Monday, July 29, 2013

Rain Storms... 7/29/2013


Hey Family!
 
Sorry we are short on time so this email might not be as long. Things are going pretty well down here in Page. This last week was pretty long and hard but some good things happened. Yesterday as we were riding our bikes back from church it started raining like crazy haha our suits were soaked inside and out. We had to stop at the gas station and call the other Elders to get a ride. Considering how warm it is here the rain feels nice whenever we can get it though.
 
There are some amzing people here. The Gospel has really blessed their lives and they have seen the hand of the Lord in their life. They have such strong faith and such strong testimonies, very much stronger than mine. It amazes me what people are able to do with Jesus Christ helping them, guiding them every step of the way.
 
Sorry its short but I hope you guys have a great week!
 
Elder Krstyen

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7/22/2013



Hey Family!
 
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!!
 
Elder Krstyen

Monday, July 15, 2013

Transfers.... 7/15/2013


Hey family!
 
Sorry my email took so long to send last week. I guess all of our emails got delayed a couple of days, so I hope they all sent. This week has been a pretty crazy week. Just how transfer weeks go usually.
 
Lots has happened this week. So we got our transfer call.... and I am going to Tec Nos Pos. Its gonna be absolutely crazy! Haha we will see what happens.
 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has come to mean so much more to me on my mission. The Gospel is how we are able to truly receive the blessings of Jesus Christ's atonement in our life.
 
This week we were going around trying to contact some of our investigators, and we decided to go visit one of our Bishops. We knocked and no one was there, but as we knocked there his neighbors pulled in and asked if we would help them move some stuff. We talked to them and were able to help them move and they want us to come back again. Little moments like that just add to my testimony of charity.
 
I want to talk a little bit about this quote from President Utchdorf in General Conference in his talk "Four Titles":
"Brethren, discipleship is a lifelong journey following our Savior. Along our metaphorical path from Bethlehem to Golgotha, we will have many opportunities to abandon our journey. At times it will seem that the path requires more than we had wished for. But as men of the priesthood, we must have the courage to follow our Redeemer, even when our cross seems too heavy to bear. With every step we take following the Son of God, we may be reminded that we are not perfect yet. But let us be steadfast and constant disciples. Let us not give up. Let us be true to our covenants. Let us never lose sight of our Advocate and Redeemer as we walk toward Him, one imperfect step after another."
 
There is a lot insight in this quote but I just want to focus on the last five words... "One imperfect step after another." I have definitely learned a lot about this concept on my mission. When we try to do good or try to do what is right sometimes we fall short of what we aimed to do. Sometimes we forget that the only perfect person on this Earth was the Savior. So as we try to do what we know is right, as we try to keep the commandments of God, we will be trying to follow our Savior one imperfect step after another . The Savior doesn't demand quick perfection from us, but rather, just like President Utchdorf says, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father encourage, love, and are proud of every simple, weak, imperfect step we take in the right way, following our Savior. I know this is true.
 
Oh and by the way.... I was just kidding! I am staying in Page another transfer with Elder Griener!! I am way excited. Should be fun. :)
 
Well family I love you all and hope things are going well. Thanks for everything you do for me, prayers and emails and support. It means a lot to me. Talk to ya next week!
 
Elder Krstyen

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Independence Day! 7/9/2013

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.
This Saturday is also transfer news day, so we will see what happens. More than likely I will be staying here but I guess anything can happen.
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 past friday we 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!!
 
Elder Krstyen

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Jake?? 7/1/2013

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.


Some amazing things have happened this week. There is one family we have been working with a lot and they are awesome!! They have a lot of younger kids which makes it harder for them to come to church but this past Sunday they came and it was awesome! We had asked them a couple weeks before to come but they weren't able too. This week we decided to reteach them the Restoration. I have a testimony that the Restoration is so powerful. As we taught to them we talked a lot about the Priesthood, and honestly we weren't planning on talking about the Priesthood so much but we were led to do so. As we did they opened up a lot and talked about how a lot of their questions and concerns had been answered which we didn't even know they had. You could feel the Spirit. The other Elders we live with were holding a baptismal service and so the night before that we decided to invite this family we were teaching and everyone else that we were teaching. The only ones who came was this family. The Spirit was so strong at the service. I felt it. I know they felt it. Then the next day they came to church and it was an amazing experience. They are amazing people so I know they will continue to grow and be happier because of this Gospel and most importantly that they will continue to come closer to Christ.
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.
Love you,
Elder Krstyen

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!