Friday, December 2, 2016

The last week

Mi corazón esta llena de gratitud y felicidad! 

The mission truly has been an amazing experience! I will always be grateful with our Heavenly Father for letting me serve him. I am excited to go home and magnify my callings that I will receive. The work continues! 

The mission has been hard, but because of that they were the most fulfilling 2 years of my life! The Lord has guided me everyday here on the mission and thank to him I was able to find lost sheep and help them come back to the fold. I grew to know my Savior and thanks to the atonement I have changed and will continue to change. 

If there is one thing that I have learned on my mission that I could say I would way, "on my mission I learned how to be happy". Loving others, being obedient to the commandments of God and using the atonement have made me a very happy person! Ha ha In 2 nephi 2:25 Nephi says, "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy"! 

I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important thing we can learn about. The atonement makes all the promises the Lord makes possible and achievable. I love the Book of Mormon because it teaches me about the atonement and Jesus Christ!

I am melancholy leaving the people here in Chiapas, but i have the hope that one day all our, "immortal spirits may join the choirs above in singing the praises of a just God"(Mosiah 2:28). 

Well....See you all soon! (: 

-Elder Hagues

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21 Happy Thanksgiving!

I felt like this was a very successful week. We were able to continue teaching all of our progressing investigators and find some new investigators that have some really good potential!
La familia Challes is doing well as far as their spiritual progress. They were able to come to church again yesterday and Luis should be able to get baptized this Saturday! It was really great in church because all of the members were very kind to them. Luis and Christian got a long really well with the young men and that should make it easier for them to keep coming (:
The biggest surprise and miracle was our investigator Angel coming to church with his inactive wife! Angel is about 80 years old, even though he looks 60. Angel is from Mexico, but has many years living here in Chiapas. He has 3 kids with his wife, one of which is the president of the young women in our ward. Angel and Irma have been getting more and more interested in our church in the last couple weeks because at first they were a little closed. For years they were going to the pentecostes church. Irma was actually baptized in our church when she was about 12 years old but went inactive shortly afterward. Irma was actually the one most reluctant to attend church. Angel has wanted to go for some time now, but they never really seemed to get the courage to go. After bringing many members with them they were able to build more confidence in coming, but they still lacked something. One day Angel was telling us that mostly they don’t go to church because they have a big lot of land on the outskirts of Chiapa De Corzo and they go every Sunday to cut down the overgrowth and big weeds or "monte". So my companion and i thought that it would be a great service project for the elders to do in the zone! We finally convinced Angel and Irma to let us do the service and we planned it all out. Elder Clark gave us permission to do it and we had everything ready to go! So last Friday early in the morning, Elder Lima, Burke, a member from their ward, Elder Terriquez, Hernandez, Martinez, Martinez and my companion and I went to cut "monte" with a bunch of machetes! It was the best service I’ve ever done on the mission! It was a blast to go with Angel and all 9 of us got to know him more. As we got there he guided us and we got to work! Well after a lot of sweat, blood and maybe a tear or two (; we were able to finish the service project and get back to our areas. We were all very sore afterward and had many blisters, but it was well worth it!!!
Angel now has a baptismal date for the 23rd of December! He really reminds me of my grandpa haha. I’m sad that I won’t be able to see the baptism, but I am very happy for their family! His daughter who is a member is very happy!
Miracles are happening and will keep on going! We will keep working hard to see more.
-Elder Hagues

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 14th - Almost at the 2 year mark! (Nov. 19th)

Well this week was great! We saw a lot of miracles this week! Honestly im not sure why Heavenly Father was so good to us. Im very grateful for the blessings that we recieved this weekend. 

Last week we worked really hard to get our investigators to church, because we knew that the Mexico area conference was going to be really special. Our ward mission leader said that we needed to pray extra hard so that our investigators would make it to the conference. God answered our prayers and we were able to get 6 investigators to the conference! Each one was truly a miracle. 

3 of the investigators was a family that we have been teaching the last couple of weeks. Betty and her eldest kids, Brenda and Luis were able to make it to the conference! We were actually planning on letting them go for a time because they havent been completing their commitments. In the last 2 weeks a member has passed by to take them to church and everytime they havent gone. But yesterday they came to church without anyone even going to get them! They should be able to get baptized in December. Unfortunetaly Luis is leaving the state and wont be back for many months...but we hope he will look for the church over in "Jalisco". 

Aranzazu is another investigator that came and she has a baptismal date for the 26th of November. We are going to pray a lot and teach her well so that she will be able to meet her goal. A member passed by to take her to church and she gets a long really well with that member! Fellowshipping is great! 

Michelle came to church again with her cousins and she continues to progress to her baptismal date the 03 of December. We just need to make sure that her parents will give her permission. We are gaining her moms confidence little by little! 

The last investigator that came to church was truly a miracle! My companion and i had been praying a lot to find new investigators that would progress and we found one! We contacted Luis on thursday and he said that we could teach his whole family on Saturday. So we came back on Saturday and it turns out that his mom Rosa and older brother Christian are members! Rosa just moved here with her family (3 boys) from Tapachula 5 months ago. They came here to Tuxtla becuase Christian is very sick and needs treatment here in Tuxtla. Rosa has about 20 years in the church on and off and Christian (15 years old) has about 2 years in the church. Luis is 12 years old and Kevin is the youngest at 8 years old. Both Luis and Kevin arent members of the church and they both want to get baptized! Luis accepted a baptismal date for the 26th of November! We told them that we would pass by for them at 8:30 the next day to go to church and when we showed up the next day they were all ready to go. We didnt even have to knock the door! jaja 

My companion and I are both very happy and grateful. We are going to keep working hard so that we can see more miracles! 

