Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 22, 2015 " 118 degrees is pretty hot! Down here we got to about 32 degrees this week.. probably less."

A snowman we found.

Atonement Devotional at Sandra's(she is in the yellow and black jacket)

"A Chilean sunset"
 Congrats to my cousin Derek and his new wife.. I wish I could have been there. Sorry to hear about how hot it is up there in the desert... 118 degrees is pretty hot. down here we got to about 32 degrees this week.. probably less. by thursday the snow had already melted, and it started raining on and off. then sunday when we went to church it was still dark outside and there wasnt any snow.. when we got out, there was a lot of snow and some of the members started a snowball fight.. but now the snow is starting to melt again.. also i still havent been able to find my suitcase,.. hopefully it shows up soon.. 
    So unfortuantely we havent been able to find Enrique again.. but we are going to keep trying to pass by.. Sandra is progressing alot. she couldnt come to church becasue she had to work. but we had a little family home evening friday with some of the members and she came. it was a success. we have found a nnew investigator. his name is Jose Rios. he is an alcoholic and wants to stop drinking. he actually contacted the Sister misionaries and they passed us his address so that we could pass by.he has came to church two weeks in a row. unfortunately he works al ot so we cant teach him very much.. but he is doing well. 
    Saturday we had a devotional. the missionaries did it about the atonement of Christ.. it was really awesome. we did a little program where we sang, and had some video clips about the life of Christ. the spirit was so strong. even during hte practice that we did the spirit was strong. unfortunately not very many people showed up, but those who sttended really liked it. 
    I want to say HAPPY FATHERS DAY  to all the fathers out there. especially my uncles, cousins, grandpas, and especially my Dad.. i love my dad so much and i am so grateful for his example and for all the sacrifices that he has made so that i could be raised in a safe enviroment and so i could be raise in the gospel.. i am so blessed to have him as my dad. i am so blessed to have been raised in the gospel and to be able to have such a beautiful family. I love you guys so much and hope you have an awesome week!! 
Love, Elder Hughes

June 15, 2015 'Visit to Torres Del Payne, a Chilean National Park."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I hope that you had an awesome birthday. Thank you for the years that you have sacrificed to be my wonderful mother. You have been such a blessing in my life and I love you so much…
                This week was a little interesting… first off it snowed Tuesday, but after a few days it went away. Then Sunday morning it snowed like crazy and Monday throughout the day and today.. there is about 4 inches of snow already and they say that it is going to snow the rest of the week.. so we will see what happens.
                So wednesday in the morning we had intercambios with the zone leaders. (Elder Dominquez [from the Dominican republic] and Elder Fotheringham [from salt lake city]) I went with Elder Fotheringham to his sector. We had a good day and had a great lesson with a part member family. The dad (who is a member but inactive) opened up to us and told us a lot about his doubts. It was an awesome experience. Thursday morning as Elder Muñoz and I were traveling back to our house in a colectivo (basically a taxi but that has a route like a bus), I remembered that we had to stop in centro to go to a ciber to send a few documents to the secretary of the mission so that I can file for my second visa. So we had to stop really quick and guess what… I forgot my little suitcase (that I had but the things that I needed for the intercambio because I slept there in their house, like my sleeping bag, my personal hygenie items, shirt, preach my gospel, other things and my Journal) in the trunk of the car.. so that was a bummer and we are hopeing that the driver still hasn’t noticed and it is still in the back of the trunk and that when he finds it, that he will take it to the terminal of the colectivo to return it… so that was an interesting experience. Made me think how the thing material really can disappear in a second while the things spiritual are the most important because they will never go away…
                So the sister missionaries talked with a guy who was drunk and he wanted us to visit him because he wants to stop drinking… we stopped by thursday and he hadn’t drinking hardly anything that day (which was a miracle itself) and we stopped by as well Saturday. We invited him to church and he accepted to come. (his name is Jose) we also invited Sandra to come. She didn’t really want to go because her daughter (that has 4 years) is really hyper and she didn’t want her to cause distractions, but she accepted to come.. Then a member who lives near (the relief society president) called her and invited her to come as well.. she has been helping us with Sandra and has been a great help. But Sunday Luis and Bernarda, Quilaqueo, Sandra, and Jose and three inactive members came to church!! It was an awesome day and they all really liked it.   
                Monday morning at 6:15 we left Punta Arenas in a 14 seater van to go to the Torres del Payne. A national park that is really famous. As we left, it started snowing really hard and we had to take it slow.. we had a few snow ball fights as we took breaks to stretch out. But we arrived in Puerto Natales and pick up the two Elders there.. (after 4 hours) and headed for the Torres.. then it started to rain. Basically all day there was clouds and rain and wind while we were there. We couldn’t see the Torres because there was clouds, so that was a little lame, but we still took fotos and it was still really pretty. The lakes have a really blue color. We had a good time and got to know each other better as well.  Then we visited a cave of the mylodon. An animal that became extinct and it is a little tourist site. So we got back to Puerto Natales at 6:30pm and headed back to Puenta Arenas. We got  back at 9:30.. all in all it was disappointing that we couldn’t see the Torres but we still enjoyed it..
                I love being out here in the msion and I love the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ and has a power that is offered to anyone who studies, ponders, applies and prays about it. I have come to love the book and I always find strength and comfort in the words that are written. I know that it was inspiried of God and that God gave it to us for a wise purpose. It is truly a wonderful and a marvolious work. I know that it was written for us and if we do not us it, God will hold us accountable. It is a gift from him and we need to appreciate it and apply the things it teaches into our lifes. I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week.
Love, Elder Hughes
                                          Our first snow of the year...in front of the chapel.
                               Torres Del Payne National Park
A postcard picture of what we would have seen without the fog.
Another postcard picture of Torres Del Payne National Park


Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 8, 2015 "I know that God loves all of us and watches over us."

Wow.. sounds like this week was crazy for everyone.. first off HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROCK!!! finally in the teens.. crazy.. second CONGRATS TO TYLER AND ASHLYN AND RYAN  for their graduation. feels like i graduated yesterday.. weird.. 
     So this week was a little crazy.. and a little cold.. So Monday tuesday and almost all day wedensday it rained without stopping.. tons of mud and water.. then Wednesday day night at about 7:00, it started to snow.. so we were soaking wet and then it started to snow... Elder Muñoz had a ball because he had never seen snow before.. He was really excited. It snowed for about 3 hours. then it started to rain on and off for the rest of the week until sunday.. so the weather it getting colder.. 
     We have been able to teach Enrique and he has been really good. He has accepted everything we have taught him and really has a desire to change. In our ward there are 4 missionaries. s and two hermanas(sister missionaries). The hermanas had a baptism this saturday. Her name is Pamela. She has been dating a less active and they were wantting to get married so that she could be baptized. They were not sure that they were going to be avle to do it before saturday, but there were miracles and they got married friday and she got baptized saturday. It was a great baptism. There were a few less active members who came to the baptism that we invited. As the hermanas were cleaning out the baptismal font, saturday in the morning, the water wasnt draining and there was a really bad odor coming from the drainage. We were close to the chapel so we ran over their to help them and to see what was going on. We had to take the water that was down there and clean it all out.. but we got it cleaned out in time... 
       I had an awesome experience yesterday. Well first I was a little discouraged because Enrique couldnt come to church, so his baptismal date fell... and a few less active members couldnt come as well.. after the sacrament when the testimonies started, I said a prayer in my heart that God would help me to feel better.. as I finished I lifted my head and saw an older lady who had a hard time walking.. she was starting to walk up to the pulpit to bear her testimony. So I stood up and helped her to the pulpit, then after she finished, I helped her down.. as I went to sit down, I thought " God works by small and simple things" so that "great things come to ´pass".. even though it was a small act of serveice, i felt better afterwards and i knew that throught that act of sercive, God ansered my Prayers.. my testimony has grown so much in the past year. i am still not perfect and i still struggle, but my testimony is so uch stronger. I know that God loves all of us and watches over us.. he is always showering us with blessings, but unfortunately, we but the umbrella up to block them.. all we have to do is do what he ask and we will "prosper in the land" (mosiah 2:22).. I love you all and hope you have a great week.. 

