Argentina – Week 78

Querida Familia,

It´s been a great week, with lots of awesome miracles! On Monday we went with Juan Sempe to El Condor and then to La Lobería with all the sea lions, which was pretty cool. Presidente this week sent us all a letter about the power of our language, and about being positive and not speaking badly about ANYONE or ANYTHING this entire week. I absolutely loved this week because of that. I think sometimes we don´t realize the power of our language, but as it says in Mosiah 4:11-13, if we truly humble ourselves, even in the depths of humility, we will always rejoice, and we will not have a mind to injure on another, but to live peaceably. Our words are in many ways the strongest and most deadly weapon we possess, but they can also be the most powerful tool in the building of a better world. In the first book of Nephi, all the sons of Lehi were completely obedient to the Lords commands, the only difference between Nephi and his wicked brothers Laman and Lemuel being their attitude and the words they used. Nephi acknowledged always the trials they were facing, but always focused himself in the blessings and the good things they were seeing, and always went willingly. Laman and Lemuel always obeyed, but only after being humbled by their circumstances and complaining and speaking badly about their father, brother, cat, dog, and even God himself. When we are positive, and when we choose to use our words in an uplifting way instead of seeing the bad we will see only the good, and it will come to be who we are. At the end of Mosiah 4, King Benjamin says, “…that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.” Let us all this week follow the counsel of Benjamin and REMEMBER to be humble and watch our words. I loved talk about keeping on trying, Dale Renlund, in the general conference. He said:

“Some years ago a wonderful young man named Curtis was called to serve a mission. He was the kind of missionary every mission president prays for. He was focused and worked hard. At one point he was assigned a missionary companion who was immature, socially awkward, and not particularly enthusiastic about getting the work done.

One day, while they were riding their bicycles, Curtis looked back and saw that his companion had inexplicably gotten off his bike and was walking. Silently, Curtis expressed his frustration to God; what a chore it was to be saddled with a companion he had to drag around in order to accomplish anything. Moments later, Curtis had a profound impression, as if God were saying to him, “You know, Curtis, compared to me, the two of you aren’t all that different.” Curtis learned that he needed to be patient with an imperfect companion who nonetheless was trying in his own way.

My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were.”

As I applied this principle this week, my companion and I were able to find many amazing people who are very prepared to recieve the gospel, and I personally have been happier. I challenge you all to speak only words that edify and have an attitud of faith of positivism with your words. I love you all so much! Keep being amazing.

Love,
Elder Hoffman

IMG_0208 IMG_0209 IMG_0212little whitehouse in Lobería, (the birds on the phone line are parrots, there´s millions and millions here in Viedma. It´s weird to see birds migrating and flying in formation and then realize that they´re all colorful patagonian parrots). Argentina rocks!IMG_0381 IMG_0388 IMG_0390Loberia. Mi district is now: Elder McCord, Elder Orme, Elder Pritchett (they all go home in 5 weeks, all from my group), Elder Tucker my companion, Elder Hatch and Elder Mortenson who go home with me the following transfer, and Elder Simpson. A bunch of “old geesers” in our districtIMG_0361 IMG_0366 IMG_0372Juan Sempe. Elder Pritchett (from my MTC district) found his wife and family knocking doors almost 2 years ago when he was here. Now they´re one of the strongest families in the district, and Elder Pritchett came back to Viedma where he started.IMG_0281 IMG_0287 IMG_0289We went to Lobería with Juan, theres a ton of Sea lions there. They call em Sea Wolves, but same thing. There were a ton in Mar del Plata as well, its the cities symbol, but I never saw one in real life until monday. Wild Ostrich as well!IMG_0238 IMG_0239 IMG_0263 IMG_0271elder tucker found the “Shell” seashell. Crazy awesome beach with natural rock formations and poolsIMG_0357 IMG_0354 IMG_0355The holes in the rocks are parrot nests. Also commonly seen there are dolphins, whales, orcas, and lots of birds and eagles, but we mostly saw sea lions and parrotsIMG_0334 IMG_0329 IMG_0330i took this picture of a picture in the guest center, shows how many parrots there are in their season. IMG_0252 IMG_0314 IMG_0248

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