Monday, July 28, 2014

Transfers are on the way!

Howdy Y'all! 

Things have been going well here in Texas! I am happy to say that we are finally done with doing interview training for at least the next couple months. But this week we also started working on transfers. It has been another long, but good week!  Our week has mainly been interview training and transfers! 

We haven't had a lot of time to be finding this week.  We tried to be with Kyle as many days as we could also! We worked hard to have daily contact with him! And he was baptized on Saturday!! I will talk about that more in  a little bit.

So interview training as a whole went really well! It was probably the most exhausting 3 weeks of my whole mission. But I would not trade that for anything else! Opposition and hard things helps us to grow and to stretch. It helps us to see that we can do so much more then we thought we could. And as we rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ we can have our burdens made light! I know that to be true! I am convinced that is how I made it through those couple weeks! 

Transfers have also been a very good learning experience for me. I have enjoyed being able to sit down with President Mortensen. We started doing transfers on Wednesday night. We were at the mission office until about 1030 at night! It is cool to see how the spirit begins to take over and it helps lead you to where the missionaries need to go!

 Now the first little while was easier than the latter half, but we feel that we did our best to put missionaries where the spirit told us to. We put in another 6 and a half hours on Friday. We felt that for the most part we were done with them, but were still pondering on a couple of our decisions. Then we got back together on Sunday to do any final changes. From about 6:30 pm until 11:10 we were at the office finishing things up. So it was a late night. We are feeling really good about it now. 

But the highlight of the week would defiantly be seeing Kyle get baptized! t was such a great baptism! The spirit could really be felt so strong! They had me speak about sacrament! For what ever reason I couldn't decide exactly what I was going to say. Even up until the point I was suppose to give the talk I kept changing mind on what I wanted to say! But I think the spirit helped me out! I wouldn't say it was the best talk, but it worked. 

That is like my favorite thing about being out here and serving is the fact that you can truly see how the gospel changes someones life. And that is the greatest thing! I love it so much! It has helped me to have a small taste of the way our Father in Heaven looks at us! He was sitting in the front row by Elder Hillebrant and said," Salt Lake City here I come!"  He is planning on going and doing baptisms for the dead in April and going and watching general conference. 

It was also so funny, because right as he walked into the font he turned and said to us, "lets do this!" He said that after he was baptized he felt so good! It has been such a miracle to me to see how the gospel has changed Kyle's life. He is completely different than he was when I first met him! He is so much happier, and things are going so well for him right now! Just the more we have talked with him since, you can see the change that has taken place. He is already wanting to start doing missionary work. He asked how soon until he can start coming and teaching with us. 

Sunday he was confirmed, and he was glowing! It was so great! He was saying that he just wanted to just stay at church all day. The bishop also came and talked with Kyle about recieving the Aaronic priesthood, and getting a limited use temple recommend. And after hearing that Kyle got even more excited! God truly has prepared Kyle for the gospel. It has been a miracle and a blessing to have been able to work with him. And I look forward to being able to continue meeting him and seeing him continually progress. 

And real quick just touching on the coming to church part. Church really does bring a whole new light into each of our lives! It is so great!  Going to church and partaking of the sacrament is what can bring the most spiritual power into our lives! I have felt it so much in my life! I am so grateful for each week when I can go and partake of the sacrament and reflect on the previous week. I know as we each try to make the sacrament more meaningful in each of our lives that we will see a difference and we will come to understand the atonement more fully and feel of the Saviors love for each of us. I know that to be true and I testify of that! 

Well sorry this one was so short, its been a crazy week. 
I hope y'all have a great week! 

Elder Joshua V. Christensen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There is not enough time anymore!!

   Hey Everyone, this is going to probably be my shortest email yet, but there is just not enough time anymore! Mondays we are starting to have our office meetings, so from like 10 to 1230 ish we are in meetings. So that takes more time out of our preparation day. But it is good. 

We are beginning to discuss transfers. For the most part for now it seems like we will be doing transfers the same. But we just discussed with President and Sister Mortensen about the times and things that we will be needing to get done! They are so on top of it though. They are ready and excited to continue working hard and continue seeing miracles. 

