Wednesday, August 8, 2012

THE LAST EMAIL!! August 8, 2012

Sorry I didn't email yesterday. I am now safe in London. I will spend the day here in London and eat dinner with President tonight. Tomorrow I will go to the airport and get transferred to... I love you very much. Life is good. Love, Elder Krebs

Monday, August 6, 2012

July 30, 2012

Hello hello! Tis great to be here. Emailing my family for the 103 time... minus a few weeks I was "really" busy (aka... too much to do in London). I really do like emailing the family. It is fun to give a weekly update. Sometimes I don't want to after reading all the family emails... but once I get started... I just can't stop. Jojo! She was not baptised this week... but I think that it was really the right thing. I didn't feel right about it and when I prayed about it... I knew it wasn't the right thing. We had seen her every single day and she was stressed and just wanted to get everything over with instead of enjoying it. Sooo this Saturday at 5:00, Ashford Chapel. 110 Canterbury Road. Anyone want to come? She is ready... passed her interview... it was announced in church! All is good! I can't wait. It will be a busy busy week this week. Which is also good! Tues: Work over with Gillingham. Wed:District Meeting and football in the evening. Thursday: Workover with my Son, Elder Paul in Canterbury! And District Meeting in the morning. Friday:A well earned dinner in the evening (we helped their family gather and stack 300 bales of hay, my arms are still sore). Saturday: Zone Leader Council in the morning, District Leader Council in the afternoon and Jojo's baptism in the evening. Sunday: Tracting! I am really looking forward to putting in everything. President told me to get the runners kick! That is the plan. Sprint to the December finish! I love jojo because she gets it. Yesterday she told us... "look boys (she always calls us the boys)... I've already been baptised... the only reason I'm doing this is because of the Authority. So you don't need to worry about me." She is going to add some serious spice to the sleeping Ashford Ward. I can't wait! She will really help the Ward to blossom and grow. This week was Karma. My whole mission I can count the times I've done service on one hand. This week... we spent. 10+ doing service. I was beat. Plus it was hot here... well hot for the english. About 85 degrees in the sun! I can only imagine AZ. It felt good though. Gardening is fun... but just for all the Gospel Analogies. There will be some major fruits from it though... and I think it will really help the ward. How have I grown spiritually this week? I've been humbled this week. Sincerely humbled. Things that I feel I had learned and had command over... showed signs of re-growth. I think it was the Lord's way of saying... "yeah yeah, you've almost finished your mission and you've done the best you can... but I'm not finished yet young man... this is only the beginning." I'm grateful for it. God is great. Change is difficult. But possible through Christ. Something that really helped me was what President Monson said. "Be of good cheer, the future is as bright as your faith." We need faith to do good. To be clean. I know that faith can move mountains... even the mountains of personal weakness and sin. We can move away from sin... and into the light of Christ! I love you all... have a smashingly great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 18, 2012

