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. 

Élder Alex York

Monday, October 6, 2014

After the trials...come the blessings

I have never been so tried in my entire life. I can honestly say that these last 6 months of my mission I have grown so much despite of all of the trials, problems and heartaches. I am so glad to be a missionary and to be able to walk where my Savior has walked, be rejected, spit on, hated and persecuted for his name. I have learned that more important than walking where my Savior walked but walking AS he walked. Every missionary will walk where the Savior walked but the key is to walk as he walked and to allow the Atonement into your life and let it change you so that you become more and more, grace by grace, like the Savior himself. 

The other Elders in my ward moved in last week to live with us and wow... It has for sure been incredibly fun! We have been getting along so well and it is like living with your best friends. Life has been going great. 

General Conference for me was just great and I learned so much. More than I think I have ever learned in my entire life during a conference. I was able to watch it in English in the computer room of the chapel with Elder Johnson. I loved the talk from Jorg [Klebingat]. I am going to download them in audio and listen to them again and again, and again and even again to learn what I must. I have heard last general conference more than 20 times and every time I learn something new. I love it and it is just great. 

I feel super old now that I will be turning 21 but that is just life. I am grateful for my family and friends who have always been there for me. The only thing that I would ever ask of any of you is that you share this with others. Share the love you have with others when the moment presents itself. The true love of Christ is what this world lacks, so get out there and represent the Lord by your actions. 

Elder Alex R. York

Elder York in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Elder York in Puerto Montt, Chile. He lost his glasses, so he got a new pair
last week.

Elder York in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Monday, September 29, 2014

What a Wonderful Life

Life is super sweet. There really is no bitter in this life. It is only bitter when we allow ourselves to get down and be pessimistic. I have felt that the last couple months that there was absolutely no balm in gilead. I felt so full of trials and problems and didn`t know what to do. I learned that it is okay to get on your knees and cry a little bit. Many of the Prophets in ancient times did the same. Look at Nephi for example, "Oh wretched man that I am". We all have moments of difficulty and trials but it is all about how we see them. My little sister sent me a couple phrases from a talk from President Uchtdorf that really helped me a ton. He said.....   
"Everyone’s situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious. We can be grateful!"

Life is truly such a great thing and being a missionary... Even better. I used to look for all of the good in things but with time I guess I forgot. It wasn't until our Heavenly Father humbled me enough to realize that I was being negative and wasn't happy. I have learned a lot and I know that he loves us. I love being able to walk around and talk to people with a smile and the confidence of knowing that God has a plan for us and no matter what happens in this life that I will be with my family after this life and that they will be watched over and protected.

I want to invite all of you to look at your life and do what I did because it changed my attitude with things and now I am a lot happier and see things more as what they can be and not what they are.

Life is too short to be pessimistic and not enjoy it. Live life and write a missionary!! They really can use your help!!!!

Elder Alex York

Monday, September 22, 2014

Independence Day in Chile!!!‏

It has for sure been fun this week. I used to think that in the States we knew how to throw a good 4th of july party. Then I came to Chile and really learned how to have a party!!! The people here are crazy!! 

This week we were banned from leaving the house unless we had a fixed appointment or if we were going to be with the members. being me I was with the members the entire week and it was incredible. We were with our bishop, and his wife had just quit her job because they were doing things that don`t go along with the Gospel and she was super sad so we shared with them and they are just incredible this family!! They have given all that they have to this gospel and to the Church. This family is just so great. I love them a ton and would go to the moon and back for them. They see us as angels and are really just willing to do anything for us. 

So for our 18th of September we did tug a war, had a barbeque, had mote with huesillos (which is like wheat puffed with peach). Empanadas, ping pong, soccer, the members danced and we had a great time!!! 

The week before I left Rahue, Osorno, I had a super tender moment with one of the young men in the ward who is the son of the ex stake president. His dad called me and told me that he really had gotten along with me and it made him want to be a missionary. His dad said to talk to him and so they came over to our house at 11:00 at night and I talked one on one with Harold. He is 20 and didn't want to leave on the mission. I gave him my medalion that President Droubay gave me... And we had a talk and he promised me he would pray and reconsider. His Mom wrote me and is ecstatic because he is changing and is reading the scriptures and praying now. Before he would flee from those. Miracle.

