Monday, November 11, 2013
Just the start of my second week in Flora Vista. It is a good place with a good ward. I will have to take pictures of our home to show to you guys, it is pretty sweet, cottage little home thing. The first few nights here it was pretty cold at night but I got a bunch of blankets from the zone leaders and the heater is going so it is really good now. The members feed us a lot here and for breakfast and lunch we usually cook for ourselves and I usually have either oatmeal or pasta or pb and j sandwiches, and sometimes other stuff as well. We have some mice haha so we are getting some mouse traps today.
In the Flora Vista ward we are also singing in the choir to help out there, (I am not sure how good of help I am because I am not to good at singing haha), and also we are singing in a basically stake/community choir (the Stake President here wanted the missionaires to participate in it) and we are doing some songs from Handel's Messiah. It is a good experience, and hopefully we can also meet some new people there as well.
This week we had some awesome lessons on the Atonement. We also watched a video of a talk by Elder Eyring and Elder Holland. This is Elder Hollands talk to mission presidents. He says something along these lines... "On occassion your missionaries will have the chance to ask, why is this so hard?" I think that really applies to all of us in life, why is this so hard?... He talks about how this isn't church doctrine or anything but just his personal opinion and says, "Because salvation is not a cheap experience." It was never easy for the Savior so why would it be super easy for us if we really profess to be disciples of Christ. Elder Holland talks about how, in a way, the Savior asked that a long time ago when he said, "Father, if thou be willing remove this cup from me, but nevertheless not my will but thine be done." Life may, at times, be hard but the Savior and His Atonement can heal and lift and inspire through anytime. It just helps me remember that when I say, "Why is this so hard?", I can remember that the Savior knows exactly how I feel and how to help me through the trials of life. This really is Jesus Christ's church. His love is real.
I am super sorry I can't write all of you back. Thanks for all the great emails. I enjoyed all of them. I hope you have a fantastic week.
Love Elder Scott Krstyen
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I don't have a ton of time to email this week but I'll try to write down some good things that happened.
Page is as good as it always is. It's Monsoon season here so every once in a while we get a lot of rain here. Haha one day we were completely soaked riding around and the streets had rivers running down them. Compared to the hot weather it was pretty nice to cool off in the rain. Today for P Day we actually got to go down to the Glen Canyon Dam and take a tour. I was trying to think of all the times I have been to the visitor center for our soccer trips and vacations. We actually got to go all over the dam and down into it and then down and out on the very bottom which was awesome! I took so sweet pictures so I'll try to send some home. They as we were driving to email someone called us and asked if we would help them move in and we were glad to do so. Charity definitely is the pure love of Christ. I am grateful for opportunities like that.
This week went pretty well. The people here are awesome! I wish I could do more work here, I guess I just need to work harder. I want to share an experience a little while back about a man who was talking to us about Alma 32. That chapter talks a lot about Faith and how our Faith will grow into a great tree as we let it grow. But before it talks about all that it talks about humility.
It talks about how the people were thrown out of their synagoges and were compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty. Alma then states that they are blessed because they are compelled to be humble but how much more blessed are those who "truly humble themselves" with out having some great trial or challenge to humble them. The man who talked about this chapter talked about how much better he realized life was when he realized he didn't need hard trials to constantly humble him, but rather he could humble himself and try to stay humble. How much better is life when we can stay humble as we humble ourselves and constantly listen to the voice of the Lord. I definitely need to work on this. Humbling myself so I can be a better disciple and so I can be a better servant of the Lord.
Love you family! Sorry to keep it short! Have a great week!!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hmmm it seems like just yesterday I was with the scouts lifting the flag up at the church. Haha times flies by.
How are you guys? This week has been a pretty crazy week. Lots has happened. On P Days usually we go and email at the community center and then we try to get out and do stuff. We have done a lot of hiking. This morning we actually went over to upper antelope canyon and had a tour there. It was beautiful! The other people with us were actually from the Czech Republic so I was talking to them a little as well. We usual try to go out and hike because it is beautiful here and super hot. We usually go to Walmart and then play basketball or soccer.
