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.