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