The Final Epistle General Of Elder Hughes
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I begin by saying thank you for all the love support and prayers that have been given in my behalf so that I could serve the Lord these last 2 years. As I have pondered and reflected upon the experiences I've have and the person I've become, I truly stand all amazed at the working of the Lord in our lives. Surely all things do testify of him, and he is involved in the details of our every day lives. As I have studied and learned and applied the teachings of the scriptures in my life, I have come to understand the power of repentance, and the true power of the Atonement in cleansing us from sin, and empowering us to overcome our fallen nature that results from the Fall of Adam and Eve. In that sacrifice of his Only Begotten Son, our Heavenly Father truly did manifest the depth and purity of his love for us, which exceeds all human understanding. But he did so that we might one day return to his presence, and have all the tools and power necessary for us to overcome the challenges of this life. As we exercise our Faith unto repentance we will come to a greater understanding of the Atonement in our lives. God lives. I have learned this through experience and revelation through the Holy Ghost. He is the father of our Spirits, and he loves us who are his Spirit children. Jesus is the Christ, the Holy Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He came to this earth to suffer, bleed, and die for us, and he was crucified, and resurrected. In this act of Atonement he provided the means whereby all mankind might be saved through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, and on the conditions of repentance. As our Heavenly Father God wishes to converse with us, he knows however that we cannot endure his presence, and therefore communes with us through the Spirit. We all can receive personal Revelation to guide is in our lives, through challenges, and to fulfill and magnify our callings. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been handed down through the ages to Prophets who were repeatedly refected, and even the Savior himself was refected. But God knowing the calamity which should befall the inhaditants of the earth has restored in these latter days that same with the fulness of the gospel through a modern day Prophet by the name of Joseph Smith. After a diligent search for truth, the young boy only 14 years of age sought God's counsel, and was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ himself, and later through series of angelic ministrations was able to translate the Book of Mormon by the Gift and Power of God, restore sacred Priesthood Authority with it's attendant Keys, and in short all other things which are expedient for the Salvation and Exaltation of God's children. This is true, we knew and sustained Joseph in the premortal councils in heaven, and rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of his dispensation, and participate with him in preparing the world to receive the Redeemer once more. Those keys and that Authority have been passed down in an unbroken chain to President Thomas S. Monson today, and he is God's chosen Prophet to lead his Saints today. The Book of Mormon is True, it is the keystone of the restored gospel, and all who will in the sincerity of their heart read, ponder, and live it's teaching having Faith in the Savior can know of the truthfulness of these things for themselves by sincerely asking God our Eternal Father in the name of Christ if they are true, and by the Power of the Holy Ghost he will reveal the Truth of ALL Things. Of these things I testify and close these writings of this mission that I have been blessed to serve admonishing all to come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, that ye may stand spotless before him at the last day when he stands to judge the world, and reward all men according to their works. I love you all, and will see you soon. Farewell until we meet again.
Elder Craig Alan Hughes
Georgia Atlanta North Mission
November 4th, 2009 - November 9th, 2011