"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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Week of January Twenty-TWO: Missionaries always have a List of Ta DOs!

Elder D!

Subject: Well this is an unexpected amount of rain ... so yea ...


So that you are not shocked, I am getting a MRI Wednesday.  I am still in pain and yes, it is not fun.  I am not really enjoying that, but the MRI on back is to see if it is more than what the doctors think.  I am sure whatever it may be, there is a reason for it, though I am not sure what it is.  As it says in D&C 121 "Ye are not yet as Job."  The reason we go through things is for our growth, so hopefully I grow from this experience.

So this week was pretty good other than we had snow and enough rain that it flooded in the Albany area.  I truly have to say we had a lot of rain.  When Elder B----- and I had the car and as soon as we gave the car to the other missionaries the rain started to stop.  I thought that was interesting.  That was a very different response then I thought would be since we had rain for 7 straight days.

This week we set a date with M--- T-----.  It was really cool we were able to teach him and we are praying that he will be spiritually ready for the upcoming date.  We are not sure though, it will all depend on him and the work we put in as well.  It will be very cool if he really does choose to come unto Christ.

On Sunday I had to give a spur of the moment talk.  I had only 2 days notice.  It reminded of the times every time that dad needed someone to talk and then I was given an opportunity to do it.  The topic was on the Sabbath and the Sacrament by Elder L. T-- P-----.  I am not sure if you will remember saying this dad, but do you remember a time the missionaries spoke before I left?  Anyways, dad, you leaned over to me and said, I quote, "See, how those missionaries don't have any notes?"  I said, "Ya."  "Well when you are a missionary and you don't have any notes and get lost in what you need to talk about, I am going to find you and get you!"  Then you just smiled and laughed a little.  SOOOOO you don't need to come after me, I used notes.  They are actually in my journal and it was quite convenient.  I feel like it went well and that when we speak of the importance to the Sacrament and the Sabbath day, I was able to give a decent talk. 

I love you and I pray for you!

Elder Christian James Delis


Hermana Kate Delis

Subject:  Happy hip-healing, good conference, going back to school, and finishing track day to everyone!

Hello, family!

Happy today.  :)  Thanks for your letters--as usual, they were great.  I am always grateful to hear about the blessings you guys are receiving every day!  I love blessings!  I love hearing about other people's little blessings.  You really get to know people by understanding what they consider a personal tender mercy from the Lord.  I know God loves us, He is so so mindful of us. :)  Let me tell you about some of my tender mercies this week, actually since we're on the topic. :)

1.  We got in contact with so so SO many people this week.  People that we hadn't seen in a while.  Hna C----- felt she should call a man they taught in the past, and long story short: he is so ready for the gospel.  We just listened to him talk through his problems, testified of the truth, and then he told us we were definitely his answer to many prayers.  So pray for U-----!  He is ready for the gospel.

2. Spanish.  Spanish will forever be my unexpected blessing from the Lord.  I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I've been given to widen the range of people I can meet and know.  I have this whole new dimension of life because I know another language.  I can't believe Heavenly Father just GAVE this to me.  Truly, it was just handed to me.  I just have to use it, and I learn it.  It's that simple.  SO, guess what  Hna C----- and I are doing?  We only speak Spanish.  Only Spanish all the time.  Yesterday I think we said maybe 50 words each in English while talking to someone on the street o algo asi.  And we talked all day!!!  Language is so cool, and I just can't express to you the extent of my gratitude to have this extra cool tool in my life.  I know I have it so I can know more people, love more people.  And the crazy part about it all is that I am blessed so hugely for it.  I get blessings for having it!  It seems so backwards, ha.  That's like the joke of the mission: you go in with all these awesome desires to just do good, try to give everything to the work--to the Lord, and you just end up getting 100 times more than you can give.  Think about it: you give all you have, just every ounce of energy, hope, strength, desire, anything and everything, and then YOU are the recipient of blessings that you didn't expect of hope for even.  They just come.  And then you just pray your heart out that the people you meet feel that, too.  The mission is so crazy, ha.  I am so grateful. :)

3.  Our new branch mission leader, Hno M------.  I almost want to cry thinking about having him as a new mission leader, haha, that sounds so dumb--he's just the mission leader in the branch!  But I just feel so very blessed to have him leading us.  He just knows how to do missionary work, and he puts us to work with the members, helps us fulfill the things we want to do, and he respects us.

4. I still love Spanish!

5.  We are learning how to truly find the elect.  We've had to stop visiting quite a few people recently because of unexpected circumstances, and it had been a little heartbreaking.  But the area is being shaped for big changes to come, and we're watching them unfold.  I feel blessed to be apart of the movement here.  I am one in an army of saints trying to follow the Lord, trying to be disciples of Him who sent us, and I just love being in that little, fiesty army!

