Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 25, 2015 "It's getting cold! And giving blessings at the hospital."

"The hospital we visited"

"Waiting for the bus at the hospital....our view"

"Streets and sunset of Puerta Arenas

"Our Chapel"

¡HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY PARENTS! How grateful I am to have them as my parents.. I could never tell them how much I truely am grateful for what they have done for my these past 19 years!!
    So this week was really good! like all the weeks out here in the mission field! it has been really rainy all week and people said that it was going to snow.. on the hills out side of the city there has been a little snow, and the puddles on the ground freeze, but there is not snow.. yet. Saturday all day it rained and there was wind up to 100 km/hour (sorry don't know how much it is in m/hour) but luckily some of the people we had planned to pass by were there, so we weren't in the street all day.. Sunday and today have been sunny and beautiful (a little chilly...)...      Tuesday, the bishop called us and asked if we could visit a less active member that was in the hospital because he has to go in three days a week to get his blood cleaned out (because his kidneys dont work) and when he went in monday, they found that something is in the back of his head and that it is starting to swell up.. so we visited him and there was two other guys in the same room. one was in there because he was cooking meat in a pressure cooker and the pressure cooker basically exploded and burned his stomach really bad... really bad... then the other (Jaime) got stabbed a few weeks earlier, but didnt know that when he got stabbed, his rib got fractured and after a few days it started to rub up against his lungs, then a few days later he could barely breath, so he went to hte hospital.. we started talking to them and the one who got burnt left because he had visitors, and we started talking to Jaime (the one who got stabbed).. we had a good discussion. we gave him a pamphlet of the plan of salvation. then we gave the less active a blessing.. after we were done, Jaime looked up at us and asked if we could give him a blessing. we did and it was an awesome experience. i am glad to be trusted to use the priesthood to bless the life's of others. the spirit was strong there.   
    this week we found a young mother who is really interested. she was born and raised int eh church of the Jehovas witnesses.. but doesnt go. she has a daughter that has 4 years and has a lot of energy. she lives with  a guy called Nelson. (her name is Sandra) they are not married and we think that he has cheated on her by the things taht she has said to us. she is not mad, but concerned and wants to help him. she wants him to accept God in his life and to change. she has wanted us to come by almost everyday this week to learn about what we share. we have taught alot about the plan of salvation and the restoration. she is really receptive and has told us the oppurtungity at she feels different everytime that we come by.. (the spirit of course). she works alot. but wants us to come by when she doesnt work to share more.. Henriquez gets home saturday or friday, so we will probably stop by sunday.. yesterday we had two funny experiences.. we knocked on he door of someone who we contacted a few weeks earlier and her mom answered the door.. we introduced ourselves and asked if Claudia was there, she said that she wasn't.  So we asked if we could leave our number so that she could call us.. she said "no , she should have it, and besides i am getting really cold with the door open".. i was about to say something smart like "ya we already know that it is cold" or something like that, but i kept my mouth shut.. and said that if she needed anything, she could get in contact with us.. then we visited another contact that we and friday. he let us  and we started talking. turns out that he believes in a lot of theories and a lot of weird things (for example that everythime we die we reincarnate as another person and after 7 times, we go to another world).... it was interesting.. we shared a little bit of the plan of salvation adn left him with the pamphlet to read and we are going to pass by to visit him and see how the reading went saturday.. will see how it goes.. 
   But I am grateful to be here and to have the gospel in my life.. I love this gospel and the  I have to share it with others.  My testimony has grown so much and my love for the Savior has grown as well. I love you guys so much and hope you have a wonderful week.

Love, Elder Hughes

May 18, 2015 "Elders from Puerto Natales visited Puerto Monte for a zone conference."

