Letter from Carsten - August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012
The week of the bike pump
Man this transfers been rough on our bikes! i got my 6th or 7th flat a few hours ago for this transfer alone! its pretty annoying and inconvenient - I've had lots of problems with that and spent way too much money on tubes and stuff, and elder Mcphee who lives upstairs has had lots of brake problems and 3 flats.
Elder Gabriel had his first flat since hes been here! (the very day he was bragging that he hadn't had a flat tire yet mwahahahaha that was actually kind of funny)
AND i broke elder Mcphees nice bike pump in the middle of us popping all these tires, and Elder Gabriel broke his little one too - so i went to Walmart on the Poppins (the crappy beach cruiser that we named the Mary Poppins) and bought a nice brand new pump for Elder Mcphee for breaking his and bought myself a nice portable one, but when we got home we figured out the big nice one didn't even work!
So that's been our reality the last few weeks haha.It's gotten to the point of ridiculousness that we just had to step back and laugh at the situation, cause it was so dumb it was funny. The good news is my nice little portable pump works great and even has a pressure gauge - so there's a ray of hope, that saved my life on the street today.
As for missionary work, it continues the same! Still finding lots of people, and then being unable to ever find them again haha. we find some legit people but its so hard not being able to ever teach them again.
Speaking of change, we get transfer calls on SATURDAY! We have a board full of predictions for all the missionaries in the mission, BUT we predict that I'm staying and training (YIKES) and Elder Gabriel is going to the desert. Well see what happens!
That's about it tho - love you all have a good week :)
("Holy Bike Problems Batman!")

Letter from Carsten - August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012
The week of flat tires

Its been a crazy busy day - my bike tire popped on the way to the library again. That's my 4th bike tire this transfer. The work has been picking up, we keep finding great people to teach! The only problem is finding them a second time! Anyways, that's it sorry its short love ya all!



Letter from Carsten - August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012
The week of the record player and ward activity
Well, our apartment building always has really random stuff being thrown away, and the elders that live upstairs found a sweet record player! so its in their pad and they use it to listen to the classic music radio station - but elder Gabriel has a few records so we threw his Areosmith record in there, it sounded way good! I want a record player now when i get home. but then we turned it back to the classical station, we only listened to Areosmith for a few minutes lol i promise!
As for missionary work this week, there wasn't much success. It was around 107 and humid all week, and on bike that gets really tough - no one opens their doors when its hot cause it'll let out the cold air, so we didn't do much teaching and we can't find any of our investigators -  but its okay cause this week its only gonna be in the 90s! so more success to come!
But we did have a great ward activity! The ward has been struggling with that cause there's never activities so no one ever bonds, but we had a big activity with lots of carne asada and pinatas and soccer and tug of war it was good. we missionaries played soccer too, in white shirts and ties and tennis shoes! that was super fun. 
That was my week! More stories to come next week, stay tuned


Letter from Carsten - August 6, 2012

August 6, 2012
The week of "The Dream"
So, you know you are trunky when you've had a few dreams about being home after the mission. Other dreams I've had where I was home weren't very realistic, or in them I didn't even go home to a house I even recognized.
Well, my dream last night was SUPER real! I was at Mom's house hanging out with Mom, Steve, and Gabrielle (like i will be when i get home) and it was like super real! I seriously thought I was home already, and i was like "dang, my mission went by really fast"! Then I went to sleep in my room, and thought "oh no wait!!! why cant i remember the second half of my mission?!?!?!?!? - oh no that might mean that I'm dreaming"! But no, this isn't a dream it's so real, and then I opened my eyes and turned my head over....and saw Elder Gabriel in the next bed over and went...
Anyways, other than trunky dreams, things are doing good in good old Arleta! not really teaching anybody super golden yet, but we have put in countless hours of knocking and finding. It pays off every now and then.
Right now we are teaching La Familia Rubio, the mom referred her son to the missionaries so he could learn more about God, and we ended up teaching all of them. (love it when that happens) It was cool. She was really interested in going to church, which hasn't happen yet for whatever reason, but oh well! She has cancer, which is pretty bad. but she looks good. The dads name is Arturo (Arthur in English) he's a funny old guy. He asks questions like "why isn't there more about the apostles written in the bible"? (which by the way, i don't think he has read past john in the bible, since more than half of the New Testiment are the happenings of the apostles) He also wants to know "why don't we know if Jesus got married" and all sorts of other questions. (the point? the bible is incomplete, hence another testament out of the mouths of 2 or 3 witnesses - if someone honestly read the bible, they would realize that it completely backs our church)
Anyways, that's about it so have a good week everyone!
Love you!

365 DAYS as a MIssionary - August 3, 2012

August 3, 2012
The week Carsten's been on his mission 1 year!

That's right, Carsten has been on his mission for 1 year now! I'm so excited he's hit this mark and I'm so proud of the progress he's made serving people in California.

Carsten's met such great people in the field. In letters he always tells me he wants to go back to visit everyone he's met after he's home and settled. From his letters he writes me I'd say his favorite area so far has been Lancaster, California. He just loves the members up there - they took such good care of him while he was there!

Thank YOU everyone for your love and support of him while he's gone. He appreciates every letter, care package, and e-mail he gets. He LOVES staying connected to those he loves back home, so keep the letters coming!

Well, here's to another succesful 365 days!
LOVE & HUGS to you Carsten!

Letter from Carsten - July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012
The week of MEGA knocking

Hello! I figured i would write this email before i wrote all the other ones so that i don't forget to write it again LOL.
This week, we knocked doors for at least 4-5 hours a day. Which is kinda hard, BUT on the bright side I'm no longer anxious when we knock! I could even say i almost, kind of sort of, LIKE knocking. Well, almost. It's still hard when you do it all day!
We've been knocking so much because all the great investigators we were working with got BAPTIZED last month - So our teaching pool is not big anymore! Its a great problem to have i guess. Now we have lots of new investigators and lessons with members. so it was still a good week. And i got to do the confirmation for Barbara, so that was good!
Other than that, not much to report. Played soccer this morning, had a heck of a time.
Anyways, love you all!