From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: Hola
Date: 29 Oct 2012 09:20:57 AM MDT

Hey family! Things are going well here in Argentina. It is really starting to heat up, it´s nice to here that you guys are getting some snow up there haha.

This week was a pretty good one. We had stake conference and we also had transfers. There weren´t many changes here in our district. Unfortunately the only one who is leaving is our zone leader Elder Heaps who is going to be the next assistant. So that was pretty sad. It was probably the best district I have ever been in. But it should be good because Elder Nance who was with me in Rawson is coming to be the new zone leader so I´m sure we will still have a great time.

So this week we were able to finally find Sebastian again. He moved and we weren´t able to find him for a while. But we finally got in contact with him and found his house. It was not easy to find his house either. Everywhere in Argentina there are like 5 houses behind the house that closest to the street so that makes it difficult. But we were able to teach him and his girlfriend and it was a really good lesson. His girlfriend doesn´t have very much religious background but she really liked the lesson. We weren´t able to have much time but we were able to bring the spirit while teaching the message of the restoration. It was awesome. So hopefully we can start teaching them more consitantly and get them going to church so they can progres toward baptism.

This week we were also able to talk to Federico. He is doing well and gave the final prayer in our lesson. He still hasn´t really thought about his own baptism but he recognizes the importance of baptism so thats good. He is still having a hard time coming to church because of futbol but hopefully he will be able to continue to feel the spirit and have desires to come.

So this week we had stake conference. It was really good but they talked a lot about eternal families and stuff which is not the best topic for a missionary to here but it was really good. I also saw Hna Ganga who was visting her daughter in Gaiman so that was awesome to see people from Trevelin. A sad thing is that they took out the missionaries in Trevelin. Its sad to hear but I think it will be for the best. I really loved those members there.

Well I hope you all have a wonderfull week full of great things to share with me next week! Love you all so much!

Elder Kyle Hudgins

¡Buen día!

From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: ¡Buen día!
Date: 22 Oct 2012 07:52:30 AM MDT

Hello family and friends. Everything is going well here on this side of the earth! It sounds like things are great all the way up there. Its nice to finally be entering into summer here in Argentina but it is getting a little warm. But it is better than rain and snow I guess.

So this week was a really tough week but we sure had some good experiences. This week we went to a baptism. Elder Stokes and Elder Wagstaff taught the kid, Ezequiel that got baptized and we all went because he invited us all. He is a great kid who always comes along with us on p-days. Its a pretty awesome story that he has and how he was found. He was really happy to be baptized and bore his testimony to all of us. It really was an awesome baptismal service.

After that we had a stake mission activity. We all went to the Union 2 chaple and we watched the movie 17 Miracles. We didn´t have the best showing but the movie was great and I think everyone there was able to feel the spirit during the movie. After that we had another activity this time with the ward. Yesterday was mother´s day here in Argentina so the Elders quorum did a dinner for the mothers. We ate some fideos caseros. They were really good. But these activities really helped in getting our spirits up from this really dificult week.

This week we had a ton of appointments that fell though on us. I think we had at least 10 appointments that were really solid that did not go through. So that really was hard on Elder Ruano and I. We weren´t able to see the investigators that we put baptismal dates last week all this week. So that was really frustrating. But we were able to go and look for some old investigators. We found one. His name is Mario. Man does this guy smoke a lot. In our 45 min visit with him on Friday, I think he smoked 5 cigaretts. He says that he really wants to quit. So we set up a cita with him and we visited him yesterday. We talked about the atonemnet of Jesus Christ and how through its power he could stop smoking. We talked about praying, reading the scriptures and going to church, and how if he does those things he will be able to resist the temptation. He agreed to do all of it so we invited him to pray at the end of the lesson. He said he didn´t want to but we were persistant with him and he finally said the prayer. It was a simple and very powerfull prayer he gave. I felt the spirit really strong and I knew that God was there by his side ready to help him.

Well thats about all I have for today. I hope you all have a wonderfull week. I love you all!

Elder Kyle Hudgins

Hello family!!

From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: Hello Family!!
Date: 15 Oct 2012 08:53:54 AM MDT

Hello everyone back home. Looks like you all had a good time this week with lots of fun things this week. Congratulations to Justin and Kennedy for getting married this pased week! Things sure are changing at home!

Well this week was a very good one. We were able to find some new people and we were able to committ new investigators to baptism. I´ll start with Federico. He is the brother of Karen and we started teaching them this week. We talked about the restoration and he really understood everything. He doesn´t know a lot God or Jesus Christ but he has a lot of faith that they are there. He is a quite kid but he has desires to learn more. We were really focusing on the Bookf of Mormon in the lesson an how it is the way that we can know these things are true. We comitted him to read it and pray about it and said that he would. Unfortunately he wasn´t able to go to church this week because he had a birthday party to go to, but I have a lot of faith with Federico because Karen is progressing really well. She shared her testimony and the feelings that she had when she got baptized. It really brought the spirit and she with be a big help for her brother.

