Argentina – Week 11

Querida familia,

Esta semana fue lo mejor semana en mi misión en muchas maneras. Encontramos mucha gente que querían escucharnos, y tuvimos muchos milagros. Elder Burke es un misionero excepcional. Un milagro que tuvimos me hizo pensar mucho en mi misión. He tenido miedo de los perros desde que un perro me mordió en Necochea, y hay un perro en nuestro área que es muy loco, siempre ladra a nosotros muy fuerte, muestra sus dientes, y trata de mordernos. Por suerte, Elder Burke no tiene miedo de los perros y decidió a tocar la casa de este perro. Mientras el perro estaba ladrando, un hombre vino afuera y empezó a hablar con nosotros. Dijo que quiere ir a la iglesia, que quiere dejar las mochilas de culpa que está llevando y arrepentirse, y quiere bautizarse. Comprometió a leer y a orar, y sacamos una fecha. Aprendí que no hay nada que debe pararnos de hablar con una persona, porque toda alma tiene mucho valor para Dios. También, con la familia Yagüe tuvimos un milagro increíble. Maria y Martin iban a casarse el 17 de enero, pero solamente Maria quería bautizarse. Es muy difícil encontrarles, y la única vez que hemos podido entrar en la casa desde que llegué acá fue durante la navidad. Esta semana, pasamos y nos dejaron a entrar y enseñar, y Martin dijo que tuvo un cambio de corazón y quiere bautizarse. Dijo, “Díganme lo que tengo que hacer para prepararme, y voy a bautizarse. Quiero acercarme a Dios y cambiar mi vida.” Fue tan poderoso, y ahora dijo que podemos pasar cada día para enseñarle y ayudarle con su testimonio. Encontramos mucha nueva gente esta semana, y estoy muy animado ayudar a las personas a progresar.

He pensado mucho en mi misión esta semana. El tiempo está volando y ya quiero quedarme acá para siempre. No hay ninguno sentimiento que es tan bueno como lo de poder ver la gente encontrar el amor de Cristo. Tuve la oportunidad de hablar con Elder Bird cuando vino para irse a su casa. Me dio consejo muy bueno: Eso es la obra del Señor, y es Él que nos da el éxito. No podemos hacer nada sin su poder. También, me dijo que lo que ayudó a él en su misión a servir con todo era pensar en lo que el Señor piense. Tengo muchos ejemplos alrededor de mi ahora, y he aprendido mucho. Quiero encontrar el amor que tiene Cristo por sus hijos, y quiero servir con todo que tengo. Nuestros líderes de zona nos dieron una historia acerca de misioneros que se santificaron por medio de un ayuno por 40 días de las cosas que no sean de un misionero consagrado. Voy a hacer eso este traslado, para consagrarme y dar todo que tengo al Señor. Estoy animado para servir a los misioneros de mi distrito como su líder, pero también me di cuenta que tengo muchos debilidades y no soy capacitado o capaz de hacer una tarea tan grande. Mi consuelo está en la escrituras, en Éter 12:27 y 1 Nefi 17:50-51. Sé que tengo debilidades para aprender, y que si soy humilde y confío en Él, me va a ayudar. Dios es todopoderoso, y ¿cómo es que no puede enseñarme a liderar? ¿Cómo es que no puede enseñarme a ser un misionero consagrado? Sé que si, se puede. Yo puedo tener éxito, puedo ser un misionero de Sión, puedo hacer cualquier cosa que Jesucristo me mande a hacer. Así que, voy a hacerlo.

Dear Family,

This week was the best week of my mission in many ways. We found many people who wanted to listen, and had many miracles. Elder Burke is an outstanding missionary! A miracle that we had made me think a lot about my mission. I’ve been subconsciously afraid of dogs ever since the dog bit me in Necochea, and there is a dog in our area that is crazy. It always growls and barks at us like it wants to kill us, showing his teeth trying to bite us. Luckily , Elder Burke is not afraid of dogs and decided to knock the house that this crazy dog belongs too. While the dog was barking, a young guy came out and started talking to us. He said he wants to go to church, and that he “wants to take off the backpacks of guilt and repent, and wants to be baptized”. We committed to read and pray, and we committed him to a baptismal date. I learned that there is nothing that should stop us from talking to a person, because every soul is precious to God. Also, with the Yagüe family we had an amazing miracle. Maria and Martin were going to get married on January 17, but only Maria wanted to be baptized. It is very difficult to find them, and the only time we could enter the house since I´ve been here was for Christmas, and Martin was drinking then. This week, we stopped by and the let us in to sit down and teach, and Martin said he had a change of heart and now he wants to be baptized. He said, “Tell me what I need to do to prepare, and I will be baptized. I want to get closer to God and I want to change my life.” It was so powerful, and he said that we can go every day to teach and help him progress to his baptism. We found many new people this week , and I am very excited to help them progress .

I’ve thought a lot about my mission this week. Time is flying and I want to stay here forever! There is not a single feeling as good as being able to see people find the love of Christ. I had the opportunity to speak with Elder Bird (he´s a legend in the mission, a missionary like Ammon) when he came to the office to return home. He gave me very good advice: this is the work of the Lord, and He is the one who gives us success. We cannot do anything without His power. Also, he said that what helped him in his mission to serve with all he had was thinking about what God thinks, specifically of his decisions and actions. I have many incredible examples around me here, and I’ve learned a lot from them. I want to find the love that Christ has for his children, and I want to serve with all I have. Our zone leaders told us a story about missionaries who are sanctified by fasting for 40 days from things that are not becoming of a consecrated missionary. I´m going to do that this transfer to consecrate and give everything I have to the Lord. We found out on Friday that Elder Burke is going to train a new Secretary, Elder Isom from Provo, and Elder Rivas is going to train a new House manager, Elder Aragón, from Mexico, and Elder Navarrete is going to train a new Materiales manager, Elder Gonzalez from Ecuador. Elder Rivas and Burke are going to train for six weeks, but Elder Navarrete sadly only has one week left here, and then he goes to my old area in Necochea. My companion is Elder Gonzalez (and Elder Navarrete until he leaves). We´re going to have to focus a lot on finding new people, because there are six missionaries seriving in our little ward of 40 active members, and we won´t have hardly any investigators because we split all those that we´re currently teaching. (Bummer, Martin and Maria are getting baptized in two weeks and I don´t get to teach them…) I also found out that I´m replacing Elder Hawes as a District Leader as well, which kind of scares me. I really don´t know anything about being a District Leader, but we´ll see what happens. I am excited to serve the missionaries here as a district leader, but I also realized that I have many weaknesses and I’m not trained or able to do such a big task. My comfort is in the scriptures in Ether 12:27 and 1 Nephi 17:50-51. I have many weaknesses and thing I need to learn, but if I am humble and trust in Him, He will help my weaknesses become strengths. God is all powerful, so how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should be able to lead? How is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should be able to be a consecrated missionary? I can succeed, I can be a consecrated, Zion missionary, because I can do whatever Jesus Christ commands me to do. I know that yes, He can.So, I’ll do it. I love you all so much! Keep being amazing. I sent some letters last monday, hopefully they get there soon and in one piece. Thanks for being the wonderful family that you are.

Love,
Elder Hoffman

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