This last week was very much the same as last week. We did interview training again. But now we are revising it so we still are going to be doing it this week, along with doing transfers also. It will be a long week, but it will be worth it. We have taught our training 20 times now, and each one is around 3 and a half hours. Some have been closer to 4. So we are looking forward to being able to finish strong this week. 

Wednesday night we will starting our transfer meetings and begin thinking and praying about which missionaries to transfer and which ones we can ask to train. We about 17 missionaries who are departing this transfer, and about 17 entering, so we will need some good trainers to help the missionaries out. 

So I don't know if I have talked about what we do during our training much, but if I have I am sorry. So we are teaching a lot about setting inspired goals, and then making inspired and effective plans to accomplish those goals. So as we have really done our best to apply the training to us, we have seen so many miracles. We can truly see the lords hand in the work! We have also been making it a big priority to help these missionaries understand even more that this is The Lords Work! Not ours. This really is his work and when we do it His way, then we see miracles. 

We also see that the work is hastened. Its been cool to see this change. So on average we teach about 570 lessons a week in our mission. After going through less than half of the mission and teaching this training and committing the missionaries to rise to a new sense of commitment. Our average jumped up to 870! That is so incredible to me! I can see the Lord getting ready to have this mission just take off! More and more miracles are been seen daily through out the mission. And our mission is on track to set a new record for baptism and reactivation. Now I am not trying to say this to brag or anything like that. But I am saying that because we can see how the lord is hastening His work! As we have aligned or will fully with His, then the work hastens! That is such a cool miracle to me! 

Yesterday we were also able to get back in with our investigator Kyle. He is still doing very well!  He was in Oregon for a week. We were a little bit worried with him leaving, but he went to the singles ward Oregon, and said he enjoyed it there also. But the last few days he was there we couldn't get a hold of him. He wasn't replying to our messages or calls. So on Sunday we asked our ward mission leader Captain Moroni to go and check in with him. And he told Moroni that he would be coming to church. Well by the time church rolls around he wasn't there. Elder Hillebrant and I were kinda worried at this point so after sacrament meeting we drove over to his house to see how he was doing. 

It turns out that he just wasn't feeling well, and didn't want to get anyone else sick so he stayed home from church. But we met up with him later that night and talked with him to make sure he was still feeling good about being baptized for this next weekend. And he is still as excited as ever! He truly is becoming more and more converted! We then ended the night with talking about the temple, and how in a couple weeks he can get his recommend to do baptisms for the dead. He was very much excited about that as well! And he just looked through different pictures of the temples, and was just amazed by them! So we will plan on him being baptized this next Saturday!! :) 

Saturday we were asked by a stake to go speak at a youth conference. So we went and taught some different mission prep classes. It was fun! 

One more miracles I would like to share happened Saturday night! But to start this one off we were in a park in the Woodlands! Now many of you might remember that I served in The Woodlands for about 9 months and it was along time to be there, but I loved every minute of it. I would go back to the college park ward in a heart beat. But we were up in the college park ward boundary( college park is actually within our ward boundary because we are in a singles ward.) and we were walking around this park trying to contact some different people. And there was a guy sitting on a bench that I approached and started talking to. 

His name was Marco. He said he had seen missionaries before and said one of his friends was a missionary. I then asked what his friends name was. He said the name of his friend was Jessie D. ( I will just use initials for last names.) And I knew this Brother and Sister D. very well! And they told me that there son Jessie was going to be back in the middle of July. Marco mentioned how he wanted to get back in contact with Jessie. We then said we would try to help, and then we actually taught him about The Book of Mormon. He was very interested in reading. We told him after the lesson maybe sometime we could meet up again and with Jessie and sit down and have a lesson together, and he said that would be great! So we got in contact with Brother D. And he said once there back in Texas, that Jessie could help us out! So it was just a cool miracle for me, because it has helped me to again see that the Lord works in mysterious ways, and he has a plan for all of us. I know me serving in The Woodlands was no coincidence. I was up there to get to know the members and meet different people there that we are beginning to teach again! God is continuing to move his work forward and we are just blessed to be apart of it! I know that to be true! 

  We are so blessed to be apart of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It holds the keys and the authority to help us return home to our Father in Heaven one day! As children of God we all have the same goal of returning home to live with God again, and we are blessed to know that goal. Now sadly not everyone knows about this wonderful plan that Heavenly Father has for us. But that is why missionary work is so important. This is how we help others to see Gods goal for us is, and his plan on how to achieve it. 

