Friday, April 29, 2016

So this last week has been pretty chill. It has been great. I have worked on a lot of the little tasks that needed to be done before transfers this last week. This last week we also have had some awesome progress. We have worked in our area a lot this last week and we contacted so many houses. I have not had so much rejection haha. But we have had found some awesome people. One of them is named Luis. He has a Hitler moustache and he's awesome. He is an Argentine whose parents are Italian and he speaks Italian, German, English, and Spanish. He has a cat as well that only responds in German commands. He looks kind of like he would be a good villain from Despicable Me.  He is kinda different but he is super cool. He is sincerely looking for the truth. Luis has some doubts obviously, but we hope that he can let his faith overpower his doubts. He is super awesome. 

So this next week will be super fun. I´m excited for all the meetings and chaos of transfers. I´ll call home while I´m organizing all the movement of missionaries so it´ll be a fun break. 

Have a wonderful week. 

Elder Hoopes

Some pictures at the museum. 

A small Taco statue 

I haven´t gained weight... I´ve gained muscle. and all the fotos are bad angles. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Another week passes in the office

This was another good week in the office. So typically this past week in the office is kinda like the dead week in the transfers. It's dead in the sense that its in the dead middle of the transfer so my work with moving elders her and there doesn't really happen. BUT this last week was anything but dead. We have Elder Salas from the Seventy coming down to visit the mission. He will be visiting during the last week of the transfer, which is my busiest time. So for his arrival we will be hosting multizonas (multi-zone conferences) in different provinces where he can go and visit the large expanse of the mission in addition to visiting with missionaries. All this requires lots of planning. Seeing that his visit will happen the week of transfers and Skype weekend , AKA Mother's Day or call home day, the last week will be super hectic. So I have worked all this last week to plan for the next week so I will be ready for the last week. It is pretty exciting though. We get to visit with a member of the Seventy and Skype home on Mother's Day. I´m super excited to Skype. It will be so much fun.

The sisters in our area also had a baptism this last week and they asked me if I could baptise, which is always an honour. It was a great little baptism. Plus we didn't have to fill the font by buckets...which was great.

Anyway I'm doing great. Im super happy and I'm just enjoying all the adventures. 

Love Elder Hoopes

Friday, April 15, 2016


Just another week of missionary work! This week has been awesome. I have finally been able to leave and proselyte. It is awesome. The last two weeks, president has assigned me a lot of work, and this last week I have been able to work through a lot of it and get out of the office and teach. We only got let in once, but we are working so hard to find new people. I´m so glad that I could get out finally and try to find people. This last week I was sick as well. I literally slept through two days. President saw that I was super exhausted and he let me return to the apartment to rest. I ended up sleeping till the next morning, then the next morning as well. It was not fun being sick but it was nice that I rested so well and feel better now. 

The sisters in our ward also have a baptism tomorrow. Well, some punks stole the church´s water pump. Yeah they stole the pump from the church. It is the third time it has happened. The THIRD TIME!!!! its super crazy. Anyway, moving on, we ended up having to fill the baptismal font up with these gallons of water things. Let´s just say it took a very long time. But we solved the problem and the baptismal will go on.

I would share more but I can´t really share exactly what I do here. But trust me, in the office I have a lot to do. President Franco is a great mentor, leader, and man. He has shown me a lot and I´m so thankful for the opportunity I have to work so closely with him. 

Anyway, I would share more but there isn´t much more that I can share. I love and miss you all. 

Secretario del Presidente
Elder Hoopes
Mision Argentina Resistencia

Friday, April 8, 2016

General Conference

General conference was wonderful for three reasons. Numero uno; we got to listen to wonderful talks in english and feel the spirit. Numero dos; we had a good classic sunday morning breakfeast with waffles and everything. We also got to eat it in the mission home with President and his wife. It was awesome! Numero tres; I got to hang out with my cousin because we are in the same zone. It was super fun. It was a wonderful weekend. 

This week we had consejo (council). This is where all the zone leaders meet up to learn from president to improve the work. It was a great experience. I got to do a presentation and I got to help teach the zone leaders. It was super fun. And the food was really good. I had to buy all the food and everything to prepare for consejo like a party planner or something but the food was super good. Not much else happened this week other than normal mission secretary stuff. 

Anyway I´m doing great and I love it here. I love you all. 

Elder Hoopes

This is a picture of my companion, Elder Stout and I.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Post Transfer Week

This last week was one of the craziest, funniest, and greatest weeks in the mission. We had 47 of the 169 missionaries move and had 7 new missionaries come into the mission with 10 leaving. It was so much fun. I got to coordinate more than a third of the mission change areas and I got to see the difference of brand new missionaries entering the mission and the strength of missionaries leaving. It was cool to see how my plans fell perfectly into place then see how fast we could correct and react to situational changes. We only had less than 10 missionaries miss buses or who were late. Which is super good because it was the buses faults and we were able to divert missionaries and move them to different areas without problems. It was super cool to see how we all worked together then see the fruit of our planning. 

This last week brings to mind the simple principle of God´s hand in our own work. The principle that when we try our best, put our faith in Christ and put our faith in action and go to work, God will sanctify our work. 

But this last week was super fun, hectic, and super great. I also called my friends in brazil and had lost of fun calling people and trying to communicate with people who speak Portuguese. We ate great this week and my two other companions went out to the field.(the tallest in the foto and the shortest in the foto) My companion and I (the one in the sweater in the foto) received another companion. So I´m in another trio. This is my third Trio I have been in.

Anyway, I´m doing great and love this work. I love you all. 

Secretario del Presidente
Elder Hoopes
Misión Argentina Resistencia