More than what I can say I will mainly send pictures this week. 

I love you all and I know that this work is the only way that our brothers and sisters can return to our Father in Heaven. I know that I am called of God to preach the gospel and I love it. It is my life!!

Elder Alex York

He said of his companion, Elder Vega: He is super awesome! I love the guy. He is from Cartagena, Colombia. He is a super cool guy that has the same amount of time in the mission as Elder Mendoza the Peruano.

Chile's Fiestas Patrias, Dieciocho. Elder York with some of the ward members in Puerto Montt. He said Yeah, we ate a ton of food!

Elder York with his bishop in Puerto Montt.

Elder York being Chilean. 

Elder York, Elder Dominguez (Dominican Republic), Elder Johnson (Colorado) and his companion, Elder Vega (Colombia). We had fun and were playing a game that when you messed up, you marked the face with makeup.

Monday, September 15, 2014

No time to email this week

Sorry no email this week. 

I won`t be sending an email out to the rest if you could just say that in my blog. We are preparing for Elder Viñas (70 of the area) who is coming here and I have no time.

Elder York

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fwd: Transfers, Surgery and more.‏

This last wednesday I had surgery on my toe and it was a lot more complicated than I thought it would be. I went into the German Clinic and while there they really cleaned up my toe. All went well and I was able to leave after 2 hours. They told me I was to be in bed for 7 days but the ward was able to hook me up with a wheelchair so that I could come and stay with them rather than in the house. I will include pictures. 

Like I also mentioned... I will be transfered from the sector. I will be going to Puerto Montt - in the city this time. I am opening a new sector with Elder Vega. This will be the 3rd sector that I have opened.

I was a little frustrated when President called me because I have fallen in love with this sector. Here in Camino Real in Rahue I have just learned so much from the members and have seen them change so much. It is so incredible to see how much they have changed. I announced in sacrament meeting three things that happened to me this week. I said first I had surgery, they all giggled and then second, I got dear Johned by my girlfriend, everyone was like ahhhh..... and then I said I have cambios and everyone was HUHHHHHHH????? I love the members here so much. They have changed my life.

Another change in my life is that as I said, I received a letter this week telling me that my best friend will no longer be waiting for me. Yup that`s all. 

I have been still able to leave and work on my wheel chair and do contacts. I love this work so much and am 100 percent dedicated to preaching the Gospel. This Gospel is the only way that we will be happy in this life so I must affirm every fiber of my being to this gospel and to this work.

I love you all so much, I am doing well and these next couple months I will be working my tail end off. My goal is not to stay in this wheel chair but that they have to send me home in one from being so tired. 

Pictures.. First is the letter they send when one is finishing... and the other is me working in the chair! 

Elder Alex York

Monday, September 1, 2014

Miracles do come!

My companion and I have been struggling this last transfer to find someone that we could help to progress towards baptism but this last week we found two!! There is this nine year old girl who has been coming to church for the past two months that no one knew. She has been coming to church by herself because when she was younger her family went to church but now are inactive. She lives about 10 minutes away from our ward but takes a bus every sunday to come to church with him grandma. Everyone thought she was a member until this sunday when she told the bishop she wanted to be baptized. He was shocked because he had no clue she wasn`t a member. We also have a less active family that are coming back and want to baptize their two grandaughters that are eleven and fourteen. Finally miracles!

It was a little hard this week in church but next week is bound to be much better! I absolutely love going to church because I feel just so energized. As a missionary that is absolutely crucial. Feeling motivated by the Spirit and feeling the love of the members. We have had so many crazy experiences and we are just applying the doctrine ha. 

Well here we are starting to get into Spring. I left the house this week wearing just a sweater for one of the first times in my mission... 20 months later... haha well look for the joy in the journey!!

On saturday we went to an orphanige and we entered in all of their firewood which was 40 meters of firewood!! It took us about 8 hours of pure work! Thankfully they gave us lunch! I am just loving being sore and knowing that those little kids are sleeping warm. 

Life is good as a missionary. You know that you have been successful when your shoes are wearing thin, your feet and body hurts and you feel good at the end of the day. I am proud to be a Representitive of Jesus Christ and to serve here in Latin America just as he did!

