Quote of the week:

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Week 67, Las Delicias, Rosario, Argentina

Alrighty, this week was good! SUPER FAST! We had plans on every single day. From splits, training meetings, and a district meeting it was really interesting and different!

On Wednesday, we had the training meeting and learned from President and the Assistants. I learned how to plan better and more effective, (something that I’ve always wanted to improve on). A big part of missionary work is using your time wisely. I can’t believe how much time I wasted when I was home. hahaha So after the conference, we had splits with the assistants and I went with Elder F to his area. We taught some great investigators and I learned various things from him!
1) Make lessons spiritual experiences
2) Visit members and teach them according to their needs
3) Congratulate people for their faith.
I have so much to learn!!! Then we did splits again within our zone. Elder F came to my area and we had some good fun. :) He’s 25 and was into drugs and stuff but quit drugs and went on a mission! We went to one of the families that we’ve been teaching so he could share his conversion with them. It was so special. He shared how he had changed. From one day to another he stopped doing hard drugs, smoking cigarettes, and smoking marijuana. He never relapsed. Bro S really loved his conversion story and it got him excited to get rid of his bad habits so he can get baptized. 

On Saturday, we passed by Cristina and taught her. She read the whole gospel principles book!!! She’s crazy!! haha She understood everything from the creation to baptisms for the dead. She loves the Book of Mormon. Her son Maxi who’s 20 yrs old listened and admitted he is looking for something to fill the vacancy inside him. I know that the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ fills that gap. She will get baptized this Sunday! We’re stoked!

Camila loves the church and was super excited to get baptized, so she called her mom that lives in another province and her mom said she can’t get baptized...pray please for her and that her Mom’s heart to soften :)

Also, we received a hand full of referrals from members, so were way excited about that! We have transfers next week so well see what happens... 

So, something that I learned this week was that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a way to live. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end is a never-ending process. We do it every week. As we do these things, we begin to perfect ourselves. I love the End of the Book of Mormon in Moroni’s farewell when he says,

(Moroni 10:32) Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."

Moroni 7:32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.

33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

This life is a process and a test. We must ask ourselves every day if we have improved and become more like Christ. Are we more friendly than we were yesterday? Do we love more than we loved yesterday? Nephi invites us in…

2 Nephi 31:20 "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."

I love you all and hope we can all become like Christ, so that when He comes, we will be as He is. We will be pure, as he is pure.

Love you tons,
Elder Hjelmstad 

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