Monday, October 31, 2011

10/31/2011 Elder Christensen "This is Halloween!"

My bed on the floor with the title of liberty flag
 Definately short on time here... but Hey.. We had a GREAT WEEK! The Chilean sun is coming back out though and oh my goodness its ripping us apart. Dad you always ask me to send you some pictures of our house so finally I took a few. It`s pretty tiny don`t get me wrong! We like it though. The only real problem is that its not insulated. So its an OVEN during the daytime hours.

We were able to find a few new investigators as well but we are worried because well... they aren`t exactly young people haha. It`s always hard to teach the gospel to ancianos... old people but hey, we`re gonna give it a shot. As well we had a bunch of really good lessons with some inactives we found while knocking doors.

Study ZONE! You can guess which side is
 mine....haha. The crazy pic filled one.
 Elder Zeballos, a GA 70 came and spoke to us this week. Super poderoso. I love love love listening to our leaders honestly. They definately have their heads on straight. He talked a lot about a lot haha but he did mention one cool thing. The engish scriptures are the original transalted words from Joseph Smith himself. As you know, we definately don`t use our english books like.... at all here haha. So he was talking about the difference in the translations and there is SO much we can find in the doctrine.. How blessed we are to have them. We, and you being english speakers, don`t think about that often. But man it honestly is cool. English is the language of the restoration. I feel so blessed to have been called to Chile and to have been able to learn another language. It`s an eye opener folks. Also his wife shared a little story about one of their kids who had invited a friend to church... they were only like 12... So the one kid started to go. After that, the parents got involved and started to go as well. En fin, they were all baptized into the church. The POINT! They had received missionaries 10 years before and wanted nothing to do with the church.. It just goes to show that the Lord is sabio...wise.... and he does everything in his own debido.....appropriate time. You are all wonderful people and I`m sure you`re planting seeds every day. :)

Bueno I only really want to comment on one thing I read this week... I was reading about Alma and his bros. Man what STUDS they were. This is Alma 26 and I invite you all to read it. Super good. Anyways, he talks about Joy.... more specifically the joy that he and his brothers have because of the sucess that the Lord gave them. Verse one... My brothers and my brethren, behold I say unto you, how great reason have we to rejoice; for could we have supposed when we astarted from the land of Zarahemla that God would have granted unto us such great blessings?
Our tiny kitchen... My comp is in like every pic by the way haha.

I was thinking about how that is related to us... to me... DId I suppose when I left Utah that God would give me..... THIS!!?? No way. I`ve found such happiness in life. In the gospel. Not only that, but as the chapter moves on to describe, we were able to bring many other sheaves into this the great gospel..

6 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the astorm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.

7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the aharvest, and they are his; and he will braise them up at the last day.

Our NAVY blue house. Its not that big, we live in the back
half of it.  The window on the left is ours. 
Our house=Kitchen, bathroom, upstairs big room. Simple
 I was thinking a lot about my converts.... My "Sheaves". HOW GREAT IS MY REASON TO REJOICE!?!?!? They are safe. They have found solace and happiness in this the great gospel of Jesus Christ. They are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest and safe from wheaver storm that may come their way. Amazing. This chapter helped me so much. Honestly I felt kinda down that day... this picked me right back up. So cool. I marked a ton of stuff haha.

9 For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with ahatred against us, yea, and they would also have been bstrangers to God.
Had I not come on this mission? If we werent here preaching? They would still be lost. Maybe they wouldn`t hate us.... but they would definately not have been close at all to our heavenly father... as the verse says... they would have been strangers to God.

Elder Guzman and I after another division. Don`t ask
me about his face haha. Crazy one.
(SICK TIE MOM! MTC Gift remember?)

35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all apower, ball wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a cmercifulBeing, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

Have we not reason to rejoice? Have we not reason to press onward in such a great cause? As Ammon says if this is boasting, LET ME BOAST. I love this church. I love our Heavenly Father. His plan of salvation is perfect. Down to even the minute detail... The Atonement is for us. It can help us with any kind of problem that we come across in this life. We just need to press forward and trust in him.

Sweet chapter eh? Drink it all up please. So good.

Tiny bathroom with SUPERRRRR tiny
shower.  Cozy no doubt!
  Last thing. You guys have lots of time in the house where you can just get on the computer and search. We have access to general conference talks back to the stone ages. Just set apart 25 minutes this week, at some point, and go back years and years into those conference messages. Find a title or a topic that relates to you and your life. Then just turn off the lights, grab a snack or somethin, and watch it. WATCH IT PLEASEEEEEEE! We have pages and pages of doctrine from all of our prophets. Hours of talks. Modern revelation for our days directly from God himself. ( Theres the Link. Honestly. Just do it. Maybe share if for family home evening. Whatever it may be, just check it out and I promise you`ll feel the spirit.

Okay. Officially outta time. HAPPY HALLOWEEN. I dont think there will be anybody in our yard scaring kids with fog machines and a leaf blower this year...... lamest halloween ever haha. But hey. Enjoy it. Eat tons of candy now you hear!?!? We`re gonna make some cookies ourselves... thats about as exciting as it gets haha. As requested dad, house pictures. Enjoy. Have a great week everyone.

Much love from Chile, Elder Christensen.

Love you all! CHAO!