Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy 4th!

Hello Friends!
So we had transfers on Tuesday! I was so nervous! It felt like I was leaving my home again and stepping into the unknown. Haha! But is was really fun none the less. I am now blessed to be serving in the beautiful town of Conroe Texas! It is so different from my last area... I am in the middle of the country and I love it! We actually cover four little towns; Conroe, Montgomery, New Caney, and....... Cut n' Shoot. There is literally a town called Cut n' Shoot. And one of the only churches they have there is the Church of the Cowboys. Yes it is a real thing. I think they call it Cut n' Shoot because people will literally shoot you if you are on their property. They paint purple lines on the trees and if you past the trees, they are allowed to shoot you. It is a little concerning.. These people are a little bit insane. But it's cool. We still love them!  Haha! Anyway, my area is GORGEOUS. We are in the middle of the forest. It is so green and there are lakes and trails and deer and flowers and ahhhhhhhhh! I feel like I was made for this place! The people are awesome! They all live in trailers or little houses that look liked they were built in the 1940s. And fun fact, the Texas flag was created here in Conroe. And so there is a lot of Texas pride here.. I have never seen people so obsessed with a state before. Its a little weird. There is also a ridiculous amount of stray dogs here. I have serious PTSD around dogs now. We went to a less actives home the other day. We opened her fence and walked up to her front door and as we were walking, this pack of pitbulls came running at us from around the corner. We both screamed and ran out and slammed the fence right before they got us. I hate dogs so much. On the bright side, I am getting in really good shape because I have to run away from them so much. Haha!  

My new companion is Hermana Haslam. She is so awesome! We work so hard! I am learning so much from her! The ward here is awesome too. It isn't very big but the people are so humble and so willing to help us. They love the missionaries! One of the families told me I had really good Spanish and I cried a little inside. There is another family here that is literally obsessed with missionaries. They have a photo album filled with all the missionaries. And for their family vacations, they go to visit all the families of the missionaries. Haha! They even make shirts for all the missionaries that has their family name on them. They are so sweet! 

The work here is awesome. It is a little more difficult just because there are not many people here. My last area had hispanics everywhere! It was weird to see white people in my last area. Now we have to work a little harder to find the hispanics because everyone is white! But we have some awesome investigators and we have made some goals to help them progress towards baptism. 

We actually had a really cool experience the other day. We were out contacting some people when this man started yelling at us to stop. He ran over and asked us if we were the Latter Day Saints. We told him we were and he just started to cry. He said that when he was in the army he had a friend who would take him to our church on Sundays. He said he hasn't been in three years but he knew that we had something different. He then started to tell us that he had just found out that his wife had been unfaithful to him. He said he didn't know why he should live anymore. He told us that he had been praying all day for the Lord to send him help and guidance. He told us that he saw us and felt the strongest feeling to go talk to us. We were able to share with him a message about the Savior and teach him the power of the atonement. The spirit was so strong and he just cried and cried. As we ended with a prayer, he looked so different, he looked like he had peace. We told us he wants to come to church and take lessons. We got his info and gave it to the English elders and he is now started to take the steps to baptism. It was such a powerful experience to be the means of answering someones prayer. The church is so true my friends! 

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you all! Read your scriptures and say your prayers! 

Hermana Christensen

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