Monday, January 9, 2012

1/9/2012 Elder Christensen "Yoo"

My old companion who came down to visit at changes... Elder Gutierrez!
 Heyyyyyy! Well, as you know, changes came and went.... I was super duper nervous throughout the entire change meeting.... Its kinda sucky knowing that you`re gonna finish the mission in your next sector..... Actually why beat around the bush... ITS AWFUL! But hey, I got a sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet sector over here in Peñaflor. Elder Fuhriman is too dang sick as well. We`ve already spent a lot of time cleaning up the pension and making it look like a vacation spot. Haha. No not really..... but it does look nice and organized. I`ll get you some pics next week.

The ward I`m in is called "El Sauce" which I think means... the willow? If I`m not mistaken. It`s a big change from the city.... There is no smog whatsoever..... My first day I just stopped and sniffed up a big beasty breath of fresh air.... Man... its insane. I realized I was back in the campo when I rang somebodys doorBELL. It`s a literal bell attached to a string thats mounted way up on their deck. Haha. It`s already been great and I know we`re gonna work like crazy over here. I`M EXCITED to be where I`m at and with a good companion as well.
 Elder Higgs and I at changes

Got a couple little thoughts for you before I gotta run. Lets just say.... The Book of Mormon is.... SICK!

Mosiah 28:3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish ; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble .

PARENTS... This little full bread german shepheard is 6
weeks old..... the people bought him for 20 bucks...
SICK DEAL! Super Cute too
This is my attitude regarding the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..... It`s kinda strange... as you get "older" in the mission, you REALLY start to care more. You realize that everything... EVERYTHING... that we do as missionaries is important. I have come to realize that EVERY single person that we talk with is a son or daughter of God... I know that somehow, with some words and with the spirit, we as missionaries can touch the light of Christ in them and WAKE THEM UP. ¡DESPIÉRTATE! I know that every missionary has felt the sadness that comes after a really great lesson or contact.... where the spirit is just testifying like none other...... and you just spill your heart out and throw down some testimony... Then, after it all, they smile at you and say.... "No me interesa.... están perdiendo el tiempo aqui." Like the scripture says, I CANNOT BEAR THAT! Knowing that the eternal gospel of Christ is being rejected just hurts me.... I LOVE these people. I LOVE being a missionary... We just gotta work with all our heart, might, mind and strength, and the Lord will do the rest... Just the fact that the people use their agency poorly makes me... upset.. It`s out of our control though.... we can do all we can do.... and thats all we can do...May we remember that and use our agency well. I`ll close with this last one....

DyC 123:16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.

17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
Elder Monsen and I at changes

It`s amazing the influence we, as active members in the church have on other people...... This is one of my favorite scriptures found in the DyC...... It`s time for us to act... it´s time for us to serve... I just love what it says... Let us CHEERFULLY do all that we can...... everything that is offered to us.... then we can just stand still... because we KNOW that we are good. We know that we have done all that our Lord wants us to do. These are gonna be the best two changes of my mission here in Peñaflor. Why? Because we`re dedicated.... we`re converted... and we`re gonna do all that we can with BUEN ANIMO.... Just as the Savior himself did..... Amazing. This is Christs Church. I`m grateful that we can live happily and that we can be safe from evil if we just.... do as it says in the scriptures countless times.... Obey the commandments.... Endure to the end... How hard is that. It`s simple. We are so blessed to live in the time that we do.... May we remember that in our daily lives. Many members of our church have suffered and even died to get the church to where it is at this point today. Now it`s OUR turn to lift where we stand and take the trash out. So lets do it. I love you guys and I hope this can be a great week for you wherever you may be.

Take care.

Elder Christensen.

A VERY PAINFUL tie trade.... you be the judge... MOM.... I`ve said NO NO NO to everyone who has asked for that orange tie... but Elder Fuhriman is a baller... Couldn`t help it.... To this moment it is painful haha but check those paisley ties out! SICK! ENJOY!