Letter from Carsten - March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012
The week with the Hammon's
Well, its been a good week or two, we have had some good work to do. i don't remember what I've written about the Hammons, but they are awesome! Jim is a member who a few months ago decided to get reactivated in the church. He recently received the aaronic priesthood. and his wife Susie, who was raised catholic, has been coming to church and will be baptized on April 1st! its pretty awesome! She was a new investigator a week or two ago, and things have gone well. before we even taught the first lesson she asked us when she could get baptized and stuff. They have been working with the bishop a lot so he's gonna be baptizing her! she wants to be baptized quickly so that they can get sealed in the temple before their next anniversary. Talk about the best darn investigator ever right! We are teaching her daughter too. We are very excited, and will meet with her basically every day of this week to finish the lessons, but things are lookin good! and lots of people should come to it, since it was well announced, and we have a choir practice right before the baptism at 6. so, conference, and a baptism. Gonna be a good weekend!

On other news, i came up with a sweet idea with the help of our zone leader Elder Nielson. I hate writing things down, and have lots of letters to write which take priority over journal. so basically i don't write in my journal, which i know i will regret after the mission. so, i bought a 2 dollar microphone for my ipod nano watch, which i will use to keep basically a captains log of every day of my mission! and when i get home, ill figure out a way to convert that audio into written text on paper using moms ipad. so I'm pretty excited, and the microphone is super cool! I'm excited :)

We started up P90x again, so that's good. gonna help us be healthier and get started in the morning better! pretty excited.

Anyways, cant think of whatever else has happened this week, though I'm sure there is a lot.

love you all and have a great week!
Con Amor, Eldersworth

Letter from Carsten - March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012
The week of the Cherry CHIP Cake for my Birthday!

Well, im 20. pretty exciting right? i know, im not a teen anymore, which must mean im more mature now right?

Anyways, the weeks been pretty awesome. Most succesful week we have had all transfer, and i got 2 whole cherry chip cakes! for my birthday dinner we had my favorite, tortellini with chicken and squash, and cake and ice cream. the Harveys were awesome and gave me all my favorites. My birthday was on the busiest day we have every week, which is good for a missionary! so it was a good day.Am i a little homesick? no way. okay fine a little. i also got lots of awesome letters from family and friends, thanks to all of you! i, including my old ym/ yw group which i thought was cool.

As for the work around here, we have a new investigator! So this guy named Jim Hammond has been working with the bishop and us to reactivate himself, and things are going along extremely well!He just got a new job too which is good. Well his wife Susie is taking the lessons! At first when we came over she would just hide in a room or avoid us. but then she started coming to church with him and being there for our lessons, and has lots of very intelligent questions! and then we asked her if she was interested in taking the lessons to learn more about the church and she agreed, so we are pretty dang excited.

So, sorry my emails tend to be short. but i thought about it, and i could never focus on other missionaries emails cause they are always so stinking long! even now im bad at it lol, so i figure that my short and concise emails are more readable. hope you think the same! anyways, i love you all and have a great week :)
Con Amor,

Today is my BIRTHDAY!

Today I turned 20 years old!
Thank you so much for the presents and cards, I really appreciated it.

Letter from Carsten - March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012
The week I shook Tom Perry's hand

Well, guess who shook the hand of L.Tom Perry, Apostle of the Lord today!? I did, and it was awesome! He came to the mission so we all met together and shook his hand. He gave us a really awesome talk! it was really cool. Hes really tall, really funny and nice. I had a good time, and on top of it got to see a bunch of my really good missionary friends from my old zone and what not, so its been a good day so far.

As for the rest of my life, I'm about to turn TWENTY in a few days! it really hasn't yet hit me that I'm about to have a birthday. pretty cool.

As for missionary work, things are good! the area is a little slow in the form of investigators, but we have a lot of good things going on with less active members and normal members, which might turn into referrals. We started a family mission plan, so thins are going good!

Anyways, not much time today, so i love you all and i hope you have a great day :D

Letter from Carsten - March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012
The week of the Marshmellows
Hello! sorry i didn't write yesterday, we were too busy to get to email so we just got to do it today. Today was great tho! We got up early and chopped wood for Sister Seminario, they are the best family they LOVE missionaries. anyway we did that, i chopped wood and split stumps and stuff, and it was really fun! and then we had a lesson real quick, and then we did MORE service and helped brother Irvin pull out the tree in his yard. so that was fun, then we got panda. But me and elder Sundrud felt like city boys when we chopped wood, cause at first we didn't know what we were doing. but we got the hang of it and got a lot done.

Yesterday we went to this place called Charlie Browns, its this store with literally EVERYTHING you could ever imagine, lots of collectible stuff and ridiculous things. and its a restaurant too, so i got a hot dog. but you can get ostrich burgers and buffalo burgers, and cactus flavored smoothies. it was great. and then i bought a knife at another cool store, cause it was cool. I put it in my emergency preparedness sack.

Other than that, its been pretty normal round here. We teach a bunch of people. we were teaching Fran and Latora, they are the really old black ladies. Fran is the investigator and Latora is the member. We invite Fran to church and talk about why we go, and then we invite Latora, and she says many things that don't make sense, and basically says she doesn't have to go to church. Shes convinced she doesn't have to go. so that's always interesting. she usually says things that make it weird for teaching, or just confuse us all. but shes way nice, so whatever, it'll work out.
For district meeting we had a cool activity, which involved marshmallows, an egg, and my hand. its hard to explain tho so ill leave it at that and let you just guess lol. needless to say, it was messy.
Anyways, that's all i can think of that was interesting! have a good week and i love you all :)
Con Amor,

Letter from Carsten - February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012
The week we stated teaching Brother Carlon
Hey family!
So this week was pretty good, not much too interesting going on, other than hopefully we are going to go play ultimate frisbee today. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary! Just missionary work and sleep!
We finally taught this guy named brother Carlon, who wants to be baptized so he can baptize his son. We set a date for the week of July 4th, cause that's symbolic for him of a year of being off alcohol and turning his life around. and he was at church with his whole family! so that's pretty sweet. But i might not be here when he gets baptized, which is a bummer.
We are also teaching this girl named Monica, her mom is in our ward but she lives with a lady in our ward. so we teach her a lot and have a lot of fun. That's all the important updates i got for you guys! hope i didn't bore you to death! haha :)
Love you all and have a good week!
Con Amor,