Monday, December 12, 2011

12/12/2011 Elder Christensen "The Light of Christ"

Man aliveeeeeeee is it HOT in Chile! Almost every day I ask the people.... "¿Y como suportan este calor?" How to you guys put up with this heat?????????? They usually say...... WE DONT. Hahah. Super funny. I miss the ozone layer. What a great thing.
Moving on! We had a pretty sweet week to be honest... A couple MIRACLES. My mission doesn`t seem to be stuffed full of miracles like that of tawny, (haha!) so when we get one I KNOW that Heavenly Father sent it. We were walkin in the street one day and this guy we had contacted the week before just yelled from a distance, HELLO BROTHER! In english and everything... Then he just opened up his door and said... Come in! Again in english... We talked to this guy and his family for a good half hour about their beliefs... They aren`t married because the guys is "waiting for his ex wife to die"... Sounds CRUEL right? It`s just really expensive to get divorced here... kinda kills us sometimes. Anyways, he seems pretty interested so we`ll be going back there. We sang a hymn, blessed his house, and bounced.

The next day, we showed up superrrrrrrr late for one of our citas. We had another two set citas as well that were going to end the day so we tried to re-schedule it.. The people wanted us RIGHT THEN so we were kinda... unsure of how we were gonna do it. These people are catholics... Also a miracle. REALLY SICK people. We taught them the first half of the plan of salvation...they loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed it. Like pretty much everyone not of our faith, they had always thought of Adams fall as a BAD HORRIBLE thing... but they just don`t realize the GREATNESS of it becuase they don`t have the Book of Mormon. We read 2 Nephi 2:19-25 with them and just talked about it... I was about to ask.... now... Was it good or bad that Adam ate the fruit? But before I had the CHANCE, the lady, Graciela, just blurted out... SO IT WAS GREAT that Adam ate the fruit! Now we have a chance to get bodies! I could see her whole face change and her eyes light up as the power of the restored gospel sparked the light of Christ in her. AMAZING honestly. SO cool.

Alright.........HOMEWORK TIME!!!!! Everyone MUST read Alma 37 this week. DRINK from it please!! Don`t just skim over it! Wow it`s full of goodness. The following are GREAT....

34 Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls.

Relate that to D&C 64:33... Man SO good. We should neverrrrrrrrrrrrr be weary of good works. Just serve and serve and serve and serve with a smile... Realizing that this is what God wants us to do. LOVE it. This is even BETTER.... 41 to 45....

41 They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;

42 Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.

43 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.

44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.

45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.

SO good... I love it in spanish... the start of 45 in spanish says.... Is there not symbolism in this?? THERE IS. Often times we CHOOSE to make ourselves suffer. We CHOOSE to fall off the path or even go in an entirely different direction.... They "Tarried" in the wilderness.... LET US NOT TARRY. We can read the scriptures, find the quickest route, and TAKE it. Why do we as human beings CHOOSE to do things that disctract us? That NUMB us.. that freeze us. IT IS EASY TO GIVE HEED TO THE WORD OF CHRIST.... As it is promised.... we will be carried beyond this place into a FAR BETTER land of promise. Don`t be stubborn.. Don't let the natural man take over... I know that this is what we need to do to be happy... Its the recipe for rejoicing. Obviously if I want something to turn out right I gotta follow the recipe EXACTLY... When we decide to add salt instead of sugar is where life turns sour... Please just be obedient everyone. Pay attention to the compass and I promise it will really change your lives as it has changed mine. Know that I love you all.. I hope you have a great week and that you welcome home my wonderful SISTER and my good friend Ammon.... Man alive.. Shoulder to the wheel yet again!

Chao!! Elder Christensen
Just one pic.... Sorry I`m lame! We went bowling... Gotta love it.