Quote of the week:

"The Lord doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 34 Santa Fe, Argentina

"We also got to do service this week and cut a ton of weeds! But guess what we used? A MACHETE AND A REAPER! Sweeeeeeeet. Argentine style."

Hey guys!

The week flew by like always. Can’t believe that tomorrow I’ll complete 8 months in the mission and 6 months in Liceo tomorrow. Totally crazy. TIME FLIES. But sounds like you guys are doing great! Have fun looking for schools and going to conference up there! And you got to hang out with the Colbster!? NOT FAIR! I miss that guy! I want to know where he’s going serve his mish! Please let me know ASAP!

SO this week we went by Ezekiels house and he told us that he didn’t make it because his bike got 2 flat tires about 15 miles away. He was really bummed that so many things went wrong. We told him to forget about it and that we’d have his baptism when he wanted. He said he wanted to get baptized on the 24th! Sweet! So we planned all the stuff and everything was great! He ended up getting his old job back that he loved and was way happy. We called him on Friday night and asked how everything was and he said he was good for the next day. SO baptism started at 6pm and he worked the morning so we called him around lunch and his phone was off. We called him over and over again and nothing. 5:10 comes around and we decide to run to his house to check on him. Wasn’t there. Kept calling...nothing. Said a prayer. People started showing up. 6:00, still nothing. We ran to his house again...nothing. We then sang hymns until 6:45 and then left. :( I was really bummed. We still haven’t seen him or been able to talk to him. But I don’t want you guys to think that I’m all sad or stuff because I’m not! I know he will get baptized one day! Maybe not right now, but he will.

We also got to do service this week and cut a ton of weeds! But guess what we used? A MACHETE AND A REAPER! Sweeeeeeeet. Argentine style. The reaper was a work out and the machete killed my shoulder, but we got it done! The Family we served is awesome too! Her names Claudia and her and her son Hermam came to church! She’s a widow of 4 years and we’re trying to help her! Way cool lady.

So yesterday for studies we listened to a fireside by John Bytheway called Righteous Warriors. It was so good! He talked about all the war chapters in Alma and how they relate to us! He said a lot of things that I wish I would’ve known when I was in high school! He talked a lot about preparing ourselves against the evils of the world and never letting ourselves be lured out of the city gates. He said when talking about the Stripling warriors, "Its one thing to know that the church is true, and another thing to be true to the church." They understood the commandments and obeyed them! Alma 57:21! He went on saying by obeying and doing EVERYTHING within the church we build our fort against Satan. He said a lot of the time we give in to temptation because we think were in control when were really not. Because when were "High on drugs, were low on agency." Heavenly Father gave us the chance to choose so we can LEARN! President Benson said, "Its better to prepare and prevent than repair and repent." I LOVE THAT: Follow the guidelines set forth in the scriptures and by the prophet. I know we will be blessed by doing so. I wish I would’ve known this in high school!

But were doing good here in Liceo! I love you guys so much and hope everything’s going well.


Elder Hjelmstad

Shout outs:

Aunt Penny- I hope you guys had fun up in the snow! I hope you didn’t "pull a Josh" and break your leg like I did.

Grandpa- Too bad BYU lost and the 49ers didn’t get Peyton. GO LAKERS! haha

Jen- Good to hear Dan asked you to prom. I approve.

Jade- Can’t wait to see you play volleyball!

Dad- Go play bball outside! It’s a good way to relax.

Mom- You’re so busy its insane! Have fun in Utah!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Week 33 Santa Fe, Argentina

Sergio and his wife getting married!!!
Congrats to the Mr. & Mrs.!!!!

Sergio and Elder Hjelmstad!!!
Love that they are all wet!
Pure. Joy.

Hey familia!

This week has been completely crazy, long, and stressful. But yeah!

So Sergio got baptized so that was super, super cool. He is an amazing guy, that will be a great leader in the church. He got married on Friday and baptized on Saturday. Such a champ. The weddings are super simple here. They do it in a little office in the government building. About 20 people went to see them get married. We went in the little room and they do it sitting down and basically the official talks about the commitment they’re making and then they sign the papers and boom! They’re married! I really gained a strong testimony of the importance of marriage because even though it was just a little tiny wedding in an office, the spirit was so strong and they were so happy! It was so cool being there seeing him receive all these blessings in one weekend! On Saturday, we did some service cutting grass and then prepared all the stuff for the baptism like inviting people, refreshments, and cleaning up the chapel. We had it all ready and called Sergio and Ezekiel to see how they were doing. Ezekiel told us that it was going to be hard to get there at 5:00 and might be a little late but that he’d do his best. The baptism rolled around and Sergio came with his wife and we changed and everything and waited until 5:15 and started without Exekiel. He never came. :( We called a bunch of times but the phone was off or dead. The service went fine, just a ton of stress but I had a smile on the whole time! haha totally crazy. There’s a ton of little details, but I don’t have enough time to explain them all. But I baptized Sergio and it was totally great. I love that guy and I’m so excited for him and his wife.

Alma 36:34-26

24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost

25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruits of my labors;

26 For because of the word which he has imparted unto me, behold, many have been born of God, and have tasted as I have tasted, and have seen eye to eye as I have seen; therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken, as I do know; and the knowledge which I have is of God.

I LOVE that scripture!!!!

