Monday, July 7, 2014

Transfers ... Joke Lang [Only]

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dear Everyone,

Sunset that Brian Saw on the Beach
This past week we had transfers but literally nothing happened to me or my companion. We are just staying in our area and working some more. :) We had a pretty good week but it was a little harder than the past few weeks. It was only hard because a lot of the people we tried to visit weren't home or we couldn't teach because they didn't have a male at home. All the dads were in the rice fields planting palay [rice]. It was all right though.

So for Tuesday we just had a normal day. After district meeting we went to work and taught quite a few lessons. We taught Rolly and Edmon with their wives. We extended IBD's to them and they accepted but sadly they didn't make it to church on Sunday so we have to re schedule the day so they can make it to church enough to get baptized. But they all still want to get baptized. :D We are going to work with them more.

Dragon Fruit Blossom 
Wednesday was a little off. We taught a lot of lessons but we just didn't feel the spirit that strongly. We were a little worried about the rest of the week and it turns out we had good reason to be.

Thursday was a hard day because we only taught one lesson the whole day because no one was home. It was so strange. We went and found a bunch of people who said we could come back this week though. It was even stranger when the same thing happened again on Friday. But we'll make it work.

Friday morning we taught a great lesson to some of our less active, the Tureda family. We taught them about the atonement and invited them to come back to church. The dad didn't come but his three daughters did. They are all grown up and have kids of their own now but they came. :)

Saturday was an interesting day. We taught Shareen and Gina and reviewed the word of wisdom the law of chastity, tithing and Sabbath day observance. It was good because we cleared them all up for them and set them up to get baptized this coming Saturday, on the 12th. We are supper excited for them.

Rainbow the Brain Liked
Sunday was pretty good we taught some less actives and investigators. All in all it wasn't a bad week it was just a little off. I think this next one will be awesome though. :)

For studies this past week I have been reading a lot out of the Book of Mormon and out of True to the Faith. I really like reading from True to the Faith because it just clears up any misconceptions about all the points of our church. In the book of Mormon I like in 1 Nephi 15:11 if we ask God in faith then we will receive answers to our prayers and questions. This is a promise if we have faith and keep the commandments. Also in verse 24 it states that if we hold fast to the word of God we "would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower [us] unto blindness" meaning we have power over Satan when we hold to the word of God.

Well that's all for now. Mahal kita.

Elder Christensen

Questions from a Separate Email

* What was a great teaching experience you had this week?
Well we taught this one guy named Edwin. He is super cool and to be honest he is huge. His hands are bigger than mine and he is just a little bit shorter than me. He is a Filipino. Don't ask me where he came from because I don't know. haha But when we taught him we had a great lesson about prophets and we taught about Joseph Smith. Toward the end of the lesson he told us that he wanted to know the truth but he didn't know how. He said "I want to feel it here" and he pointed to his heart. I asked right there if he felt it there right then. He said he did and I told him he needed to pray about it and if he got the same feeling again he would know that what we were telling him was true. He agreed to go to church the next day but he never came. :( But we will see him again later to follow up. I just felt the spirit strongly in that lesson.

* What are some of your favorite Filipino foods?
All of them. haha I really love halo-halo [a dessert with shaved ice, evaporate milk, and fruit]. Adobo [meat marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic] is pretty good, except when the meat is dog meat that doesn't taste very good. haha To be honest I love all the food here. I love rice more than I ever thought I would. :D

* Did you celebrate the 4th of July at all?
Nope it was pretty much just another day. But that's all right I'm in the Philippines not America. :P

* Have you received my package yet?
I did actually get it today. :P I was supper excited.

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