Quote of the week:

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

Monday, December 3, 2012

Week 70, Venado Tuerto, Argentina


We're doing just great here in Venado Tuerto! My new companion is Elder Laguado. Super cool guy. There was only 4 new missionaries that came this week and three of them were from Peru and only one from Columbia. I wanted the Columbian. haha Anyways, so they always do a drumroll and stuff and guess who is my new companion? The Columbian!  He's from Cucuta, Columbia. He's a recent convert of 2 1/2 years, but you can't tell. He's the only member in his family but it doesnt bother him. He knows a lot about the scriptures and is excited to be here! He doesn't really have any hobbies besides looking fresshhh. Haha He told me he likes dressing up for dances. To his prom he wore a white suit with a red bow tie. Niceeee. haha 

So we got to Venado Tuerto on Wednesday night. The bus ride ended up being 3 1/2 hours but I got to sit next to a guy that was super great, Andres. He's like 60 years old and we talked about a little of everything but then started talking about the gospel. We talked about EVERYTHING and it was so great. I liked it because we were just talking and it wasn't like a formal lesson. He told me that he doesn't believe in the churches and stuff and we got talking about the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ and then he had questions about life after death so we talked about the plan of salvation, and then we talked about baptism. Super great guy. I left him with the invitation to read and ask God. He said he would get baptized if he felt it was what he had to do!

Something I realized from this experience was that the gospel doesn't have to be something so weird. We can talk about it like nothing! In the scriptures it says D&C 84:85.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:85 Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.

I love being a missionary and I love sharing the gospel! You can do it too! Just TALK TO PEOPLE!!!! There's nothing better!!!


Elder Hjelmstad

(This is Josh's Mom)

These are some of the questions I asked this week:

1. Tell me about your new companion.

His name is Elder Laguado from COLOMBIA. He's a convert of 2 1/2 years and the only member in his family. He's super cool and has good style. haha we're excited to be together and excited to baptizeee

2. Tell me about your new area.

My area is small for the first time! It's only about 10 blocks by 15 blocks. We split the branch with 2 other elders. The members are SUPER united, so thats way cool and they love missionary work. They were in a rented house before but 7 months ago they built and dedicated a new and very pretty church building. It's a great branch!

3. Do you know why was your mission was extended two weeks? Is it just for the Rosario mission?

With all the changes in the ages of the missionaries they shorted the MTC to 8 weeks and had to change some of the tracks of the missions. Ours got pushed forward 2 weeks. 

4.  What's your apartment like?

Terrible. We're looking for a new one. The contract expires in 2 weeks

5.  What's your ward like? How many people?

The ward is great like I said and the attendance is about 70 every week. Pretty dang good

6.  How far are you from the mission home?
About 3 1/2 hour

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