Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 23, 2015 "Happy Anniversay! year since receiving my call"

March 27, 2014 Nathan opened his call to Osorno Chile.  He had many family members and friends there to share this special moment with him. 

Nathan with his friends and cousins  the night he opened his call.

Nathan looking at his call with his uncle and his cousin Erin who had just received her call to Paraguay a month before.

 Hey!!! so my mom reminded my that this Friday I will hit my year mark since I opened my call.. wow.. the time is flying by.
    The beginning of the week there was a ton of rain and wind.. but it is starting to warm up now. They said that it is going to reach 18 degrees Celsius!!* (that is really warm for here in Puenta arenas). This week we learned about a big program that the church is gong to do throughout the whole world. they are releasing a video about Easter and we are getting special cards to hand out to people. also the church paid YouTube so that on April 5 I think the new video will be the only advertisement on that day or something like that.. we are trying to do activities to have people share the video on Facebook ,etc. to share it with their friends. The video comes out on march 28. So WATCH IT and SHARE IT with your friends.
    This week we found a guy who is part of the evangelist church and wanted to read the Book of Mormon. We gave him one and explained what it is and the blessings we receive from it and we shared our testimonies. He told us about how he used to be emo and a druggie, but how he found Christ through the evangelist church and now he is a different person... he told us that he will read the Book of Mormon...
    Also we talked with a person that Elder Bareiro contacted an while back but couldn't find him again. when Elder Bariero found him, he was a drunk and a druggie.. but now he has left drugs and wants to leave drinking and smoking... he cannot talk very well because he has a developmental delay but is really nice. It is so awesome to see the change in people when they leave the things that chain them down and are now happy. He told us that after we visited him, he was able to sleep a good night sleep for the first time in who knows how long. It is a little hard to teach him because he cannot read and has a few learning problems, but we enjoy teaching him what we can and helping him to become a better person.
     There are a lot of people here who say to us that they believe that all churches are true because they worship God but in different ways.... and Elder Bareiro and I werew talking about it during our studies, and he said ´´all churches help us to become closer to God, but only one can carry us to Him..´´. it doesn't matter who says it, but if it is the truth, the Spirit will testify of it. That is why we can feel the spirit in other churches too.. but for the same reason that Christ restored one church, there is only one church that is the true church.. I know that the Church of Jesús Christ of Latter Day Saints is the church of God on the earth today.I am grateful to be a part of it and to be able to see the happiness that it brings to those who keep the commandments and live its teachings. I love you guys.... have a great week.

Elder Hughes

*64 degrees Fahrenheit 
"A post with miles posted to far away places"

"Where we sleep"

"Our kitchen"

"Our 'front' door.  This apartment is at the back of our "mamitas" house.  She does our laundry and feeds us lunch every day but Sunday. Members feed us dinner on Sunday.  We eat pancakes, oatmeal, or omelets for breakfast. Then we make pasta, potatoes or omelets for dinner."

"The stove that we cook on and that heats our house.  It ventilates outside and is fueled by gas.
We keep it on low during the night....for now"

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