-Elder Hagues

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7 post

Yesterday was a very good Sunday because so many less active members came to Churchl! Around nine of the less active members that we had visited last week came. Then when my companion and I saw them all come in at once we were so happy! Aside from them another 4 investigators came, 2 that we were teaching and 2 that came out of nowhere! The 2 we didn’t know are employees of the bishop and we don’t know how but the family of the bishop somehow was able to bring 2 yesterday and they are very interested!

Elder Jacinto taught a nice class about temples and family history work for the gospel principles class. It was also nice because a former bishop came in and helped us a lot in the class! Bishop Nataren read in Luke 16 and explained the great need we have as members to help our ancestors. It was amazing the story in Luke 16.

Then during the priesthood hour, the teacher hadn’t prepared a class at all so he said, "The elders are always prepared, they can give it!" ha ha. So then we had the privilege of teaching the elders quorum and it was fun. Right now our 2 investigators who can be baptized here soon are Frida and her sister Aranzazu. November 26 will be the goal! Frida arrived yesterday and already has 4 assists. Aranzazu has his 5 assists and wants to be baptized. 2 missing much teaching but we will teach everything as fast and efficient as possible.

We are just now starting to teach the grandpa of an investigator that we have. Angel was born in the Catholic Church, but 10 years ago he started to go to the "Pentecostal" church. Angel is turning out to be a very good investigator that really wants to know what the truth is. He has been kind of confused his whole life with all the different religions and opinions. He has great questions and we are helping him answer them. I feel like he will be baptized next month.
As we have been reading Preach my Gospel as a missionary I have really been enjoying it! Preach my Gospel is definitely scripture! Every time I read it I learn something new. It’s funny how you can read the scriptures every day and still never get tired of reading them!
We are still alive and kicking over here in Palmas and have planned to do so until the very end!
It’s my companion’s birthday today! (:
It’s getting a little bit cooler here at night time! I only have the fan on "low" at night now :D
Have a great week everyone!

-Elder Hagues

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fotos from Las Palmas

Happy Halloween - Dia de los Muertos!

Happy Halloween! and Day of the Dead!

This week was even better than the week before! We were able to meet more members during the week and go out teaching with them. Our investigators are starting to get proper "hermanamiento". We had a great lesson with a family that we are teaching. It’s the same family that I was writing about last week. Betty is the mom and Brenda, Luis and Diana are her kids. We went with the president of young women’s this week and she was able to share her conversion story with the family. The one bad thing that happened is that they weren’t able to come to church this week...but we passed by last night and they are very committed to making this next Sunday! Luis and Brenda accepted the baptismal invitation last night as well. We were finally able to teach them the lesson of the restoration and they had a lot of great questions for us! We feel like they all have a sincere desire to learn. Betty is still excited for her baptism!

Another miracle that happened this week was finding a new investigator that lives with a lot of members! Michelle is 8 years old, but is really excited to learn more about the church. Her parents aren’t members, but they seem like they are nice people. Michelle lives with 3 young women that are members so it should help her a lot in the teaching. The 3 members took her to church yesterday!

We are still working hard to baptize and have our focus on families. We know that as we baptize families they will stay active in the church! It’s going to be a great month!

I am very grateful to be here on the mission. The church really is true! Everyday my testimony grows more and more and I feel the spirit in the lessons we teach and during our study time. Ive been reading a little about the church history and it is really amazing how much the saints were persecuted in the early years of the church. They were so strong to stand up for what they believed in. We too must have courage as they did and preach the gospel to everyone! I’ll keep sharing the gospel till I die! and then I’ll keep preaching in the spirit world! It really is a glorious work that we are a part of!

-Elder Hagues

Monday, October 24, 2016

24 de Octubre Last and Final? Area!

It was a great week! Las Palmas is a great area with a lot of potential! I feel pretty comfortable in the area now, I’ve learned the colonias and a lot of the streets. We are still gaining the confidence of all of the members in the ward, but all of them are really willing to help us out. In my whole mission i don’t think ive gotten this many references! We ask for a reference and they give us 3! We are working with the bishop as well to help him out. Right now he is planning a devotional of "autosuficiencia" this Saturday and we have expressed to the bishop that we are on board! We are going to invite all of our investigators and less actives so that this devotional can be a success! We already have one of our investigators that said she was going to attend. It’s really good for them to go because maybe they can find better job opportunities that allow them to go to church every Sunday.

Right now we are in a trio! (: Elder Jacinto and Elizalde are my new companions. Elder Elizalde is going back to his area in a couple of days.

We walked a LOT this week jajaja. There weren’t really any stable investigators here last week, but after a lot of hard work by Elder Jacinto, Elizalde and I we have been able to find quite a few new investigators that will be baptized. There are 2 investigators that are pretty close to getting baptized. Jasmin and Frida are 2 that can get baptized this month so we will be fasting and praying a lot for them.