I am sure people get sick of hearing me say this, but please look for missionary opportunities. They are out there. Pray for them and you will find them. What is the most common promise in the bible?   'Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, Knock and it shall be opened up to you." I know that  to be true, I have seen it! Missionary work isn't just helping people here on earth either. Please make an increased effort to attend the temple and preform those saving ordinances for your ancestors, and others who have passed on. You will be blessed for doing it. I promise that to you as a representative of Jesus Christ! I know that to be true because I have had the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truthfulness of that. 

As members we always here the same things over and over again. Now it is going to take acting upon this to see a change. So after you finish reading this please think of specifically what you can do to have missionary opportunities, or how often you will attend the temple or do family history. And then present that plan to Father in Heaven and commit to God that you are wanting to accomplish this goal. He will help you, and he will bless you with more strength to stand up against temptations. He will strengthen your families and bring y'all closer as a family, and you will find more happiness in your life. I testify of that. 

I hope all Y'all have a wonderful week!
Elder Joshua V. Christensen

P.S Fun random story, we went to one dinner appt this last week, and the guy we went and had dinner with said he was related to some Christensen in Utah. Now this isn't the first time I have had some one ask me if I am related to certain Christensen's in Utah.  But as we talked about our family history we found out we have a common ancestor who came across from Denmark. 

And as we continued to dive deeper into our family history we found are closely related. I came into the dinner appt not knowing this guy, and came out finding out that we are 2nd cousins! Now that is cool!  We found out our Grandfathers are brothers! We had this cool experience because I have done my best to learn more about family history, and it is so cool! :) Just thought I would share that. 

Driving in the Car 

Us after we finished teaching at the youth conference.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Interview week!

   Hey everyone, I don't have a whole ton to write on this week. We have been in doing interviews with the mission president for most of the week! It was exhausting, but so good! I really feel that there is a new energy that is going through out the mission! It has been so exciting to see! So as we prepared to make the interview schedule, President told us he wanted at least 15 minutes per missionary! It is good that he wants to take time and get to know the missionaries! But he is thinking big!! :)

We have some exciting things in store for the coming months and years!! We are really emphasizing on our mission standards and contacting as many people as we can a day. The mission standard is at least 25 contacts a day with 25 referrals. He has been committing each missionary during interviews to this standard! And missionaries have been seeing more and more miracles as they commit to him, and work as hard as they can to contact people! 

   So during these interviews that took place, we were asked to present training. So we have about 3 sessions a day that we would train for, and each session is about 3 hours long! And we will do this for the next two weeks! It won't be quite as busy as this last week, because we are cutting it down to just two sessions a day! But we have really been trying to help missionaries see there purpose more fully, and just get them excited!! In the words of our great mission president, " ITS GO TIME"!

So we have been training on our purpose, and about meaningful goal setting with God! It has been so cool to see just the change since we have been presenting this training! We have also been doing our best to plan our day better with setting goals for what we feel God wants to accomplish through us, and then making inspired plans! We then commit our selves to work as hard as we can, and then from there miracles will come!! I know that to be true!

Really the only time we have had to proselyte this week was Saturday and a part of Sunday, and we felt we had great inspired plans. And the adversary defiantly tried to discourage us. And this is just what he tries to do to all of us. All of our plans fell through on Saturday and Sunday. But we knew as long as we did our best, and rely completely on the Lord he would provide! And he absolutely did! Sunday night we got a call from a member saying that North Shore Park (Park up in the Woodlands) Was full of YSA's and that we should go check it out! And we went up there and contacted the best that we could! We came out with 5 people we contacted and talked with, 4 referrals, and handed out 3 copies of the Book of Mormon! What a miracle! God defiantly helped us out and blessed us! 

Sorry I am jumping around so much, but also with the training we have been using the analogy of Moroni and the title of liberty! Well while talking about his, we have made our own title of liberty for the mission! We made a decent sized banner that is about 6 feet long, but about 2 feet wide! And on it, we wrote what is written the front of Preach my Gospel from the first presidency!

It says " We challenge you to rise to a new sense of commitment to assist our Father in Heaven in His glorious work. Every missionary has an important role in helping “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).  

