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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!)

Monday, June 17, 2013

06-04-13 No Carrots

Yes, I will be pleased with the man....or woman, that names this quote for me. It came out of the blue as I was chopping carrots for a wonderful meal. And I pleased myself by knowing where it came from. How marvelous. 

So, you will never believe this, but I did not keep a list of things to email about. I am terribly sorry. There just wasn't a spare moment to write such things. It was a good week, but it was tough too. Our very best investigator was sister Renalyn. She had just married one of the members. But he got himself kicked out of the house this week, so they moved about 8 hours away to the province. Bummer! Hopefully, they will continue taking lessons there, or they will come back. I don't know. Then our next most progressing investigator decided not to be around for us to teach her this week and she didn't come to church. Her friend that lives with her said, "ayaw niya". Stick that in google translate. Bummer. We'll see what happens there. And then there were a few things similar to those things which happened throughout the week. So all in all, a little tough on the work side, although we did have a lot of good things happen as well. 

Another thing with the work this week is that there wasn't tons of it! We had a lot of days where the work was a little on the low side. We had zone conference this week. That was soooo good! Incredible. I love our mission president. He's an incredible man with incredible insights. But I forgot my notes, soo, guess I'll have to share all that another time. We also had a wedding. Sweet. They are super poor and wanted to keep it small, so we were the decoration crew! That was a lot of fun! Yesterday was our district meeting and celebration and a baptism for the sister that got married. And we also had a record amount of punts this week! But no worries there. It's just one of those weeks. We are super excited for this week and all of the amazing lessons waiting to be taught. The area here is loaded with awesome people just waiting to hear the good word. 

Study topics for the week. I'm looking in to Sanctification and Retaining a Remission of Sins. Good things there. I recommend it. 

Also. We are having some crazy changes happening with rules and with the way things are run out here. The biggest one is that for transfer day, we always have a big transfer meeting. Every zone rents a jeepney for the day and picks up all the transferring folk and their comps. Everyone goes to one chapel. They are told who their new comp is and where their area is. They get with the new comp and then everyone hops on their prospective jeep and heads to the area. They have run it that way forever. Now, transfer meeting is done. No more. Instead, the zone leaders get the announcement and get in contact with the other zone leaders to set up a meeting point for the new missionaries. Everyone travels alone. It's a big change and we'll see how it goes. It's been a little crazy so for. Being kabahays with the zone leaders means we've gotten to be in on all that action. Yikes. We'll see how that goes. Thankfully, I am staying here with Elder Sojor in Valenzuela. No worries there. 

I feel like there was a lot of things I was supposed to mention this week, but I forget. Hehe, sorry. I'll try to do better next week. 

In the pics department. We attended a wedding for some marvelous folks in which we sang a decently marvelous song. Then I also caught pics of a marvelous household item battle that went down between the zone leaders. Man, are they funny. We also have a chap that works for our bishop's advertising business that we are about to start teaching. Grabbed a pic with him. Cool guy. Also, yesterday's district meeting happened to be the last district meeting before transfers, in which we will lose half the district and also the birthday of one of the zone leaders. I thought donuts and chocolate milk to celebrate would be appropriate. Everyone else seemed to think so too! 

But that is all for the week folks. Have a wonderful week! Take care! Read your scriptures!!

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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