Argentina – Week 42

Querida Familia,
Esta semana ha sido excelente! Estoy tan emocionado porque a pesar de que estaba triste cuando perdí Elder Staples, mi nuevo compañero Elder Bates es un genio. Es un gran misionero ya, y está aprendiendo rapidísimo. Ya sabe bastante castellano, y está muy animado para hacer esta obra. Siento que el Señor tiene tantas entrañables misericordias, ya que Elder Bates (su hermano) fue mi líder de distrito en el Centro de Capacitación Misional, y un gran amigo mio y un ejemplo increíble de un misionero dedicado a la obra de Dios. Estoy muy animado para poder entrenar a un misionero tan dedicado a esta obra. Sé que Dios me puso con Elder Bates por una razon. De hecho, es increíble, porque Elder David Bates (el hermano) iba a ir al CCM de Colombia donde se le asignó a servir la misión, pero no recibió la visa. Además iba a ir al nivel más alto de español porque ya sabía mucho, pero en el final él y su compañero decidieron quedarse en nuestro distrito y a mi me ayudó mucho el ejemplo de ellos. No pude creer cuando me di cuenta que mi nuevo compañero es el hermano menor del Elder que conocía y apreciaba tanto en el principio de mi misión.
Con mi nuevo compañero empezamos a trabajar inmediatamente. Nos esforzamos mucho para encontrar personas para enseñar y hacer buenos compromisos para que todos llegaran a la iglesia y para que tuvieramos éxito el día domingo. Bueno, estabamos animados porque el viernes teníamos muchas personas que se compremetieron a venir a la iglesia el domingo, y además, estabamos trabajando muchísimo para asegurar que uno de nuestros investigadores, Juan, se pudiera bautizar el domingo. Vino el Sàbado, y todo empezó a ir por abajo. Después del almuerzo, empezamos un ayuno para que llegaran nuestros investigadores a la iglesia el día siguente. A pesar de eso, uno por uno, las personas que habíamos comprometido se iban cayendo, llamandonos para decirnos que no podían venir, o no las podíamos encontrar para verificar nuestros planes. Empecé a desanimarme, pere me acordé que el desanimo nos quita fe, y que al que cree, todo le es posible. Hicimos una oración en la calle, y seguíamos tratando de encontrar las personas que teníamos. No encontramos nadie, pero hablamos con todos y tocamos un montonazo de puertas. Llegamos a nuestra casa cansados, y solamente teníamos a Sebastian comprometido por la iglesia. De repente, ¡nos llamó Sebastian para decirnos que no iba a poder venir! Le dijimos que leyera el libro de mormon y que tratara de arreglar para que pudiera venir, y dijo que no pensaba que iba a poder. Bueno, planeamos por el día siguente, y al orar para terminar nuestro día, dejamos la cosecha en las manos de Dios. Nos levantamos el día siguente, y fuimos a buscar a Juan, él que se iba a bautizar. Lo encontramos borracho y enfermo, y su hija nos echó. Pasamos por unos más investigadores, y nadie salió de su casa. Llegamos a la iglesia un par de minutos antes de la sacramental, y yo estaba muy triste sabiendo que nadie iba a poder sentir el santo espíritu de Dios en su santo hogar. Dimos la vuelta para entrar en la salón sacramental, y vimos a Sebastian charlando con un hermano de la iglesia! Fue un milagro gigante. Dijo que estaba leyendo el libro de mormon en la mañana, y llegó a 2 Nefi 31-32, y le encantó y sintió animado y tuvo los deseos de venir a la iglesia. Llegó media hora antes de la reunion, y estaba allí. Además, llegó un chico que es familiar de unos miembros de la iglesia. ¡Fue un milagro tan grande! Sé sin duda que Dios nos bendice cuando hacemos todo lo que podemos. Sé que él vive,

Un abrazo gigante,
Elder Hoffman

Dearest Family,

This week has been great! I’m so excited because even though I was sad when I lost Elder Staples, my new companion Elder Bates is a genius. He is a great missionary, and he is learning very fast. He already knows a good base of Spanish, and is excited to do this work. I feel the Lord has so many tender mercies as Elder Bates (his brother) was my district leader in the Missionary Training Center, and a great friend of mine and an incredible example of a missionary dedicated to the work of God. I am very excited to train a missionary who is so devoted to this work. I know that God put me with Elder Bates for a reason. In fact, it’s amazing, because Elder David Bates (brother) was going to go to the MTC of Colombia where he was assigned to serve the mission, but did not get the visa. Also he was going to go to the highest level of Spanish because he knew a lot, but in the end he and his companion decided to stay in our district and their example helped me a lot. I could not believe it when I realized that my new companion is this Elder’s younger brother who I knew and appreciated so much in the beginning of my mission.

With my new companion, we started working immediately. We worked hard to find people to teach and make good commitments for everyone to come to church and for us to have success on Sunday. Well, we were encouraged that we had on Friday many people who were going to come to church on Sunday, and besides, we were working hard to ensure that one of our investigators, Juan, could be baptized on Sunday. Saturday came and it all started to go downhill. After lunch, we started a fast soour investigators would come to church the next day. Despite that, one by one, the people who were committed were falling through, calling us to tell us they could not come, or could not be found to verify our plans. I started to get discouraged, but was reminded that discouragement takes away faith, and that to him that believeth, all things are possible. We prayeed in the street, and we were still trying to find people. We did not find anyone, but we talked to everyone and knocked a whole lot of doors. When we arrived home tired, we only had one investigator left who was committed to come, ; Sebastian. Suddenly, Sebastian called us to tell us that he would not be able to come! We told him to read the Book of Mormon and to try to arrange for him to come, and he said thought that he wouldn´t be able to. Well, we planned for the next day, and praying to end our day, we left the harvest in God’s hands. We got up the next day, and went to look for Juan, who was going to get baptized. We found him drunk and sick, and his daughter kciked us out. We passed by a few more investigators, and nobody came out of their house. We arrived at the church a couple of minutes before sacrament, and I was very sad knowing that no one would be able to feel the holy spirit of God in his holy home. We turned to enter the sacramental room, and saw Sebastian chatting with a brother in the church! It was a giant miracle. He said he was reading the Book of Mormon in the morning, and arrived in 2 Nephi 31-32, and he loved it and felt excited and had the desire to come to church. He arrived half an hour before the meeting, and there it was. Furthermore, a kid came who is a relative of church members, and he wants to get baptized. It was such a great miracle! I know without a doubt that God blesses us when we do everything that we can. I know he lives.

I got the most amazing birthday present last monday. I got a picture from my first companion (who just finished his mission) with the Hill family at the temple to be sealed as a family. Kevin recieved the Aaronic preisthood right after a left from his son Braxton, and then in January recieved the Melchizidek Priesthood. In June, he gave the Melchizidek priesthood to his son Braxton in preparation for his mission to Mexico, and the first week of August they got sealed together as a family. It gave me so much joy to know that this work is the work of ETERNAL FAMILIES, and that I am so blessed to have a small part in this marvelous work of salvation. I know that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth by a prophet of God, and that God himself leads and guides this church. I love the work of salvation!

Lots of love,
Elder Hoffman

P.S. – Sorry about last week! I typed a long letter with pics and everything but I was using a new cyber cafe and it erased everything when I sent it. I´ll try to send some hand written letters, it´s tough because prices here have gone through the rough. I already got my PIN number dad, found the letter you sent a year ago! haha, thanks for everything
photo
Logan temple. August 2, 2014. Sealed a month early because the oldest son Braxton is now a missionary.

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