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Somehow, two years have passed. And Dallin will be flying back to the states on March 26th. It has been quite the adventure! I will encourage him to add his own summary when he gets back...(Living the good life in the Philippines, Quezon City North Mission. Entered the MTC in Provo on April 4, 2012. Flew to the Philippines on Sunday, May 13, 2012. What a great adventure! And what an honor to serve the good people of the Pines!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/4/12 Keep the Commandments

I hope you are all singing that song right now because it definitely is playing in my head now. And it's the single's ward version. 

It was a fabulous week this week. As far as the pics go. Sorry, because I send a ton of sunset pics. But I just don't get tired of taking the pics because they are so awesome!! So I usually send one. But, don't complain, cuz I could be sending tons more. Anyway. This week!!

As far as numbers go, it was not a huge week. But we did get tons accomplished and we did have some really cool things happen. And some funny stories. And I can't share it all cuz I need to be fast here. And therefore, this might be kind of lame. But here goes. 

So firstly, on Sunday, (so many great sunday stories) we had a lady telling a story during her testimony. Now, we had visited her the day before and she had told us a story about her kid sniffing a bead up his nose. Quite humorous, but she was so worried he was going to die! And as such, she took the Lord's name in vain several times in front of us. It was very uncomfortable. And as such, next time, we will talk about the commandments (and thus the subject line). Anywho, on this wonderful sunday, we realized she was telling the same story. And we thought, oh no, wouldn't it be terrible if she did it again? Haha, and then, of course as always in funny stories, she did!! She took the Lord's name in vain OVER THE PULPIT IN CHURCH!! Ah man! It was terrible!! We will definitely talk about the commandments. 

Also this week, we have had a man (he's 33 but I thought he was 19....oops. way smooth man though) who has been sick for about 3 months. He can usually go about his regular routine but he has no job because he can only do the lightest of labor. But he's great! Anyway. This one day, he texts us. He wants us to come give him a blessing. He spent the morning in the hospital. No big deal. But he's had people trying to find out what is wrong with him for the last 3 months. Of course, they have had nothing. So we went to give him a blessing. Often in blessings, we tell people that according to their faith, they will be healed. But this time was different. Someone had the thought to say, you will be healed, but it will come through giving heed to your doctors who will be inspired to know how to help you. But man, the doctors have been trying! And they have nothing. But, funny story, within two days, Brother Bobby got a call from one of his doctors who had figured out the problem and what they need to do to fix it. The power of the priesthood is real. There is no doubt in my mind. And not because of this experience. We have many. But this is a prime example. Heavenly Father is aware of all of us and our needs. He has blessed us with the priesthood to be able to overcome trials that we have in our lives and I know that through our faith, the priesthood works miracles in our lives. 

We also had our baptism!!! Woohoo!! Sister Wilma got baptized!! It was wonderful! She has had many many challenges. Many came to her right after her decision to be baptized. But she pushed through anyway. And she is being so blessed for it!! We are so excited for her! When we follow the commandments of the Lord, we receive blessings. Now, we are just hoping that her parents who are very active in the El Shaddei church will be able to accept the gospel through her example. 

We went to the temple this morning. Wonderful wonderful. I love the temple. It was a fantastic experience. And then right after, we went to Macdo. And I got freaking hit on by a guy gay. I may live with 3 men, but don't take that wrong. Ha, I am definitely straight. Sigh. You just can't escape the twisted ways of the world some times. But it's alright!! Besides the fact that I'm a missionary, a temple/p-day is not easily dampened. Woohoo!! 

Well, I'm sorry it's a short email. But I must be on the run. I hope you all have a wonderful lovely week! Take care! And please don't break the 3rd commandment and especially not over the pulpit! 

Much love, 

Elder Christensen 

Oh and pics. Sunset obviously. I got us with some of the piles of trash that are everywhere in the Philippines. Some baptism pics. Just me walking in the area.  And the nativity in front of the temple! If there is anything else, we'll I don't remember. So use your interpretive powers. 

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