From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Happy New Year! Date: 31 Dec 2012 07:51:00 AM MST
Hey everyone! Well its nice to be able to write you on this wonderful new year´s eve. Here in Trelew the weather has been very similar to that of Utah. It has been very cold and rainy the whole week. Today is a pretty ugly day. But we will make it a good day with the new years celebrations tonight.
So we just had a really awesome week. First off it was just wonderfull to see you all on Christmas. On Christmas Eve we spent the evening with the familia Lezana. This family is pretty much the coolest and so nice to us. Whenever we don´t have lunch they tell us to come over and si o si we have lunch with them every Tuesday and Thursday. So we are eating over there a lot. Its also crazy because its a family of 10! So we are always having a great time over there.
This week we were able to see some miracles. First off we met with Fabian and Daniela. We hadn´t seen them for a little while but we were finally able to get a lesson with them. The lesson was great and it was awesome to be able to talk to both of them. We talked about baptism and following Jesus Christ. We were able to put a fecha for both of them and they both comitted to reading and praying. So hopefully we will be able to help them out. They are already really confortable with us and really open so hopefully we can help them apple the gospel in their lives.
The other miricle happened yesterday. We were at church and one of the daughters of the flia Lezana, Ivana brought a friend with her to church. We at lunch with them as well after and the friend ate with us. We talked with her and she loved the church. We talked to her a little bit about the Book of Mormon and how it testifies of Christ. We were also able to put a fecha with her but infortunately she lives in the area of Union 2. But when we pased the reference, Elder Castillo and Elder Wagstaff were really happy! So hopefully they can continue with the teaching and then she can reach her baptismal date.
Well I don´t have too much time. I´ll send pictures next week of chirstmas and new years and all that good stuff. I love you all very much Happy New Year!
We did not get an email from Elder Hudgins this week. In stead, we had a Skype call on Christmas. I thought I would share a bit from that call. We always ask Kyle to share his testimony in Spanish so here it is. (jh)
From: Kyle Hudgins <email@example.com> Subject: Hello! Date: 17 Dec 2012 07:44:02 AM MST
Hey everyone back up there in the United States. This week was a pretty fun one getting used to my new comp Elder Julcahuanca. He is a pretty sick guy and we are getting along great and working really well together so things here in Parque are looking really exciting.
This week we were able to see some great blessing from our Heavenly Father. We taught Omar again and we talked about fallowing Jesus Christ through baptism. We were reading a lot from 2 Nefi 31 and the spirit was really strong in the lesson. We were able to put a baptismal date with him for the 12 of January. Hopefully we can continue to have spiritual experiencias with him so he can prepare for his baptism. I´m really excited for him. He started to read the Book of Mormon but unfortuanately he told us he would be able to go to church this week. We committed him for next week and this week we will committ him again. Hopefully we can help him with that.
This week we also met with Oscar again. Things are getting better for him. He found some work and is now living in a very humble construction site. He has gotten his drinking problem under control and we were finally able to have a good lesson with him. We taugh him about the gospel of Jesus Chirst and really focued on recieving a remision of sins. It went well. But we weren´t able to put a fecha with him because he has a lot of dudas about he book of mormon. We will see him this week and talk with him about it to help in understand a little more. But its nice to see that we were able to help him and he has recieved blessings too. Hopefully he will accept our message this week.
Well that is about all for this week. I´m excited to see you all next week. I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy this season for Christmas. I love you all!
From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Hello family! Date: 10 Dec 2012 07:42:02 AM MST
Hello everyone. Well it looks like you all are having some fun in the snow up there. Its getting pretty hot here and really windy haha. When its hot and sweaty and you get all the dirt stuck on your face they call it a milanesa. So we had a little bit of that this week haha.
So this week was pretty good. We were able to meet again with Fabian a little bit. We were able to talk to him outside on his front porch because his wife was busy inside. But he said that he had read the Book of Mormon. He said he didn´t really feel anything. We then asked him if he had prayed and he said well yeah I guess I didn´t so that. So this week we committed him to pray and read this week. But Fabian is really likeing what we have to say. The other day we explained to him what was the purpose of the Book of Mormon and what it is. He really liked it and loved to opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ through a new book. We have an appointment with him and his wife tomorrow so hopefully we can get them with a baptismal date.