We have been mainly looking for pfs or former investigators the last couple of days and we have find some really good ones! We were looking for a former investigator yesterday and we found her mom instead! Betty had never listened to missionaries before or even gone to any church in her whole life! So, when we taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and explained how it has been restored on the earth she was very interested! Her family means a lot to her, she has 3 kids and lives alone with them. They all seem really receptive! Betty accepted a baptismal date for the 03 of December, but we honestly feel like she will be baptized before that day.

One amazing story we had in the week was when we were walking through the streets and decided that we needed to pray to find someone that really wanted to listen to us and be baptized! All of our appointments had fallen so we really needed a miracle! The first 2 people we contacted rejected us pretty bad, but we kept going with faith!!! We ended up coming up to a little park and there was nobody there. We could only see one young adult sitting by himself smoking something... I asked my companions if they felt we should contact him and they weren’t sure if he was smoking drugs or not, but we ended up going to contact him anyways. We went up to him and he turned out to be very interested in our message! He loved hearing about the restoration of the gospel and he expressed his gratitude to us for coming and talking to him. He was also grateful for the simplicity of our message as well. He said, "...that’s true huh, I can just ask God himself if this is true! That’s a whole lot more clear and to the point than I’m used to hearing..." (: He works on Sundays as well so we are going to see how we can help him with that.

The ward is at 91 attendance right now, but it can be a whole lot more if we can get some fire going in this ward! There are a lot of ex-missionaries here so that helps a lot as well.

Elder Jacinto is a good missionary and he willing and anxious to learn and improve! He has a positive attitude which will help this area as well! Elder Elizalde is really a humble solid Elder. He is good at teaching and seems to be very obedient!

There is a part of our area that is a little dangerous, especially at night. Patria Nueva is filled with great investigators even though it is a little dangerous. A drunk man started to talk to a member and I when we were on divisions and he wanted money really bad! We told him that we couldn’t give him money, but we could give him a pamphlet of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At first he accepted it and put it in his pocket, but then he got mad because we didn’t give him money so he took the pamphlet out again and threw it straight into my face! We just calmly picked up the pamphlet of the ground, said goodbye and walked away. It was an interesting experience jajaja.

We are excited to keep working and have our focus on baptizing! I hope to see this ward grow more and more.

Have a great week everyone!

-Elder Hagues

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 17 post

As this week has come to a close i am continually grateful to be here on the mission! I was pretty bumbed out because we werent able to finalize on the 3 baptisms we were going to have, but i know that they will be baptized soon (: We felt that they needed some more time to truly repent so that they could actually stay active when they get baptized. 

This next transfer is going to be really fun!!! :D I am going to finish my mission on the other side of the city in the ward Palmas! (: The next 6 weeks is going to be a great time to give my ALL and try to baptize every week! (: My new companion is going to be Elder Jacinto. El solo tiene 1 cambio en su mision entonces va a ser divertido estar con él! 

Congrats to my big sister Amber Hulbert for having her first baby!!! Im so proud of you Amber! (: 

I hope everyone can have a great week, full of blessings. Look for all the little blessings you will receive each day (: 

-Elder Hagues

Thursday, October 13, 2016


October 12 Post

We aren’t going to have time to have p-day tomorrow so we got permission to write today (: I don’t know why our schedule has been so crazy recently haha. We have a couple more days in the transfer and we are working hard to baptize this Saturday. I will probably get transferred next week to a new area so that should be really nice! I’m excited to see what happens (:  

Recently I have been thinking a lot on the concept of Believing Christ. I feel that in many occasions I believe IN Christ, but I don’t believe Christ. I know that God blesses his children as they are obedient to his commandments, but sometimes it is hard for me to apply that to myself! I need to Believe that Christs promises are also meant for me. As we are diligent in keeping the commandments we need to understand that, "the Lord is bound when we do what he says"(D & C 82:10). This week are planning on baptizing 3 youth that we have been teaching, Nabor, Samuel and Wendy. We have taught them, fasted and prayed fervently so that they will be baptized. Now i just need to Believe Christ when he says "ask and it shall be given you"(Matt. 7:7). The Lord has helped me build my faith as I strive to Believe that His promises are meant for me as well as others.

A talk that I really enjoyed from conference was Elder J. Devn Cornish Of the Seventy. He said that, “The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life! Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory. …"

Another talk that I enjoyed was President Monson’s talk in Priesthood session. The story of the soldier that made it up the rope to get to safety helped me understand that the promises made to us by Christ are very real. I know that Thomas S. Monson is called of God.

This week we were able to have some really good lessons with Nabor, Samuel and Wendy. Nabor and Samuel just need a little more desire to be able to get baptized this Saturday! We are working hard with them and it seems like the help of the young men’s president is really making the difference. Wendy needs permission from her parents to get baptized...we have faith that everything will turn out fine!

We are excited for this next transfer! We are going to life it to the maximum.