We then a have invited the missionaries to sign the back of the poster and this is symbolic of the story. In the story the people rent the coats and enter into a covenant with God. As they sign they commit to rise to this new sense of commitment. We are going to see so many miracles in the coming months. With the ideas president Mortensen has we will see this work hastened!

And it is official. We have been told that by fall we will be getting our ipads! So we soon will be using those! I know that the Lord is getting ready to accelerate his work so much more! It will be an exciting time! I feel so blessed to be able to participate in this work at this time! 

 So most nights afters interviews we have been back at the office getting some office work done! And if we had appts we would be out teaching!! We have met with Kyle so more this week, and he is just continuing to progress! I can't remember if I said this already, but he had finished the book of Mormon, and we gave him a preach my gospel. He has started read more out of it, and he has loved learning about it! We met with him last Thursday and had him teach us about the restoration and he did great!

And then he started quoting from Elder Holland about the Book of Mormon! He said during some of his free time he has watched sessions of general conference! He watched general conference of 1978 last weekend! I am so grateful I have been able to get to know him and got to work with him! He was out of town yesterday, so he said he would go to church in Oregon, and he want and said he loved it!! He is always telling us how he wants to be a Mormon already! He is so prepared!! Only two more Saturdays and he will get baptized!! It is just a testimony builder to me of how true this Church is!  I am so happy right now!! 

  One last thing I would love to share! So today we went downtown to some of the Museums, and on our way back we got off the metro train, and the group of missionaries we were with were walking just a little bit a head of me, and there was a man who was in a wheel chair, and he was very tired, so I offered to push him over to the Walmart where were were going, and it was just such a great experience. We talked with him about the gospel, and he gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. He was such a nice person!

What I have love so far about my mission is just home much love I have grown for people!  I really felt this desire to share the gospel with him!! It was just a simple act of service that allowed us to talk with him about the gospel! I would invite you to look for opportunities to serve others and bring up the gospel! It is such a great and easy way to do that! I promise you that it will bring so much happiness into your life! 

Well that is about all I have to report on for this week! I hope all y'all have a wonderful week! 
Elder Joshua V. Christensen 

Pictures from P-day with Missionaries:
60 Stories up 


Getting in a workout

I still got it....

Actually, I need a lot of work

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another Great Week to be in Texas!

Howdy Y'all,
So this week has been one of the busiest weeks yet, but it has been so good! Well as many of you know we had our new mission president fly in on Monday! And he is going to be so great!! He is so excited about the work, and he is all about raising the vision for this mission! I am so excited to see what will happen!!  

I feel so blessed to be able to be serving at this time in my life!! I feel just how much this gospel has blessed me in my life and it just makes me so happy to be able to be serving and to be able to help others experience the joy that comes through Christ's restored Church! 

Well I am going to have to be pretty short this week, we got pulled in for some meetings this morning so we are very limited on time. Well Monday after President Mortensen flew in we came back to the mission office and we had a great dinner with the Pingrees and the Mortensens. We got to get to know them a little bit better, but then after that night we were getting pictures with the both of them. 

From there we went to a family home evening in our ward where some of our investigators were.  But that is mainly what we did for Monday. I will admit though, it was very hard to say goodbye to the Pingrees, but I know they they have blessed this mission and the missionaries so much, and I know that the Mortensens will do the same for this mission, and the work of the Lord will go forward and will continue to hasten! What a great blessing that is! 

Tuesday night we met one on one with President Mortensen and he began to lay out his vision for the mission! By the time we were out of his house we were both filled with the spirit so strong that we were ready to just hit the ground running again!! We both felt like the spirit was so strong the our hair was on fire!! He went over a lot of the importance of really why we are out here as missionaries. 

He asked us what our biggest key indicator of our success was. Now some people would say it would be baptisms. But he went on to explain that our success is based on how many people we are getting to church. Now when I say this I mean church attendance as a whole. Not just how many investigators we get to church, but how many souls we are bring there to renew there covenants. That is the whole point of church, it is to go and to continually renew our covenants with God so we can become clean again and continue walking on the path that leads back to him. These were the exact same thoughts I had at the beginning of my mission. But when President brought them back up again it helped me to again feel the spirit and the truth of that!! 