  So this week was awesome!!! Monday we had a family home evening with Familia Quilaqueo with a member famliy that had recently gone to the temple to be sealed as a family... it was really good and the became good friends.. 
  Tuesday the Elders that are in Puerto Natales came down because the next day we had Zone Conference.  We went on intercambios while they were here. I went with Elder Linton. He is from Wyoming and has 5 months in the mission... we had a good time and we taught a good lesson with a family that the mom is less active and the dad is not a member.. the next day we had zone conference. It was really good. We learned a lot of stuff on how we can find new investigators and how we can use inspired questions to better our teaching. i learned a lot and it was really good. Elder Medel(my old zone leader in Rio Negro) is the new Assistant to the president... during zone conference we have permission to call other missionaries int eh mission. i called Elder Root and Elder Johnson (my first companion.. it was fun to talk to them.. Elder Root is in Chiloé and Elder Johnson is in La union.. later that night we had an activity where we invited our investigators and less actives to come and listen to a talk by President Obeso.. he talked about the Plan of Salvation and at the end left it open for questions. it was really good. our investigator were not able to come but two young less actives came.. They are called Jorge and Nicolas. we are working with them to get them reactivated.. that night after we got back to the house (the elders from Puerto Natales slept over) we got a pichanga.. It was really good.. the next day the other elders left for Puerto Natales... 
   Friday was an awesome day. We had a lesson with Henriquez and we applied the new form to use questions that we learned at the zone conference. and guess what.... he accepted to be baptized!! it was an awesome lesson and the spirit was so strong... he is so awesome and has a strong desire to change his life.. he has told us that he wants to be happy and at the end of the lesson, he said that he felt really good and that he wants to be like us because he could see that we were happy and he wants to be like that. It was so awesome and he said that as he read the pamphlet that we had left with him, he felt like he had never felt like before.  He is prepared to listen to the gospel and we are so excited for him, the problem is that he is leaving on a trip to visit his family in Temuco (north of Chile) for 2 weeks. But he is going to pray and read the Book of Mormon.. he accepted o be baptized on the 27ThhhhhhhhhhhhhhhThen later that night we found a lady who is really receptive and wants to learn about our message. her name is Sandra.. the work is moving forward and i know that the Lord helps us everyday. Like Ammon said, "for myself I am weak, but with the Lord,Ii can do all things".  I  know that it is true. Yesterday was a hard day for me. Firstly because we were fasting and I just felt really blah, but I said a prayer and I felt 100 times better. I love being here in the mission and learning things everyday and because my testimony has grown so much. i love my Savior and my Father in heaven... I know that I am a Child of God. Have a great week!!!

Love, Elder Hughes

"The pichanga we bought and shared."

"Elder Munoz and I made homemade pizza!"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 11, 2015 Mothers Day and Caught In the Rain! "I love being here in the mission field and I love the Gospel."

Caught in the rain........

.......without my rain pants!

This week was a really special week for me!! Mostly because I was able to talk to my family through skype. It was wonderful to hear their voices and to see their faces... I was trying my hardest to not slip into speaking spanish... mostly I talked in spanglish.. 
   HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!! ¡¡FELIZ DÏA DE LA MADRE!! to all those wonderful women who have been a part of my life. I am truly thankful for what you do everyday and (like Jeffrey R. Holland said) thank you for participating so directly in the work of God to raise his spirit children and to give them the opportunity to come into this world.. thank you so much. 
   This week was really wet... friday and saturday it rained all day.. literally... all day.. and the first day I forgot my rain pants to cover my pants, so I got soaked... and we didn't have any lessons so we were out in the streets knocking on doors all day long.. and not a whole lot of people let us in.. but just another day in the mission field...   Then sunday and monday it has been foggy all day... this week Elder Muñoz and I have a goal to use the spirit more when we talk to the people in the street and when we knock on their doors and we have been able to see more positive results from it. two weeks ago while we were walking, I had the impression to talk to a young man that was walking twoard us,  I got the impression to talk to him and we were able to get his address and we passed by the next week.. We had a great lesson and left him to read 3 Nephi 11. Yesterday after we finished talking to our families, we went by and visited him. He had read the chapter and wanted to know more and really liked it.. he wants to go to church too!! We didn't even invite him and he wants to come.. and during the lesson yesterday we felt the spirit and we had a really good lesson. with him.. his name is Henriquez.. 
   I love being here in the mission field and I love the Gospel. I learn something knew everyday and I know that this church is true and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that without Him, we would have no hope to return to our father in heaven. Even if we tried our hardest, we would not come even close. Christ loved us so much that He suffered for us and died and resurrected so that we can have the hope and that we can return to our father in heaven if we do the things that he asked us to do. If we repent, have faith, and we keep our covenants. I love my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ more than words can describe and everyday my love and my testimony increases.. I love all of you and hope you have a great week!

