Monday, June 30, 2014

This week has just been spectacular!

This week has just been spectacular! I am loving life as a missionary with Elder Dennis. He is just such an answer to my prayers. My last 4 companions have all been really disobedient and really hard to get along with... I just prayed that this transfer that I would have added strength to be able to deal with a 5th disobedient companion. Then President called and told me... Elder Dennis. I was so excited because he is the "Hijo" or son of Elder Werner, who I lived with in La Union. Elder Dennis is just awesome and we get along really well and are working very hard. 

We have been sharing a letter with all of the members that Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Rasband sent here to our area after their visit here to our Mission. It is incredible because he said, "If every member completes with these instructions, the Lord will do his part and incountable numbers of Children of God will come unto Christ and his Church." He told us we need to work in councils, pray daily for missionary opportunities on our knees, go with the missionaries to visit the less actives and re teach them, Work in councils to baptize, retain and reactivate. It was such a great promise. 

We have had many experiences with the letter that have been just wonderful and we are doing all we can to share it with every member and less active that we know. 

We have an investigator that is just wonderful who is working to be baptized. He lives with a family of members that we are thinking about making the new Branch President and last night we went to share the letter with them and he was there and the son of the daughter of the Alvarez family who she is only 20 is sick. We gave him a blessing and it was such a great experience and he got to see the Priesthood power in function not just hear about it or see it in videos. I have the hope and the faith that the little boy will heal. He has a bad fever but will be fine. 

I love being here and am grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you so much for all that you do. I love you all!!!

Elder Alex York

Monday, June 23, 2014

I am Goliath?

In the times of David and Goliath there were people who were very tall and very big on the earth. It was a time that people feared and distanced themselves from these types of people. The Story of David and Goliath is such a wonderful story of inspiration and of hope for the "little man." I represent a "Goliath" here in Chile. 

I have been looking for shoes here in Chile for more than a year. Every store that I ask if they have in my size they look at me and ask if I am serious, then they laugh and laugh! I AM GOLIATH!! I really cannot find a single pair of shoes that are size 12 and a half. In Chile my size is 48. I have tried 44 and that is the biggest but to no luck. The biggest I have seen was size 44 that really is super tight. My advice to any missionary that has big feet and is coming to South America to bring two really good pairs of shoes or even three. It is worth it I promise!!

Now I am doing fine and I don´t need anyone to send me shoes. I just wanted to share that because it has been a highlight of my week because I asked every store. I am happy and doing great! I love being here in Chile so much. 

I am with a new Elder who is named Elder Dennis. He is from Manti Utah and is just great. He is a really good Elder and he is a hard worker. We are getting along very well and are both united in one cause. We are working hard and walking through deep mud with an umbrella in the rain and snow together and knocking every door and talking to every person we meet. Being a missionary has been the greatest blessing that I have ever had in my life. I love it so much and have learned so much from being here. I would trade this for nothing, I repeat, nothing. 

We have an investigator whose name is Fransisco or "Pancho" who lives with members who are really great. He is dating the daughter of these members and he is the one that initially started the lessons. We had a lesson with him during lunch yesterday and after that he and the family invited us back to their house later the same night and we shared with them again. It was something so tender and wonderful that they would call us to come back to share with them. They were thankful that we were passing by and sharing with them not just to help the investigator but the entire family. We are looking for a new Branch President, well who we think could be because the Lord does the rest, but I feel that the husband of this family would be an outstanding President. 

I am loving life here in Chile. We have once again, I feel I haven´t been able to escape the cold in two years since Alaska and now it is starting to get to me ha. But we have firewood and every night we heat up the stove to get warm. 

The Promises of the Lord will always be completed because he is the same yesterday, today and forever and He Has Spoken.

Elder Alex Robert York

Some of the twenty questions I asked:

* What waterfalls did you go to and who did you go with? 
We went with all of the missionaries here in Puerto Montt. They are called the "Saltos de Petruhue".

* What district/zone are you in? 
Our branch is not a part of a district because there is no other branch within miles so it belongs to the Mission. President Rappleye is the District President of us so to speak. I am in the zone of Puerto Montt

* Are you a district leader still?
Yes I am still District leader and I have 10 Elders and Hermanas in my district. 

* How big is your area? Any stores, etc. to speak of? 
It is fairly large. New suburbs or something like that. 

* What are your duties as first counselor? 
The same as a bishopric. Tithing, conducting meetings, presiding when the branch President isn´t there. Extending callings, etc. The normal as Brother Brady and Brother Hammond but in a branch so a lot smaller. 

* How many people are in the branch? 
We had 38 yesterday!!

* Are you keeping warm? 
Yeah. I have a story for you..

* Do you have a mamita? 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Challenges and Growth‏

A very wise seminary teacher once taught me that there must be an opposition in all things. (2 Nephi 2:11) To demostrate this he asked all of the BYU fans in the class to stand up. Immediately there were chants of boos and Utah is better. He then explained, "There must be an opposition in all things." Thanks to the plan of our Heavenly Father we can progress and become more like him in this course of life. We will always have challenges in our lives, but along with the trials and challenges become growth and testimony. This week I have seen the trials and blessings of being a disciple of Christ. At times we are tested and put into places that we don´t know what to do. In these moments we have been blessed with the chance to apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week we will have transfers and once again I will be opening a new sector here in Los Muermos. My new companion will be Elder Dennis. I have been with Elder Torrez from Bolivia for the past two weeks and he will stay in the house with me with his companion, Elder Holt (Not my son, but other). 

