Monday, November 24, 2014

Why won't the weather stay still?

That's a lot of Elder Chrisses!
I'm so confused here when it comes to the weather... One day it's a cold 40 degrees and need for a light sweater day. And then the next day it is a 90 degrees and no shade to be found day... So let's just say that I don't get it. But even with the crazy weather we are working really hard and seeing great miracles and having wonderful experiences. 

One of the greatest things that happened this week was the baptism of Roman! He was so happy and couldn't wait for his baptism. His mother, who is another recent convert, was ecstatic. The ward is growing and we are seeing great things here in Virreyes.

There was several baptisms this weekend here in our stake and so there was a need for a lot of interviews, so we did a lot of divisions. Plus we needed to get to know a lot of people. There were several changes in the zone because of transfers and we have a super zone this transfer. We have great missionaries and we are really looking forward to the hard work each of us are willing to do. 

We are working a lot with our recent converts and it is showing a lot of results. I have seen the blessings as we help others Endure to the End. Several of our converts have a calling in the church and are really enjoying the spirit that they feel there. So in the end all is well in Zion and I love the work of the Lord. His work is always perfect!

Keep it up, do something good for one another. And Remember that I love you all!

Con Amor,
Elder Taylor Chriss

Elder Chriss, Ramon, Elder Molina!

Alumerzo (Lunch!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wow, not long now!

I opened my email this morning to find this.  Yes, I am just a little excited!  I may or may not have shed a few happy tears.

He returns home Thursday, February 12 at 10:30 am!!!!

I'm not going to mention it to Elder Chriss.  I don't want to make him "trunky". 

Thanks again for all of your love and support of Elder Chriss.  He LOVES his mission and his Heavenly Father!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cambios y Apostoles

Walter, Ludmila ,E.Sosa y Yo
What a week! 

I'm really blown away by this week, really I am. I just don't know where to begin, so much happened. I saw an Apostle, Becca Alley, and my companion left me for his homeland, which also leaves me with a new companion. So..... 

I'll start with my comps. Elder Zapata has left me now to go to his new area... called Mexico. So yeah, he's gone. It's so weird to think that he is going home. I'm really happy for him, really thankful for his help, and for such a great transfer together. He is one of the best companions I have ever had. I learned a lot and I know I'm a better person because of him. 

My new companion is Elder Molina from Chile. And yes, he met Elder David Archuletta. He has about 17 months in the mission and is a great guy. This is his first transfer as a Zone Leader but I know he will do great. This makes me Zone leader 1.... I have to lead the zone now. I miss Elder Zapata haha!

And now I'll tell you the story of Sister Becca Alley. So we had the great pleasure of having Elder D. Todd Christofferson come and visit our mission. And this Saturday we heard him speak. We hosted the Mission Buenos Aires West in our mission. Because our zone was in charge of accommodating everything, I was running all over the place and I ran into my old friend Becca Alley! I laughed so hard that after 21 months in the mission I still run into people from home and here in the middle of Argentina haha. Plus I saw Elder Miner! He Just got to the mission and I saw him for the first time the same day. It was a day of Olympus High! Lets go Titans!

As the topic goes, we had the chance to hear from Elder Christofferson. It was so great to hear from an Apostle. The cool thing was that he spoke in Spanish! He served his mission here in Argentina about 50 years ago. Pretty good after that much time. He talked to us about Repentance and the importance of it in our teaching. And he talked about the Atonement. I loved what he said that Repentance and Baptism don't clean us from sin but that Christ is the one who cleans. Without Christ we would have no reason to repent and to baptize. He is the reason it all works. I loved IT!

To end I would just like to share an experience that I had that filled my soul to the brim with the spirit. This past Sunday in the night, we had the farewell for the missionaries that are leaving this transfer. At the end of the meeting there was a super big crowd of people (the converts and member friends of the missionaries who were leaving) and out of the corner of my eye I saw Walter Almada from Campana and one of his daughters. They came to the farewell with Elder Sosa hoping to find me. Well they did. I was so happy to see them We chatted for a while and then Walter told me that he and his family have a goal, and that goal is the temple. In September of 2015 he wants me to be there with them. 

