Monday, July 13, 2015

Fond farewell mission I will miss...

One Day more,
Well today I am sitting in the Abilene Texas Library one last time. I am emailing home one last time. And the next time you hear from me I will be Keegan, no longer Elder.

I think for my entire mission I have always wondered what I was going to say in this email. I wanted to say something super spectacular that would make everyone cry tears of joy, but now that it is actually here I don’t know what to say. These last two years have literally taken my breath away. Reflecting back on what has happened in these two years I have thought about what has happened and the man that I have become.

In my departing interview as a missionary my mission president chose to read a passage of scripture with me, he chose 1st Corinthians 13:11. It talks about how when I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things.

Before I left on my mission I was kinda a crazy guy as some of you might have known, I really didn't understand the gospel at all. I really thought I did with all of my heart, like I really believed I had a testimony, and I could speak and defend it all I wanted, but that was just because I have been blessed with the ability to speak well. I now can say that I have come to know that this is the truth. What I have been doing for the last two years was not and will NEVER be a waste of my time. It’s funny because so much I took this experience for granted, but now that it is finally here, I am going to miss it so much.

The people I have met, the things I have been able to do and the lives I have been able to have a hand in saving. I am a new man. I have become the man that I have always wanted and dreamed of being, I have finally become the person who will be able to make a difference in this world. I have always dreamed of doing something great, I know that I was not simply put on this earth just to live, I was put here to be alive. And before my mission I was not capable of making the change in the world that my Heavenly Father expected of me. But soulfully because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The thing I have been teaching and preaching for so long now. So so long now. It finally has made the impact that it needed.

I was sitting in the temple the other day in the Celestial Room pondering if my mission was of worth to the Lord and I got the undeniable feeling that it was. That He accepted my two years and that is all I could ever want. Even if I hadn't baptized a single soul on my mission I would not trade this experience for anything. I have seen Life, Death, Happiness, Sadness, Love, Hate, Truth and not. I am Keegan no need to worry :). I am Keegan Fjeldsted Christensen, but I am no longer a child, so be ready for me world. 

I want to leave with saying I Know with everything that I am that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He lives and because He lives we are never alone. I know that Joseph Smith Jr. was the prophet of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that through small and simple things great things are brought to pass. I have also come to know that life is incredibly short. So short that it is a blink of an eye really.  I know that missions are meant to help you become you. The real you. I could not say one part of my mission that was the best, because it all contributes to you. I have come to know what love really is these last two years and I really really do love you. I don't know how much I can say it because I do. And I am so excited be a part of your lives once again :) 

I love you guys, be safe out there and know if you ever ever need me again I will be there for you.

Love, one last time Elder Christensen

Monday, July 6, 2015

Surprise visit and Saving the World...

Just another brick on the wall…
So I am positive that I have the best Brother and Sister-in-law in the entire world. This week was my last Fast and Testimony Meeting as a missionary in The Texas Lubbock Mission and I was sitting in the building about thirty minutes before Sacrament Meeting and I was talking with my companion Elder Cropy Crop and I looked over and I saw a guy with an awesome beard so waved (or nodded according to KC) hello. Then I was like wait a second that is my brother haha, so I ran across the chapel and hugged them and it was awesome. I am pretty sure I have seen my family more than most people on their mission, but it is awesome. So that made my week for sure.

Also this week I built a fence in Buffalo Gap to keep the horses from getting near a steep edge where they might fall off or roll down with a rider on them. This fence was previously destroyed and we rebuilt it almost new. And while I was building this fence in the beauty of being in the middle of nowhere, I was thinking how literally no one will ever see this fence that I have built. I honestly will receive no worldly recognition for what I have done, but I didn't care, I know that what I was doing was right and that it needed to be done. I think this is a lot like my mission. I have served every day for the last two years for my Lord and King and I will receive no worldly recognition for it and I don’t want any worldly recognition. I feel like in my life I have done things for the wrong reason so much of my life. But I have come to understand that the world doesn't matter, these worldly things mean nothing. I am here to serve my God. My hope when I get home is to be the same person that I am in the dark that I am in the light. I don’t want to have any doubts. I just want to live my life for Him and it is fun I promise.

I know a lot of the time I say that I want to save the world. The other day I was reading in Preach my Gospel and in it, it says "the Gospel is the only thing that can save the world from its own self destruction" so I have figured out how to save the world. And don’t worry when I get home I am not going to be preachy or anything even close to that, but I am different than when I left on my mission. I have become more of the person that I want to be and that I need to be. I am still me, but the Lord has made me into more of what He wants me to be. So don’t be scared just be ready for what is to come. I am going to finish strong with this last week. I have to be a missionary and save the world one person at a time.

I love you guys, be safe out there whenever you need me call me, no matter where you are, cause ain't no mountain high enough haha.

Love you
Love, Elder C.