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. 

√Člder 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.