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Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

Hey family! Hows it going? Im doing great.
 So this last week was good. We had some good lessons and found some great
new families and stuff!! I really like  this area... its wierd cuz every
new area that i go to i like it more than the rest.. so right now this is
my favorite area ive had... but before here... Paraiso was my favorite.. i
dont know what its like that but it is. haha So Saturday Elder Burgener
called and told us that my comp had changes... So pretty much all sunday we
were visiting the members so that my comp could say bye to them. It was
cool,,, we ate a lot!!
 So today we get to the tranfer meeting and it was really cool. President
gave a really really good talk on how we need to get our investigator to do
actual covenants with god through babtism... now just get themselves wet in
the water and then not keep the commandments and stuff.. i liked it a lot!
And then after he presented the changes that everyone had... So first of...
they moved the Zone leaders to my old area Paraiso... burgener is finished
so hes not they anymore.. and now Elder Nelson(my older comp) is in my
district again as the Zone leader in Paraiso. And im still here in
Turrialba with my new comp( Elder Gonzalez) from Panama. And now im
District Leader. So it should be fun. Everyone thought that i was gonna be
training a greeny, but i am now district leader.
 Our investigators are cool! we have like 6 families that were teaching
and one of them hopefully is getting babtized the 7th of April and so we
are excited. Im excited to be close to Elder Nelson again... we are gonna
be talking every night to do the reports and stuff.
 So thats sick we have 3 black cars now... gonna be 4 when i get home(my
2013 black 8 inch lifted chevy with black rims) Thats cool that you guys
skyped Joe and Lisa.. did they go to church yesterday? Yeah conference will
be sick... we have to go to every session and it will be way cool cuz our
investigators can come!! Were gonna watch it here with the ward, and there
are two gringo families living here so they are also gonna have it in
english so i can watch it with them if i want. It would be better in
english so i can hear the voices of the Profet and the Apostles. Thats so
awesome that Buck and Trish are gonna be the ma and pa of the girls...
Thatll be so sick for them!! i miss buck and Trish so much! I know my names
for my kids now by the way... i always think about what im gonna name them,
ima have 5 kids the first 3 boys and the last two girls.. the boys are
gonna be named Tyson, Buck, and Chaz, on of the girls name is gonna be
Cloey. and i havent thought of the other. haha Those names are soooo
sick!!! Oh and like 2 weeks ago when we went to the temple, i met the
Grandparents of Jordan Porter, you remember her right? They were in the
temple working... they are way cool. They told my that she is getting
married in April and that they get to fly home and he gets to seal them in
the temple... cool huh??
 I didnt get my package but hopefully soon. My forehead is getting better,
they said it was allergies in my eyes and that thats why they were so
sensitive to light, so i bought claritin and some allergy eye drops and
they are getting better a lil bit. Thats sick you guys wet trap shootin
dad... that still doesnt count as hunting tho... when are you gonna go for
coyotes?? why dont you and buck my a cabin together...? that would be so
sick!! Talk to him about it!! Also the new Hoyt bows are soooo sick... not
gonna lie... i went and took a peek on the Hoyt website for like 5
minutes... they are sooo awesome!!!!!! Well love you guys a ton  and talk
to you next week!
 Elder Christensen

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 19, 2012

Hey fam! how is everyone? im doin good! :)

 Im so jealous you went fishin dad... at least you caught one... theres something wrong with you and buck... everytime you go fishing or hunting you get skunked or just catch one... Tyler is the only one that has success haha
  So this week has been good... we are teaching 8 new families that are pretty sick!! 2 of them are amazing so well see what happens!! Yesterday was the conference of centralamerica.. it was cool we had it braudcasted there in the chapel.. Elder Packer, Elder Clayton and Elder Clark talked, and the prophet monsons daughter also. It was really good.
   So Burgener heads home not this thursday but the next one he will be home in his house! Crazy huh!  Hes not very excited.. hes sad.  My comp right now, Elder Garcia, is alright... we are working hard together and everything but well see what happens in these next changes!! So im sending a bunch a pics.... hope you guys like them! When are you guys gonna go coyote huntin dad? you guys need to get out hunting more!! Its sad that you guys dont!!

