Monday, July 6, 2015

Coming to an End

July 6, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been... interesting and hard…  So it started last Monday I sprained my ankle playing basketball. It was a pretty bad sprain. My ankle got big and turned purple. :/ I think the worst part about it was that it ended p-day for me and my companion. So we just hang out at the house the whole day. It was lame.

Tuesday, we went to the hospital to get my ankle checked. We got my foot x-rayed and the doctor told me it was just a sprain. But we still didn't work the rest of that day because I needed to keep my weight off my foot so it would get better faster. Another long day of doing nothing.

Wednesday was a little better. We went to a member’s house in the morning and I got some crutches because I was sick of doing nothing. So I was using crutches the rest of the day. The only bad thing about that was that the crutches were a little too small for me so they rubbed my ribcage instead of my arm pits. Then all of my weight was on my wrists so they hurt by the end of the day. haha. But I was still happy to have been able to work. We also had some immunizations that day. We went to one of the chapels and we all got flu shots. yay. ;p haha  I'm just glad that's over with.

Thursday I was on crutches again and we managed to get some lessons taught but not a lot because we had to get on a bus going to San Fernando for MLC [mission leader’s conference]. That all went well.

Friday we had MLC and it went for a long time. We didn't get back to La Trinidad until it was super late. So we didn't get to work.

Saturday we did get to work but it started to rain. We got a little wet. It was still an alright day. It was the first really normal day of the week. We got some good work done.

Sunday was another interesting day because a typhoon made land fall on the other side of the island and it rained super hard. We got drenched on our way to church and then they just had sacrament meeting. No classes because of the bad weather. The bad weather didn't stop us though. :) We went out to work still. We had a pretty good day but we had to go home early because I needed to go down to San Fernando again for a career workshop that we had earlier today. So in the bad weather we went to the bus station and waited for a bus. The worst part about that was I was starting to feel sick. I got a bus but there were no more seats so I sat on a little plastic chair in the middle of the aisle. It was a long ride. I got sick last night to but I think I'll bet better soon. And for my ankle it feels pretty good now and in a few weeks it will be as good as new I'm sure. Just in time for some good times in aspen grove. :D

The other thing is that I'm not going back to La Trinidad. I'm going to spend the last week of my mission in the office. I'm just going to work with the office elders. It's all good.

mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

PS I don't know if I will e mail again before i go home so if not I'll see you all soon. :D ;)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Exchanges and Another Good Week

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been awesome. :) I haven't been able to work this hard my whole mission, and I'm loving it. We finally have a lot of support from the members and we are using it. :)

To start this past Monday we had a pretty normal day with some fun times running around but we got it all worked out and taught some good lessons. Some good investigators, Mari Cris and then Antonio.

Tuesday was awesome. We went on exchanges with one of our district leaders and the point was to show him how to make an area awesome. It was pretty awesome. :P haha We taught 8 lessons and made tons of new friends. Some of whom I have very high hopes for. We taught this apartment with 4 women and their live-in partners. They are in such a hard situation with very little knowledge about who they are or what they need to do in this life. They are so ready to receive it though and I'm super excited for them.. :)

Wednesday was interesting because we went on exchanges with the AP's. I went to San Fernando with Elder Basco and it was sooooo hot. I heard the weather in Utah is supposed to get to 100 this week. Forgive me when I say I have no sympathy for you. It was about 40 degrees celsius in San Fernando. I felt like I went to war. haha It rained hard as well but it only made the heat dissipate a little. We still did our goals as well and taught 10 lessons and talked to 34 new people about the gospel. :) Good stuff.

Thursday Elder Bayot and I finally saw each other again in San Fernando and took a bus back to La Trinidad. It took extra long though because they were doing construction on the road. But we still managed to get to work that afternoon. We got some good work done but we were both so tired after that.

Friday was another good day of running from one house to another because we don't have enough time to teach everyone on our list haha. It's funny to see two missionaries with their fellowshipper almost literally running from one house to another but that's what we did. :P

Saturday was a little slower because we got punted a lot but we kept going. It was a pretty good day. But all in all not a bad day.

Sunday was interesting because Elder Bayot and I both gave talks. I talked about conversion and the role that each member needs to play in order for a new convert to stay a convert. Because if it is just the missionaries with the investigator when the missionary leaves so does the convert some times. It went well. But the other nice thing was the new investigators that we taught on Tuesday, the ones I talked about earlier, went to church. I was super happy. :) haha All in all it was just a good week this week.

Mahal kita!!

Elder Christensen

An Excerpt from His Letter to President Balledos

As for my studies this past week I did a little bit on conversion. I really found it interesting that to be converted is to become a new creature. We can have a testimony of Christ and still not be converted. Just like Peter in the New Testament was not converted until the day of Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Ghost was given. As a missionary our task is to help others come unto Christ but I feel that we need to become new creatures ourselves in order to bear a testimony with conviction. We need to not only believe in Christ but be so sure that he is the Christ that it becomes part of who we are. When we become as Peter we will watch the response of our investigators change because they will respond to the spirit and not our words.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Starting Transfers on a Good Note

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dear everyone,

This past week has been great. Recently President gave us new standards that were very high in comparison to where they were. I am grateful for this because last week I have had more success than any other week in my mission. Only because that was what is now expected. It's amazing how that works.

Anyway to start, last Monday we started pretty normal. We weren't trying super hard. But all in all it wasn't a bad day it was just normal.

Tuesday we had a zone training which went pretty well. We had some pretty good lessons and we had some pretty good lessons. But again nothing super special happened there. But that night we got a call from president saying that one of our sisters was getting emergency transferred, which happened. But he also followed up on our work and told me we needed to do better... I kinda woke up after that because I thought we were doing ok. haha :P

Easy to Pick Out Elder Christensen!
Wednesday we just kicked it into gear. We started knocking every door we could find. haha It was kinda funny but it worked. Lots of rejection but with that came some success. We also got a lot of return appointments. So good stuff.

Thursday was fun because we just kept doing what we did the day before but we also started getting more active about getting members with us which sped up the work. We had another good day full of good lessons.

Friday was a funny day. We kept going hard but then we met some new investigators from Eastmore... or something like that. They said it’s new as of 2002. The interesting thing is that they speak really good English but they really speak Portuguese. They are cool and really interested in the Book of Mormon. The rest of the day was a little slow but still a good one.

Saturday was fun. We were invited to a birthday party for some little kids during lunch. It was really good and they had so much food. haha. After that we took some YSA members and went to work. We had a great time with them and got some great lessons done. All in all a good day.

Sunday was good. We had a special area broadcast for the Philippines. We listened to Elder Andersen talk and other seventies as well. It was very good. The rest of the day went well. We taught some good lessons and enjoyed our day. Good stuff. I hope and pray that it continues. :)

Mahal kita!

