Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weeekly Update 7/25/2016- T.I.M.E

T.I.M.E= Things I Must Earn.

Weekly Update,

Well what a week fellers

We had a great week here in Eustis. We saw lots of cool miracles and we worked extra hard. We had three exchanges, one with the assistants, one with the Clermont Elders, and finally one all the way up to Belleview. We also had a huge meeting with all of the stake leadership. We were assigned by the stake president to give a training about member referrals so that was super fun. Also on Sunday I had
part 1 of my departing interview with President Wood of the Mission Presidency. We also had a chance to go to the temple with my boy Glen! Who'll be getting baptized in August after I'm home... LOL. All in all it was a good week! Here are some of the highlights:

"BFFs, but like for real"
Tuesday was a day to remember. The last exchange with my good friend Elder Jaden T Johnson. We first got Swoll in the morning. I benched 225 pounds 20 times and then we took some #Tool shots. I'll send them here in a little. We had a stellar day and taught tons of people. We teach so well together. We have a natural chemistry that would give Alma and Amulek a run for their money. We decided that the reason we weren't comps is because it wouldn't be fair to Satan.... We stayed up till 3 or so in the morning talking and had an amazing day. Tears we almost shed as the day came to a close. We took a picture with an old tote he found with our friend Elder Jeppson's names on it. I'll send that as
well! What a blessing/ privilege it has been to be able to serve with him in same mission. From doing conference training together to figuring out the mission's issues together it's been a blast! I'll never ever forget it! God loves us ladies and gentleman and this here is definitely proof of that.

"Wing it"
From the title of this you'd think we just didn't prepare. Well in actuality we did prepare. We prepared for the huge training we'd be giving to the stake leadership on Thursday night. We had an exchange
the day of Thursday so we didn't have tons of time to really practice together. Wednesday we practiced a little and prepared. The day off we got a call from the stake president informing us take a little different direction on the training. So we basically had to wing it. It was cool though caused the spirit was really able to help us. We killed it and got everyone pumped to do missionary work. Our stake is doing really well right now and we are pumped about that. So is the leadership. They said our training was great and president Ingalls (the stake president) was very happy with it! So wahoooooooo! Thank heavens for that.

"Temple or die dawg."
So on Fridays and Wednesday's here in the Florida Orlando mission they do Temple tours. Where a member of the mission presidency teaches our investigators, or less actives or whomever, about the temple. Then afterwards they get to walk the grounds. It's always just a blast. We brought our investigator named Glen. He's the man and I'm good friends with him. He's from Holland. He really enjoyed the temple and the special feeling that is there. He even pointed it out himself. I love the temple. It's so fun to go there. It'll be the second to last time I get to go to the temple here in Orlando. My next time going is in two weeks for my departing temple trip. That'll be a blast! But sad at the same time. The temple had a good effect on Glen and now he's more solidified for his baptism in August after he returns from a vacation!

"Three Exchanges Suck"
So every now and then as Zone Leaders we have to have weeks where we go on three exchanges through out the week. That means for half the week I'm not even with my companion. It's crazy. Every exchange is always a good time. I got to stay here in Eusits with Elder Johnson. Then the other two I got to leave the area. I went to Clermont with Elder Goff and got to hang out on the hills. Then on Saturday I went all the way out to the boonies with Elder Anderson. At the end of the week we are just exhausted. It's so draining spiritually and mentally. Like good heavens. Then on Sunday we had to be up early to go to meetings. They made me give my departing testimony in Ward council. Life's tough. But that's just the way it is! The sacrifice of going on exchanges is totally worth it!

Well that was my week in a Nutshell. It was a very good and rewarding week. A cool thing that Elder Dickson and I have noticed. Is every week we've been together we've seen some cool miracles. Heavenly Father is blessing us with so much and it's all thanks to him. I'm just a little feller trying to get through life. It's becoming surreal, the amount of time I have left. This is my last official week
here in Eustis. Till I get transferred to camp somewhere for 14 days till I go home. We are gonna go so hard this week and leave nothing behind. Then I'll go hard for those 14 days where ever God decides to send me. I love this work and I'm sad that's it's almost over. It's literally the best thing that's ever happened to me. God has more then blessed me, and for that I'll be forever grateful. I hope y'all have a great week out there, where ever you will be! Hopefully I'll hear from some of you soon! Loves!

Love, Elder C. Swensen Crismon

 Tote with Elder Jeppson's name on it!
 Best Friends
 Same outfits!
 #Tool Shots

 Out doing the work!

 Temple Trip with Glen
 That awkward moment when you think you find weed.... not sure, but it smelt like it!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekly Update 7/18/2016

Heeeeyyyyyyyyyy there.