The other people we found this week were Schirley and her daughter Maria. It was a contact that Elder Ruano did a while back but we were never able to find them. But we finally got into the house this past week and man Schirley is awesome. We talked with her and her 10 year old daught about the Book of Mormon and how with the Bible we can know exactly what God´s plan is. Schirley talked to the missionaries when she was a little kid with her mom and she really liked it. So we left them with something to read and to pray about it. Schirley said that Maria goes to an adventist school so she is used to reading the bible. Maria said she was really excited to read this new book. Maria even said the prayer at the end so she is awesome. I´´m excited to teach these two and I´m sure we can get them progressing.

So this past week in church was really awesome. We had testimony meeting and Angelo and Janet both bore their testimonies. The were both really awesome and they both brought the spirit so stong. Its awesome to see these two become converted. Janet reciently had her baby so that had just made them stronger. It really is a blessing to here one of your converts say I know this church is true.

Well I hope you all have a wonderfull week. I love you all very much!

Elder Kyle Hudgins

This is a picture of our last P day. We went to play some tennis on the clay courts here in Trelew

Tennis with the zone

Hello Family!

From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: Hello Family!
Date: 8 Oct 2012 08:42:19 AM MDT

Well this past week was really good and especailly with the opportunity to watch general conference. It really was an event that uplifted me and strengthened my testimony. Unfortunatly we were not able to watch the priesthood session but all the other ones were really awesome. I would have to say one of my favorites was by Elder Bednar. I really liked how he talked about being converted to the gospel and not just having a testimony. I really liked how he related it to the parable of the 10 virgins and how you can´t barrow the oil of conversion. I had never thought of the parable that way. And of course the other one I liked was Elder Holland. He had just so much love for the gospel really and makes sure everyone has the opportunty to recognize their faults to repent. It was awesome. I really liked all the talked thought but those two really stuck out to me.

Well this week we saw some really good things. We are really focusing on going throught the area book and contacting old investigators. This week we found Sebastian. He is a 20 year old and he was investigating the church only about 6 or 7 months ago but the missionaries stopped because they could never find him. But we were able to talk with him about the restoration this week. He accepted it very well. We talked about the authority and he said that this is something that he believes is true about the church. We tried to commit him to baptism but he said he wanted to wait because he wants his girlfriend to do it with him because she is not baptized in any church. So we set up an appointment to talke with them both but unfortunately they weren´t there. But we talked to him last night to set up another one and we well be seeing him this week. So hopefully we can help these two gain a testimony of the restoration and get a baptismal date.

We are also teaching an investigator named Omar. He is a really cool guy. He has been taught a lot and he knows a lot about the church. The only thing he has a problem with the praying. We were talking a lot about the restoration and prayer with him. We committed him to pray and he also prayed at the end of the lesson. Unfortunately he was not home when we came by for our next appointment so we don´t know how it went. I know that praying is the key thing to recieving a testimony of the gospel. Its the only way that you can know the truth. Hopefully he can recognized this and we can help him form that testimony.

Well thats about all I have for you guys this week. I hope its a wonderfull week. Happy birthday Mom, I hope you have a great day on Wednesday! I love you all!

Here is a picture of our lunch in between sessions on Sunday. Elder Wagstaff and Elder Heaps made us some really good taco salad.

Elder Wagstaff and Elder Heaps

Hello family and friends!

From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: Hello family and friends!
Date: 1 Oct 2012 07:59:29 AM MDT

Well this week was pretty sweet. We had another baptism! Karen was baptized this week and it was a really good service. Karen comes from a less active family that has been inactive for about 10 years. The mom and one of her younger brothers (who is not a member) came to ther service and all had a great experience. The brother is a pretty cool kid. He said he liked the baptism a lot and he respected the decision of his sister so we will see what happens with that. The only problem is that he plays soccer on the weekends so that keeps him from coming to church. Hopefully we can work with the parents and get all the family active and baptized as well.

Well this week turned out to be a really hard one. But there were a few bright spots where the lord blessed us. We were able to find one of our investigators Omar. He is a really big guy who plays on a rugby team here in Trelew. He pretty much understands and agrees with everything that the missionaries have taught him. The only thing is that he has never prayed about it. But his last visit we were with him we made is a goal that we were not going to leave that house without him praying. So we were very persistant with him and finaly he gave in and said the prayer. He was a little nervous but he was able to get through it and he said he felt good doing it. So hopefully that will be a start for him in gaining a testimony and start the process of conversion with Omar.

The other one was with a couple Diana and Mario. They had been listening to the missionaries for a while but they stoped going by. So we went to check on them to see how they were doing. They let us in really warmly. We talked a lot about the families and gave them a copy of the proclamation to the family. We talked a little bit about family home evening as well and we asked them if they would like if we would do one with them. They said that they would love to so this week we are going to do something fun with them. Hopefully that will help get them going in the gospel.

Well today is Elder Stokes birthday so we are going to Puerto Madryn to celebrate so I don’t have to much time. But I just want to give a shout out to Dad who is turning 50 years old this week! I hope it is a wonderful birthday! I love you all and hope you all have a wonderfull week!

Elder Kyle Hudgins


From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: photos!
Date: 1 Oct 2012 08:18:16 AM MDT

So the first picture is of the baptism of Karen.

The other one I forgot to send last week but it is of my district in Rawson, Elder Hernandez, Me, Elder Menghini, Elder Yobanolo.