Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14th, 2017: My last letter!!!!!!!!!!

Buenos Días Fam and friends,

This is my last letter and my last week as a missionary. Its super weird to say that and its crazy how fast this time has gone by. I am so grateful for this time the Lord gave me to serve and to teach the people here in Bolivia. It has been the greatest blessing for me and i will never forget a single moment of my mish. I have learned so much things and gained so many good habits that i know will be a blessing for me in the future. And i know that everything ive learned will prepare for the rest of my life. 

I want to thank you all for the love and support that you have all given me i my mish and i want you all to know that i love and am PUMPED to see you all on Friday. I am a little bit sad because I wont be able to see the people here for a while and because i wont be a missionary anymore, but i know the Lord is going to bless all the people i have got to know here. 

This week Alicia got baptized and it was super sick. She is super awesome and is going to be a super strong memeber and leader in the church. It was the last time i will ever step into a baptismal font as a missionary. They told me that there was a Relief Society activity after the baptism and they for some reason invited us to come, i though it was weird but we went. Turns out it wasnt a Relief Society activity, it was a surprise Going home party for me. hahaha. I was complety surprised and honestly wanted to cry. I was able to feel the love not only from them but from God, a few people bore their testimonies and thanked me for my service and i really was very happy to know that i did something right here. I dont think its too much to say that Valle Sanchez changed my life and i will never forget this place. 

I love you all and thank you for everything see you Friday night.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7th, 2017: Happy Bolivia Day!!!!!!!

Buenos días familia y amigos,

Another pretty chill week here in Valle Sanchez. Were working really hard so that Alicia and Abel can get baptized. they are both super excited for this saturday. We just have to teach a few more things for their baptism. Unfortunately Alfredo and Dayana didnt go to church yesterday so it doesnt look like they are going to make it for the 12th. Im a little bummed about that but i know that they will soon get baptized. they are super cool and they have progressed a bunch in the last few weeks.

I was reading this week in Alma 38 and i loved verse 5 And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Something very important that i have learned to do on my mish is to trust in God with everthing and at all times. He is the only one that knows everthing and is the only one that can give us the answer to any question or doubt. I like this verse because if we trust in God a lot, he will deliver us from a lot of things. In we trust in God with everthing he will deliver us from ever affliction, but if we dont trust in Him at all, He cannot deliver us from anything at all. Ive seen a lot how simply trusting the will of God blesses my life and the lives of the people ive taught. 

I hope that next week i have some pictures of the baptism if everything works out ok. It would be a sick way to finish the mish.haha I love you all talk to you next week. 

Love Elder Crisp 

1. the family is our luch pension and they are super cool,
2. his lady made me Apple Pie haha

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31st, 2017

Buenos días everbody,

How's everything going with everybody. I hope you're all happy and doing well. Everthing is going pretty chill here in Valle Sanchez. We working pretty hard with Alicia and Alfredo and Dayana so that the can get baptized on the 12th. We visited Alfredo and dayana yesterday after church and she is still doesnt feel like she is ready, we just told them to pray and to ask God if the should get baptized and she said she would, we are going to have another FHE with them today and well see what they say. The Spirit was super strong in that visit so i have faith that they will say yes.

Alicia has been pretty busy this week with work so we havnt been able to visit her much but she is still pretty excited for the 12th. She is still reading and praying and all that so im sure she be baptized the 12th too. 

This week we had a Multi zone conference which was pretty sweet. It was my last one so i had to give my testimony and all that trunky stuff. It was a really good topic though. they talked about the attributes of Christ. Pres talked about faith and i liked a lot of things he said. Faith is a spritual GIFT. It has to be given to us by God, and for him to give us more faith we have to do everything we can to learn and act upon teachigs of Christ. I like that the Lord blesses us with faith as we continue to follow His example and keep the commandments, and as we gain more faith as it explains in ALMA 34, it will "produce fruit" for us ad that fruit are blessngs from God.

That's it for this week. Have a good week hahahaha.

A few random pictures and the huge disadvantage to having the flipping airport in your last area hahaha, every 15 minutes a plane takes off.

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 17th and 24th

July 17th

Hello everybody,

This week was pretty chill. This week we were focusing a lot on thepeople we have been teaching. Pamela is ready for the baptism, we just haveto teach a few more things. She is super excited for saturday. I dont know if you remember Alfredo and Dayana, but they went to church yesterday for the first time and they like it a lot. Someone gave a talk about FHE and they asked us after sacrament meeting when we could do one with them. They are progressing a lot in the last few weeks. They still arent sure about baptism but were helping them ot a little with that. 

Honestly not much happened this week so theres not too much to talk about. But for some random reason it just decided to get really cold today and it freezing cold but thats about it.

Hope you all have a sick week, sorry for the super boring letter but im kind of out of idea for this whole letter thing.

Love Elder Crisp

picture of the river here

July 24th

Buenos días everybody,
Theres a lot more to talk about this week than last week tis this letter will be a little more exciting. First off Pamelas baptism was pretty sweet and it was super spirtitual. Her dad wasnt going to go again but decided at the last second that he wanted to go, but as he was leaving work to go to the church, his car broke down and sadly he could not make. It was pretty sad but Pamela gave a super good testimony afterwords and she started to cry because she was so happy. It was pretty amazing.

