazing.. for sure I will miss that when i leave.. Thursday will be my 6 month anniversary!!! It is crazy that I am 1/4 of the way done with my mission... but I try not to think about that.. it is fun here to contact people.. most of the time they dont want anything or cross the street before we get to them.. one guy almost got hit by a car while crossing.. I  thought it was amusing, but I am glad he didnt get hit.. it is hard sometimes because most of the people have hard hearts and dont even listen to us.. they just repeat back random things about the bible or something like that... we have been trying ot have more of a focus on trying to help the pelpe increase their faith in Christ and his teachings, not on getting more members adn it is has helped me alot to focus more on Christ because we are his representatives and are doing his work.. it is hard when we are just trying to help other come closer to Christ and they reject us becuase they automaticaly think that we are trying ot get them to our church.... but they have their agency and such. 
     We taught Magdelena and she accepted to be baptized on january 24th!!! She is doing well and is going to try and bring her younger sister to church with us!! we invited them this week but they slept in... but they are going to come next week!!!
   And in Osorno, there is a walmart. and today we cant shop there becasue the workers went on strike.. just thought you guys would like to know.  
I am also excited for Christmas... Christmas in the summer?!!  It is something that we use to try and talk to people because almost everyone likes Christmas!!
    Thursday, we had a devotional by a doctor who is the doctor for all the missions in Chile. He talked about perfectionism and how it will only bring us anger and depression because we cannot become perfect.. it is an unreachable goal.. also dyc 1:19,23; 121:34; 6:22-23; 35:13; 133:59; ether 3:2; Moses 6:31-34 talk about how God choses the weak to do his work. It was awesome and helped me out alot. Also how we have the atonement to help us.. it is already paid for, so we have to humble ourselves and accept that we are not perfect, but we should always try. 2 Nephi 25:23.  Also read the talk his grace is sufficent.. awesome talk about that. I love you guys and hope for the best.. keep doing what is right and never ever give up.

With Love,
Elder Hughes
"Volcano Osorno"
"The volcano our zone climbed a month ago"


"Three of the four volcanoes around Rio Negro"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 8, 2014 "I dont know about you guys but I love this month of December"

... there is such an awesome spirit about it.. everyone  (well most people) are willingly to talk about Christ and his birth. we have been trying to invite peorple to watch the new christmas video of the church.. I love being able to talk to others about Christ and his gospel..
   So Elder Dolinar (my last companion) finished the mission Tuesday and my new companion is Elder Holt. he is from Lehi, Utah and was my district leader in Valdivia (my first sector). So it was pretty awesome to see him again and we are both getting along really well. Elder Linford (the other elder in our house) is training Elder Winward. Having him reminds me of when I first arrived in chile. It is so weird.. time is flying by too fast... 
    Yesterday and saturday we had stake conference. Our mission president was there and it was so awesome. One of the speakers siad that we become closer to Christ when we suffer afflictions or trials. We come to realize his love and his hand in our lives. We grow and learn as well.. and it is so true. I have see the importnave of the hard trials and hard things in our lives becuase without them, we would never experience joy or peace or the feelng of overcoming an obstacle or learning that we can do hard things. 
        Our investigators are doing really well... we are trying work with a lot of the less active members... here in Chile, 15% of members are active.. many of the menos activos have been offended, or they work, or.. lots of other excuses... but really what it comes down to is that like is says in Helama 5:12, that our foundation needs to been built on Christ.. We have to ask ourselves, are we built on Christ??, or the members? or the activities? or the church??   in everyone of the menos activos, I could see that they were  not built on Christ. and I could see that before my mission, I was not really built on Christ either.. but now I have been working to constuct my testimony on christ.. if we are truely built on chirst, them he will support us.. becuase he loves us and he wants to help us.. but sometimes we give into the natural man and build on something else.. adn if it is not of Christ, then it is of the devil.. and we will always be building our testimony. We will never be done in this life, and we must strive to build it securely so that we will not fall.. study how you can build your foundation on Christ. 
Love
Elder Hughes

Rio Negro River


 

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 "We love you Elder Hughes!"



The day before Thanksgiving, I looked over and found Elizabeth, Elder Hughes' little sister hugging Elder Hughes' picture.  When I returned with the camera, she was just staring at it.  When she noticed the flash...she turned to me and very clamly said, "I miss him." This was a very spontaneous incident, brought about by love for her brother, a reminder that he isn't forgotten...even by one so young.
                                                           ~Elder Hughes' Mom

December 1, 2014 "Magdelena asked us what our view is about children with disabilities....so what did we teach her, we taught her all about the Plan of Salvation and why people are like that. I shared with her my testimony about how Jeffrey has blessed my life and how someday I will see him with a perfect body."