Elder Christensen

Excerpt from Letter to Mission President

As for my Studies this past week I have been reading from 1 Corinthians 13. I love this chapter. It reminds me of Moroni 7. Paul talks a lot about Charity. He makes it clear that it is the greatest of all. Without charity we are nothing. He speaks of putting our past behind us and becoming men. I relate that to our development as people. If we are too focused on the past we will never know how to act in the future. As we strive to have charity for all men we learn a little more about how much God loves each of us and we grow. We put childish follies behind us and become men in Christ.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Start of the End

Brian's Shoes
Monday, June 8, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been a little interesting. I'm on my last transfer now and it's a weird feeling that I won't be here after this transfer. I think the biggest reason why that's weird is because I know how fast a transfer can go by, especially if you’re not paying attention. Anyway that's enough truncky talk for one day. :P

This past week was a good one. We started with some good lessons last Monday. Earlier that day we went to Baguio and saw some pretty cool stuff there. But that's about it.

Tuesday was interesting because that was the day that we found out if we were transferring or not. And I didn't transfer so I'm going to finish my mission in the mountains and the rain. haha It's starting to rain a ton here as well. But it is the start of rainy season so that does make sense. :P That was about all the interesting things that happened though.

Standing in Front of His House
Wednesday was the transfer day for the elders. It was interesting because we didn't actually go to the transfer point because the Baguio Zone leaders were already there so we just coordinated with all of them. It went well and we were able to teach some good lessons because we didn't have to go.

Thursday was pretty normal except we have a new roommate in the house, Elder Naitoko. He's from Tonga. He's cool but now I'm the only one in the house who know how to cook... :P That's going to be fun. haha. Other than that, the day was a pretty good. That night we went down to San Fernando because we had MLC [mission leader conference] on Friday. :)

Friday was great. We got up early in San Fernando and played basketball. After that we had MLC which was good like it always is. Lots of things learned. On the way back we took a van and it was full of so many different people from different countries. There were Americans, people from Spain, people from Saudi Arabia, and Tonga. It was fun. I taught this guy from Spain pretty much the whole way up and he was very interested. But he's going back to Spain today. I hope he keeps studying. That night we also had a fun FHE with our bishop and his brother. :) good times.

Saturday was a good day but it rained so hard. We got pretty wet. But we still taught some good lessons haha.

Sunday was another really wet day and hard. We didn't' teach a single lesson until 5:00 because everyone we talked to was busy or not home. It was super hard but after that we managed to teach some good short lessons to make up for the hard time earlier.

Well that's all for now. Mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Excerpt from Letter to Mission President

As for my studies this past week I have been focused on reading from the New Testament. I found a New Testament study guide and found if very helpful. In 1 Corinthians I learned a lot of what Paul meant when he wrote it. The history behind the writing makes a big difference. But one of the big things I learned this week was about repentance. When we repent it's all about consistency. We can obtain forgiveness for our sins but if we can't maintain what we have already repented for we aren't really moving forward. So when we repent we need to let our fear go and consistently hold to what we have changed for the better.

FHE with Zone in May

Monday, June 1, 2015

Exchanges and So Forth

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week was a good one. I'm noticing that the days are always long but the weeks are very short. haha I guess that's how life works sometimes.

For Monday we had a good night. We taught some good lessons and one of our investigators is doing very well. I hope things progress with them.

Tuesday we had a zone training which actually went very well. I gave a workshop about the need for urgency in our mission so we need to talk to everyone we see. And if we have to, run from appointment to appointment. :P I also went on exchanges with Elder Schaler that day. We had a good day and I helped get talking to some more people. It was also nice to talk to an American again for a little while. :)

Wednesday we had another exchange but this time I was in my area with Elder Garson. We had a good time and taught a lot of lessons. But nothing extra ordinary happened. But the spirit was felt that day for sure.

Thursday I was back with Elder Bayot again and it was a good thing because the sisters in our ward had a break down. So we had to go over to their apartment with the STL's [sister training leaders] and figure out what was going on. It was interesting but nothing too bad. We got it worked out. The only hard part was that it killed our day for lessons. :/ But we made it work.

Friday was another good day of work uninterrupted. :P haha That seems to happen a lot to the Zone Leaders. We always have some problem that we need to fix and it cuts into our time for work. But all in all it was a good day.

Saturday was another one of the interruption days. We had to go to Quezon Hill apartment to move the refrigerator because we closed that apartment and moved all the stuff to another apartment for storage. The other hard thing was that none of the people we planned to teach that day were available. So we went and found new people instead. :P haha It worked out ok because we still found a few good new investigators.

Sunday was another good day. We found some new investigators and extended an IBD. :) I just hope it sticks. I think it will be good. But I'm still not 100% sure I'll be in La Trinidad after transfers this week... We will see what President wants to do. Well that's all for now. mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Part of Letter to President Balledos

As for my Studies that past week I have been reading from the Joseph Smith manual and trying to apply those teachings as well as my reading from 1 Corinthians. I just read again about the Priesthood and really liked how it is described as being a body, meaning that each office in the priesthood is only a part of the whole and we should only desire to fulfill our purpose as an appendage to the whole. Just like a hand is a necessary part of the body even though it is not the head. I hope to apply that in my work, meaning to do my part to help the whole body (mission) be better.

Monday, May 25, 2015

And Another Week Bites the Dust

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been busy. kinda like every other week I have as a zone leader. :P I think it’s funny to notice that I've gone down to San Fernando once a week for the past 3 weeks. But don't worry. I'm not going back down this week but I will next week again. :P haha

So to start last Monday was a little crazy because we had to move out the Elders in Quezon Hill apartment and clean everything there. I kinda felt like I was our working with dad at the duplexes again. :P haha We got it all done for the most part. All we have left to do is move a fridge to another apartment. But that's about it.

Tuesday was a good day. We went to work and got some good work done. We met one of our recent convert’s father-in-laws and had a really interesting first lesson with him in the which we taught most of The Restoration. He said he had a lot to think about. It was interesting.

Wednesday we went back down to San Fernando for a follow up meeting about the mission tour. It was really good and we went over some new goals. Our mission’s standards all just doubled. :) They are really focusing on getting us to talk to as many people as possible in a day. The goal is 30 people that we testify to about some part of our message in a day. It's actually really cool and I've met a ton of really cool people.

Thursday was one of the best days of the week. We just kept teaching straight lessons to everyone we planned for. That never happens. :D haha. It was good.

Friday was another good day of teaching with a lot of good times but nothing out of the ordinary or strange.

