Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Transfer is going to be awesome!

Dear Family, +
Okay before you do anything look up the talk "profile of a prophet" by Elder Huge B Brown. I think he gave it a BYU or something so you might have to look for it on a BYU site or Through the other church websites. So this week was awesome! We continued to work hard and I didn't think we could get any better than the week before but we worked so hard and crushed last week!! We now have about 7 Baptismal dates. Including the Simmons family!! Your prayers are really helping thank you. Right now it looks like only 4 of those baptisms will be ready and the other 3 have problems understanding everything and with the law of chastity. That's their difficulties but we are going to work with them and get all of them ready and baptised! So thank you so much I know your prayers are really helping and the Lord is really blessing us!! This week in church I saw a guy that I assumed was a member and I went and complemented him on his tie and he really really appreciated the complement but it got us talking and he is actually not a member and so in our conversation I found out where he lives and it was in our area. I Taught him about the book of Mormon and then asked if he wants to be baptised and he said, "no, I will be baptised" So I was going crazy asking myself throughout church why the Lord is blessing me so much but honestly this is His work and I am only a tool. Anyway we have an appointment to go teach this man tonight and hopefully set a baptismal date soon. The branch here is awesome!! It is always jammed packed!! Sadly we struggle getting members out with us because nobody has a car and we have bikes! I have thought about making some sort of buggie that we can pull on our bikes that will carry members to lessons with us and also investigators to church but I don't think that would go over well ha ha and honestly I have NO time to do anything but concentrate on who we will teach next and what and the language and scriptures and goals and all kinds of things!! Also the next big news is this transfer I am with Elder Zanger. he was in the MTC in provo with me. We came out on the mission together and so we are both really young and trying to learn a new language but he is VERY good at teaching and super funny!! Its so cool!! We are really going to tear it up together this transfer! Him and I are like really good friends too!! He is actually Jared Pughs old girlfriends cousin! he is a stud and I am So STOKED for this transfer. BYU won?!? That's awesome!! We have BYU players here and an Airforce player so that was a big game here in the mission. Man the next game sounds like its going to be good!! I hope you all have a great time over at chris and brits!! Another mission call for grandma and grandpa?! That's So cool!!! Congrats and I wish you the best of luck!! I know you'll do great!! I love you all! Thanks so much! And don't forget to look up that talk and listen to it. IT IS AMAZING!! I know this Church is true! Joseph Smith was a Prophet!! and God loves us just like he loved the people in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and blesses us with modern day revelation!! God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow and has not stopped talking to his children here on the earth!! This is it. Thank you for all you do for me family!! I couldn't have asked for a better family and examples!! Thanks for everything! Have a good one!!Love Elder Knudsen


Dear family,
Well I'll start out by answering your questions. I get around with bike. They have island bikes down here that are pretty nice. The climate is.. HOT. I'm constantly sweating and everyone thinks something is wrong with me because I sweat so much! And the "cool ocean breeze" Feels more like satan trying to slow me down on my bike. And the simmons family are still doing good!! They are from a small english speaking island so its nice to speak some english. But they do have short tempers ha ha Anyway on monday we invited all six to be baptized and some accepted and others we need to work with but I think they will enter the waters at some point. This week we called and woke them up for church and told them that someone would come pick them up before church and they basically said we are going to go our fastest and then the member ended up not picking them up so they called me and got really mad ha ha but after sacrament meeting the member went and picked them up. (they are BIG people so they can't really walk to church) But they enjoyed church and I got some cookies for them tonight so hopefully all is well ha ha thanks so much for the prayers I know they are helping out.
So this week went by extremely fast!! We worked so hard. We got about double the highest numbers in this area this week in a lot of the catagories. I know its not about numbers but the goals really help me to work at my peak.
We also found some cool people this week who will be fun to go teach so I'm excited!! Its going to take a lot of work to do better than last week but if we can get all of the simmons ready for baptism it will be really successful!
Thats awesome about the temple!! I can not believe how much I took for granted when I lived in utah. I don't know why I didn't go to the temple everyday or at least once a week and a different one everytime!! I don't know why I didn't go see the movies down town more!! We truely are so blessed!!>
Oh yeah I am in Willmestag. Its the capital because it is basically the only town. there is one more really small one called barber but there aren't missionaries there.>
But thank you so much family for all your love and support!! Oh yeah and we eat about 3 times a week with members and this week we ate at a jamican ladies house and she made us jello... Really jello... Out of cows feet. Also she made me put on her wig... Crazy right.>
Thanks so much. Stay strong!! I know this church is true. I know jospeh smith saw God and his son Jesus Christ. I know that the book of mormon is so true and that the teachings in it can bring us so close to our father in heaven! If you aren't currently studing out of the book of mormon everyday I would challenge you to start. Sink deep into the pages and really find the testimony of Christ on every page!! I know this Church is true and blesses lives!! I love you all and thank hevenly father everynight and morning for your examples!!!>Love Elder Knudsen

