Sunday, January 4, 2015

Elder York's last days in Chile

Elder York with his "hijo", Elder Holt. (Zone Conference)

Elder York with some of his former companions. (Zone Conference in Puerto Montt)

Elder York with some of his former companions. (Zone Conference in Puerto Montt)

Elder York in Puerto Montt

What happens when you get "Dear John-ed"....

They had some other missionaries spend the night before Elder Russell M. Nelson came to speak to them.

Elder York with his "Grandson", Elder Salgado and his "son", Elder Holt.

Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt

Elder York with his Bishop in Puerto Montt. Funny guy!

Elder York with his District in Puerto Montt and his Papito.

Elder York and the missionaries with their Mamita and Papito.

Elder York with his Mamita y Papito y hija. 

Elder Gomez made Elder York a shirt with the two of them.

Elder York and Elder Costa

Elder Costa and Elder York

Elder York with Hermana and President Obeso
Elder York's first Mamita and Papito from Entre Lagos came to Rahue to see him off.

I'm not sure if this will work, but I will add it just in case. Each missionary who returned home in December (November for Elder York) sent the mission president a short video of what they learned in the mission. His is pretty funny. He lived with some great guys. They sent home a nice DVD with a bunch of pictures and videos from each missionary who went home.
Elder York flew to Santiago. He hung out at the Santiago temple and missionary training center there until his flight that night.

Chile Santiago Temple

Chile Santiago Temple 
Chile Santiago Temple

Monday, November 10, 2014

Last Monday‏

Well it´ll be short and sweet. I will be leaving Chile next Monday and be home Tuesday. My flight intinerary will be here this week saying exactly what day and the hour. What I know is that this is my last week and I will be home in about 7 days. 

I am grateful to be here and sad to leave but all I can do is keep working with all of my heart here with the members and people. 

I am going to be short because my time has been cut very short and so I gotta go. I love you all and will see you next week!!

Elder York

Monday, November 3, 2014

I´ll be home in 10 Days

Well it is true. I will be home in 10 days. Due to problems that I have been having with my foot after the surgery I will be Returning with Honor the 14th or 15th of November. I guess it will be an early Thanksgiving. I have never experimented this feeling of being so torn apart. When I went into the MTC I was more excited than sad for the new experience that awaited me. Now I am scared, truly to return home to what I "knew" as home. Now all have grown, moved on and passed away. It will be a new experience to see everything and everyone. I have fallen in love with the people and the places of Chile.

I want to share a little bit of how I recognized the Holy Ghost with this tuff decison to come home early or no:

This weekend was fast Sunday so I was fasting and oh boy did I have a purpose to fast and I sure did have an answer that I needed! I truly felt torn apart in two. The scriptures say "All that is good and inviteth a man to do good, cometh from the Spirit." I was truly confused. I have always told my investigators to pray and they would receive an answer and now I had to put my own faith to the test. Difficult moments are full of opposition. I know that and testify of that. As I fasted and searched, I found nothing. I felt confused and indecisive. During Sacrament meeting, (Here we fast Saturday night, and Sunday morning because we eat dinner for lunch.) as we sung hymns I felt so strong the Spirit and asked in my Heart what I should do. As I did so in my mind came a scripture and as I opened to look for that scripture I couldn't find it... But the page I opened to, where I thought the scripture was, I found a different one that hit home and is my answer.... D&C 78:18-19 

18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.
 19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.
I have asked and again felt the answer and the burning in my chest that this is the right decision. I know that it is what I must do. It is after we search and do our part that we will receive the portion that God has for us. I know this and bear my testimony that our Heavenly Father answers our prayers, but we must act. I share this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I will be home soon and there we can all share experiences and I will show all my pictures and such. Love you all!! We'll see you soon!! 

Elder Alex York 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Surround Yourself with Greatness‏

What is the best way to overcome trials? Well gather up some good friends, family, scriptures and good music and there you are. Surround yourself with all of the great things that this life has to offer and there you have it. An atmosphere that allows us to feel the Holy Ghost and know what we should do in that moment. One thing that I learned from the Prophet in the last general conference is the way to overcome hard moments in our lives is by continuing being obedient. 

This week I have been limited in leaving the house but the members have been so great in helping me to be able to still do the work and help them. Yesterday I spent all day in the house of my Mamita and Papito and the Mamita made us cinnamon rolls. Oh they were so good and made me think of my Grandma's cinnamon rolls that she makes. 

Yesterday we were able to pass by the house of our Bishop who has only 3 months as bishop and is so excited to work with us. They told us of an experience that happened to them this week. The wife of the bishop was praying for a missionary experience and found a friend from twenty years ago who is now ready to receive the missionaries! 

