Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sorry you won't get a normal Family Letter, and we had too leave too early to write a written letter this week, but here's my letter to President!

Dear President

This week has been amazing, trying, hard, and utterly miraculous. Part way through, I personally realized that it was a test of something beyond obedience, as with Elder Sutherland, I have been so blessed in obtaining a much stronger testimony of exact obedience. This week has been a test of consecration for me personally, and I'm still not sure if I have passed or failed.
We did not get the 21 investigators at church this week, for two reasons I can list. One being that last Wednesday there was a spiritual impression that I did not follow, the other being several unprecedented circumstances a holiday that nobody in our District knew about, National Day, because of which all of our members and many of our members all went back to kampung. With all that though, we also have put a miracle family on date for about 3 weeks from now, after they discussed as husband and wife and decided that this church was true. The Spirit has worked on them immensely, and it has been so amazing to have been blessed with such an opportunity.
Also, our Zone focus on finding and teaching has yielded much fruit across the District this week, and many people have opened their hearts through door knocking of all things. In our District Training, we decided that if we valued and planned our contacting time, the Lord could put value in it for us. And that has indeed happened, every companionship has been finding FAMILIES to teach! Our baptismal goal is within reach!

We had splits with Elders Jahali and Daily, and they are doing fantastic. This last week they have seen amazing success in a previously dead area, and they attribute it to Obedience and Diligence. The work is progressing indeed.

Your Questions:
1.What did I do to fulfill my purpose?
Our contacting has yielded fruit every time this week, and we have a family now on date.

2. What did I do to show my love for the Lord?
This week has been the hardest of my mission for sure, but miracles have literally been shown at every turn. 

3. What did I do to improve my obedience?
Honestly, this week I have been trying my darnedest to maintain the testimony of obedience I've gained so far, as I have hardly had time to contemplate trying to be better. Hopefully I can have time to contemplate the state of my own soul sometime, but for now we are very busy with so many people to work with.

I love this work, we got reporting done late last night because we were on temporary splits with Elder Baer and Elder South to lead them to a family we contacted, who were very open to the Restoration and accepted a return appointment. Also, although we had a big decrease in attendance at church due to the holiday, it did not show in our numbers because it was the multi-branch primary program.
Today we are emailing late because we had a district youth activity for which we had to leave at 7:30 to be at the Y.M.C.A. It lasted all day, and we only got back about an hour ago. It was really fun, and to be honest after this last week I was not looking forward to it. It was really fun though, and I'm really glad we got to do that. Our Investigator's families kids also attended.
Well, things are looking up, we are hoping to renew our District focus on goal setting and planning starting tomorrow at District Meeting.

Thank you for your continued prayers and guidance, I loved your weekly message (as always).

-Elder Christensen

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