Okay, well I gotta go. :)  I hope your week is great and happy.  Thank you for your prayers, I FEEL THEM. :)  The work just keeps getting better, ha.  Sometimes it kills me when I write that in my emails.  It's true, but the whole week is so hard, and the work is ALWAYS good, I think I just change with every week.  I just see that I become a little better.  Oh, the mission.  Incredible.

Love you tons, and talk to you soon!!

Hna Delis

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Week of January One FIVE: Missionaries tract and JIVE

Elder D!

Subject:  I can say that I don't feel as if I have been out that long ... oh well!

Hello Family!

I have been realizing I am getting to that point where I have less time out then I do when I have been out.  I am not lying that it feels weird to me.  I can see the end but really I am hoping that it is not going to be as soon as it seems.

This week was interesting.  I am not even kidding, Elder B----- and I spent just under 13 hours tracking this last week.  It was a good use of time.  We have found a lot of people who we are trying to have come unto Christ.  In the last two weeks we have found about 19 people we are praying and hoping that they will come to the realization we have the truth.  So this week we have been doing all we can to do what God wants us to.  We have been making it a solid effort to make that our focus it is not just in the way we act but the way we think.  So that our thoughts are what God would want us to think and to lead us to those souls.  It's a hugely difficult task but, I know that it can be done.  It just takes every ounce of our effort to be on the companionship of the Spirit.  We are being as obedient as we can to be that instrument and having the whole focus on those we find not on the small things that can get in the way.  Elder B----- is being a huge help for me and he is amazing at listening to the Spirit.  I am hoping I can do the same.  Sometimes he looses me when he is listening cause sometimes I wonder how he will jump to a thought, but he is still is a huge motivator for me to strive to do better.

To answer you about the Physical Therapist, I went and saw him last Wednesday.  Basically, my hip was not aligned.  It must have been rotated too far forward.  I am going again later today to see him again.  I feel good other than that.


Elder Christian James Delis


Hermana Kate Delis

Subject: Familias son eternas!

Hello to my familia!  Happy today!  I hope you are all doing well.  Thanks for the emails--it was great to read about everything.  I hope Christian's exam went well--I didn't get an email yet from him, so I hope all went well.  How fun Amy and Becky were there!!  That's so great!  And you ate at the famous Rays Hell Burger joint.  Dad, we're praying for you over here!  Hope your kick off speech goes well.  Mom!  Can you believe you start school so soon?  CRAZY!!  You'll be a "master" soon.  I think that's just what I'll call you--an art history MASTER.  Like a pokemon master?  I think it sounds pretty cool.  MASTER MOM.  Nicholas, haha, nice to hear about the barf-and-run.  Must've worked great to get 3rd place!  Haha, there are elders that have like 3 eating appointments in a day---it happens on accident, people just love to feed us, ha--and they throw up in between because they just can't eat it all, haha.  So gross.  Luckily that has never happened to me.  

ANYWHO, life is great over here.  Mom and Dad, thanks for saying you see blessings for our service.  I wonder sometimes, haha.  This week was so so so so HARD.  Emotionally, Physically, spiritually, I was so drained last night while we were driving home to plan for today.  Hna C----- and I were talking about the madness that happened this week:  We had to stop visiting some of our favorite people because they were not progressing, we're probably going to have to stop visiting another one of our favorite people, we got a new mission leader and things are changing in the branch BIG TIME, my spanish was so nasty this week, Hna C----- and I talked about a lot of frustrations we have this week...it was just a week of madness. And I was just exhausted.  And then it was kind of silent in the car and I just started to think about how much I gained this week.  I did so many hard things.  I developed a lot of really good habits of leadership this week, ALL of our investigators know that we love them, and all of the members know we love them--no doubts there ever, I studied Spanish so hard this week, and I learned really awesome parts of the grammar I hadn't understood and used them even though it didn't sound perfectly fluid every time, I treasured the scriptures and we helped L--- H-------- start reading them, I was a patient companion, I recognized where I lacked and tried to fix it, I followed a lot of promptings from the Spirit.  I thought about all these things and I was amazed.  I don't want to go through this week again, but I was in awe with what I gained from it.  Hna C----- y yo talked about it for a minute and I just started to think "If a hard week in the mission leaves me feeling this impressed, can you imagine what it will feel like to look back on a lifetime?"

