Monday, January 26, 2015

What are you going to do about it?

It has been a fantastic week here in Argentina, lots of cool things and some new experiences. But as always the hardest part of my day is what to write first. ahhhhhh

This past Thursday was super spiritual and just what I needed. We had a great meeting for all the missionaries that are going home in Feb, Mar, and May. The meeting was with President Ayre and his wife. The point of the meeting was to get us excited to work until the last seconds of our mission. And we had a surprise speaker through skype named Dan Clark. He is a very famous motivational speaker who speaks with a ton of people and they pay a lot of money to hear him. And it just happens to be a good friend of our mission President. He is an awesome guy, he lives in Utah and served his mission in Scottland. 

He talked a lot about making covenants with the Lord and working our shoes to death. He told us a story of how in his mission the average missionary baptized 0.005 people each year. But as he was placed in a new city and his companion was in his last transfer they were working really hard to help as many people as they could. For the Elder who was leaving he just wanted to baptize one person in his mission. Well after a lot of work and making promises with the Lord they were able to baptize 13 people! He told us that we have to give the lord our all. He said " You have been called of god to serve right now in this moment, and people are ready for you now... ¿Now What are you going to do about it?" 

That night we found 3 people who are going to get baptized within 2 weeks. I testify of the spirit and that people are prepared for this gospel every day!!!

Me and my companion are doing good, working hard and looking for every opportunity to serve others. This week we found our self pulling weeds and painting some houses, plus getting one of my converts here go to Efy! He is so great haha

Well I'm off to enjoy Argentina and I will talk to you next week which will be my last pday in the mission!!

Love you lots!
Elder Chriss

Bowling as a zone 
First Wendy's he has seen in Argentina

Monday, January 19, 2015

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates...

Elder Chriss and his companion Elder Molina
Sometimes in the life you get accustom to life and the daily patterns of things. Here in the mission it's a pattern that is generally the same but with fun and interesting twists each day. For example, the same pattern each day is that I have woken up at 6:30 or a little bit earlier every single day for about 2 years. I have gotten ready and studied each day almost the same each day and I'm always in my pension before 9:30.

But there is always something each day that throws the pattern off and makes me say " Well that's never happened before!" And that is what makes the mission so awesome! The constant need to act in the moment and follow the spirit. It may look like a daily pattern, but I have found that it is awesome experiences within a punctual schedule. 

This week has been a good week, but a stressful one. The work is going well, we are finding a lot of progress with our investigators, and we are working a lot with our ward to strengthen the less active members here. So when it comes to the work we are doing pretty good. I'm really enjoying my time here and all is well in that sense.

My companion is an awesome guy, but this was a hard week for him. Monday night he woke up with heart palpitations and really bad nerves. I helped calm him down and to make a long story short he was having a panic attack. But not only that but he had one three times during the week and has been super nervous during the day time. So with the help of some church officials and President, he is getting along a lot better. We even went to a hospital last night to have them do a medical check. So it was a little stressful this week trying to help my comp get better and help my area stay afloat. 

But today we are going to go out and have fun for our pday. Sadly I only have 3 pdays left, so we are going to make the best out of the time I have left. Love you all so much and have a great week! Do something fun this week!

Love Elder Taylor Chriss

Monday, January 12, 2015

Never let any one distract you from your divine potential!

Elder Chriss and Elder Goff
We are Children of God and I'm so grateful for that knowledge and it makes me feel great to help others see their potential as God's children. 

This week was actually pretty difficult, But I loved it anyways haha. I have seen that when I get comfortable and all is going well, something happens and life gets a little bit more challenging. But how else am I going to learn?

So this week we worked a lot and talked with tons of people. I can't keep track of how many Maria's that I met this week haha. But in the end we were unable to find people who have true desire to change. The ward is truly growing and it is awesome to be here during this time. I am seeing a lot of blessing as the ward and the missionaries unite. 

This Sunday I was asked to teach Gospel Principles because the teacher was on vacation. The subject was our Eternal Family. It talked about how special we are and how great is our family. God is our Father and each and every one of us are brothers and sisters. It gives me so much more power to my purpose as a missionary to help all the people I can, they are my brothers and sisters. And I must treat each and every person as such. 
Several things happened this week and strengthened my testimony of prayer, of how he is there and that we are never alone. It is free and our Father will always be there to strengthen us.
I'm sorry that this is a short letter but I hope you know that I care for each and every one of you . You're are the greatest
Elder Taylor Michael Chriss

Monday, January 5, 2015

Feliz Año Nuevo

The whole Tigre zone at zone meeting, All 13 North Americans except 1 are from Utah haha
Wow it's already 2015! Can you believe it? 2014 went by so fast, and it has been one of the best years of my whole life! The other night I was thinking about how blessed I was to be a missionary for the entire year of 2014 i truly was blessed every single day of this year. And I thank you all for your support and love the whole time. It's funny for me to think that i have been doing the same routine every single day of waking up at 6:30 and going to bed at 10:30 haha. Well lets just say that time flies when you are having fun, am I right? 

Here in Argentina for New Years was super crazy. Fireworks are the main thing that everyone uses and they party all night long. The night of New Years we went to bed at 10:30. I was sleeping well  when the whole sky exploded as the whole city of Buenos Aires lit off fireworks. It felt like some one was bombing the neighbor's house. But this year didn't bother me too much. But after the bombing subsided our neighbor, who help me grow my testimony of the word of wisdom, started to blast music from like 6 foot tall speakers for the whole night! Let's just say that I didn't sleep too much that night. The neighbors finally turned the music off around 10 o'clock the next morning haha. Just in time for language studies.

But all though we had a falter of sleep, the week went great. We started to find new people and our investigators are doing great.  We are really working hard with the ward to edify the church not only baptize.

Elder Bohn left to a new area in Capital. And in his place came an Elder named E.Goff He is so great haha. He is from Highland Utah... Not the high school, but the city. And he is very funny we are really enjoying working with the ward and getting things done here in the zone. 

Me and my comp E. Molina are doing great and we are really working on being the most obedient we can. Obedience brings blessings. 

I love being a missionary.... If I haven't said it before.

Remember to love one another and also remember that I love you all so much!!!

Keep it rocking!
Love Elder Taylor Chriss
The Tigre zone at a zone activity (playing soccer and BOM Charades)

A cool painting for baptist church saying no to Soccer fan Violance. the the jersey are from the biggest rivalry in Argentina Boca/River