Argentina – Week 31

Querida Familia,
He tenido muchas experiencias muy especiales esta semana. Cuando llegué a la oficina, empecé a dejar mis circunstancias ser más fuerte que yo mismo. Dejaba que la oficina me sacara el enfoque, el ánimo, y los deseos de ayudar a los demás. Hubieron tiempos más difíciles, y tiempos que yo andaba bien, pero en general no era el capitán de mi propia vida, solamente pero que no había decidido serlo. En la última semana de Elder Pliler, hablé con él, y le pedí por su consejo para mi mismo. Me dijo que lo que le había ayudado más que nada en su misión fue que decidió que no era una victima de sus circunstancias y que con el poder de la expiación, podía superar cualquier desafio que le venía. Al escuchar eso, me puse a pensar y meditar, y empecé a ver lo que tenía que cambiar yo para superar mis circunstancias. Esta semana fue una semana que realmente sentí que fui más fuerte que mis circunstancias, por medio del poder del sacrificio expiatorio de Jesucristo. Estoy tan agradecido que tenemos segundas y terceras oportunidades para seguir cambiando. Esta semana, pudimos encontrar y enseñar muchos escogidos, y se que estamos a punto de tener mucho éxito en el área.

Un día esta semana, Elder Laws y yo habíamos tenido un día muy difícil en la oficina con muchísimo que hacer y poco tiempo para hacerlo. Igual, salimos, y empezamos a contactar. Nos dimos cuenta que no habíamos salido como capitánes de nuestras circunstancias, así que nos paramos por un minuto en un parque, leímos una escritura, y tuvimos una oración sincera. Directamente después de la oración, vimos a una mujer y su niño jugando en los columpios del parque, y fuimos a hablar con ellos. Les enseñamos, y ella aceptó una fecha bautismal. Realmente fue alguién que necesitaba nuestra ayuda, una mujer de Paraguay que se llama Miriam. Estaba buscando la verdad y quería encontrar una vida acá en Argentina. Le testificamos de la veracidad del Evangelio de Jesucristo, y de la nuevo comienzo que viene con el arrepentimiento y el bautismo. Ella se animó mucho, y pudimos realmente enseñarle a sus necesidades. Hemos tenido tantas experiencias así esta semana, que no los puedo contar. Se que cuando ponemos la obra de Dios primero, Dios nos ayuda a tener el poder de cambiar las vidas de las personas por medio de su evangelio.

Nuestros investigadores andan muy bien, especialmente Gloria. Ya tiene muchas amigas en la iglesia, y se bautiza el sábado. Estoy muy agradecido por ese cambio que siempre veo en las personas. Ella era una persona muy buena cuando la conocimos, pero ahora parece más feliz, más tranquila, y tiene más sonrisas cada día. Realmente se que esta es la obra de Dios. No puedo negarlo, ya que he visto resultados más reliables que relojes.

Dear Family,

I have had many very special experiences this week. When I got to the office, I started to let my circumstances be stronger than myself. I allowed the office schedule and business to take away my focus, my mood, and desire to help others. There were difficult times, and times that I was doing very well, but overall I was not always the captain of my own life, only becuase I had not decided to be. In Elder Pliler´s last week in the mission, I talked to him, and asked for his advice to myself. He told me what had helped him more than anything in his mission was that he had decided that he was not a victim of his circumstances and with the power of the atonement, he could overcome any challenge that came to him . Hearing this, I began to think and meditate, and I began to see what I had to change to overcome my circumstances. This week was a week I really felt that I was much stronger than my circumstances, through the power of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that we have second and third chances to continue changing. This week, we were able to find and teach many awesome people, and I know that we are about to be very successful in the area.

One day this week , Elder Laws and I had had a hard day at the office with a lot to do and little time to do it. Still, we headed out to teach, and we started to contact people on the street. We realized that we had not left the office as captains of our circumstances , so we stopped for a minute in a park, read a scripture, and had a sincere prayer. Directly after the prayer, we saw a woman and her child playing on the swings in the park, and went to talk to them. We taught them, and she accepted a baptismal date. It really was someone who needed our help, a woman from Paraguay called Miriam .She was looking for the truth and wanted to find a life here in Argentina. We testified of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the new beginning that comes with repentance and baptism. She was very excited, and we could really teach to her needs. We have had so many experiences this week that I can not coun . I know that when we put God’s work first , God help us to have the power to change the lives of people through his gospel.

Our investigators are going very well, especially Gloria. She has many friends in the church, and she gets baptized on Saturday . I am grateful for the change that I always see in people as they begin to live the teachings of Christ. She was a very good person when we met , but now seems happier , calmer, and has more smiles every day. I truly know that this is the work of God. I can not deny it, because I’ve seen more results more reliable than clock work.

Next monday I´ll be out of the office, so this is officially my last letter from Villa Mitre Alto. I´ve absolutely LOVED this place, it´s helped me to grow and change and come closer to God and Christ. I know that there´s more waiting out there to do and help and change, but I´m truly grateful for the time I´ve had here. I leave Sunday night after church. I still don´t know where I´m going or who is my companion, but I know that wherever and whoever it is, it comes from God.

I found this poem again after a long while, and I thought I´d share it with you all:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

That we may all be masters of our fates and captains of our souls is my prayer. Love you all so much! Keep on being amazing, and congratulations on Zoie and Anna and Emily and everyone for being so amazing. Until next week!

Elder Hoffman

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