-Elder Hagues

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sep 30 post

Well I would say that the 2 zone conferences with Tonala, Chauhites and Tuxtla were a success! Everyone participated really well and I didn’t see anyone sleeping during the meeting so that was good! This next week we are going to "los altos" de Chiapas which should be really exciting too. Im not sure how everything is going to work out with 8 missionaries in Chojolho, but I’m sure they will make it interesting! I’m excited to try pozol agrio! ;D
In the area Elder Clark and I were looking for a reference and we got rejected pretty bad, but we just kept our heads up and kept looking. We ended up looking for a contact Elder Prows and i had a while back and we found him! We contacted Juan Carlos like 2 months ago and when we found him he was in front of his house with some friends a little bit drunk. So the contact was ok, but it didn’t seem like he was that interested. He said that we could come back though so we went and his wife answered the door. When his wife saw us we asked is Juan was home and she said really happily "SI SI aqui esta!!" and she went to go get him. He came to the door and ended up letting us into his house with the family! We sang them all a hymn and the mom and one of his sons started clapping after we finished! It was all a really positive spiritual lesson! It is a family of 5 and it seems like they aren’t very religious at all. Every single one of them is of the age to be baptized and they all seem very willing to learn and go to church.
The best thing is that they live really close to the church!
We feel like this is going to be a great family to teach! Throughout the whole experience there were little signs of them being great investigators.
1-     As we walked in we could feel the spirit really strongly!
2-     They all stopped what they were doing and listened to us.
3-     they have a really big cute dog haha.
4-     They gave us bottles of COLD water!
5-     They had questions about the church!
6-     The mom wants her husband to stop drinking and he seems willing to change as well.
7-     They lived in Denver Colorado for 10 years and speak a little English, especially the oldest son!
8-     They have family photos on their walls.
We are really excited to keep finding, teaching and baptizing!
One of our investigators Wendi has a baptismal date for the 15th of October and she seems to be progressing really well!
We hope everything goes well for all of you back home! Just remember that if you put God first in your lives, everything in your life will come out how it needs to be (:
-Elder Hagues

Saturday, September 24, 2016

23 de Sep

Well this week we had a multi zone conference in Tapachula! It was nice to go home again (; Everything turned out really well. The missionaries were excited to keep baptizing and most of them are healthy! The conference was mainly based on Obedience, the atonement and "find constantly, teach repentance & baptize converts". I felt the desire to let the atonement work more in my life and never give up on improvement. 

Ahorita en nuestra area estamos viendo que Nabor esta progresando y tiene mas ganas para seguir a Cristo. Por 2 semanas hemos estado tratando a llegar a su corazon para que pudiera abrir mas a nosotros y sentimos que ya lo hicimos! El ha estado llegando a la capilla pero no ha acceptado una fecha fijo. Decidimos llevarle a la casa de unos jovenes que viven cerca. Ayudó muchisimo porque ellos pudieron estar alli como su amigo y testificar de todo en la leccion. Con el simple hecho de llevarlo con los miembros correctos El abrio su corazon y expreso mas de lo que estaba sintiendo. Le enseñamos del plan de salvacion y le ayudó entender los "porques" de todo lo que hacemos en el evangelio. La parte clave de la leccion era de la expiacion. Nabor por mucho tiempo ha estado sintiendo pesar por todos sus pecados que ha cometido antes y al enseñarle como recibir perdon de todo eso, se comprometio arrepentirse y dejar las cosas malas en su vida! Estaba mas feliz y comprometido. Esto nos mostro que debemos tener la expiacion en cada leccion y declarar el arrepentimiento con valentia!
Tenemos otra investigadora que se llama Wendi. Ella es familia de un recien converso y ya ha llegado a la iglesia 2 veces! Fuimos en esta semana con ella y platicamos con su papa, Alexis. Alexis nos dijo que va a apoyar a su hija en todo lo que decida a hacer y si decide ir a la iglesia El estaba bien con eso! Ahora que tenemos el apoyo de su papa, Wendi debe poder bautisarse en Octubre! (: Vamos a tener una noche de hogar con ellos hoy en la noche para poner fecha bautismal con ella. 

Im very thankful to be on the mission right now! Its definitely the best place to be for a young adult. Have a great week everyone!  

-Elder Hagues

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pics from August 2016

President George

September 15th Post

This week has been really good getting out into the area with elder Clark! We have found a new family which looks very promising! The most important thing is that the dad is really open and he wants to support his family as they come closer to God! He already gave permission for his 1 year old daughter to go to church this Sunday! The best thing is that they were a reference from a recent convert that literally lives next door to them! It should be a great family and we plan on taking a lot of different members with them. 

Nabor is not able to get baptized this Saturday, because he drank coffee yesterday, but he seems willing to keep the commandments now that he knows about the Word of Wisdom. 

We just got back from the house of some members and they asked us for a blessing. Luis and his wife Alina are less active right now and we just met them a couple of days ago. We felt honored that they would trust us enough to call us in their time of need. We were able to give Alina a blessing because she is expecting a baby in 3 months and she needs an operation which is really dangerous for the baby. Luis also asked us for a blessing! I could feel the spirit very strongly during these blessing! The spirit taught me in that moment that The Lord gives us trials so that we may learn, but also so that we may turn to him and REMEMBER Him. I could feel the love of the Savior in that room as we exercised the holy priesthood in His name. I know that the Lord was helping them and was with them during this trial. He does not abandon us! I will strive to live worthily my entire life so that i can be an instrument in the Lords hands when he needs me. 

Thanks for everything everyone! 

-Elder Hagues

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 8th Post

Well this week was pretty sad because Elder Prows went home, but it was fun having him as a companion while it lasted. I’m grateful for being able to have had such great companions in the mission. I’m really excited to be working with Elder Clark now! He is from Idaho!!!! He reminds me a lot of Nick Famolaro to be honest haha so that’s definitely a good thing! It should be a great transfer! 

