"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." Ether 12:27

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December THREE--YOU DID IT, YESIREE!! :) :) :)

Subject: The final time I will get to write my letter home ... 

I am certain that you're right--this is my last P-Day. I am really glad that you showed your love for me in my letters this week!  I am grateful for all that you have been able to help me with. I am glad you are here for me.  I am truly impressed with this last two years, I am not sure I thought it was going to go the way that it did.  I have been pondering this last week what I would be doing and how this is really not the "Best 2 Years" as everyone that I talk to says about their missions. I realized that it is really the Best 2 years FOR your life! This is just a microcosm of my life; setting the stage for the rest of my life.  The most incredible feeling is to feel just like you said "Well done good and faithful servant." That was really something that came over me on this fast Sunday. I went up to bear my testimony and I was feeling the spirit very strongly.  I got to the pulpit and Matthew 25:23 came to my mind."Well done, good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things." Right then the emotions of the spirit overwhelmed me and truly I knew I was able to do what I was suppose to!  I am glad that the Lord is there for me!

I am grateful all that I have and the Words of the Savior, "Behold, I stand at the Door and Knock and if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come unto him..." I am certain as day and night that this is true! I am so glad I could serve these last two years! I love you very very much and I am sitting with a heart of joy!

Elder Christian James Delis

November twenty-SIX--great blessings are what he picks!

Subject: Well it was a mighty fine turkey day!

This was a fun thanksgiving! We played some two-hand touch, it was really quite an adventure! It was a brutal game towards the end. it was quite the game. I played the line quite a bit with the amount of people there...my arms are still pretty bruised up.  The dinner was so good! It may have had dads turkey dinner on its toes! The family was the R---'s they are an awesome family.  Brother and Sister R--- just got back from a senior mission to Russia at the beginning of the year! We go over and do service for them when we can get a chance, when we go over Sister R--- makes an amazing meal of some sorts and to be honest we had breakfast today and  it was sooooooo goood! Sourdough pancakes and overeasy eggs! Soooo gooood! 

Okay on to business!  The week was good. I am not going to lie, I am starting to not want to come home. not to not see you guys but...more since I just love the fact that the spirit is soooo much stronger then when I was home; its just hard to express I guess.  My heart is soooo full every single day, it is almost hard to express in words on a screen if that makes any sense. The hardest thing is to give into the fact that the life that I have and  am serving is so hard to give up. I just want to teach the gospel as a missionary a lot longer.  I will just have to do it through action not by doing it door to door; this will be a very different transition. Man I am going to be really weird when I get home....  hahahahahahaha.  

It was a slow week because of the Holiday, so that was interesting. On turkey day we were told to treat it like a P-day. we only had p-day until 1 on monday, and thursday we had they day "off" since it was not really effective use of the day to talk to people during a holiday that is not really want to talk to us. SO that to me was nice we visited R----- and family and the R---'s for dinner. It was an amazing day!

"All we are to do is to love no more and no less" 
Elder Christian James Delis

November nineTEEN--now until he's home...there's not much time in between!!

Subject: A week to give thanks!

We are moving the baptisms back for the holiday so that we can have more members there. so that is that plan, we will keep you in the loop.  I am being so welll taken care of this Thanksgiving. I know that it is because of the prayers that you have sending my way.  I truly and grateful for you!
Well, this is truly a week that I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for all the miracles that I have seen. I am grateful for the strength that the Savior and Redeemer has given me to tough through the things that are put in my path. I am grateful and truly indebted to a family who loves me. I am grateful for a loving Mission President and Wife. I am grateful for MY Savior who has truly freed me from the sins of this life.  I am soooo very grateful for the members who have served me and that I have served for the last two years. They have helped to shape me to be better. I am grateful for my companions that I have had for the last two year that have taught me so much.  I am thankful for the Spirit of the Lord for teaching me more about the gospel and for leading me to so many souls who have changed me.  I am grateful, so thankful, for the peace that I feel as I testify of Him that sent me here. I am so very grateful for the atoning sacrifice of my friend and brother The Lord Christ Jesus. I am grateful for the testimony that my Lord has shaped with me to be a greater and stronger disciple that would not have happened without leading me here.  The one thing I have put in my letter and I can't even touch the true gratitude that I have for .... That is truly my family. The power of the Lord rests upon my shoulders as I feel the Love that I have been blessed with in my service of my Lord! Thank you! I do truly love you!

"Never allow your soul to go a day without thanking the Lord"
-Elder Christian James Delis

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November THIRTEEN: well this letter is rather LEAN (good thing he comes home in a month!!!)

Subject: Well I guess the election is over!

I am certain the election is over! I am sure that what happened was what the Lord wanted and was intended to go that way for a reason. I was praying that the Lord would do all that is best for us. This week was good R------'s daughters are thinking of getting baptized! Woooooooooooooooooo! That is pretty exciting!  The one thing that really cool is how they brought the subject up with us. Because of that the week was awesome! This Thanksgiving is really going to be good. We will be at the R---'s. That will be awesome!  I really am excited for the next few weeks!!
Sorry for the short letter we have to run!

