Open House & Homecoming Talk {info}

Open House @ Carsten's House: August 10th from 5-8pm
621 W Basswood Ave
Queen Creek, AZ 85140
{Ironwood Crossing}

HOMECOMING TALK #1: August 11th at 11am
{Ironwood Crossing} LDS Church Building
41246 N. Barnes Parkway
San Tan Valley 85142

East on the 60
take the Ironwood Dr exit heading south
Go 10 miles
Right on Era Mae {church is at the end of the street}

HOMECOMING TALK #2: August 18th at 11am
{Boulder Mountain} LDS Church Building
10036 East Brown Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85207

From the 60
take the Crismon exit and head North
Go to Brown and you'll see the building on the NE corner

PLEASE choose either date to hear him speak - He's looking forward
to reporting on his mission, and even more EXCITED to see you at his open house to
catch up and say HELLO :)

Letter from Carsten - July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013
(The one where illegal fireworks are all the rage)‏

Well, it was quite a week. It was the longest and fastest week I've had in a long time, it really didn't make sense. the week flew by, but i cant believe that last week was when I gave a talk and we had a BBQ! it feels like that was months ago. so the time warp continues on.

As for the week, it was a bit of a pain finding people, we didn't teach much or find like anyone which was too bad. But we keep going out and working anyways! It was a trying week for sure, but we keep learning lots of good lessons. And that was basically the week!

Still doing great and I cannot believe its like 3 weeks until I go home! Super weird.

love you all!

(new camera my little sister Gabby sent me...I LOVE IT)

Letter from Carsten - July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013
(the one where i gave my first talk in the mission field)

So things have been great, hectic, and fun. Thursday we had a great basically mission conference with President Hall and learned a lot of really cool things, and then got new phones! Yesterday, Tania was able to get confirmed (Elder Linford did it in Spanish!) and that was a great experience. I also had to give a talk on Sunday :) it was cool, usually i freak out and run out of things to say and finish early, but this time it was a good talk, i didn't even feel nervous, and i went over time. they had to tug on my jacket and our ward mission leader was supposed to talk after me but we didn't even have time - oops!
Time continues to accelerate regardless of how close to the end of my mission i am, its pretty surreal. But things are great, Elder Linford is learning a lot and our area is basically without people to teach so we just try and find all the time, and things are great!

Letter from Carsten - June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013
(The one where Tania got baptized)

Well, its been a CRAZY week, though i think i say that every week. But with all the meetings we have had, and various other random things like helping the sister missionaries in our district buy the right bikes, and going to crazy awesome church broadcasts, its been hectic.
First ill start off with the transfer details. We stayed the same, i will finish Training elder Linford and then be transferred to Arizona :P But the mission has gone through major changes! What was before 1 mission is now going to be 2 missions. and the 2 zones that were in the valley before are now 4 spanish zones!
And the district has changed a ton! Hna Hardy, an amazing missionary, went from being training to training right off the bat. shes in her 3rd transfer and is training Hna Allen, whos is hilarious and from utah. And they are on bike in the new sylmar bike area. And the Sylmar car area we got 2 awesome sisters, Hna Redondo from columbia and Hna hansen from Arizona, and they are also hilarious. And Elder Winward is training...again! in a trio, and he wont finish the training because he is going home! And his new companion is Elder Lo'amanu from Utah (but hes tongan).
So the district went from 6 missionaries to 9 in our ward! and its the best district of my mission, we have so much fun! I am like kind of sad that i have to go home :( cause this distric is incredible and the work is great right now and there are so many changes goin on, i just dont even wanna stop! didn't think id ever get to that point but i have, i love it here and i don't wanna leave! And last nights worldwide broadcast from the church started up the technology age of missionary work, what? facebook? blogging? skype teaching lessons, emailing and friend shipping investigators and less active members? yep. Thats all happening, and im leaving! dangit! And missionaries will start spending more time at our chapel on the computers doing stuff and being at the church a lot. its the coolest thing ever, no more dead hour with noone on the streets! Oh these new missionaries dont know how good they got it!
And in other news, We had a baptism yesterday too, and it was incredible. Tania Zamudio, the oldest daughter of Jose, got baptized. it was an incredible baptism, and now the whole family is active in the church and love it all! They are the best family of all time! Tania did so much and has changed so much its crazy! So that was a sweet experience. I got to do the baptizing, which was an honor. and yeah! things are great/crazy/awesome and im doing well :)
love you all!

(new district photo)