Letter from Carsten - February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012
The week of lots of member meals


Well, very little time today. We played dodgeball till  1 o clock so there wasn't much time for much else, and now it's just about dinner time! Which we have every day now! this ward is so great! we always get meals, and the members here are really nice and fun, and very helpful.

We get lots of referals, and lots of member support and help, i love it. It's so organized in this ward, so thats really nice.

And Elder Sundrud is fun, we are doing well. He sounds, acts, and talks just like Stephan, which is hilarious. literally the same sense of humor.

The investigators are good too, mostly really old ladies, but they actually remember when you ask them to do things like read and pray, so thats really nice.

My favorite investigator is Brother Carlson. He wants to baptize his son into the chucrh, but isnt a member. so first he is going to take the lessons from us and quit smoking, and then he will be good to go! its pretty cool! So overall, i love it here. its wayyyyy different, but way fun.

Anyways, love you all.
Have a good day :D
Con Amor,
Yes, even missionary's like to PLANK!

Letter from Carsten - February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012
The week of my Transfer to Lancaster

Elder Carsten Ellsworth
5021 W Ave L-14 #18
Lancaster, California 93536

Well, things are crazy busy today and i haven't got much time, but, i got transferred! Its to Leona Valley in Lancaster, and its English speaking! which is weird, i don't know what I'm gonna do - I've taught in English a few times and I'm horrible. i can only talk in Spanish about the gospel, so it'll be interesting.

My companion's name is Elder Sundrud, and hes a legit dude. He looks and acts like a Mormon Stephan! he is big into music and was a DJ for raves and stuff before, and hes a funny dude. The area is really cool too. I'm excited to be here, and ill say more when i have more time! love you all!

Con....wait...English work...
With love,

Letter from Carsten - January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012
The week of ups and downs

Well, another day in the life of crazy Van Nuys! its so crazy here. everyday we see ridiculous things that just make us question the sanity of the human race. Just silly things all the time hahaha. we have to shake our heads and laugh multiple times a day.

As for the work, its good! we had another kind of rough week, where 2 days this week we had just utter zero days. As in zero numbers, not taught anybody. its a real downer when that happens, cause it hard not having anything to do and having alllll your backups fail. But theres something to learn from it I'm sure.

The very few lessons that we taught, were really awesome! This guy Chris Ramirez, which is Hermana Lopez's husband, is taking the lessons really well. and The mother of a family that gives us food on Mondays is too, shes been catholic 70 years and i feel like shes taking the message well and understands that she needs to get her answers from god and not from the traditions of men. so were helping her with that, we taught her a really good lesson on the restoration, and tonight are gonna show her the restoration DVD. Its pretty cool.

We found this girl named Tania, shes a single mom, non-denom christian. But shes freaking quick, like we ask her questions and she doesn't miss a beat to answer it, with something very intelligent. I like quick people, they remember things and understand when they are feeling the spirit, because they remember the lessons we share about how to know what the spirit feels like. So I'm really excited. so far she agrees with everything we teach and really respects what we do. Shes a single mom.

Anyways, theres been lots of ups and downs. But that's the life, you just gotta take what you can and learn from it. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Con Amor,