Tuesday, 21 June 2016

June 20, 2016-Tributes

Sorry family I am super put of time. Thank you for everyone's emails though :) 
But I do need to apologize for my neglect in mentioning a few things. 
First off . June 7 was makinna's birthday. I do want to wish her a very happy birthday and for being the most wonderful sister (only sister ) I've ever had ! During my teenage years I'm pretty sure we were always at each other's throats, but if it ever came to anyone hating on me she was always there to back me up. Kinna has been the source of so much of my fun and joy that I've experienced in my life. I have felt her support by her words and also her prayers while I have served. Thank you makinna. I love you. I don't love it when you play the three same songs on the piano at 9 am on a Saturdaymorning though ;) i am eternally grateful for choice to keep covenants and make covenants that will bind our family and your future family for eternity. 
Also to my wonderful grandma kristensen ! Her birthday was June 12 ! I am grateful for her example and faith as she raised a righteous family. She has always been a firm defender of the faith and that was passed on to my dad and in return to me. It's a legacy of faith ! Plus she writes me a handwritten letter every week... That's amazing ! Thank you grandma. 
I must express gratitude to my father as well during this weekend of reflection on the sacred role of a father. My father has fulfilled that role as a worthy priesthood leader within the walls of his home. He has lead his family to find happiness and joy and I know that it has been through the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am grateful for my father and the example he sets not only to his sons but everyone in his realm of influence. He emanates a disciple of Christ. I could go on forever about my dad. But I know that Heavenly Father knew the exact earthly family I needed to find joy. 
I love my family. All of them ! 
The gospel is true. Jesus Christ is the son of the living God ! And Joseph smith is, undoubtedly a prophet of the lord in these last days. 
Have a good week ! 
Elder kristensen 
2 elder y and I dominated a cookie contest in our zone. All thanks to brother u .  Ours is the middle in the cast iron pan .

Monday, 20 June 2016

June 13, 2016- Holiness to the Lord, House of the Lord

Dear family and beloved friends ,
It has been an incredible week this week especially seeing the fruits of our labors that I know I have along since been waiting . On Tuesday night the L family willingly, with short noticed, attended the temple with me for sister D . Sister D was a lady I had the privilege of teaching and also baptizing along with her daughter . A year ago Monday June 6 she made her first covenant with the lord Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone holding priesthood authority given by God . She Covenanted to keep His commandments, to serve others, and to take His name upon herself as a disciple of the Son of our Eternal father. In return Heavenly Father Covenanted with her to allow his spirit to always be with her as she strived to keep her covenant. By weekly attendance at church where she partook of the essential ordinance of sacrament, she prepared herself for the sacred, saving ordinances of the temple. These ordinances within the saviors holy house , are equally important as to those of baptism. And I got to see her standing in the most sacred place on earth, I think that is where I felt some of the most indescribable and profound joy a human could ever feel. We as missionaries picture our investigators in the temple to help us recognize where we truly want them to go. And that vision that I had a year ago actually happened by the grace and love of our savior Jesus Christ. This is one of the highlights of my mission experience. 
Next spiritual thing that happened was that we organized a recent convert proxy baptism trip other wise known as baptisms for the dead. People who have not had the opportunity to know the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in this life and accept baptism by priesthood authority here, have the chance as we do the baptism for them. NH, RR and DV were all able to attend. It was D's first time. I cannot live without this precious doctrine. 
I know temple work is real. I felt it so powerfully this week.. I know L has been blessed with gifts from heaven as she went to the temple. The lord loves us all and would have us all feel of his presence within his holy house. 
Also cool experience, I got to see brother S in the temple! He was my first Ward mission leader in ione !! He was taking his son through for the first time. Also super special. I miss ione a ton. I'm ione trunkey . 
I love you all and please consider the amount you attend the temple. If you don't know about the temple , ask some Mormons :) 
Here's a bunch of pictures ! 

June 6, 2016- I'm Lame, I'm Sorry. But Not.

Hello family ! 
It has been a wonderful week ! 
Don t have much time this week , but it was a week full of Tongan meals and happiness . So happy . Also at a service project. The week progressed really well!! We found tons of part member families to teach and also saw some less activities come back to church. 
I am so grateful for the gospel. I'm grateful for the light that it brings. I know it brings happiness to families and joy to our personal live helping us find purpose and direction. Heavenly Father loves each of us. I'm sorry for the lamest email ever. But I do love each of you ! Bye ! 

May 30, 2016-Paradise City

This week was awesome ! I was super sick ! So not so awesome hahah 
It was transfer week which is a little wild. Wednesday I was super sick. I couldn't get out of better. So I went on a little exchange with the zoneleaders so Elder Y could go and teach our super important lesson with a family that we have been teaching. They have , by the way, accepted a conditional baptismal date for June 25. It all depends on when Heavenly Father tells them the Book of Mormon is true.  But they are very sincere about finding an answer so with a little prayer and reading , they will come to know that it is true!  But Wednesday I chose to drink NyQuil in the hopes that I could sleep off my sickness for 6 hours so I could attend a stake meeting. Well only 2 hours into my NyQuil knock out I was awoken by our mighty leader elder M who has said some things came up and we were needed.  If any of you have taken NyQuil before, you know it puts you down for a couple hours. I have never been more groggy in my life. Trying to teach a lesson with that was just bad.  But the testimony was still there. Then one thing lead to another and I ended up working the rest of the day. It was kind of funny. So I battled that all week. 
But If anything I wasn't to tell you all how much I love all of you ! The support I have received from everyone has been amazing ! THANK YOU
This week I have gained just a greater appreciation for the savior . Without him and his gospel life just wouldn't make any sense ! I am eternally grateful for the direction I have been given in my life by His teachings. 
While role playing elder y and I received revelation . We so commonly use the Book of Mormon as the evidence of the restoration. So often we Highlight the fact that it is proof that Joseph is a prophet. Which is true. BUT we realized that we had not been talking enough about the fact that the Book of Mormon has teachings and lessons that will improve life and will even change your life to be so much happier and enriched. We didn't talk as much about the sacred content of the book.  so we have changed to have a balance !This idea has changed us using the Book of Mormon . 
I testify that the Book of Mormon contains principles and lessons that, if followed , will make your life better. It has the power to bless your life if you let it .
Elder KRistensen
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