Dear Mother Dear, What a wonderful week in England. So many things were happening and they were all just brilliant. I'll give an accounting of my week and then you can be the judge of it! Off we goooo... On Monday we had the Canterbury Olympics, but you already heard a tad about that because I emailed after it. Lets just say it was bomb though. I haven't been using my camera recently, but I'll get a picture soon. On Tuesday I had a work over with the Elder Tingey! Talk about the coolest lad. Stylish and humble. We tracted in the rain for about 2 hours and talked about many things... from Homestarrunnner to Ben Folds. It might have distracted me a tad... but something has got to keep you interested in tracting for 2 hours. We had a step in with a wonderful Born Again lady. She accepted the Book of Mormon and said she would read it. Often the Born Agains do not accept the Book of Mormon. It is the Bible of nothing. I've often pondered on the Bible Supremacy way of living, and why people are so drawn to it... the only conclusion that I've come up with is that it is there only source for some sort of authority. Therefore they hold to it with all that they've got, and are afraid to read anything else. Either way... I absolutely love the Book of Mormon. What a brilliant book. It is the crux of conversion. It solves all the concerns regarding Joseph Smith and the Restoration. I know that it is true. I really know it. I love reading it and being uplifted by its story, style and sermons (see what I did there... three s words for dramatic effect). Wednesday was a half half day. We drove to Canterbury for 10:00 to be interviewed by our new President. He took quite a long time... and by a long time I mean 8 hours. Sooo we left about 6:00pm, we were interviewed last... but he asked us to be there at 10:00. He was trying to get to know everyone... and therefore took his time. There are only 14 missionaries in the Zone... but it took some time. We did some street contacting in Canterbury, talked to Sister Jordan, and shined our companions shoes. It was good, but I always feel antzy when I sit around for too long. My interview was not actually that long. Once he realised that I was leaving in December, he cut the get to know you chit chat and just lectured me about working hard to the end. Thursday we just did major work. Friday we drove again to Canterbury to switch for a work over. Elder Paul came to Ashford with me for a surprise. Elder Paul was a missionary that I kinda trained in Grays. He was out already two weeks... but then he got emergency transferred to me. We had a great day on Friday, saw a Recent Convert that is getting married in September. We have secretly began teaching her partner the lessons. He doesn't quite know yet. Saturday was the awesome day. I wrote a letter to Hayleigh and Theresa about 3 weeks ago and mentioned that they should come to Ashford before the family Olympics at the new year and then they called and arranged to come for Saturday. I didn't tell Elder Paul they were coming, and I didn't tell Hayleigh and Theresa that Elder Paul was coming. Sooo when we met up on Saturday... everyone was surprised! I was even surprised because H & T brought Gloria and her daughter, which is another lady baptised while I was there. It was just brilliant! Such a great reunion. We walked to an American Diner close to the church and ate, then we came back to the church and had a tour and testimony meeting. I was so grateful to be able to be a part of their conversion, and it was great to see how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped them over the past year. Yeah... still really weird to think it was a year ago. I love them all so much. They are all just like family. The people have made my whole mission worth it. Every one is important to God. Every one matters to him. We are His Children. He is our Father. I know that. I know that we are physically like him, and now it is up to us to be spiritual like him. The Church is a brilliant framework for families and becoming more like our Saviour, Jesus Christ. It has rained everyday for the past week... but nothing can stop me now. I hope that everything is just wonderful in the sunny states of America. From what I hear it is pretty hot. I love you all very much and will see you in December! Love, Elder Krebs

July 25, 2012

Dear Familia! Oh so sorry that I didn't email on Monday. Things have been very busy. On Monday we had an exchange with the Assistants and it complicated everything. I was planning on emailing on the Monday evening... but we arrived home late. And the next day I was with Elder Cena (a missionary from my group) and I wanted to be a good little boy so I didn't email with him here. But my son instincts kicked in and I decided to email my mother. You did give me birth. I owe you one. Oh... and you raised me for 18 years. Even though it took my mission to learn how to make my bed. We spent the day in London on Monday and it was just great! I will thoroughly miss London. Even though every time I go... by the end of the day I hate it. It is disgustingly busy. Especially right now. It is hot and you are pushed up against people that you don't even think about talking to. But it makes it easier to make friends. And you can tell if you need to teach the Word of Wisdom or not... because your basically touching noses. Oh but I love it. So busy. Everything you could ever need in London. Which is good... but for missionaries can be very distracting. I am grateful to be finishing my mission in Ashford. It helps keep me focused... because there just ain't much here. Except for Jojo. Oh jojo. She scared us... thus the reason why I didn't talk about her last week. We didn't see her the whole week. She hosed appointments and wouldn't answer our phone calls. And she has three phones... and we know all three numbers. We had a District Meeting on Thursday and we talked about Jojo, and if we should keep contacting her or just let her slip. They gave us some ideas... and we went on our merry way. One idea was that we just ran into her in town centre. So we prayed for it... and it happened. I was calling someone and these three little girls were waving their hands at me... so I had Elder Vitorio go and talk to Jojo and he set up an appointment for the same night at 5:00. We went by and she was all about still getting baptised on the 28th of July... so in the past 2 days we have taught her Word of Wisdom, Tithing, Sabbath Day and Follow the Prophet. Today we are going over the Baptismal Interview and tomorrow will be her interview. Then on Saturday will be the baptism! How exciting!! I really like her. She is very keen on baptism and very intelligent. She understands what we are trying to do and how we can help her. I am so grateful to have been a part of her teaching process. Recently I've heard about 2 people that have been baptised that I taught in previous areas! That is always so exciting to hear and be a part of... I love this work. Our Mission President is great and I am grateful that he is here. Things are going to change here in the England London Mission. Too bad I will not be here to witness it all. I have a strong testimony of Joseph Smith. He is a man... a mortal, imperfect man. He had weaknesses, he made mistakes... but he was called by God. Our testimonies are based on the Book of Mormon. A testimony that God is continuing to speak to His Children today... and now... and will always speak. God is our Father... and we are made in His image. He wants us to learn and grow. That is why we have challenges and trials. But he loves us... nothing can separate us from that love. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." It is infinite and eternal. It is expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ. We have all fallen, but can rise again, just like the sun... everyday. I love you all... have a beautiful sunny day. Love, Elder Krebs