  So thanks for all the pics.. those were sick!! you guys needa send more pics and send them more often also!!! i cant believe majerle and maddi are switching schools again!!! what crazies!!!! Well ive been talking to some members about the prettiest places here, and everyone says in guanacaste... so just look for the prettiest resort there and we can go there!! That will be sick!!! Thats sick that you got the company turned around dad... im proud a ya! Just keep bustin your butt so we can make some bank baby!
 Thats way cool that jake is hittin it up with that blonde girl... shes pretty hot! And shes LDS... which would be amazing for him!! We gotta bring everyone back to the church.. Jake, Joe, Lisa, Tonya, Nate, EVERYONE!! that would be so sick!! That would be awesome to have everyone in the temple when i got married and stuff. And at least papa and nana when i get back from the mish!!!
 Well i love you guys.. talk to you soon
ELder Christensen

March 14 2012

Hey family,

 Im sad that joe and lisa are actually gone! :( They have to come one the trip when we come back to Costa rica!!
  So today we went to the temple... thats why Pday was moved to Wednesday cuz we went to the temple. It was way cool, i hate traveling to San Jose though cuz we live like 2 hours away... we had to wake up at 3:00 in the morning to get there on time! But it was really cool, i sent some pics of the zone cuz we went as a  zone obviously. Its crazy... i have two old comps in my same zone.. one is the Zone leader(Elder Nelson) and the other is my district leader( Elder Burgerner), its a lot of fun, cuz they were both my favorite two comps.. they are awesome!! I got to do divisions with Elder Nelson yesterday infact.. it was so wierd cuz it was just like the good old times back there in Guacimo. It was cool to work with him again.
 I cant believe you guys had missionaires come to the house.. i swear ive never seen a missionary in one of our wards weve been in! Did you feed them at least? Now i know that when im older ima give the missionaries a ton a food!!! haha Cuz here im dying of hunger!! Thats so sick they were from hawaii and new zealand! So are they the set misisonaries for the ward or what? Mom pretty sure the girls only came down cuz they were a bunch of guys singing... and thought they were cute or something... dont know if that was the spirit... haha jk And just to let you know... every time we start a lesson we sing a hymn... and sometimes when we end a lesson also. So i at least sing to 5 families a day!!
  I cant believe its already spring. Here it kinda always seems like spring for me. but i bet its pretty there also. Are you gonna plant a garden... people here dont have gardens mom.. they have legit farms.. like everyone. haha I cant wait til next week... were goin paintballin again as a zone :)  That would be sick for you guys to go meet the new mission pres.. you guys should definately go to the farewell. Yeah mom i agree.. need to get better at sending me pics... i want to see the house, you guys, roxy, papa and nana, buck and the fam... whatever you can think of. When do my contacts get here?? And what can i do to help my forehead.. im always squinting and i think thats why it always hurts.. my eyes are way sensative so i think it could be the sun also, combined with my bad eye sight. So ya im pretty dang good at spanish now... everyone always says that im amazing at it. Theres a member here that teaches spanish at a highschool here and says that its amazing and better than some of the native speakers.. haha classic. Sometimes theres random words that i dont know.. but thats just cuz i havent studied to whole dictionary....
 Have you not looked up some places on the internet here for the trip?... Like Guanacaste has some sick beaches... flamingo beach, seashell beach.... theres some sick ones.. if we can only go 10 days then maybe I want like 3 days just visiting areas and then the rest chillin.. exploring, scuba diving, beach, going to the main sites of costa rica, hiking to legit waterfalls.. stuff like that i dont know!
   Elder Burgener, my last comp ends his mission of the 29 of march... he gets home on that day.. he said hes gonna come visit you guys like the first week and take you all the cool stuff i bought you guys! I will let you know more details on that later! Elder Burgener is funny, today we all went to the temple and his been really stressed cuz he finishes soon.. and theres this girl that just started writing him that he use to know, hes been thinking what he wants to do after the mish.. like who hes gonna marry and stuff! So he told me that hes been getting ready to ask Heavenly Father if she was the one while in the temple to recieve revalation and stuff... so he said while he was in the celestial room his heart was pounding cuz he was nervous to find out the answer.. so then her started praying about her and stuff and reading the BOM and stuff.. and then read a scripture about how you how to make covenants with your wife and treat her well in the book of mormon, haha what a coinsidence huh? And he hadnt asked a specific question yet cuz he was to nervous... his heart was poundin like crazy he said... and then finally he asked a direct and specific question to Heavenly Father and right after his heart just went calm and he felt like the biggest peace ever.. so he got his answer that she is the one... so hes all excited!! haha Classic!!