 
"A Brother in our ward.....standing on a chair."

Today I learned that my new companion is Elder Holt.. My old district leader in Valdivia. I will be staying in Rio Negro and also Elder Root is going to be going back to Valdivia.. and Elder Linford will stay in rio negro with me and be training someone.
    So this week has been amazing. We have found about four new people to teach. Now that Elder Dolinar is about to leave our area is doing really well. So Magdelena (the new person we found last week) had another test in her english class and needed help (she had to be able to have a conversation in english for 7 minutes). So we went and helped her study and after we promised her that if she read the Book of Mormon that night and the next day for her test, she would do better and be able to focus better. The next day after the test we ran into her and she READ!! and told us that she felt that she had done really well.. then when she learned that Elder Dolinar was going to leave, she had us come over the next day to teach us how to make fried sushi.. (she works at a sushi bar).. it was really cool to learn how to make sushi and it was suprisingly really good.  So there is a huge fundraiser that they do here in Chile every year to raise money for children who have disabilities. And it was this weekend. Magdelena asked us what our view is about children with disabilities....so what did we teach her.... we taught here all about the plan of salvation and why people are like that. I shared with her my testimony about how Jeffrey has blessed my life and how someday I will see him with a perfect body.  It was such a great lesson. We are going to work on setting her with a baptismal date.
    Also we had intercambios this week (i cant remember how to say that in english soooo take your best guess). Thursday Elder Root and I were together for the whole day.. ( Elder Root and I were in the CCM together and neither of us know spanish very well) but suprisingly it went really well. We found an in active member who is a sister to one of the members. We talked for a while and from what we were able to pick out. She has a lot of feelings toward other members and they have done a lot of things to her and her family.  For example one sunday they walked into church and some said `` ahhh great, here comes the sinners`` or something like that.. but she was really offended and doesnt want ot go back to church and neither do her husband and son. I shared Helaman 5:12 and we tried to help here understand that our foundation should be built on Christ and not the members. She still wasnt satisfied, so I shared Helaman 3:33-35. After she read it she thought for a while... and we explained that through prayer and fasting, we can recieve strength and become more like Christ... then Elder Root shared his testimony. It was so powerful and I could feel the spirit. After he was done I shared my testimony as well and Elder Root invited her to read the Book of Mormn everyday. Not to come to church but to start reading again... and she said she didnt want to. So after that, we kind of ended it there and said if she ever needed help with anything to call us and we left our number. Also yesterday, Elder Dolinar and I knock on the door of an older gentleman and he told us that he had talked with missionaries before.  We talked  a little about the Book of Mormon and he said that he has never read it and never will. He is a stong catholic and I was trying to figure out what I should say to him and the thought came to my mind to ask him why the Bible was special to him and how he knew it was true. He said that if 200 people came up to him and told him something was true that he couldnt know for sure until he found out for himself. I asked him if he had prayed to know and he said that he had and that he believes that the bible is the only word of God and taht it says nothing about the Book of Mormon.  I told him that the old testement had nothing about the new testament... then he tried to change the subject by saying that he has friends who were Mormons and told him that the Book of Mormon is not true....Then we contradicted him by what he had said earlier how if 200 people told him something.... after that I just bore my testimony about the Book of Mormon and that all we invite him to do is to read the Book of Mormon and find out if it is true just as he had with the Bible. He then told us that he didnt want to..... also we met a guy that said that the Book of Mormon didnt talk about Christ  We didnt let him get away with that and showed him how many times it talks about Christ in one chapter, then he said that it didnt say anything about Moses, we then pointed to where it talked about Moses and he then said.. ``Oh, well thats Moses.. but it doesnt say anything about Isaiah..`` then it said Isaiah one line below.. I learned that even if you have the Spirit and if you are teaching truth and even if the people can see it right in front of their nose, they will still deny it and not have a desire because their hearts are set on one thing and nothing will make them think different. They dont want to change... as humans and children of God, we are meant to change all the time to become better and to progress. we should never stop rying to change for the better, because if we are not, then we are changing into something worse, because we are always changing..... and we are the ones who decide how we are changing.  I know that this Church is true. Follow Christ and his example so that he can help you. He cannot guide our steps if we are not taking any steps toward him. 
With Love,
Elder Hughes 

"Our thanksgiving dinner (that we made homeade.. so awesome. fruit salad, potatos.etc)"


"Here is a cool picture of a rainbow, but my camera is not high definition, so picture it 100 times brighter and cooler".


"We helped Brother Jacob plant potatoes"


"The Familia Sanchez
                                                            

 
 
"Making sushi"