We should all keep this in our minds. Even if you are not our bringing new people into the church, you have a sacred responsibility to do your visiting and home teaching faithfully!! Now faithfully doesn't just mean stopping by and saying hi, but helping them to be nourished by the good word of God. We read our of D&C 20 about what home teaching is, and why its important, and we also see this principle in Moroni Chapter 6.  And if we have less actives or other members who are going through hard times it is our duty to help them, and make sure they are getting to church to renew these covenants. Trials and struggles are apart of our lives, but they also can be the catalysts that lead to lasting conversion as we rely on our father in Heaven and work as hard as we can to keep the promises we have made with him. 

I know that as we work hard to help those we have stewardship over, we will be blessed! I know that to be true, and I am so excited to be able to see the change that will take place in this mission! President Pingree laid the foundation for the mission, and now it is time to build upon that!

The rest of the week we had introduction conferences! We went around to different parts of the mission to introduce the Mortensen family, and that is where President began to share some of his ideas that will help this mission become even more productive. We also read a passage out of the Book of Mormon. We read Alma 17 & 18, I don't have much time to talk about it, but I would invite all of you to read this and ponder on the message we get from this story, and next week when I have more time I will talk about what I had learned! Look for the symbolism.

We have also been able to meet with Kyle some more this week, and he is continuing to progress! 2 days ago he read until Alma 39, yesterday he was in Alma 55, and as of this morning he is in Ether 8. He is going through it so fast and he is comprehending all of it! And the spirit is really taking hold and teaching and testifying to him that what he is doing is true! I am so grateful for the power that the spirit brings into my life! I know that it is because of the Holy Ghost that we can find comfort, it is because of it that there is guidance and a way to receive answers to our prayers! It is such a huge blessing that I am grateful for! 

( This is me, Kyle and Elder Hillebrant at the temple! )
I am sorry this is so short again, but I hope y'all have a great week! 

Elder  Joshua V. Christensen

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Mission President!

This week has been another crazy week as we have prepared for the new mission president, but as well as that we have seen some incredible miracles. We have spent alot of time in the office. So we have been doing reports for a good portion of the week, and also we have been trying to get introduction conference and interviews planned for these coming weeks with the new mission president. 

But before I talk about that I want to talk about a very great experience we have had this week! 
 This last week we were able to go to the temple for a specialized training with our Mission President and the temple president! And that was such a special event for us. We were given some question in the previous week that we were able to ponder on. Our President gave us these questions after reading in D&C 138

On October 3, 1918, President Joseph F. Smith was studying the scriptures and was “reflecting upon the great atoning sacrifice that was made by the Son of God, for the redemption of the world” (D&C 138:2).  He received a vision of the spirit world.  During the vision, he witnessed the spirits of the righteous.  He explained that these individuals “had been faithful in the testimony of Jesus” and that they “had offered sacrifice in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of God

Here are the questions he gave us. 

1. What does it mean to “offer sacrifice in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of God?”

2. What implications does this have for me and the type of sacrifice I need to make in my life?

3. How do temple covenants help me to offer such a sacrifice?

As we pondered on these questions I had such a sacred experience where as I studied I truly felt so enlightened and like I had truly received. I felt so prompted and inspired that what it means to offer a sacrifice in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of God, means a couple of different things. 1, that we need to follow him, and that starts with the covenant of Baptism. And when we follow him we promise to take Christ's name upon us, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. But what also really stuck out to me was the fact that we need to completely submit our wills to our Father in Heaven's. Christ was the perfect example for this. 

We see time and time again how his whole life he was about the Fathers business, (Luke chapter 2) and did our Fathers will. So as we approach hard times, we need to pray and seek what Gods will for us is. And as we obey him and his will, he is going to bless us, and we will become better Disciples for Jesus Christ! Also we are here all with the same purpose. We all are here to prepare to return home and live with our Father in Heaven again! And that is exactly what God wants for us. So we are here to serve people and help them along the path that leads to eternal life. 

I wish I had more time to share more of this experience with you. Well this was preparation for our temple trip on Tuesday. We went and had a wonderful session at the temple. And after we were able to go to one of the training rooms and have a discussion with the Mission President and Temple President! During this discussion I learned so much! We talked about these questions that we have pondered, and again I just felt so good, and learned so much!! I know that I have been so blessed for this opportunity! Again I wish I had more time to talk about it, because this email does not do the experience justice. 