We found a new investigator this week and he seems really promising! He is the grandson of a member in our ward and he doesn’t have any religious background which gives us open ground. His name is Alejandro and he is 22 years old. He expressed to us that he feels bad about different errors he made earlier in his life and he wants to learn how to receive forgiveness. We taught him about prayer and repentance and he seems really interested! 

His uncle Nabor is another investigator we have and he came to church on Sunday! He accepted a baptismal date for the 17th of September and we are excited to keep working with him. The young men’s president in our ward is really excited to help us out with him. We had a lesson with Nabor last week in the temple too and it went really well! He felt the spirit and was very impressed by everything in the temple. He could really feel the peace inside the waiting room and when we walked out he told us that he could feel the difference outside of the temple. 

I’m not sure what else to a great week! 

-Elder Hagues

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Se Bautizo Gerardo!

The fruits of Fasting and Prayer

September 1 Post

This has been a great week! Doing cambios for the mission was a great experience! I was really able to feel the spirit and see how the spirit can guide us to the same conclusions. I am confident that this transfer will be a successful one especially because 21 new missionaries are coming to the mission. They always seem to bring extra "ANIMO"! 

Our area is really progressing well as far as investigators. We are finding a lot of people that can be baptized this month and we can feel that they have true desires to change their lives. 

The highlight of the week was definitely Gerardo's baptism! It was truly a miracle to see this joven of 15 years old get baptized! 

Gerardos conversion story is a long one! Gerardo is actually the son of a high counselor in the stake! Gerardo's mom isn't a member of the church and so for many years she has not given Gerardo permission to be baptized. He has attended church for years now off and on. I think it was one of my first Sundays hear when i heard Gerardo's dad share his testimony and mentioned that his son, though he wasn't a member of the church yet, had attended EFY and had loved it! When my companion and I heard this we were VERY interested in talking to Gerardo and seeing what the situation was haha. So the next Sunday when he came to church we set an appointment with Gerardo. The President of Young Men, Eduardo Gonzalez, also wanted to come so we told him about the appointment as well. 

During the ward council that we had we mentioned to the bishop that we were going to start teaching Gerardo and the bishop gave us some really good information of why he hadn't gotten baptized. He proposed that we should do a fast, with Gerardo and his dad, so that he could get permission to be baptized!!!! It was pure inspiration that Bishop Fierro received! 

So the appointment came and we went with Eduardo to see Gerardo. He and his little brother Pablo received us really well! We ended up just them the baptismal questions to see where they were at in their understanding of the doctrine and they were both more than ready!!!!! Gerardo really wanted to get baptized, but Pablo still didn't really want to do it. We hope that Pablo will desire to get baptized soon. But anyways, we ended up focusing in on Gerardo and mentioned to him the idea of the fast. He thought it was a great idea to do a fast, so him, Eduardo, his dad, the bishop and us did a fast so that Gerardo could receive permission from his mom to get baptized. 

Gerardo was true to the fast! He didn't even come to the ward talent show that night because he knew that there was going to be food there and he didn't want to be tempted. 

When we went to ask his mom if it was ok for Gerardo to get baptized the 27th of August, she gave it to him really easily! It was really crazy to see! She just said that if he really wanted to do it he could! We were really excited about it and we started planning for the baptism! But, just like every other baptism, there was opposition ahead...

When we showed up to do the baptismal interview with Gerardo, his dad answered the door and with really sad eyes said that Gerardo wasn't going to get baptized that Saturday. We started to talk to his dad and learned that Gerardo and his mom had been fighting during the week and there was a lot of contention in the house. His mom didn't want him to get baptized anymore... 

None the less, we still had faith that he would do it!!!! We talked to Gerardo's dad and he let us do the interview with Gerardo which he passed with flying colors! After the interview, we talked with Gerardo and his dad together for like an hour.... In the end of our conversation, Brother Pavon could see that his son really DESIRED to do this! This gave brother Pavon more confidence and we went through with our plans! We tried to talk to his mom again, but she didn't accept us. In the end Gerardo's faith and desire won out every other opposition that he had and he was able to be baptized last Saturday! 

I learned a lot from this experience. I admire the faith and determination that Gerardo has. He stood up for what was right and DID NOT back down. We learned that if you fast with faith, God will answer! But opposition is also part of the package. Our prayers may not be answered as fast as we want. A solution to a problem may not by as easy as we would like it to be, but the solution will come. God answers our prayers if we ask in faith. 

Have a great week everyone! Remember that fasting and prayer is key to building a strong testimony. 

-Elder Hagues

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25th post

We are going to baptize this week! We talked to Gerardo’s mom and she gave him permission to do it this Saturday! He has his interview today. He should pass the interview with flying colors because he has basically grown up in the church and is going to Seminary right now! He is going to be a great member and help out the young men’s program in the church.

My companion and I are pretty excited about this Saturday because it’s not a normal baptismal service, because it’s going to be with the whole stake! Stake baptisms are always fun. I’m pretty grateful that this stake president wanted to do it. We are going to be singing with all the other missionaries of the zone, "Te Hallare Mi Querido Amigo" which I hope turns out well! I’m going to be playing the piano so I should probably play it a couple times before playing it in front of everyone. I never thought I would play the piano so much in the mission! I love playing though so its great.

