Monday, July 28, 2014

Wow! A lot Happens in the Mission!

Sergio's Baptism!
Lots of things happened in the mission and some are sad. But mostly super happy things happen here. Thinking of the week and what I can share with you, I think I´ll start with the beginning of the week. Well the sad news of the week is that we had our bikes stolen.... Someone broke the lock and ran off with some of the worst bikes I have ever seen hahaa! So in the end I think it was a blessing that we don´t have the bikes anymore. So we are on the look out for new bikes that we can buy. And in the mean time we are walking a bunch here. 
But even though our mode of transportation has been limited we work even better this week than before. We taught a lot of people and have been finding a lot of new people to teach! I feel so good just to be busy all day haha. We had interviews with President this week, which was awesome. We talked about our personal progression and how we can be stronger in the Faith of Christ. He is a great man and really cares for his missionaries. The assistants talked about doing the small things in missionary work, like filling in your planner and writing in our area book every night. It was great meeting and we learned quite a bit. We are really learning how to become effective servants of the Lord here in Campana haha.

And of course the best news of all is that Sergio Got baptized!!! Yeah we are pretty happy right now.  Me and my comp have gotten pretty close to Sergio over the past few weeks. And when it came to who was going to baptize him we thought of who of the members could do it. We thought that it would be good for him to have someone from the ward baptize him. So we called a Hermano in the ward and asked if he would do it. He was thrilled to be part of the baptism. In the 9 years that he is a member he has never baptized any one. I think it made his week. The services went well (we had a youth in the ward help Sergio in the water due to the fact that he has one arm). After his baptism our ward mission leader had him give some thoughts. 

He got up and said " There are two things that I never thought would happen in my life. 1. Lose an arm and 2. Be a Mormon." He is so happy. After we closed with a prayer the ward members went and greeted him. When I went to go and congratulate him, he hugged me and said "Thank you for coming to my Gate and Saving me." I have to say that when he said that I started to cry. I´m so grateful to be here on my mission. I know that He was prepared by the lord. I love missionary work.

We had the Bishop confirm him the next day. The ward is very excited to help their new Brother. Now plenty of things happened this week, but these are some of the greatest things that came to pass!
I love you all so much and I hope that this week treats you well! Be good people and remember That Elder Chriss loves you all!!!

Con Amor, 
Elder Taylor Chriss

That is one tired Elder!

Elder Chriss and Elder Sosa

Monday, July 21, 2014


Elder Chriss and his new Companion, Elder Sosa!
First week of the transfer and we are already having a great time. My new comp is super great! He is from Peru in a place close to Brazil called Iquitos. He is super short, and he loves to work. This week we have been working a lot to find people to teach. Talking to tons of people. I think I´m going to keep track of all the Juans and Marias here. Every other person seems to have those names. We have also been passing by as many Peruvians here as we can. It's a great way to contact someone if you have something in common (Country or food). 
We have been riding our bikes all over the place this week. My poor companion has been getting used to our sad bikes. He has not used a bike since he was 12 years old, and he has never used a bike that to use the brakes you need to pedal backwards. So it's been a training/get to know the ward week haha. But so far this week nothing has broken on our bikes so... we call that a success!
Our investigator Sergio came to church this week and he is doing great, We are planning his baptism this weekend so we are all praying and working with him a lot so that he can get baptized. He is super great and really humble. I´m so happy to have him as an investigator. And we are helping several families come back to the church. We had 3 families that we haven´t seen for a while in the church. It's really great when people accept commitments and then do them. I´m sure that is how our Heavenly Father feels when we obey the commandments haha. 

I´m super happy that I´m staying here in Campana, Its so great here. Normally here in this mission, we move around a lot. So I´m glad to stay here where it is really chill and there are a lot of potential. 
 I love you all, Hope you are all doing good, Help you fellow man and be good people. Talk to you next week!

Elder Chriss

Watching the game with the Marin Family!
Messi - The world's best player!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sub Campeones Del Mundo!!!!

WOOOOO ARGENTINA!!!!  We came in second in the Mundial, But that's okay because we made it to final! 

Now when it comes to Soccer, we were able to watch the game against the Netherlands this past Wednesday with a member family. It was great to be able to watch and cheer with some of our members. We went with the Marin Family.  It was great. And being Sunday we didn´t watch the final. Although we heard the yelling and shouting all around us. But we hear that it was a great game and well fought. It's great even though Argentina lost, the people we still out celebrating and launching off fireworks!

This weekend was a great time. First of all we had our Ward Conference in Campana II. So all of the leaders of the Stake came to our ward. It's great all the work that is going on here to help build up the ward. We have big plans for the ward and we are here to work. 

Sergio our investigator wasn´t able to make it to the church on Sunday.  He sprained his ankle pretty badly and wanted to have some rest. We passed by him afterwards to see how he was doing. He seems to be getting better. We have his Baptismal Date for the 26th of this month. We are hoping for the best.
Some news, We had transfers and I´m still staying here in Campana! Plus I´m getting a new companion. His name is E. Sosa. He is from Lima Peru and has around 8 months here in the mission! He is a good guy and I´m excited for this upcoming transfer with him. This is the longest that I've been in an area. It's a good thing that its a good one and that I like it here. Only problem is that there is almost nothing to do here on Pday. 
That's some of the things that are happening here in Campana, It's a great little place, very peaceful and calm. I´m loving it here in my mission! Have a good week do something good for others and I will talk to you next week.
Elder Taylor M. Chriss

Monday, July 7, 2014

Argentina for the World Cup!!!!

Headed to the Argentina World Cup Game!
Wow, quite a bit has happened this week and for the most part it's good stuff!!! 

 Let's just say that it's getting even colder here in Campana! It's not as cold as Utah, but it's a moist cold that is just bitter haha. We are working super hard as always and our ward is doing awesome. And of course ARGENTINA WON TWICE!!!!
The greatest part of this week was this past Tuesday. We as a mission got together to have a devotional in a cool international school, (the school of Presidents sons). It was a great meeting we talked about the great strides that we are making as a mission. We had 66 baptisms as a mission this last weekend! It's the highest in one weekend that we have ever had as a mission with Pres. Ayre. So It was pretty great to be together as a mission. I got to see all of My good friends Like E. Hankins, Williams and Engebretsen. It's been a while since I have seen them, due to the fact that I´m super far from civilization... haha. 
After the devotional President got up and told us that we were now going to have a Argentine Cultural Activity... WE WATCHED THE GAME!!!! Yeah we got to see the Argentina vs. Switzerland game as a mission!!! It was so great. We ate hamburgers and had a great time. The amount of noise was crazy when Argentina Scored haha. Good times in Argentina!

I, unfortunately, came down with a pretty nasty cold this week and I´m still trying to get over it. But that doesn´t get me down. We still are teaching and visiting a mountain of people. When you are busy the mission is a lot better. Our investigator is doing great. He came to church this Sunday! We are trying to teach him but he has a very busy schedule. But he is progressing so we are super excited about that! We always seem to find people when we get lost in the work! Makes sense to me. This next week is transfers again so I will be writing next Tuesday, to let you know if anything changes!
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!
Elder Taylor Chriss