Quote of the week:

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week 77, Venado Tuerto, Argentina


This shotgun is a church members from 1914.
(It was empty.)

This is a Santa Fe rugby jersey

Alrighty, so this week was good! We found some new people and we are excited to teach them! I don’t know if I told you but there’s a family that’s friends with some church members and they came to a Family Home Evening that we did about 2 weeks ago and this week we had plans to teach them. There's Samantha the mom, then Antonella is 13, and Samira is 9. On Tuesday, we taught Antonella with the members and she said that she had been reading the Gospel Principles book and told us everything she learned. (Oh and by the way the teenage girls here look like they're 19 when they're 13. So crazy.) My companion says it’s because they eat a lot of meat. hahahah But anyway, Antonellas way smart and excited to go to church and get baptized. On Thursday we taught her and her lillte sister and their cousin too. We had a great lesson and she had some questions about the Word of Wisdom. She said that when she goes to dances she always drinks a little and didn’t think that was bad. SHE'S 13 and sadly that’s normal here. That made me so grateful for the gospel and that I learned from an early age to not drink alcohol or use drugs. I know that God loves us and wants us to be happy and for that reason He commands us to not partake of drugs, alcohol, black tea, coffee, or tobacco. We have the blessing from God, that if we do not partake of these substances, we will live longer and be happier. 

Another thing that I was thinking about a lot this week was the "will of God". We know that we are given different trials at different times for a reason. I believe that God definitely has something to do with those trials, but we must not accept them and live with them, but instead take them and run with them. Every single person is special in the eyes of God and every single person must learn from their personal trials. They are necessary for our progress. I know that every single trial is an opportunity to learn. We must not be discouraged but look to the future with determination.

Doctrine and Covenants 24:8 
Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.

I love all of you and GO NINERS!!!
Elder Hjelmstad

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