Friday, November 6, 2009


Dear Family,

So Mom and Dad I hope you are enjoying your trip and your anniversary!! It sounds awesome from What I have heard. What is this with the swine flu. Is everyone alright?! Whats going on, my family is not dying off right?!

Okay so sorry I didn't write you last week I was traveling!! Yeah they sent me to curacao!! Crazy right?! It feels like i just got turned upside down, shaken really hard and then thrown into a pot of boiling water!! Its crazy!! First off I am trying to learn two new languages and it is hard Papiamentu is a fairly simple language but its still a new language I have to learn and learn to understand. It is basically english dutch spanish and portugese mixed up. Its hard. Once I get that down I'm going to have to start learning Dutch!! Its hard. I dont even know spanish yet and I'm trying to learn two more. But I have faith that the Lord will help me!! The climate here is like St. george. Its really dry and they have Cactus EVERYWHERE!!! The people are basically black but you usually have to guess what language to speak to them when you see them. The colored ones is usually spanish or Papiamentu and the white ones are Dutch. So... yeah everyone tries ot speack dutch to us!! So I got here monday night and met my companion and them worked for a day and then wednesday I flew to zone confrence for a couple days which was Sweet! Then came back and continued to work! Anyway yeah I'm way close to venezuela. I actually saw it on the flight to aruba and on a clear day in aruba you can see it as well. I will be here for about 3 months (or as long as immagration will let me) and in aruba for another 3 then back to puerto Rico. I met Elder Alisa who grandma and grandpa white know! and they are right he is a stud. My companion is Elder Christiansen from Alpine and he is a cool cat. He is huge so no worries for my safety. When I got off the plan there was 3 elders who were all more than 6 foot tall. It seems like all the elders here are huge!! (including me). So there are 8 missionaires here and 2 in bonaire and something like 14 in aruba. And My bike I left in puerto rico along with my suit and a suitcase. I guess they store it somewhere and here they just have bikes that the missionaries share.
Okay so thats the update ha ha anyway the church here is... STRONG! We just have a branch but the chapel was full to the brim with about 120 people! It was fast sunday and right when they opened up the time every little kid there i think went up and got in line to share their testimony. I couldn't understand but the spirit was there SO strong! Church was awesome!! However the work is hard. My companion and I are working hard and so we should have some success sometime soon. Like I said my companion is huge so we eat A Lot of food which is not helping my weight issue!

Anyway I'm not sure what else... The iguanas are crazy here! ha ha they try to get into our house sometimes!!

Anyway family I love ya. Thanks for your love and support and please start feeling better eh! I look forward to talking to you next week. Hey and there was an article all about the importance of women in the Liahona I think maybe 2 months ago or something... Its the first article in the magazine and its AWESOME. You should check it out!! I know this is the true gospel and that we as a family will be together forever if we keep working like we are!! Thanks for the good example!

Love elder Knudsen

P.S. A really cool present sometime would be a NICE jump rope or something like that ha ha and ignore the charges on my credit card, I just forgot my church money for a week so I'll get reembursed.>


Hey Family!

Sounds like you guys are all doing good! What was Jareds Golf score and what kind of dog did they get?! I hope the St. George trip was fun!! Byu won again right?!
Anyway so yeah I got transfered to Penuelas. Its just to the west of Ponce (where I was before) But its in the mountains!! Its a little town tucked away between huge green mountains!! Its really cool I like the area a lot!