Elder Alex York
Mission: Chile - Osorno

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grandfather, Father, Grandson‏

Today I was able to see my "Hijo" with his "Hijo" Elder Holt is training an Elder named Elder Salgado from CORPUS CRISTI. That is where Courtenae served her mission. Pretty crazy how small this world is right??? He told me that and I started freaking out like, What?!?!?! He is a super tall guy and really large. It was good to see them. 

We were able to finally get some basketball in today as we played for a couple hours. We played basketball and ping pong. Today we have been running around like usual, taxi into the Center of Osorno, Visa paperwork, passing by the Mission Office, Basketball and now it is 4 O'Clock... Only two more hours of "Resting". I am excited to catch up on the sleep I don't get here haha.

Tomorrow I am going in to get my toe checked out and hopefully that all goes well. I can only imagine Sí. 

We have an investigator who is the brother in law of our 1st counselor here in the ward who has just exploded with the Gospel. He wants to get baptized and now is really close with us. When I first met him he ran away from the missionaries and didn't want anything to do with us. Now he calls me his "Hijo Gringito" He is such a great guy and we are working with him towards baptism. 

The work here in this sector is Hastening and we are literally running around. It has been fun. We work daily with the members and are helping them to be able to live, teach and bring others to the Gospel. We are seeing so many results and it is working!!!

We also fixed our toilet situation.. The system was clogged so we were suffering a little but now life is all well. But the good thing is that as was our plumming clogged, so was the Missionary work in this ward but now both of them are just flowing!!!

Elder Alex York

Photos, First is Elder Holt, Yo, Elder Salgado

Second.... Our ward mission leader brought nerf guns for after the sacrament meeting and wanted to take pictures with us. Why? No man knows but the ward loved it. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

First sector of the mission???‏

Elder York sent pictures this week!
Pic 1...Elder York with his mission president and his wife, Presidente and Hermana Obeso.
Pic 2...Elder York with the kids of the second counselor. They loved the fact that I looked like I was wearing the "school uniform" haha.
Pic 3...Elder York with his former Papito and Mamita in Entre Lagos.
Pic 4...Elder York with Hector, the man he baptized a year ago in Entre Lagos.


Yup that is right. Yo, Elder Alex York was able to go back to my first sector today to be able to visit my recent convert Hector Bañados Pacheco. I will attach photos. I was also able to see the members who I grew so attached to. My Mamita and Papito and my dueña, Anita, José and the family Santana. I was able to share more with Hector and share again my testimony with him in much better Spanish so that he will stay on the right path and endure to the end. It was such a wonderful experience to be able to find them here again and it really made me tronky. I thought if this is happy coming back to my first sector after a year and a half, ¿How will it be going back home? Either way, it isn`t a thought I let stay in my head because I still am on the errand of the Lord.

We had an activity this week for the young men in all of the stake of Rahue. I was able to take Elder Holt, (my adopted son) out with me and a member named Carlitos who is 12 to do some visits in my sector. Elder Holt started his mission in my sector so I decided to bring him back with me so he could relive it a little. As we were walking with Carlitos I let him hold my compass because he was curious and wanted to see it. Anyhow as we were walking he told us that not just once, not just twice, not just thrice but four times he asked a question of what he should do in life and the compass needle jumped and pointed directly at me. He said it was the weirdest thing because the needle just followed me he said. He got excited and said "Elder York!!!! I know that I need to be a missionary now! I am for certain!! Let´s go to my friends house to share with him. We went and his mom rejected us but Carlitos said it´s okay because when I am a missionary I will be able to share the Gospel with even more people and even if they reject me like that I will know I have done my best. I want to be a missionary just like you."

Carlitos is the young man in the photo that I sent home last week of the family Chaipul. We have been working so hard with them and we are seeing the fruits of the visits. They are inviting their friends, family and even people in the road. Life is good and the work is Hastening here in Rahue.

This week the weather has been getting better. Yesterday was the 4th day of my mission that I have left the house without a jacket. Pretty incredible how cold it is here haha. Well that is all for me. I am doing good just like always fighting the natural man to become a better missionary every day. 

I came across this scripture and being is that I am here among the Lamanites....

Helaman 6:3 
"Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy because of the conversion of the Lamanites, yea, because of the church of God, which had been established among them. And they did fellowship one with another, and did rejoice one with another, and did have great joy."

Elder Alex York