So Elder S. wanted to send off a tape that he had talked into and stuff so we went to the office to send it. The guy asked us what it was and I told him that my comp had recorded his voice and wanted to send it to his parents. The guy looked at us like we were crazy and then told us that it was ILLEGAL. haha he said that it could have secret info and they couldn’t send it.... so... ya. haha so going "old school" is now illegal. haha :)

Oh, so I got a bunch of church music from a member and there is a song called "Give it all to him" SUPER GOOD! I love it!

So were living with two new elders now. Elder S. from Idaho and Elder L. from Texas. They’re both great guys and it’s fun having mini America when were in the apt. ha

So that was pretty much the week! Little crazy! I really hope that we can find more people that are ready to listen to us. I don’t really have anything else to say! These weeks are flying by!

I love you all so much and hope everything’s going great!

Elder Hjelmstad

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Week 32 Santa Fe, Argentina

This picture was taken the day Elder Hjelmstad became a trainer and met his "Kid"
(Kid= The new missionary being trained).
This picture is of all the trainers and their "kids".

Eva's (the little elderly lady in white) baptism!

Zone t-shirts
(FA is like saying Dang it)

"When it rains... it floods!"


So this week went by really fast! Actually, everything goes by fast now! Ezekiel did not get baptized this week but will this upcoming week with Sergio! Sergio is getting married on Friday and then baptized on Saturday! Such a stud. He’s so ready. I’m so excited for them both! Oh and yes I’m staying in Liceo for my 5th transfer! I’ll have 7 months in my first area! Crazy!

So on Tuesday we went to Eva’s house to teach her and we showed up and she was glowing! Her face looked all bright and lit up! I know that that’s not just a coincidence but comes from the gift of the Holy Ghost that she had just received! She was all jokin around with me and kept calling me her Padrino, or Father-in-law. haha I couldn’t stop laughing.

So Elder T, a Chileno that was living with us this past transfer just went HOME! That sure made me think about things and even though it made me a little homesick, there’s no way I’d go home right now. Its already been 7 months but I feel like I’m just a newbie and have SOOOO much to learn. I was also thinking about Travis Conley and how he had to go home after his first 7 months (for health reasons). I can’t even imagine how hard that’d be. This work might be hard, exhausting, and far from home but the truth is that this is way more important than what I’d do at home. I’m so excited for the people that will get baptized and the people we meet everyday. We met a lady this week named Maria that is going through a hard time right now. Her husband drinks a lot and she hasn’t seen him in 2 months! She has 4 kids and doesn’t go to a church. She said she’s gone to a ton but never felt like that was where she was supposed to go. She said she went to our church 10 years ago and liked it but the missionaries never visited them again. I know that God has a purpose with all of us and puts people in our paths. I have a testimony that people are ready to listen to us but what we need to worry about is if WE’RE ready for them. I’m excited for another transfer here and hope to have a lot of success. Because, "Every soul is great in the sight of God." We’re all children of God! He Loves us and Knows us personally. I’m so thankful for my full time job in the Lords work.

Two crazy things that we saw this week:

Cock Fighting Chickens- Totally illegal and these kids had like 8 in crates and these things were HUGE. They said they get 10,000 pesos if they win. crazyyy.

Fireflies!!!!!- we were walking home at night and I saw little things blinking and was like whattttt? First time ever. Pretty sweet!!!

Well thank you all for writing me! I love getting your emails! Remember that Dearelders are still free to get down here so no excuses. haha Love you guys!

Your missionary,

Elder Hjelmstad

Monday, March 5, 2012

Week 31 Santa Fe, Argentina

Eva at her baptism

Woohoo! Eva got baptized! Kinda crazy but it ended up being a really spiritual baptismal service. We had everything ready and were waiting at the chapel at 5:00 when the baptism started at 6:00. Eva and her family got there at like 5:20 and 2 minutes later I realized...We didn’t have her baptismal clothes...We quickly ran to the pinch (10 min) and grabbed them and walked super fast back. We got back at 5:45 and waited for the rest of the members to come and stuff. We invited a ton of people but only very few came but it didn’t matter because it was all about Eva. I baptized her and even though she swallowed a little bit of water, she felt great! When she walked in after she had changed her clothes she said, "Estoy bien" (I’m good) with a smile. It was really great to see another daughter of God be baptized in His church. I’m so blessed that I’m here to witness these miracles.

This week I don’t really have much to talk about but I read something this morning when I was studying that I loved. I was reading in the Bible in John when it talks about Lazarus rising from the dead. I’ve always loved this miracle and I don’t really know why. I was thinking about it and it’s really similar to how, thanks to Jesus Christ, we will all rise from the dead in the resurrection. Every single one of us will live after this life to be judged before God, thanks to Him. Because this is possible we have the potential to live with our families forever. How amazing is the Atonement of Christ. Also I believe that in every one of our lives, we come to a point when Christ saves us. From physical danger, as well as spiritual danger. I know, that is how it was for me. I know that Chirst still works miracles because I know that I am one. I’m so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.

K I have to go! Sorry it was a shorty. I love you all so much and will send you the pics of Evas baptism and then Ezekiels thatll happen this weekend.


Elder Hjelmstad.

Oh something cool. ahha so the first counselor in the bishopric couldn’t pronounce my last name so he said "Elder HLJ." HLJ means ctr (choose the right) in English! haha Haz lo justo. I thought it was cool! Anyways chao!