Elder Hughes 

Mothers Day 2015 "A card Elder Hughes and the other missionaries in his area made for the Sisters in their ward on Mothers Day.

We hope that on this special day, you can remember who you are ... You are a woman, strong courageous,  dedicated,and determined.You are a child of God. A woman chosen by God. A woman to be here at this time and in this place. Because he knew the you influence would be like an anchor of love and faith to all who have been with you. Thank you for accepting this responsibility ... Thank you for participating so directly in the work and glory of God ...Thank you for being a mom !!

            Virtuous woman who can find? Because its value greatly exceeds the gemstones ....  Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also praises her ... Many women have done well, but you excel them all.                 (Proverbs 31:10, 28-29)

Elder Munoz, Elder Hughes, Sister Retana and Sister Snyder

Happy Mother's Day!
"Know that their effort was, it is and always will be worth"
*The missionaries had designed a beautiful card with an elegant format, however, after translating it and moving it to be posted, the format was lost. Elder Hughes told us during his phone call on Mothers Day about making this for the women in his ward and was so excited for them to have this message.~Elder Hughes Mom

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 4, 2015 " Missionary Barbeque, Hector and Jaun and.... ¡¡¡¡HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!

 So this week was a really good week.... the weather has been the same but yesterday it was freezing cold.. this morning when we woke up, there was a little bit of frost on the ground.. so it may snow within a couple days (Elder Muñoz wants to see snow because he has never seen snow ) also today we had an asado (barbeque) with all the elders in Puenta Arenas.. we cook meat, made chuti pan, and played basketball and ping pong.. we had a good time. 
  So this week we have been able to find a lot of new people who are receptive. Tuesday we stopped by to visit a member who's wife is not a member and has not wanted anything to do with us. Whenever we came over to visit her husband, she would go into the other room. But when we went tuesday, she stayed and talked with us and we had a really good lesson and we answered a lot of her questions.... wednesday we had an intercambio. Elder Libonati (he is from Uruguay) came into our sector with me. We found a guy who is studying and was really receptive (we visited him yesterday and taught him a little bit and he was really receptive and committed to read some of the Book of Mormon and we are going to pass by next sunday). We had a really good time.. thursday we went to visit Hector but he wasn't there, but his brother (who got out of jail) answered the door and let us in.. we were a little hesitant, but didn't feel in danger so we entered. We started talking with him and had a good visit with him.. come to find out, his dad died when he was 11 years old, then his mom married the dad of Hector (they are step brothers)... then his step dad died later on.. I felt so sad for that family and the confusion and the sadness that they have experienced.. I honestly wanted to cry.. but we left and said that we would stop by saturday... Saturday we had the bishop accompany us the visit Juan (the brother of Hector), we entered there talked for a few minutes to see how everything was going, he told us that his mom had burned her foot the other day when hot water fell, and he told us that he suffered from epilepsy, and when he  said that a thought came to my mind that he was going to have a seizure while we were there, but i thought, nahhh, he doesn't look like he would.. so we starting teaching him about the plan of salvation, and after we finished talking about the premortal life, he started gagging like he was going to throw up, so we got a bowl and he started to throw up. then he starting shaking (not as bad as what Jeffrey has) but he couldn't answer us and was shaking a little bit. so we called an ambulance and the bishop left after we got everything under control, then Hector came back from work to find that his brother was having a seizure and all that jazz so he was a little surprised, while we were waiting for ht ambulance Hector was crying and saying " why would God do this to me" "why doesn't God help us... " and stuff like that. so i helped him and talked with him and he wanted to say a prayer so we said a prayer together.,  by the time the ambulance showed up, Juan had thrown up like 4 times... but when the ambulance showed up he was a little better and wasn't shaking so much.. after the ambulance left hector felt better. honestly during the whole time my companion nor i were freaking out.. it wasn't anything new for me ;).. so it was an experience that we will never forget.. 
   I am so happy to be here in the mission. I am grateful to have the gospel in my life and I am grateful to have my family. I want to send a special thank you to all the mothers in my family and especially for my Aunts,  Grandmothers and my MOM. I love them so much and I am so grateful to have them in my life. I don't know where I would be without them,. thank you so much! I am eternally grateful and I am truly blessed to have these beautiful and amazing women in my life.

