Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas, New Years and Transfers?

Punta Arenas Zone - Elder York dressed up as Santa and delivered the last of the Christmas packages (unfortunately not his own!)

Well the good news is that there are no transfers here for Elder Dower and I! I am really excited because we actually get along very well. He is a good missionary and is progressing a ton. I am so glad to be with him and have the chance to share my example with him and maybe help him to be better. 

This Christmas was very good but my last [in MTC] was still much better. We spent a lot of time with the members and well of course SKYPEing with the family! One of the best parts. I absolutely loved it. One of the best parts also was this Saturday. All of the missionaries here in Punta Arenas went to the plaza in the center of the city and we all drew the Plan of Salvation with chalk. Elder Jensen had the idea from his mom who saw missionaries in New York doing it. It turned out great. We taught like 8 legitimate lessons with people and planted so many seeds and found new investigators. I will send some pictures attached. 

Elder York and Elder Dower in Punta Arenas with their
plan of salvation chalk images.

I am so proud to be a missionary. Being a missionary I have the chance to help people to learn more about God and our Savior Jesus Christ. I also have had the chance to come to know our Savior on a more personal level that is very sacred to me. I love him so much. He is my Lord and my King. I have made a promise to always serve him and others. I plan to share the Gospel the rest of my life, for all of my life. All I do and want will be to edify and build up this Church which is the church of Christ. 

I love you all so much and can´t wait until the next Christmas. I will be home by then but won´t want to come home.. Well until next week.

Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"

Elder York

We were able to Skype with Elder York on Christmas day. It was amazing!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Feliz Navidad

     This Christmas is going to be full of miracles. I am so excited to have my first Chilean Christmas. Sad that I will only have one. It is a little sad but it will be a fun one. Sounds like my family will also be having a Chilean Christmas. So what you do to be "Chilean" is you wait until 12 at night and then you open your gifts. Makes no sense right?? Well that´s how the Cookie Crumbles down here. 

     I will admit that talking to the family through skype will be so much fun but I am a little worried... All of the White people who speak english down here from the states have such a hard accent. I have lost mine so I am worried my family won´t understand me haha. Or I won´t understand them. Well we shall see. 

    This week I have had a lot of very cool things happen. We had a member of the 70 come here in the week and it was cool to see him and to learn from him. His name is Elder Fereira from Chile! 

     I had another "God answers prayers" moment. I was tired of waiting for a bus or a taxi because they were all full and I started getting frustrated and just then asked my Father in Heaven to please help us to not be late to our meeting with the Elder Fereira and when I ended there was a taxi with two other missionaries so we joined with them and got there exactly on time. God answers our prayers even the prayers of an unperfect missionary like me. I know it and now have a stronger testimony of it. 

    I also forgot to mention that I got called as the Ward Secretary. Second time here in my mission. It is cool because I get to help serve the bishop even more and grow closer with him. It is more responsibility but I can do it and I will do my best to complete with my duties as a missionary. 

     Let us all remember that Christ is the reason we celebrate. It is good to focus just on him and ask yourself, "what would Jesus do this day?" He would share his love with others and help others. Try to share this joy and experiences with everyone. 

With so much love,

Elder York

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lovin' missionary life

Not going to lie. I have been having such a great time being a missionary. We work all day and we get to see the Gospel bless lives. This week we have found 4 people who are not "golden" but they are just awesome. I am so grateful for the chance that I have to be here. I am thankful for all of you who support me while I am out here. I may not be the best missionary but I know that the Lord will make up that which I cannot do. I just used to think that, now I KNOW it. I know that he loves us and not WILL make up the rest but he HAS already done it. The Atonement is truly for us to grow and to progress in this life. 

Yesterday was one of the most spiritual days that I have ever had. Yesterday here in Chile was elections for the President so Church was only 1 hour. All we had was the Sacrament meeting and we had an investigator come for the first time. I had the chance to give a talk and when I got up my mind went blank with what I had prepared. I just opened it and the words came. I started by asking a question. I asked what is a covenant. I explained that it was a promise or a contract that God has made with us and that we sign when we are at the age of accountability. Then I read the story of "The Current Bush" (Look for the Mormon Message on it by Elder Christofferson) and explained how God knows what is best for us. I then shared about missionary work and how I struggled to accept that I was a Child of God and that God really loved me. I shared how much love I feel sharing this with everyone and that now I know without doubt that I am a Son of God. Then all of a sudden after I said that the best way to feel it completely is to help other people recognize it and to share it with them, something marvelous happened.

