Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 96: 22

Our District from the MTC!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I hit my 22 month mark today! 

It was a great week! We had both Zone Conference and Mission Conference this week! Crazy!

We went up to the Mission Home on Friday for my first time since I went there at the beginning of my mission. I slept on the bottom of a bunk bed and no one slept on the top of the bunk bed. So it was a nice sleep.

Elder Renlund came and I got to shake his hand. Haha it was funny because he came just over 2 years ago and the only people who were here for this conference as well as that mission tour were the Griffins and Elder Fry. Lol. Elder Fry had an accident during his mission so he had to go home and recover. Because of that, he goes home after me but he started before me.

Oh and there were like 30 missionaries at the mission home.

Gary and Clarence passed their interview and should be baptized this Sunday--unless they die or something. They both got injured this last week..

We helped move some hay too. That was some work! I was getting super sweaty and tired haha! It was fun, though. I learned I should wear long sleeved shirts if I am doing that.

Oh and we had linger longer (potluck after church) this last Sunday. That was fun. They had a lot of good food! 

I don't know if I shared this before, but this is true.

Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

By Dorothy Law Nolte 

It is interesting to see how things that were restored through Joseph Smith were later found out to be things the early saints in the apostolic time were doing--like the Sacrament.

I definitely know the Restoration truly happened not because of the evidences of scholarly finds, but through the spirit. However it is nice to see that scholars find these things that do link up because it is the truth.

I was also reading about why we use the King James Version of the Bible. There are a lot of reasons. But one thing that is interesting is that some other bibles don't really show how divine Jesus is. However this doesn't mean that other bibles can't help us in understanding a specific scripture.

I truly appreciate the LDS edition of the King James Version because of all the study helps, though.


Elder Kloosterboer

Nice sunset!

The only ones left from when I came in!
(Elders Whipple, Faimalo, Royce, and Kloosterboer)

Beds at the mission home.

Official Mission Photo

Title-less Mission Photo

Nice sun!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Week 95: Drama

Not so very bright sun

Monday, September 11, 2017

It was a great week. I got my new companion, Elder Roundy, on Tuesday and our District Leader, Elder Lewis, bought us Lou Malnati's pizza for lunch. It was delicious!

We have finally been able to teach Lexus and should be teaching her again tomorrow.

Haha, one night we got food from two non members! We planned to have dinner with Sean and Heidi and that was great! Sean is seeing a change in his family and in his outlook since we have been coming. 

After that, we had finally been able to come in contact with someone Elder Kelly had told me to talk to. She had bought some pizza for a "snack". It was good, though, but I got really full! 

Her name is Vivian and she used to go to the Princeton branch a bit. Now it is closed and has merged with a few branches and wards.

Haha, so we have been noticing that there is a lot of drama in small towns. It is very interesting. Members of the church are definitely not always the best because we are all imperfect.

It is funny to see the stories though...

Oh yeah - and we played Uno and Sorry today. That was fun!


Elder Kloosterboer

Very bright moon

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 94: Deep Fried Oreos, Yummy!

The Liahona

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hello everyone! It was a great week! We taught Evie and it turns out she is also interested in Family History. We were going to help her with it this week, but something came up. She also gave us a little present! That was nice! We are meeting with her this Thursday to help her with Family History at the library.

Oh, Elder Schramm is going to Jamaica tomorrow morning so we are going to sleep in the elders' apartment up in Geneva (near St Charles) tonight. I am going to be training a new missionary, so I will find out his name tomorrow.

We went on exchanges again where we both went up to Galesburg. I went with Elder Lewis and Elder Schramm went with Elder Sabin. 

After we got back to our area, Elder Schramm got electrocuted by a car battery. He was unscrewing one of the screws and I saw the arc of electricity! Luckily it didn't have too much juice... haha. So he is fine. The reason he was touching it was because a member's friend needed help with starting up her car. It turned out he just had to clean up the corrosion and make the connection connect better. So it works now.

We finally got to teach the Lanhams somewhat! It was interesting because they know about personality types. I am an INTP (introversion, intuition, thinking, perceiving). So that was fun talking to them.

We also had Hog Days. So they had a parade and a carnival. We got some pork chops in buns. It was yummy! We also got some deep fried Oreos which were actually really good!


Elder Kloosterboer
Me with the Liahona
A live Cicada on the ground
Hog Days BBQ
Elder Schramm and me at the Hog Days
Deep fried Oreos, yum!

Hog Days Parade

Hog, me, Zach
Our district funny pic (Elders Schramm, Kloosterboer, Sabin, and
Lewis; Sisters Young, Wynn, Cleveland, and Allison)
Our district normal pic (Elders Schramm, Kloosterboer, Sabin, and
Lewis; Sisters Young, Wynn, Cleveland, and Allison)
District lunch with cereal!
Crazy red sun! It was just a circle!
Red bird - Cardinal
Humming bird! My camera isn't the best, oh well.
Fat Bird

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 93: Bible Bashing

Barbara got baptized and Brother Filo baptized her

Monday, August 28, 2017

'Twas a fun week! Haha, someone was trying to tell us that we have a different gospel. He was Bible bashing with us and wanted us to come back to "contend" with the scriptures.. We did catch him up on some things though! 

Anyway, those situations always always strengthen my testimony that this is Christ's one and only church.

We got a change of Presidency here last week (I don't know if I mentioned that before) and President Currier is the new one. It was interesting to find out that his wife was not a member. 

We had a cool Branch Council, though. Looks like President Currier was a school teacher as he gave out "homework".

We drove up to Cambridge and walked all through town in a circle and found 2 potential investigators. They were going to come to church, but didn't, so we will have to go back there and followup.

