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Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 25, 2012

Hola family!!
  how is everyone doin? im doing great, we just got out of a sick meeting with president Galvez, it was a Zone Cousel Meeting. All the zone leaders of the whole mission were there, there are 11 zones by the way. And we presented what happened last month, how many babtisms, lessons, new investigators, etc... of all the zones for the month of June. In our zone we only babtized 2 families, 4 men, and 11 people. :( The whole mission only babtised 39 families and 111 people in total for June. It was not a good month!! But the thing is that me and my comp did babtise a family last saturday! :) we also babtised a 21 year old kid.. hes awesome!!! But we are having a lot of challenges in the zone... theres some missionaries that dont want to work and just sit in the house all day.. and some that dont know how to challenge people to get babtised.. and some that dont know how to teach very well.. theres all sorts of things going on, but we got it under control! haha I like being a zone leader a lot! We also presented the new goal for the zone for the month of July, 6 families, 7 men, and 20 babtisms... we are gonna complete it! The new goal for the mission for July is 61 families, 73 men, and 123 babtisms. It should be good. The new President comes next week... crazy!! i think today was the last time i am gonna see Pres. Galvez during the mission! He did such and awesome talk after we talked about the goals.. he is soooo awesome!!!!
   Thats sick you went to cheer camp Majerle... did you like it? Do you have any friends on the team? Maddi did you like trek? i bet it was so fun with Buck and Trish. Tell me what you learned!!! Thats so awesome jake has been sober for 1 year!! I saw his long hair!! That is soooo funny! I loved the video of them... i miss papa and nana soo much!! Thats so cool that Joe and Lisa are doing good!! I love hearing about them!! I cant believe he bought a lab.. thats awesome.. joey has always wanted a dog!! Now hes just gotta train it to go duck huntin!!
  Thats cool you guys got to teach that class mom and dad! I bet the teenagers love you guys!! Do you think you guys are gonna get called to teach it when dad gets released or do you think that dad will be called to be Bishop or Stake President? haha I wonder what calling im gonna have when i get back?? i want to be president of the nursery!! Thatd be sick! haha
 So the catalog that you order how big is it? cuz the one i saw and read was like as big as the bible... make sure its that one!! That has guns and bows and archery stuff... everything.. :) Hey and maybe you could send me the newest Hoyt Bow Catalog... thatd be sick also!! And you never answered me about the picture of the family in grandmas house.... are you guys ignoring me?? Also i have some cool hotels that would be good for the trip.. just look them up and tell me what you think....
    -Flamingo Beach Resort-  Guanacaste, Costa Rica-
    -Flamingo Marina Resort-
** -Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa- This is my favorite i think...
    -Paradisus Playa Conchal Hotel-
    -JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa-
 I found a tourist book for Costa Rica in the new house that we are living in and it had some pictures and discriptions about these places.. i dont know though... check them out and tell me what you think... they looked pretty cool to me.. but also you need to talk the the travel agents and the members in the ward to see what they think also!! Get it planned baby!!
   So there is this Elder here, his name is Elder Miller.. hes from west jordan. His in my zone and hes a hunter too, he loves it and were pretty chill now. We have some plans for after the mish, imma teach him how to bow hunt, and he teaches me how to duck hunt.. Hes a duck hunting finatic! He usually hunts elk with black powder rifle, but he wants to switch to bow. Hes way sick.. hes in the new picture that i sent with us two and the bulldog! We were both thinkin about goin down to SUU to study... just for the Harvest Festival to have vacation time to hunt. Hey... question.... is there any way i can go to school during the summer months so i can have hunting season completly free?? Im sure there is some way to be able to do that!! You should find out mom!
   You guys have some homework to do!!!...
         - Send me the Picture of our family that is in grandmas house(Mom)
         - Look up these Hotels and tell me which one you guys choose! (Dad and Mom)
        - Send me the Cabelas Catalog!!! when should it be here?(mom)
         - Get out and spot deer and elk for this deer/elk season in august! (Dad and Buck)
  I think thats pretty much it! How is the rest of the family, how are the Hansens. And the Makanoas, and Brennan and Tonya, and everyone?? I miss everyone so much!!!
      Well love you guys a ton! Talk to ya later
  Elder Christensen