I started crying and couldn´t see past my notes. Then I for the first time in my life heard a voice tell me. "THIS IS JOY" I know without a doubt that it was the Holy Ghost. I love this work with all of my heart and I testify to you! Find a friend or someone who does not have this in their life and bring this happiness to them. There is no other way in this life to have Joy. This I testify to the world. Member missionary work is the only way that this work will move forward. 

Con tanto amor,

Elder York

Monday, December 9, 2013

They call it the half way point‏

From what I hear, here in this mission everyone calls this the "happy" 12 months left. I am not going to lie. I feel like it is going to be a sad last part of the mission but at the same time happy. I have given my all in the mission but I for sure have more to do. I just have to continue working my hardest and serving others. 

Well this week we had an investigator from a different mission that moved here. He contacted us and wants to be baptized! Wow! Not going to lie I was a little excited and wanted to just scream praises ha. Well he is a great guy. He called us and we met up with him in the church and we played ping pong. Random, (I forgot to mention that I have gotten really good here, I just learned how here but now I don't lose very much Haha that sounds prideful... But I'm not that good.) And he was so good. We just talked and learned more about him. He is just a golden man. We shall see how he does. 

So I have been a little confused. We are in summer and it snowed the other day and rains a lot actually haha. I hear that it is cold in Utah and even in Texas and I pray even harder that the Lord will send this cold up towards Utah and what not so you all can know how I feel haha. I love being down here so much. I am literally just loving it.

We found a new house!!! We are going to be changing in about a month to a new place where our ward mission leader lives. He is building an extension on his house and wants to know if we would like to move in!! Answer to prayers. We had found a house before that was a little better but they wanted 800 dollars a month. Where we are we pay about 180. The one now with our ward mission leader is about 280. He knows he isn't building it for us, that it is for the Lord. He was the old bishop here. I love that man! Brother Abonto. 

Honestly the location I am I love so much. I am seeing miracles and just loving every little thing about it. 

Remember that whenever you are praying that I am praying for you specifically. I love you so much and miss you all. Thank you for the happy birthdays to my Sweet Mother.

With exactness,

Elder York

I'm pretty sure this is Elder York on the island of Chiloé the day before being transferred to Punta Arenas.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Summer burning sun with snow?

Well here in Punta Arenas there in the "Osorno Cap" A ozone hole that when the sun shines it isn't hot but it does burn. Being a redhead here... Well I'll be tan soon!! Haha. I love it here and even though it is cold and we get a ton of snow I am loving it. 

This week we didn't have very much happen. We walked around a lot and sent off our friend Daniel Burton who is going to break the world record. He sent me an email from Antartica saying he is cold but loving it!! 

This week we will have the blessing of having our Mission President come down and instruct us on how we can become better missionaries. I am so excited to know how I can be better and be more like the Savior. 

So... About my house. We have been looking for a new house and there really just aren't ha. We want an apartment... The missionaries before us didn't like cleaning. AT ALL. Elder Dower said that the fridge doesn't work, the microwave or anything. I asked if he tried them and he said that his trainer said that his companions companions said that it was broke. So I plugged it in and it worked ha. Well now we have something haha. Our bathroom is like a horror scene. The paint is falling off from every corner and there is mold all over. There were mushrooms growing in the corner at least 4 inches tall.... Yeah we are looking for a new one haha. 

Well this week is something so important. It is the birthday of the woman who means the most to me in this entire world. My Mother will be turning 28. I am so grateful to have my Mom in my life. One doesn't realize how nice they have life until they don't have it anymore. Those of you who see my Mom give her a hug for me. I miss her and the good news is that I will be home for her next birthday hopefully. 

I know that this church is true. I know that we have a Prophet on the earth today and he is guiding the only Church of Jesus Christ. I know it. 

I love you all so much. Enjoy time with your family and help others who are a little down on their luck.