July 10, 2012

Dear family, Today we had a Zone Meeting and P-day! In which we celebrated the 2012 Canterbury Olympics. They were pretty epic. I don't think they attracted quite the crowd that the London Olympics will... but we definitely had more fun here in Ashford. We had four teams, many events (but we only got through 2 of them), and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. The decorations were spot on and the cheers and team names were proper nice. I believe everyone enjoyed themselves. I think I enjoyed myself. I spent the whole time worrying. And that never helps you to have a good time. But I love all the missionaries in our Zone. It makes me so happy that we have so many young adults that want to spend their time doing the Lord's work. This is where true joy is found. I believe it. I have really felt it. This week has been mental. On Wednesday we had Zone Meeting with President Jordan and his Wife (we had apple pie and ice cream to celebrate our Independence). On Saturday we had a leadership meeting and Zone Leader Council with President Jordan. He is a different person and the mission is going to change. It is quite weird that it is changing and I'm still here. There is a very direct correlation between how hard I work, and how focused I am to how happy I am. If I lose focus, then there are so many things that I worry and think about. If I focus and work hard... then I'm just fine. President Jordan is spot on. He has great ideas and is really trying to help the mission be full of faith. I think he noticed that we were all faithless. He is going to tighten the reins a tad. He will keep to the WHB more. Zone Leader Council was awesome. We talked about how to help the mission have more faith... and.... whether or not we should get texting. The second one is still under wraps and we were told not to say anything... sooo don't tell anyone. It was really nice to council together. I liked it. Sister Jordan is just proper Utah. Opposite of Sister Patch. But loves cooking. It is weird because I will leave in a tad... and my departing interview and dinner will be with The Jordans. But... all is well. Jojo is progressing so wonderfully. She came to church on Sunday and is just like a normal member. We had another investigator there for the first time and we invited Jojo to go and fellowship her. Even though it was jojo's second time. Her children ran to primary and fit right in. I really hope she keeps progressing and can continue to have faith. Elder Holland really helps me. He gives a talk entitled "How ever long and hard the road". It is one of my favourites right now. It is my motto and creed right now. However long and hard the road... I will press onward and forward. There is sooo much in front of me. So many decisions and choices. I love you all. Have a great week. Love, Elder Krebs p.s. See you for the krebs family olympics! MMXII (2012)

July 2, 2012

Dear Familia, What a busy week. We had a really slow start at the beginning because Sister Cordeiro was leaving... but towards the end of the week we were doing great things. The most exciting thing that has happened this week is a NEW mission President. His name is President Jordan and we are really nervous/happy and excited to have him here. I haven't spoken or met him yet, but we have a Zone Meeting with him this Wednesday. I am really really excited. On Saturday we have a Leadership Meeting at 10:00 in London, and a Zone Leader Council at 12:00. On Monday the 8th we have another Zone Meeting and Zone P-day, and then on Wednesday the 10th we have interviews in Canterbury at 10:00. It is weird that I'll only be here with President Jordan till December... but that is okay. I didn't get to have a departing interview with President Patch and I was really bummed about that. My temple recommend is expired and I tried to convince President Patch to renew it for me... but he just told me to wait till August. I can't go to the temple anyways. Which is super lame. Speaking of the temple. The highlight of our week was that Jojo went to the temple with the Gospel Principles class. They all went on Saturday and walked around the grounds and spent time in the Visitors Centre, watched the Joseph Smith movie, and had a picnic! So great. We didn't even go! We just spent the whole morning in the town centre, just thinking about how great of a time they were all having. She is progressing really well. We had a great member from the ward come with us that really related well with her. You sometimes think that you can do it alone... but members are always so helpful. It is so great to hear members bear testimony about when they were baptised and how it has benefited their life. Yesterday there was a young girl that didn't want to go into the Sacrament Room for our Sacrament meeting. She is a young recent convert... about 14. We asked her to come inside... but she wouldn't. Towards the end... she walked in and sat down though. We went by to her and her mums house yesterday and had a lesson in the garden (yard) because we couldn't find anyone to come with us. She was asking all these questions about God and Jesus Christ. The Godhead was really confusing her... and she wasn't quite sure who she was praying to. At the end of the lesson she opened up and said that at the beginning of church she was very angry and didn't want to go into the sacrament meeting because she had stopped praying and reading because they felt pointless and she didn't feel as though God was listening to her. But... as she listened to the testimonies from the Fast and Testimony meeting... her heart was softened and she came inside. It was great for me to see that God cares about every single one of His children. That poor girl was beating herself up because she didn't feel like she was doing enough... or that God was listening. But because she at least made the effort to come to church... she was able to be comforted by her Father. Out of all His children... he cared about that one... in Ashford. We have a wonderful God. One that is willing to forgive from scarlet to white, and debts of over 10,000 talents. We are never too far from the light that His Son Jesus Christ provides. It can reach us where ever we are, and when ever we need it. I love him... and am grateful to be working for him. Love, Elder Krebs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012