I am so thankful for the life I have.  I am starting to understand in a small, small way that my life is just a small part of who I am.  I know I lived with God before I came here, and I know He loves me.  He treats me like a treasure.  I feel His love because I am His child, and He wants me to succeed.  So He places me in situations where I can grow and choose to become better.  I am slowly learning that I am so capable to succeed.  Central to my success is the Savior.  Family, I know He lives.  He is central to my progression.  And if He is central to MY progression, He is the foundation of why we are here, and why we can hope for something better than what we go through every day.  I pray I can better testify of Him.  I know the Book of Mormon testifies of Him perfectly.  I know they way to rely on Him is by living the principles of His gospel that are found por complete in the Book of Mormon.  I know we are never alone, and that we are important, imperfect beings in the process of recognizing our divine nature.  I love being a missionary because my life is spent telling people the simple truths that lead to salvation.  I invite others to come unto Christ.  Today I use words I do every day, but I just hope I can live forever in a way that testifies of Him.  We are so so lucky to have what we do as members of the church.  We truly have the truth.  So let's just live it. :)  It is too happy to not!

Okay, I love to be a missionary.  I think it is easier than not being one, haha.  The trick will be figuring out how to always be sharing the gospel without the tag...I think it's just in living it and being happy to follow the Savior.  That's just not easy sometimes.  Ohhh, life.  Well, I hope your week rocks, than you for your examples for me every day!  I think about you often an I will forever be grateful for the love you have for me.  I love you lots back, and I will talk to you next week!!

Hna Delis

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Week of January EIGHT: Emails now arrive on Monday from BOTH Christian and KATE!

Elder D!

Subject:  WOW!  I talk too much of faith and this is what happens when I act...You think I would have done that earlier!

Hello family!

I am so grateful just to serve!  The miracles of the new year are coming by so fast!  I am not even lying!  I am so glad that nothing is going to be happening without the Lord's help since without him I cannot do the work! 

This week for me was all about doing what I can to serve God and go forth with the faith necessary to find individuals who are earnestly searching when we tract.  The scripture I continue to use as my basic standard is Mormon 9:21, "Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."  My companion and I have been doing this non-stop.  Even though we are working, doing all that we can to teach, it is a good thing to do even if you want to succeed at any point in life.  I have been doing a lot of studying on the Atonement in 2 Nephi 2.  It is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Book of Mormon--I would say, this is where my conversion lies.  It speaks about all the things we know to be true about the plan of happiness.  It outlines what makes and helps men be happy and come nearer to the Savior.  It talks much on how we must live our lives.  That higher law spoken of by Jesus on the Sermon on the mount.  The one question that comes to my mind when I read on the atonement is about the word intercession.  In verse 9 it reads "wherefore, he is the first fruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of me..."  I went to the footnotes to find a good definition and found D&C 45:3 "Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him".  So when I read this, I was literally thinking of what does that make the Lord?  He is our lawyer in heaven for all our sins.  That no matter the pains we feel he felt them and said, "forgive them father for they know not what they do."  and I see that God needs that to be a part of the price.  He fights to have us be as "saints" through the Atonement.  It gives us the knowledge to be better and grow. 

Man!  I am running out of time!  I was hoping to write more.  I am praying for you and I am always doing all I can to show my love even if it is in my letters.  I hope your enjoyed your past week and this upcoming week!

I love you A LOT!!!


Elder Christian James Delis


Hermana Kate Delis

Subject:  YOU CAN DO IT MOM!!!

Okay, well, como siempre, I don't have the time to tell you all the that's going on, but the area's rockin. :) I given you great updates about the area recently, so here is some good little moments: Yesterday was one of the greatest days ever at church.  The whole rooms was FULL of members at sacrament meeting!! Hna C----- said she hadn't ever seen the room that full since being there.  Everyone was just glowing. :) A lot of less-active members of the branch were there with their families and everyone was happy to see everyone.  So cool!!!  We felt so lucky to be among such great people. 

Also, H------- is doing so well.  We see a little more light in him every time we come over, and we feel like he is finally starting to open up to us.  He feels pretty worthless, and he is a very sad man.  But we believe he is starting to see himself a little more like God sees him, slowly but surely.  We love that man so much.  I love that I get to know Spanish so I can talk to him!!  Also we found a family this week knocking on doors!  O----- is a mom who is concerned for her daughter (the usual) but because she doesn't believe that God has done anything for her.  We had a great lesson about the nature of God and the importance of searching for the truth.  They are excited to have us back, and we're excited to be there :).  We've also been going through our area book to find old investigators that might be interested in learning again. It's been really interesting for us to discern what to teach these people as we meet them--especially for me.  I've just felt the Lord directing me so gently these past few weeks, and I am so grateful.  I've had a hard time these past few weeks making some big decisions about coming home and stuff, and struggling teaching, companion growing pains, the usual, and I've just been stressed out.  But it has been so nice to feel the Lord's guidance in the finding and talking with people.  I feel so so good when I am just WITH PEOPLE.  I love being a missionary and loving people.  It is so great.  I could just talk to these people forever.  And I just feel that we have been blessed with a lot of guidance to know who to be with and when.  It's been very very special to me.

