Monday, March 25, 2013

Pagosa Springs 3/25/2013

Hey Family!!
How's it going? Things have been going pretty good this week out on the mission. I have learned a lot this week and I would say that I have grown a lot as well! Pagosa Springs is doing pretty well. Since it is starting to warm up the town is really starting to pick up, so we see a lot more people on the warm days. A lot of people have vacation houses out here because in a way it is more of a tourist town with the hot springs and mountains nearby. We usually get fed by the members pretty well out here, but on occasion when we don't have dinner we usually go to Mcdonalds or Tacobell or all those delicious places haha.. When you are really hungry, they are pretty good. And other times they aren't very good. We have finally hit the wind season in Pagosa, which makes some days freezing. We didn't get any storms but we got a lot of wind. On one of the days where we had a ton of wind, we decided to go out and do some good tracting. It was actually one of the best days of tracting so far because people were actually home because it was freezing outside. :)
This past week we had some exciting events happen! On our way back from our district meeting in Durango, probably about 20 miles from Pagosa one of our tires popped. We pulled over and put on the spare and fixed it all up. A member stopped and helped out as well. Apparently, the tire had a hole before and they plugged it, but the plug finally came out so the tire just popped. So needless to say, we are getting a new couple of tires down in Durango today. After that all happened, we went to dinner and during dinner someone called and left a voicemail. After the lesson I listened to it. It was a man from the ward who has the calmest voice ever. He doesn't show a ton of emotion when he speaks. The voicemail basically went like this in that super calm voice, "Hey Elders, umm this man wants to be baptized. Give me a call back when you can." I couldn't believe it haha... So I listened to it again. Hmmm the exact same thing. I got pretty excited and let Elder Soper listen to the voicemail as well. That was the most exciting thing that had happened thus far last week. Amazing and surprised, Elder Soper and I headed to go find out more about the situation. We are meeting with that man next week, so we will see what all happens :). We also had a super awesome lesson this week. In D&C 50 it talks about what we are ordained to do, "To preach His Gospel by His Spirit." The Spirit is so very important in this work. Without the Spirit, there is no work. In D&C 50:22 I think it talks about how when someone teaches by the Spirit and when someone recieves by the Spirit, "both are edified and rejoice together." This is one of the most beautiful moments in missionary work. This is when you know this is truly the Lord's work. Those moments are the ones you never want to end. At one of the ends of our lessons with one of our investigators who is going through a really hard time, we asked if we could all say a kneeling prayer. That night we all knelt in a small room and one by one each said a prayer. The Spirit was so strong. I wish I could always feel the Spirit that strong :).
I have loved hearing about all the mission calls and the farewells and how all my friends and buddys are doing. I am excited for all of them. I have been blessed with great friends! Here on my mission, if I can change just one persons life or help one person for the better then these whole two years are worth it. That is bold to say, but people are worth that. Heavenly Father loves His children. Every single person matters, especially to God.
Family, I love Jesus Christ. I know that He lives!! And I want to serve my Lord and my God. I want to be more diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and be more obedient. Obedience and diligence brings the Spirit, and that is missionary work. These past two weeks I have learned more about Faith than I ever have before in my life. It all starts with faith in Jesus Christ. This work has been one of the hardest experiences of my life, but I love it and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve here. I just want to do what He would have me do, and whatever that may be, I will do it. It's as simple as 1st Nephi 3:7, have faith and the Lord will help you accomplish His commandments. Miracles happen everyday, we just need to learn to be able to see them. The more I look around to see the hand of the Lord in my life, the more I know He is really there. I wish people could feel what I have felt and know the testimony I know. I hope to share that with them. I am excited for Easter! And so very excited for General Conference! What a blessing it is to have a Prophet here on the Earth today. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, and I am excited to hear his counsel and direction this General Conference. In my personal study I am reading through the Book of Mormon. I love that book. I love the Scriptures and reading them brings the Spirit more fully into my life. "Search the Prophets." You will find truth there. This is the Lord's church! 
I love you all so much family!! I want the best for you! I hope things are going well. Keep praying and reading and going to church! There is power in these simple things! Talk to you next week!
                                  Love Elder Krstyen!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hola Familia 3/18/2013

(I never know what to put in the subject bar haha)
Well this has been quite a week, and a really hard one at that. It was definitely the hardest week on my mission so far. But I know why we have trials. We have trials to grow and to learn and to become more like Jesus Christ.
Alright to start off, please if you haven't already go start watching the bible videos. A member in the ward downloaded most of them and put them on a dvd for us to watch and teach with. I love them so much. We usually put them on during lunch and they really bring the Spirit. I have learned so much more about Jesus Christ by watching them. One of my favorite ones is called  "I am the light of the world and the truth will make you free." It covers John 8:12-58 I think. It is awesome and so powerful.
I have been reading a lot in the new testament and my testimony has grown a lot. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I really do, and I will never deny it.
I have officially been out two months now, it feels like just yesterday I left home.
I really don't know what to write this week, but that I love you all and I really hope for the best for all of you. I'll just end with my testimony. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that this church is so true! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it will bless whoever reads it. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He will return, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a modern day prophet and I am so excited for this upcoming General Conference!!
My family, "fear not to do good" (D&C 6). If what you are doing is right, then God will bless you and support you in doing it. I know that this path leads to real happiness and real joy.
I promise I will have more to write about next week :) I love you!
              Love Elder Krstyen

