Monday, April 28, 2014

Oh the places you`ll go!‏

I have been traveling all week for so many things. I went to Valdivia (1 hour and a half away from La Union) Osorno, back to Osorno, back to La Union, Rio Bueno and etc. I think I spent all of the money that the church gives me for the month just on traveling. I have had to travel to many places but it has been for good. 

My brother is an Elder! In just a little longer I will have to sign my emails as Elder Alex York. I am so proud of him. Being a missionary is the greatest decision of my life. I am just loving every second and truly enjoying it. I won`t be able to see Sean for almost 4 years. Why would anyone sacrifice not seeing someone who they love for such a long time. Because they know what they are doing is what they love. I remember that Sean and I would always fight before (He always lost). But right before I left on the mission I realized that he is one of my best friends. I love him.

Here in this sector we haven`t had too many investigators but we are starting to have a ton of success here in La Union. In the month of April not one sector in my zone baptized. A little sad to have this happen to us but the next month we will have more success. We have been able to help many people. My companion and I have been stuck in our house for the majority of the past weeks. We are finally able to leave and work normally. My companion is now healed and is doing great. 

Today we had a relax moment and we made burritos (Mexican style) and we played a lot of ping pong. It was a great time and the Elders that were there were, Elder Costa, Jensen, Werner, Pugmire and Parsons. They are all great Elders and I`m glad to have good guys like them around. 

I am about to finish the Book of Mormon for the second time in Spanish. I am in 3rd Nephi 8 and I will finish it before May 11. In this life there will be those who will accept and reject this book. My Job as a missionary is to explain what it is in such a simple way that the Holy Ghost can testify of my words to the other person. I am grateful to have the Book of Mormon in my life. It has given me so many answers to my questions and my doubts. I am grateful for it and love it!! One of my favorite scriptures is what is behind the medalion that President Droubay gave to me. 

3 Nephi 5: 13 - Behold, am disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. have been 
called of him to declare his word among his people, that they 
might have everlasting life.

There it is. Love you, take care and just smile.

Elder York

Monday, April 21, 2014

Second Easter in Chile‏

This week I was able to spend my second easter here in Chile. My favorite part was being able to watch General Conference in English. Last year when I had few months in Chile I had to watch it in Spanish. 

Here in Chile people are so focused on their work. The only thing that matters is that they have work. Then many, the majority of people when a festival like this comes around they get together with family and stay in their houses. The majority of the people who I talk with don`t want to talk to "Mormons". They just don`t realize that we don`t represent Mormon, but that we represent Jesus Christ. I feel that every house in every area I have ever been in has been knocked more than one time. The Prophet has said that "Now is the time for missionaries and members to work together". I think, I know that he knows what he is talking about because it is coming directly from the Heavens. Our Lord and Savior truly does communicate through our Prophet to help us now days to advance the work of Salvation.

Elder M Russell Ballard came here to my mission about a month ago. He sent a letter to our mission president as a promise. he said that if every member completes with their duty that un countable numbers of people will join the church. What an amazing promise! We are trying to help the members with all that we can to do our absolute best. 

My companion has gotten better and is now able to work a little bit more. He was on "stand by" (As my Grandfather says) for two weeks without working. We practiced his english and my portugues and we can both almost pray in each others english. We have been enjoying this week. 

This week we found a less active family that are separated. They aren`t divorced just separated for a time. We found them the one day that they were together and we they said they are trying to work things out and want to come back to church. Good thing that the best way to heal broken relationships is through the Lord and his Atonement. 

Finally, I want to share my testimony. 
I know that the work I am doing is what the Lord wants me to be doing at this point in time. I love doing it and am coming closer to my Lord and learning so much. I know that the Authority to direct the Church of God is here on the earth today and that the true and living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson has those keys. I know without a doubt that families are forever. I am here to help all people to come unto Christ. I konw that he is our Savior. I want to be just like him. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was written for our day. I am thankful for it`s teachings and I hope to "bring at least one soul to repentance". I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that he is greater than all and there is no man who compares to him. No man nor woman cany deny in the last days that he is not the Christ. I know that he is my brother and that he will have me rise one day to live with him if I am faithful. 
I leave these things for all. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Alex York

