Quote of the week:

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 94, Venado Tuerto, Argentina



(Service: Cleaning up someones backyard)

(Josh's Mom: This is the Branch President that has taken such good care of our Son.  He has posted pictures on fb for us to see and feed the missionaries often. We are forever grateful.)

(I'm pretty sure Elder Hjelmstad made this banana bread)

(These are pictures that were posted today on fb by some of the Argentine people Elder Hjelmstad has gotten to know while serving in this area. He made some visits today to some of them to say goodbye. I know he is sad to say goodbye to these wonderful people. He will miss them)

Elder Hjelmstad and his companion Elder May.

alrightyyyy well I'm getting transferred! I'm going to the city of Nogoyá, Entre Ríos! My comp will be Elder Romero and we have the whole city to ourselves! I'm excited and a little nervous at the same time because Venado Tuerto has been such a blast and I've grown to love the people here. We will see how the Lord wants me to help the people in Nogoyá. 
This week was great! We got to go to Rosario on Wednesday for a training meeting. We talked about developing our faith and the faith of others by doing things like keeping the commandments. We talked about how we must help others to make changes in their lives by helping them do things that maybe they haven't done before. Then we learned about how to recognize the Holy Ghost and how we must seek it diligently all day long. President Giuliani said something that I loved. He said, "Prayer is more than an event, it's an attitude." I know that we all need to be more sincere and focused in our prayers. I'm grateful for the chance that I have everyday to get to know God, our Heavenly Father, even more. The Lord loves us and longs to help us. Last night we had a lesson with the Taulets and they were talking about all the financial problems that they're having. They told us of all the stuff that they're going to do to earn some extra cash and we stopped them and read Mosiah 2:41. 

41: And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Like the scripture says, Those who obey, receive. We told them that God wants them to live comfortably and happily but on His terms. We testified that God is going to help them as they keep the commandments, especially keeping the sabbath day holy. I have such a big testimony of obedience. It's like the electricity. When we pay the bill, the lights work. God will and wants to take care of us but we must first trust in Him and His way. That is the key to the "Abundant Life."
Love you all!!!
Elder Hjelmstad 

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