Monday, November 14, 2011

11/14/2011 Elder Christensen "The Weekly Shabang"

Joty, Gaby and I after the sealing
 Well... HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OUT THERE! It`s been a pretty busy, fast, and full week here in Parque Combarbalá.. I`m not gonna lie it`s been one hot mother! We´ve walked around a whole bunch and talked to a whole lotta people. Probably the BEST part of my week was being able to go to the temple with two of our converts for their sealing. Shout out to Nate Stoddard! O sea.... mi padre de la misiòn! It was honestly insane and the spirit was definately present. I remember teaching these two guys and they didn`t want to do ANYTHING we said! Hahah! We would get on them about not going to church, or maybe not reading their book of mormon... It was just amazing to see the sweet spirit that they had finally found in their lives. They`ve ALL changed a whole bunch since the last time I saw them. That was the second, and third time ( Because they were two separate sealings) that I`ve seen converts of mine jump one step ahead of me in God`s eternal plan. I love it. Honesty. Its the greatest. I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time we were inside the temple.. The church is true people. Know it. Love it.
Both couples and I after the sealing
Okay... well.. I dont have a lot of time here... I was doing some personal study this week and I came across the 33rd chapter of Alma... Man I love Alma... what a great book. Anyways, I wanted to show you verses 20-23..... In these verses, it`s talking about the story where Moses puts a snake on a staff and whoever looked at it was healed instantly......It makes a comparison as well with the scriptures and how we need to believe in them.. It reads....
The two wives thanking me and saying bye! I thanked them more!

20 But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness of their hearts. But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look, therefore they perished. Now the reason they would not look is because they did not believe that it would aheal them.

21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might be healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief, and be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?

The Santiago temple... Kinda blurry..
22 If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.

23 And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.

Elder Monsen, Crist and I on Cerro San Cristobal. (Name of the hill)

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good honestly.... I absolutely loved these verses and it made my day. I TOO, like Alma, desire that YOU plant this word in your hearts..... If you could be healed INSTANTLY from whatever burden you may have... from whatever trial you may be living... or from whatever past sin or memory that haunts your daily being... WOULD YOU LOOK!???? Would you plant this seed and apply what it says?? I know and testify that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the cure for everything... Sometimes we use our agency poorly and CHOOSE to do things OUR way..... the wrong way... But if we are constant in the gospel we KNOW which is our way and which is his way... We`ll have to spirit as well to help us discern and decide what to do... The scriptures are the greatest tool we have... They are the instruction manual to life. So please, LOOK... BE HEALED.... I promise like it says in v 23, that God will take your burdens and make the light THROUGH THE JOY OF HIS SON.... Meaning... THROUGH the atonement of Jesus Christ. I`m happy here in Chile... The mission just keeps getting better and better with each passing week. I love and care about each one of you and hope that you too are doing what is right... That you too are LOOKING to the scriptures and holding fast to the rod. May God bless you in your daily lives this week.

Elder Monsen, Spencer and I again on the Cerro San Cristobal.

I love you all tons!

Chao Chao!

Elder Christensen.