Monday, March 31, 2014

New Everything

     I am in a brand new sector with a brand new area book, companion, cellphone, flea spray and an umbrella. I am absolutely loving it here in La Union. There is a milk factory that makes the best cheese and milk in the whole country and it is in my backyard. Sweet!! I am for sure having a good time and am just loving my new companion. Elder Costa is my comp and he is from Brazil. He is such a cool guy and we are getting along even better than peanut butter and jelly. He is such a great guy and just imagine Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. That is what my companion looks like haha. His smile is so similiar that it kills me haha. Super funny. It makes me laugh every time. We are working a lot and are finding more people to teach than I had in Punta Arenas so it will be a good transfer with a lot of work and hopefully baptisms. 

     It was hard to say goodbye to all of the people who I have grown close to in Punta Arenas but it will be something new. I am definitely loving the change. It is a little warmer up here but here it rains daily and there are fleas all over. I just.... "LOVE" the "BEAUTIFUL" fleas so much. I think I am closer with them than anyone else haha. Literally. They are in my socks!! Hahaha

     Yesterday I had a "Why am I here" moment. I was tired, cold, my knee hurt and just so many problems that I was a little bit down... When I asked myself the question I answered by saying, "I am here because I want to be, I am here to help every person that I can by sharing the Gospel." There is no other way to be happy than by sharing the gospel. I have felt the happiest that I ever have here on the mission and I can`t wait to share this happiness with all people who I can. I have truly learned a ton about serving others and how to develop Christlike attributes. It has sure helped me to become more of a man. 

     My sector has always just had zone leaders in it. I live in the same house and their names are Elder Jensen from California and Elder Werner from Orem Utah. They are both great guys and I am their district leader along with two Hermanas. The missionaries who are in the ward are always those who are finishing their mission and never new ones so the members are excited to have two young missionaries here to work. 

I've got a ton to do, love you!

Elder York

Here are some of the twenty questions I asked this week:

How is your new area? Is it a big city? What part are you in? 

I am in the center of the neighborhoods in a city called La Union. It is not as big as Osorno and is fairly small. 

When was the last time missionaries were in your area that you are opening up? There have always been missionaries in the ward but not where I am now.

Are you still a district leader? Yes.

Are you liking your companion? Where is he from? Spanish speaking only? 
He is really awesome. We get along well. He is from Brazil, speaks good spanish and is teaching me portuguese and I am teaching him English.

What's the ward like? Is it a branch or ward? It is a branch

Do you have a mamita? Yes and she is really awesome

Is it warm still or is winter kicking in? Winter literally started the other day

Are you in mountains? Yes somewhat

Did you have to send your luggage separate and when will you get it? 
yes and it will get here in two weeks.. It has all my winter gear haha... I`ll live

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Super short..with pictures‏

Elder York at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Elder York at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Elder York at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Look I have 20 minutes to write the family and President because yesterday we went to Torres del Paine. We got to go and see the 8th wonder of the world and it was amazing. We spent 16 hours touring the park and it was incredible. 

I have a transfer to La Union. Which is super close to Osorno where our mission home and the office is. I will be opening a new sector with the missionary named Elder Costa and he is from Brazil. President said that we will enjoy it but he is excited for us to go and do it. I am beyond excited to go and do this. It is going to be one of the funnest and hardest things I am going to have to do. 

That´s all. I am well, happy and will write you all next week. Sorry it is so short but I have to do it. 

Elder York

Monday, March 17, 2014

Living the good life‏

Yup, I am loving life down here in Antarctica. Seriously it is basically the same as down south. I have learned so much about life down here and have learned how to do so many things. It is so much fun to have this adventure down here. I must say unfortunately that I have not seen penguins yet.. I haven´t had the time to be able to go and to see them. We also have to have permission and it is hard to get it down here because we are literally closer to Antarctica than we are to Osorno where our Mission President is.

