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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 29, 2013

07-29-13 Maybe it was a miracle; like the loaves and the fishes?

Of course I knew! I just had no idea! Yes family, yes. The dearly beloved movie does still get quoted, even here in the Philippines. Man, how y'all been!!? It's been so long! Perhaps a grand total of four days or so? So not much went down I guess. But I have made a list this week! A LIST!!!! DR. POOLE???? Hello!!!! Get back in the room!! Sorry! To tell you the truth, it was mom's email subject line that set me off! Anywho, the week was short, but of course, on the Lord's time, that doesn't really matter! And yea verily, we had plenty of time for good things to happen! Let's gooo!

First and this is just funny. Sorry. But we met this old nanay. She is actually the grandma of the sister at the bakery. GRANDMA. Yeah, I thought she meant mother. But she didn't. She meant grandma. The lady is 80. Barely looks 60. Funny as goodness that one. But full of wisdom too. Kept telling us how important it is to pray and read the Bible and teach your kids right and to respect folks. But she kept telling us that some of those other religions, in particular the Bill's and the Sue's (name's have been changed to protect the image of the said religions) were full of garbage. She said they preach the Bible but they teach it wrong. She said they must not be using the same one she is cuz it clearly teaches against a lot of stuff they do. She said those dog gone Bill's and Sue's are palpak! Oh she said all kinds of things! Man, it was a little awkward! But she is very wise while she's been crazy. A family that prays together, stays together daw. She said that the young folks today just have no respect. She said that's on the head of the parents. They need to raise em up good! Man, it was a wonderful chat we had with her. She happens to live next door to the bakery woman as well, so hopefully, we can bring her into the gospel. She's already got a good start. But she gave us a good laugh while she was at it. 

We also got interviewed by college students this week. They are from the College of Criminology. They are doing a study on the effect religion has on the rate of crime. They came over to the church while we were there and the leaders sent them in to us. Go figure. That was a little nerve wracking. But not bad. It was way awesome to share about our church with them. And fact. Does religion help reduce crime? You'd better believe it does! Especially if it's Ang Simbahan ni Jesu Cristo sa mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw. 

Sister Durado, our wonderful bakery woman. She is awesome! And her kids are awesome! We taught her twice this week. Finished up the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we taught her the Law of Chastity. We were a little nervous there cuz we weren't sure if she and her "husband" were married. But surprise! And the pleasant kind! They are!!! SWEET!!! Wonderful! She is awesome! And to top it all off, she made it to church. Now, we just have to teach her 10 commandments and see if she'll shut her bakery down completely on Sunday. Won't that be awesome? And her husband is willing to be taught as well. So we will get the whole family!!! Celebrate? I think yes! 

We were on a role for Law of Chastity this week. We taught our super duper shy investigator about it and she was probably the most involved she's ever been in any of our lessons. And she seemed to completely understand it! Sweet! And, I taught the good old LOC yesterday in gospel principles. It makes for a solid lesson!

Now. Thought for the day. I have been a little frustrated this week. We have some super awesome investigators that progress really well. We have some investigators that aren't that awesome. And we have some awesome investigators that are cool in lessons, but outside, don't really seem to care! What?! Yes. It's a real bummer. And I'm sure it's that way for every missionary who has ever served, or is serving, or ever will serve. But man! What a bummer! You are right there, giving them exactly what they need to be happy, and they treat it like it's nothing! I was reading a talk earlier this morning, from Elder Christofferson, called A Sense of the Sacred. Excellent talk. And he mentioned a scripture that nailed it. D&C 84:54 "And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received". When we treat lightly things that are sacred, our minds will be darkened. We won't receive the blessings the Lord would like to give us. We won't find the happiness that comes from such sacred things. I see it all the time with investigators here. The truth and blessings are so close to them. SOOO close! But they aren't willing to accept them. Faith brings action. And in order to treat things as being sacred, we need to use those things the Lord gives us. People here are all about having "Bible Study". But when it comes to exercising faith and doing things, they find themselves "too busy". It is my hope that as we go through our full and busy days, we don't find ourselves "too busy" for the Lord and the sacred things He has entrusted us with. Things like prayer, scriptures, words of the prophets, church, and the temple. 2 Nephi 28:30 reminds us that, "and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have." So don't treat these things lightly and remember to use them all! We are all terribly busy, but when you seem to not have time for the Lord, make time. 

Sorry mates. That's my rant for the day. Lemme see what I can round up for y'all in the pics department! It may be a good haul. First up, is our wonderful magic man just destroying the sanity of my companion. And in the back is his father, which is the Filipino version of the Papa Mac. Don't know if you can see it, but he for sure is. He is a lacking a few teeth though. Then just a pic out in our area. Beauty ain't she?  Then some super cute kids we stopped to play with in the rain. They were awesome! Then us with our good friend Mark, who says his hair is now American. Personally thought black looked better, but whatevs. Also, word is he's friends with my mom on FB. Stay in touch with that one momma. He's sweet! And then....yes, we did balut again. Good call. Then we have our beloved Valenzuela City, just outside of SM, one of the greatest places in the Philippines. And then us at lunch earlier, eating at Lucky Gardens Seafood and Shabu-shabu. Chinese place. Elder Wu has been dying to go there. So we tried it out. And we will probably be going back. It was good! 

But I do believe that is it (and probably more than enough) for this week! So everyone have a marvelous week! Love you all!

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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