The update for the week of 7/17/2016

Well we had another just killer week here in the Humble Leesburg Zone. I love this zone and it's so fun to be serving here. There are lots of cows and funny people to go teach! We had another super effective week and the Lord is blessing us with success. We also had some super funny fetching stuff happen this week! I'm pretty excited to share those stories. LOL. Anyways, I'll head right into this stuff!

So first a spiritual experience. On Sunday we were asked to do a baptismal interview for the Sumpterville Elders. We do baptismal interviews before baptisms for a couple of reasons. One, to ensure worthiness and two, to make sure they are ready to make that covenant. I was asked to do the interview with a woman whom I knew. These interviews are always a spiritual experience but this one was special. We went through the questions and she answered brilliantly. She shared with me stories about how she had left her boyfriend whom she was living with and given up coffee and smoking to join this church. She finished her testimony with "I know through experience that this
church is true, and I've shown that through my efforts to live it's commandments." I felt the spirit and so did she. I felt impressed to share how God will more than make amends for our losses. How he will a hundred fold. I also mentioned through inspiration of the spirit about how he'd make up for losing family members. She then shared that she had lost a son! I felt the spirit very strongly, and so did she! It was dope and I'm grateful for the experience giving that interview.

So this week we went on two exchanges. On Saturday I went on exchanges with my boy Elder Isaacson. He's such a great man, and we had a ton of fun together. Only about four weeks before we went on another exchange and got to talk about things. The other exchange I went on was one to
Sumpterville. I got to go with one of my old companions Elder Lavin! He's such a funny guy and it was tons of fun! He was my first companion in Buena Vista YSA. We had a lot of fun traveling around the fandom place called sumpter county. We yelled at cows and threw down with just about everyone we came into contact with. The area he is in is a massive area. Like literally their area is the size of the Salt Lake Valley. It's huge, but there isn't a ton of people there! It's pretty cool though cause there is a branch there. They are building a new church building for them and making them a Ward! So the work is moving forward! On Sunday we went to his area to give that interview. It was an hour drive for us. It's like driving from Sandy to Provo, and then driving back like 30 minutes later. Hahaha it's fun to go in car rides like that though!

We had a super funny thing happen to us this week. So on Sunday we were out trying to go teach some sinners as we usually do. We stopped by an investigator and his crazy less active friend. He's familiar with our church and he's been once before a long long time ago. His less active friend actually brought him to it! It was a dance and they were kicked out for not wearing a tie with their white shirt. Which wasn't the right thing to do, I agree there. These fellows though are still super salty about it like 40 years later! So we were talking about that having them come again! They said some funny stuff. Now these guys cut down trees for a living and I guess here in Florida that pays fairly well. So they had both had a couple of beers and boy was this probably one of the funniest things I've ever heard. So first off the less active wanted us to bring the investigator 4 cans of peaches. We then asked him if he had any and he said "yes... But I hate him.... F*** Him!" Hahahahahahhahahahaha it was so funny. He then went off about how the Mormons at the dance 40 years ago cussed him out, and told him if they didn't leave they would kill everyone at the dance.... Good heavens! LOL probably the funniest thing I've ever heard. Yeah cause that happened at a Mormon dance!

Well that was my week in a nut shell. I've learned so much this week. One thing that is on my mind is the importance of being obedient and following the missionary rules. Breaking the rules makes absolutely no sense to me. I mean why would you sacrifice two years (or 18 months) of your life to go on a mission and then do nothing of what you are asked. Then because of that you hate your mission. I mean good heavens folks! The first law of heaven is obedience. So how can you expect to get into the celestial kingdom of God if you can't follow the mission rules? Well I'm glad I got that off my chest. I feel a lot better about things now. I just remember the quote by Alma to his son Corianton "Wickedness never was happiness" so it is with breaking the mission rules. Anyways I love my mission and I love Jesus Christ. He is real and he atoned for the sins of all mankind. Because of him we will all be resurrected with perfect bodies (Not sure if that means we'll all be models, but still cool) and by obedience to the laws and ordinances of this gospel we can become like him and our father who is heaven. I know this church is true and I testify of it with all of my heart. I hope you all have a stellar week! I hope to hear from some of you real soon! LOVES!!!

Love, Elder Carter Crismon

P.s. I don't really have any pictures this week sadly. But I will get
some next week! Don't let this stop you from sending me some....

Actually I do have ONE!!

 Me and Elder Corey Ballard- great nephew of the apostle!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekly Update 7/11/2016

Weekly update fellers

Well we had a good week here in Eustis. Again.....