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 18, 2012

Hey family!! whats up!!
 So I had changes... yes dad change meetings are always on Mondays haha...I was sad to leave turrialba... I loved that area.. but I wanna go back there when we are on our trip!! So now I'm in an area called La Loma. Its kinda in San Jose. I got made Zone Leader, so that's pretty cool. This zone is huge though.. there are 3 districts and like 18 missionaries. My comps name is Elder Velasquez.. he's from Honduras.. he seems really cool! I'm just excited tho to be zone leader. It should be way fun!
 So I got my package! Thanks a lot!! the only thing is when I got it, it was all wet with shampoo!! one of the shampoo bottles exploded and the magazines got soaked and the jerky and stuff.. 2 of the bags of jerky had a ton of mold on them and stuff, but the other 2 were fine, in fact I ate one bag, and shared half of the other with other missionaries and then gave the other half of the bag to President Galvez! Last week President called me in the morning one day and invited me and my comp to lunch at his house, I was way excited. We got there and talked with sister Galvez for a bit waiting for President to get there and then he got there and we ate... the Sister Galvez had made BBQ ribs for us and mashed potatoes and stuff... a HUGE feast!! And we ate lunch with President and Sister Galvez and one of their daughters.. it was really fun!! He invited us there cuz we baptised 2 families that month. It was good to spend some quality time with him before he leaves. The whole time ALL we talked about was hunting... hahah funny huh!! President was so interested and so was his wife, they asked me a bunch of questions about it, it was fun, and I told them that you had sent some Elk Jerky so that they could try it! That's why I gave them a bag of it today at transfers meeting!
  This transfer meeting was really weird today, cuz it is the last one with President Galvez!! It was SOOO awesome!! We watched a video that all the missionaries had made for him saying goodbye and stuff and it was cool. Then he talked about President Wilkinson a little bit and he told us about his family. Then he explained  a ton about his own life and the story of when he received the calling to be the president of the mission 3 years ago! And then their whole family bore their final testimonies and it was sooo cool!! Then their family got in a line in front so that we could go and do a line and say goodbye to every missionary! It was a really cool day.. I'm so sad that he is leaving tho!! The testimonies from Presidents kids were so awesome!! All they talked about was how good of a dad President is and how the mission has changed all of their lives soo much!! It was cool! The new President gets here in like 2 weeks... I don't know if you guys already missed the farewell or not?? cuz he said that the new president enters the MTC this next Saturday or something!! You should find out when it is or if it already happened!
 Mom I'm glad you had such a good birthday!! I love you!! And I bet your talk in church was awesome! Happy FATHERS day yesterday dad!!! I love you a ton!!!
  Hey the catalog that you sent wasn't the right one... it only had like some things that cabelas sells... it didn't have everything! What I wanted was the Master Catalog, that has every little thing that is there at cabelas.. its like as thick as the bible!! You should ask buck what it looks like, cuz when me and him went hunting in Trisha's cousins cabin there was one there and it was huge!! The one that you guys sent didn't even have shotguns or pistols or rifles or archery stuff... nothing haha maybe you could go to cabelas and get that for me please :) Oh and do you know what picture I was talking about in grandmas house? the one with all the fam in the mountains? If you could take that to a copy center and have it photocopied and send it to me by email.. that would be awesome!! :) I really want that picture!!
  So that's good the girls are busy these days!! That's a good thing that efy was strict.. them girls need some structure!! I cant believe majerle is a cheer leader... hahah classic!! that's funny that you thought it was Costa Rica playing there in salt lake mom... haha I cant believe that!
  So in 2 months the deer season starts? how long in the general season?? When are you guys gonna go up there to go spottin? you have to go before the season starts to be able to get ready!! why did you spend money on a smoker when you coulda bought a new bow, or some better binoculars?? You gotta get your priorities straight dad! haha I wanna go on a guided hunt when I get back.. so where do you think we should go? Montana? Colorado? or we could go there in Utah with Mossback Outfitters? I wanna get a trophy elk!!
 Any news on the Costa Rican trip? have you planned it yet?? I haven't written Joe and Lisa or Papa and Nana for forever!! i feel sooooo bad! I don't have time today but next week I'm gonna try and write them!!! Its just 1 hour of writing time is soooo short!!!
  Well that's pretty much all that's goin on here in the mish... gotta send me some more pics and stuff.. Try and get me the pic of the family and grandmas house! And I don't know if you could get the other Catalog from cabelas.. but I would really really really like it! :)
  I love you guys a ton!! take care!!
 Elder Christensen