I have been enjoying myself and I have been working like a horse. That is the best way to forget about your personal problems and trials. I am loving to be able to serve people here in Chile. I have made so many friends!! I definitely love the Chilean people, but not the women ha. Daily we get asked if we are looking for girlfriends and I always laugh and tell them no. The people here are so friendly and just nice. JUST SO YOU KNOW... I DON´T PLAN ON BRINGING HOME A CHILEAN AS MY WIFE... haha 

I just have to say that life is good and I am learning more and more how to enjoy it and live it while being the best I can be. Life is good, I am happy and we are helping numberless people. I now have the best joke with people that are letting us come into their house. We always knock and they say who are you and we explain and a little bit more into the conversation they say,
´´Elder? What does Elder Mean?´´
Then I say, ´´As a member of the Church, if you want your son to be a missionary you have to name him Elder´´ Then quickly I say no just joking it means missionary. Everyone has found it so funny and are finding us more and more as people and not robots. We now have more than 10 new people that we have found this week to teach and to help. It helps to be natural and not always so serious but remember who you are. 

Winter is starting and I am going to have to kill a buffalo and use his hide to keep warm so I need to start hunting. Love you!!!

Elder York

Monday, March 10, 2014

Many "Holas" from Punta Arenas

We have been having a great time here in Punta Arenas. I am going to make this email short and sweet but this week we have had storm warnings and the winds and rain have been fun. We always something to entertain us. 

We are finally starting to see miracles in our ward as they are stepping up and taking the load of the missionary work. I am definitely grateful and it has been just the greatest thing ever to see the members love the work as much as I do. We are going to most likely be having a baptism this month! Ariel and Leslie are trying and we are so close with them.

Yesterday someone said we are starting winter and I guess I must have looked so shocked because they looked at me and said it in English, I can't believe that I haven't had a summer in about a little more than two years. I've been cold and wet for two years and still have a year left haha. Well I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it.

I love all of you and pray for you daily. I will send pictures next week and tell more of my miracles. As for now we are at the end of our P day so I gotta go!

Elder York

Monday, March 3, 2014

Trials, Problems, Questions, and the Savior's Love

In the scriptures we see many cases when the chosen people, or people of the Lord were suffering and struggling on their way. Many times I have wondered, "Why would the Lord who loves us, punish us and those in the scriptures." I have pondered often on this and have learned much. Every trial, tempation, problem, sickness, death, injury and illness that we have is not only a trial to build our faith, but the faith of those who are around us. I have seen this in my life and I know that it is true. 

I remember times when friends of mine and many times family had trials in their life, it changed mine. I remember a specific case when a dear friend of mine and of my family named Jared G. fell and hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital and when the news came to me that he would most likely not make it through very well, I cried. A teenager, who 'knew all and was the smartest and best of all' cried. I thought, "How, How God can this happen to him, why did it have to happen to him?"

This trial that happened taught me how to pray. Never I think in my life had I ever prayed with such real intent. I begged and begged with my Father in Heaven to help him and to spare him. He is such a good kid. In that moment I learned how to pray and how to really talk to my Father in Heaven. When we have our hardest moment in our lives, that is when we must, MUST kneel down like Enos before our maker and pour out our hearts to him and then WE WILL FEEL HIS LOVE FOR US. I Promise and testify!

This week I have learned a lot. I am learning more and more to humble myself always because we never know when we are prideful until we fall to our knees. I know that I am weak and have many trials in our lives. I learn more and more to trust in the Lord with ALL of my heart and not just with my mind.

This week our "Eternal Investigators" will be deciding their eternity. They are now with a goal of getting baptized and married! THey want to be married the 28 of march and the 29 of march be baptized. I gave them my CTR ring so that they can be married and it was a very spiritual, tearful meeting we had with them. I love Ariel and Leslie so so much. They are truly people that I would do anything for.

For the God loveth his children, for this cause did he allow them to obtain a body of flesh and blood, to experiment with mortality and in the end return to live with him once more.

Elder Alex Robert York