From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 12, 2012 11:32:20 AM MDT
Hey! How is everyone doing this week. Looks like you all had a great time this last week with Grandpa´s birthday. 78 years old! Happy Birthday Grandpa!
Well this week wasn´t much more different than the last couple weeks. Its still pretty tough but I am really starting to see my own personal growth working here in Trevelin. It is something that President Brinkerhoff told me before the mission and I can see it know. Its that i will learn to do hard things while on my mission. I can tell you right now that working in Trevelin is the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life. We don´t have many investigators and as of right now, none of them are progressing. We are putting in a lot of time with the less active members and we also haven´t seen too much success there (except for this week we had three menos activos in church so that was awesome). This week was really hard to keep my head up and my faith strong as well. On Saturday was really had an awesome day planned. We were going to see all of our investigators and put fechas, re-put fechas and invite them all to church. We called them all the night before to confirm and they were all on board. We were really excited for the day. But unfortunately the day did not turn out how we had hoped. All of our appoinments fell through and we only ended up teaching one lesson the day. It was very dissapointing. Elder Clark and I were dragging our feet around at 8:00 and we really just wanted to go back to the pension but we decided to stay out and knock doors and street contact but that didn´t bring many results either. We were both pretty disanimated at the end of the day. Sunday was much like the same. We tried going to see our investigators we couldn´t find yesterday but they weren´t home again. It was a tough day until we went out with Presidente Ganga in the evening. He gave us a few references and we went around to them setting up appoinments. When we got back to the pension last night we were still pretty disanimated about the last week and especially the last few days. Then Elder Boyd called (the AP and the guy in that picture with Elder Clark and I at zone conference). He said that its awesome that we are being dilligent in out work. But we have to make sure we are working with faith as well. We have to believe that what we are doing, Lord will guide us in whatever we are doing. We have to seek for his help. He told us to say a prayer before we go to bed and to ask specifically for help in finding investigators and to have a baptism in the next 3 weeks. And to do it with all the faith you can muster up. It was my turn and it was probably the most faith filled prayer i have ever given in my life. It has given me a good outlook about Trevelin and made me really excited to work with these references that Pte. Ganga gave us. There was one that I have been really thinking about. Her husband recently died. She is really good friends with the Ganga family so we are going to go by with them this week and i am really excited for that.
One really good thing that happened with our investigators was with Wanda. We had a really good lesson about the Plan of Salvation. She really does want to get baptized but she is having a hard time giving up the things in her live. Her friends aren´t a very good influence on her and she has a big problem about keeping the word of wisdom. We know that she felt the spirit in our last lesson with her. I keep praying for her to have the strength to stand up to the temptations of the world.
I have the hope that working with more faith and always improving the way we work will bring success to Trevelin. Thank you for all your prayers and I ask that you continue sending them this way. I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Elder Kyle Hudgins