Monday, April 9, 2012

April 4, 2012

Thanks for all you do mom I appreciate the love you show to me and to everyone. I'm pretty sure that Ashley will not move out she loves home to much so just ignore it lol! What will probably happen is if I ever end up moving out for college then she would probably move in with me lol!!

So I hear Brittany is doing better. I got the bracelet she made for me and I tied it on to my scripture bag so thats pretty cool lol!

So we had a baptism on Saturday and I was able to perform the baptism!! The girls name is Sequoia she is 12 and she is very very smart. Her aunt who is 20 is going to be baptized in two weeks! We also had another miracle, an investigator we dropped about 2 months ago called us out of the blue and asked us come over! He attends seminary in Holbrook but he just doesn't go to church in Greasewood. He told us that he has been to church everywhere else but because his dad is a road man which means he does payote ceremonies, he just wasn't home very much. He is 16 and has a strong testimony of the gospel. In fact he invited us over to eat pizza and watch General Conference with him. So ya things are really rolling. His baptism date is set for this Easter weekend! What an awesome day to get baptized.

Our two day Zone Conference was great! I learned a ton and it always seems to come right when I need it most so I am greatful for that. Next transfer we are going on a temple trip and in two weeks we will have two more days of training so ya we are super busy and workin hard!! I love the work!

So last week we went to a birthday party for one of our members and of course some of the people there started asking questions. It was so cool because before we new it we had all of these adults there listening to us! What an experience and you could just see the spirit working on them. I was so great because they asked alot of questions that we were able to answer which was sweet! We heard some traditional birthday songs from them and wow that was so cool!!! I wish I could have recorded it but that is ok. At least now we have got a whole family thinking about the gospel so I am stoked for more baptisms soon!

Well thats pretty much all I got for ya all today take care love ya!

Elder C

March 19, 2012

So I am doing great and I am not sick or anything so no need to worry, I am healthy! The weather here was snowy all weekend but it didn't stay or stick on the ground. In fact we didn't even get an inch! I wish that it would just snow!!! My new companion is Elder Chadwick and he is pretty awesome. He is from Tremonton Utah so ya not much more to say about that lol!

It is pretty tricky to be a trainer but somehow he ends up learning new things and so do I so thank the Lord on that one!

So I think in my last e-mail I told you about that lady with two boys she wants baptized. Well she has decided that she doesn't have time for us to come any more. We felt bad about that and I guess that opportunity is down the drain, but on the bright side we did find a lady who is on track for baptism this week. But she told us the other day that she just doesn't feel ready yet so we will but we will put that date back probably to the 14 or so. It's just going to take some time.

We had a miracle this last week on Sunday actually! Orlinda and Sequoia are two girls who our branch president has over for lessons at his house. We were kind of concerned because we hadn't seen them in like 2 weeks. But all of a sudden they show up at the branch presidents house yesterday wondering if they could be baptized still!! Of course we said yes and they will be interviewed on Wednesday night before we drive to Flagstaff for zone conference!! Isn' t that awesome? The Lord sure works in mysterious ways.

Brittany sounds like she is doing good and I am glad that her arthritis is doing better and that she she actually wants to go to school!? That's just doesn't sound normal because now I also wanna go back to school so I can be smarter than her lol!

And mom, you don't need to send the Friend magazines or anything cause we have tons of them!!!

Well that's all that has happend this week

Take care love ya all!

Elder Christensen

March 12, 2012

Well good afternoon! You know mom, I was just joking about the missed e-mail. I know you do your best to remember and I appreciate it. In fact about 10 minutes after I sent it I got your e-mail from home so I read it logged off. Sorry I didn't catch you!

Well this week as been great but hard. First of all it was great because well I am a trainer now!! And then lousy because we hardly got to see anyone except for our investigators who are progressing the fastest and the best and then we had a baptism interview so I guess overall it ended up being a pretty good week. I wonder if the Lord is taking it easy on Elder Chadwick this first week but now that it is over he has no excuse so we are going to work hard!!

I am doing good with being paitent thanks to Elder Hunsaker! The only bad thing I got from him luckly is road rage but I will get over that soon!

So I have grown like 1/4" so not too much. My clothes still fit fine and everything and I don't think I am tan maybe it's all the dirt or duststorms that has died my skin darker who knows? But ya I am fine and so is my companion. We have alot to learn together and I am stoked to get to work even harder now that I have somebody who is excited to learn and wants to know everything. That is so cool that prez sent a letter home to you guys. He is awesome and I am gonna miss him!! He has served in the Farmington Mission for 3 years and now it is time for someone else to come in. He has been the best and I have learned so much from him.

Well that's all that has been going on this week. I hope you guys are doing great and I love ya all!!

Elder Christensen!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I am a trainer now!

Well sorry that I missed your e-mail but today was probably the best! Why? Well because we got transfer news, three of our investigators came to church and everyone else is progressing big time in the gospel! First I will give the news...... Elder Hunsaker is leaving and I am training a new missionary!!!!!! I am so stoked I haven't been able to sleep very well for like the last two nights! We will drive all the way to Farmington today to pick up the new greenie. Then Elder Hunsaker will ride the transfer van all the way back to Holbrook to be picked up and I will drive my new companion back to Greasewood!

Elder Hunsaker is happy for me and he did say that he wished he wouldn't have made all of his bad mistakes because then he would be in my shoes! I told him to hang in there and that if he stays obedient he will serve in Flagstaff for one transfer then he will get to train a new missionary! He told me prez came and talked to him during last zone conference and asked him if he had made the decision to be obedient yet. So ya I am glad the Lord gave me the opportunity to help a missionary who was stuggling!

