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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, March 17, 2014

2014-03-17 "The Last Melon..."

There goes our last female. 

Holy smokes. I don't know what happened. Time is just cruising. But you already know all about that. You are all counting. So we won't even talk about it, eh? 

We have had a good week. We had a less active family....well wait. They are recent converts that then quickly went less active. They also haven't been letting the missionaries in. But we went and took the second counselor in the bishopric with us this week. They let us in. Thanks to our second counselor, we were able to resolve their concern and teach them about the temple. They are willing to let the missionaries in and come back to church and fulfill their callings. It was a really good experience! 

One day, we were trying to find a less active family that we've never met before. We knocked on their door, but no one was home. While we were waiting for someone to answer, a lady came by selling delicious banana stuff. We chatted her up for a minute and she said, "Oh, you seem like you would be wonderful to talk to, but I have to keep working" and then she started to walk off. We stopped her and said we'd love to come visit her at her house. We got her address and she invited us back that night. We went and taught her and her daughter. She also has a husband that we will teach and a son. While we were there, her neighbor came by for something. She asked the nanay who we were. She said, "Christians", to which her friend replied, "Whew, I thought they were Mormons". Haha, we told her right away that we were both. Wish you could have seen the look on her face. She has had some other religions visiting her that have said some not nice things about us. But we invited her to sit and listen in. She loved our lesson and wants us to continue to teach her. Hopefully, things will go well with them!

We also were able to have a baptism this week. Xedric is the boys name. And his sister's name is Xednyph. Awesome, eh? They are both young and with their baptisms, the family is complete! Now we are looking to help them get to the temple! 

We have some recent converts that we are still visiting. They are getting into member missionary work and working all kinds of miracles for us. Don't forget that as members we play a huge role in the missionary work. Invite your friends, and your neighbors and everyone else to listen to the message of the Restoration! They all need it. 

Pics. We have a sunset. Love em still. Then we have a pic from our baptism. Yes!!! Then is me and some kids, "riding a jeep". I'm still such a child at heart. Us with some of our ward missionaries. And the stake high councilman? Or is it the one without him? Don't know. The icons are small. Me and my good buddy Elder Azuela outside of SM. He is headed back to Tacloban. Lunch at our apartment. Mostly fish. Sardines for me. I realized that I had hardly taken any pics in this area. So my companion and I decided that we had to take pictures every day!! So far, it's been a success. 

I am quite out of time today. Gotta get moving. It is my last email. So....guess I'll see you all soon? Can't believe how fast the time has gone. It's been such a blessing to serve the people here in the Philippines these last two years. I'm pretty sure the blessing has been bigger for me than for anybody else. I'll miss the people here so much. But, we'll carry on in the work over there and wherever else we go. So no need for a big long farewell thing. We will talk about it some other time. Keep working hard over there!! Love you all!!

Much love, 

Elder Christensen 

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