Monday, November 4, 2013

Quick Updates

Hello family and friends!

This week was super weird.  The first few days, I felt tons of pressure to do everything just right.  I had 2 weeks in the area and my companion just got there, so I felt like it was all on me.  It was bad of me to think that way.  We have gotten into the grove of things and now we're focusing on getting our area going.  We had tons of administrative things to do this week.  One day we spent from 8 am - 6 pm moving missionaries to get them closer to their areas.  We have been redoing areas in our zone to balance out the work a bit better.  All kinds of goodness.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this last week, but our Stake President has a goal for us to get 66 baptisms in the stake by the end of the year.  That breaks down to 3 per companionship by the end of the year.  That number is super possible, but I don't feel like our zone has the faith to get that since it's been really, really tough recently.  I look at the missionaries and the leaders we have and I often ask myself, "why doesn't this go better?"  So right now we're working a lot to get the zone stoked and out of this rut.  We'll be teaching the whole zone on Thursday, so hopefully we'll be able to spark something.

Quick updates on who we are teaching:

Leticia.  Super, super, super awesome.  She looks like and sounds like a member.  She wants to be baptized and is totally ready except she's an alcoholic.  It might get to the point that we need to get medical help.  She wants to do what's right so bad.  As soon as she gets this worked out, she'll be baptized.  The goal is Dec 8.

Delfino and Oralia.  They were progressing really well and it came time to throw out the fact they need to get married.  I think that has acted like a bit of an obstacle to their progression.  They look at it as this super, super inconvenient thing that is getting in the way of their baptism.  They understand what they have to do and what God wants them to do, they just need to buckle down and do it.  Good news, there won't be any paper problems like with Raul and Rosy.

Alvarez family.  This is a part-member family.  The dad is a member and everyone else looks like and talks like members.  The parents work on Sundays.  We invited Fernando (the dad) to fast this week that he'll be able to get Sundays off.  The wife said it would be easier to join the church if her husband was setting the example.  They are super awesome.  We're shooting for an end-of-the-year baptism with them.

Everyone else that we're teaching is doing okay, but just okay.

Fun update, Raul has the Melchisedek (spelling help, mom) priesthood and just got called to be the financial clerk in the new Boyle Heights ward.  Raul and Rosy have both been called as ward missionaries as well.  They're so awesome!

My first ZLC meeting is tomorrow! So stoked! Numbers were awful this month, so not excited to report that...

We hardly ever get fed by the members here in this ward...I'll have to adjust. :)

Elder Smith (last companion) is one of the DLs in my zone, so I'm talking to him multiple times a week. He is the district leader most on top of stuff in our zone. Love him!!

So ya, sorry for the long letter and the rambling.  

Love you all! 
Elder Christensen

p.s. Here's a guy that's leaving on his mission from the Fletcher Ward.  We took him out with us all the time and got him ready.  He's the only member in his family.  Super cool!

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