Monday, July 25, 2016

Marcus' Baptism!

Hey, how is everyone doing? Sounds like everyone is doing all of the fun stuff without me, what the heck! This last week we had the opportunity to baptize Marcus, this little guy is so awesome. He showed up late to church on Sunday, so he will get confirmed next week, but I am really looking forward to doing that and use my priesthood power a little bit. We are starting to slow things down a little bit. We are starting to slowly run out of our investigators, so that means it is time to go find some to teach. We should have another in the next couple of weeks. My comp, Elder Younger, is getting transferred, so I am going to be getting another new comp. I will miss Younger, he has been a really fun comp to serve with! Well everyone, have a wonderful week.

Elder Hutchings

July 2016 - Elder Younger, Marcus, Me! 

Elder Hutchings - Syracuse, NY - July 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Really Good Week!

Hey everyone this week has been really good. We are going to be having a baptism this Saturday the guy's name is Marcus is a really small short black man and he is super excited to get baptized! My comp is going to baptize him and i am going to confirm him on sunday. Then next week we are going to be having another baptism too his name is Bill morgan he is super awesome. The work is going really well in this area we are teaching a ton of people here and it is awesome, this last week we had a meeting with our president and he taught us about faith and it was awesome! something so simple as faith. Faith is in EVERYTHING in the gospel! so i want everyone to see how they can increase there faith these next couple of weeks! Love you all and have a wonderful week.😉

Monday, July 11, 2016

Worldly People

Hey, how the heck is everyone doing? This week has been a pretty good week, We have been doing lots of work here on the west side. We have about 4 really promising investigators, 2 should be for sure getting baptized at the end of this month so we are really looking forward to that. On Saturday, we had this one guy come up to us and just rip into us about how if we had money we would be so much happier in this life. It was an eye opener for me to see how people can just get set on the worldly things in this life and see what really matters to them. He had a little kid backpack and he was telling us that there was 10 grand in there, so why would he need our money? We almost end up getting in a fight with him, but we just finally told him to leave and wouldn't talk to him any more and he just left.

Then, on Thursday, we had this guy tell us that we have no clue what we believe in and I was an exchange with this new missionary and it was just awesome to see him take things over. He said, ''excuse me but sir you can't tell me what I know to be true and have a good day''. I am thankful to be able to testify of the truth and people cannot argue with your testimony. When we testify it is the truth, it makes them think or just leave us alone. I know that when we testify, the Lord truly will bear witness to them that this is His wonderful gospel!
I just want you all to know that if you are struggling with anything, and if you start taking the baby steps, the Lord will help you along the way. ''It is by the small and simple things that great things come to pass!" Love you all and have a wonderful week!
Love, Elder Hutchings

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July - Religious Freedom!

Hello Everyone! How are all of you doing? Are you having a good 4th of July weekend? This last week has went by super fast. We are still doing a lot of exchanges with the other elders in our district. We only have one more left, so that will be over with for this transfer finally! We had an opportunity to go fishing this last week. I got to catch some large mouth bass, but none of them were very big. Syracuse is such a crazy place to go teaching. We have had the oppurtunity to meet so many people and tell them about this wonderful gospel that we have. The good thing about living in such a populated area is that you will always have a lot of people to teach. I love serving here and to be able to help others strengthen their testimonies. Today has been fun, we have have gotten to play basketball a bunch of the other elders that serve around here. Then, we got to go to the ward party that was going on and we are going to be having a BBQ with some of the other missionaries. 

As we celebrate this wonderful July 4th holiday, our hearts turn to the Lord’s blessings in
helping our forefathers obtain their freedom and create our nation. As one ponders all that
had to happen for the United States of America to take its place in the history of the world’s
nations, one can see the hand of the Lord in every step of the way. Much has been written
about this choice land and our founding fathers. Miracles occurred in many places and in many
ways for this nation to take its place on the stage of world history. We know that a country
had to be established founded upon principles of righteousness, law and religious freedom
before the Lord could restore His church and His kingdom upon the earth. The Lord has
secluded, protected and prepared this land from the creation of the earth for this wise
purpose. This was all revealed to Nephi years ago, “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my
commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which
I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.” 1 Nephi 2:20

I love you all and have a wonderful week!
Elder Hutchings