Love, Elder Hughes


June 1, 2015 "Intercambios(splits) with Elders from Puerto Natales....and, it's getting cold."

  First off.. Good luck to Hailey Bunker and Amber Williams on your missions.. trust me, you are going to love it.. 
    Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jeffrey and Tyler.. sounds like you really enjoyed them. They are both growing up.. Jeffrey is 21 and Tyler is 18.. crazy.. 
    So this week was cold.. still not snow, but there is ice in the mornings and the nights.  Here in Punta Arenas they usually have problems with people slipping and breaking bones.. at this time of year. 
        Tuesday, the Elder in ¨Puerto Natales came down and we had intercabios. Elder Linton and I were together and we had a good time. A really good lesson with Family Quilaqueo about the families… (mostly we talked about “the family: a proclamation to the world”). When we got back to the house that night, Elder Linton and I made cobbler for the birthday of an Hermana missionary in our zone.. it turned out great. Wednesday day we had a zone council where all the missionaries in the zone get together and we set goals for the cambio. We set goals so that we can have more lessons with members and get more references and invite more people to be baptized. Also Tuesday, Elder Muñoz and Elder Mendoza (the companion of Elder Linton) visited Sandra Moya, and they had a great lesson with her and she accepted to be baptized on the 4th of july!!! All week long we have been praying that Henriquez would come back and still have the desire that he left with. We also fasted Sunday as well. We tried to pass by Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon, but he wasn’t there… but at about 7:00 in the evening, we were passing by his house to go to another part of the neighborhood, and saw that the lights were on in his house. So we knocked and he answered and let us in.. he is still the same and wants to get baptized… we taught him about the word of wisdom because he has a problem  smoking and drinking. during the whole lesson I was praying that he would accept it and would feel the spirit testify to him that it is what he needs to do.. he believed what we said and is going to work to leave smoking and drinking.. he still wants to be baptized on the 27 of june. The biggest obstacle is that he needs to assist at the church at the least 3 times before he is baptized. In order for him to do that, he needs to attend every Sunday until his baptism (and of course after as well). So we are going to help him to attend every week… after the lesson, Elder Muñoz and I were so happy..
    I love being here in the mission. My testimony has grown so much. I cannot truly express how I feel about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But I can say that I know that Jesus Christ was, is , and will be forever more our Savior and Redeemer. From the fall of Adam and Eve, we inherited certain death, physically and spiritually. All of us would die and our spirits and our bodies would separate forever, never to be reunited again and all of us would be cast out of the presence of God, forever, to be miserable and have eternal  suffering, on account of our imperfection and or sins. But just as the prophet Jacob proclaimed to the people of Nephi, “O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster;” (2 Nephi 9:7-10) we too can rejoice because  “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). “And the great and wonderful love made manifest by the Father and the Son in the coming of the Redeemer into the world;   
That through his atonement, and by obedience to the principles of the gospel, mankind might be saved.” (DyC 138: 3-4) and “that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”(AoF 3) Christ has already paid the price. He already did his part. All he asks of us is to believe in him and obey his commandments. He doesn’t look at how many times we fall, but at how many times we lift ourselves up. Through Christ, we can return to live  with our Heavenly Father and live with our families forever in a state of never ending happiness and peace. I know that Christ is our Savior and that he is the only way. Only through him can we receive eternal life. I love him with all my heart and I know that I am not perfect. But Christ knows that as well, but he stills loves me no matter how many times I have fallen, but at how many times I lift myself up, and I know that he is always  there for me to help  lift me up when I begin to doubt and take my eyes off of him.. I know that he can carry our burdens and our shortcomings because he has already done it.. 2000 years ago in the Garden of Gethsemane.. I love him so much and I know that he is our Savior.. I love you guys and hope you have a wonderful week!!! 
Love, Elder Hughes
"The cobbler we made for the Hermana's Birthday in my zone."

"My district"

"Puenta Arenas"

"The fog over the ocean, there is a island that cannot be seen because of the fog."
"The hamburger we made after playing basketall today."