Argentina – Week 38

Querida Familia,
En la semana he estado leyendo mucho el nuevo testamento y meditando sobre la vida del Salvador. Estoy tan agradecido que sé que el vive, y que por medio de Él, yo puedo superar los efectos de la muerte física y espiritual. A veces la vida puede ser algo tan difícil, pero por medio de Jesucristo, podamos superar TODO. Estuve pensando del plan de salvación en la semana, y muchas personas que hemos conocido esta semana nos han preguntado, “Si Dios existe, y es omnipotente y todopoderoso y realmente nos ama, ¿porque deja que cosas tan terribles pasan en esta vida?”. Realmente vi una parábola de este plan que tiene Dios. Elder Staples, mi compañero, es nuevito en la misión, y estoy ayudándole a tomar más responsabilidad en el planeamiento, en la enseñanza, en guiarnos durante el día, y cosas así. Le dije al principio de nuestro tiempo juntos que en la tercera semana el iba a tener que guiarnos a todos nuestros planes. Bueno, en esta semana le tocó a él ser el guía, y a veces no sabía donde estaba y como llegar a nuestras citas, y quedó frustrado. Obviamente le ayudé cuando fue necesario, pero un día estaba medio frustrado él porque no podía recordar donde vivía una persona. Le miré para explicarle que estaba bien, y que le podía ayudar y que iba a aprender, y me di cuenta en ese momento que esta vida es muy parecida a la experiencia de un nuevo misionero. Dios nos deja hacer errores, nos deja pasar por dificultades y problemas para que podamos aprender. Si nunca le dejo tomar responsabilidades, nunca aprenderá el área, ni como enseñar, etc. Dios deja que cosas malas pasen porque sabe la gran imagen, la gran historia, y el gran plan. Su razón no es para torturarnos, ni para lastimarnos, sino para dejarnos aprender, crecer, y progresar para que podamos llegar a la plena potencial que él tiene planeada por nosotros.
En cuanto a la obra, fue una semana muy buena en muchas maneras, en que enseñamos mucho y nos esforzamos mucho, pero ahora estamos viendo como ser más ordenado y eficaces para que podamos lograr nuestra potencial. Siempre me hace tan triste cuando los investigadores no llegan a la casa de oración de Dios para participar del Espíritu tan maravilloso que hay allí. Realmente sé que Dios restauró la iglesia para muchas razones, una de las cuales siendo la razón de la fortaleza espiritual que nos da el aprendizaje, el espíritu, la santa cena, y las otras cosas que obtenemos al estar en la santa casa de Dios los domingos. Vamos a estudiar, trabajar, enseñar, y comprometer de tal manera esta semana que las personas puedan aprovechar de las bendiciones tan amplias que el Señor nos da cuando guardamos el día de reposo y cuando vamos a su iglesia.

Dearest Family,

In the week I’ve been reading a lot of the New Testament and meditating on the life of the Savior. I am so grateful that I know that he lives and that through Him, I can overcome the effects of physical and spiritual death. Sometimes life can be so difficult, but through Jesus Christ, we can overcome ALL. I was thinking of the plan of salvation in the week, and many people we have met this week have asked, “If God exists and is omnipotent and all-powerful and really loves us, why would he let such terrible things happen in this life?”. I actually saw a parable of this plan that God has this week. Elder Staples, my companion, is new in the mission, and I’m helping to take more responsibility in planning, in teaching, in guiding us during the day, and so on. I said at the beginning of our time together that in the third week he would have to guide us to all of our plans. Well, this week was his turn to be the guide, and sometimes he did not know where our plans were and how to get to our appointments, and was frustrated. Obviously I helped him when it was needed, but one day he was frustrated with himself because he could not remember where a person lived. I looked at him in the eyes to explain it was fine and that I would help and he would learn with time, and I realized at that moment that this life is very similar to the experience of a new missionary (or anyone new at ANYTHING). God lets us make mistakes, let us go through difficulties and problems so that we may learn. If I never let Elder Staples take responsibility, he would never learn the area, or how to teach, or Spanish, etc. God lets bad things happen because he knows the big picture, the big story, and the great plan. His reason is not to torture or to hurt, but to let us learn, grow, and progress so that we can reach full potential he has planned for us. Here´s a great talk from Elder Christofferson that explains god´s plan.

As for the work, it was a very good week in many ways, in which we taugh a TON and worked extremely hard, but now we are trying to be more orderly and efficient so that we can achieve our potential. It always makes me so sad when investigators don´t come to church to participate in the wonderful spirit that is there. I really know that God restored the church for many reasons, one of which being the reason for the spiritual strength that learning about the Savior gives us, the spirit that sanctifies and teaches us, the Sacrament, and the other blessings we recieve when we choose to go to the holy house of God on the Sabbath day. This week we are going to study, work, teach, and commit this week so that people can take advantage of such large blessings the Lord gives us when we keep the Sabbath and when we go to church.

Bahía Blanca has looked like Spring this week, we´ve been in short sleeves all week. It gets cold at night, and there´s always a cool breeze, but the weather has been really nice. Erica comes back from working as well, so we´re super excited to get back to teaching the Heiland Family, and we´ve found a couple of other awesome families this week to teach. I absolutely love this work. Even though it can be hard and there are many trials, it is that happiest and best work that exists on earth. I hope to be a missionary for all my life. (:

I love you all so much!

Un abrazo,
Elder Hoffman

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