An experience we had this week that was awesome was, we were thinking that we should contact some refferals that we got the other day. The Lord made us drive around all day until one of his prepared children were home (yes, he can and does do that)! It was a less active family and the mom wants her two sons to be baptized so we are going to start teaching them this week! Oh I almost forgot, our investigators who came to church all had the guts to bare their testimonies!!! I couldn't believe it! The Spirit was so strong. Since they were not sure if the Book of Mormon was true they only said "They believe..." statements which is wonderful!! I am glad the Lord is letting me stay to see their testimonies grow into, "I know....." statements! It's awesome!

I love you all!

Elder Christensen

February 27th Letter

Hello Everyone!

So I can confirm all the news about the recent activity and the increase in missionaries and senior couples in our mission! As far as we have heard everyone is pretty stoked to see how many people we can get baptized each month and the number just keeps going up! We have been doing our best to help that effort and to tell members how important it is for them to be giving us direction on who they know that would like to hear our message. We are working on taking some members from the branch to go with us in teaching people because having a member present at the lessons just seems to work the best lol! Then again that is the focus for every single companionship in the whole world!!

I haven't been transferd yet because we will find out all that info this Saturday. The days just fly by so I don't really know what week it is and then I'll tell ya what happens.

My goal has been reached in helping my companion so the rest is up to him. I want him to even progress and be a great leader and I know he can do it he just needs another push that I don't think I can give him.

We didn't get any baptisms last week but we are planning on having one this week, two next week and 3 the week after that so I'm pretty stoked for all of this to be happening but isn't it funny how things we seem to get baptisms lined up and then I'm get transferd? lol!!

It's funny that you mentioned the blessings promised to the Lamanites or Lehi's children because we talked about that last night with our recent convert! The guy is a spiritual sponge! I get to talk to him with deep doctrine and and he soaks it up! AMAZING!!!! His wife wanted to know about the house of Israel, I mean everything about it, so I am drawing a geneaology chart for them about who they directly descend from and it's a blast.

I want to share something really fast before I go. Most people here are afraid to ask questions because they think they will be ridiculed for it, so we rely heavily on the spirit of discernment and revelation. We basically need it to try to dicern what they might be thinking and to try to get a feel for what they need. It's pretty cool once you know how the spirit can talk to misssionaries this way. How do we get this spirit you might ask? Well we simply need to ask for it so we pray hard every night and sometimes we even fast for it. And the Lord hears prayers and he loves his people so he gives us that gift to teach and its awesome!!

Well that was my two cents for now take care yall!

I love ya!!
Elder Christensen

February 20th Letter

Well hey!

I am so glad to hear that Jordan is reading the Book of Mormon! I knew he was doing good! Ever since that e-mail I sent I've just had thoughts to myself like I wonder what he is reading now? So ya it's pretty sad he is beating all of you but I still beat everyone in our family hahaha! I've read the Book of Mormon 3 times and I am on my fourth time since the beginnig of my mission so all in all I will have read it 6 times!!

I just want you to know that things are looking better even though we don't get along very well. He is always getting angry at some of the things I do that don't matter in missionary work. I feel that we are being blessed because we are being obedient but since there is contention between us, we can't make the work explode! But I will keep working on him. Transfers will be happening this week so we will see how things go!!!

So you guys are having Family Home Evening on personal prayer and need an experience from me huh? Well I guess one of the best experiences I can use as far as a mission setting was last week. We kept running out of people to see so we found a good spot to pull our truck over and then we prayed and asked Heavenly Father to guide us to someone who needed to hear the gospel. You know everytime we did that He either answered our prayer in the middle of it by inspiring someone to text us or by guiding our thoughts to think of someone we should go see or drop by. One time after we prayed we looked up and we felt that the house that was just a couple yards down needed us to stop and knock on their door. We were able to talk to them about the gospel so I know he answers prayers!!! He also gives me answers in my head as to what I should say or do when I am stressed or I am troubled, He comforts me and tells me what to do.

Well I am glad things are going well and I love you all! I appreciate your prayers and I am grateful for your support!

Love ya guys!
Elder Christensen

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 13th Letter

Well I am glad you emailed this week! YAY Mom!!

So this week was killer but with Heavenly Fathers help I got Elder Hunsaker to be excatly obedient this whole week! The Lord blessed us with 10 new investigators and 24 lessons! So far these are the best numbers on my mission! Our district leader was pretty stoked about it too!

Thanks for sending the package I really appreciate it! Also you don't have to worry about music for me for a while because I got a ton from another elder who has like a whole slew of appropriate music!!

Me and my comp still have our days where we want to kill each other and I beat him, well slaughtered him, in a game of Risk and he got really upset so I am not going to play anymore games with him because he is sort of well short tempered but he is working on it which is great!

I am sorry to hear about Brittany, I will keep her in my prayers!!!

Thanks for telling me that everyone loves my letters. I don't know why my emails are so special but it doesnt matter, what does matter is that we are bringing souls to Christ and that we are able to be obedient so we can be even more blessed! We had exchanges this past week and I it was great to get to know Elder Ward and tell him how things are in this area. He is a little bit newer than me.

We had a very interesting week, because we got to talk to this guy from another faith and he had all kinds of anti-mormon stuff and was trying to denouce the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. We just calmly replied to his comments and questions and we were able withstand his attacks. It was so great because by the time he finished trying to argue with us we actually left him with a copy of the Book of Mormon, our testimonies and some good laughs! On the other hand we have a really solid investgator. She is twenty four and just escaped from domestic violence so she is scared and has scars from that. We told her how baptism can give her peace and can wash away the hatred she feels if we follow Jesus Christ's example and she really liked that!

Well tell everyone that I love them and sorry the email is so short because the other missionaries are waiting for me and want to go somewere no.

Love ya all!!
Elder Christensen