Letter from Carsten - January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012
The week of Paster Bob and Paster Stephen

Dear Loved Ones,

How goes the life? Great I'm sure. I'm currently in an Apple store writing my emails. its freaking me out cause there's sooo much awesome technology, i don't know what to do in here! I like technology! Maybe the mission will get I-Pads soon. it would be extremely efficient, honestly. I wouldn't be surprised.
Today's been good, we played basketball for 2 hours, and then have been cruising the mall looking for hat stores, ate some really good burgers, its great. my district is awesome, we have a lot of fun. And soon we will go do some shopping.
(one of  their investigators during the holidays)

As for mission life, its been good. its a little tough lately cause we haven't been able to find ANY of our investigators, everyone is being really sketchy. So its tough to teach lessons when we spend the whole day driving from place to place. but nonetheless we have fun with it, and when we do get in its always a really super awesome lesson. so, its a little tough, but we have this plan to go reactivate all the less active members in our area (there are many) so that should be good and get us a lot of referrals.
I still love Elder Marçal, the man is great. We get along well, and we teach really well together. He brings some good new fresh ideas to the area, its been really nice. and he's a smart guy. I'm glad he's around, its good.
(Carsten's new companion Elder Marsal - yes we've told Carsten his tie is WAY to SHORT)
The other day we were walking to our car and some crazy raspy voice yells HEY ELDERS, GET OVER HERE RIGHT NOW so obviously, we immediately head over there to figure out who the heck knows we are elders. And its some (maybe homeless) bearded man, and his friend who was similar. He said their names were Pastor Bob and Pastor Stephen, although i highly doubt it. But they invited us to a homeless person lunch at their Lutheran church, which we didn't go. But they were crazy, and talked to us about some bible stuff. it was a pretty silly experience. They were super funny though. 
Later we went to an investigators house, and her roommate was there. He was trying so hard to bible bash with us, it was funny. When they bible bash they speak for a solid 3 minutes straight till the point where you forget the subject, and then when you return to what your talking about with a simple straight to the point answer, with bible references, they get all upset and go on talking for another 3 minutes, its hilarious. They just get so mad, its ridiculous how little people really know about the bible, but they still love to bash. We just answer the question, say something that will make them leave. Then we taught our investigator after a prayer to bring the spirit back. It was good tho, cause it showed her the difference. The spirit of contention is of the devil, but as soon as he was gone and we had prayer the spirit was strong, and everything taught actually made sense. so it was cool, she got to see the light and the difference between the truth, and bible bashing.
It is so ridiculous how true this church is, i love it. there is sooooooo much physical evidence, as well as tons of obvious evidence in the bible, but we don't teach anyone that. Cause if we did we would be like any other church. Instead we teach the simple truths, and ask them to have the faith to ask God themselves if this is the truth. Its as simple as that. And then when you know its true, its really fun to start and learn about all the concrete evidence of the truth and fullness of the church. its so fun to discover this stuff. But yeah, we've been having a lot of fun, and working real hard.
Other than that, i can't think of much more. Just living the life as always. It's always interesting here, and I'm having a good time.
I love you all, and i hope you have a good week!
Con Amor,

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