As for me, I am great. :)  Stressed, like normal, but great.  My mission president was great about asking about my date to come home--he just trusts me.  I am so thankful for that.  My mission president is exactly the person I needed to be my mission president.  I couldn't have told you that before my mission--I don't know what I needed/need, but he just talks to me with so much respect, and I am so thankful for that.  Respect is important.  I am thankful for worthy people who lead and guide the church.

Okay, I have got to go!  I love you very much!

Love you lots!!!

Hna Delis

Week of January FIRST: Sweet Testimonies Make Our Hearts Want to BURST!

Elder D!

Subject:  A New Year!

Well Hello!

I am excited for the new year!  Mormon 9:21, "Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."  This scripture is the basis to all that I do right now.  I have faith that in the next months we can see up to 100 baptisms a month as a mission and there is a family for us to find!  I do not doubt that it is possible.  And that we will find those we promised to find before this life.  I am excited to see how this year will play out! 

I am going to see a doctor about my hip and my watch battery died.  Funny thing is that it died at 6:30 this morning...I thought it was funny that it would die the moment I need to get up.  I am excited to get the new shoes and contacts, those will be a huge blessing.  I am not even kidding.

I love you all and I want to end my letter today with the words that mean more to my soul than anything...I know my Savior lives, that every single time that I say that I know the light of Christ is brigtened just a little.  I know that every man knows Jesus is the Christ even if they say that they do not believe in him to be the Savior of mankind, God will manifest the truth of it unto them.  I am sure that the words of the scriptures have helped me and they can help all people.  I rejoice in Christ and all He did!  I am grateful to live at this time to serve Him.  I love this work and I love the many people I serve at this time.  I know that this call is to preach to every creature (Matt 28:19-20).  I say this int he name of my redeemer, my savior, my older brother, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Christian James Delis


Hermana Kate Delis

Subject:  Happy today!

Hello, family!  Happy today!

Thanks for the emails, it is great to hear how everyone is doing.  Mom and Dad, you sound like you're having a great time together.  WAHOO!  Your new dates sound really fun this year!  You guys are always doing fun stuff! 

Okay some business: 
  • Chicago's preparation days are getting changed to Monday as of next week, so I will be sending emails and what not on  Monday starting next week.  WOO!
  • Summer Plans:  sure!  The beach sounds fun. :)
  • Thanks so much again for taking care of school for me.
Well, things are all going great over here. :)  Let me tell you today about the absolute best and worst thing about the missions:  companions.  Companions are everything.  You are never alone.  I had no idea what that meant until I came on a mission.  YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.  It's such an interesting concept, ha.  Just think about your life for a minute: When are you alone?  What do you do while you are alone?  What sort of things are private in  your life?  Who do you let into those parts of your life?  When you are never alone, you don't have a space to bottle things up or to keep them separate, and if you do bottle things up, you're nto united.  so what is important to you is important to your companion.  What matters in your life matters in theirss.  Whatever flaws, joys, pains, weaknesses, trials, excitement, whatever happens in your life happens in theirs and vice verso.  That is so hard, but I am grateful for the experience.  I have learned so much about the relationships I want to have in my life and the way to help others become better.  It is so interesting the things I end up learning while I'm out here.  It is so different than I had expected.  But I am grateful for the people the Lord has put in my life right now.  Every one of my companions has been life-changing for me--they've just made me better.  I will forever be thankful for them.

Okay, I have to get going--I never have as much time as I want!  I hope you are all great and I will talk to you a little sooner than normal! 

Love you lots,

Hna Delis

Week of December Twenty-FIVED: Holidays came and we SURVIVED!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Christmas day was a day we will treasure for a long time!  (Well at least until Mother's day :)) Both Katie and Christian were able to Skype from member's homes in their areas!  YAY!!  They looked very happy and sounded good!  Both send their love and gratitude for your all your support this past year.  They mention all the time how they feel your love and prayers. On behalf our our family we say THANK YOU! 

In lieu of emails for this week both missionaries sent a link for our family to view and we thought you would enjoy seeing them too.  Christian's is site for a bible videos focusing on Christmas.  And Katie's is a montage from her mission.  As most of you are well aware I am NOT technically savvy, but I believe you can click on the links and view the videos.  If not, please feel free copy and paste them into your web browser.


The Delis'

Elder D's:
so cool! oh yeah you can get this on your iPad as an app as well. so it is a pretty cool website, I would recommend you check it out.

Hermana Kate:
a slideshow from the mission! IT's cute :)