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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, July 8, 2013

06-26-13 Wala Akong Oras! (I have no time!)

Sorry, I don't have much time today. So it may be a bit of a bummer of an email. Sorry! But, we spent some good quality time at the temple here on my end, so it's worth it! I recommend you do the same, so that we all benefit in a like-wise manner. Temple is a good place to be. 

Right down to business. It's been a crazy super good week. We have a member that is a teacher. He does a special program for people that didn't graduate high school. They can come back and do courses so that they can move on with their education. So we have a wide range of age. He gave us an opportunity to come and talk to his students. We had a lot of people that were interested in what we said and we've gotten a lot of new investigators from the experience. We pulled in 6 new investigators this last week and so far, they are all showing really good potential. We've been super excited about them! 

At the same time, with our mission trying to shift the focus back towards investigators, we've been spending a lot of time trying to find new investigators. So we've been doing a lot of OYMing and tracting. Haven't followed up many yet, because it takes a week or so usually to get back to an area, but we've had a lot of people show interest. Hopefully, we'll continue to have blessings come from that as well. We followed up on one referral this week. She wasn't home. So we ended up talking instead to almost the rest of the people in her compound! Hopefully we can convert the lot!

I think we've talked about Nanay Durado. She's the one that is majorly into trying to find the truth. Had issues with the crucifixion. We've been teaching her and it's been going very very well. She has been super accepting of all that we have taught her. The only problem we've run into is that she owns a bakery that is very busy. In order to attend church, she will need to find someone else to run the shop for a few hours. But I'm sure that will soon no longer be a problem. She is quite determined to find the truth and once she has found it, she won't let anything get in the way. 

We had a cool lesson this week where we were blessed through a simple prayer. We have a new investigator. Man is from the province and has a hard time understanding tagalog, which basically makes me useless. But my comp and him both speak Bisaya, so we are golden. Luckily, our Joseph Smith video has the same language. We had planned to watch the video with him. But it started raining really hard. And on the tin roof, that is pretty deafening. To make matters worse, the speakers were super super weak. We couldn't hear it at all. After playing with things for a minute, there was a quick, silent prayer offered that the rain would soften enough for this good man to be able to watch the video and feel the Spirit confirm that Joseph Smith was a prophet. The rain immediately dropped off to a dull patter on the roof which then died away to silence. Our investigator was able to watch the movie and the Spirit bore a strong testimony to his heart of Joseph Smith. I am so grateful for prayer. Our Heavenly Father can bless us, even when it may seem small and insignificant, should we have the faith in Him. 

Well, loads of other good experiences, but no time to share! We gotta bounce! And, ha, we are in a different shop today which is a bit sketchy. To avoid the chance of grabbing a virus on my cam, no pics this week again. Sorry!!!!! But in all honesty, there isn't much. Too much work!! But have a wonderful wonderful week! Love you all!

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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