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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!)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013-11-25 Fishes

Hey there everyone! Sorry about last week. And probably the week before. Ok, for the last little while. I'm getting way lazy at emailing. Ha, I almost didn't do the job this week. But here I am. And hopefully I'll get you something worthwhile.
The week has been a good one. We had transfers. My new companion is Elder Hendrickson. He is from Bear River or something like that from up somewhere near to Logan or Ogden or something to that effect. Haha, Northern Utah. He is cool. Really nice kid and a good missionary. Times here are going to be good. Elder Wu is still with us. They haven't yet made arrangements to take him away, so for now, we are three!!! Haha, never mind. Anyway, things are good though. We got a little bit killed on lessons this week. Just things not working out the way we would have like them to. But we were still able to do a lot. And church yesterday was awesome! Our actor made it to church for the first time ever and the ward did a great job fellowshipping him! Ok, that made him sound like he is an investigator. For the record, he is a less active. As in for the last 20 years or so. But his family are investigators. It was super awesome that he came! That was exciting. We also had some of our other investigators come. And we finally have some folks with baptismal dates that are progressing! Times here are being good to us. So that is very exciting.
In other exciting news, Pacquiao won his fight yesterday, so that was good. And all those who didn't come to church because of his fight will hopefully come next week!
Study was good this week. I was reading in Matthew and had an interesting thought. In Matthew 14, John the Baptist is beheaded. Upon hearing the news, Jesus kinda bounces out. He departs into a desert place. Sounds to me like he needed some time alone. But while he is there, all these people show up. And what does he do? Does he send them away? It would be understandable. Imagine you show up for hometeaching and they come out and say not today, my best friend just got beheaded. Yeah, that's understandable. Next time na lang. But that's not what the Savior did. Instead, he heals all of their sick. Then he performs a miracle and feeds them all. Then he goes into the mountain to pray. Now, that's all I really want to focus on, but in case you are wondering, he then walks on water and goes with his disciples to some other place where he heals all the folks who come to him. Very interesting. But what I like here are these two things; first, when we are having a hard time, serve others. We don't need to lock ourselves in our rooms and listen to emo music. we need to go and serve others. Turn the focus away from yourselves and focus on the needs of others and you will find a happiness will enter into your lives. There is a great talk from Elder Bednar about turning outward and focusing on others. Life changer. And secondly, when we have hard times, learn to pray. Turn to our Heavenly Father. We spend so much time with grief focusing on ourselves and how hard things are. That doesn't help us at all, but it does make us into mopey, self centered, very sad people. But if we will pray to our Heavenly Father, He can give us peace. He can help us to focus and accomplish the things that we need to. Anywho, I really liked the Savior's example in this chapter and found it something I could apply in my own life. I hope you can all do the same.

We had an awesome P-day activity today where we went to this cool resort and had fish eat at our feet. Some kind of crazy pedicure business. But it was awesome! I want to buy some of these fish! So that was awesome!
Pics. I'll get y'all a few from last week, since I skipped. And some from our resort place today. Didn't get any good pics of the fish eating our feet. But it was AWESOME! I also through in a pic from an appointment last night.
Anyway, that's all I have for this week. Sorry it's not that great. But have an awesome week! Take care!

Much love,
Elder Christensen

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