Monday, March 17, 2014

CHANGES! | Week 76

Hey guys!
Well been an absolutely crazy week haha! To get things started I got change calls last night and after 9 months as a ZL here in Palmita Im heading out! It wasnt too big of a suprise for me but not going to lie im sad to leave..... We have had an amazing change and lots of people are going to be baptized in the next couple weeks.
As you probably saw in the pictures my companion was on crutches this week! On Monday while playing soccer he hurt his knee. We could never figure out what happened but on Tuesday he couldnt walk at all :( It felt like someone put the brakes on. We have been working really hard and have this area moving. We were able to get to some appointments and set a new baptismal date with J in the morning. Javier is a reference we got and he is progressing REALLY fast. He has been so prepared and accepted a date for the 29th of March. Such a cool guys and his story really reminds me of your conversion Dad. He has been looking for a long time for the truth and peace in his life. He met his girlfreind C who lives in our ward and she has helped him alot. He grew up in a tough family situation but is so receptive and humble. We taught him twice this week and is just rocking it. He has plans to later get married to C later on this year!!! I shared with them the story of you and mom. You guys are such a great example to me and the people here in Guatemala.
On thursday we had a multi zone conference with Elder Adrian Ochoa the second counselor in the area presidency. Wow! Such a cool conference he talked alot about faith and how we can be more effective as missionaries. It as so nice to learn from him and President Watts. I felt the spirit really strongly and we all left excited and animated!
My poor companion hobbled around all week. Every night we would use ice and heating pads to keep him moving. On Wendsday he stayed in a members house while I left to go to the appointments.
M is going to be baptized this next Saturday! Im so bummed im not going to be here :( Her mom is doing great too. They have been coming to church every week and we have seen a huge change in there lives. Man Im going to cry saying goodbye to all these people haha.
M and her daughters are doing so amazing too! M's oldest daughter is going to seminary every morning now and she isnt even a member yet! All of them are ready to be baptized we are just working with lawyers to get there legal documents figured out so she can be married to her husband. We are hoping that at the end of the month we will have everything ready. Ahhhhh
We were able to have stake conference on Saturday and Sunday with Elder Carlos Amado the area President. It was AMAZING! He is one of the most powerful speakers ive ever heard. As a stake we were able to have 725 people there on Sunday! 10 of our investigators came too! We almost didnt fit everyone into the building. It has been really cool to work with President Watts and the Stake leaders here. Oh and one of Mayras sons from Acatan was baptized last week. Her husband and youngest son are progressing too!
I love this stake and it has been such a blessing to have been able to get to know many of the members and to work with the stake presidency. This is going to be hard to leave, but I know that the lord has more in store for me. It was so cool to listen and learn from Elder Ochoa and Elder Amado this week. They are truly men of god. I have a testimony that everything we do in this church is done by revealation. Who the lord calls he qualifies. We all have the responsiblity to magnify our callings and give our best to the lord. I have felt his support throughout my whole mission. I know that God loves everyone of his children. The Gospel is here on the earth so that we can find true peace and happiness. Elder Amado stated on Sunday that "Our problems will all be solved when we take them out of the center of our lives" It is when we center out lives in Christ and his restored that we find peace and rest to our souls. I love my Family and I am so grateful that we have made covenants in the temple and that our family ties will last for eternity! I hope everyone has a great week and that we do the small things that bring the spirit into our lives.
Love you all so much!
Elder Hughes
Thanks so much for the package! I just loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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