We also talked to Alondra yesterday and her less active husband Ian. We feel that they are finally going to get married so that Alondra can get baptized! We went with 2 members from other wards (Albania y Moctezuma) and they both ended up knowing Ian which helped the lesson a lot! They were both able to connect with him really well and Ian seemed more excited about "putting a ring on it"... (:

We found a new investigator this week with all the assistances as well! His name is Nabor and he is 17 years old. He seems really receptive and we hope he can get baptized next week.

Have a great week everyone!

-Elder Hagues

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leadership Conference

August 20th Post

This week went by really fast because of all the different things we did, but it was really enjoyable! I'm still trying to get used to waking up at 3 in the morning to drop off missionaries at the airport, but it is really a neat experience! On Tuesday we dropped off Elder Armstrong. He was really a great missionary and it was fun to see him before he left!
In this week we went to 2 different activities. 1 in Tapachula and the other in Comitan. In Tapachula we went to Izapa and saw some cool ruins. In Comitan we went to "el chiflon" waterfalls and "tenam puente" which were some other ruins! It was truly spectacular! I loved seeing and getting to know all the missionaries in person. It really helps to be with them in person and see how they are doing. You can really feel how they are doing as you talk to them. Everyone seems to be doing great! We are excited to see a lot of baptisms in the mission this week.
In all the activities we have been having some spiriual moments so that the missionaries dont get distracted. We all sat together and President, my companion and i were able to give a few words to them. President, my companion and i talked a lot about obedience. We also talked about our desires. If we truly desire to baptize we wont be disobedient and we will work a ton to be able to receive what we desire! We talked about Alma in the Book Of Mormon because he was a missionary who really DESIRED to baptize (Alma 8:10, 36:24, 43:1)!!! I love the scripture in Alma 29:4 that reads, " I ought not to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God, for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life; yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction".

I loved studying the Book of Mormon this week. It amazes me how much you can learn from it everytime you read it! It is the "clave" of out salvation!
have a great week!

-Elder Hagues

Friday, August 5, 2016

August 5th a Week of Miracles!

This was a great week, full of service and miracles! Elder Prows and I have been working really hard to stay focused on our missionary purpose throughout this week! We try to always talk about how we are going to baptize our investigators and whenever we get off topic we bring it back as quick as we can talking about baptism. It’s funny because sometimes we start talking about the pigs that just went buy in a truck and then we realize that we lost our focus so we bring it back saying something like, "those pigs are so big we would need to have an extra large font to baptize them!". Even though it doesn’t really make sense, it helps us be concentrated on the work and always be thinking about baptism.

We have been working hard to think about ideas for the consejo de lideres (leadership council). Im sure everything is going to turn out alright and the missionaries will be edified by the spirit. We need to help the message of lessons with member get into the hearts of the missionaries and we are trying to think of different ways to do that.

We are really excited about Alejandro, one of our investigators, because he should get baptized this week when he passes his baptismal interview. He seems a lot more comfortable about getting baptized and not too scared anymore.

One big miracle that we saw was finding an investigator that Elder Prows hadn’t seen for a long time! Her name is Alondra and the only reason why she hasn’t gotten baptized yet is because she isn’t married. Elder Prows hasn’t seen her in 3 weeks, but since then she has taken out all of her papers to be able to get married! We put a fecha for her baptism on the 27th of August! We just need to get the money together somehow and get them married! She seems really excited about it!

Thanks for your "apoyo"! Have a great week!

-Elder Hagues

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 28th ! New calling in the mission!

I forgot to tell all of you that I will be writing on Thursdays now when we have time (:

So this week has been really crazy! It turns out that I am not the secretary of the mission. I got to the offices on Monday and then we went to the mission home. The Assistants, President and I were sitting in his office and President George started talking to me about the mission and cedulas (certificates) and things like that and then out of nowhere he gets up to give me a hug and says, "Well I don’t really want you to be my secretary of cedulas; Will you be my assistant?”...

So it was 4:30 and I was now the new assistant #2 and we started to get to work immediately! We planned the meeting for the new missionaries and did some last transfer things. This week has been pretty crazy to say the least. My new companions name is Elder Prows, from Provo Utah! He’s such a great Elder!
 am so thankful for the opportunity to serve in this recent change as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ.  I feel that in this position I will be able to serve many more people! In these past few days,  I have seen just how much service is performed for the missionaries. I know the mission will achieve a great deal of success as we strengthen ourselves 100%. I am going to seek the guidance of Heavenly Father in everything that we do.  I have seen that it is essential to follow the will of God in all the actions we make because if we don’t we will fall into pride.
The elder here in the office are great. I see that there are many area of opportunity here but elder Prows and I have plans to make sure we are all obedient and working hard! It is essential for us as leaders to be a good example in all that we do.
Today at 4 we took all the elders and sisters who were going home to the airport! This was a generationally large group! Todos eran muy buenos misioneros!

During the week we visited an investigator named Claudia. She is the mother of a recent convert and is very interested. She has some doubts and is committed to achieve her personal and spiritual goals. She accepted a date to be baptized on the 13th of August and is willing to come to Church every Sunday with her son. We had a very spiritual lesson. My companion and I spoke afterwards and basically discussed that even though it went well, we could do better in making our lessons shorter and more direct.

Thats all I can tell you this week, but I'll try to write some more experiences next week! 
Have a great week!

