Quote of the week:

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

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 52!!! (That's ONE YEAR!!!), Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina

a cake I made from scrattchhhh. yeaahhhhhhhhhh turned out good. That’s coconut on top. :)
there’s even casinos in Argentina haha (it’s in my area)

shoes after one year... (and I have two pair)


Elder Haderlie and I are working really hard and were finding a ton of people that are so great! This week has been FILLED with miracles and I don’t even know where to start. Maybe I should start with our new friend, Milagros, because his name means Miracles! We received a reference from a member of a family that got baptized a long while back that lived like 5 blocks from their house. We went... nobody. Then we went back on Sat... nobody. Then we went back like an hour later and....a girl answers the door and was super happy and almost kissed Elder Haderlie on the cheek. It was awkward but we got talking to her at her door and her name is Alejandra. She said her sister and parents got baptized over 10 years ago and that they were getting back around lunchtime. We asked if we could come back after lunch and share something with them. She said sure and so after lunch we went and they received us with open arms. They’re SUPER nice and loved going to church but stopped because the other Elders left and lost contact with the church. Rufina, the mom, lives with her husband and two daughters, Sandra (member 30 years old) and Alejandra (nonmember 23 years old). Sandra has two daughters, Milagros-10, and Maitena-5. Alejandra has a 2-year-old boy named Ticiano. They had only good things to say about the church and we invited them to come to church. We invited Alejandra and Milagros to be baptized on the 25th of August and they accepted! soooo on Sunday... THEY ALL CAME TO CHURCH! Woohoo! I will keep you updated!

Then we have Rodrigo, a hilarious 21 year old that is kind of an air head but smart at the same time. Finding him was a miracle! But we talked to his Dad that had been to Vegas and stuff and then we shared a little lesson and Rodrigo was way interested. We went back on Monday with our ward mission leader and taught about the restoration of the gospel. We promised him that if he read and prayed, that he’d receive an answer from God. It was such a great lesson! Anyways, we went back on Wednesday and we asked him if he read and prayed and he said YES! And that he knew it was true! ahhhhhhhhhhh! We went back last night and read from the Book of Mormon and talked about some things. After, he asked us if we knew how to play an instrument and we said we played the piano a little bit and he said SING SOMETHING AND I’LL FILM YOU! ahaha so I played praise to the man and we sang the first verse. Haha, that guy. 

I love being a missionary and love having Elder Haderlie as my companion. We’re working hard and the Lord is blessing us! I know that this church is true and that God knows the desires of our hearts. I know He loves us! I know that whoever reads, ponders, and prays with real intention, WILL receive an answer from God. I’m so thankful for the many blessings that I have received and the blessing that I may receive if I’m worthy of them. We’re progressing a lot and I hope that the zone can feed off of our excitement.


Elder Hjelmstad

Shout Outs:

Jen- Have fun at hair school!!
Dad- You’re a bachelor for a week! Watch some Olympics for me!
Mom and Jade- Soak up that Utah sun!
Grandpa- Thanks for the advice! love ya!
J&A: Have fun in Georgia!!!

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