The week here was good! We saw lots of cool miracles, watched some fireworks from a small mountain hill thing. We also had two exchanges and lots of funny moments that's for sure. We also had interviews with the new mission president, and a meeting with the stake president over
missionary work! The time seems to be going by quicker and quicker, it kinda sucks cause I don't want it to be done. We also had an MLC where I gave my departing testimony in front of all the leaders. Kind of a weird experience, but one I enjoyed none the less! I'll jump into this

So first was the Fourth of July. On Monday night we had to head down to Clermont for an exchange. They are just about 45 minutes south of us. Because it was the Fourth of July we were having a heck of a time finding a member ride. So instead we decided to meet them half way. The half way point was a place called Sugarloaf mountain. It's the highest natural point south of the panhandle here in Florida! We were pretty pumped because this was a great place to witness fireworks all over Orlando! As we ascended that "Mountain", all 303 feet of it, we were filled with excitement! It was a dope sight as we watched the fireworks go off over Orlando. It was also cool because we saw a large
lightning storm over Lake Apopka. So it was like God was lighting off fireworks as well! Pretty dope! It was a good way to start off the exchange!

So miracle time. On Thursday was our MLC, afterwords we got a call from a woman named Jana. She left a voicemail on our phone, in the voicemail she proceeded to tell us that she wanted to be baptized. I mean that's cool I guess. So we talked with her and we set up an appointment! It was a cool lesson that we had with her, we actually brought the stake president with us. It was dope to teach and testify with him. We invited her to come to church AND SHE DID COME!!!!!! Wahoooo! The Lord is blessing us with some cool people to teach here in Eustis. I just love it. It's weird to think we'll set her baptismal date for after August 17th....

The interviews with President Clarke were way fun. He's a great man and we talked about me going home and my plans. Shocker I know. We had fun talking about it though. He's an inspired man and God will bless him and this mission because of him. Later on, on Friday we had a meeting with president Ingalls. He's the stake president and the meeting was about missionary work. It was a cool meeting. His daughter is married to the son of Elder Rasband. Elder Rasband's son is the first counselor in our bishopric. So in this Ward we have connections. But we get to meet with the stake president once a month and learn from him.

So funny story time. So while we were at this lesson with the stake president something wild happened. The lady, Jana had three dogs. All of which smelt horrendous. Plus the house she was living in didn't have air conditioning... One of the dogs, a weiner dog actually, was getting pretty crazy. We were sitting on an L shaped couch. I was on the right, Elder Bone (I was on Exchanges with) was in the middle. Then president Ingalls was sitting on the left front end of the couch.
There was space behind him, where this dog jumped up. He then proceeded to just jump the crap out of this pillow right behind the stake president..... Oohhhhhh myyyyy goodness.... It was the funniest
thing I've ever seen. Later on he noticed it, and it stopped. Then the dog tried to attack Elder Bone. Hahaha pretty funny.

Thursday we had Mission Leadership Council. I mean it's cool, I got to go see all of my buddies. Only this one was different. It was to be my last MLC. As part of the program in every one of these meetings the departing missionaries give a departing testimony. This was my assignment going into the meeting, I was one of 5 missionaries who needed to do this. I was to go last, a tender mercy from my boy Elder Johnson. Thanks bruhhh. What an experience, to give your final testimony in front of your closest friends on the mission. In a way it broke my heart. I have given my heart and soul into that council and this work. I want so desperately to stay longer and to continue to be a part and bless the missionaries here. I love it, and it kills me to know it's almost over. Never the less all good things seem to end in this mortal journey! They say there are bigger and better things waiting. I guess we'll just have to see if that's true or not.

Well fellers I just know this work is true. I have seen so many miracles in it and just love every second of it here. I'm boarder line depressed it's almost over, but time moves forward and so does the
kingdom of God. The things I've learned and people I've met I'll take with me forever. This is starting to sound like my last email. I've got 5 of these left. So I'll finish strong.... #Promise ;) This week
we saw the Lord soften the hearts of some cold less active members. We've been trying to get them going to no success, but finally their hearts softened. We are having dinner with them in two weeks
#SoulFood. They are on that road back to church. It's a cool blessing to be a part of it! I hope all is well back there in Utah or where ever you are now a days. This work is true and God is at the helm. In the words of old Tommy S Monson "May we ever stay at his side..." Is my prayer! LOVES!!!!!

Loves, Elder Carter S Crismon
Florida Orlando Mission(FOM)[thebestmission]
#TheChurchIsOnlyTrueHere #OrAtLeastThatsWhatTheyTellMe
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 Trying to baptize a duck
 Protestors along the roadway.... crazy