It made me feel so great to see that my converts are doing so well and that they have their eye on the temple. I'm so blessed to have had the chance to know them. They are the best in the whole world.
Well a lot of talking but I hope you are all well and that you all can do something kind for another person. We all need a little help once and a while and you can be the person to answer someones prayers.
I love you All,
Elder Taylor Chriss
Hermana Alley and Me!
Elder Chriss and Hermana Alley - Oly Homecoming 2009

Elder Zapata y Yo En Buenos Aires

Elder Zapata, Aylene and her family, Elder Chriss

Elder Zapata, Gonzalo, Elder Chriss

Monday, November 10, 2014

One Busy Week!

Wow it has been a busy week!  I´m super tired. Full of the spirit but tired. Me and my comp have been working a lot and working hard to find new people to teach. Its really cool to see as the Lord prepares his children. We saw many miracles and we learned a lot about the work of the Lord. 

My companion is funny because when we learn something new he yells, "Why didn´t I learn this 2 years ago!" haha ( Today is his last pday) But really we are growing and adapting to the circumstances.

This week was my first Leadership counsel with the mission. It was great to see all of my good friends. We have 15 zones, and I know almost all of the zone leaders. We focused a lot on our goals. As a mission we are working on a goal of 2000 conversions. Right now we have about 1600 for the year. So we are going for the last push. Its cool to be in this work and to see the growth here in Buenos Aires.
We were very busy because we had 2 baptisms this week on two different days. So most of the week was planing baptisms and filling up the font. For the baptism Saturday we went to fill up the font and there wasn´t water in the whole church.... Well after several hours the water was fixed and everything turned out great. So all is well, Then Sunday they both got confirmed.

Today is the last pday of my comp so with permission of president my comp and I are visiting all sorts of places and taking pics.  That's why I don´t have much time to write. 

But I´m off to help my comp have one last look at the grand city of Buenos Aires.
I forgot my cord, so I´ll have to send you fotos next week! 

I love you all so much and hope you have a good week! Talk to you all later!
Elder Chriss

Monday, November 3, 2014

La Lluvia puede llenar las pilas!

My new mission, Venice!
Well for all of you that don´t understand the title, It says, "The Rain Could Fill the Fonts Here". I say so because its been raining here all week, I´m so wet and the wind has destroyed two umbrellas. Jaja I love the mission.

This week was a week of many surprises and many blessings. So we started the week with one of the hottest days of my life. Elder Zapata and I were walking from appointment to appointment slowly melting in place. As we came up to a house of an investigator a kid was eating an Ice cream. I´m not going to lie that I didn´t think about taking it and shoving it in my mouth. But I thought that might not be the best decision. 

The next day we felt an impression to do divisions with a companionship who are doing good but need a little more help achieving their potential. And it wasn´t that hot in the morning and a bit cloudy. Well the day went well I went with an Elder from Mexico named Elder Franco. He was great and we had a good time. Well about half way though the day the clouds exploded with rain and we got soaked. Then in the night I had to do a Baptismal interview in another area and the rain just got worse and worse. Literally I have never been so wet before in a Shirt and a Tie. But It was good. Refreshing.
The rest of the week was a bit more calm. We got a lot of work done and have been building up our area a lot. But Friday the Clouds said that they still had more water and let us have it. There was so much rain that the streets filled with water, I asked my companion if he was called to serve in Venice, Because I wasn´t haha. Part of the zone was so full of water that the water came up to their waist. We told the missionaries to find a place where they were dry. So we took a hard hit as a zone, due to super water. But I enjoyed it. 

Our investigators are doing great and they are progressing a lot in the gospel. As I´m doing my best to teach to the needs of our investigators I've gained a greater testimony of our Savior. Something came to me the other day. That without Christ we are hopeless and with our a plan. Without Christ every thing we do could not lead to Salvation. I´m truly grateful for my Savior and I´m striving to be like him and to talk about him in every lesson. Sometimes its easy to say that you need to pray and read and everything works out. But in the end Christ is why it all works. He is our every thing. As the scripture says "There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name " Mosiah 5:8. I love the work of the Lord and I know that the Savior is our center. He will never leave us to fall.
Hope you all have a great week! 
Love you tons!
Elder Taylor Chriss
Part of our Zone

Look who is on Google Maps, Elder Chriss and Elder Damitz in Pablo Nogues!