Hi mum, I am in Canterbury right now. Sitting next to my son... Elder Paul. He says Hi! He isn't technically my son because he was trained for the first 3 weeks by two zone leaders... and then he came to me for the next nine weeks. I feel as though I still had the greater impact on him. He is mine. My son... ain't nobody going to take him away from papa. We had transfers yesterday... and I am staying in Ashford with Elder Vitorio! It is weird to know my final destiny. Well not really my final d... because I'm coming home for the family Olympics. At this point... I just want to work. As I work... I will forget everything and it will all be just dandy. We had a week full of miracles. Jojo, who I talked about last week is progressing very fast. She is very smart and wants to understand everything at once. Her three little girls are full of energy and love trying to get our attention. They all three came to Church and loved it so much. The three girls all enjoyed Primary and Jojo was right at home in Relief Society. She related the Prodigal son story for the class and got it perfect. Or so I heard. I don't often sneak into RS... but I can't say I haven't. After church she informed us that the ward was having a temple trip on Saturday and that she needs four seats reserved. She doesn't even know what the temple is or what it looks like... she just wants to soak everything in. This is good for missionaries... but we have to be careful with how much she gets... because sometimes when you eat the whole cake in excitement... or in my case... 8 bags of sour skittles... you feel sick afterwards and regret it. She is spot on and really genuine and transparent. She tells you how it is and what she likes... she likes... and what she doesn't like... she doesn't. I really like her. She accepted the date of the 28th of July for baptism. We can hardly wait... and I will be here for it. I am oh so very excited. She slightly reminds me of another of the recent converts that I worked with in Grays. I feel so blessed to be a part of this great work. Who Am I? Who Am I to deserve all the things that the Lord has and is giving me. The new mission President is coming this week. That is proper weird to me. He is just deserting me... ahhhh. But the new mission president looks like a great guy to me. But who knows... we thought Elder Pike was 6'4''. I love you all. I miss you all. I really do. I forget about you sometimes... but it is always a big reality check to come back to think about you. See you in December! Love, Elder Krebs Two quotes of the week. Both from spectacular talks that really helped me in my progression and understanding of things. "The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can go home but that—miraculously—we can feel at home there. If Christ did not require faith and repentance, then there would be no desire to change. Think of your friends and family members who have chosen to live without faith and without repentance. They don’t want to change. They are not trying to abandon sin and become comfortable with God. Rather, they are trying to abandon God and become comfortable with sin. If Jesus did not require covenants and bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, then there would be no way to change. We would be left forever with only willpower, with no access to His power. If Jesus did not require endurance to the end, then there would be no internalization of those changes over time. They would forever be surface and cosmetic rather than sinking inside us and becoming part of us—part of who we are." "His Grace is Sufficent" by Brad Wilcox "You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands. His work is to bless His Father’s spirit children with the opportunity to choose eternal life. So, your calling is to bless lives. That will be true even in the most ordinary tasks you are assigned and in moments when you might be doing something not apparently connected to your call. Just the way you smile or the way you offer to help someone can build their faith. And should you forget who you are, just the way you speak and the way you behave can destroy faith." "Rise to Your Call" by Henry B. Eyring