Saturday was a bit of a hard but good day. We were struggling to find and teach. We finally found one to let us in and he happened to be a Muslim Chaplin for the army. I can honestly say after our 2 hour discussion with him I understand Muslim's a lot better than I did before. He was pretty smart. Really interesting experience.

Sunday was Stake conference so we went to Legarda for church. It was fun but we were late because the traffic in La Trinidad is crazy bad right now. We were in a jeep for over an hour. :(  But it's all good. We made it and it was a good meeting.

Well that's all for now. ingat po kayo lahat at mahal ko kayo din.

Elder Christensen

Part of Brian’s Letter to His Mission President

As for my studies the past week I have been reading from 1 Corinthians I really liked when Paul taught again the principle that we are not our own but rather temples of God because the Holly Ghost dwells in us. as Paul puts it "ye are bought with a price" and I believe that is true. our sins have already been payed for we are left to ourselves to decide if we accept that and follow the commandments that come with it. It reminds me of my need for the spirit in everything I do as a missionary because without it I can no teach or do anything in this work. I know that to be true and hope to urgently teach that principle to my zone as well.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mission Tours

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been awesome. But so busy. :D So to start on Monday we had a zone activity. We played lots of games and just had a good time. Right after that I had to hurry to a computer shop and call home for Mother’s Day which was awesome as well.

Tuesday is when things got a little intense. We had to go back to San Fernando again because of the Mission tour. Elder Bowen from the 70 came to our mission and had a meeting with all the leaders of the mission first. I learned a lot. One of which is that I was a little trunky to be perfectly honest. But we believe in the atonement and I am repenting. ;) But that was the big event for that day.

Wednesday we went to work, and man did we go to work. One of the things Elder Bowen talked to us about is opening our mouths to more people. What we started doing was being less picky about who we try to talk to... it works. :P We had a lot contacts and return appointments. Good day.

Thursday was the big meeting for the mission tour with all the missionaries from Baguio, Agoo, Bawang and La Trinidad. It pretty awesome as well. And after that we kept working again. :P good stuff.

Friday was an off day. We talked to a ton of people but everyone was busy. It all works out though.

Saturday was another good day. We got one of the YSA to work with us and with him we taught a ton of great lessons to new investigators that seem pretty interested. :) I'm excited to see where this all goes.

Sunday was another good day because we got more of the members to work with us. :) I'm super excited and hope that it will continue into great thing's to follow. :)

Well that's all for now. Mahal ko kayo lahat!!!

Elder Christensen

Part of Brian’s Letter to His President

As for my studies this past week I have been reading from 1 Corinthians. I really liked in the first chapter verse 26 and 27 when Paul states that "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise." I really liked that because I acknowledge my weakness and am doing my best to rely on the Lord in all I do rather than leaning to my own understanding because my understanding is weak in comparison to that of an all knowing God who loves me. I know that in spite of my weaknesses the Lord will help me overcome them all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been sooooo busy. haha I kinda like it that way though because it makes it so I can't be trunky.

So to start the week on Monday night we went down to San Fernando because we had MLC [mission leader conference] the next day. So we couldn't really teach anyone that night. But it's all good, meetings are important.

Tuesday was a good day. We had MLC. We talked a lot about improvements to be made and so forth. We also have a mission tour this week. Elder Bowen is coming so we have to go back to San Fernando tomorrow afternoon for another meeting with him. :) It's going to be fun. :)

Wednesday we went back to work and had a great lesson with Dondon. He is doing really well with the lessons but he is just having a hard time getting to church. But he says there will come a day when he will go. That night we also had an FHE. But when we got there the aunt of the house was a little surprised because the kids who told us didn't tell her. :P But it ended up ok and we had a good time anyway.

Thursday was ok. We got punted a lot so we were a little sad but we still got some good work done.

Friday was interesting because we didn't have a lot of lessons but they were all super interesting. We taught one about the temple and family sealing but when we taught it they got stuck because they think that other churches can act for God as well. It's hard to accept that there can only be one authorized person on the earth to hold this priesthood key. They are struggling to accept that but I hope they can find the answer as they pray and read more about it.

Saturday was super busy. We were trying to get as much done as we could and it took a lot of work. We had to do an interview at 1:00 for a baptism and then we were trying to make all of our other appointments work around that. It was hard but a good day nonetheless. The other interesting thing was that there was a baptism in our ward at 3:00. So we had to work around that as well.

Sunday was another busy day because right after church I had to go to the Guisad Chapel because we had to practice for a musical number because of the coming zone tour this week. Don't ask me how I got picked to sing for that but I did... haha

Well that's about all for this week. Mahal kita!!!!

Elder Christensen

Part of Brian’s Letter to the Mission President

As for my Studies this past week I have been reading from Romans some more. I liked the verses 20 and 21 in chapter 9. Paul asks why we would we question God and his doings in our lives. He relates us to the potter’s clay. He states that the potter has power over the clay to make it into whatsoever thing he desires. We must then be humble ourselves because sometimes it is better for us to go through the refiners fire so that we can become what the Lord would have us be rather than what we, with our limited understanding, think we should to be.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Where Does the Time Go?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dear everyone,

Punishment from FHE
It's May and I can barely believe it. I refuse to be trunky. :P haha But it's weird to think that it's been 21 months since I left on my mission... ok that's enough about that lets get back to the work. So last Monday was interesting. We got punted so we went finding… at night. It's always hard to go finding at night because it's dark and people might think you’re trying to steal something.. :P But anyway we found this one lady and we taught her the first lesson and it went pretty well. After that we had a little family home evening. The pictures attached are the punishment for the game we played. :P

Tuesday was pretty normal. Nothing super crazy or interesting happened.

Wednesday we had exchanges. I worked with Elder Bolima in our area. It was fun and we had a lot of really good lessons that day. All in all it was just a good exchange.

Thursday was hard but not the hardest day. We just had really hard time finding. We talked to so many people and so many of them just said no. But that's ok. We kept going.

Punishment from FHE
Friday was another better day we taught a lot of good lessons and made some new friends. The only sad thing is when we get commitments for them to come to church and then they don't come.. that's when I get a little sad because we have great lessons and I know they feel the spirit but they just don't act on what they feel.. but it's ok because the work just keeps moving no matter what. the time will come for all of them if we just keep trying. :)

Saturday was an interesting day. at the end of the day we were pretty tired and didn't know where to go exactly because we got punted so we sat down on the side of the street to think for a minute when a guy walked by and asked us about our religion. the conversation continued until we taught him a full lesson explaining the apostasy and the restoration. he was so well versed in the Bible it was crazy. he said he reads the whole bible once a year. We had a good lesson with him right on the side of the street under a street lamp. haha it was pretty awesome.