Elder York

So I seem to always ask a million questions. This week he answered some of them.....
Do you have a mamita? No the members feed us every day
Does someone do your laundry? We do it ourselves finally ha
What is your area it in the city, inland or by the coast, etc.? I am in the center of the city. That is my sector
What's your ward or branch like? The ward is awesome. We only have about 30 that come..
Do they have a different "slang" in Punta Arenas compared to up north? a little but not much
Do they eat different things down there? Food is about the same. Less potatoes
What's your favorite/least favorite meal? Favorite is all ha least favorite... none ha
Are you able to print off emails to read later? yes but I take a picture on my camera, free.
Did you ever get the two SD cards? no
Do you know what time you'll be able to Skype us on Christmas? I don't know the time. We´ll find out later.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Utahn in Punta Arenas?‏

So just as the title says, we had a miracle moment that was very touching and very, very cool.

We had a miracle happen already. Well about 3 actually. We got a call from our bishop the other day to say that there was a Hermano from Utah looking for us. I thought it might be someone I knew or Elder Dower and the Bishop said he spoke no spanish and our bishop knows no english. We went and found this guy named Daniel Burton from Eagle Mountain. He is coming down here to the south pole to ride his bike from the coast of Antarctica all the way to the south pole. He wants to be the first one to do it. He is an active member and an ex missionary. A very good guy and we didn't know him before. He found the bishop's house by the app to find a church and then found the address of the bishop. His plan was delayed so that's why he looked him up to find a place to stay. He stayed in the house of our Bishop. He owns a bike store in Saratoga Springs.

His name is Daniel Burton and he is just a very cool guy. He is a member of the Church and he speaks no spanish. During this whole experience I have learned how cool it is to see how the Brotherhood of this church is. Our bishop let him stay in his little house in an instant. I had to interpret pretty much but he now knows a couple new words. 
Dan is in the picture that we have below. He has a blog.

My new companion is attatched in the photo below. But he is from Syracuse. He is the oldest in his family too and the funny thing is that he was the companion of Elder Holt (Who I trained) in the Mtc in Mexico ha.

Well I have more duties now so I have to get a couple things done so I will write more next week!!
I love you all so much. GOOGLE PUNTA ARENAS and check out how beautiful it is here. I am in love ha. 

I love you!!
Elder York

Elder York with Daniel Burton and Elder Dower in Punta Arenas.

Elder York with Elder Dower

Monday, November 18, 2013

The end of the World. For me. Literally.

Yeah well I am headed to the end of the world. I am being transferred to the farthest south sector in the world. PUNTA ARENAS. I will be down there in the branch AUSTRAL. I am super excited but of course a little nervous because I have to go in airplane. It´s funny because my ticket says that I will be sitting next to a sister Nielson who is here in the mission. Made me do a double look and have to think real hard haha!

My new companion will be the first companion of Elder Holt ha. My current companion. His name is Elder Dower and I am excited to get to know him and to meet him. President called me to give me my transfer, which normally means one of two things. That you are going to be training or be in a leadership position. I have been called to be the District Leader down in Punta Arenas. I am a little nervous but I know that with the help of the Lord and the companionship of the Holy Ghost that I am unstoppable. I am so humbled to have this chance to be able to apply all of the ways to serve others that I have learned in my life and to be able to love and help them in all that I can. 

A very touching moment happened here in Chile...

I had a very touching experience yesterday. We were walking to go and look for our clothes to pack at 8:55. (Sunday nights we are to return at 9:00 to give numbers) We passed by the house of one of the less active members that I have found here and who was the hard drug addict and is coming back to church. I felt the impression to go to his house. In my mind I said exactly this... "We have to walk another 10 minutes to get the clothes so I can send off a suitcase tomorrow and we don´t have time." I took literally 4 steps more and thought, "Alex Robert York, who are you to ignore this feeling." I turned around and kind of shocked my companion and said we must go to that house. We went in and there he was, sitting in his little room that he calls a house, warming soup on a little gas heater and reading a pamphlet on the Plan of Salvation. He said he had a couple questions and earlier that day he asked if I would come by because he wanted to say goodbye in his house and not just in the church. We talked with him and as we talked I had another impression come to my mind. "Elder York, You have been so blessed. Take off the jacket your family sent you and give it to him." I started taking things out of my pockets and my companion looked at me funny because outside it was cold. I gave it to him and just couldn´t help tears from not coming out as I saw him cry. The night before I gave him a white shirt and tie so he could feel more at home at church. As I hugged my new friend I held him tight and told him that I loved him so much and would return to see him one day. If not in this life, the next. 

