Quote of the week:

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Week 60, Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina

Another week!!!

So.... This week was good! We had a good number of lessons and we’re way excited for some of our investigators! Friday, was national ditch day because it was the first day of spring and we had plans to find a kid Johnny (that’s a friend of a member). We visited the member and then went to Johnny’s house but he wasn’t there so we talked to a kid on the corner tending to a horse while it was eating grass. (Yes, a horse in the middle of the suburbs.) While we talked to him a group of his friends show up and guess what, one of them is Johnny. We talked to all of them and then had a lesson in the street. They’re all super great and are all like 14-15 years old. Today they played soccer at the churchwith them and tomorrow we have a Family Home Evening with them! Everybody needs to talk to their friends and bring them to activities in the church! That is how it should be!

So... We got robbed. haha They took our phone and Elder Haderlies backpack that had his camera. He was way upset. We’re safe though so don’t worry. It happens, but not often. We were walking back from lunch on Saturday and there was nobody on the street, so they came up from behind and scared the crud out of us. Anyways... that’s over. haha I still cant believe it happened. 

Something that I was thinking a lot of this week was prayer and how most of the time we don’t use it to our full advantage. We must pray to receive the blessings that Heavenly Father WANTS to give us! I’ve been obsessed with reading the General Conference talks from April 2012 too. I’m super excited for General Conference in two weeks! Invite everybody! This is the talk that I really loved.


Read it! Then ask God if it’s true! He will answer you! If you’re not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, read it and pray. If you feel good after, it’s an answer from God! If you receive that answer, talk to my Mom! She felt that too about 20 years ago. We would love to share with you.

I love being a missionary and don’t want to slack off. It’s hard being perfectly diligent, but I’m learning.

Elder Hjelmstad

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week 59, Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina


This week was good! Long and short at the same time like all other weeks but it sounds like you’re really keeping busy! This week we had four people in church! Guiliana came with her friend Karen and she was all happy. We had a great lesson with her earlier in the week and we helped her work up the confidence to ask her Dad if she can get baptized. She’s 13 years old like Jade! So her Aunt said she would help her ask her Dad for permission but he said no... hmm. So, if you could pray so Karen’s Dad’s heart will be softened that’d be great. Then the Sanchez family came to church! Their Daughters are members but the parents both have addictions that they’re trying to overcome. They had a good week though and were able to come to church and they left really happy! Then we had a miracle come to church! Luis Gimenez is a convert and is a stud. He is a super member missionary! He invited his friend Daniel from work and he came! After the three hours he said he wanted to get baptized! haha The only thing is that he lives in a different ward’s boundaries so well see what happens with him. We also met two great families this week! We’re excited for the people we’re teaching and I really hope that we can see them progress until baptism! 

On Wednesday, we had a leadership meeting and they talked about how we need to learn how to be our own agents and to have the integrity to do whats right even when nobodies looking over our shoulder. 

In D&C 58:27-28 it says, "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward." 

We can always be more honest with ourselves and other people. We must learn how to make good decisions. I’m so grateful for the blessing it is to have the gospel in my life. To know where we lived before, why we’re here, and where we’re going. It’s better than anything in this world because sadly we cant bring anything to heaven, just us. 

I love you all and hope you all have a great week!
Elder Hjelmstad

Monday, September 10, 2012

Week 58, Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina

Alright well first off sorry I didn’t write last week! It was a crazy day and I had to do a TON of stuff to do on the computer. SORRYY!!

So this week was good! It started off great, on Monday we had a Family Home evening with a member family and their niece, Guliana(12 years old). We taught a lesson and she accepted the invitation to be baptized on the 29th of this month. She’s way nice and loves the church. She’s gone a million times but has never been baptized, so we’re way excited about that! Great start to the week.

Tuesday... we wake up and MOSQUITOS. I have never seen so many in my life. I have over 40 bites from this week. I’m convinced the mosquito’s are from the devil because the drive missionaries CRAZY!!!

Wednesday... We had Mission Council in the Mission Home and Elder Viñas of the Seventy came and gave a little workshop. SUPER GOOD. He spoke a lot on how we can be regular missionaries or we can be exceptional missionaries that have power to help others. He said that to become one of these exceptional missionaries, we need to learn how to be humble. We need to learn how to repent daily. We must be humble to help the people were teaching be humble enough to listen and change. A missionary said, "A golden missionary always finds golden people to teach." I believe that to be true. I think that as we become better people, God will entrust us with people that are ready to hear the gospel. After, Pres. Guiliani spoke on FAITH and how we must have faith and HOPE in the missionary work in our areas. People that say that “it’s impossible” will never achieve anything. We must have faith that we can
do it. That’s true with anything in life! We can always have more faith in others and in ourselves!

Then on Sunday, we got to go see the re-dedication of the Buenos Aires temple! It was way cool and I’m super excited to go after my mission. I’m so grateful for temples and the blessings that they are! Everybody should try to go to the temple more often!

Alrighty, well my times up! Love you tons!!!

Your favorite elder,

Elder Hjelmstad

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Week 57, Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina

Hey Mom, 

I didnt have time to write and I feel sorry, but I just want to let you know how much I love you! Thanks for everything and I loved your emails. I'm sorry I couldnt write. Next week will be a good one. This weekend is the rededication of the temple in Buenos Aires, so it should be fun. Also, on Wednesday we have mission council and Elder Viñas of the seventy is coming. We're nervous but excited! 

Love you!

Some more pictures to enjoy....

Doing Service!!!!

As Zone Leaders, they spend all day at the bus stop, helping the missionaries that are coming and going. This happens on the day of transfers (every six weeks). Most of these days are very long and very cold!!!