Quote of the week:

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

Monday, May 27, 2013

Week 95, Nogoya, Argentina

Saying good-bye to those he loved
(before he left Venado Tuerto)

This is Marta, the lady we baptized.

The Taulet family, a family we were teaching.

The Destazi and Villalba families together.

President Cassinelli and his wife

His new area... Nogoya
This is the church, a rented house and
this is my new companion, Elder Romero.

So I'm here in Nogoya! It's been great so far! Before transfers I was telling Elder May how I had never been in a little town, far away from missionaries and had to cook my own meals.... WELL.... the time has come! I got to Nogoya on Wednesday and we visited the Branch President. He's an older man with a mustache. Him and his wife are way nice. They live on the other side of town and we don't have bikes so my feet were killin! haha So the branch is small here but it has a big heart. Yesterday in church we had an attendance of 20 people. The church is actually a rented house from the 1800's I think. Not kidding. haha It's cool though! My comp and I both had talks yesterday about missionary work. I compared the tree of life to how we need to invite everybody to try the fruit because it's SO GOOD! I gave the example that Mom once shared with me about how the gospel is like a plate of cookies that we must share and in the end we enjoy them even more! I found two scriptures that I wanted to share. Alma 36:24 is one of my new favorites.

24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Alma describes the joy that he felt by repenting of his sins.

Then in Luke 22:31 and 32 is my OFF THE PRESS FAVORITE!!!!

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 I love how Christ said that he had prayed for Peter that his faith wouldn't falter and that once he was storng and converted, he had to help his brethren. We need to help others while at the same time nurture our faith or testimony. I love this work so much and I love Nogoya!

My new companion is Elder Romero from Chile. He's legit! He speaks great english and is a Harry Potter fan. hahaha We're gunna have some fun together! 


Elder H

(Elder Hjelmstads Mom) These are some of the questions I asked him to find out about his new area.

1.  Tell us about your new comp...
My comp is Elder Romero from Chile. He's way great. He loves harry potter and has a super testimony.  He's quiet but not shy. Great guy with a great heart.

2. Where is he from?

3.  how long has he been out.

9 months

4.  how long has he been in your area
2 transfers, or 3 months

5.  what are his hobbies?
harry potter. ahhaha

6.  Tell us about your new area
It's a city in the middle of nowhere. It's a pretty good size though. There used to be a bunch of members but now the average atttendance is 20. 

7. Tell us about your travel to your new area?
I left venado at 4:45am and got to Rosario at 7:30am.  I then took a bus alone to paranĂ¡ from 8:20am to 11:15am. my comp showed up at 12:30 and we took a bus to Nogoya from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. lots of buses

8. Is it safe? yupppppppppp

9. What kind of farming do they do? (I looked it up and it sounds like dairy? Anything else?)
my comp said there's a lot of chickens?

10. Did you get any packages???
I got my birthday one!

11.  How's the weather in your new area? It looks like it's about the same just a couple degrees colder? But you are between to rivers so does it feel even colder?
it seems pretty much the same.

12. What are your plans for Pday?
ciber, eat, wash clothes by hand.

13. Is it a poor area?
no not really. it's pretty old! lots of old houses and newer ones too

14. What are your living quarters like?  apartment? Bathroom? Is it old new, nice or yucky?  Etc.
i forgot to take pics but its alright. not the best but not the worst. 

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