We and Elder Hillebrant had new leadership training out in Magnolia. We went and had the meeting with all the new missionaries who have been called to a new leadership position. That meeting was a couple hours long, but I feel like it was a good meeting. I was pretty nervous at first with this training. A lot of the missionaries in the training were missionaries who had been out a lot longer than I have. But many of them said that the meeting really helped them feel prepared to go and have there different meetings, so I was happy to hear that. On the way back Kyle texted us, and we set up an appointment with him for the next day. 


We also were able to meet with our investigator named Kyle this week. I can't remember if I mentioned him in my former email, but he was being taught by the missionaries up until the point of baptism. The week before he told his parents he wanted to get baptized, and his parents were upset with him and his decision and ultimately talked him out of having that desire.  

Since then he stopped reading the Book of Mormon, and so the previous week we had a lesson with him and talked to him about reading the Book of Mormon. Then we had set a return appt for this last Thursday. Well we decided for this lesson we wanted to bring up baptism with him again since it had been a couple months since they discussed it. We decided to have a lesson at the temple and we wanted to bring our mission President. 

So we went and we taught about the true nature of God. How he has a body of flesh and bone (D&C 130:22) and how he shows his love to us. And just had a sweet lesson where the spirit was strong. We invited him to be baptized and he hesitantly said yes. Well before we went on I asked him if he had prayed to know if baptism was something God would have him do, and he said he hadn't prayed and asked. Well we committed him to pray and to ask God, if the lesson we had taught him about the true nature of God was true, and to also ask if he should be baptized. 

 We got a message from Kyle early that morning. He told us that he had received and answer to his prayers. He told us that he ready from Mosiah Chapter 10 until Alma Chapter 30 that night. He read about 120 pages from the Book of Mormon!!! He said he then prayed about Gods true nature, and about baptism, and he had such a sweet experience. 

He told us that night after he got to bed he had a dream in which he came to know that God had a body of flesh and bones, and confirmed that he should be baptized. God told him in the dream to follow his heart and soul on this one. He told him that he would lead Kyle to making the right decision. 

When we heard about this experience our minds were blown!! Both of our jaws were dropped and the spirit was so strong as he told us his dream. Well we asked him if we could meet at the temple again Saturday afternoon. 


Well the time came to teach Kyle again. We got to the temple around one, and it began to start pouring rain. We ran to one of the sides of the temple under some trees, and there was an older lady who was trying to stay dry. We told her we could go run to our car and get her an umbrella. So sprinted through the rain storm towards the car, and we ran right by a big group of people who were huddling right by the temple doors waiting for the rain to stop. We probably looked ridiculous, but we were determined to help this lady. 

Well we got to the car, grabbed the umbrella, and right as we opened it and took 10 steps, the rain completely stopped, and we were completely soaked. We got back and the older lady thanked us for running all the way to grab it, and we went our separate way. 

Well we get a message from Kyle after saying he just woke up, and wanted to reschedule for 3. Well we went to go pick up a member who could come and teach with us. When 3 came around we went and taught another great lesson with Kyle. He told us more details of the dream that he didn't mention in the messages he sent us. But we have committed him to be baptized July 26th, and he accepted! 

We were scrambling to get on our way to church. The morning we spent in the office setting up the interview schedule for the coming weeks. When the time came we went to our car to drive to church and noticed on of our tires was flat. Luckily we were blessed to be at the mission office. We ran inside and grabbed the keys to our 2013 Silverado and we were back on our way! I guess that is one of the perks to being able to be in the office! It has been fun to drive a Silverado again. So we are using that car until Tuesday when we can get our van in to get our tire repaired. We have been so busy this week we haven't had time to take it in. 

That has been our week. Even though it has been long, it has been so worth it. I have felt the spirit so strong, and we were able to accomplish the things that we needed to get done. I know the Lord has let us see so many miracles this week!! God is so good to us, and he has blessed us so much! I know that this is His work, and as we do our best to do his will, we will be blessed more than anything else! I would invite y'all to continue looking for missionary experiences! I know if you pray, you will find opportunities! I Promise that and testify of it! 

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! 

Elder Joshua V. Christensen