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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, October 7, 2013

9/22/2013 "I am in...Vancouver..."

Well hey there everybody. I will admit right off the get go that it's one of those weeks where I didn't write anything down to talk about. Sigh. I know. Those are the lame emails to read. And to be honest, there wasn't a ton of outstanding things that happened this week that come to mind. So I will do my best. But we'll see. 

There was this one time though. Elder Anderson and I were headed off to teach a lesson in one of our beautiful areas. Up by the mountain. And when we got there, there was a movie being filmed! Cool right? They needed a nice province scene, and where did they go but to my beautiful area! We talked to the director and watched them for a little. It was pretty cool. The family we taught had a little girl that they used as an extra. Cool story, eh? 

We did a lot of walking this week. Found a bunch of new less active families to teach. It's been a slow week though. We had a really hard time getting in to teach anyone. But the lessons that we did have were super good. We are teaching this wonderful couple. The sister has been doing especially well. But she had some questions for us this week. Elder Anderson and I did a fairly good job of answering them. But she still seemed kinda, eh. We helped her realize that all of her questions stood on the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. We asked her how she felt about those. She knows they are true because of the way she feels when she reads the Book of Mormon. She found her answer there. I wish we could help everyone understand that. There are many people here that read the Book of Mormon and accept it as scripture but don't accept the church. They don't make the connection with Joseph Smith. The only way the Book of Mormon is true is if Joseph Smith is a true prophet. In the words of the Elder Holland from his talk, 'Safety for the Soul' which says, "No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”

Thought for the week came from Alma 37:38-47. It talks about the Liahona and how it can apply to our lives. It talks about how the Lord worked miracles in their lives everyday. But because he worked those miracles by small and simple means, they often disregarded them. He gave them the Liahona to guide them and because of the easiness of the way, they got slothful and were not diligent and did not progress in their journey. We have blessing of the Lord in our lives every day. We have the scriptures and the words of the prophets and other leaders to guide us. But sometimes, we get slothful. It's easy to skip reading. It's easy to miss conference or not pay attention. It's easy to zone out during sacrament meeting. But when we let ourselves get slothful, we miss out on key blessings and guidance that we need in our lives every day. And because we miss out on those blessings, we don't progress in our journey. We fail to improve ourselves. And that is what we are here for. Not to be perfect all at once, but to improve ourselves daily. The way He has given is simple. I hope that we will not be slothful. Let us be diligent and improve daily through the small and simple means provided for us. 

The pics. We had pizza hut this last week. That is delicious. Must be shown. The next is Elder Anderson and a ward missionary washing off at a nice little pump after walking through some mud. It rained a ton this week! A man riding his caribou through a field. Made for a nice picture. Then there is me in this cool little mini hut deal. This my friends is an outdoor urinal! It's great! They have them all over. Even just off the freeway. Just wherever. It's wonderful! We also found a cool spot this week that just overlooks a bunch of fields and some ponds. You can see all the way to Manila City from there. It was pretty cool. We also got fed dinuguan this week. That's the blood soup. Not elder Anderson's favorite. We also had temple tour where I got to see some of my batch from the MTC. Elder Hibbert, my comp, and Sister Garcia. Sister Garcia and Sister Winger will be going home in two weeks. Crazy huh? 

Well, I believe that is it for the week. Kind of short. I know. Sorry. But I hope you all have a wonderful week! Keep doing your missionary work! 

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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