*Elder Hughes will be calling Home this next Sunday for Mothers Day...YEAHHHH! He will be skyping from their church with a members' laptop.  He will be calling at 6:00 pm Chilean Time and 2:00 Nevada Time.  What a wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day!
"The missionary much meat!"

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April 27, 2015 "Trip to Puerto Natales"

Earlier this week we had a lesson with Family Quilaqueo. We watched "In the work of the Lord". a movie about the life of Thomas S. Monson. they really liked it and helped them to know who Thomas S Monson is. We visited Hector as well. He told us how his older brother is getting out of jail soon. He told us that he wasn't looking forward to it because his brother use to abuse him. Hectors dad died when Hector had 14 years and after that, his brother would beat him for no reason. We learned that that is why Hector has scars and his face is a little disfigured and why he cant talk very well because it is hard for him to breath because his brother stabbed him one time... it was sad to hear his story. We have been trying to teach him how to read. But he told us that he wants to do it himself because he didn't learn earlier and so he is the only one who has the fault. so he wants to learn himself. so it has been a little difficult, but we will keep trying. Thursday we had another Mormon Battalion. It was a lot of fun and we were able to find people. Then friday morning we went to Puerto Natales (us and the zone leaders) to help the Elders in Puerto Natales. You have to take a 3 hour bus ride to get there. We left at 7:00 in the morning, slept there, then left there to come home at 7:00 the next morning.  We had a good time and were able to find people for the elders there. Saturday and sunday we had Stake conference. It was really good and i really enjoyed it. then sunday night we did another Mormon Battalion in another sector. So we have been running around more than anything this week. 
    This morning we played basketball at the chapel with the only indoor court here in Puenta Arenas. It was a lot of fun. I forgot to take pictures.. sorry.-- 
   This week I realized something that helped me to appreciate Heavenly Fathers plan for us. While being here in the mission, and not being with my family,I have come to realize how important they are for me and how much they mean to me and how much I love them... it is the same with our Heavenly Father, in order to realize how much he means for us, how much we love him, we have to be away from him for a while. We can still communicate to him through prayer (just as I can still communicate with my family) and he can still give us the things we need (just as my family sends me packages to help me feel better).. I am so grateful for my family... immediate and extended and I love them. I am grateful for my Heavenly father and I love him more than I can explain. He is our loving Heavenly Father and he loves us so much. I have the hope that in the next life I will be able to understand the how much God loves us "that he sent His Only Begotten Son" so that we imperfect human beings, being in a fallen and sinful state, can return to life again with our father and with our Families. I love everything about the Gospel and even though i don't understand everything, I know for certain that God loves us and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I love you Guys so much and hope that you have an awesome week!!!

Elder Hughes

Bad Haircut????

" While we were waiting for the bus to come Friday morning."

"Some flamingos(they were far away so it is not a good picture)."

"So here are some pics of Puerto Natales (it is alot more beautiful when the sun is out. There are mountains and all but it was a rainy day)"

" Elder Hoopes (one of the Elders in Puerto Natales) and I."

April 20, 2015 "We need to think about the scriptures and we will have success. I love the Lord and I love being a missionary."

