Tuesday, January 26, 2016


It snowed yesterday. I came to Taiwan expecting rain and maybe a little wind chill but I swear I was not prepared for snow. It was 2 degrees Celsius outside and 8 in our room so it was really cold to say the least, especially when you add the humidity to the equation.  
Anyways, slightly more important is that I made a great breakfast of mushrooms, eggs, cherry tomatoes, and Taiwanese sausages all fried up together. 

The transfers are this week. Should have some more exciting news next week. 

Love you all have a great week! 

Elder Henry David Christensen 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cold Water

This last week was awesome! I went on exchanges with Elder Byers and it was so much fun! We saw a lot of miracles together and I learned a lot from him. 

He is a very earnest missionary. He is also very chill/relaxed. We got along great together! 

The coolest part of last week, which may be obvious, was the baptism of Zhuang Yu Qi! 
He is so awesome and was truly deserving of the title "Golden Investigator." I have loved teaching him. His understanding of the gospel grew so fast it was always a surprise at the answers he would give to our questions. I am humbled at his great faith... 
The baptism itself was very smooth, other than the cold water that filled the font, and there was a good amount of people who came to support.

Our district is making exciting progress! We are all working very hard here to help the Toufen and Miaoli wards grow. With our baptism this last Saturday we are hoping to sort of kick off these two areas. 
Toufen, the other Elders in my district, will have a baptism in two weeks as well so they are also just revving up their area! However, among all this excitement I also know there is a lot of improvement to be done. I am constantly humbled by the Elders here and their stalwart examples to me. 
Another funny thing that has been happening is the service we have been doing for a Sister Xu. She is not a member and is really old. She has us come and help her clean her TuDiGong which is a temple for the god of that area. So we have been cleaning up there a lot. 
Anyways, one of the funnier parts was that there were two women who came and sacrificed some food to the gods and as they were doing their thing, Sister Xu came up to us and whispered with a smile, "Just wait till their gone and I'll give you their food."Haha then as they were leaving one started taking the food back and Sister Xu made her give us some. We felt kind of awkward but you know how old people sometimes are. Hard to refuse sacrificed food.

I am so excited about Hannah and Spencer! I am stoked to see them in the temple! 
Never lose faith in people. I have learned that lesson the hard way. Don't ever give up ever. 
I love you mom! Thank you for your faith! 

Elder Henry David Christensen 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Everyday's a Winding Road Yah!

This week was awesome! A lot of funny things happened. 
I got told I was pretty, to stop following Joseph Smith and to just go back to America and get a wife, and also witnessed a man wiping his dogs bottom which I found odd. 
I also sort of noticed I have fallen back into previous eating habits. I am not eating very much again, which is weird because in the MTC there are three big block meals and until now I have been doing, that but recently I have started eating small and drinking a lot of milk. I am not sure if that is good or bad, but it is fun.

We have Brother 莊s baptism this coming Saturday which is super exciting! Zhuang Dx is very prepared. He is converted and I have no idea how. I know I didn't do anything special, so I think it must just be God's hand that guided him. He shared his testimony with us and it was beautiful. One of the coolest miracles I have seen on my mission. I am excited to see more of these with the time I have left. 
Thanks for sharing your testimony on forgiveness. I have seen forgiveness take a very important role in my life. I have forgiven before but I find most of the time I am the one that is getting forgiven. I have felt incredible amounts of mercy while I have been out here. 
I am worried mom. This time is going by so fast and I am scared. I know for a fact that I am not as far as I should be by now and I know that I have an eternity's worth of space to improve. Doesn't it seem hopeless sometimes? haha. 
I am grateful for the Atonement. I feel it is the only reason my lack of progress is acceptable. I am reminded constantly that when it says God chooses the least and lowest to do his work he was talking about me. I am humbled at your faith and testimony as well as love for me. I know that I don't deserve it mom. I know it. But I am so glad to receive it. I am grateful for my family. Both here and there. 

Love, Elder Henry David Christensen

Monday, January 4, 2016

Not Much Time

This week was pretty normal as far as the work goes. One thing that made it special was the rapid progression of our investigator Zhuang Yu Qi. 

His baptismal date is 1/16 and he is doing some great preparation. He goes to all the young single adult activities and attends all meetings very actively. When we met him, he said he only believed in ghosts. But now he has a firm testimony in Heavenly Father, which he received from the Book of Mormon. 

His interview is tomorrow and we are really excited about that as well. He will also be coming to the beach with us today to play hand ball and then a member is going to feed us all dinner and help us teach him. It has only been 3 weeks and he is already cruising through the Book of Mormon. I am very humbled to meet someone so prepared. It has not happened for me before on my mission and I must say it is quite the joyful experience. 

Another thing I have come to realize that I think is pretty darn hilarious is that Elder Hu is the exact opposite person of Elder Anderson. I was wondering why it felt so different and that is my final answer for the reason. It is going well though. I am working hard to get our companionship relationship to be better and better. I am looking forward to my time with Elder Hu!


Elder Henry David Christensen