Monday, March 11, 2013

Transfers 3/11/2013

Hola family,

This week has been a pretty crazy one. Alright, so actually out of no where I am getting transfered. My new area will be .... Pagosa Springs. Haha yep I am staying with Elder Soper in the same spot. No surprise there. Transfers went well though. My district leader who is also from Utah is now my zone leader. I know Patricks cousin was coming out in this transfer, though I am not exactly sure what his name is, but it should be exciting! Friday night I decided to use my comps haircutting kit and give my self a new sharp looking haircut. Haha let's just say it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. Luckily I fixed it up a little saturday night so it looks alright. Let's just say it was a good learning experience :). Hmmm let's see. Yep, I have gained a good amount of weight since my mission started, at least 10 to 15 pounds haha. We got a whole lot of snow this week in Pagosa so we did a whole lot of shoveling. Thanks goodness that I have about 19 years of hard shoveling practice because dad always put me to work at home haha. Charity is the best thing ever. Charity is the pure love of Christ. And there is a reason why it is. Charity changes minds and it changes hearts; I have definitely seen that on my mission. I just want to say.. Christian music is the best. I seriously love it so much and often it brings the Spirit so strongly. 

One day this week when we were leaving our apartment we drove past these to young men walking down the street and we recognized that one of them had been at church the first week I was here. We drove past them and got to the end of the road and we both decided we needed to go back. We talked to the young man and he was way excited to see us. We talked about his experience at church and we invited him to learn more and he accepted. I know that if he keeps his commitments, that he will know the truth of our message, as I know with all people we teach. 

We got a referral for a great family down here. They are seriously some of the most awesome people I have ever met. The first thing he said to us was basically, you have the smallest chance of ever converting me, but I am glad to talk. We talked about what he believes. He repeated again, you have the smallest chance of ever getting me to believe what you teach, but I am glad to listen. We explained how we ask our investigators to read and ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon and how the Holy Spirit testifies of truth. As missionaries we never tell or force people to believe what we have to teach. But we invite them to pray about the things we teach. Because when you feel the Holy Spirit and it tells you something is true in your heart, that is knowledge that is a lot greater than any knowledge I could ever teach anyone. When the Holy Ghost tells you something is true, that is a testimony. And you know it, and there is no denying it. Well family I will tell you something I know. I know Jesus Christ lives and that He is the Savior of all mankind. That whosoever will just believe in Him and follow Him can have everlasting life. He isn't just some person that was a really great person a long time ago in stories, but He is literally our Lord and our Redeemer. He literally loves each and every person and knows them perfectly, and wants to help them. We don't have to try to live this life alone. We never have to. It seems like so many people forget that. But this is a great truth, that the light of the Atonement of Jesus Christ can cast out all darkness. It can change everything. All it requires is faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then enduring to the end. 

Read the scriptures and pray and apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your life each day. It will make a difference. I love you family so much. 

                      Elder Scott Krstyen

Monday, March 4, 2013

Warm & Muddy in Pagosa Springs 3/4/2013

Hey Family!!

How's it going? Things are going pretty well out here. It's been really warm and super muddy this last week. It's also been a pretty interesting week. I have had super embarrassing experiences and spiritual experiences this week. This week we had an one of the zone leaders came with us on an exchange. His name is Elder Ott and he is one stud of a missionary. He is great at everything he does and he works hard and he is a good example. This week the work was a little harder than usual, but it was still pretty good. 

Let me tell you about about one family down here that I love sooooo much. On wednesday we went to visit the Willinghams. They are older, probably 60s or 70s, and they are some of the most Christlike people I have ever met. I can remember the first time we went over there. Sister Willingham always feeds us until we are stuffed haha, and then we have a lesson with her husband Brother Willingham who is the investigator we are teaching. Sister Willingham sometimes slightly listens in to what we have to say. I guess in the past she would always say, "I am Catholic, and I'll always be Catholic." The first night we went there and I was meeting her she said, "I am Catholic but that doesn't mean I'm not going to change." That was an amazing moment. We have been teaching them ever since the first week. Brother Willingham has been taught all the lessons in the past but not too many missionaries in the past invited him to make commitments, which are an essential part of missionary work. He has never actually been to church, I guess the last missionaries that asked got shut down. Finally this week we extended the invitation to him to come to church and he gladly accepted, and his wife said she would come to church :). These little things are how I see the hand of the Lord in my life everyday. Sunday went pretty well, we had three investigators at church. It was a little stressful because sometimes in sunday school people get a little off track and start talking about Lesson 6 material aka deep doctrine aka kolob and other stuff that isn't as important as the basics of the Gospel for an investigator. Everything seemed to turn out fine though. I seem to learn more and more everyday that in this Gospel the basic and simple things are often what matter most. It all begins with the first principle of the Gospel, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith causes us to act. In fact faith should always lead to action, to lead us to do what is right. 

Yesterday we did some good old tracting in the muddied streets. Unfortunately we didn't find any new investigators but we sure planted some seeds. 

I love this work, even though sometimes it is the hardest thing I have ever done. 

I love you family sooo much.  I hope things are going great for you. I'm not sure what to write about more so feel free to ask me lots of questions and I'll try to answer all of them. :) 

          Much Love,     Elder Scott Krstyen
Scott and his Skyline Soccer buddy Taylor at the MTC!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Mission Home Address

Hey everyone!

Here is Scott's Mission Home address:

New Mexico Farmington Mission
400 W Apache St.
Farmington, NM 87401.

Feel free to write him or send him packages!  I know he would love to hear from everybody, and he appreciates all the support.