Monday, April 14, 2014

Earthquakes, Fires and bed rest?‏

Yeah I have been in the house for the past week with my injured companion and the fires and earthquakes haven`t affected me at all. I am safe. It has been a slow week but I have been doing a ton of studying. I made a decision the other month that I was going to try and consecrate myself to become a more focused and hard working missionary. I have changed so much with how I am living my life right now. I am only listening to hymns and focusing one hundred percent on being a better person. I have felt a huge change and I am liking it a lot. I feel good about life, am happy, feel more energized, and am teaching more and feel the Holy Ghost more and more in my life. I want to pattern my life more like Alma the Younger. He said [Alma 29:6-9]...   

6 Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called?
7 Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?
8 For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.    

This is how I feel. I want to be more like him and devote myself more to become a better servant of God. Why should I desire more than to perform the work with I have been called. I love this work and love all of you. My email is short but my time here also is really short. Remember that I love you and pray daily for all of you. Even when I don't have time to write you I care so much for you but I am focusing one hundred percent of my energy.

Elder York

A True Miracle

I had a miracle this last week. I was burning some papers that I couldn`t throw away and the chimney was a little old and once I started it I started to see flames by the roof and the papers and cardboard that I put in were flaming above the roof and the whole house started to smell like smoke. My heart was racing and I didn`t know where to start or what to do. I didn`t move, I was frozen with fear of burning down the house and without even thinking, I found myself saying a prayer outloud. I prayed and begged that the fire would stop and the house would be okay, as soon as I opened my eyes, I watched the fire lower through the holes in the chimney and after I caught a hold of myself I looked inside and half of the papers still hadn`t burned and some of the cardboard. It was a miracle that the house didn`t burn down. 

We bought a new chimney and now are fine but the scary part is when we took out the chimney to replace it, and it wasn`t even there. It was completely deteriorated. The missionaries before hadn`t changed it before we could start a fire. Had we had a real fire going it was basically all going into the attic. The Lord obviously wants me here alive still so I am content. 

Elder York

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pranks, General Conference and Hospitals‏

Well as the title says, My companion and I have been traveling all week and we today spent all day in the hospital. A week ago my companion sprained his ankle. We took care of it and got him a boot and etc. Yesterday it was still hurting so today we went to the German Hospital in Osorno to get it checked out. He has a grade two sprain and has to stay in the house for 10 days. We will see how it goes but for now we have to do what Sister Rappleye and the doctors have told us. 

GENERAL CONFERENCE was amazing. I just loved it because I feel that I received so many answers to 3 questions that I had. I received not 1 to every question but 2 or 3! I love General Conference so much and don't ever want to miss it. My favorite was the talk from Elder Corbridge. He explained our message so well! I am going to print and give it to many investigators so that they can understand better our message. 

Funny story of the week. Last night I put a voice recording on the phone of the other missionaries in the house and set it as their alarm for 3 in the morning. We all get along so well and are all good friends, but at the same time it is good to joke around every once in awhile haha. I felt bad for putting the alarm and at 11:00 after saying my personal prayers I felt I should go and tell them. So I did and told them I was sorry. To my astonishment they had found the alarm and had plans to actually do something to us at that time haha. I quickly slipped another alarm into their phone but that was the same that they normally have and then went to bed, them not noticing that I had done it. The alarm went off at 3 in the morning and they said their morning prayers and were just absolutely "muerto" or dead in english haha. One of them actually jokingly jumped on his companion and tried waking him up to do his exercises and realized, Elder York and Elder Costa are still upstairs in bed. LETS GO AND WAKE THEM UP!!! To their surprise they looked at what time it was and realized I had them good, called us by phone, said that we got them good, and were going to get us back and good night. funniest part of my week and cambio really haha. 

I am well from the earthquakes. No damage done nowhere here and none to me. Well I love you all and hope you are having a wonderful week!!

Elder York

He also sent a couple pictures "de la Gran Misiòn Chile Osorno."
Torres del Paine National Park, March 24, 2014
Torres del Paine National Park, March 24, 2014

Elder Costa with Elder York, April 2014

Elder York and Elder Costa with Elders Werner and Jensen, April 2014