We had to move Gary and Clarence's baptism date back one week because we have a mission Conference on the 16th and the women of several stakes are meeting for something... Gary and Clarence are doing great though. We have done some family history work and found out some of their family member names. The family history consultant is going to help them more on it.

We finally got to meet with this one media referral who wanted a bible. His name is John. It was interesting because his dad was a former investigator. Anyway, we will be meeting with him in the future unknown because he has a crazy schedule.

Oh yeah, we have Hog Days this weekend and we are going to eat some nice food haha. So that will be fun! Kewanee likes to say that it was the hog capital of the world before.

Haha, we had a fun time teaching this one woman the Restoration and Plan of Salvation mixup lesson. When we mentioned that all the baptisms that were done without God's authority (meaning pretty much all the baptisms from circa 100-1830AD) were not valid for God (but still good for those people if it made them follow Jesus more), she flipped! "Are you kidding me?" Was her response. Haha, but we explained it to her. Elder Schramm said a beautiful prayer for her and her situation she was in and she started crying. We are meeting with her again tomorrow morning. So, that will be fun.

We are having deer roast tonight! Yummy!

Oh yeah, Barbara was baptized on Saturday. I had found her correct address and started teaching her a few months ago. I couldn't go over there as it was 2.5 hours driving and couldn't find anybody to drive us over there. But, I am glad that Brother Filio got to baptize her as it is better to have a good friend in the ward do it rather than a missionary.

Oh, and I have 13 weeks left on my mission!! Crazy!

Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Christensen with Barbara

Cool night picture taken by Elder Schramm's camera

Huge Spider

I killed the spider with wasp killer and it is still big...

Lots of rain!

Something killed a rabbit right next to our front door....

Washing my hair in the crazy rain. It was fun!

Weird bug

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 92: Solar Eclipse!

On exchanges and at the baptism for Kelsey

Monday, August 21, 2017

It was a great week this week!

We started off by going to the new missionary training meeting. So that was 2 hours there and 2 hours back haha. It was great, though! We learned some things.
Gary and Clarence are progressing very well!  We taught them the 10 commandments and Word of Wisdom this week and they are so accepting of it! Gary is going to try really hard to keep it! They are so great! Haha, we are also teaching Sean and Heidi. They are solid! They want to learn if this is true so much! We taught them the Restoration this week and are going to teach them the Plan of Salvation next Sunday. 

The more and more I teach the gospel, the more I know it truly blesses families and individuals. It's so true!
We woke up a less active/recent convert family for church an hour before it started this week and they came! Aaliyah brought her boyfriend, too! So, that was cool!

We went on exchanges this week with the District Leader, Elder Lewis, and his companion, Elder Sabin. I went with Elder Sabin for the first part of the day. We saw two guys working on a truck and started talking to them. I started talking about the importance of Jesus Christ going to John the Baptist because he had that authority to baptize and one of the guys was interested. Elder Sabin, who came in with Elder Schramm, invited him to be baptized with the same authority that Christ was baptized with and he started asking when he could get baptized! They had a lesson on Saturday, but I haven't asked how it went yet.

The last part of the day I went with Elder Lewis. The next day we helped prepare the baptism for Kelsey. It was good!

Also, this is something I found out about this week - 

Based on scriptural and historical sources it is most probable that these are some of the important events of Christ's life:
Jesus was born on Thursday, April 6, 1 B.C. and died on Friday, April 1, 33 A.D. at around 3 p.m. and was resurrected on Sunday, April 3, 33 A.D. before sunrise. This is in our current Gregorian calendar in Jerusalem time. He lived 12,048 days (5 days less than 33 years in our Gregorian calendar) based on a 365-day Nephite year. 
I also have a cool picture which shows how the Passover typified Christ's Last few days. 

Also, here is a quote in Jesus the Christ that I copied a few months ago:
"There are sects named from the circumstances of their origin--as the Church of England; others after their famous founders or promoters--as Lutheran, Calvinist, Wesleyan; some are known by peculiarities of doctrine or plan of administration--as Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregationalist; but down to the third decade of the nineteenth century there was no church on earth affirming name or title as the Church of Jesus Christ. The only organization called a church existing at that time and venturing to assert claim to authority by succession was the Catholic church, which for centuries had been apostate and wholly bereft of divine authority or recognition. If the “mother church” be without a valid priesthood, and devoid of spiritual power, how can her offspring derive from her the right to officiate in the things of God? Who would dare to affirm that man can originate a priesthood which God is bound to honor and acknowledge? Granted that men may and do create among themselves societies, associations, sects, and even “churches” if they choose so to designate their organizations; granted that they may prescribe rules, formulate laws, and devise plans of operation, discipline, and government, and that all such laws, rules, and schemes of administration are binding upon those who assume membership--granted all these rights and powers--whence can such human institutions derive the authority of the Holy Priesthood, without which there can be no Church of Christ?

I know that this is the church of Christ. It was set up by him and restored by him. It is the only church that has his authority to do any ordinances to help us with our purpose here on earth. I know this through the Holy Ghost and I know that if you don't know, you can know too! 

What a privilege to have the Church of Christ set up again and have the opportunity to be members of HIS church!
If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to this message of great news, you need to do so before your time is up on the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, I write this testimony, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer
A cool picture of the Plan of Salvation. I would draw it slightly different to clarify some things in it, though. I also whited out the requirement for the second degree in the Celestial Kingdom as it hasn't been revealed in the scriptures and is just speculation.

Some cool clouds
Elder Schramm and me
The partial eclipse

Scary big spider

Someone snapped out flower in our backyard; we fixed it with duct tape.
The Passover compared to Christ's final week

We saw a small turtle swimming
We saw another turtle a little bigger than the first

We caught the bigger turtle!

Turtle fighting the line