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