Well this week we had a bike crash. It rained a little bit after church and my companion turned a little bit too fast and slid out and crashed... He was alright just a little bruised but we decided to keep going to our appointment and the appointment went well.
On the fourth we really didn't do too much but it was a fun day! In the morning we went to an a Museum type place where this man talked about the Native American traditions and also about the culture as well. He taught us about the Hogans too. Pretty awesome stuff. That was an awesome experience! Then at night we sat at our house and watched the firework show, which was pretty good as well. Then this pastwe had a zone conference as well.
We had some really cool experiences this week. We had three lessons with an awesome family . I really felt the Spirit as we talked about the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. We also taught another part member family (where the nonmember is traditional), who I honestly thought at first was not very interested, but as we spoke about the Book of Mormon, the husband said that the traditions had been good for his family. That they had helped him and them, and that if this book helped his family as he read and prayed about it that help would continue to read it and search. I know if he does read it and pray about it, that it will help him and his family. I feel grateful that I am able to serve with the Native Americans. There is a ton of great people here. They have such great faith. The Book of Mormon is about a lot of their ancestors from way long ago. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I am learning a lot from it and a lot from just being out here doing this work. More than I could have ever imagined.
One thing I heard recently from a good friend has been on my mind. This is the Lords work. (I believe Elder Bednar said this.. but I am not quite sure) So get out of the way. Honestly sometimes I feel like my own stubberness and pride blocks the work that could be done here. Sometimes I think I have the "right" way or the answers when in all reality... He has all the answers. This is His work. He knows what to do. He knows what needs to be done. I believe this applies in all the callings that we have and even in our day to day lives. We need to "get out of the way." We need to be more like the Savior who said, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, but nevertheless Not My Will But Thine Be Done." Heavenly Father and His Son will help us, but it takes the humility to allow them to help to start the change happening. I know that this is true. This is His work and He will help me to do it the way it should be done, the way He wants me to do it. I still have a lot to learn and a lot to overcome, but it all begins with obedience.
Love you family! I hope things are going well. Just remember that by "small and simple things are great things brought to pass," especially in this great work. Talk to you next week!!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Hey Family!This week has been a pretty good week over in Page. One of the best ones so far here and definitely one of the hottest ones as well. Lots and lots of things have happened here.
I really have a testimony that the Restoration is the foundation of everything that we teach, and it all starts with that first principle that God is our Loving Heavenly Father. God loves us so He gave us families to make us happy and so we can grow and learn and love others and I know that families can be together forever. He loves us so He has called Prophets who hold the Priesthood to guide us and lead the people here so we can make it back to Him someday and I testify that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet in this day. He loves us so He sent His Son to Earth the literal Son of God to atone for our sins and to break the bonds of death so that if we follow Jesus Christ by exercising faith in Him, repenting, being baptized, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end we will return back with our families for forever to Heavenly Father again some day. He loves us and wants us to listen. Many times people have rejected the Prophets and the teachings that bring true lasting eternal happiness, just like how people rejected Jesus Christ and His teachings and His apostles and they were killed. Those teachings were changed and that important Priesthood authority was lost. But Heavenly Father, because He loves us saw fit to call another Prophet, Joseph Smith, in these the Latter days to restore that important Priesthood and those important teachings so we can be happy and so that one day we can make it back to Him someday. He loves us so He brought forth the Book of Mormon, holy scripture of God. He loves us so He wants us to know all these things are true, and so if we read the Book of Mormon and ponder it and pray about it, He loves us so He will answer us. He will let us know that the Book of Mormon is true and also that these teachings are true through the Holy Ghost, which we will feel in our hearts and in our minds and we will know this answer is of God. (This is a quick and short and not very great haha example of how that first principle of lesson one applies to everything that we teach about.)
One thing a young man here in Page said has especially influenced my testimony. He said that if he could do his mission again he would "Bear His Testimony A Lot More." I have taken that to heart and it is true. When you bear your testimony that is when the Spirit has a great opportunity to testify of the truthfulness of this Gospel. Teach and testify, testify and teach. They should always go hand in hand. There is amazing power in a sincere testimony. A power that changes the person and the people around him. Its not fake, its not a lie, its not deception, its not just an act, but it is a witness from God through the Holy Ghost and it is true. I know that is true.
