Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hello mi Familia Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hola Familia,¿Como andan ustedes?
That is the general term used to say "How are you doing," or something like that. The literal translation is "How are you walking?"
The weather is getting better, its getting pretty warm. Here, during the Winter to Spring transition and in the Smmers too, there are huge dust storms called Zondas. We heard from the landlord this morning that there is going to be one tomorrow. We will see, I may be on divisions with another Elder in the city where Elder Boudrero tells me they may not happen, but we will see. As for what I eat every day, it is nothing too out of the normal. Argentina bread, Argentina cereal, Argentina Milk, which is pretty good. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Except for I have eaten Cow Stomach (Mondongo) at a members house, and something called Queso de Chancho. They take a pig it seems like, and just put it all into an edible form...EVERYTHING from the pig. When we had it, there were hairs in was not very pleasant. But we move on .

Lets see, here is what happened this week in a nutshell.This week we had some more incredible lessons with the Barbera family. They need to get married, we are teaching them tonight I really want it to go well and hope they will feel the Spirit. One thing among many I have been learning is about the power of faith. I need to have the trust in the message of the gospel. Really, the gospel is going to bless everyone who comes in contact with it. I know it will and thus, I need to share the message with everyone. No fear. There was an experience this week that really helped me out with overcoming fear. I had my first interview with President Lindahl and a lesson taught by the Assistants to the President. They are so wonderful and we learned that faith and fear cannot exist in a person at the same time. They challenged everyone to overcome fear and we are only able to overcome fear if we face it. They specifically asked me, (the newbie) if I would go up to the front of the bus on the way home and share a breif message with everyone on the bus. My stomach was swimming with fear and apprehension, but I did it. I went up to the bus driver and asked him if I could share a message about God with the people on the bus. He said I could do it if it was cortito (pretty short). So I did it and then went around and asked the people on the bus if they were interested in the message. Everyone turned me down, but I hope they felt the Spirit and know a little more about the message of the gospel now. Faith and fear will not exist together. Speaking of faith and fear, I gave my first talk in Sacrament meeting on Sunday on Faith and Fear. It went well and the Spirit really is the teacher here. It is only through the Spirit that we should teach, if it be of any other way it is not of the Lord. It is incredible.There is so much going on here everyday and I am learning tons. We are teaching a bunch and "Opening the Mouth," not enough, we are going to do better this week.
That is about it in a nutshell. Love you all.

Ok, I think that is good for this week, I need to write my letter to the President and go. I love you all, keep up the good work. Thank you for all your prayers and support, I feel so loved from everyone.

Till next Monday.Love,Elder Hoglund