Letter from Carsten - May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013
(the one where my hijo was born)

Yep, its official, I'm a trainer. My companions name is Elder Linford from draper Utah, and we have now survived one week together! He's a really cool guy, he just barely turned 19 on Saturday. We get along really well, and he has adjusted to things pretty darn fast. He's already pretty used to the daily does of life, and he's getting good at missionary work quick and learning Spanish too!
 
Elder Linford is starting from basically nothing with Spanish, but its cool cause the people we are teaching will get to see how huge of a difference the gift of tongues will make and that's always cool. Today we will play some sports (YESSSS!) and then go buy him a bike.
 
His first week here and we found 5 new investigators, 4 of which were knocking doors. And that's more in one week that any other week I've been in this area. so that was sweet :)
 
Oh and other news, his like 3rd day here his bathroom flooded! and it totally nailed the downstairs neighbors, but they were really nice to us. But yeah, he was like a literal professional carpet cleaner before the mission, so he shut off the water, we dried up some, and then the carpet was drenched, so he just goes ok, lets dry out the carpet and pad, and yanks the whole carpet out of the floor! didn't even know you could do that. But he did, and it was good as new the next day.
 
And mothers day calls were awesome! Thanks family for loving me and talking to me :) And thus ends my last phone call home....CRAZY! Its gonna fly with my new young companion.
love you all!
 

Letter from Carsten - May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013
(the one where I was called to train)
 
Transfers! Elder Garland is going somewhere on bike, and i am training. Yep! I'm getting a new missionary, and training him for my last 2 transfers. Details to come on who he is, where he is from, and if he speaks Spanish or not haha. But that's the biggest news right now!
 
The areas incredible, the ward is awesome, the bishop loves us, we are surrounded by crazy people, and I only have moments to save and send. so goodbye!
 
Goodbye!
 

Letter from Carsten - April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
(The one where Jose had LOTS of good Questions)
 
Well, things are going great here in old San Fernando. we don't have a ton of investigators, but the ones we do are awesome! For example, Jose is the husband and dad of Teresa and Erica, who got baptized over a month ago. And he didn't ever talk to us before, but all of a sudden we got a call and he had met with our bishop and wants to stop smoking and drinking and change his life! and things have gone great! He's already got friendships with ward members, loooooves church, loves learning, and took notes and wrote doubts from stake conference, which we helped him understand. But he's doing realllly well, and we got to help him set a baptismal date for may, we are pretty excited for him. Every time we go over there it makes our week. he rocks.
 
We are teaching a few other people that are super cool too, and we have different investigators progressing at different levels, which is good! just working on finding. But knocking is pretty funny with Elder Garland, we have a good time with it. And the ward is still awesome and very helpful. Next week is transfers! we will see what happens. love you all!