That was something that i was thinking this week is how much this family has changed and how much happier they have been in these few months, and i was reading in Alma this week and i realized a lot of important things and promises that the Lord has fulfilled for me. In my patriarchal blessing its says "You will be instrumental in teaching the principles of the Gospel to many people...and will enjoy greatly seeing the light of the Gospel come into their lives." And in Alma 29, Ammon explains how happy and joyfull he was for the same thing 

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.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is MY SOUL FILLED WITH JOY ; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.

I am truly grateful for all the things the Lord has done for me and the people i have been able to teach in my mission, i am trulky happy for them and for what the Lord has done in their lives too. The Lord really does answer our prayers and listens to us when we really need Him.

This week we also had a conference with Elder Carlos Godoy this week, the Presidente of the Area, and he talked a lot about Sacrifice and the Atonement. WHat i like most was his testimony at the end he basically said, " I am %100 willing to dedicate my life to God and his kingdom; my work, my family, EVERTHING for the Lord." It was super powerful and the Spirit was super strong in the conference.

In other news Alicia is going to get baptized the 12 and Alfredo and Dayana also accepted to get baptized the 12th so that last week is going to be dope.!!!
Thats it for this week, i love you all and hope you all have a sick week.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10th, 2017

What's up everybody,

How's it going? First off, i didnt get transferred so im going to die here in Valle Sanchez with my son. I am super pumped for that because there is so much work still to do here. 

This week was prett stressful but it was one of the best weeks ive had in a while. On thursday we went over to Cain to confirm his baptism and he was still un sure about it. e taught him a little bit about the importance o baptism and invited him to pray about it. At like 830 he called us and told us that he was going to get baptized this Saturday. I was so happy to hear that he wanted to get baptized. The baptism was at 9 am on Saturday and it was really good. Our mission Pres with his wife, and the other mission pres went with his wife and a bunch of other missionaries went so it was really good. 

We were able to teach also this week Pamela and Gabriela, Sabinas 2 other daughters and they are pretty excited to get baptized. And Alicia also is preparing for all that. Its going to be a pretty awesome last cambio.
I was reading in John this week and i liked a lot in ch14 verse 12.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

If we believe in Christ, that he is our Savior and the Son of God, we will do the things that He did, we will try to live as He did. We will show our love for Him by doing the things that He asks us to do even if it seems impossible to us. I love that scripture.

Thats about it for this week Hope you all have a sick week.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3rd, 2017

Buenos días everbody,

First off the baptism was pretty sweet. And a long with the baptism i was able to strengthen my terstimony about fasting. We decided to fast from Friday afternoon til Saturday in the morning so that we could prepare for the baptism and we had a huge miracle. We fasted specifically for the Mamani Family, (Sabina, Emma, Ivan, Carla) and especially for the dad because he is pretty hard and he wasnt going to go to the baptism. We went Saturday inthe morning to fill the font and clean the chapel and after we finished our fast. About 20 minuted after we finished our fast while we were in the bus going home, Carla calls us tell us that out of nowhere her dad canhged his mind and that he was going to go. He called her like 10 minutes more or less after we finished our fast. I was absolutly amazed at how fast the Lord answered our fast and blessed that family. It was a pretty awesome day.

Cain went to church yesterday and we are going to see if this Saturday he gets baptized. He is still excited and hes still reading and praying. He just told us that he need a few more days to make sure that he ready for baptism.

Other baptism that we have set now is Sabina´s other daughter Pamela. She also has been going to church for a while but was taking the lessons and didnt have permission from her dad but now shes excited to get baptized as well. She is reading the BofM and praying too.

We also invited Alicia to get baptized yesterday and she said yes but she didnt want to put a date. We told her to prepare for the 29th and she said that she would get baptized when she feels that shes ready. She said that it forsure be before ileave though, so thats something to look forward too. We bought her a Triple and shes read all of Moses and is reading D&C too.

This tuesday are cambios but I'm not sure whats going to happen. I'm hoping that I stay because we have a bunch of baptisms for this cambio and I'm looking forward to all that . Thanks everyone, i love you all, have a good week. 

Elder Crisp

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26th, 2017

What's up everybody,

How's everyone doing. Hope everything is going good. Everything is progressing pretty well here in Valle Sanchez. We are starting to see a lot more success and people are starting to listen more. We had 11 investigators at church yesterday and they all loved it. Sadly this wek we were not able to teach Diana because she had a few tests and things for school so this week she wont get baptized but well see about next week. Caín told us that he does not feel ready for his baptism. He came to church yesterday and everything but he says he needs a little bit more time. We are going to visit him on tuesday to see how he feels.

But good news is that we are still going to have a baptism this week. The Sabinas youngest daughter, Carla, has been wanting to get baptized for a long time but her dad never wanted to give her permssion, but this week he said yes so shell be baptized on Saturday. She is pretty cool, she is 11 years old but she goes to church every sundayand she is always reading the BofM and all that.

Other than that this week was pretty chill. We had a conference with President this week and we talked about the Atonement and Repentence. I was thinking a lot this week about what was said and i learned a few things as well. In the pamphlet theres a part that i really like "Repentance does not always mean making big changes. Often it simply requires an increased commitment to live according to God’s will." 

Thats something I had never read before but I liked it a lot. We aren't all terrible people, and a lot of times we don't commit terrible mistakes, but as we repent of the little things we will feel the influence of Gods light more in our lives and will become better everyday. And I love in D&C 64:33 "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

Thats all I have for this week, hope you all have a good week, I love you all.
Love Elder Crisp

(This is a random pic that i thought was pretty funny)