Monday, January 2, 2012

1/2/2012 Elder Christensen "Nos Vemos Parque Combarbala"

Went on divisions... Elder Cervantes and I.
Hola Hola! How we doin? Man it sure was fun to see you guys on skype last week and to chat it up a bit. I can`t beleive that time is just..... gone. Tawny already finished. MOVING ON! New Years and Christmas were both pretty fun. Lotttttttttta alcohol in this place haha. We spent a lot of time just fortaleciendo or strengthening the faith of our members. The Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is something amazing and we can all change our lives through it.
HAPPY NEW YEARS! Or.. if you`re a Christensen..

Well.... We got the call on Saturday and I`m being transferred. I had definately expected that finish the mission with 5 changes in one place is... practically un heard of. Either way? I`m STOKED. The next two changes will be the best that I`ve had yet I can promise you that. WORK WORK WORK. That is the secret..... I`ve seen a great change in the members and the leaders of this ward during my 4 months here. We just try to do little different things to brighten up everybodies days... for example.... every day after we are done eating lunch with the members, we try to sing a hymn and just help them feel the spirit. Over time, the members have really come to treasure that. I spoke this sunday... ( SURPRISE! ) and I let them know that I really do love them and that I`ve seen the change in each of them. The gospel is amazing.... I will never stray from this camino and I hope that we can all be happy... as Tawny says... Find joy in the journey. Life principle right there folks.

We as missionaries can`t hold babies.... but the rule says nothing
 about dogs! Shes just a little smaller than Steffi.
Well.. my keyboard is super fome so I`m gonna finish up. Sorry this is short.... I want to remind you of one of my favorite scriptures.....

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 power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

36 Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land.

37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

We have reason to rejoice because God loves us. This is his Church. I LOVE IT. If this is boasting, then let me BOAST. These are the latter days and we are in the middle of a spiritual war. May we remain faithful to our God by heeding to his word and that of his prophets. There is no other way.....

I`ll talk to you next week in my next sector. Hope all is well in orem.

Much love,
This is priceless... RIGHT NOW, as I was typing this letter, a cat jumped
up on to my desk and I started to pet it.... As sister King says with her
5 fingers..... 1 we 2 are 3 in 4 chile 5 now. Welcome to south america haha.

BEAUTIFUL sunset..... The catholic church there was just a bonus.
Ps Don`t worry about changes. Gotta run. Hvea a great week. I`ll go where you want me to go dear Lord. Even to the ghetto and dangerous place. I`ll say what you want me to say dear Lord.