Sunday was good as far as church but not good as far as work.. it was manny pacquiao's fight so every one was watching that. We just couldn't get any one at home or available the whole day we just walked around.. it was kinda sad. but it's all good life goes on. :) "don't worry, be happy" - Mr. Fish :P

Well that's all. mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Part of Brian’s Letter to His Mission President

As for my studies this past week I have been reading from Romans. I really liked chapter 5 in verses 3-5. Paul talks about how he glories in tribulations because it works patience. Patience brings experience and with experience we gain hope. With our hope, or trust in God, we gain love for God by the power of the Holy Ghost. I love how it explains that sometimes answers come only after we are patient enough to receive the guidance form the Lord on his time. So with diligent effort and with long suffering we can always obtain faith unto great works.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Transfers and Another Service Project

"I've Got a Jack Hammer!"
Monday, April 27, 2015

Dear everyone,

This past week has been another super busy week. Last Monday we had some great lessons to start the week. I was pretty excited.

Tuesday was another good day of teaching as well. We had district meeting that morning. I gave out the zone t-shirts that we had done. They were actually really cool. Oh and if you want to make your own shirt, the Philippines is where it's at. There are so many places here that can print shirts for you. :) But that's that.

Wednesday was transfers and it was a long day. We went to the bus stop at about 9:00 to help get the departing missionaries on their way but we didn't want to go all the way back to La Trinidad because it's far and expensive so we just stayed at the bus stop the whole day... It was so long. My companion didn't show up until 5:00 PM... but it's all good because it's over :P My new companion is Elder Bayot. He is super cool. He's 21 just like me and he's actually my batch mate. He goes home a transfer after me because he's a Filipino and didn't spend as much time in the MTC but it's still really fun to be working with him.

Elder Tuway (left), Sister Mustaq, Elder Bayot (Brian's Comp)
Thursday was pretty good. We got some good lessons done but nothing super special happened. Friday was just like Thursday. Nothing to special happened.

Saturday was good though. We had another Service project. Or rather we did the same one again. ;P It was a lot of fun to go and demolish more of a building. They let me use the jackhammer again and it was a blast. :) I’m a little sore though.

Sunday was a wet day. I think rainy season is starting up again which means for Baguio every day it's going to rain a ton. :P But it's going to be awesome getting wet again. :P But other than the rain it was pretty good. We taught some good lessons and I introduced some new members to Elder Bayot. Stuff like that.

Well that's all for now. ingat kayo at mahal ko kayong lahat!!!

Elder Christensen

Questions from a Separate Email

Tell us more about La Trinadad?

La Trinidad is the strawberry capital of the Philippines mainly because they can't grow them anywhere else. :P The people here are very busy because it's a city. There is also Benguet State University here where a lot of kids go to school. It also happens to be the capital of Benguet Province. Go figure. I like it here. It's interesting and really cold in comparison to Utah. The people are nice but really busy.

What was a good teaching experience you had this week?

Well I had a good lesson at the beginning of this week. We taught Brothor Ador again. He's actually a Pentecostal pastor which is interesting but we get along fine and he really likes to listen. Our lesson when pretty well with him and we discussed our purpose here on earth. He liked it.

What was a time when you felt the Savior's love this week?

I can't think of any specific thing that happened where I felt his love but in the past few weeks I've felt his support because I've been so tired that sometimes I don't know if I can keep going. But somehow every time I get out of bed and I make it all the way to the end of the day. haha I know that he's helping me there.

Elder Macasaet, Sister Barboza and Sister Mustaq (She's from Pakistan)

Old School that Needs Demolished

Old School that Needs Demolished

At Service Project; Front: Sister Smith who was Just

Brother Alnie Garumbas, 2nd Counselor

It Took Three Guys to Manage the Jack Hammer

Monday, April 20, 2015

Long Week

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been long. I'm very tired. haha But when is a missionary not tired. :P It started kinda not good when we didn't get our lessons that we had planned on Monday night. kinda lame.

Brian and Elder Pandi
Tuesday was most likely one of the worst days on my mission... ok maybe not the worst but it wasn't good. We had exchanges planned for that day which we still did and that was fine but the bad thing was on our way to district meeting that morning I left my wallet in the jeep we took to get there. :( I'm super sad about that... I can't get money now because I have no cards for the ATM.. But it's ok because President Balledos was able to get me some money so I'm fine. No worries. It's just still a little sad. The exchanges went well, though. I was working with Elder Pansipansi and we had a great time. We taught some good lessons, all that good stuff.

Wednesday was another big surprise and day. Elder Pandi got transferred to San Fernando because he is becoming the new supply manager for the mission. It's cool. It just leaves me as a lone zone leader. I'm with Elder Orr right now because he also doesn't have a companion. But the rest of that day we had to do apartment checks with Elder and Sister Brown. They are a senior couple in our mission. It was interesting to say the least. We had a good time.

Thursday was the good day in the week. We got some good work done which helped take my mind of my problems. :P Nothing super special happened though.

Friday was like Thursday and I was grateful to get some good work done. But nothing super crazy happened then ether.

But Saturday was awesome. We started the day with a service project. We went out to a school that needed some demolition done. So that's what we did. We took down some walls and other great stuff. :) It was a ton of fun and I even got to use a jack hammer! :D haha It was good to so some real manual labor again. :) Later that day we managed to get back to work and get some good lessons taught but that was the most exciting part of the day.

Sunday was interesting because we had to get up early to go to the stake for stake MCM [missionary committee meeting]. We met with the stake president and talked about what we need to do as a stake. It was good. After that we had church which is always good. The rest of the day was a little hard because we got straight punted by everyone. We had some appointments that we thought were sure and it turns out that they really were not sure. :/ But that night we had a great FHE with Sister Fianza. She is one of the sweetest members here. She was actually baptized by John Bytheway. Fun stories but we had a good time there.

Well that's all for now. Mahal kita!!

Elder Christensen

Monday, April 13, 2015

Exchanges and Some More Exchanges

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been a good one. It started good last Monday with some great lessons and a clean apartment. :P When I first got to this apartment it was a mess and a half. I mean gross. But I finally got everything clean and organized so I felt comfortable cooking there. It's been good to cook again. :)

Tuesday we had my first zone training. It was really good. I gave a workshop about the spirit and how it applies to missionary work. I felt the spirit pretty strong and after my workshop we had a short testimony meeting. It was good. After that we went straight to Baguio because we were going on exchanges with the AP's. Elder Harris ended up working with me and Elder Pandi in our area and Elder Basco went with the Zone Leaders in Baguio. It was a good time and it was interesting riding in the front seat of a car again. But nothing super crazy happened.

Wednesday we went on another exchange. This time I was with Elder Cook. We had an interesting day. We did a lot of walking because we got punted a lot but it was ok because Elder Cook likes to talk. :P We also found this really cool new investigator named Dondon. He just really seems ready to receive the gospel and I have enjoyed teaching him so far.

