Letter from Carsten - March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013
The week of new families to teach!

Hello! So ill just get to the nitty gritty. This week was awesome, and the best part was that we found a sweet new family! they were a referral from our zone leaders who cover our area but in English. so they contacted them and we found them the next day and taught them! they were super cool, la familia Perez. and we invited them to come to church, and guess what?? they came :) it was sweet, but they only stayed for the first hour. but they are really cool, and we are excited.

And the other miracle was Miriam, she is the best ever. she loved all 3 hours of church, has been given all the class manuals by members who she's already friends with, and gave us dinner the other day. she practically seems like a member, its great. and she found out that her good friend and hairstylist is a member of our ward! so things are going great. and that's the update!

Letter from Carsten - March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013
(The one where we baptized Leticia Lopez)

This week was crazy! do i say that every week? i think i do, but oh well its always true. So why it was crazy. Well, i got sick with the flu, and stayed in a members house one day all day long and slept while Elder Neff went and working with another Elder in our area, and then i got back in the game and got 4 flat tires from the tube i bought last week, and things were crazy!

But in he thick of it all, yesterday we had a great baptism! Leticia Lopez was a referral that we contacted end of January, and met with her 5 times before she got baptized! she was super prepared, and we don't even feel like we did anything, but it happened! We woke up at 5 in the morning yesterday to fill up the font (the only time she could do the baptism was BEFORE church) and turns out the water heater was broken AGAIN, so the water was freezing cold. And she has a fear of cold water. Well, she did it anyways, and after she got super dizzy and was feeling really bad after cause of the cold, but then we were able to do the confirmation same day at sacrament meeting right after, and she came out of it all super strong! So she's great, and church was amazing. On top of it we had 5 people at church, which we somehow managed to juggle among the 5 billion other things we were taking care of, and things worked out really well!

So yeah, things have been crazy, but for real. maybe all my other emails say things are crazy without too much meaning, but this week was crrrazy. love it! haha so yeah, have a good week!
(enjoying one of my P-day's hiking)

Letter from Carsten - February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013
The week of sickness
Ohhhhh boy it was a good week - had a lot of goooood lessons, and 7 people came to church! and next week, if all goes to plan, Leticia should be getting baptized! so things are going really well. We learned a good lesson on patience and diligence.
The 2 weeks before we had been struggling a lot to find people home, cause we had lots of good appointments, and then they pretty much all cancelled. but because we kept working super hard, this week we began to see the success, and its been awesome! So lots of good stuff going on.
But then i had a lot of flat tires, and bike problems, and got super sick. so i know were workin hard haha, and something sure doesn't want us to have the success were having! it sucks that I'm sick on pday and cant play sports, but its probably the best day i could be sick cause hopefully we can work tomorrow. 
Anyways, that's it! love you all!

Letter from Carsten - February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013
The week of transfers - we both STAYED!
So yeah, transfers are on Tuesday, and the zone is gonna be changing up a bunch. But Elder Neff and I are staying right here to keep working hard. Which is good, iv been learning a lot from Elder Neff, he's taught me how to enjoy finding, and how to stop and street contact people on the street and stuff, it leads to some crazy conversations haha. According to some people, sin doesn't exist, Jesus hates you, and who knows what else. the point is, there's a lot of work to do in this world, these poor people believe the craziest things. 
So all in all, things are great. lots of disappointments, and cancellations, but Leticia came to church and made friends, and I got to help a youth fill out his mission papers, which was awesome! But yeah, that's the best I got! haha love you all!