Saturday, June 4, 2016

May 16th / Zone Conference, Pizza, Listening to Elder Holland here in Brazil

Visiting Zona São Miguel to listen to a transmission of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaking in São Paulo.

Dear family! All great here in Mogi das Cruzes!

(Q:  Did you have Zone training this past week? Trying to remember ...)
A. Yes! We had Zone Conference this week. Ours was combined -- Zones Mogi and Itaqua. The Zone Leaders in Itaqua are Elder Merrill, my MTC comp,  and Elder Vasconcelos, who I lived with in Cidade Jardim. Great to see them again! Elder David and I taught a training to everyone called Revelation through the Book of Mormon. I like teaching! We did a prática where everyone there (the two combined Zones) went out on the street to talk to people and invite them to church. It was very cool to have 30+ missionaries all together, stopping people in the area of the church and talking about the gospel.

(Q: How many pizzas did you have during the week?)
A:  I have had 2 pizzas and several esfihas, which are like mini pizzas.

(Q: Did anything happen this week that made you laugh out loud?)
A. Being with Elder David is generally a laugh fest because he’s a very hilarious person haha. As for specifics, I can’t even remember, but I laughed a whole lot during the week!

(Q: What tender mercies did you recognize, or what were you grateful for this past week?)
A: Last night we went to nearby zone São Miguel yesterday to see a transmission of a talk Elder Holland gave at the Stake Center near the São Paulo temple. It was a tender mercy because Elder Holland talked about a lot of scriptures that have been in my mind lately, and he related the scriptures back to families which made them much broader verses to me. He talked about Malachi 4 and how the last promise of the Old Testament from Malachi was also given to Joseph Smith from Moroni to open this dispensation--that fathers and sons -- families -- need to be united. I’d only thought of that scripture as referring only to the importance of the sealing power but it made much more sense for me when he explained it yesterday, that we are preparing now, with our families, for life together in the eternities. “Heaven wouldn’t be heaven without the ones we love.”

Also, we have found a few people to teach, and that has been a mini miracle!

I’m totes gonna read about Ezekiel this week with y’all! I too am reading the scriptures and manuals and such like crazy. I love the scriptures and am having an awesome time with Personal Study.

I’m grateful for your support and emails. I like to hear about the blessings you are seeing!
Next transfer I will hit the year mark of my mission! It is flying by super fast!!

I hope you have an excellent week! Love you!!

Elder Hughes
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Found a very large rabbit.

Quote from this week that I've really liked:

“As Moroni puts it, grace isn’t just about being saved. It is also about becoming like the Savior (Moroni 7:48). The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly. The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed.  ... The grace of Christ is sufficient—sufficient to cover our debt, sufficient to transform us, and sufficient to help us as long as that transformation process takes. The Book of Mormon teaches us to rely solely on “the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.” As we do, we do not discover—as some Christians believe—that Christ requires nothing of us. Rather, we discover the reason He requires so much and the strength to do all He asks. Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power .”  — Brad Wilcox, BYU Devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient”

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