I have realized that here in the mission and in life there are things that are worth defending and others that are not. Before the mission I feel that I was very ignorant with some things and I thought I knew everything. There is a scripture that I love that says,     

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.    
-3 Nephi 13:31-33
I have been sharing this scripture with every person that I can find. If we put our Heavenly Father first, then he will open up many oppourtunities for us. I shared this scripture with a family who are active in the church and they both looked at each other and opened up their hearts to us and told us that they needed to hear that because they were about to make the decision of not paying their tithing. They chose to pay their tithing and their fear of not having money to buy food for their young children disappeared as they received many blessings.    
In life we will have many things that will demand that we give them attention before the things that our Heavenly Father has asked of us. I know that if we put God first in our lives and everything that we do, we. will. be. blessed. I know it. I believe it. and I am doing my absolute best to do it. I want all of you to know that if you make the decision to read the scriptures or to turn off the tv and spend time with your family that you will not only be blessed, but your family will be blessed by your presence and spiritual power.
Elder Alex York

Monday, June 9, 2014

Los Muermos y ..... Oregon?!‏

Elder York with President and Hermana Rappleye.

Elder Sean York's mission call to the Oregon Portland Mission.

Elder York in Los Muermos. I think that says Fast Food.

Elder York in Los Muermos.

Well I have some news. I had a mid transfer transfer. I don´t know what you call that in english just spanish which is a ´´Sobre Cambio´´. I got a phone call from the Assistants Tuesday in the morning right before we had our district meeting. It was shocking news for me and I was just blown away by the news. It was hard to concentrate because they told me I had to be in Osorno in a few hours with all of my bags packed. President talked to me and told me that I am going to a sector that is very isolated and is just like Entre Lagos. It doesn´t belong to a Stake or District but to the Mission. I am a hour outside of Puerto Montt in a small town (Bigger than Entre Lagos) called Los Muermos. The funny thing is that my "son" (Elder Holt) was just here right before me! 

Here we have so much work to do! I was called as the first counselor here in the Branch. The Branch President is great but we have to find a new one. He has been the Branch President for 9 years. He is young and I can only imagine how hard it has been. We also have to find a new chapel because the house that we are renting here the owners want it back. After 12 years of renting they decided they want it back. We are looking for a new one and it has to hold about 40 people but there isn´t much renting. 

My new companion is named Elder Torrez and he is just awesome. We will only be together for two weeks but he is great. Oh yeah! The other news! President is sending two more Elders here to be in the sector and they are going to be living with us! We have been cleaning the house and preparing everything and getting it ready. We have transfers on the 18th of June so about 9 days more. 

We have entered into winter and here it is much, much colder than La Union. I am enjoying it but there is no one in the roads for us to be able to talk to. We are talking to people but there aren´t very many in the roads at times. 

SEAN IS GOING TO OREGON!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!! I wish he was speaking spanish but I guess it´s just me ha. Well he will do great. I am so proud of him and know he will do so well. The people of Oregon are going to just love that stud. 

On another note I am sad that I will miss my little brother by two months... I won´t see him for a total of 4 years... So long to not see someone that you love and cherish so much. If I did not know that this work was true, I would not be here. I would be home doing what I want. Not what the Lord wants me to do. I know he will do just so great and will change lives. 

Just as Hyrum said to his Brother Joseph, ´´Brother I´ll follow you, into a hailstorm of an angry town, every stone was meant to bring you down, something you knew all of your life, but Brother, I´ll follow you.´´

I love all of you and I love my Mom. 

Elder Alex York

Monday, June 2, 2014

Oh the Places You`ll Go!‏

Elder York: "Everything here is green! Mold or mother nature, whatever you call it! "

Photo of the man I baptized named Edicto.

4 years ago I was sitting in a classroom where I barely was listening to what my teachers were telling me. I remember doing my homework just to `grin and bear it` and get it done. Who would have thought that I would be where I am now? I personally am astonished to look back in my life and see the changes I have made. I love learning now and I look to feast and desire to know more. I love the rain and being wet and walking all day long. I used to drive to school daily and to church every sunday which was less than a block away. Here I walk miles daily to cover such a large area. Here in the city where I am there are 10 missionaries in this city. We all cover a semi large area and we are responisble to help them the best we can. Oh how wonderful it is! How much I love being here in Chile. When I received my Mission call I was a little disapointed that I HAD to learn a new language that I got C`s in school and to HAVE to get used to a new culture. I realized that in my life I saw things with the glass half empty. Now I GET to be here in Chile and I GET to learn a new language and I am BLESSED to be a Missionary of Jesus Christ. I LOVE being here.

We are now in an advanced stage of winter and it has been incredibly cold and rainy. Last fall I gave away my gloves, scarfs and beanies to members in Punta Arenas who would have a greater need for them than me and now I realize, Shoot... Haha. Well thanks to the Mission Home I was able to re stock up on things for winter and I am ready to roll! 

I have little to say but what I have to say is that this work is true no matter where we are. The Gospel applies to all people because it was created for the Children of God, of who we all come from. I am not afraid of sharing what I believe. I talk to all the people I can to try and be just as Christ was to explain this Gospel with love and clarity. I love this work so much and I am proud to be a Missionary and I am happy with what I do. If anyone wants to be happy, share the Gospel with anyone. It isn`t necessary to invite someone to be baptized the very moment you see them or to call someone to repent. We are members of the Church for a reason and we are all sons and daughters of a Loving Heavenly Father. We all have the same potential in this life. 

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Elder Alex York