June 14th 2012

Hola familia!! todo tuanis?  HAPPPPYY BIRTHDAY yesterday MOM!!!! I LOVE YOU!!
  Im doin really well.. here working hard. We babtised a 23 year old last saturday! It was a fun babtism... he is from Nicaragua... im pretty sure that all the people here are from there cuz practically all my recent converts are from there haha classic!! This saturday we should have a family getting babtised... they are all ready and way excited its just were waiting on his divorce papers to get here... last sunday we fasted with them and there kids so that they would get the papers.. so we will see if they can get babtised this week or the next... the only problem is i dont know if im gonna be here in turrialba next week cuz changes are on the 18th... i probably will have changes but i hope not... it could happen that i dont so im praying!! The family that just got babtised a couple weeks ago are really good... the wife just got assigned her companion and stuff to be a visiting teacher, she got assinged to visit teach her mom and another family... but she was soooo excited!! We heard from a member that she was going on and on just about how happy she was to recieve a calling of some sort... cuz shes never felt like she was worth something or had a purpose in life before until she recieved that calling... i was really happy to here how happy the gospel is making her!!
  I dont know where i would be sent to if i have changes... that is gonna be weird.. cuz ill probably go somewhere really really hot and i dont want to! haha Those videos were really sick!! thanks for sending them dad! I dont have very much time today... so i gotta write quick!! but do you know how many days they said it would take for the package to get there? Thanks for the package, i hope i get it soon!! PAPA HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALSO!! I LOVE YOU!
 Well i gotta go really quick... we have to go to san jose cuz were gonna have a conference with two elders of the seventy! Elder Martino, and Elder something i forgot what his name is! but it should be good! love you guys tons! Say hi to papa and nana, and joe and lisa, and jake and tyler, and the sisters, and grandma, the cousins, and buck and trish.... everyone!!! love you guys!!
 Elder Christensen

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 4 2012

Hey whats up family!!
  So everything is good, im likin the mish and everything!! Today is gonna be fun.. first we played Settler of Catan.. i hadnt played that game for ever, so that was fun, and now we are going to have a conference with the Vice President of Costa Rica, he wants to know more about the missionaries and stuff so hes coming to one of our conferences. It should be pretty cool... it woulda be cooler to have the president herself but oh well!! This next week we will have 2 more babtisms of some young guys.. one of them is like 23 years old, and the other is 19. They are way cool and both of them could end up going on a mission. That would be cool!! The third family that was gonna get babtised just arent ready.. we actually stopped teaching them cuz they just arent gonna progres.. they dont have the desire big enough. But were findin some more people... we should have another family get babtised on the 16th... they are awesome just waiting on their divorce papers of his last marriage so that they can get married and babtised. 
  Thats funny you dont like summer mom... i like it but it would be so much cooler if the summer break was in fallish-winter... so you could get out huntin easier. Thats sick you drew out a deer tag dad!!! im so excited for you!! ugh thats awesome!! bear lake huh? that will be sick with the cabin right there... thats why we need a cabin!! have you guys gone up there yet to spot...? you needa start spottin some deer and the areas that you want to hunt so you can have a good season!! Gotta get on that dad! Is your bow in tune and what not? have you not been shootin lately? Go down to the river bottoms and get your bow sighted in and everything ready!! Dont use my arrows!! Is buck gonna use his Mathews bow or buy a Hoyt? Oh my gosh i wanna go spottin for deer and get ready for the season and stuff.. your so lucky!!! So you can hunt the wasatch also for deer?? that will be way sick!! with a deer and elk tag!! 
  Fetch those girls with their dang boyfriends!!! They never answered me if they at least hunt or fish or somethin!! They gotta find some new ones!! Thats fun you gotta give a talk mom.. you should talk about.... i dont know i cant think of anything right now.. but im sure it will be great!! Gosh ya gotta get that package out... did you get the axe and stuff? I hope it gets here before the 18th.... cuz that will be the last time i go to San Jose for a while.. so make sure you send it today!!! Make sure the bed sheets are the right size.. cuz the beds sheets that we bought when i came to the mission were HUUUGE and way too big!! So you gotta by the smallest size!! I was thinking it also would be cool if you bought some like bed sheets from Cabelas like with deer or elk or Bone Collector brand.. that would be cool,, maybe if you guys havent sent it off yet you guys could go buy that.. haha 
  You hired some more mexicans... thats funny!! That will be cool to expand your business!! How is the biz goin by the way? Holy cow Bindrup is gettin married!!! thats crazy hahah So about the trip after the mish.. you should just schedule it 2 weeks after the 23rd! Because i complete 2 years the 23rd... that is a saturday and usually you come home on a thursday.. so it will be the 28th when i get home at the latest... so put it for like the second week of march (11th or 12th of March). That will be perfect!! Have you guys been looking at some places to go? like Guanacaste or cool places? Is there not like a travel agency that you guys can go so the agent can help you find some cool place here in Costa Rica? That would be good! Whats up with the pictures.. you havent sent any in a while.. or videos? get on that! haha
  Well i love you guys a ton, and talk to you next week,, get that package sent off!
Love Elder Christensen