-Elder Hagues

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18th Post

We were able to see a big miracle this week! We were finally able to teach Veronica all of the commandments and she wants to get baptized this week! She came to church again this Sunday and we are planning on baptizing her this weekend. There is some opposition though because her mom doesn’t want to give her permission right now... Today we are going to go see them both and talk about it so that we can get everything figured out for her baptism! Let’s hope that everything goes well!
Another highlight of the week was our recent convert Angel (Nacho) receiving the Aaronic priesthood! He was so excited for the last 2 weeks! He kept saying, "ya voy a recibir el sacerdocio!". So yesterday was a happy day for him! Our other recent convert Laura just received a calling as secretary in the Relief Society too! It should help her out a lot! It’s perfect for her too because she is a secretary for some government organization here in Tuxtla haha.
 My companion and i are worried about transfers because 9 areas are going to closed in the mission, but we are also excited for the challenge! We both know that the mission will keep having a lot of success and keep moving up if we keep working with faith and diligence. This is the Lords work so we shouldn’t be worried about anything (:

We have been having a lot of fun working with the members in our area. All the members are willing to accompany us and they really help out a lot! Ive realized that missionary work is a lot more fun when we have a member with us. Life is just more interesting because we get to know the members more and learn from their lives and experiences.
Yesterday we had a crazy experience! My companion and I had planned to visit a contact we made long ago. We did not know why we felt like we had to go to visit him, but put him on our agenda and we went at 5pm as planned. To our surprise we saw our contact in his truck, angrily trying to enter his home with his truck hitting the gate! When he saw us he turned his truck around and went away totally embarrassed. His wife, who was inside the house called for us and asked for help! She told us that her husband was drunk and she did not want him to enter in because he had promised earlier that he would never drink again. She was very frightened because her husband was behaving very badly with her. She began to cry and thank us because "we fell from heaven". We were able to have a prayer with her and teach her a little gospel. It helped a lot and she accepted an invitation for another visit. After we went left there we found her husband in his car and talked a little with to calm him down also. Actually after this experience we could see ow the Lord is always guiding our steps towards people who need our help. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord.

La zona va bien. Mas de los Misioneros estan animados para cumplir con sus 21 lecciones con miembro! 21 lecciones con miembro cada semana ha sido el enfoque del presidente george en los ultimos 2 meses! Esas areas que estan haciendolo en la zona estan viendo mucho mas exito!

-Elder Hagues
P.S. Congratulations David! J

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Video ! "The Lord in America"

July 11th Post

This week was the same as last week as far as investigators in the reunion sacramental. My companion and I are really pumped up to work smarter this week so that we will have different results on Sunday.

We found a great investigator last week! His name is Miguel. He is a young guy, like 15 years old, and he is hungry to learn more about the gospel! We taught him about the atonement, repentance and baptism and he was thrilled! He is super excited to get baptized and we just started teaching him! He invited his cousin to church and everything. He was unable to attend this last Sunday, but he is going to come this Sunday. We are going to take some members to fellowship his mom so that he will have permission to go this Sunday. The good thing is that we already know his dad a little bit and he is really nice as well. I’m sure that we can get his dad to listen too.

It rained a lot this week and with that it always brings some adventure into life and of course...miracles! Last Saturday when the rain started to come down really hard my companion, Carlos and i started to run for it to get to our next appointment. When we finally got there we were totally wet and it turns out appointment wasn’t even there. We walked away sadly, but then i had the impression to knock at this house where we knew had lived a less active member. We had tried before to find this less active member, but his family said that he had left months ago and they didn’t even know where he went. With that being said we were not expecting to find Jonathan, the less active there in his house. He ended up accepting us and even invited his girlfriend to listen to our message! We taught about the atonement, repentance, and baptism again and we had very good results! Jonathan’s girlfriend is from another ward so we passed the reference, she accepted the baptismal invitation! We were able to get out of the rain and teach a spiritual lesson (: It was a great experience.

As far as our other investigators go they are all having different problems, but we are sure that they’re going to get back on track. Hernan fell victim to some Word of Wisdom problems for the first time since we’ve taught him and now we can’t find him. We are going to keep praying for him! Veronica’s mom took away her "castigo" of not being able to go to church so she should be able to get back on track soon! Fasting really works! She should be able to get baptized in a couple of weeks.

Teaching about the atonement really opens people up more and we are able to see the investigators more willing to keep their commitments!
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Hagues

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 4th!

This week was a little down as far as investigators in the reunion sacramental, but we still saw some big miracles yesterday! We had a lot of Less Active members come to church that we have been visiting! My companion and i thought we were going to have a completely different outcome yesterday, but the Lord had something else planned for us.
I was able to do intercambios with Elder Rosas and it was a good experience. I learned quite a few things from him. For example, when i read a scripture to someone i should read it and still make eye contact with the investigator to make sure that they are paying attention or maybe to see if they have a reaction to a certain part of the scripture. He Is a great Elder! Him and his family just got baptized a couple years ago so that was really impressive to me. My companion and i are going to keep helping him gain confidence.
We found 2 investigators that seem to have a lot of promise! Brenda is one of them. She is a single mother that seems to eat up all the information we give her! She really has a hunger for the truth and it seems like if we bring some sisters from the ward to help her out she will be able to progress really quickly! Hernan is another investigator that God literally GAVE to us haha. We were walking down the street one night and a lady called out to us. She said that she had seen an advertisement on one of our churches that our church helps people overcome addictions. So she asked for out help because her son Hernan has been struggling with alcohol. We started to visit Hernan and he has a true desire to let Christ into his life! He has completely stopped drinking since we have visited him and he is reading everything we have given him. The only reason that he didn’t go to church is because his wife is pregnant and she started having pain Sunday morning. They ended up having to go to the hospital and weren’t able to come to church, but we are sure they will go next week.
As far as Veronica's progress... we are starting to see a lot of opposition because her baptismal date is so close. Her mom got really mad at her for being out late one night and now she doesn’t have permission to go to church for a month! We are planning on taking some adult members to be able to talk to her mom. I have faith that everything will turn out ok.
As far as the zone goes, we are seeing a lot of miracles especially in La Salle! They have 6 fechas bautismales (baptisms scheduled) for this Saturday! Its actually a family that Central was teaching earlier! We are happy for the miracles we are seeing here!
Make sure to burn a bunch of fireworks for me! :) Happy 4th of July everyone!