Thursday was a good day as well. We taught Brother Ador again. He was saying that his family was telling him to stop listening to us but he still wants to listen. It was a really good lesson about the Plan of Salvation and he loved hearing that the fall of Adam and Eve was a blessing and not a curse. He is so cool I just hope he can hold on even with the opposition he is facing right now.

Friday was another really good day. We just got lesson after lesson rolling. Nothing super crazy or interesting happened it was just a good day.

Saturday was awesome because I got to watch conference. :D it was awesome. I learned a lot and loved all the talks. I really liked Elder Holland's talk about the boys on the ledge and how the Savior is always there to catch us when our fingers are slipping through the sand. Oh, but something crazy happened while I was at the stake center in Baguio. I saw sister Elizabeth there. The lady I baptized while I was in Loakan was there!! I was so stoked to see her there. :D :D :D :):) ;) :O :D :P :D :D :D :DDDDD Just thought I would say that.

Sunday was good to. Lots of things learned from Conference. I also saw some more old friends from my first area and it was awesome. But that's about all that happened.

mahal kita!!

Elder Christensen

Great Perspective from Separate Emails:

My Email: [You'll love Brian's response to an email I wrote telling him about the water main that broke in our housing leaving us without water for four days. This was part of my email to him.]

Talk about making you feel grateful for things you normally take for granted! We’ve had bottled water to drink. We use our storage water in the 2-liter bottles for hand washing and sponge bathing. We filled buckets full of water from Barnett’s house that we use to flush the toilets with. Yes, I’ll certainly be glad to get it fixed.

Brian's Response:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...  I'm sorry I don't mean to laugh so hard but to be honest losing water for a few days is normal here. and flushing the toilet with a bucket is an every day thing. we consider ourselves blessed when we have a flushing toilet here. :P as for drinking water I think you already know how that works here. :P I'm just saying it just sounds like another day in the Philippines except it's hotter here. :P I just found that really funny is all. we also do our laundry here by hand if you want to try that. :P you've almost tried everything else. :D

Monday, April 6, 2015

MLC and Holy Week

Monday, April 06, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week was pretty good. To start last Monday night we got some news that Elder Petingale was going home the next day. We were a little surprised because it was so short notice but we knew he would be going home sometime that week. The only effect it had on us is that now Elder Pandi and I are the only ones in the apartment. It’s interesting but I think we will be fine. Later that night we went to Baguio and got on a bus going to San Fernando because we had MLC the next day. It was super cool because when we got there I met up with a lot of old friends. It was a way nice night.

Tuesday was MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference). It was very long but it was nice as well. We had some good workshops and discussed current mission rules and ways to improve the mission. Over all it was a good experience. The interesting thing about it was that we had to wait for a bus home and it took a long time. We were done by about 4:30 but were not able to get a bus until about 7:00. The funny thing about the bus ride up is there weren't enough seats so I ended up standing the whole ride up to Baguio. :P haha it was fun though.

Wednesday was back to work. It was a harder week for us because of Holy Week and a lot of people went out of town. We still did alright though. But nothing super exciting happened.

Thursday was another pretty normal day for us. Really nothing special to report.

Friday was about the same as Thursday to be honest. We just worked. A lot of people were out and about but not a lot to teach.

Saturday was interesting because we had to go do a baptismal interview for one of our District Leaders. It took a really long time because we had a question for President Balledos but he was in a meeting. So we had to wait for about an hour for him to get back to us. We got it all worked out and the baptism will continue, so it's all good.

Sunday was interesting. The first thing that was interesting of the day was when a police man waved us over to talk with us. I thought we were in trouble or something but he just wanted to listen to our message. So we sat down in the guard station and taught him about the Book of Mormon because they had one in there for some reason. Later that day it started to rain pretty hard so we had to find some shelter under a shed. haha But funny thing was we started teaching the people that were waiting under the shed with us. But as soon as we finished, the rain stopped. :) It was pretty good. But that was about it.

Well that's all for now. Mahal kita!

Elder Christensen

Monday, March 30, 2015

Busy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been super busy. We are just constantly going on exchanges and making plans ect. But we had a good week.

To start on Monday after I emailed we went bowling. haha That was the fun part of the week. We didn't get much else done but it was good. That night we also taught our investigator brother Ador. He loves our message and said he would get baptized if he felt our message was true. :D We are super excited for him but we still have a long way to go.

Tuesday we had exchanges and it was not good. I don't even know why it was bad. The exchange itself was fine. I was working with Elder Grimploma and he's a super cool elder. But their work was just hard. No one was home and then when we went finding, a guy told me he didn't know how to read when I offered him a pamphlet. But I'm pretty sure he did because he spoke good English. Another guy just walked inside his house and ignored us... It was an interesting day.

Wednesday was better we were able to teach some good lessons and I really liked one where we taught about the nature of God. We were teaching a Born Again, a Seventh day Adventist, and a Catholic. They asked about God’s name so I showed them some scriptures from Exodus and then John and explained to them how Jehovah and Jesus Christ are the same person. They really seemed to like it and it helped answer their question. We have not been able to teach them again but I hope we get the chance I liked the lesson.

Thursday was another hard but we made it though. Nothing too interesting happened though.

Friday was a fun day even though we had a bit of a hard time teaching. We taught a few lesson but then we had a ward family home evening that we had to go to. It was fun and they had a lot of food. :P But it was really interesting when they made the missionaries give the games. So we had to lead a big group of people in games. It actually turned out pretty good.

Saturday was still hard but we got thing's working. We taught Brother Ador again and cleared some things up for him and got him to commit to church the next day even though he had work. The best part is he came. :D

Sunday was a good day. Brother Ador came to church and everything was happy. :P We taught some good lessons and ended the week on a good note.

For today we had a zone activity earlier this morning and it was awesome. We got permission from President Balledos to watch "The Best Two Years" and it was awesome. We also played a little dodge ball and some other fun stuff but all in all it was just a good time. Later tonight we are going to San Fernando for a leadership meeting so that should be fun. But that's for next week.

That's all for now. mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Excerpt from Letter to President Balledos

As for my studies this past week I have been reading from John. I read chapter 14 this past week and I really like Christ's teaching about prayer. He first states in verse 6 that he is the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the father, but by him, establishing our reliance on the Savoir in our lives. But then in verse 13 he makes it clear that we are to ask for things in his name meaning when we pray we pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. After which he describes how we receive his spirit or answers to our prayers by simply stating "if ye love me, keep my commandments and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." So if we desire the Holy Ghost we must first ask in the name of Christ and then keep the commandments which Christ himself has given us.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Exchanges and Work

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dear everyone,

This past week has been pretty crazy. It's always interesting to adjust to a new area because you need to learn so much so fast in order be effective here. But it's been good. So to start last Monday we visited our bishop and got to know him a little better. Iit took a lot of our time but we did alright.