I am loving the mission and even as hard as it may be in this moment I am still doing the absolute best that I can. This is my last transfer here in the mission and it might be cut a little short due to a surgery that I am going to need on my foot that I will need to have done in the United States. Sad to leave a place that has been my home for two years but necessary. I love Chile with all of my heart. It is such a beautiful place and when I return home my only thought will be when I can return to Chile. 

The only thing we can do is keep moving forward. I am glad to have 3 great Elders here with me to keep me going. My new companion is from Chiclayo Peru and I am his "Mom". I´m only his second companion. Life is short but great. ¡Viva la Vida!

Elder Alex York

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hastening the Work of Salvation

Elder York, Elder Gomez, Elder Dominguez and Elder Vega

Yesterday was an incredible day. We went to take the Sacrament to a family of recent converts who were in the hospital and had gotten home the night before. It was such a special experience as we left with a young couple and their two children. As we left their house a tremendous rainstorm came blowing in and wow did it rain. None of us had umbrellas only jackets. As we started walking we realized that we were on the other side of town and it took us 30 minutes to get to the house that we were headed. When we finally get to the house they had the door open with a fire roasting and with mint tea (Pure mint leaves) waiting for us. We were able to talk with them and bless the Sacrament for them. We went with the Quorum President and his wife and children and wow did they teach them! My companion and I could only testify to what they had taught because of how incredible it was. The work here is hastening!!

I was so lucky this week to have the chance that our Mamita LET me cook lunch for us 7 this week. In our house there are missionaries from Columbia, the Dominican Republic and well me. So our Mamita is having us cook for them the lunch. I cooked Hamburgers and we even had some with Pineapple and barbecue sauce! It was delicious!! I will attatch pictures. 

I truly do feel so blessed to be here as a missonary. I know that this work is true and that we are truly inviting others to come unto Christ. I know that it is true. As we go about in life doing all that we can we will be blessed beyond measure as we strive to do what the Lord wants us to do. I hope everyone will have my friend Ryan Tomac in your prayers as he is overcoming a cancerous surgery in his shoulder. 

I love you all and I love my Savior. Have a good day and keep all of the youth in your prayers who are preparing to go on a mission. Be their friend and help them. 

Elder Alex York

Monday, October 13, 2014

Soy viejo eh?‏

Elder York and Elder Johnson watching General Conference.

Elder York's roomies attacked him with shaving cream. 

Elder York with his zone in Puerto Montt, Chile. The last day with Elder Johnson. I was here again with Elder Costa, my Brazilian!

Happy 21st Birthday, Elder York.

Elder York with Elder Gomez...happy birthday haha!
Well rumor has it that I had my birthday yesterday. Well thanks to the other three Elders that I live with, the entire ward where I am serving knew it was my birthday. That was fun...every testimony said, "I want to say happy birthday to all those who are having a birthday", wink wink and looked at me. The members here are great. Yesterday I was doing an intercambio with a new Elder who came here to live with us. Elder Gomez!! One of my best friends here in the mission who I lived with in Rahue a few months ago and we worked in both sectors but it turned out that he just tried to take me to surprise birthday parties. My oh my did we eat a ton! My mamita made me a cake and when I blew out the candle Elder Gomez pushed my face into the cake! It was so funny and was totally karma because I did it to Elder Jensen in La Union a couple months ago! 

I am so grateful for all of you and for all of your prayers love and support. I am truly surrounded by greatness and am just grateful. I have come a long way from where I was before but still have a long way to go. I know that if I follow the example of my Savior and have all of you to support me along the way, there is no way I can fail. I truly love all of you. 

This week we sent off Elder Cody Johnson from Colorado and welcomed my dear friend Elder Gomez from Columbia. In my house there are two from Columbia, one from the Dominican Republic and well the lone Gringo haha. I am teaching them all English and we sure have a fun time with that. We also are doing English classes here in the ward every Thursday and are loving that! Sister Hebdon and I are the ones who teach it. Sister Hebdon is from Holladay Utah in Salt Lake and is just starting her mission. 

We are using the members to find so many new people and it is just great. We are doing during the week with the members... Tuesday aerobics and karate classes, Thursday English classes, Friday mutual with the youth and Saturday we are having PING PONG classes!! I hope that you all like ping pong because I am now an addict. Every moment we have time we are playing ping pong ha. All of these activities are being taught by a member and we are supporting them and bringing new people as do they. 

Use the talents of others to bless all. Be it singing, piano, sports, video games, camping or whatever to help others to come unto Christ. We are not robots but all children of our Heavenly Father. 

I love you all and am having a great time and working my hardest. I love this work and can't wait to continue working in it. 

√Člder Alex York