The mission has changed my life. I feel the Lord´s love in my heart almost to the point that I don´t have enough room. I am trying to do everything that I can to be just like the Savior. 

Yesterday I had to say goodbye also to my recent convert that we baptized. He cried a little and so did I. I hugged my 82 year old new brother and told him I loved him. I know I will see him again. Saying goodbye to all of the members is very hard. But I know that the Lord has a plan for me and needs me in Punta Arenas. I love the hymn "I´ll go where you want me to go" Where it says, "and if by the still small voice he calls, I´ll go where you want me to go."

Just as Nephi said,
[2 Nephi 33:15]
15 For what I seal on earth, shall be brought against you at the judgment bar; for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey. Amen.

I love this work and I love my Savior Jesus Christ with all of my heart. I will serve my best because he is who I represent. 

Elder York

Monday, November 11, 2013

Prayers for the Philippines!‏

I was saddened to hear about the typhoon that went through the Philippines and even sadder to hear that one of my best friends Sister Sara Webber is missing. Please keep their family in your prayers and pray that she will be found. I know the Lord protects missionaries and members of his family. Which is everyone. He will do according to his will and he has a plan. ´´Pray unto the Father with all energy of Heart´´

This week we have been having a lot of fun and it has shown that here in Chiloé it is always winter. Makes sense because I am in the bottom half of the world. We had our first sunny day and I took a picture and will attach it. 

This sunday I had the best experience in almost all of my mission. We found a less active member who was baptized 10 years ago and after one year in the church divorced his wife and became a very hard drug addict. We found him and we have been working with him a ton! He came to Church on sunday, HAD ALL OF THE HYMNS WE SUNG STILL MEMORIZED and had a very good time. He hit it off so well with the members and we talked with the secretary and we are working for getting his records from Santiago and getting him clean and back on track. Love that guy!! 

I had an experience that tells me again and again that God answers prayers. We were walking down the road and I felt the impression or had a thought to go and visit an Hermana close by. We went in and I felt impressed to donate 4 mil pesos (8 dollars) to the ward temple trip this month. I didn´t know why but I did what I was told. I gave it to her and my companion gave a little bit too. She started tearing up and told us the story that today for mutual one of the recent converts had competed in the contest of making a miniature version of a temple. The young women all got together and made one and he was on his own. He made the Santiago Temple because he wants to go there one day but can´t afford to go. The first place prize was a cake and all the young women shared. Hna. Jenny felt impressed to give Julio as the second prize winner a free trip to the Temple this month. She didn't know how to pay for it but knew the Lord would make it work. She came home and prayed. 5 minutes later we passed by. After hearing this I gave the rest of my food money for the month to help pay for him and so did my companion. 
All of that because we were worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

I love this work, DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW. Bless the lives of others and pray for the missionaries and the people in the Philippines and pray for Sister Sara Webber.

Elder York

Elder York on his birthday (October 12th) with some members in Chiloé. 
Elder York on a bridge over a river in his sector on Chiloé.

Palafitos - house on water

This dish is called Cazuela or in English just like a beef stew but this one has chicken. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

The good, bad and the even better‏

Here in the mission you will have good experiences, bad experiences (because we are still humans) and then you have even better moments. In the past month I have seen so much love that I felt at home, I felt being sicker than sick (and itchy!!!) and then you have those moments where you teach someone by the power of the Holy Ghost and you invite them to be baptized. That is my peace and my happiness. Helping others to truly come unto Christ and seeing them change their lives for the better.

Today I was having a somewhat ´´MÁS O MENOS DAY.. A little stressed, upset, frustrated and feeling alone day. Our District Leader called (he´s from Santiago) and was being so picky and trying to question our numbers that we put as goals and everything we have decided to do this week. My very first instinct was, argue back with him because I know that I am in the right. But I just listened and explained and that was all. Then when we got here to the internet I can´t help but not cry when I read the emails that I recieve from all of you and all of the love I can feel. At times a missionary feels no love from their companion or even leaders at times. But it is the greatest to know that your family and friends are there behind you and love you. I am truly grateful for all of you and I am so glad that I have you in my life. 

