Another week has come and gone, just like that! This week sure has been interesting. Where to begin... This week has been full of success, rejection, etc, you name it. We have been rejected so much, its kind of a bummer. I've been called a liar, a fake, and gringo, I don't know how many times. But, looking past all of that, I just have to remember who I am, why I'm here, and the message I bring. I don't have a ton of time, this computer was freaking out for like 15 minutes. :/ I was so stoked to hear from my bro's!! Thanks so much for writing me guys, I really appreciate it. I love to hear about your lives, and whats going on! Bridge, I told you from the beginning that rap=crap. Jaja, I'm glad you finally realize it now :) Tanner! Bro, way to go with your recital! You are doing so good on the piano! Keep practicing, and when I get home, I expect to hear even better! Ethan, dude your trip to St. George sounded like a blast! That's sweet you got to go in the Caltons plane! Oh, mom, tell Chloe and Chase congratulations for me! I'm stoked for them! And tell Danielle as well! That's so great she's found "the one", lol. Send them my love! So anyway, our baptism didn't turn out this week. I've never seen Satan work so hard! 2 weeks have passed, and still she hasn't been able to be baptized. Its really made me realize how real Satan is, and how hard he works on us as missionaries, and even more on our investigators. But, I know that we have power over him and his lies, so we will move forward everyday without rest! I am continuing to learn so so much. Every day I learn something new. These skills and habits I learn here in the mission will help me throughout my life! I love my mission more than anything. This really is the best thing I can be doing right now. Even though at times I get down. When I was called a liar and a fake, it hurt. I was down for almost that whole day. But I talked with Humberto, and he helped me a lot. How can I get down and discouraged, when we have this knowledge and hope? I will for now on try my best to continue to be positive and share my smile! :) I hope you enjoy the pictures this week! We hiked a huge mountain, and today were going to Lampa to check out a cave! Anyway, I have to go now! Mom, my old pensionista and their family loved the gifts! Good job! I hope that everyone is doing well, and in good health! I love you ALL more than you know. Keep your heads up, and keep reading the scriptures and having FHE. Mom, get me some good FHE ideas! Porfavorrrr!!!! I continually pray for each and every one of you. Keep my investigators in your prayers. We've been finding a ton of people to teach, and its truly an answer to my prayers. Hasta la proxima semana, Elder Christensen
April 2, 2011
Well, another week has come and gone just like that. Were almost done with March! Crazy how time flies. So, as you all know, I'm training a new missionary. Elder Aguilar. He is fresh out of the CCM, and is as green as can be. Jaja, I love it though. He has a desire to learn and to work, and I'm showing him the ropes. I'm trying my very best to be a good example to him. Waking up at 6:30 on the dot, exercising, studying, all that jazz. I LOVE the exercise bands you sent me!! They are fantastic. All that I'm missing now are the Perfect Push ups. ;) I'm keeping up my physique pretty easily. Especially when the food isn't all that great here. Last week I was sick for about 5 days, but now I'm better! We live with members as you know, and the mom is a nurse. She takes good care of me! My pensionista is the best. Hermana Paulita!! I love her to death. She is the abuela that lives here with her son. Hermano Humberto, her son, is a former stake president, bishop, and missionary. He is amazing. We always love to talk about the gospel while were eating, and I learn so much from him. So, I know its a little late to be telling you about the people we live with, but yeah! Its great here! We have been given a new key indicator by our president, and its to contact 20 people either in the street or knocking doors, every day. That's 140 every week! So, its been really great talking to more and more people. We have been finding more people to teach, finally. Its been kinda slow, but I've been praying super hard every day that the Lord will lead us to people who are ready to hear the gospel and accept it with open arms. We finally confirmed Nidian yesterday!! So I was pretty stoked about that. We were supposed to have a baptism on Saturday, but she had to travel to Puno that day, so she couldn't come. It was a bummer because we had everything set up, the water warm, all ready to go! But her mom showed up and told us that she couldn't make it. :( We were bummed, especially because it was supposed to be my comps first baptism. But yes or yes, she will be baptized this week! She is so awesome and always reads her BOM, and has prayed and has a testimony. Its a feeling that I've never felt before to see my own investigators accept this gospel and to see the happiness that comes from it. Missions are the best!!! I cant wait to help more people accept Jesus Christ and to live His Gospel. Something that kind of bothers me here in our zone is that the missionaries talk about numbers a lot. They talk about missionaries who have baptized over 100 people in their missions and that they are the best missionaries!.... that's all fine and dandy, but it saddens me that they focus on the numbers, and not the fact that they are people, and souls. I will not come home to be judged of the number of people I have baptized. I work my hardest with the investigators that I have, to truly convert them. I can honestly feel a genuine love for them and I want the best for them! I want them to feel the love of the Savior in their lives. I want them to know that there is something more in their lives. I love teaching them the Plan of Happiness and seeing their eyes widen when they hear that this death isn't the end. I will work my hardest until the day I come home. I wont come home one day early. This is MY mission, and MY time to serve God. He is on our side, and nothing can stop us. I love you all so very very much. Know that you are all in my prayers. Ma, thanks SO much for sending me my Patriarchal Blessing. I have missed it so much! Bridger, congrats brotha!!! I'm so stoked for you, you'll have to send me a copy when you get it! I want to read it. :) I miss you all, but my head is where its supposed to be, and I'm working hard! Keep trying your best to progress spiritually, and live this Gospel. I hope all of you are in good health, and continue so. Keep me and my investigators in your prayers please! I love you so much. Have an amazing week! Con mucho amor, siempre, Elder Christensen PS Sorry about not having pics, next week! :) oh and the scripture this week is Helaman 5:12. Love it.