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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!)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

08-19-2013 Bawal Umihi Dito

Hello everyone! I hope I find you all happy and smiling and enjoying yourselves some cheesecake. Don't ask why. But that would be wonderful and I do believe that you would all enjoy this email more should you be doing the above mentioned things while you are at it. Also, don't worry about the subject line. Just a sign that we see all the time. Funny thing is kung walang sign, pwede! Grabe talaga! Kahit saan! Just makes me laugh. Anyways. Game! 

This week has been awesome. Elder Jensen and I are going to have to take a few days off work to construct ourselves a rowboat. Not exactly the ark by any means, but at least a rowboat. It has been raining and raining and raining! I'm convinced the Lord is ready to cleanse the wickedness from the Philippines and is about to flood us all. Maybe. Joke about the boat. But we have been loving it. Two missionaries walking down the road through puddles in the rain are about as happy as 5 year olds at a carnival. It's wonderful! Some of our area is pretty prone to flooding so that gets interesting as well. But lets talk about the week, shall we? 

Maybe first, lets just talk about the fact that we had a baptism! Sister Renalyn was baptized this week! It was wonderful! She was so ready! And she bore a sweet testimony after. The Holy Ghost was testifying to everybody. It was awesome! She has been pretty sick too. But she came and got baptized anyway. She is awesome! But yesterday was stake conference, so it's one of those weird ones where she has to wait til next week to get confirmed. Oh well! Gives reason to celebrate!

We also taught Durado a few times this week and got them all prepared for their interviews which they had yesterday. We will have 3 more baptisms next week! We just need to help their dad get baptized and then get them all focused on the temple! We are so excited for them! 

We have two other investigators that have been doing awesome. Finally got them baptismal dates. But neither of them were at church yesterday, so, we will have to see. 

We have a teacher that has been giving us tons of referrals. He introduces the church a little to his students and then gives them to us. He always opens his classes with a prayer and a spiritual thought. This week, he invited us to come give his spiritual thought. So we did. And we got a bunch of referrals and people that wanted us to come teach them. On Thursday, we headed out to the hardest part of our area to find a bunch of those referrals. We asked EVERYONE for help finding them. Seemed like no one knew any of them or where their address was. It was a bit disappointing. But that day ended all good because we ended up randomly running into an investigator that we teach at the church. We had no idea where their house was. But we found them and were able to teach them and their family. And then, we got into a LA's house that has never let us in before. They started coming to church two weeks ago and are way excited to come back! Thank goodness for visiting teachers! But we went back to find those referrals on Saturday. It took a lot of asking, but we went straight and found two in a row. Good lessons, good investigators. And then we were able to just talk to a ton of random people because we were asking around so much for directions. Never had so much success in that part of our area. So it was an exciting turn of events! We will be spending a lot more time there! 

Elder Jensen and I have been putting in some study in Revelation. There are a lot of blessings promised to those who overcome. Which leads to the question, what does it mean to overcome? I see it as withstanding temptation, repenting, and enduring to the end. Rev. 7:14 says, "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Amidst the temptations of satan, we are in tribulation. Our giving in to temptation causes us grief and sorrow or tribulation. We have to overcome all of that and wash our robes. Coming out of tribulation and washing our robes takes action. We will not be brought out of tribulation and our robes will not be washed by another. Sometimes, we expect the Heavenly Father will just make our lives good for us. There are even some who assume that their sins have been "taken care of" and that all they need do is enjoy life. The whole eat, drink, and be merry philosophy. But that is not the case. If we want to enjoy the blessings reserved for those who overcome, we have to act. We have to change. We have to follow the Savior's example. In 3 Nephi 27:21 he says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do". It is my prayer that we will all seek to keep our robes clean through the Atonement. We don't re-wear stinky and dirty clothes, and as such, when our spirit becomes dirty, we need to wash it. We must always seek to be coming better, cleaner, and closer to our Heavenly Father. To do the things He would have us do. In Matthew 7:21 the Savior says, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven". I hope that we will all strive to keep our robes clean through the blood of our Savior and seek constantly to do the will of our Father. 

And on to our pics for the week! Last P-day, we discovered that our wonderful zone leaders had never tasted smores. WHAT?! So, we decided to correct this wicked tradition of their fathers. And that we did. We bought the needed materials and cooked em up over the stove!!! It was delicious! And I may be a little overboard on the pics there. But they were good! Then a pic of my comp and I after we taught the spiritual thought for the school with our nearly empty box of BoMs! Then us with some kids that we love to play with. And a pic of our baptism!!! Woohoo! Me and one of the bakery kids out and about taking a look at one of those signs I mentioned earlier. Ha, us and a cute little girl that we talked to in a random alleyway. This morning, we stopped in at a little place by the church to play badminton. The whole zone came. It made for a good morning. Good exercise for this fatty. Alright, that's it! That's all! 

Thanks everyone for the support! I love you all and hope you are just rocking things!! Have a great week!

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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