Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 76



Mommy & All,

"There's a million streams fanned out like a river delta before you, each offering the path of least resistance. But you're headed up stream." -Rise & Shine

This week was pretty good. We gotta teach Brian this week. We went out and played basketball with him and some investigators that Jensen has and that was really fun as always. So after that we went to his house, we met a guy there named Ricardo. He was a friend of Brian's dad and when we got there, he just sat there really quietly. After a few minutes he started asking us where we from and kinda what we were doing here and what was our purpose. We started talking to him a little about the gospel and what we share with people including the Book of Mormon. After a few minutes he told us that was cool and that its nice that we are out here trying to teach the people who don't believe in God. We told him that we are here teaching all people whether they believe in God or not and whether they go to a church or not. He was really confused and thought it was kinda pointless that we would try and talk to someone who already had their church and believed in God. We told him that there are a lot of people who get baptized into our church who were a part of other churches as well. So he asked how we convince the people to join our church. We told him that we don't convince anyone. We simply present the message that we have to the people, and after that we invite them to ask God if its true not us. We simply share a message and let the Spirit and God to the rest. Suddenly he changed and seemed to thing that was really cool that we weren't going around forcing people to get baptized into our church, we just simply left them an invitation to ask that Being who won't ever lie to us. Then he started telling Brian and Adrian (Brian's Dad) that they needed to listen to what we had to say because its something that he thought they really needed haha so he started preaching on our behalf which was cool to see. He is Catholic and said he didn't wanna listen to us, but he thought it was really cool what we were doing as missionaries. That helped Brian listen to us a little more ha and he accepted to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.

We also gotta see Raul and Matilde. We have been going over all the baptism things with them and its been going pretty good. Raul is really excited to get baptized, Matilde wants to, but isn't as pumped as Raul haha, so we have been focusing more on her and really just answering all her questions and doubts that she has. We think we are all good to as of right now, and are excited to keep working with them. They have a date for this Saturday to get baptized, so just pray with us that it can all work out okay.

We also found Ignacio again which was cool. We were able to go over to his apartment and sit down and talk for a few minutes. When we got over there, he immediately started talking about baptism with us and how he wants to get re-baptized. He was baptized in the Catholic church and doesn't remember anything about it and knows we have to be baptized when we have sins. He told us the sooner he can be clean the better so that was something cool to hear. The only thing is that he seems to drink a lot so we are working on that with him more than anything. 

Much Love,

Elder Christensen

I wondered what happened to my boy who has a fear of heights until I realized this is really isn't a big drop off like it looks like it is.  See pictures below,














week 75



Mommy & All,

"If things don't work out for you. If things happen that you could not anticipate, what are the reasons that you can think of...that can keep you strong." -Phenomenal

This week was pretty good. Elder Dacuy and I went to work in his first full week in the field and it went well. He has a lot of animo (energy and excitement) and a real desire to share the message we have for people. He also has something about him as well that make people wanna stop and talk to him. We had 3 super random people just stop him in the street, or just start yelling at him trying to catch up to us to talk with us about what he had to share with the people. There was one guy named Ignacio who we met this week. We were just walking down the street to go see some investigators, when this guy from behind started screaming at my comp from across the street and started coming towards us. My comp got super scared and jumped behind me to hide haha. With the history I've had running into drunk guys during my mission, I was already prepping to confront this guy. But as he got closer to us I could see he had tears in his eyes. He came over and introduced himself to us and said he'd been following us for a while trying to catch us so he could talk to us. He told us he was having a lot of problems finding work and just didn't know what to do to find peace and comfort. So of course we got to know him a little more, and introduced the Book of Mormon to him. We read it a little with him there in the street and he accepted it telling us he really wanted to read it. So hopefully we can pass by his house this coming week to share a little bit more with him.

Raul and Matilde also got back from their honeymoon this week. They got back and we got to see them for about 2 min on Saturday, but they told us they were gonna come to church Sunday. So it was great to see them there. After church, we went over to their house to see how they were, and get their feeling again about baptism. We went over and it went really good. Raul told us he was 100% ready, that he is trying to give up smoking, and knows that everything we share with him is true. Matilde had a few doubts when we brought it up with her though. She said that she'd like to get baptized, but she wanted to have a little time to think about it first. So we asked her just to throw out a date of when she thought she'd feel okay with getting baptized. After looking at the calendar, she told us the 21st of October would be good. That was a literal answer to prayer, because that was the exact date my comp and I had in mind for the both of them as well haha so it was great. They are the coolest people and it is going to be really good to keep progressing with them now that we all have the same goal in mind. 

Much Love,

Elder Christensen

They went on a hike to Estancia Tunel, so there are a lot of pictures this week.














Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 74



Mommy & All,

"For what is everyday but a series of choices between the right way, and the easy way." -Rise & Shine

First off wanna give a big Birthday Shout Out to my little bro Brandon here on Wednesday! About ready to be a teenager congrats on making it this far because i thought either Caleb or I would have killed you before this, but you made it! 😂🎉

This week was pretty good. I gotta make the awesome trek up to Comodoro and then back down. I left Ushuaia at 5 AM Tuesday morning, and got back Friday at 11:45 at night. I gotta spend a little more than 49 hours this week traveling. But overall it was good and we had fun. 

Thursday we had meetings and trainings with Presidente Salerno. After the first Thursday morning video, Presidente told me I had a visitor. I didn't think much of it, assuming it was a member or just someone I'd met in Comodoro, but as I was walking down the hall, everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me. You know, I'm used to that because it happens every single day when I walk in the street, but usually not with other missionaries since they already know me. So I rounded the corner inside the church and almost fell over when I saw Dustin (my comp from the MTC) with his girlfriend Virginia. When he left the mission, I honestly honestly thought I'd never see him ever again so it was a huge surprise and was great. We were able to sit and talk and catch up and they ate lunch with us. It was also cool to meet his girl who I've heard so much about. Dustin started crying when he saw me which made me laugh and remember the MTC and how he is such an emotional guy. That was the highlight of my week was to see that bro again.

After that we found out who we'd be training. So my 10th comp is Elder Dacuy from Mar Del Plata in Buenos Aires. He is also my 8th Latin comp haha. He is a cool guy who is quiet but funny and has a desire to do the work we were called to do, and just try and help people. He told me that he is also adopted. He was adopted when he was 2 months old, and has never met is birth parents either. So we one thing in common right off the bat which is cool. I think we are gonna have a good time together. He also really likes to play basketball which is PERFECT for what we do down here as I've said in other emails haha. We also had a good mission experience with him. When we were coming back down from Comodoro, we were in the last leg of our journey, traveling from Rio Grande to Ushuaia. About half way between the 2 cities, the bus suddenly died, and we rolled off to the side of the road and we sat there in the middle of no where. They said a rock got kicked up into some tubes and the bus wasn't gonna run. So they called someone to try and get a replacement, or a new bus. So we sat there for about 2 hours waiting for something to happen. Some people thought we would have to sleep in the bus. The temperature dropped to about 25 degrees and since the bus wasn't running, it got a little cold out there haha. But somehow they got it up again and we got here. So he has already started his mission off good haha.

Conference for me personally was really good. I've never taken in more or learned more from any other conference before like I did from this one. More than anything I learned how every single one of us, no matter who we are, We are good enough, we are fit for the calls that we have, and that is isn't enough to just have goals for this life. We all need eternal goals. Because we are all good enough to receive eternal life, which is the greatest gift God can give to any of us. That really helped put things into focus for me.

Much Love,

Elder Christensen



















Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 73


Mommy & All,

"If you're waiting on your next door neighbor to make it happen for you, it may not happen...You don't beg good people to be phenomenal! You just are phenomenal and you will attract phenomenal!" -Phenomenal

This week was pretty good. We got transfers yesterday. My comp elder Fogo is heading to Comodoro in the area where Dustin (my comp from the MTC) was so that will be cool for him. I'm going to train again haha so that should be fun. I'll be taking the 24 hr bus ride to Comodoro tomorrow to go see who my new comp is gonna be. I'm kinda excited, and I think it will be really good to get another jolt of energy out here with us.

So every Wednesday like I've said before, Elder Crawford, Jensen and I go and play basketball with the members and investigators and everyone gets really into it which makes it even more fun. There is one hermano who is from the other ward named Petropaulo who is a die hard basketball guy and who loves to play. While we were playing last week, he drove down the lane and tried to throw up a layup, and I swatted the shot hard and out of bounds and it was pretty funny. I guess he remembers that I did that because he showed up to our ward yesterday and was in my ear all day haha. It was all good spirited and funny, but he was just kept telling me he was coming for me and that I better show up on Wednesday so we can go again and that if I dont show up he's gonna come and find me so he can try and get me one time haha. We've become pretty good friends over the last few weeks playing basketball, and its always good to be able to have a release like that, and really just to show the investigators that we like to have fun as well. 

We also had a Family Home Evening with Nicolas this week. We just ate some facturas and drank some hot chocolate and talked. The guy really wants to help with the missionary work here, and loves to go out and teach with us. He has a lot of energy and desire to share the gospel with all the people here in Ushuaia, and its been really great to get to know him better, and have him as a friend. He might become our ward mission leader here in a little bit with all that he has been doing to help us, and his desire just to be back in church and help out with the work down here. Meeting people like him is part of the reason we are all out here. I've met at least one person in every area I've been in who's changed my life. I've learned so much more from investigators and teaching than they could ever learn from me. Of course all of us are out here to help people, but I didn't realize all the help that we receive from the people we are trying to help. Not sure where I'd be without the mission and all the people I've gotten to know along the way.

Much Love,

Elder Christensen