May 28 2012

Hey family,
  how is everyone? im doing great! Im still sick tho.. ive had a cold for like 2 weeks now.. its cuz during the day its really really hot, and then in the evening and night it starts to rain hard and gets colder.. i think thats why im sick.. and i dont like walking around with an umbrella so i get wet a lot. But its all good. About the Axe deorderant... Axe is like the biggest brand of shampoo, spray, and deorderant that there is in the world... im positive that there is some there.. just gotta look harder.. make sure you get the chocolate scent. Look in walmart and stuff!! Also send me the Axe body wash, chocolate also...
 So Saturday we had only 7 out of the 11 people get babtised!! I was sad that the other family didnt get babtised. They seemed ready all week and we talked to them everyday to make sure everything was good and then Saturday we called them like at 1:00(they were suppose to get married and babtised at 5), and the guy didnt seem very excited and it just didnt feel right. So my comp and i decided to pray to see if that family was ready to get babtised or not.. so we prayed and recieved the answer that they werent ready and the other 2 families were ready, so only the 2 families got babtised! It was good tho.. The really really cool family are named Luis and Jenny... they have one son and they are a young couple.. they got babtised and are so awesome! We found them through a recent convert that i babtised like 2 months ago, he gave us the reference to go and teach them and now they are faithful members! The other bigger family are really cool too, they are just a lil wierd tho haha their names are Antonio, Luz, Oscar, Kathia and Xinia. Thats the other family that got babtised... Antonio is the really old guy.. he has 88 years old and can barely walk. He is a cute lil guy and was way excited to get babtised!! While we were babtising him my comp starts to dunk him in the water and i think the old guy got scared and didnt hold his breath.. so we dunked him under and he sucked in some water.. he came up choking and almost drowned... hahaa i  was soo scared so i start hittin his back so the water comes out and he stops choking. i then asked him if he was alright, and he said.... "of course everythings alright", and then he smiled.. ahhah CLassic case of almost drowning a old guy!! But he was really happy after. Then we babtised the rest of the family and everything went well. Then one of the ladies that got babtised after she got changed went back into the bathroom to get something that she left, and she fell!!(she has like 55 years old) SHe FELL!! and broke her fetching arm! it was crazy! so that was the first babtism ive had that has ended with an ambulance pulling out of the chapel! hahhaha but now shes fine... she got home from the hospital saturday night, and went to church sunday morning and was confirmed and everything! BUt it was just a funny night... next time i dont think im gonna babtised old people.. its dangereuos haha
 So last week was the interviews with Pres... they were awesome.. i love that guy! He was so excited that we were gonna have 3 families getting babtised!! He even cried in my interview cuz he was so happy! the fireplace looks awesome!! cant wait to come home and use it... perfect make out spot... ahha psych!!... but seriously!! I loved the videos you sent me... you guys need to send more pics and more videos!!! Clark is the real fisherman then huh? thats cool... you needa start goin up to provo to flyfish dad... you arent really being good at practicing all these things before i get home!! So this week you find out about your tags right? SEND THE PACKAGE TODAY!! FIND THE AXE STUFF!!
 Yeah i hope you guys can meet Pres Galvez one day..i bet hes gonna be a 70 or and apostle, so im sure that he will be in utah one day! THat would be cool for you guys to have him over for dinner one day before i get home and after! Mom thats really cool about your young women, i bet you love teaching girls like that!! I cant believe Majerle will be next... thats so awekward! Majerle did you dump you chump yet? I hope so... does he even hunt or fish?... you cant have a man like that in your like if he doesnt!! Same with you Maddi!!
   Well ima go.. were about to go barbeque some meat in the church and play RIsk or Settlers! :) Love you guys a ton, tell all the relatives i love them a ton, and the friends, and the members in the ward,, and just everyone!
 ELder Christensen