Hola Everyone! & family in Dallas! That's so fun to be out there. I remember when I got to go out there! Hi Aunt Meg, Uncle Brandon, Tate and Coy! Thinking about you guys! I had quite the week, lots of stuff to talk about! Yes, there was an earthquake here. It was pretty intense, it lasted about 25 seconds! it felt like the ground was moving six inches right, left, right,left, ha! It really wasn't too bad here in the city but it did damage on the coast. I think there were like 40 casualties. We have been praying for the people here. All is good here, was pretty crazy though! I was able to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting this sunday, my heart was just pounding. My Spanish continues to improve! On Monday I challenged myself to never speak a word of English!! Honestly I didn't think I could do it but somehow I managed to get through the day with no english. I really grew and learned alot! Also on monday we got taken out to the city to go contacting for a few hours. What an awesome experience! The busses are crazy here. We were packed into a bus with tons of people. It's fun to talk to all the locals! Some of them are tough to understand but it was great! Wow! I could not believe how poor these people are... yet they are such happy and humble people! I seriously love the Guatemalan people. Very hard workers too! I saw some interesting things on the streets. There are dogs that just walk around everywhere here. Wow, what a change from the States. I'm so excited to get out in the feild and get to know these people! Awesome experience, we got 6 refferals and talked to a ton of people!!! I continue to work as hard as I can and set the foundation for how I want my mission to be. I continue to work with my companion alot. I'm just trying to do my best everyday. That is one thing I have definitely learned so far is to have patience! I can't believe I have been here three weeks already... the Latinos leave on Monday which is sad... I really love these guys! We will get a new group to come in so that will be fun! my Latino roommates are so funny! We are just always laughing so hard haha! It's crazy how tired you get on your mission, the past few nights this week I have just died on my bed! But I always feel ready to go in the morning! Thank you Harless family, I got both of your letters this week. I love you guys so much! I can't tell you how nice it is to hear from you all! Mom I got your dear elders, thank you! Those are so nice! Spiritually I have had a great week! We are all changing and growing all the time. We are responsible for who we are and who we will become. As we strive to come closer to Jesus Christ he can mold and make us into something so great! Every challenge, trial, conflict, sadness, and unfairness in life happens for one purpose, to give us opportunities to respond by applying the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ! I know that our Savior Jesus Christ lives and he loves and knows each one of us perfectly! We have so many reasons to rejoice! Now let us go and serve others and live each day as Christ would. I know immense peace and happiness will fill your life! I love this work so much! I dont want to have any regrets here in Guatemala! I am trying so hard to put my whole heart into what I'm doing and I know the Lord will mold and shape me in the process! AHHH, we have so many reasons to rejoice! Find someone who needs help and do something simple for them! I love you all! Mom, Dad, Riley, Zach and everyone else who reads! You are awesome... I think of you often. LOVE, Elder Hughes Sorry, I wish I could email more, we literally get exactly 30 minutes to write... Buenas Dias from Guatemala!
Hola! Familia and Friends. I love you guys and miss everyone! I am doing well in the ccm, it's been quite the week. Lots to tell you guys about. Can you believe I've been out on my mission for a month, holy moly! Thats crazy, time is just flying by, woah! I am doing well I have had stomach problems all week, but that's the story with most of the Americans here. We all love the food just not what it does to your digestive system ha! Everyone just says get used to it, that's how it is going to be through the whole mission here. Ok, big change this week...... yesterday the President called me into his office. He is an awesome guy. An elder here had to go home because of back problems so he had to shift some people around. I'm in a trio so I thought I might have to shift, well they could have just moved me into the empty slot with Elder C ( the elder we met in the temple idk if you guys remember him but we are good friends). President decided to switch me back with Elder R! He didn't even know we were companions before in Provo. Now Elder R's companion is with Elder C. Elder R has been struggling alot here in the CCM so I know for sure this is inspired. I am doing everything I can to help him be the best missionary he can be. He was really happy that I'm his companion again. It was hard to leave my companions and my district, we were really bonding well but I feel good that I can help the President and the Lord any way I can. So was kind of crazy yesterday moving all my stuff, switching teachers and districts but its all good, just crazy! My first transfer on the mission haha, now I live with four Latinos, they are good a little wild sometimes. Spanish is getting better, I can understand alot more. We are surrounded by it here so that helps and my lessons are getting better. I haven't gotten any mail here yet... dear elders come once a week so thats probably a good way to write. GOOOOOOOO Giants! I'm so excited they won thats crazy!!! Dad, haven't been able to sight see yet but I think in like a week and a half we get to go on a tour, we shall see! Futbol is going well, I enjoy playing with all the latinos good times. It's kind of weird here cause no one has gotten any mail until dear elders yesterday, I think about you guys all the time. I love you guys. The Christ like attribute of Hope has been on my mind this week. Hope really is the anchor of our soul. It is different than faith. Hope is having a trust that the lord will fulfill his promises to you. This is shown in out confidence, enthusiasm, optimism, and patient perseverance. Think about it, we know eternal truths and how blessed we are. The atonement is infinite to cover us... God loves and knows us individually... we can speak to our Heavenly Father through sincere prayer...we can be forgiven of our sins through sincere repentance. How cool is that. Now we have the oppourtunity to share these truths with others. We have every infinite reason to have hope and faith no matter what afflictions we face. If we have hope, the hardest and the easiest times of life can be a blessing for us. I know that is true. We can make a choice everyday to be happy and rejoice!!!!! Glad you guys are doing well. Read the scriptures daily, there is power found in the word of God. I love being a missionary. Sorry nothing to crazy to report the CCM is pretty much the same all the time. LOVE YOU ALL! I'd love to hear from everyone... have a great week. Elder Hughes