Elder Christian James Delis

November FIVE: Into the work, lets take a DIVE!

Subject: Well, this week was not as eventful


Well, I am working as hard as we can to stay focused. It is getting hard to stay focused, to be honest. Especially since the whole ward knows how long I have been out...So that is making it quite a bit more difficult then I had thought it would be. Do you know by chance when my Homecoming is going to be? So this week we did a lot of service for one of my favorite members, the R---'s. They are an awesome family. They got back from a mission to Russia about a year ago. They are a fun family and they really care about the missionaries. So do not worry I am being taken care of. :)  We are working really hard with R------ and his family. He is progressing really well after being baptized. We are praying that the family will come around shortly.  A-----, R-----'s wife, is going to be gone for two weeks we are going to pray that she will be prepared by the Lord.  D------, R-----'s oldest daughter, is being prepared. We have had some awesome discussions about the gospel with her so we are praying she will be baptized soon! The whole week was not hugely eventful, its getting very hard not to talk politics with people when they see missionaries. It's really quite the interesting thing when you are trying to talk about the Gospel how so many are trying to avoid that by talking about Romney. This will be interesting to see what will be happening tomorrow. Whatever does, it is in Heavenly Father's hands and truly I am sure it will all be for the best.  SO enough of that I am getting hit by a ton of bricks day by day...I have been really good this far to not notice what is going to happen...and I am feeling a that my mission is flying through me. It is one of the few things I am not to sure I want to end .... I know that it needs to and that the Lord has other things in store for me...I am just not really ready. I am sitting and praying a lot thanking my Lord for all that He has given me it is just been getting more difficult to focus day by day and I am trying the best I can.

Well, I love you and I am praying for your success!

Elder Christian James Delis

October twenty-NINE: The work is DIVINE!

Subject: A week of miracles!!


Well! This is really quite an awesome week! Dang!!! I meant to send you the pictures I have been at service all morning! Shoot!  I left the camera at the apartment!  Oh well sorry!  My next letters will have the pictures we are totally have them I promise!!! SOOOO back to week! we had a good baptism I preformed the baptism of R----- and really it was really cool! We are working with his family and that was really going to one thing that the family needs! We feel like they will come around shortly! just keep the C------ family in your prayers! We are really working hard and praying a hundred times harder to know what they need!  One uber cool thing we have been praying that A----- (R-----'s wife) would get the job at the bank and she did! It was an awesome thing! Friday we went and saw R-----  we were just going over really to see how he was doing and how it was coming along spiritually for him, and A----- got a call from the bank saying she got the job! The Lord is literally blessing them! Speaking of which yesteday we went by and it was just R-----. We asked about how he felt after receiving the Holy Ghost and I am not kidding he is absolutely learning A LOT more--I mean A LOT, no joke--just after one day! He was talking on the level of what missionaries do when we just sit and study and ponder the needs of our investigators and I was so impressed!! He is just solid. I am sure that the reason that I have been put in the area was to see the progression of his family and him. It is most likely one of many reasons, really! That was awesome!!!!  SO it was just a truly amazing experience.  I know that this is one reason I am here. I feel strongly about it! I am not going to lie I enjoy this area! I love being here (I am not leaving by the way!). It is comes close to Coquille, but I will say I really do love being here! I am sure that it is where I am to be for the last few weeks, so just pray that these last weeks are smooth and that all happens to be very much the way that the Lord intends for things to go!

So about the storm I am not worried! I have been praying about this and I am sure that you will be safe! I am sure of that! Soooo school I am looking forward too it! Keep me updated and I would love to be in math science English and History and I just need a schedule since otherwise I will go nuts!  Just sayin! ummm lets see ... oh yes! I should go Find Teach Baptze and just as important, Retain! Have a happy Hairgerwen I will try too!

Elder Christian James Delis

Monday, October 29, 2012

October twenty-TWO: There is so much to DO!

Subject: Well, this was a sick week!


Well family I am excited to say that we have a baptism on the 27th of this month! yes!!!! So we are really really excited to be able to have that happen! We were able to have R----- and his whole family come to church this week! That was an adventure! We had an awesome family home evening with his family on Monday and it was a really really good experience. The family was more then willing to play and spend time together that was an amazing miracle! We had a really good week other then me being sick.  I had a sinus infection and that was not fun! That was a part of the week I didn't enjoy very much at all! We did lot of work though! I am not going to lie it was a busy week and I am sure tired this week!  We are really working hard to have the baptism happen this week on Saturday! That was a very fun adventure the ability to even see a miracle like that take place! Dad I am sorry you are sick I hate to say it but, I don't enjoy that at all! The transfer calls will most likely be during the baptism on Saturday we will see though I am not sure what will happen for the last few weeks I am going to be fine with where ever the Lord puts me. Lets just pray for the best!  We are working really hard to have this area boom its taking a lot leg work which is not a bad thing just takes patients!  Well, I am hoping school is good, that work goes great and that the week ahead will be a blast! I love you and will hope to hear from you soon!

Elder Christian James Delis