That would be butter, butter and butter. Which is something I needed to buy this week to make a delicious cake thingy that came from the good old US of A. Birthday cake, pudding, cake thingy. And I am blaming getting fat on the rice? Yeah, think again!
Man, time is flyin. I still feel like I'm fresh out of the MTC. The Mormon
Tabernacle Choir. Amazing grace... No one gets that. Sigh. That's ok. Suits on
the Loose yo.
So funny story for all y'all. Our mission president told us that people will
not feel the Holy Ghost if they are actively breaking commandments. So as
missionaries we need to always be following all the rules in order to be led by
the Spirit. No problem. But this week, it had a different meaning for me. We
went to teach one of our recent converts. She told us her husband is a
missionary for his church, which she also said is a cult. Sweet. So we go
visit. She says, "Eh, minor issue, my Mr. is in and he would not like you
to visit." Just then, her hubby comes around the corner and says,
"Who is that?" She says, "The missionaries." He says,
"Cool, cool, come in!" Sweet, he is ok with us teaching his wife. But
when we come in, he sits down with us and says, "So what do we do to
start?" Oh man, he is sitting in. Hm. Well ok, maybe we'll just hit him
with a brief testimony and bounce. But then, he takes things into his own
hands. And from 5 feet away where I'm sitting, I can smell the alcohol on his
breath. Oh boy. He just starts going to town on us and about how we are false
and what not. Oh man. He doesn't leave us with time to answer questions or with
time to even stand up and leave. Just goes on and on. And another wonderful
bonus is that he isn't speaking Tagalog. The man speaks Visaya, which is a
different dialect. So I speak English and Tagalog. My comp speaks Illongo and
Tagalog. And this man speaks Visaya and Tagalog. We should all speak Tagalog.
But this cat is so excited and smashed that he is just going to town in Visaya.
I don't understand most of it, but enough to know that he is just destroying
us. I won't go where he went, but I did have a few things learned from the
experience. A man that is drunk that wants to fight is not going to feel the
Spirit. Even if you were to destroy their religion and all of their questions
about your religion, they won't accept the truth. For all who will be serving,
if you run into a lovely child of God who is like that, just bounce! Not only
did we not help this man in any way, we also completely lost the feeling of the
Spirit for us. I admit, we left with no hard feelings, but I was upset that he
wouldn't let us talk and he wouldn't speak Tagalog and he never gave us a
chance to share with him. And thus, we had no Spirit. It made it very hard to
teach our following lesson. So, when you have a situation like that, it is
better to just leave. Leave them with a smile on your face and the Spirit in
But the week was still wonderful! Don't take a situation like that and think
that missionary work is nothing but drunk preachers, darkness, misery and
endless woe. The week was awesome! We have so many good things happening in
this area! This is definitely the most successful area of my mission so far. We
have an Iglesia man that we are teaching. He was thinking about bouncing and
not having any more lessons. Man's girlfriend is Iglesia. But it was all good.
Elder Sumagaysay came in and saved the day. We will be teaching that man again
tomorrow. Yes! Also, yesterday, we had a guy just show up to the church. He was
taught by the missionaries about two years ago and then they just moved here.
He came looking for the church and for the missionaries. Ha! Is that not just
exactly what a missionary wants to hear? Fun fact, it is!! So we taught him. He
has a baptismal date. The work is just progressing so much. For every trial you
have, you receive blessings if you are willing to push through and continue to
be obedient. Every day we get turned away from appointments. "Next time na
lang elders!" BAh!! But if you keep working hard, the Lord just throws you
blessing. Free blessings! Come and get em! A man just showing up to church
wanting to be taught? SWEET! Missionary work is just the best thing in the
world. It is the best growing experience in the world. Serve missions yo!!
One other story. People always tell me that they can't come to church because
of blank. They can't do this or that because of blank. They can't follow the
commandments because of blank. Of course God expects us to follow the commandments.
Sure He does. And if I didn't have this one thing, I would follow it. But
because of this one thing I have, I am exempt. It's ok. Or even if they know
they need to follow, well, oh well. Someday I can follow the commandments again
when I don't have this one thing. This is a lie!!! AHHHH!! People are sooo
fooled! 1 Nephi 3:7. Every person alive knows this scripture. The Lord doesn't
give us a commandment that we can't follow. We always have a way to follow the
commandments. The Lord will provide that way. We just have to be willing to do
our part. The Lord provided a way for Nephi to get the plates from Laban. But
if Nephi had just chilled in a tent in the wilderness with his family, they
never would have gotten the plates. Nephi had to go back with his brothers to
Jerusalem. They had to try a few different things. And then Nephi had to be
willing to just go by faith, when he had done all that he could. Then the Lord
gave him a drunk Laban. If we have a job that is in the way of us keeping the
commandments, we talk to our boss to figure it out. If we can't make that work,
we say sayang and we find a new job. We may have no job for a little. But then
we go by faith and the Lord will not leave us hanging when we do our part to
keep the commandments. Just because we have something in the way, that is not
an excuse to not keep the commandments. That is a lie from Satan. We have to
make those things work in a way that we can still follow the commandments, or
we remove those things from our lives. We are so often blinded by Satan. We
lose our eternal perspective and sight of what is truly important. If we want
to find true happiness and reap eternal blessings, we have to be willing to
make sacrifices. We sacrifice the parts of our lives that are worldy and natural
to bring ourselves closer to our Father in Heaven. Now I'm rambling. But the
main purpose is that we can't not follow commandments, just for now, or just
because of blank. We have to make it work in line with the commandments or make
First pic is me and the district. Good people. Next pic is me and Broadhead
with my birthday cake...a few weeks late. Elder Sagario snagged a pic of me and
my comp hittin our comp study. Then a pic of Filipino construction practices.
Yeah, my house is surrounded by scaffolding. That funny little poorly placed
bit of pipe is the only thing holding the scaffolding from all falling off
backwards. You'd best believe I will never be involved in any of their
construction. It may work for 70 pound men, but not for the slightly heavier
kids. I know, I didn't tell you my exact weight. That's because it's appalling.
It's kind of a women thing. But don't make fun of me for it. We took a pic with
some random kids the other day. One was trying to take a pic of me on the sly.
Of course I noticed, so I made a deal that they could use their camera if they
would take one with mine too. Love kids. I think I spend more time talking to
kids then anyone else. You tend to talk to people who are similar to you. I'm
still childish. Wassup. And the last pic is my comp and I last night at FHE
with one of our families. Good people.
This is a very short email and very short of details. But you do have a few
pics and pic is worth a thousand words, so technically, my email is very long.
Sorry for that, but enjoy! Have a wonderful week! And read your scriptures!!
- Dallin John Christensen
- 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!)