From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Date: July 9, 2012 9:03:15 AM MDT

This week wasn´t such a bad week. Elder Hernandez and I were able to work and find some new investigators and two families! That is something that we have been trying to focus on. We have been looking through the lists for some of the less active families for kids that might not be baptized and also big families that all live together. We were able to have a lot of success with this method this week. We were able to find the familia Donaide. The mom and the oldest son are members but less active. The husband and three other kids are not members. They had talked with the missionaries a lot in the past but it has been more than 3 years since they have had contact with them. So we talked a little bit about the atonement with them. We didn´t have much time but our testimonies were able to bring the spirit and the mom was in tears at the end of the lesson. We are going to continue working with this family and hopefully we can get all of them going to church.

Another less active family we found was the familia Savedra. The mom and all the kids are members but they haven´t gone to church in about 10 years. They are a really big family and the kids are a little older but are living there with their girlfriends and boyfriends. They also have a young son living there (Who has the redest hair I have seen here in Argentina, its also long, very Shaun White-like) We taught about the Plan of Salvacion and really focused on the family. They were really animated about the idea about families lasting forever. They were really receptive for us and had a lot of questions and had a desire to learn more. So were are going to pass by more with this family and hopefully we can help them progress in the gospel.

We were also able to find a family this week. The familia Bravo-Rojas. We were able to teach the mom, a daughter, and a son but they have 5 more members of the family that weren´t there. We taught the evangelio de Jesucristo and really focused on repentance. It was a really good lesson and the mom shared some really spiritual experiences that have happened in her life. They also said that they were recently thinking that they wanted to start going to a church but didn´t know which one. We put a fecha with them for the 28 of July so hopefully that will go through (they are already married!!!). We left them a folleto of the plan of salvation and we told the mom to share this with her husband.

So yeah this week was really focused about families. Its really awesome to be part of helping all these families know more about the gospel and the blessing that come from it. I love seeing the familia Chemin progressing so well. Gustavo is really animated wants to magnify the priesthood that he has. It was awesome to see him bless the sacrament and to see Tomas pass it. The gospel has done so much for this family and it just strengthens my testimony of the gospel.

I love you all and hope you all have a wonderfull week!

Con cariño,
Elder Kyle Hudgins

A week full of asado!

From: Kyle Hudgins <kyle.hudgins@myldsmail.net>
Subject: A week full of asado!
Date: July 2, 2012 8:58:45 AM MDT

Well this week has been a good one. I got a new companion Elder Hernandez. He is from Monterrey, Mexico and has a year and 3 months on the mission. The first week was pretty good with him. We were able to make some progress with a lot of our investigators and also see a lot of progress with the Chemin family. I have never had a comp like Elder Hernandez. He is really direct and makes sure the people know what they have to do and what will happen when they don´t do it. It always makes the lessons very interesting and also really exciting. It was sad to see Elder Rivera leave but I´m looking forward to working more with Elder Hernandez.

So one thing we really tried to do this week was to get Silvia baptized. We let her know of the options she had. She really does want to get baptized. We told her to pray about it. The next day she told us she wanted to stay with the guy she is living with and wait for all the paper work to finish and marry the guy she is living with. She wants to do that because she wants to give him a chance to hear the gospel. Silvia is awesome and has such a strong testimony of the church and of the Book of Mormon.

So another highlight this week was Gustavo and Tomas both received the priesthood yesterday. It was a sweet experience. We had taught them about the priesthood during the week and they were really excited to receive it. Its awesome to see them progress even after baptism. You can just see how much more happiness they have in their lives and how much gratitude they have for us. And they showed that gratitude by inviting us to another asado yesterday. I can easily say that I love this family a lot.

That brings me to my next thought of how much asado we ate this week. On Thursday, Silvia had some left over asado that she gave us and also on Saturday night we stopped by a member because Elder Hernandez needed to use the bathroom. And it just so happened that they were preparing asado and invited us to eat. So that was awesome. The members here are great and they really know how to keep our moral up.

Well thats about all I have for this week. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Con cariño,
Elder Kyle Hudgins