 Hey!!! this week was a good week. Also the weather is really weird. Monday through Thursday it was warm, but Friday through Sunday it was cold.. 
  Tuesday we taught the family Quilaqueo about eternal families and the temples. They had a lot of questions and they really like the temples.  
Wednesday we had an activity where we were going to watch a movie about the Book of Mormon for the reading that we are doing as a ward. We made popcorn and had snacks, but only a few families showed up... but it was still really good and the families that assisted really liked it. 
   Saturday night we had an other lesson with family Quilaqueo. They had a friend who is from Osorno that was visiting them and he is a member. We had a really good lesson where we explained about the pattern of apostasy that has occurred throughout the history of the world. We used a lot of scriptures and made sure that they understood that the restoration was necessary.The dad (Luis) has a testimony of Joseph Smith and wants to be baptized, but the mom (Bernarda) says that she doesn't believe that Joseph smith was a prophet.... we believe that she still doesn't want to change right now.... they came to church with their friend and the talks that were given were amazing. we are going to stop by Tuesday. we are praying a lot to see what we can do to help Bernarda.... toward the end of the day, we went to the house of someone that we had taught a few times before and he was having a reunion with other people from his church (he is evangelist) and he invited us in.. so there was us two missionaries with 7 evangelist. They were talking about how Christ is our savior and he is the only hope.. they asked us if we wanted to share something.... so we shared a Mormon Message "the hope and the light of Christ" the spirit was strong and we bore our testimonies about Christ and his Atonement. Then they talked a little more and said their prayers (basically they showed a music video of a song about Christ and they sang along with it).. but it was a cool experience for us... we were glad that we were able to share our testimonies and that we could bring the spirit. 
   Sunday, Elder Muñoz and I taught the sunday school class of the teenagers. It was really good.I really liked teaching the youth. Sunday night, we had an activity that we are going to start doing every week.... it is called the Mormon Battalion. All the missionaries in Puenta Arenas go to some sectors that are near each other and all of us work and go visit old invesigators in that area. We had an awesome experience. We went to another area that is called Fitz Roy. A 15 year old young man came with us and we visited some people and although it was freezing cold, we were able to find a lot of people that wanted to hear more.
   Since the beginning of the cambio. Elder Muñoz and I have been trying to memorize one scripture a day. because there is a promise from President Monson that if you memorize one scripture each day for 2 years, by the end, you will have photographic memory and we are able to us the scriptures in lessons or when we talk to people in the street. I love it because already my memory is better and because I can have a scripture in my mind through out the day and helps me feel more closer to God.  Just as it says in Joshua 1:8. 
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth;but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt 
have good success.... 

 We need to think about the scriptures and we will have success. I love the Lord and I love being a missionary. Have a great week!!    
Elder Hughes

"My district."

Elder Munoz, Elder Salgado, and I.

"Elder Muñoz, me, and the young man that came with us during the activity."

"Our missionary activity"

April 13, 2015 "New companion and a personal goal to get rid of the little things that permit me from having the Spirit."

"Elder Bareiro and I as he was getting ready to leave for the mission home to return to Argentina."

"My new companion, Elder Munoz, also from Argentina."

So there were 5 missionaries who finished their missions that were here in Puenta Arenas. Tuesday morning they with their companions met at a chapel in the center of Puenta Arenas at 8:00 AM. There all the missionaries finishing their missions left for the airport and there were 5 of us who did not have companions. So Elder Libonati, Elder Nielson, and I were in a trio for Tuesday. We went to our sector for all day and we slept there at our house. Then I met up with my new companion the next day. His name is Elder Muñoz. He is from a town 3 hours away from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has 1 year and 2 months in the mission. Before he was in Porvenir (a small town across from Puenta Arenas so he didn't have to travel a lot. He is a great Elder and we became friends really fast. We have found a lot of new people who are really receptive. Also we had a fun lesson with Hector (the man that Elder Bareiro found and had left taking drugs). We stop by to visit him and he had a friend there. We tried teaching a little bit about the plan of salvation, but they were not listening.. they started smoking in front of us..... we were getting ready to leave and we asked if we could leave them with a prayer.. they said that we could and so my companion started to say the prayer and when he finished, the friend of hector was crying. He asked if he could say a pray too.... at first we were a little shocked because earlier he said that he didnt believe in God and in prayer, but we didnt have a problem with him praying. It was so cool and the Spirit was there, we challenged them both to pray everyday... we will see how that goes.
    Also we have started to play ping pong  saturday as a way to find new people.. this saturday we had Luis and Diego come (the familiy that we are teaching) and two teenagers showed up.. it was a lot of fun.. hopefully we can get more people to come.. also this week Elder Muñoz  and I have been trying to get ride of the little things that permit us from having the spirit. We have already seen a difference. We have the gift of the holy ghost. We must strive to have it with us always by keeping true to our baptismal convenants.  I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week
Elder Hughes