Being a missionary is the most rewarding thing in the world (that I have experienced so far) and When you are in the service of your fellow brothers and sisters, we are in the service of our Father that is in Heaven. 
I testify with all of my heart, we are working with real people in the mission. It doesn´t matter if you were the missionary who had the most lessons taught, the most baptisms, or even the Assistant to President. The only thing that matters is that you can look back at every moment and say.  "I. did. my. best. and the Holy Ghost was in my life." I know that I am a successful missionary because I am doing my best to not do my work but the work of the Lord.

I love this work and all of you. Live life with no regrets and when you fall, get up knowing that everyone is behind you and even more important, Our Heavenly Father is with you.

Elder York

Elder York on island of Chiloé, 28 September 2013.

Elder York with his zone on the island of Chiloé, 28 October 2013.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Finally... I´M BACK! (From being sick that is)

Well after 2 and a half weeks locked in the house I have finally returned to the outside world. I have had a lot of very eye opening experiences these past couple of days. I have gotten a lot of reading done in books of the Church and the Scriptures. I am in Alma 50 in spanish and I realized that I have almost hit my half way mark in the mission.

I had a very good birthday so thank you all for all you do. I am so grateful to have all of you as my family and my friends. All of the members here have been treating me just as I was one of their own by checking up on us and bringing us food. They are so loving here in Chile and are easily my second family. They are very cool but can´t compare to all of you. I love you all lots. 

I have had absolutely nothing go on in the past two weeks but studying and more studying. I have never read so much in one day. I read about 200 pages every day. I´m re reading a couple books and focusing on the Book of Mormon in Spanish. El Libro de Mormón. 

I just am full of thanks for all of you and for all that you do for me and for this week. If I were to ask for a Birthday or a Christmas present from all of you it would be to share this Gospel WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE. A friend or someone. If you want to know what life is being a missionary, then why not give it a try? 1 person who you know, imagine the change that this Gospel would bring to their lives. That is what we as Missionaries do daily. 

I love this work with all of my heart. I am truly pained to think that I only have 1 year left. I am fully dedicated to the Lord and I know that he will guide me and protect me as I serve him with all of my heart might, mind and strength. 

Remember the words of the Prophets.. ´´Every member a missionary´´
Doesn´t mean give up all you have for two years, what it means is, Live the Gospel in way that others will feel inspired to ask you about it and be prepared to share at all times.

I love this Church.

John 3:16

Elder York

Note: I asked if he received his birthday package. The two things he asked for his birthday were ties and Reese's. We sent 17 ties and a big bag of Reese's among many other things. 
Elder York: "I got the package by the way. Thank you so so so much for all of it. I kept a couple ties ha. I did share everything though but I kept a couple things for myself: I wanted the reeses for the members. I ate like 2 and am sharing them all with the members. They love it and say thank you so so much."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Elder York got the chicken pox...

Well, it happened. I guess the chicken pox shot doesn't always work. Here's the email we received from Alex's companion. I like how he signed it Elder Pollo (chicken). 

Elder York got the chicken pox just as I was getting better.  Don´t worry he still can do everything the same we are just confined to the house for longer.  I want to tell you he has been a great trainer and a good leader here.  The members love him and he has taught me what it really means to be a missionary.  He will write back when he can.

Elder Pollo 
(Elder Holt)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Elder Chicken, Chicken Pox‏

Well good news and bad news. Because I am here writing you means that I don´t have the Chicken Pox. The bad news is my companion has them and is not loving life at the moment. He is getting a TON of studying done ha. The poor guy I am staying on the other side of the room and always disenfecting the house so that I don´t get sick too. He has to stay locked in for about 14 days. Well only 10 more to go ha. He has already read the new testament and is now just reading like a mad man. I have gotten a ton of studies done also and am learning lots. I am in the book of Alma in "El Libro de Mormón". I like reading it in spanish because I learn double what I do in English. Also the same with the bible. 

Literally we have been sitting in the house all week so I don´t have too much to tell this week but the members here and all the people I have met are just so sweet. 