Tuesday we had exchanges with the Irisan Elders. I was with Elder Abad. It was a good exchange. I helped him learn a few tricks. Nothing super crazy really happened though. We did have a PEC with his bishop and his bishop is super... intense but funny. It was interesting.

Wednesday we just went to work. We have been doing a lot of finding in our area because we are a little short on people to teach sometimes but all in all we have been doing pretty good there.

Thursday we did about the same. But Friday we taught a nice part member family. We took Elder and Sister Brown with us. They are the couple missionaries assigned in our mission and they are currently assigned in La Trinidad. Anyway we taught this family and I found it really interesting to teach in English for the first time in a long time on my mission. They all understand it very well and Elder and Sister Brown don't know Tagalog. It was interesting to say the least. haha

Saturday we took Elder and Sister Brown with us again and taught a different family that I really feel for. They have a son in law who just passed away last January because of a car accident. He left 4 small children, 3 boys and 1 little girl. The oldest is 11 and the youngest, the girl, is 9 months old. We haven't had the chance to meet the mom yet but we are teaching the grandfather who is a retired principal. They are having a hard time right now and I just want to help them out. But it was a sweet lesson the other night all about eternal families.

Sunday was good. I felt the spirit a lot but nothing super crazy happened... except at our last appointment with one of our recent converts. They had a clarinet, and they let me play it!!! haha It sounded really bad because I haven't played in so long a time. But it was fun to play around with one after so long. haha

Well that's all for now. Mahal kita at ingat kayo lagi

Elder Christensen

Questions from a Separate Email

* What is your companion like?

He is interesting to say the least. The more I get to know him the more I'm surprised. haha I like him but he is a little off the wall sometimes. He’s from Manila so he's pure Tagalog and he is trying very hard to pick up English while he is with me. He's 26 and he has a funny high pitched voice. We all call him "Master" Pandi because he was into mixed martial arts before the mission but he's gained a lot of weight since then and we just laugh about it with him. :P

* What are your responsibilities as a zone leader?

Well I have to handle all of the people's problems in the zone so we just stay busy. We have to plan zone activities and they always want a zone t shirt so we have to do that as well. haha It's a lot like being a district leader just on a bigger scale.

* You said it is like being a district leader... What are the differences?

Well the difference is I don't give workshops every week I only do it once a month and I have more meetings with the mission now. there's just more responsibility to be an example now.

* Do you go on exchanges with the other elders... Are you trying to help train them when you do? How does that work?

I will be going on exchanges almost every week for the rest of my mission... as long as l'm a zone leader for the rest of my mission.. But we do that a lot. We do it to help them if they are struggling or having a hard time. We also go with the DL's in our zone because we should. It’s just to help and in a way yes it's to train them on how to do it all the right way.

* How are you adjusting to being in the mountains again?

It's cold but it's getting hotter because it's almost summer in the Philippines so that's good. All in all I'm adjusting fine. I'm just very tired all the time but I think that has less to do with being in the mountains and more to do with the fact that I've been out for so long.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Birthday, Manila, and Transfers

Surprise Birthday Party
Monday, March 16, 2015

Dear everyone,

This week has been the longest week of my mission. It feels like it's been a month since I last emailed so much has happened.

To start last Monday night we had an FHE planned with sister Flory aka Mommy. We thought it was going to be small. Just us with her husband and daughter... It was not small. It was half the branch at our house because we share it with Sister Flory. It actually turned out to be my birthday party that they planned behind my back. haha It was a ton of fun though and I'm very thankful that it happened. You can see what happened by the pictures. It was pretty crazy. [See a lot more pictures at the end of this entry.]

Some of Brian's Favorite Investigators
Tuesday was my last day in Naguilian and we just worked hard the whole day. I said some goodbyes and then we had another small FHE with Pepito family. They were super sweet and it was sad to say goodbye but that was the end for me in Naguilian.

Wednesday morning I was packed and I got on a Partas bus going to Baguio because I am in La Trinidad. It’s not technically part of Baguio but it's so close we count it as such and it is cold here. haha I took an ice shower the first morning because the heater was broken and it was cold. But it was a good experience. We fixed the heater now. :) When I got to my new area we just went to work and it was good. Oh and so I don't forget HAPPY BIRTH DAY ADAM!!!!!!!!!!!! I remembered the whole day. ;)

Brian's New Companion, Elder Pandi
Thursday was the only really normal day of the whole week. I got to know my companion a little better. His name is Elder Pandi. He is from Manila and is 26 years old. He’s an interesting guy to say the least but I like working with him. To be honest being a zone leader is not all that different than being a district leader. The only difference is that your companion has to help you because he is also a zone leader. :P I like that.

Friday was my birthday. I am now legal... in the states. I've been legal since I got to the Philippines because here it's legal to drink and smoke when your 18... but that's beside the point. :P Friday was interesting that night. Nothing crazy happened in the day but that night I did not get any sleep. The reason is I, along with 4 other Elders had to get on a bus at 2:00 AM going to Manila. They needed us to go get our finger prints done so that when it comes time to leave the Philippines I can. :P It was a very long night, and I had no sleep for almost 40 hours.

Back in the Mountains Again
Saturday we got to Manila around 8:30 AM and we just stayed at the MTC for a while doing paper work. It was fun to see so many missionaries from so many different missions because there were tons. We had 60 from our mission and then there were a ton from all the other missions too. It was crazy but they got us all taken care of. On our way back we stopped at Subway because they have one in Manila and it was awesome. :P Then we had another super long bus ride back. Yuck. haha

Sunday was a good day. I met the ward members and that was nice. Nothing super crazy happened on Sunday though. I was just super, super tired. :) But it's all good. I got this. Well that's all for this week. I love you all a ton and hope you are all doing well. Oh and one more thing. I just want to give a BIG CONGRATS TO MY BIG SISTER ON HER ENGAGEMENT!!!!!!!!! yan lang. :P

Mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

From a Separate Email

* What did you think of Katie’s announcement?

I'm still trying to process it. :P It's way cool but I'm still waiting to meet the man in person. haha. I'm excited though because the only thing I need to know it that it's in the temple and that makes him a good guy. haha but I still want to me him before he marries my sister. :P

* [Comment Brian sent back in response to this picture of Adam's "test" for Wesley, Katie's fiance'.

hahahahahahahahaha I'm so sad that couldn't come and have my own arsenal for him haha. That's awesome. That puts my mind at ease knowing that he is passing all of your tests for him. :P

* How big is your zone?

