Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Weekend 5/28/2013

Well Memorial Weekend is awesome... when you aren't on a mission haha. Just kidding it went pretty well. It was super hard to find people home though. There is so much outdoor stuff to do here that most people get out any day that they can. This week was definitely slower but some good things definitely happened. And sorry that I didn't email until today. The library here was closed so we didn't really have anywhere to email at. Sorry if the email is a little shorter today because we don't have as much time.
It is the end of the month so we are running super low on miles. If we can just make it to saturday we will be all good on miles haha. We'll see what happens.
Last night we had a pretty awesome lesson with a member family here. We taught them the restoration. I am starting to think that is definitely my favorite lesson to teach. It applies to everyone and everyone needs to hear it.
Remember the story of the family that we offered service to and now they have started to invite us over and feed us? They fed us lunch this past week and it was pretty awesome. Somewhere along the line she started asking about the differences between Catholics and Mormons! We were able to talk to her about the Book of Mormon and the Gospel. It was also awesome when she said, (talking about them feeding us) "can you believe this all happened because you said three simple words? Can we help?" That strengthened my testimony once again about the power of charity.
We family, love ya. I hope some crazy amazing things happen this week! Talk to ya later!
Elder Krstyen

Monday, May 20, 2013

Car Show! 5/20/2013

This week has been a pretty good week. We were able to meet with a lot of people that it has been harder to meet with. They had a car show down here in Pagosa! I only saw it as we drove by but Dad definitely would have enjoyed it. This week someone took us out to eat sea food! It was super nice of them. I really didn't think i would be getting a nice seafood dinner here in Pagosa. Elder Blakely is doing well, and I am glad to be with him. We found a couple new investigators this week as well, that was pretty exciting for us since it is hard for us to get lessons here.
Well it was great being able to speak to you on Mothers day. I hope everyone is doing well.
I have been studying a lot out of the Book of Mormon, Jesus The Christ, and The New Testament. I am almost finished with St. Luke. I really enjoy reading in the New Testament. I am thankful for the Scriptures. One scripture I read today really touched me. I think (don't take my word for it) that it is in Luke chapter 18. It is the story that Jesus tells of the two men standing in the temple. One is a Pharisee and one is a publican. The Pharisee prays very pridefully. Basically saying thank you for not making me as those sinners. Then "afar off" the publican prays humbly, not even daring to lift his eyes up to heaven, smoting his hand to his chest and says, "God have mercy on me a sinner." I find that story so powerful. That humility is something we all need to find and adapt. Because like it says in the scriptures following that, "He that exalts himself shall be abased, but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." How much more powerful and faithful will our prayers be if we humble ourselves beofre God, and even how much more powerful will our prayers be if we humble ourselves without being compelled to be humble. (Alma 32)
There is one particular talk I want to talk about. It is called "The Character of Christ" by David Bednar. It was a talk that he gave in the mtc but he also gave basically the same talk up at byu idaho so I was able to get a copy of it. I encourage all of you to read it. I won't try to explain all of it, but I'll just touch on some simple parts about it. The biggest part about it is that the character of Christ is this: that in times of hardship and affliction when most people would have turned inward and felt bad for themselves, Jesus Christ turned outward and cared for others even when his trials and afflictions were many times worse. Elder Bednar talks about Jesus Christ when he fasted for 40 days and then the devil came and tempted him, and how Jesus Christ was able to resist those things. After this whole situation of trial and affliction, in the bible it says that angels came and ministered to Jesus Christ. No doubt the comfort from angels in such a time of affliction would have been comforting to the Savior, but the Jospeh Smith translation teaches a whole lot more about the character of Christ in this situation. The Joseph Smith translation says something along these lines, "That Jesus knew that John was cast into prison and so He sent angels to minister unto John." Even in this time of great affliction for the Savior he turned outward and cared for John right after this great affliction. You all should really read this talk. It has taught me a lot more about the character of Christ. About how He turned outward instead of inward and about how we should try to do the same as we go throughout our lives.
Well family! I love you. I hope things are going great back there in the SLC.
Love, Elder Scott Krstyen

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day!! 5/13/2013

Happy Mothers Day Mom!!! It was great being about to talk to everyone yesterday. I am happy to hear about your lives and what is going on in them. It was great to see all your beautiful faces. Hmmm I don't exactly know what to talk about in this email since we just talked yesterday, but I'll do my best to talk about something good.
So this week was a pretty interesting week. The whole time I was just getting super excited to talk to you guys so I think I was in a pretty happy mood. We did some knocking this week and taught some lessons. I have been readin the the Book of Mormon and Jesus The Christ and I am starting to read through the new testament.
This transfer has flown by. I can't believe it is already week four of this transfer. Time flies by when you are on a mission.
Well family I love you! Since we talked for awhile I am not really sure what to talk about today :). You are all in my prayers and mean a lot to me. I want all of you to share your favorite scriptures with me. That would be super awesome! Have a great week! I really hope Grandpa starts feeling better as well! Love you!
             Eldere Scott Krstyen

Monday, May 6, 2013

Some More Pictures 5/6/2013

Hola 5/6/2013

Hey family!
How's it going? Things have been going pretty alright over here. Taking over the area has been pretty hard since the area has been slowing down a little bit. A lot of our investigators have really busy schedules and it makes it hard for them to make time to meet with us. There's always time but it just makes it harder. I think Winnie goes into the MTC this week so tell him that I love him and that he will be a great missionary! It's great to hear how things are going for everyone. That's awesome that we have so many missionaries out from the ward! I am glad so many people are willing to serve. Congrats to Sarah on graduating! That's awesome news! I am happy to hear it.
I know this Gospel is for everyone. I have been thinking about that a lot this week. It changes people no matter who they are for the better and makes them happier. I thought a lot about Joseph Smith and how just a young man in Upstate New York wanted to know the truth. He took James 1:5 to heart. He knew that if he asked in faith, God would answer. There are no ifs, buts, or what ifs to that. That promise of asking and recieving didn't only apply to Joseph Smith. It applies to everyone who wants to know the truth. I think a lot of people forget that. I know that I do. Remember that the Savior said, "Ask and ye shall recieve and knock and it shall be opened unto you." Just as we know that God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith after he prayed, so we can know that God will answer our prayers. It probably won't be in such an extreme way but it seems like to me that most times answers come in the smallest softest ways, in the most unexpected ways. But I know that God will answer our prayers as we take to mighty fasting and prayer just like so many have in the scriptures that we read about about.
Yesterday was a harder day. Church went well but the work went slow. We couldn't seem to find anyone. On a last resort it came to my mind to contact a refferal that we had recieved many weeks early whose house we couldn't find. We found the house. And they let us in and said they would like to learn more. They are some of the nicest people and I am excited to get to know them better and share my testimony with them. That experience was so exciting, after what seemed like a less effective day. I know that the Lord directs this work.
On a funnier note we got some delicious soup from a member here who froze the soup in a zip lock bag and gave it to us for dinner one night. Elder Blakely and I, being the starving missionaries that we are wanted to eat it faster than it wanted to melt. Haha it was a pretty funny experience.
Mothers day is next week! I am excited to talk to all of you! We can actually skype as well. I am not exactly sure what time we will be calling probably anywhere from 1 to 4. What will end up happening is I will call you on mothers day around that time after church and then we can try to skype which will be sweet! Love you family! I hope things are going well and that the you are being blessed a lot! Best of luck with this next week!
Love Elder Lewis Scotty Kryiesten :)