I know that this Church is Jesus Christ church again upon the Earth. Joseph Smith, as a young man, was called as a Prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is true. The people in that book truly lived and it is just another example of how much our Heavenly Father loves us just like the Bible is. I know Thomas S. Monson is the current Prophet of Jesus Christs church today. And I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, the literal Son of God.
Oh and I totally saw Jake and it was awesome. What a great man. Him and Ben Robbins taught me so much about missionary work, and I am so grateful to have such great people in my life. Love those guys. Well family love ya,best of luck with everything this week!
Monday, June 24, 2013
Were you all able to see the missionary broadcast? It was pretty awesome. I really enjoyed the things that were said and how the work is hastening. It is amazing to hear that there are over 70,000 missionaries. That is a great blessing in this day.
So a little more info about Page for mom. We bike a lot haha and it is pretty tiring. I never imagined myself biking around in 100 degree weather in a suit (to church). We work a lot in a mobile home park and also in apartments by them. Lots of good people here. One of the lds churches we go to is on curve that I think might have 8-10 churches on it all in a row haha. You could probably look it up on google maps or something, but we always refer to that road when we talk about the Great apostasy and why there are so many different churches. There are five wards here. Sisters cover two wards, we cover two, and two other elders cover the last one.
This week has been pretty exciting. We had some awesome speakers in our wards yesterday. In one ward a return missionary shared his testimony on fasting and priesthood keys. It was awesome. He talked about the power of fasting and how when we fast we are able to put of the natural man, not giving him anything he wants, food or drink. The best way I can describe this is as self-control. When we exercise self-control in any way, we show our Heavenly Father that we are trying to be spiritually minded and see the whole picture instead of the short term carnal mind. What a blessing it is that we have a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. That we know why we are here and where we are going and where we came from (our divine heritage), so that we can always have that eternal perspective instead of the limited perspective that we often have. I know that fasting is important. Also he talked about how important Priesthood Keys are. I want to add my testimony as well. My mission president it awesome!! I know he has been called of God to this work and to lead this mission. I know he receives revelation about what this mission needs.
There is definitely a lot of work to be done here in Page Arizona. I just need to put my hand to the plow and keep on keeping on. After all is said and done, it is most important to preach the Gospel.
Have a great week! Enjoy the family and keep on reading and praying! Talk to ya next week!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Happy Fathers Day!!!!
I hope all of you had a great Fathers Day, especially Dad and Mark. This week went pretty well! I don't have a lot of time to email because we have to drive down to Tuba City today for a zone meeting. Things have been going pretty great in Page.
I just love it here. There are a lot of great people here and I am thankful to be here. As always I am learning a ton being here. I am learning a lot about myself and others. Thanks for the emails and letters of encouragement. They mean so much to me. I wish I could have heard both Hunters and Winnies farewell! That would have been awesome. I wish all my buddies were coming to this mission so we could be companions and share the Gospel of hope and love with others.
Well I love you all family and I hope things are going well for you. Keep on keeping on.
Elder Scott Krstyen
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This has been a pretty good week over in Page. I hope things are going well for all of you as well. So I am currently serving with Elder Griener in Page 1st and 5th ward. It is pretty awesome here! I am really liking it. It has been getting up in the hundreds here so it's definitely been pretty hot, and yes we are on bikes now. Haha I actually am really enjoying it besides the fact that it is super hot outside. It is beautiful here. Yes, I am drinking enough water. We live up on a mesa type hill thing... So whenever we go down the hill to see people it is a ton of fun, but biking back up is quite a challenge.
My new comp is Elder Griener. He is a great missionary. He is pretty funny too. He has been out one transfer shorter than me so we have two pretty young missionaries in this area, but hopefully good things will happen here. He is from Alaska, so pretty far away, and me and him get along really well.