-Elder Hagues

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pics from June

June 27 Post

Well the good news is that my companion is healthy again! It was a pretty crazy week, but a lot of the members helped us out doing divisions. We were still able to meet our goal for lessons with member because the members helped us out so much. This week we are planning on finding a lot of new golden investigators. We are having to drop a lot of our investigators more quickly than normal. My companion and i are being really direct with our investigators and because the result is being able to figure out if they are ready to progress now or if we need to let them go for a while. 

We were hoping for a lot of investigators this last Sunday, but the only one that was able to go was Veronica. She is progressing really well now! She joined the young women’s choir in the ward and loves it! There was a seminary graduation yesterday and the choir sang in it. She came all by herself to be able to sing with the choir! When an investigator comes to the church building by themselves it means that they are ready for baptism! We are planning on baptizing her the 09 or 16th of July. 

We are going to try baptize another one of our investigators named Carlos the 23rd of July. Carlos has been a really great investigator! He has just had problems getting to church!... He lived in Phoenix Arizona for a while and went to our church 3 times with his uncle. We read some of the Book of Mormon with him and he felt the spirit really strongly! He has the testimony so now he just needs to get to church and it’s a done deal(: He really wants to meet his goal of the 23rd of July. 

The atonement helped me a lot throughout this week. I could feel the spirit as i read these words from Dieter F Uchtdorf’s last general conference talk, "The joyous news of the gospel is this: because of the eternal plan of happiness provided by our loving Heavenly Father and through the infinite sacrifice of Jesus the Christ, we can not only be redeemed from our fallen state and restored to purity, but we can also transcend mortal imagination and become heirs of eternal life and partakers of God’s indescribable glory". The gospel and Christ’s atonement can help us get out of the stressful situations in our lives. The atonement helped me have a joyful week! 

The mission is the best! My companion and I are really happy to be here and we will work hard so that the missionaries in our zone can feel the same! 

Have a great and joyful week! 

-Elder Hagues

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Se Bautiza Nacho!

June 20 posting

Nacho logro su meta! Angel Nazario estuvo muy emocionado el Sábado y Domingo pasado porque pudo bautizarse y confirmarse! Muchos miembros llegaron para apoyarle en su servicio bautismal y todo el tiempo estaba diciéndonos, " Me siento muy feliz!". 

Right from the start Nacho was a "escojido"! He was waiting anxiously for us before our first appointment we put with him. We taught him some of the plan of salvation because he wanted to know where his niece was and if he was going to be able to see her again. He ate up all the plain and precious truths of the gospel we taught him. He has such a big desire to follow Jesus Christ. He went to church every Sunday after we fist taught him except for one Sunday where his mom didn’t let him go. Even before he got baptized he wanted to accompany us to preach the Gospel. He is only 15 years old, but he says that he wants to be a missionary like us! We went out on visits with him once before he was even a member! 

What helped him most was bringing members to fellowship him. Lots of the members that we brought were youth that already knew him from their soccer team or school! A lot of members helped us out during the conversion of Nacho. When it came time for him to get baptized the big obstacle was getting permission from him mother. We took a member with us so that he could testify of how the gospel had blessed his family. She ended up giving him permission and even went to the baptism! His mom was really proud of him and says that she is going to start to listen to us a little more! Nacho is a great missionary because he already gave us another reference of his cousin who wants to "mejorar" his relationship with God. 

I think the smile the converts have after they are baptized is my favorite part of missionary work. 

In the area we have a couple other investigators that should be baptized in July. We are working hard to bring a lot of different members with them so that they can feel comfortable in the church. Elder Granados is doing well in the new area! The only bad thing is that he is really sick right now! He has been getting better but the last couple days his stomach hasn’t been treating him very well. It’s really weird because he is coming from los altos de chiapas and the last thing we thought was him getting sick from the food. We hope that he gets better soon! 

I was able to do a baptismal interview this last week which is always a great experience. During the interview a scripture came to my mind and i shared it with the investigator (now convert). It was John 16:33 which reads, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world". I love this scripture and i love my savior Jesus Christ. With this new challenge to read the Book of Mormon before september 2nd highlighting all the references to Jesus Christ, I have felt the spirit of Christ fill my life. The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and Christ gives me peace as i read it just like he said in John. We should not fear. The world is getting crazy, but DONT WORRY....CHRIST OVERCAME this world and with his help so can we (: 

Have a GREAT week! 

-Elder Hagues