Argentina – Week 82

Dearest Family,

It´s been an awesome week! Elder Tucker´s sick again, but he´s feeling better now. It´s getting reeeeaaally cold again. Truth is I was doubting a cold winter because the last couple weeks It´s been almost hot and very humid. Now it´s fall for real, here.

We´ve been teaching some amazing people, and Yicela and Rosio went to the activity on Friday for the Argentine holidy of semana de Mayo. Today is 25 de Mayo, one of the most important dates in the history of Argentina. It´s the day of the revolution of Mayo, when they started to break away from the Spanish government. They all were little flag thingeys on their chests and eat locro, a really delicious and hearty stew with all kinds of beans and corn and meat and bacon and potatoe and DELICIOUSNESS. We also were able to teach the aunt of a member, she´s really awesome as well. I´m positive that she´ll be baptized very soon. We also got to start teaching Juan Sempe´s two sisters! Juan and his family are the best, almost every night this week they brought us something to eat at our apartment.

On Sunday we had the best family home evening ever! Since I got here we´ve been working with the Family Martinez, a really awesome family (and a really BIG family). They haven´t been going to church for a long time, but they´re really great people. We´ve been working with almost all of the 7 kids and their respective kids and spouses, and it looks like this week Gonzalo Cayunán is going to be baptized. We still have to iron out the details and finish teaching him, but he´s a great kid with lots of desire to be baptized. Yesterday we did the big family home evening with about a third of all the family, and it was amazing. We talked about the temple and about eternal families, and how their family could be eternal if they do their part. All of them shared their feelings and it was a special moment when the youngest daughter, Gabriela (28), took a moment to tell her family her feelings. She´s been coming back to church over the past 6 months or so, and she´s been a huge example and the key to the hearts of the rest of the family. Pedro, Macarena, Belen, Nieves, and lots of other people have gotten to know the church through her example. She began to cry as she told them how badly she wants an eternal family, not only their family but her own as well, and how much it helps her to know that her family is supporting her. Her sisters and parents all continued to share their feelings as well, and all of them have the same wonderful memories and teachings they obtained in their childhood, and they all want to come back. I love being a missionary!

I know that the family is ordained of God, and that by living by the ordinances, covenants, and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, Familys can be together Forever. I love you all so much! Keep being amazing!

Love,
Elder Hoffman

P.S.- This week we had our last zone conference with Presidente y Hermana Parreño before they go home in July. It was awesome! I´m going to miss them so much. I´ve been so blessed to learn from them and to be in this mission.
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