Monday, June 16, 2014

A Test in Our Patience

Hello family and friends.

This was an interesting, roller coaster week.  So the beginning of the week was awesome!  On Monday and Tuesday, we were able to pick up a few families as investigators that we have been trying to get in touch with for a while.  We had some solid lessons with them.  I went to the chiropractor on Tuesday and after it didn't quite feel as good as all the other trips.  For whatever reason, our whole week started to slip downhill after that.  At the end of the week, we ended up with only 9 lessons, with 12 lessons that fell through.  That was a bit of a test in our patience.

In other sad news, Santiago found out that the owner of his house is selling, so he needs to move out by next week.  We found this out on Sunday when he told us he couldn't come to church because he had to start to clean everything because they were going to be showing the house to somebody later that day.  We are praying really hard that he is able to find a new place in the area.  We have been writing down tons of phone numbers and addresses as we are trying to help him find a place.

This upcoming week, we will be having our last Mission Conference with President Becerra.  It will be here that we say our goodbyes.  That will definitely be a highlight of the week.  President Becerra is doing a very good job prepping the mission for the switch.  He said, "Your loyalty has to switch to him immediately.  It's not about the
man, it's the mantle."  He then went on to share the story of the mantle and Elijah and Elisha.  Dad, if you see President Villanueva during Mission President Seminar, give him a hug for me and tell him that we are ready for him!

My companion and I are getting along great!  As a whole, I have been very blessed with good companions on my mission.  We are dealing with a lot of interesting problems with investigators.  The majority of these problems are a lot more complicated than ones in the past.  But as Elder Holland once said, "Salvation was never easy."

I hope that all is well and that you are enjoying your summer! If you haven't read in the Book of Mormon today, read it!  Also, I would love to read a short summary of what you all are studying in your personal studies right now.

Love you all!

Elder Christensen

P.S. Thought from Elder Ballard:

"As an Apostle, I now ask you a question: Do you have any personal quiet time? I have wondered if those who lived in the past had more opportunity than we do now to see, feel, and experience the presence of the Spirit in their lives.

Seemingly, as our world gets brighter, louder, and busier, we have a greater challenge feeling the Spirit in our lives. If your life is void of quiet time, would you begin tonight to seek for some?"

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