We teach a lot of Navajo families which is pretty awesome. They are awesome. Lots of sincere investigators here who are actually looking for the truth.
As we left out the door to go to church we both grabbed our bikes and realized they both had flats! Haha so we ended walking some of the way. I never thought I would be riding on a bike in 100 degree weather in a shirt and tie. It's quite the experience.
We were asked to speak in 1st ward yesterday and I decided to speak on prayer. I talked about why prayer is so important and how we can make our prayers more meaningful and how we can pray with a sincere heart, having faith in Christ and real intent. I went through all the events of the Restoration and how prayer played a key part throughout all the events of the Restoration. Joseph Smith prayed and saw God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith prayed and an angel appeared to him and told him about the gold plates. Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery prayed about the priesthood and then angelic messengers were able to appear and bring that Priesthood power back to the Earth. Prayer played such a key role in the Restoration of the Gospel. And prayer plays such a key role in our lives today. I am pretty sure that whole talk I gave helped me out more than others. I definitely need to work on my prayers. I know that with prayer we can accomplish what God wants us to accomplish and to become what God wants us to become.
More than anything else, right now I would say that I have gained a testimony that Heavenly Father loves His children. I have seen that in the lives of others and I have definitely seen that in my own life.
Love you guys a lot. Talk to you next week!
Monday, June 3, 2013
So there is some big news.... I got called and I am going to be staying with Elder Blakely for six more weeks!!! I am stoked! It should be good. This past week was pretty crazy. And I have no idea what is happening to Elder Soper so I guess I'll find out soon.
Alright so maybe the first paragraph was a joke.. haha alright so Elder Blakely is staying in Pagosa and training next transfer. I am headed out to Page Arizona! 4th and 5th ward I think. Basically all I know is that it is south of Lake Powell (First I was in Pagosa by the hot springs I couldn't go in, and now I am in Page by Lake Powell which I can't go in haha) and that it gets super hot there. Like really hot haha. As I told the peoples in Pagosa that I was leaving to Page they basically all said, "It's hot there!" Hmmm I may or may not be in a biking area and it may or may not be half rez. I really don't know anything yet. And as for my companion I am pretty sure his name is Elder Griener or something like that. And no one knows who he is as far as I know. There is a possibility he came out one transfer after me but I don't know.
So I have a pretty fun two days planned ahead of me.I'll hop on the transfer van in the morning and go down to Gallup and then to Holbrook and then I will get picked up from there and make my way up to Page. It should be a ton of fun!
Leaving Pagosa is definitely a bittersweet thing! I am gonna miss a lot of the people here for sure. Some ofand most of yesterday was spent saying bye to everyone and getting pictures with them! But at the same time I am excited to go over to Page! It'll be a whole new experience and I am excited for that.
We were super low on miles this past week so we did a lot of work downtown. We tracted a lot and walked a lot. We were able to find some new people and also find some new potential investigators. Haha a lot of people saw us and either waved or ... gave us the bird. But more or less it was a pretty good week. There was a less active family I have been working with since I got here and they finally came to church! It was so great to see them there.
Well fam I love you guys. I hope things are going well. I'll share one little spiritual thought with you guys. Alma 26:19 I love this scripture. Right about now you might be thinking that's a weird scripture to love, but it has so much depth and meaning. We all know this story. Alma and the sons of Mosiah went about trying to destroy the church of God and lead the people away. They were more or less wicked. So why didn't God give up on them? They had definitely done some bad stuff. They didn't want Him in their life, so why didn't He just leave them alone and forget about them? Because God doesn't forget about anyone. He loves everyone. He cares and is aware of everyone. The Good Shepard is always calling the lost sheep back into His fold no matter where they have been or what they have done. I have met so many people that feel as if God doesn't care. He does care. He cared about the sons of Mosiah. And when they decided to act and change and follow Jesus Christ they went from being in a sinful polluted state to eventually being some of the greatest missionaries the Americas have ever seen. So that's the little truth I wanted to share with all of you. God does care.
Love you family. I hope you all are blessed with many blessing this next week! Keep on keepin on amigos. Talk to you next week.