Argentina – Week 12

Querida Familia,

Estoy tan agradecido servir acá en Bahía Blanca. He aprendido tantas veces que estoy aquí por muchas razones. He conocido muchas personas que me han ayudado a aprender y crecer. La misión es lo mejor tiempo que he tenido en mi vida. Todos los días aprendo algo nuevo y puedo mejorar mi relación con mi Salvador. Aprendí esta semana que tengo que perder mi vida en la obra del Señor si quiero tener la vida eterna. Mateo 10:39 es como siento yo ahora: “El que halla su vida, la perderá; y el que pierde su vida por causa de mí, la hallará.” Quiero perderme en amando los demás. Tengo que dedicar cien por ciento de mis energías a esta obra. Todavía me cuesta mucho, pero eso es lo que quiero hacer. Esta semana he aprendido que tengo muchos debilidades, y no tengo las fuerzas necesarias de ser un misionero perfecto para nada en mi mismo. Solo sé que con la expiación de Jesucristo, puedo hacer todas las cosas. Esta semana me hizo pensar mucho en las fuerzas del Señor, porque sin Él, nunca podría hacer nada. Sé que esta es la obra de Él, porque si no fuese así, no tendríamos el poder de vencer.

Elder González es un misionero de oro, tiene deseos grandes de servir a Dios, y aunque tiene una problema con sus rodillas y su espalda, siempre está dispuesto trabajar. Ya estoy aprendiendo muchas cosas de él, y vamos aprendiendo juntos. Esta semana hemos encontrado a muchas personas, y pudimos charlar con Fernando y su esposa, Angela, en su casa por la primera vez en dos meses. Tienen preguntas muy buenas, y los dos quieren aprender mucho acerca de Dios y nuestra religión. También, ahora estamos enseñando a Oscar, un hombre que ha venido a la iglesia tres veces pero necesita dejar de fumar. Mi corta semana junto con Elder Navarrete me enseñó muchísimas cosas. Elder Navarrete tiene tanto amor por la gente, y me conmovió verle charlando con gente que nunca ha conocido antes y amándoles. Voy a orar mucho esta semana para que pueda obtener más amor por la gente alrededor de mi. Estoy llegando a entender mejor que es por amor incomprensible que Jesucristo se sacrificó para nosotros, y es por amor que estamos aquí en la misión. Amo a Jesucristo y Dios mucho. Sé que por causa de Cristo, tengo la oportunidad de superar los desafíos de la vida terrenal. Sé que su expiación es suficiente para todos de nosotros. Nosotros le amamos a él, porque él nos amó primero. Nos dio todo para que pudiéramos tener la vida eterna.

I am so grateful to serve here in Bahia Blanca. I’ve learned so many times that I’m here for many important reasons. I have met many people who have helped me learn and grow. The mission is the best time I’ve had in my life! Every day I learn something new and improve my relationship with my Savior . I learned this week that I have to lose my life in the Lord’s work if I want to have eternal life. Matthew 10:39 is how I feel now : ” He who finds his life will lose it , and whoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. ” I want to lose myself in loving others. To change my life and the lives of others, I have to devote one hundred percent of my energy to this work . It´s easier said than done, but that’s what I want to do. This week I learned that I have many weaknesses , and I don´t have the necessary strength to be a perfect missionary by myself . I only know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ , I can do all things. This week made me think hard about the strength of the Lord because without Him , I could never do anything. Our strength is not sufficient, but His grace is sufficient for all men. I know this is His work, because if it were not, we would not have the power to overcome the many challenges and difficulties that exist in this world.

Elder González is a missionary of gold! He has great desires to serve God, and although he has a problem with his knees and his back he is always willing to work . I’m already learning a lot from him, and we learn together. This week we met many people, and we were able to talk with Fernando and his wife , Angela, sitting down in their home for the first time in two months. They have very good questions , and both want to learn a lot about God and our religion. Also, we are now teaching Oscar , a man who has been to church three times but he needs to stop smoking. My short week with Elder Navarrete taught me many things. Elder Navarrete has so much love for people , and he touched me as I saw him speaking with people he had never met before and love them . I am going t pray a lot this week so I can obtain more love for the people around me. I’m coming to understand better what is the incomprehensible love that Jesus has for us. He sacrificed himself for us, and it is for love that I am here on a mission. I love Jesus and God with all I have. I know that because of Christ , I have the opportunity to meet the challenges of mortality. I know that his atonement is sufficient for all of us . We love Him because He first loved us. He gave us all so that we could have eternal life. What a marvellous gift!

We had a pretty hilarious moment this week. First of all, before the transfer, I was with Elder Burke working in Villa Mitre Alto (the name of our ward/area), and there was one other companionship working in the area as well. Since Elder Burke is now training a new secretary (Elder Isom), Elder González and I took the place of the other Elders in our area and they got moved to a different area. As such, we´re now in charge of their investigators. We were going to pass by Oscar, who is one of their investigators, and we ran into Heber on the street, who is another one of their investigators. He´s a bit of a drunk and a little crazy, but really awesome as well. We starting teaching him in front of his house, but I´m pretty sure he was a little out of it. We taught him about baptism and invited him to get baptized on the 8th of February, and he said that it was his birthday the 8th but he was still reluctant to say yes or no. We showed him a picture of Jesus getting baptized by John with his arm to the square, and he was super touched by it. He started talking about the other missionaries from before, Elder Muñoz and Elder Brinkerhoff (from Arizona, knows the Mangisis), and went to look for a picture he had of them. When he came back, he showed us the two pictures he had of him and the Elderes helping him with his yard, and he showed us the picture of Elder Muñoz, who was giving him a pound and so his arm was up to the square. He put on this huge toothy grin and said “¡Ya estoy bautizado! ¡El chabón me bautizó! ¡Me tiró el agua con su brazo! (I´m already baptized! The bum baptized me! He threw water on me with his arm!) Moments like that are the best, haha. (: I love you tons family! Thank you for your constant support and love.

Un abrazo fuerte,

Elder Hoffman

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