Our branch President gave me a Chiloé hoodie and like 4 or 5 members have made me a cake and cupcakes. Now that we can´t leave the house really they are making us more food and just going to the very far to make life easier for us. It is really touching to see that now when we can´t serve the members that they are turning to serve my companion and I. 

I love you all!! Be safe and study the scriptures daily. That is the key to being able to endure to the end. 
Faith in the Lord is accepting and knowing that he loves you.
Two quotes that have helped me. 

Elder York

Monday, October 7, 2013

Don´t look back... Or get turned to salt!!

This conference session has been just awesome. Listening to the Prophet of the whole Earth is just the greatest thing in the world. I learned so much and like always received answers to my prayers. My favorite talk was by Elder Dube. Don't look back. At times we can't move on because we feel that we have sinned and we are like that forever. We must have faith on the Atonement of Christ and remember just like the Lord has said. "He who has repented of his sins, I the Lord, will remember them no more." I love that scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants so much. I have seen that in my life and I know that we can't look back on our past problems. We can only look forward and continue on. I know that this Church is true. I can't say it enough. I know that we all will make mistakes but it doesn't matter what the mistake is, the only thing that matters is what we do to correct it. 

I would get down on myself a lot and beat up on myself for what I have done. I have learned that we are not listening to the Holy Ghost when we do that and are in a way rejecting the Atonement in our lives. I know that our Savior suffered and died for me and my sins so that he could know how to help me in this life to return to live with him. I know he blesses us with trials and gives us weaknesses so that if we are humble, he will make them strong. Ether 12:27.

This week has been interesting. We have been working a lot and doing our absolute best to complete with our objective. We work all day and some times we only find 2 people that will even talk to us. Being a missionary is hard but it is worth it. I love being here and I know that I can do this. The mission is changing my life for the good. I love it!! I can't believe that TYLER KNIGHTON WAS BAPTIZED!! I really want his email if someone can get it for me!! 

Well don't ever look back. Don't ever think you are lost or without help. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and let him work miracles in your lives. I know he will and that he loves us. Lose yourselves in the service of others and you will be blessed. I love you so so much. Take care and Follow the Lord.

Elder York

Monday, September 30, 2013

Truly loving life!‏

I can´t say anything more. I just am loving my life right now. Everything is going just so great. I am enjoying it because I am always so dang tired haha. It is fun and I am really just enjoying everything. 

I have found out that I am a lot bigger than the Chileans here and a little stronger ha. We go around and cut firewood so much during the day. I have carried more wood in a wheelbarrow and chopped more wood in 8 months than in my entire life haha. We are always looking to serve people because then it is easy to teach people. My poor companion was a soccer player. Well that says it all haha just kidding he is great. He has never cut wood before so teaching him has been very fun. I broke my second axe ha. We were cutting wood for a widow and we were cutting for about an hour and right after I said last one, it broke haha. The mission covered it because I was actually doing work with it. 

     This week we had our district conference and it was just the greatest ever! My second district conference and I learned a lot. President Rappleye came out to do our missionary interviews (to see how we are and what´s up) just as he does every three months. It went great and he said I am doing a good job with Elder Holt. 

     I am just loving the members here in Chiloé. I have been working so hard with all of the members to try and get a reference, or a friend who I can go and teach with them, because THAT IS HOW MISSIONARY WORK IS DONE. With the members to go with them to a friend haha. They are more likely to recieve the missionaries when they have a friend at the door. Well My entire mission I have only gotten like 5 people that I could go by and visit with the members. This week we have been working so hard and working so hard with the members and we got 12!!!! This is going to change the sector!! I am so excited now. I know that I have been successful in this sector.

Baptisms don´t measure the success of a missionary. The success of a missionary is what he did, who he helped and who he became. I am so grateful that I still have more time to become even better. I have seen such a huge change in my life. I feel more now like our Savior Jesus Christ. 

I have seen so many peoples lives change because of this Church. I love what I am doing and I INVITE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU WHO RECIEVE THIS, TO CALL OR FIND THE MISSIONARIES AND TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SHARE. I am sharing the exact same message. What do you have to lose? 

