Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving 11/25/2013

Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh man an hour to email is not enough time. Thanks for sending all the emails you guys do. I love reading them. I know this might be a lot to ask and if it is no worries, but even if you could write me or tyoe your emails and then send them to me that would be awesome cause I could read them through the week and then write you back. This has been a pretty good week. We finally find another man to teach. I am excited for this man, he has been through a lot and doesn't know how he feels about God but I know this will help him if he lets it do so.
I literally have no time... haha my bad on that. I will do better next week. I am grateful to hear about what is going on in your lives as well. Missionary work is work but a blessing as well. I am learning a ton out here.
We knocked some doors this week and met some awesome people. We go up a lot onto Crouch Mesa. We have to really watch our miles and plan our day. We usually only have about 25 miles a day. We walk a lot. My coat from Mr. Mac has been coming in handy so thanks for that. This week we had interviews and that went well. I will try to send some pictures next week, but I am not sure if we can here but I'll try. Good things happen in a lot of little ways. Love you family. I hope all is well with you. I am excited to talk to you on Christmas! Have a great thanksgiving! I think we are eating with some members around here so it will be good! Have a great week!
Elder Krstyen

Monday, November 18, 2013

Transfers 11/18/2013

Hey family,
Tomorrow is transfer day, luckily I am staying put with Elder Chipman for another transfer. He is a good companion.
We had Stake Conference this week, and it went really well besides not having any investigators there. One of the men that spoke reminded me of Matt Healey, funny and just solid in the Gospel.
We are planning on writing letters today, getting haircuts, shopping, and then going to the church for the rest of P-Day.
Haha I need to pre-plan my emails so I know what to write without having to think a lot about it cause I am running shorter on time.
Hopefully we can start finding and teaching more, and just sharing the Gospel more in whatever way we can. There are lots of opportunities to serve others and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Look for them and bless others. Love you guys. Hope you have a great week! I promise I will write more next week.
Love you! Elder Krstyen

Monday, November 11, 2013

Transfer Week 11/11/2013

Hey Family,
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

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween 11/4/2013

Hey family,
So this week was a crazy week to say the least, but a good one. The church had a halloween party, trunk or treat type of thing and that went really well. There was a ton of people there. It included all the three wards that go to that church, Aztec 1st and 2nd and Flora Vista. We tried to go out and visit people for most of that day but I think or one or so people opened the door. Aztec 1st is a great place with a great ward as well. About halfway through the week as I was talking to President Batt he asked if i would transfer over to the Flora Vista ward. One of the Elders there, who is an amazing Elder and a great person as well, had some heart problems and ended up having to go up to Salt Lake to figure everything out. I think he is doing alright, I am sad that he had to go though. So I ended up getting transfered over to Flora Vista with Elder Chipman on Friday. Elder Chipman is from West Jordan so not too far from home. He played soccer in highschool, he is pretty awesome, and he is a marine as well. He is a great missionary. We live in a small sorta side home thing. It is a good place. It was weird to see everyone else from the other ward at church. Flora Vista has a great ward and a pretty good area. Hopefully some good things happen here. On a side note, I am excited for the November issue of the Ensign to come out so I can read all the General Conference talks.
This week we watched "On the Lord's Errand." It is a movie that talks about the life of President Monson. It is inspiring, I would suggest that if you haven't seen it that you should. One of the main messages that really struck me was how when President Monson received a prompting from the Spirit he would act on it. I want to try to become that way. To listen to the Spirit and act on the promptings I receive.
Well family I hope you had a great halloween and are doing well! I will talk to you later! Have a great week!
Elder Krstyen