  We have some pretty sick families right now.. so we will se what happens! We are workin hard.

 Well love you guys,
 Elder Christensen

Friday, March 2, 2012

Feb 27, 2012

Hey Guys!

 So just chillin here in Turrialba. Its really hot today! So yesterday was awesome!!!! I got to go to the baptism of the amazing family that I taught there in Paraiso at 7:30 in the morning right before church.. It was soo cool!! They are the coolest family ever! That's the family that I told you guys about like 4 weeks ago.. He's the one that use to hate stuff that had to do with religion. But the first time we taught him he felt a HUGE desire to read the book of Mormon when we showed him it.. and hes been reading it ever since. I got to baptise Alba, the wife, and confirm the daughter, Stacey, the holy ghost. They are so cool. They got baptised on the 26th of Feb.. and can enter in the temple in one year from now.. but I complete my mission on on the 23rd of Feb... But usually you go home 3 or 4 days after so i will be able to go to their sealing in the temple!! :) or.. I told them they can wait a week after the year mark and I will be here again with you guys... I told them that my family can be there to see the sealing with them... how cool would that be?!! I also got to go to all the church meeting there in Paraiso yesterday.. so I got to see all the members and everyone from my last area... it was soo fun the see everyone again!!! The pictures of the baptism of the family are on the website in the Album of Paraiso.. and I uploaded some more to the Turrialba album. Oh and that iguana we caught and killed it and ate it.. it wasn't a pet. it tasted good tho with the coconut milk that we cooked it with.
  Today we aren't doing anything too fun, just chilin at home watching some church movies and stuff and were gonna order pizza too. haha That's awesome the T and Matt and Sam came over.. I love those guys..  What did you guys all do.. just talk or what?
  I cant believe how hard it is for the contacts.. jeez.. So what do I do about the brand... cuz the brands are probably different there in the states??!! what a hastle.. see if you can call them from there in the states.
 That's crazy Joe and Lisa are leaving... we have to visit them a ton when i get back.. i had a dream about them the other day and i cant remember all the details perfectly but I remember me and joey were talking about the BOM.. and then when I woke up I just felt the desire to teach Lisa about it.. She would be such a good member of the Church.. we gotta teach her the missionary lessons.
 Now we have a bunch of investigators.. like 8 families. But we´ll see what happens with some of them.. There are 3 really amazing families that are practically member.. they are just waiting on their divorce papers from their last marriages.. The one family is suppose to get their papers this next Saturday and then they can get baptised.. they are soo awesome. The other one we are waiting to see if she shows up Single or Married on the legal system.. the lawyer will tell us this Wednesday. The other families just have to get progressing a little more.. but I bet one or 2 of them will get baptised. I restarted to BOM in Spanish again a little bit ago.. I'm in Alma now. Ive read the BOM once in English and once in Spanish.. this will be my second time in Spanish. The other day we found this paper that was just talking bad about the church and how the BOM wasn't true.. i started to read it without knowing.. and I had the worst feeling in my stomach right after it sucked!! it just talked about how Joseph smith was a false prophet and stuff.. and just had stupid little things about the book of Mormon. Not gonna lie.. I felt horrible cuz it really filled my heads with doubts. and I didn't want to work all day.. I just kinda went through the motions of working. But I decided to pray and stuff and its not that I lost my testimony cuz I know the bom is true.. its just some of the stuff it said filled my head with some doubts.. then I started reading the liahona of October 2011 that talks about the Book. I have been studying that ever since. I prayed and felt the spirit so that took the doubts out of my head.. but sometimes they still appear every once in a while.. I KNOW THE BOM IS TRUE... but I wish I had a strong enough testimony that stupid things like that wouldn't bother me.. But I'm working on it. Its obviously true.. just sometimes Satan plays tricks we me ya know?
  Well I love you guys a ton.. talk to you next week.
Elder Christensen