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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012

Hey family!!!
  So yesterday..... was the coolest experience EVER... guess what happened..... fetching President Henry B. Eyring, Elder Russel Ballard, and Elder Todd D Christofferson..... three apostles.... came to Costa Rica, and wanted a meeting ONLY with the missionaries.... how cool is that?? We got to shake their hands and meet them personally!! They came and talked to us about the gospel... it was soo awesome... i love them so much!!! You could just see like a light coming off their body!! They main things that they talked to us about were, the book of Mormon and why it is soo awesome, Joseph Smith, and the Restoration, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.... it was way way awesome... it was like our own personal general conference... President Wilkinson was sooooo excited.. you shoulda seen the look and smile on his face the whole time! He said that has never happened to any other mission, that 3 apostles have arrived just to talk to them!!! The meeting with them was a couple hours after change meeting. I learned so many things from them though... and felt the spirit rush in the room right when they walked in the room!! Oh and by the way... Elder Lamoureaux doesn't have changes... and nether did i... I'm gonna be with him until he finishes.. we are way excited!! We actually asked Pres. Wilkinson to not change us and he listened to us. So we are excited!! 
  About the earthquake... so here is the story.... So i get out of the shower and all ready for the day like a normal day and sit down to start my personal study, just enjoying reading the book of Mormon and all the sudden i see the closet shaking, i tell Lamo to stop jumping up and down... and he says, "I'm not jumping."... haha all the sudden it starts shaking even harder... and i was like what the fetch.. its an earthquake hahhahah It was really weird but really cool... it was shaking pretty hard.. we live on the 2nd floor so we could see all the other roof tops shaking also... my comp actually recorded it! It wasn't scary at all though.. cuz it wasn't very strong... not one house got damaged where we were though... The place that it was big though was Guanacaste... like 2 people died there or something. but where we are.. nothing happened!!! BUt the cool thing is, that on the day of the earthquake, ALL the missionaries from Guanacaste, and Puntarenas.. just so happened to have a conference with President Wilkinson that day... so all of them were here in San Jose, where nothing happened... How cool is that? President told us how grateful he was to be able to receive the revelation from god and take them out of their zones the same day the earthquake hit... without even knowing that was gonna happen!! It was really cool!!!
  So the house looks really sick! I'm so excited!! What is the Marriot that we are staying at the first 3 days? In San Jose? Also you never answered me... Who are all the people that are coming?? This trip is gonna be so fun!! Oh and the other thing is... Elder Lamoreaux wants to come down the Costa Rica after the family trip, so i was thinkin.. what if he comes down here like the 17th of March and i will just stay with him here for a couple of days?? and we will just stay in houses of members and stuff for like 3 or 4 days? Also how many plane tickets do you guys have left? He said he will buy one of the tickets that we have from our sky miles or something... what do you guys think?
   Gosh i don't know what i should do for school when i get home... cuz if i go to BYU Idaho with these kids, i will be going in the fall and winter semester.... that means very LIMITED hunting.... and if i go to school during the summer, i would have to start right when i get home.. which i don't want,.. and i wouldn't be going with them! I am in a pickle, I just don't know what to do! Also Elder Kurta, says he knows a ton of outfitters and he could get me a job, also Elder Schefler says the same thing, cuz his brother works for MOSSBACK outfitters and said he could get me a job and like the packboy and then i can work my way up to a guide... he said his brother was with Doyle Moss when he shot the Spider Bull... how sick is that? The thing is... i just wanna hunt... i wanna study too but also hunting being like 60 or 70% of my life.. haha That's why i would like to study during the summer or something!! What do you think i should do Mom and Dad?
  Yeah you gotta send me a huge bag of elk jerky dad... that will be sick!! So that is good the company is doing well... do you think your gonna be expanding a ton soon? How many employees do you have in total? So you gotta get up there huntin this last week of the hunt man!! Oh did you know that there is an elder here that owns all the mountains above bucks cabin there in Bear Lake.... he said he has like 1000 acres or something and that he gets like 20 tags from the state per year... he said when i get back he is gonna take me up there and we can hunt his property... He said he can tag a monster mulley the first day of the hunt on his land!! Too bad you cant go up there and hunt his property with your deer tag... well you could.. but he doesn't finish the mish for a couple more months. hahah Also Elder Kurta owns like 2000 acres there in Idaho... right next to BYU Idaho... and he gets 75 tags per year for elk and deer... Some tags are year round!!! Crazy huh?? He said he is gonna take me elk, deer, cougar, and wolf hunting when we get back... he is the nice one that was with me in the MTC... remember? So I'm excited to go hunt there!! 
  Oh and the guy with tatts and the pistol in that pic is a recent convert... he got baptised like 3 weeks ago... i didn't baptise him, but the sisters in my zone did... and so i had to do the interview... then i had to have President Wilkinson go to the interview of him, cuz he and done some crazy stuff... but he had repented completely and him and his wife just got baptised... he has some crazy stories that he told me in the interview... we both were just crying cuz his life has been so sad... its the guy that lived in Philadelphia for most of his life and was a gang member there! He speaks perfect English and everything! 
  So yea thanks so much for the package.. i liked it!! So crazy i practically only have 5 months left!! Time is starting to go by really fast!! I love you guys a ton and cant wait to hear from you next week!!
  Elder Christensen

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