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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, February 20, 2013

Other Sheep Have I Which Are Not of This Fold

Yeah man. We are all sheep! As a missionary, I'm all about helping sheep come unto the Shepherd. But, at the same time, I also saw some sheep and decided to take a picture and that is the honest reason for the subject line. So....it's not cuz I'm awesome, but really just because I'm random and take pictures of everything. Great scripture though!

This week was marvelous!! It was fantastic!! Let me hit you with a basic summary of a few things. I did keep a little bit of a list this week. 

So first. Haha, I think I told you a story a while ago about a lady we have that is a recent convert from El Shaddei. She is the one that prayed in sacrament meeting with her hands over her head. Yeah, she still has a few different ideas. But she's awesome! We headed over there. She still has El Shaddei stuff and catholic stuff hanging in her house. We have been scheming how to take them without offending her. Everyone gets offended here, so we didn't want to be the cause of yet another less active. We went to her house with a few pics of our own to replace her things with. We taught her and explained why we wanted to take them. She at first didn't get it, but in the end, we helped her understand. There were no hurt feelings. And now, her house has pics of the first presidency, the temple and Jesus! As well as the proclamation to the family. Good call. We had a burning at our house later that night. We have to burn our trash in this area. The items we collected from her disappeared at about the same time we burned our trash. Dunno where they went......

Last week, I told you we had new house mates because they were splitting the area. We had one american that is here for a little from a mission in India. He leaves soon to go back, but we now have a new missionary from India. He will be here for the next 2 or 3 months while his visa is renewed. So they are a 3 some right now! Sweet. Unfortunately for them, we only do Tagalog at the house. But anywho, the area is split now. So half of the people we had are gone!! But that opens up lots of time for us to find new people!!

We also had a baptism Saturday! We had temple tour in the morning. We were able to take two of our baptismal candidates to the temple. That was cool. Good experience for them. And then we went to there baptism. Three in all. Ah man. What a good experience. The Lord has blessed us so much in this area!! There are so many people willing to listen and accept the gospel!! Let me just say to you all that the blessings of a mission so out-weigh any hardship or fear that you have to overcome. There is just nothing better than seeing the gospel change people. 

Also funny story. I have told you we have lots of kids in this area that we are teaching. They can be tough. There is also this misconception here with Papa Jesus. People don't know if that's God or Jesus Christ or both. So we were teaching a kid about the commandments and we asked him where the commandments came from. He said Papa Jesus. I figured it was time to put that down on the spot. So we took a detour and taught about the Godhead. It went well, but man, it was a long road!! Haha, he had the hardest time understanding that there is no Papa Jesus. We have our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who is our brother, not Papa, and we have Heavenly Father. His name is not Jesus. So Papa Jesus = Wala. Pasensiya po. 

Basically my stories are all for laughs. Sorry this is not the most spiritual of emails ever. But I am alive and doing so well. We are being blessed. The work is going well. My comp is awesome. We are killing it. We are working hard and laughing at the same time. Sometimes, literally. But usually not. We are usually serious. Life is awesome when you are a missionary!! 

Pics. Of course, I have sheep. Also, I have pics of the baptism. We ran into Elder Judar at temple tour. Also have pics with the family we took to temple tour. And we have a few of us being goof balls with our other person we baptized on Saturday. Her dad is a recently returned Less Active. I told his story a while ago. He is so awesome and so active now. The gospel folks. It's what's up. I think that's it for pics. If I forgot to describe one or two, sorry. But it's probably just me being weird, so you can figure it out. 

Have a wonderful week!! 

Much love, 

Elder Christensen


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