Monday, May 19, 2014

It's heating up in the desert!!!!! | Week 85

Hola Familia!!!!!
It sounds like all is well at home! I love to hear that! All is well here in Arizona as well, we have been very blessed this week. I second the motion on how special patriarchal blessings are. Mine has guided and blessed me every single time that I read it. It is truly a roadmap, and a guide that is so important. I always encourage recent converts to receive their patriarchal blessings.
My prayers will be with Aaron.

It is heating up here in Arizona, we had a hot week. The work of the Lord is heating up as well! We are excited about the future. The Lord has blessed us with more people to teach this week. I finished the week last night absolutely exhausted! We have been so busy, and sometimes I just get wiped out! That is why we have p day's to recharge and regroup.

We started to teach M who is A's son. He lives part time here in Benson, and part time in Tucson, so it has been hard to catch him. He is doing great! He LOVES learning about the gospel. I have never met a more spiritually in tune 9 yr old. He has a thirst for spiritual knowledge. It is truly so fun to teach people like that. It has been wonderful to teach him. He has a baptismal date, and is progressing well.
I went on exchanges this week with my good friend Elder P! It was a blast! We got a lot done, and we were able to see many little miracles. It is truly so fun to serve with friends. I have been blessed with companions who will be my friends for my whole life. I have been so blessed. We taught their investigator M who is getting baptized this week. He is one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. He is homeless by choice, he is 24, and he is incredibly smart. They have seen a complete spiritual transformation happen with M. He began as an athiest, and now is sharing the gospel with all of his friends! It has been a true miracle.
We had a really cool miracle this week. D who got baptized last transfer, had a friend of her's staying at her house for a short while. Her name is M, and she is a lost soul, who is really struggling. Her last name was Hughes actually. At first she was very argumentative, she wanted to debate a bunch of doctrines, and she wasn't making any sense at all. Then my inspired companion said the phrase "to return home to our Father in Heaven" That one line changed everything. The spirit touched her. Apparently she has always believed in a premortal life, but no one believed her, they just made fun of her. From then on she really opened up. The spirit was strong, and it led our words. We taught and comforted her. She soaked it all up, and wanted as much info as she could get. Everything totally changed. We gave her a blessing. She later called us and said that our meeting was life changing. She left the next morning to go back to Missouri. It was quite a miracle.
There are many more people who we have started to teach, and we are excited to see where it all goes!

We had our last interviews with President Killpack this week. It was hard to come to grips with that. We had a great interview, and we discussed many things. He is truly a man of God. His example and leadership have blessed my life immensely. He gave me his wise counsel about returning home from a mission, and we talked about the blessings that come in the service of the Lord. The great thing, is that service carries onward throughout our whole lives. I truly feel so blessed. I am so grateful for all that my heavenly father has given me.
Yesterday we had a mega ward council. We went through every single name on the ward list. We actually didn't finish, but it was amazing to be a part of. The Lord is very concerned with the one. He is concerned about every single one of his children. His love, gospel, and work spreads forward one person at a time. That is happening all over the world. I hope that each of us can take the time to focus on the one. On a friend, on a family member, or on a lost soul. In the world we live in, we are constantly being divided. Our time and attention can be divided between many people at the same time. I believe that this saddens the Savior of the World, who always took time for the one. He loves each of us, one by one. We will return to his presence one at a time.
Thank you for all your love and support. It means so much to me. I feel it. I love you all so very much!

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Hughes

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