Friday, 15 July 2016

July 4, 2016- "Run to the Hills!"

Hello my family and friends ! 
Another great week in restoring and gathering scattered Israel! It was for the most part a wonderful week. But there seemed to be a lingering of uneasiness as we approached July 3. The day of transfer calls. We focused and worked as if nothing was happening but , something was still going to happen so you couldnt avoid it. Saturday was the worst. I feel as though the longer I've been on my mission the more transfers seem to hang over me like a black rain cloud that  hanging over me. But in the end it brings some rain , and as a consequence, there is growth. Although when it seems to rain at transfer time ... It pours.  
I received a transfer call from president Jardine. My new area is shingle springs YSA in the el dorado hills zone. I have been called as a zoneleader. My new companion is elder K from American fork utah. Some fun facts about my area :
-I can see my first area (ione and Jackson area ) from where we live which is in the middle of the woods at a members home in a little house they built in the back. it sits up on a hill. It feels so cool to back in an area that is so much like my first area. Same beautiful scenes. Same kind of work ! 
-I am now in ysa work (young single adult Ward). I think it's funny because I kind of disliked Ysa wards before my mission. So Heavenly Father  placed me in a Ysa to learn to love Ysa ! I am actually quite excited. 
-I came into east sac when elder K first started his mission. We have followed each other around since over to north sac... And now we are companions ! So excited. I love this elder ! It made the transfer easier to swallow. 

I do have to say transfers have been some of the most heartbreaking times on my mission. Every transfer a piece of your heart gets scooped out and left in the area. So I just want to thank natomas 3rd Ward and tala'ofa for everything they did for me. I know I could have done more in those areas. But I did gain such an appreciation for all those who loved me and my companion, and took us in as if we were one of their own. And that is a understatement . Truly I feel as Ammon and his brethren felt after they had finished their work converting the lamanites to the anti-nephi-Lehi. Mormon said that those whom Ammon served and so "dearly beloved" -loved him Also "for they were treated as though they were angels sent from God." Alma27:4. 
Truly that is how I have felt in both wards. I love you guys with my whole soul! 

Also I want to give a  tribute to my companion elder Y who is literally a born natural at missionary work. All I had to do was show him and he'd do it. As if it needed no practice. When he knew better, he did better. Which is the very thing elder Lawrence from the 70 said was the key attribute of Christ. Not only is  he a great missionary, but also my brother and friend. I know he's got my back. He would do anything to help me become better. He taught me a lot of things about giving that I may not have learned from anyone else. 

Here are some pictures : 

Love you all - elder kristensen 

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