Quote of the week:

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Week 80, Venado Tuerto, Argentina

The new apartment


45 minute bus trip to the church farm in Cordoba




That is the Bar-b-q (where the chicken was cooked)




Hey guys!

Happy Birthday Grandma and Katie!!!

and Happy Valentines Day!!!

This week was eventful. haha So we moved from a super cruddy house to a super crowded but brand new apartment. It’s a long story… We had it all planned out that on Thursday the other elders were going to take the apartment contracts to the realtor and get the keys to our new apartment. We were so anxious that we took down everything and put it outside waiting for the moving truck. BUT they went to the realtor and they wouldn’t give them the keys because we didn’t pay the rent yet, so Elder Rodriquez took out money from his personal account to pay for one of the two apartments. We ended up moving all of our stuff into one tiny apartment. It’s ridiculously crammed. haha But tomorrow we’ll get the keys to the other one.

ANYWAYS, this week we were able to start teaching Lazaro, a members cousin. He went to mutual (youth activity) a couple weeks ago and liked it, so we set up an appointment and taught him twice. We’re trying to teach him super simple principles. He loves the activities and stuff, but we want to teach him the doctrine so he can be truly converted. He’s read everything we’ve left him so were super duper excited! He went to church too! His best friend/cousin is basically my little brother (He’s pretty much the little brother I never had. I love that kid). We helped him come back to church and he recently went to the temple! He loved it! I feel like Jed a little! haha His names Nico.

We’ve taught other great people this week as well that were excited to see progress.  So this week should be a good week! 

Yesterday we got permission from our mission president to go out to the church farm called Kilgruman. It’s in Cordoba where Andrew served his mission! It’s right on the border, about 45 minutes away, so we didn’t think we would get permission… but we did! It was way fun! We went out there with the branch in a bus and played around. There was a pool and everybody got in the pool, while us missionaries had a water fight with buckets. :) We made bbq chicken which was really good. On the way back the bus broke down and we had to wait on the side of the freeway until another bus came and got us. It was fun! Nico and lazaro came too!

This week I had some moments when I just realized how grateful I am to be a part of this church. I’m so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that has opened the heavens again to help us in the most complicated time in the history of the world. I’m so grateful to have a Prophet, chosen of God himself, to help us know what we must do to return to God’s presence. It almost seems too good to be true. I know that anybody can know this message is true. It’s a fairy tale that I believe in. I know that families can be together forever through the power of God.

I love you all!!

Elder Hjelsmstad

p.s. thanks for the letters…

Ashlyn- congrats on the mission call! New Jersey doesn’t know what they’re getting!
and BROOKE-- what the Japan? haha that’s so cool!!

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