Monday, February 24, 2014

MIRACLES! | week 73

Well Hellooooooo!

Thanks for the Email Mom! And for the pictures too Im excited to see Riley play his senior year in 2015 haha. Well I have so much to tell you guys this week. As we started the week the Assistants called and challenged us and the zone to find 20 new investigators this week. That is a very high goal haha. After getting a slow start to the week with the Temple trip on Tuesday we started seeing miracles.
 On Wednesday we were witnesses of one of them. Its kind of a long complex story but the Lord used us and another less active family to accomplish it. Lets go back two weeks when Elder G and I had a distict impression to knock one of the streets in our area. At the end of the street we found a less active family, la familia D. They let us in and despite some tough problems we were able to gain there confidence and set a return visit for Wednesday the 19th. The D family has two young boys. M the oldest who is 18 used to be very active in the church. Ok...... moving onto the other side of the story. Im not sure if you remember the F family that we found a while back knocking doors. Well we always visit them on Tuesdays and due to our Temple trip we had to move the appointment to Wednesday  Well K F the oldest son doesnt live with his mom but he lives with his grandparents who are also members. K had a dream and many other impressions that he needed to be at his moms house on Wednesday.  We arrived and he immediately asked us if we knew of a Familia D. We said we had found them a couple of weeks ago. As we looked at our agendas we remembered that we had the appointment set up with them just an hour later. We invited K to come with us and we were able to vistit the D family. When we arrived they were going through a really hard time with problems in the family. About midway through the lesson the visiting teachers knocked on the door and came in! K shared his testimony and thanked M who he had not seen in years for the example he had been for him and his family. Because of his example and help K came back to church and is going to be headed on the mission. The spirit filled the whole house and everyone was crying haha. We were all able to share our testimonies and I shared mine. God loves ALL of his children and he sends angels both heavenly and in the form of his children here on earth to go and rescue others. The whole D family thanked us and K for following the spirit. Even the Visiting Teachers were inspired to come to the aid of this family. The very next day M working with us all day! Whew its hard for me to put this story into words hahah. God loves his children and ALWAYS sends help. Even if it means a young man from across the capital.

This experience Wednesday got our momentum going and carried us throughout the week. We had great lessons with M and the R Ortiz family. We set baptismal dates with the Familia R too! On sunday we had one of the members of our ward help us with his mini bus to go and pick up investigators. Hermana F and her daughter M were able to come to church for the first time, the husband finally let them go! We also stopped by and picked up the R family and they came for the first time too! But our biggest suprise came while greeting people at the front door M and her three daughters walked in!!!!!!!!! She had told us that she wasnt going to be able to come haha. Church went great and everyone loved it. In total we had 7 investigators there all for the first time!
On Sunday afternoon we were getting worried because we still had to find 8 new investigators to reach the goal of 20! Hahahaha After going back to the contacts we had made in the week we just started knocking all the doors we saw. Miraculously we taught a new family of four and two other contacts making it 18. At 7:30 we had our correlation meeting with the bishop and our ward mission leader. They knew about our goal and we told them we were two short. We left at 8:30 and our ward mission leader took us to a family he had known nearby. And with five minutes to spare we found the last two investigators we needed hahaha! The mom and dad were baptized like ten years ago and we began teaching them and two of there teenage children who are not members. I have never worked to hard to hit a goal in my life hahahah. That doesnt even touch the surface of all the stuff that happened to us this week. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven. It was so cool to see the heavens open this week! The Lord helped us so much this week. There were so many moments when we just wanted to say alright no more hahaha. With Faith and the Lords help we can do anything the Lord asks of us.
We are so excited right now Haha. 
I know this is the Lords work. We have zone conference tomorrow with President Watts and are excited to receive instruction and guidance. I love you all so much. I wish I could write better and do justice to all these experiences haha. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for this gospel in my life and in the life of my family. Remember the important things in life, do your best everyday, and God will fill and enrich every part of our lives. Have a great week!!!!!!

Con amor

Elder Hughes


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