Tuesday, March 9, 2010


First of all thank you for the news, it was very refreshing to actually have an email or two to read. You're all doing rather well at guessing where I am, but I must admit my mother is cheating. She is using illegal information gathered from inside sources to calculate the location. Unfortunately for her, she can only get close because since I know what she's doing, I'll make sure to avoid it. I would've thought that someone would've figured it out by now, but I had no idea there were so many ironic places for me to be in this mission. Anyways, your clue for this week: If you took a map and found a place called the middle of nowhere, I'm right in the center of it. No, but seriously that's true. That was a joke people, the real clue, is that this area used to belong to the Macon mission, but was recently re-opened in this mission. This should be a significant hint as to the geographical position of this place, and fyi, my mother has included the City and County in her guesses, but doesn't know for sure which ones they are.

Anyways, back to the Lord's work. Things here are going well, we had a really good week last week (for this area). We miraculously found 7 new investigators. Which is interesting, because I've never baptized anyone on my mission that I found, but the average is 1 in 100. I'm almost there, so we'll see if that really holds because as you all know, I'm definitely not your average type of person. We found a new family, that came to chruch sunday, and is loveing everything we teach. they've already been receiving answers to their prayers, but they hadn't prayed about what we had asked them, so during one of our lessons, we knelt down with them at the end, and started to offer up a prayer to know if these things were true, and as soon as we started, the phones rang, and someone knocked on the door, and we were angry. Satan won that round, but luckily, we know he can't win the war. We have a bunch of new people that we recently started teaching, and are excited to visit again to find out where things go with them. Last week, during weekly planning we made a list of all the people we needed to see this week, and we have no idea how we're going to accomplish it all (that's a good thing for missionaries) so we're pretty stoked. Funny story about that, we were at a member's house, and an unknown number called us so Elder Shapiro didn't answered the phone, and no one was there. So a couple minutes later it called again, so the wife offered to answer the phone, but Elder Shapiro decided against it. So he answers the phone and I here "Hello Elder Shapiro it's President King," Boy let me tell you I just about had a heart attack. We've been speculating a lot about what would've happened if we would've let her answer the phone, but man it wouldn't have been pretty that's for sure. Anyways, he was excited to hear that we're doing well, but had some bad news that the church isn't quite ready to set up a branch yet. So that's kind of a bummer, but the work goes on. Another first, we've been doing service for a carpenter in town, and he had us replace the sewer line to his house, so saturday we dug it up, and today we put it in. So I've officially ran a sewer by myself. So, overall this week has been pretty sweet. On a more serious note though, Friday was one of the weirdest days of my mission. We got to dinner, and everyone got there, and we were chatting, and they finished dinner so we said the blessing, and we started to dish up. Well I just sat down to eat, and a kid comes running towards the house screaming, and within a matter of seconds, the house was empty, cars were peeling out of the driveway (we were out in the woods with dirt roads and such), and Elder Shapiro and I were left standing on the porch not knowing what to do. So we said a prayer and tried to follow, but got lost and just decided to go back. As we were getting back to the house all we could see was a cloud of dust, 2 ambulances, and a police cruiser. We pulled up and one of the women filled us in about what had happened. The kids had been riding around with one of the adults on one of those big ranger things (losing my memory of anything but gospel topics) and it had flipped over. One of the passengers was a little girl, and her arm was crushed, but luckily there were no other serious injuries. We found out at church, that she had to have surgery. We did get to give her a blessing before she left in the ambulance, but if you could pray for her I'd appreciate it. I'd tell you her name, but I'm not supposed to use names, but the Lord will know who she is. Anyways, I was really touched by how fast her parents reacted, and how well they took care of her. If you would've been there you probably would have been to, but it was a real testament to me of the love that parents really have or their children. Anyways, I love you all, and I hope you figure out where I'm at soon, because i'm running out of clues.

Love, Elder Hughes

P.S. Due to library complications, I'll be emailing on Tuesday the remainder of my time in this area.

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