This week unfortunately we weren´t able to see Omar. We did go by yesterday to see how he was doing and to set up an appointment. He told his wife about what he felt the other time. Then he said that he wanted us to come by for an asado soon haha. So we were down for that. But Omar is doing really well. I´m praying that we can start seeing him more consistantly and we can work our these scheduling conflicts.
So this week we got transfer calls. I´m staying here in Parque 2 but Elder Ruano is going up to Neuquén. My new comp is Elder Julcahuanca haha, pretty crazy last name. He is from Peru so Nate might be accustomed to last names like that. But from what I have heard is that he is a good guy and is buena onda so that should be fun. Last night we saw off Elder Stokes who is going home. Its pretty weird to see one of your comps go home what is pretty crazy is that I almost have the same amount of time that he had when he was with me. That all went by really fast. Its crazy to thing that I really don´t have that much time left and how in really need to take advantage of it.
Well I love you all so much. I hope you have a wonderfull week doing all sorts of fun stuff in the snow. Oh and for Christmas we can call on the 24 or the 25 so let me know what would work best fro you guys. Love you all!
Elder Kyle Hudgins
From: Kyle Hudgins <email@example.com> Subject: pictures Date: 10 Dec 2012 07:51:28 AM MST
So the first picture was on Friday. It was super windy and we were walking down the street. We were walking under a tree then all of a sudden a gust of wind came and a branch stabbed me in the nose. Here in Argentina nobody trims their trees enough for tall people like me. It was actually bleeding pretty good haha.
The other one is our district with our zone leaders.
From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Howdy! Date: 3 Dec 2012 07:46:19 AM MST
Hey everyone! Thank you all for the emails this week. They were awesome! This week was a good one with some really sick lessons finally. We were finally able to find Omar. We had taught him a couple times when I fist got here but we lost contact with him. We called him Monday night to set up an appoinment with him and we went by on Wednesday. We left him with a Book of Mormon and we gave him 3 Nephi 11 to read when we last saw him. We asked if he had read it and said no. Recently this past week in zone conference we were taught to read it with them if our investigators didn´t read what we gave them. So we read 3 Nefi 11 with him. At the end he told us that is clarified a lot of daubts that he had. We started talking about the Holy Ghost and how if testifies of truth and we also talked about the feeling we get when it is testifying. He then told us that he had really been searching and praying this last week to find the right religion. He said it was basically between our churh our his brothers church. On Sunday night he said that he said a prayer and said whoever calls me tomorrow that is the way I will go. But what happened was we both called so he was a little confused. We read a paragraph in the pamphlets that we hand our and stuff and said that we don´t always get our answers in dramatic events but usually through our thoughts and feeling and how. It then sites the scripture in Galatians about the fruits of the spirit and he said that that was how he felt as he was reading. We told him that that was the spirit testifying that this was true. The spirit was so strong at that moment. It really was a sweet experience and hopefully Omar will continue to feel that in our visits.
Last night we also had a pretty cool experience. We were walking around and all our appoinments had fallen through so we were just going around contacting some people. We saw this old guy sitting outside his door smoking a cigarette. We just intoduced ourselves and he let us in. His name is Oscar and was going through a really hard time right now. He has had experiences with the missionaries in the past and even remembers the names of the sisters that were teaching him. He said that he had made some really bad mistakes and how he is in risk of loosing his house because he has no money. We shared with him a message about repentance and how with the help of the lord he can put his life back together. He was so greatfull for us that we were able to help him out. We set up a cita to go back this week so we will see how is goes. I know that the Lord puts in specific places always. Its always a blessing to be an instrument in his hands to bless his children.
So Transfers are this coming week. We will see what happens. I´m pretty sure I´m staying but you never know. In his short time as mission president, Pres. Lovell is known to do some pretty crazy things for tansfers. So we will see. I love you all and hope you have a wonderfull week!
Elder Kyle Hudgins
Here is a picture of some grifiti in downtown Trelew. I thought I was pretty thug. The other is a picture of our p day last week in Puerto Madryn.