I have felt the Atonement in my life. I know that Jesus Christ truly died for us. I will follow him and I know that only through him I can return to our Heavenly Father. I love this work. I know He lives. If there is one thing that I know it is that Jesus Christ Lives. 

Sé que Jesucristo es nuestro Salvador y Redentor. Sé que no importa quienes somos o de donde venimos, Él nos ama y quiere cada uno de nosotros. Yo Sé que El Libro de Mormón es la palabra de Dios y que él escuche y conteste nuestros oraciones. Todo de esto comparto en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amén. 

Elder York

Monday, September 23, 2013

Empanadas, completos, ponchi (Mormón) and so much food!!!‏

Well my wonderful family and friends, I am just coming off the week most stuffing, most dance watching, most... so many things haha. We as missionaries couldn't leave the house unless we had a fixed appointment with a member. Because everyone here gets super drunk haha. Well so you know me.. I called every member and set up an appointment to pass by haha. So we went and had so so much food! Barbecues Chilean style. We ate a lot.. I'll attach photos. I got to take a picture with a lamb on my shoulders haha just like Jesus did ha!!

For the 18th itself you eat lots of "empanadas" They are full of meat, 1 boiled egg and spices and some small cut up onions. They were great, except for the fact that I ate more than 30 that people offered us... So much food. Then on the 19th which is also a holiday they all did barbecues... Wow. More than the polynesian luaus that we went to! We ate lots of beef, chicken, pork, sausage and very spicy "Chile Peppers" ha it was so good and I know a couple people who would just love those peppers!! So hot but so good!! 

This coming saturday we have interviews with our Mission President and then right after District Conference. (For all you in Utah, it's like stake conference but a district is what a branch comes from haha. I didn't know that before the mission so I don't know if you all knew haha)

I got to dress up like a "Huaso" Chilean cowboy. It was so so much fun and we had a huge tug a war contest. They put all the women to do it, then all the children, boys then girls and then the men haha. We had to go outside to do it because we were too.. "Manly" haha. SO so hard because there are a lot of strong people here haha. My side won ;) but we were just stronger haha! 

I have just had such a great week and we have been working super hard and having a blast while doing it. It is super hard for us to find anyone to teach right now.. We have nobody we can teach... It is hard but we are praying and fasting to find at least one person ready for us. 

I know this Church is true. I just as of today finished reading the Bible all the way through except for the old testament but it conforms to everything that we believe and we follow it word for word. There is no other Church that can say that because they are missing something crucial. The Prophet and the authority. I have seen so many lives change because of this church. I will defend it and preach it until I can't anymore. I might literally come home in a wheelchair at the rate i'm going haha. 

Well I love you all so so much. I will send more pictures. I have loved getting letters from you all and love hearing from you. 
I love you!!

Read 2 Nephi 32!!

Elder York

Elder York dressed as a "huaso" or Chilean cowboy.
Elder York's District president and his wife.

His mamita making empanadas.

Elder York with his new companion.

Elder York with the lamb.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Spring? Birds Chirping? Sun?!

Well all the above is starting to happen. I am loving it here in Chiloé and I hope I will be here for Christmas. I love the members here so much. Every monday to friday we eat with our ´´Mamita´´ She always stuffs us with food... I don´t know how I am losing weight haha. Well and on the weekends we have different members that feed us. It is so much fun and I have grown so close with some of the members. I know that I knew some of these people before this life. I know it. 

¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡18 of SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this week is our 4th of july out here in Chile. I say ´´our´´ because I feel like I am Chileno. I love it here so much. So this entire week no one works. Thank goodness the internet is open! So here in all of the stores, all of the alcohol is super cheap normally. But right now it is so cheap that I could buy with 10 dollars.36 cans of beer. That is one of the most expensive brands normally... So basically we are locked in our house and in the houses of members. We as missionaries aren´t allowed to work these days because everyone is walkng around drunk because no one has to work at all. It is such an adventure haha. Whenever people yell´´ Hey Gringos´´ I put a little attitude in it and say ´´Hey! We are from Canada.´´ They get my point and always yell they are sorry and stop bugging us hahah.

