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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

07-08-13 "May We Have...The Chocolate Cake????"

Chocolate cake, coming right up!!! Wham, wham, wham!!! They were singing me praises!!!!!! "Dad is great! Gives us the chocolate cake!!!!" And we were having a ball! Until she came. "Where did they get chocolate cake???" And I said, "They asked for it!" And these wonderful children, who moments before had been singing me praises, lied on me!!! They said, "Uh uh!!!! We asked for eggs, bacon and milk and he gave us this!!!!" ---- Wonderful isn't it? I felt similar only yesterday, but we'll get to that later. 

This week was great! As all weeks happen to be. Secret to happiness; serve a mission. No, that's not even it. Secret to happiness restated; do missionary work. That's more like it. If you want to have your journal start every day saying, "Today rocked!" or "Today was soooo good!" or "What do you know, another solid day!" or something to that effect, just do missionary work. We talked about that last week, so I will assume you are all already all stoked and fired up to do missionary work! For us this week, it wasn't as successful as we'd like on the numbers side of the scale. But that's not very important. Ha, I don't think many of you have numbers to report on your missionary work anyway. But the sharing and talking and Book of Mormon giving and OYMing and what not; that side of the work was great. Yes. We did get punted our fair share this week. And then some. But no matter! We used that time to find other people who have been waiting for the gospel! What do you know, the Lord works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, His schedule is different from ours and although we may have thought that Suzy needed a lesson, we didn't know that her neighbor John was actually ready to be taught. The Lord just helps us adjust to His schedule. Pretty awesome eh? 

Funny story that just popped into my head, speaking of doing random sharing. I do like finding random service to give. It's a good way to meet people. Sometimes, it's not. All you do is try to follow Christ's example and give service when you can. This week we were late for a dinner appointment (never want to be late to THOSE appointments) and as we were walking, we saw a garbage truck that had died. Haha, oh were those men surprised when a white man all dressed up fancy and what not hopped in to help them push it. We didn't stay long enough to talk to anyone, but it was a good experience anyway. And it'll be great when some missionary some day finds a guy that wants to be taught that says, "Yeah, I met one of you guys before. He helped us push a garbage truck." Sweet! 

We also have been told to work more on trying to get into the richer houses. Those people have the means to actually get to church. And usually, they are the ones that become leaders. But, from the experience we've had, they usually are too busy to listen to us. It's way easier to teach the people with not much money. But, as we were taught, just because it's easier, does that make it the right thing to do? Ignore the rich because they are harder to teach? Sigh. No, I suppose not. After all, there are rich folk in the church here. How'd they get here? Missionaries. Blast. Guess we have to keep trying. So we knocked some rich houses this week. I admit, I'm nervous to knock rich houses. It's not as smooth or easy as poorer houses. And we don't have anything to show for it yet. Only places to follow up with. But hopefully we have good things come from that. I know that if that is what the Lord wants us to do, then we had best do it. We will find people. And we will be able to learn and grow in ways that we don't expect. So, we will keep ringing real doorbells! Yikes! 

You may be starting to think that I may not have kept a list of things to talk about again this week. Should that be the case, you are correct. Hehe. Oops. 

But I suppose I should go ahead and tell you about the whole Bill Cosby experience I had this week. So Saturday was temple tour. We have had two young men coming to church with us every week for about 2 months. They are solid. But we have a hard time teaching them often or quickly because they are really only available on sundays and they are super...mischievous? Anyway. So we took them to temple tour saturday. And we have a good time with these kids, they are fun. So anywho. Temple tour is a good experience. Funny stuff happened, but nothing more than the regular day. Didn't give a second thought. Sigh. Sunday rolls around. Fast sunday. Testimony meeting. One of my little champs gets up to bear testimony!! Sweet! We haven't talked about that! Still on lesson 3! But he gets up. Thinking, man this'll be sweet. About 3 minutes after that I wanted to sink into the floor and disappear. He says something to the effect of how it was fun and pretty and the elders were naughty and it was hot and how funny things happened. But they didn't sound that funny or good coming out of his mouth. And he got down from the stand. The congregation laughed the whole time. So these are the missionaries eh? Oh man, I was so glad that none of the other investigators decided to show up. It sounded terrible! Me and Bill Cosby probably felt very similar in that moment. 

But on a good note; we were able to teach their mom this week. And she is doing super super great! She is the bakery woman? I've talked about her before. Anyway. We've only taught her 2 or 3 times. But the lesson with her this week went very well. We just teach her at the bakery. And it's very loud and noisy and people come in and interrupt the lesson and she has to help them out. But even with all that, the Holy Ghost was able to testify to her as we taught. She felt as we talked that the church is true. It was super awesome to see the change come over her. Awesome awesome. She wants to come to church and keep learning. And she is very very interested in the temple. But, the bakery, is the issue at the moment. She and the papa man are always working at the bakery. So we are hoping to find a way around that. All on the Lord's time, eh?

Pics this week! Mainly of the district. First is me and the district after district meeting. Then, me and the boys chomping on some delicious seaweed! Then us at temple tour. Then the district again. And again this morning when we went bowling. Good time. Didn't make it above 100 though....don't ask. 

Anyway. The gospel is as true as ever. Heavenly Father loves every single one of us, despite our shortcomings and weaknesses. He is cheering us on and applauding every step we make in the right direction as we strive to come closer to Him and become more like our Savior. I testify that He also loves the sheep that are lost and He will help us as we seek them out and help them come unto Him. 

I love you all and hope you have an excellent week! 

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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