My Companion is Elder Roggerman From Spanish Fork. He is a cool kid and likes to have fun and be happy so we will have a good transfere.

The work is a little different in this area. They do more working with the members to try and get the members to do more missionary work. I really like it. The problem is we get fed a lot!! The first and second day here I think I ate like three different meals in 4 hours or something. So much for trying to get rid of some of my fat. My companion told me to just give up but I do not want to get any fatter!! So yeah not too much happened this week. We got two new investigators, one is like 98 and the other is 91 ha ha. Oh yeah and we have a car. But we try not to use it because we don't have any miles!! And the apartment... Its discusting but I'm going to get it looking good!!!

But thank you for all you do!! Mom thank you for the package that was waiting for me at transferes and Justin and Linds thanks for the letters!! I love you all and will talk to you next week!

Love Elder Knudsen

P.S. We have really been studying the Christlike attributes in the Preach my gospel and they are awesome!! Check them out and work to be like our savior Jesus Christ!! Check in the back of the chapter they have a cool little "Reality Check" is what I like to call it. ha ha

How's it going?


It sounds like everyone is doing great!! I am glad to hear that you all watched confrence and had dinner after! And Dad wow you have lost that much weight?! I think your giving it to me. I got a chance to weigh myself the other day and I have gained about 15 pounds now!!!!! I don't know what I'm going to do ha ha we don't eat dinner and we ride our bikes all day and i work out way hard in the mornings!! oh well. And mom it sounds like you have a pretty cool little job. Are you getting paid for that or is it a hobby? So basically your like the judge of the judge?! Interesting.

Anyway this week was good. My companion and I tried to do everything we possibly could to make it the best week every so we worked So hard but came up a little short! Its okay though because we still felt good that we did all we could. like it says in preach my gospel.

The best new of the week was a less active member came back to church!! His name is Hno. Ponce. He lives way up in the mountains but one day we rode our bikes like and hour and a half to get there for a lunch with some members. The members told us about him and so we thought we might visit him but on our way back we were extremely tired and when we saw the peak that his house was on we looked at each other and said should we go and I said... Why not... ha ha anyway we went there and his house over looks all of Ponce!! Its beautiful and we talked to him and my companion called him out on drinking and smoking and overall he said he is not coming back to church but he shared his testimony and it was STRONG! Anyway so he has been in our prays for awhile now... like four 1 month and a half and he was part of our fast on fast sunday and the sunday morning of fast sunday he called to as what time church was!!!! We told him and he came and come to find out he said to the members that he would come back when the Lord gave him a kick and he said that day that we passed by was his kick!! It was awesome!! This guy is so cool! He had us over for lunch the next day where he explained that about 10 or so years later he used to go out with the missionaries every day. Literally. He said he missed like two days a year and one day he just decided to stop coming because he got affended in the church!! I feel amazing that we were a part of his reactivation. he has a daughter that lives in Sandy The family name is DAVIS and they say they know me but I'm not sure!

I wish I had more time to write about that but I hope you get the idea of how cool it is!! Zulma our awesome investigator was sick this week but she called us yesterday and told us to come by because she is felling better. (for an investigator to call you is a big deal).

Oh yeah I'm getting transfered!!! And to say the least it was HARD saying bye to everyone! I had a goal this last transfere to get to know the members and I got to know pretty much all of them and to love them!! It was so hard!! And expecially to our investigators!! The family of the kid I baptised gave me a present and he drew me a picture!! They are awesome!!

Anyway I got to go but you all sound awesome and thank you so much for your support!! I have a picture of ya'll in my book of mormon and when I pull that out and testify of the Family I think the ground shakes!! This family is amazing!! Thank you so much!!

Love Elder Knudsen

P.S. Mom I thisnk I have your insurence card or something. I found it in my walet. it is the United American Insurance Company card... Do you need that! Love you all talk to you next monday.>Oh yeah I'm not sure yet where I am going. I leave tomorrow. But it isn't the island no worries!!