Well we have two chapels, but it's not super big. It's just super densely populated.

* What cities are included in the zone?

La Trinidad is the biggest then Gesad. But I don't think Gesad is a city, nor do I think I spelled it right. :P

Excerpt from Letter to President Balledos

For my personal study this past week I was reading in Ether 12. I was impressed with how much it relates to Hebrews chapter 11. I marked every time it said the word faith. Time and time again it gives examples of what can be accomplished by our faith. And in every example I was coming to the same conclusion that if we want a miracle in our life we need faith. But more, we need faith without doubt because the minute we doubt our faith that is the moment we need it the most. I hope that I can develop this kind of faith without doubt so that I can bring miracles into my life and the life of those around me.

More Pictures

Karen Joy, Reading her Braille Book

Saying Goodbye to Some Favorite Investigators

More Pictures from the Birthday Party

Surprise Birthday Party

Brian; Next to Brian is Sister Flory "Mommy"

Birthday Packages from Home

Sister Flory Smeared Cake on Brian

Surprise Birthday Party

Surprise Birthday Party

Surprise Birthday Party

Surprise Birthday Party

The Young Women, including Sister Flory's Daughter

Monday, March 9, 2015

Exchanges and The Call

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been a little bitter sweet. But all in all it's been good. To start last Monday was just normal P-day. I washed my clothes; we went to the market and bought our food; etc.

Tuesday we had exchanges with the other elders in our house. I was working with Elder Marsh in my area. We had a good time and got some good things done. That same day for district meeting we had a lesson on the talk "Beware of Pride" it was really good and humbling. haha. :) I would recommend giving it a read.

Wednesday was pretty normal. Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary happened. We just worked and worked some more. But I do have to say that I'm learning how to cook… a little. hahaha. I'm learning how cook right now it's going pretty good. :P I also just asked Mommy's daughter to write down all the recipes she knows in a journal so I can make some cool stuff when I go home. :D.

Thursday was kinda just normal nothing really happened. But that night I did have a nasty head ache. :/

Friday morning I found out that I had missed a call from President Balledos so I was like "well that's not good" and gave him call. It was interesting because he let me know that I'm being transferred because I have a new assignment. Next transfer I will be a Zone Leader but I still don't know where. He wouldn't tell me where though... haha So bitter sweet feeling right now because it's time to move on but I really love this area. So far I would say that Naguilian is my favorite area so far on the mission. But it's all good.

Saturday was a pretty hard day as well we just couldn't seem to get anything going. Sunday on the other hand was a pretty good day. We worked with some members and got some good lessons. All in all it was a good way to close our week.

Well that's all for now. :) Mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Excerpt from the Letter to President Balledos

For my personal study this past week I read from John. I read chapter 3 and 4. I really liked Christ's reference to living water. He invites us all to drink of his gospel and words. The promise I find is that if we live Christ’s teaching we will never be unsatisfied with our lives because we know who we are, where we come from and where we are going. We have direction and we need not thirst because we have all we need. That’s kinda what I thought about as I read that.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Exchanges and Work

Brian has a Goat
March 2, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been and interesting week. We started off with a family home evening at our less active’s house that was for his son's birthday. He turned 8 and we had a good time sharing it with him.

Tuesday was another good day for work. Nothing super crazy happened there. But sister Flory (our landlady) got sick and had to go to the hospital so we have been worried about here the past week. She's just been resting the past few days. She should be all right soon but we are a little worried about her.

Wednesday was a little bit different because we had exchanges with the zone leaders. I was working with Elder Harris in his area in Bauang. We had a really good time talking and teaching. We met an old American from Florida who was taught by the missionaries before. He had some interesting stories but he didn't want to listen again. All in all it was good time.

Thursday it was back to work in the area and we worked. We started teaching at new investigator this week that I really liked. It’s at the same less active’s house who had the birthday party. They brought his sister's brother to their house to stay for a while and he's super sweet. He has a birth defect so he is confined to a wheel chair and has not had an opportunity to get and education as much. He still super nice and understands what we teach. We just slow it down a little for him.

Brian Like the Cat's Eyes
Friday was pretty normal as well. Just taught some lessons and got some work done. Saturday was the same way. Sunday was a good day at church but it was probably the hardest day of the week for us as far was work goes. We just couldn't seem to get any good lessons in but it's all done and said so we move on and are happy. :)

That's if for now. Talk to you next week. :) Mahal kita.

Elder Christensen

Monday, February 23, 2015

Work, Work, Work

February 23, 2015

Dear Everyone,

I think this week has been one of the most productive weeks I've had on my mission. We just had a ton of work done. So to start with a zone activity but I already told you about that. That same night we had an FHE. (That’s where the funny pic. of the two boy's came from) :P it was a good night.

Tuesday was when things got interesting. We started by teaching Brother Ernesto in the morning and then just continued to teach the whole day. Our landlady sister Flory worked with us for a lot of the day and it was awesome. She was a great fellowshipper for our investigators. All in all we just got a ton done.

More FHE Fun
Wednesday we just kept going and teaching but nothing super exciting happened. Thursday was big, too. That night we went and taught a lot of the people that live around us because our Sis. Flory invited them all over for a lesson. :D She is super involved right now in the work. It was a good lesson but we are trying to split them us so that we can focus on their individual needs rather than teach them as a big group. It was a fun lesson though.

Friday was pretty normal. We just kept going right along. And then on Saturday we had a full day mission at the branch. Most of the active members of the branch came to the church and went out to visit a lot of the less active members of the branch. It was a lot of good work done and they all had a good time. We also got some new investigators from it because the members were out talking to nonmembers, too haha. It was super cool. All in all we had a really good day that day.

Sunday was good but we were a little disappointed because we didn't get as many people to church as we wanted to but we will fix that for next week. :) Bbut all in all it was just a good week with a lot of work done.

Well that's all for now folks. :P Mahal Kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Monday, February 16, 2015

People Getting Baptized and Meet the Mormons

February 15, 2015

Hello World!!

So this week was pretty awesome. We started a little slow on Monday but it picked up the rest of the week. We had a lot to do.

Tuesday we had a zone training in Bawang instead of district meeting. It went really well and then we taught some great lesson. We started teaching a man named Jose Delizo. He is super smart but he's just like another one of our investigators that when we say something we need to know where to find it in the Bible to back ourselves up. But he's really fun to teach.

Wednesday was pretty normal. Just walking and then walking some more. :P oh I don't know if I told you this yet but my shoes now have holes in the bottom but I'm still going to use them until I physically can not. :P They are way good shoes, too. I'm surprised they have lasted this long because I've walked though floods with these shoes on. :D

Anyway enough about shoes. Thursday was another pretty normal day but we did give a priesthood blessing that night. We give a lot of those here, like two or three a week. But I like it because we help people. :)

Friday was awesome. We had a zone conference with President Balledos and he let us watch "Meet the Mormons." I loved it. It was very well done. I enjoyed the stories, and they said it was going to come to the Philippines this year sometime.

