Monday, December 7, 2015

Painting and Preparation

​Left to right: Clayton, Edna with 4-month-old Davi, J Silva, Renato, Diogo Jones, me, and Elder Rojas

Hello y'all! 

This was a good week! 
We are working hard  ~

And I am now 20. I feel old and like unto an adult. I'm as old as a bat. 

This week we were going to teach Edna, the aunt of a church member here who is going to be baptized this coming Sunday. We were going to meet at the member’s house, and when we got there, all the lights were off. We were still invited in, and when we went in, the lights went on, and there was cake and soda and balloons. The lovely members of the ward here threw me a surprise party! The cake had an American flag (attaching a photo) and there was lots of good company! It was awesome, and I appreciated it so much. : )

We painted a house for a member this week, and all four of us elders were covered in paint. It was a cool way to serve—and was a lot of fun. I also learned the importance of waiting for paint to dry before leaning on a wall.

This week I also learned the importance of being prepared for assignments in the priesthood. The priesthood is literally the power to act in God´s name to do His work here on earth. He trusts us with this authority to help us become more like He is as we serve others. We must all be worthy and ready to bless the lives of others. It is a power that is meant to bless us and encourage us and inspire us. All of us, regardless of circumstance, need to have faith in the priesthood blessings that are available for the benefit of men, women and children, and receive the blessings of the priesthood in our lives. Without our personal preparedness we cannot receive the full potential of blessings, and we aren’t able to achieve our full potential either. The power and authority and grace of God are available for all of us as we work to be worthy of the blessings that come from Him. That’s what was in the mind of Elder Hughes this week! 

Well, I hope you are all doing well and having a great time prepping for the holiday season. I’ve started rereading Luke and Helaman in preparation for the glorious day of Christmas! 

Love you all and have a great week! 

Elder Hughes 

​Me, Elder Rojas, Elder Vasconcelos, and Elder Mota. Painting the house of Sister Sandra
Photo courtesy Bruna Franciele
Photo courtesy Diogo Jones

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