Kyle mentioned that all the missionaries in the mission will be able to participate in the rededication of the Buenos Aires Temple this coming Sunday. He is very excited for this opportunity. I believe they will be doing the dedication in the same manner it is done in the United States. That is, they will make stake centers and or ward buildings an extension of the temple requiring a special recommend to attend and hold the dedications within the local buildings for those who cannot attend the temple itself. In Kyle’s case, the temple would be a bus trip of over 30 hours. (jh)
From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 3 Sep 2012 08:26:42 AM MDT
Hello there my dear family. Well this week was a good week so I hope you´re ready for the good stuff.
I´ll start off with our conference with Elder Zeballos of the seventy. Yeah it was a pretty sick conference. I think its impossible to have a bad conference with a seventy. It was seriously awesome filled with the spirit. The hermana Zeballos started off and man she was pretty awesome. She was really energetic which was a welcome sight. Darn I forgot my notes but one thing that really stuck out to me was how she said that the mission rules are not just rules but rather commandment and whatever our mission president adds to that is also a commandment. Sometimes its easy to take the mission rule lightly because you can say to yourself “well its ok if I do this or that because any other member can do it.” but that is not true. As missionaries we are for sure not your ordinary member and its those commandments that make us extraordinary. Elder Zeballos was awesome. The first impression that I got from is was that he is called of God. It was nice because normally conferences with authorities we talk about goals and stuff but this one was more focused on how to help our investigators. He shared some really awesome experiences from his mission and from his time as mission president. The spirit was great and I really learned how I can help my investigators progress.
Another thing that was sweet this week is that we found a sweet family named the Pelozo family. So Elder Rivera and I actually contacted the dad in the calle. I put a star next to him name because it was a good contact but we never got around to passing by the house. So I was looking though my old agenda and saw the name so we decided to go by. We knocked the door and they let us in right away. We didn´t even have to introduce ourselves. They are a family of four Daniel and Marta are the parents and Aylen is 12 and Lautaro is 8. They were all so nice and recieved us so well. We talked about the restoration and of the church and of the priesthood. Daniel said that he really like the idea to be baptized with the same power that John the baptist had. So they all accepted the invitation to be baptized. Unfortunatly they weren´t able to come to church this week but I´m really excited to work with this family.
Another thing was that Gonzalo finally was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday. He has been active but always has touble wakeing up on time and getting to church right at the beginning and when he did come early there was always some sort of meeting that made it not possible. But yesterday it finally happened. There aren´t many things better than seeing your converts progress. He was in tears after he was ordained and was so excited to pass the sacrament. It truly was one of the best feelings I have felt on my mission. It also strengthened my testimony of the priesthood and its power.
Well thats about all I have. Thank you for your letters. I got the camera and was going to take pictures at the conference, but I forgot it! Sorry but I´ll send a picture with my zone with Elder and Hermana Zeballos. I love you all, have a great week!
Elder Kyle Hudgins
From: Kyle Hudgins <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: Elder y Hermana Zeballos-foto
Date: 3 Sep 2012 08:34:39 AM MDT
Here is the picture of the conference. Yes we have a pretty small zone. Their names from left to right: Elder Salinas, Elder Evans, Elder Rivera, Elder Ayala, Elder Wible, Elder Hernandez, Elder Antipan, Elder Yobanolo, Elder Minghini, Me
Oh the front row is Elder and Hermana Zeballos, Hermana and President Lovell and Hermana Hinze and Hermana Perez
It sounds as if you are having many wonderful missionary experiences. The only direct one that I’m involved in is still progressing, but not yet committed. “Teddy” told me that he was not at Church last week because he had to work, but I hope he made it yesterday. I looked for him, but we were having a two-ward combined meeting so the Stake President could announce the creation of a third ward, drawn from the original two. There were so many people that I might have missed him.
The good news is that the Church is growing here so that they had to make that new ward AND, unofficially, we know that there will also soon be a split of the stake.
On top of all that, the Bishop of the new (Gombé) ward is non other than one of our Mission Office employees, Aimé Ngoy. He is a great man and gave a wonderful, heartfelt talk yesterday… The Stake President met with President Jameson and directed that all the couple missionaries could attend the Gombé ward, even though two of us are in the other boundaries. What a relief, because the alternative was that we two couples would have had to travel to the Kasa Vubu ward, which will now be re-located far from where we live. Of course, all missionaries are only members of their own home ward so we can go around and visit other wards (and even give our Fast Offerings to other wards. But, we will be happy to stay in our Gombé ward unless there is a special event, such as a baby blessing, etc, to which we are invited.
Looking forward to more pictures, now that you have a new camera!