Baptism,Rovalyn, 8 Year Old Boy, Brian
 Saturday was a great day. It started with us getting the Church ready for a Baptism. I was a little surprised because I was asked to perform the baptism but I was happy to do so. We baptized one of the sisters’ investigators sister, Rovalyn, and then an 8 year old from a part member family. It was nice. But after the service we went out to work and taught a less active for the first time that night and it was one of the most powerful lessons I've had on my mission. There wasn't anything super special to say about it but the spirit was so strong. The guy was having a hard time and we just shared about faith and how we can't lose our faith when times get hard. It was sweet and then he came to church the next day. :)

Boy from Part-Member Family
Sunday was another good day but nothing super special happened. Oh wait we did give an IBD for brother Mark. He's super cool. I hope that goes well. But that's about it.

mahal kita!!

Elder Christensen

Monday, February 9, 2015

Another Week Down

February 9, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has gone by pretty fast. Last Monday was a little bit of a hard start. Nothing really happened. But Tuesday was a good day. We were teaching an investigator at 7:00 AM because he doesn't have any other time to meet with us so that's how we started our day. It was a good lesson and then we had district meeting. After that we went to work and got a lot done. It was a little sad because we taught one of our new investigators whose daughter is a member but not at home. It was sad because she asked us not to come back. :( It's always sad when we have that happen.

Wednesday was a good day. But it was a pretty normal day. Nothing special. Thursday we taught Ernesto again in the morning but nothing super crazy happened in the day. However I am making a new effort to learn how to cook. :P because when we with our land lord I asked if they would teach me how to cook haha. So that started last Thursday and so far it's going all right but we will see if I actually learn anything. haha

Friday was a hard day because we had to do a choir practice for our branch because we had a district conference this past weekend. So we didn't have a lot of time to work.

The district conference started on Saturday and it was way good. Lots of good speakers and new things learned. But that's about it for this past week. Nothing super crazy or out of the ordinary but it was still good. :)

Mahal Kita!

Elder Christensen

Monday, February 2, 2015

Transfers!!!! ... Joke Lang :P

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This past week has been ok. We started the week with Elder Talisa and Elder Ledesma as my companions. It was ok but we had a bit of a hard start to the week because we were juggling our two areas. Fun stuff but it was fun that night when we had an FHE with our EQ President. Super fun stuff. :)

Tuesday was the hard day for us. It started because we had to go to Bauang for our district meeting. We then helped the new sister who transferred take her stuff to their apartment. We just were pretty late getting to work because of all the things that happened. Oh yeah that's how transfers work now. Sisters get transferred on Tuesday; Elders get transferred on Wednesday; and the new missionaries get put in their areas on Thursday. No one meets up in San Fernando any more they just go straight to their area. It was interesting.

Anyway Wednesday was transfers for Elders but guess what. I didn't transfer. :P That means this is now my longest area in my mission, which is just fine with me because I love it here. :) But we did get a new missionary in the apartment. His name is Elder Marsh. He’s pretty cool. He’s from New Zealand just like Elder Talisa so they get a long great. Life is good.

Thursday was down to business and we got to work. It was a good day. We had Arjay work with us and so we got a lot done. But nothing super crazy happened.

Friday was another good day. We actually went to an area that I haven't been to yet man. Is it far. haha We walked for a long way then a guy we knew from town, his name is Brian, (I thought it was funny that we had the same name but he doesn't even know it. :P) just picked us up and told us to visit his sister who turned out to be a member. haha. We couldn't teach her but we invited her to church and we should see her again. It was fun though and we got a lot done again. :)

Saturday on the other hand was a hard day. We couldn't teach hardly anyone because they were either busy or women... hard day but we did alright.

Sunday was a good day though. Church is always good and after that we had a lunch appointment with mommy... That's what we call our landlady because she's super nice and treats us a lot like her kids. haha But we ate at the cemetery with her family because it was her late husband’s birthday. It was a little strange but it was nice and the food was good. :) The rest of the day was also pretty good. We started teaching a referral but realized he was a little drunk after we started so we just gave him a pamphlet and said we would come back on a different day. haha But his wife seemed interested.

Well that's all for now. :) mahal kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Monday, January 26, 2015

Trisom Week

Christmas PJs
Monday, January 26, 2015

Well to start this past week has been pretty crazy. But I will explain myself. To start with on Monday we had a hard day. It was good though because we had a Family Home Evening with our land lady. She is the one of my favorite members here. She is super nice all the time. :) It was good.

Tuesday was interesting because Elder Ledesma and I had to go to San Fernando for a new missionary training. It was fun and good to see everyone. I also got my package with PJ's from GnG Christensen. Thank you so much!!!! Also big thank you to the Clark family I got their package as well. :) The hard part about the day is we had to get up early that morning and teach a lesson at 7am because our investigator didn't have another time available. haha It was good though. :)

Wednesday was a good day of work. We got a lot done but it was also a sad day because Elder Marcantano got a call that night letting him know that he is going home. :( He has had 4 surgeries for his ingrown toe nail and the mission department made the call for a medical release. So Thursday morning we put him on a bus going to Manila and now Elder Talisa and my companion are in a trisom. Super sad to see him go.

Brian, Elder Talisa, Elder Ledesma
Thursday we went to work with our new companion. :) We have had a lot of fun in the trisom. We just work and laugh and then work some more. haha All in all it was a good day.

Friday we worked in both areas and got a lot done for it. We found a new investigator in Elder Talisa's area and then taught his recent convert. It was a fun day and we did get good things done.

Saturday was a hard day for us. We kept going to all our appointments and couldn't teach because we didn't have anyone with us and we can't teach girls unless there is a male with us as well. Super hard when you can't teach. But it was still good to visit them and see how they are doing.

Sunday was awesome because even though we couldn't really teach this whole week our investigators came to church. It amazes me every time I watch the Lord move his work even when we struggle though a week. The rest of our day was hard but everyone here is still smiling because even though it's hard the Lord is in it.

Well that's all for this week. I love you all. Mahl Kita!!!

Elder Christensen

Baptism in Naguilian
Excerpt from Letter to Mission President

For my studies this past week I have been reading a lot from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It’s interesting to compare the visit Christ had to the Americas and his teachings in the New Testament. They are super interesting. Something specific that I liked while I was reading in Mark was in chapter 7 verse 15. Christ states that what we eat or drink does not defile us but rather what we say and do. He further explained that evil actions come from within and so we should be more concerned with what comes out of our mouths rather than what goes in.