I am having lots of adventures with the new missionary I am training, or my ´´son´´ haha. I love having this chance to be able to train him and to help get him on his feet. The very first thing I said to him was ´´Look Elder, When you are with me, we are obedient. Cachai? (Understand) haha He agreed and I can see how he follows my example more than I think he notices haha so it is crucial that I be obedient. 

I love this work and being a missionary. I am almost to the end of reading the bible. It is so interesting and helps one to know the truth. Our church does nothing against the bible. Just as the Prophet has said, This work will go forth unto the ends of the earth until it has sounded in every ear and in every language. 

AMOS 3:7

Elder York

Monday, September 9, 2013

What a week!

Well right now all of the roads are flooded with water and it is like 4 degrees outside with rain. Wow can you say what a fun mission Elder York has 5 times fast? Well I honestly love it and am doing just awesome. I am loving every second of the mission and doing my absolute best. It is a ton of fun and I wish I had more time in the day to work. The only time I have time to stop and think is when I am waking up and going to bed haha. Time is going by so fast that it is kind of stressing me out. I have less and less time to work... Lots of prayers for slower time haha. 

There are so many blessings that come from Missionary work. We are going and bringing our brothers and sisters to our Heavenly Father. We also must experience opposition like joy and sadness. I am feeling more joy than ever while being a missionary and it is just the best decision of my life. I wish I could be a missionary for longer haha. 

This Church truly brings blessings to families. I have seen peoples lives change because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When true doctrine understood, attitudes change. I have seen so much joy brought to peoples lives. I could spend all day just writing about the blessings I have seen. 

If I were to write or say one thing it is that I know this church is true. I know that we must literally follow the example of Jesus Christ and follow him in everything he does. I have almost finished reading the entire bible. I have read through the Book of Mormon 2 and am working on it for my 3rd time on the mission. God loves us and that is why he calls a Prophet. Thomas S. Monson has been called of God to be his Prophet and his mouthpiece here on earth. Only through this Church can we make covenants to return to live with our Father in Heaven. I wish that every single person I talk to would pray to know our message is true. I know it is true and I love this Gospel and Church. THis Church is the same Church that Jesus Christ Established. 

I love you all so much. I pray for you and pray you all will have missionary opportunities. Keep on being the best you can be and remember there is an Elder in Chile who loves You!

Elder York

Monday, September 2, 2013

Soy un Padre!‏

Well not quite literally but basically. His name is Elder Holt and he is from Lehi Utah. He played a ton of soccer and just graduated this year. He is 18 years old. He is super excited and animated. 

We now have another person who has a baptismal date and that is following through with his commitments. His name is Francoy and is really just an awesome guy. He has had lots of problems in his past before but he has been in the process of changing for about 3 years. He wants to be baptized. He will be my second person who I will have the chance of helping to be baptized here in Juan Soler. 

A couple Elders and I here on the Island went into Osorno to go and look for our "Kids" (Who we will be training). I stayed in Ovejeria and we called for a pizza and I got a flash drive full of Piano Guys and Lindsey sterling. They are just the best! If you can send me piano guys music I would just love it!!! Hahaha

Well we have to run a little early today because Elder Holt has lots of stuff to do and to get. He came from the Mexico MTC and it was pure summer so he is just freezing to death. 

Well I love you all and will write you all next week!!!


Elder York

Monday, August 26, 2013

Greatest Family and Friends Ever!

I am so grateful to have all of you as friends and family. 

So first off I have two great and grand things..

1. I can now write whoever I want in emails! No more restrictions to two no more. 

2. I am expecting a son. In the mission when you are going to train a new missionary he is called your son. SO here in the mission I am a father. This wednesday I am headed into Osorno to go pick up Elder Holt from Lehi Utah. This is going to be so awesome!!! 

This week has been awesome!! We had a baptism and that just made the sector explode and the members are just loving us and killing us with food and shirts and so many things haha. I am so grateful to be able to stay here for 3 more months secure. 

Hey so this September is the independence of Chile. The 18 of Sep is just like our 4th of july so I know a Sister Missionary who is in Texas who has a mission President who is Chileno. You should throw him a surprise party!!

My mind is everywhere right now so sorry the email is a little crazy. 

This week there has been so much.. Cold, snow, and well surprises!! I love being a missionary. The Church is true! 

I love you all!

Elder York