Month: April 2016

First week in my country!

Well it was kind of a crazy week you could say! my first day here included not understanding what most people were saying to me.. they talk reallllyyyyy fast here. and they just dont say certain letters in words usually the s. but anyways my companion is elder solórzano. he is from peru! he speaks no english at all. so thats always fun! and he also speaks really fast! But i love this place so much. the spirit is different here. i felt more homesick in provo. this feels like home here! the people are so humble. it is shocking. they live in shacks. literally. most of the houses are just a stack of bricks and sheet metal on top. but they still will feed you giant meals. i have been fed twice a day almost every day! and the food is different. it is always a giant pile of rice. and some kind of chicken dish most of the time. there is no breakfast here.

But my first sector is called prosprina. it is in Guayaquil. I should be in Manta but the city was destroyed by the earthquake. It’s cool how awesome President Dennis is, he is so inspired. Before the earthquake he pulled all of the missionaries out of the area except like 3 companionships about 2 weeks before the earthquake because he had a dream about it. and then a week before it happened he called the elders at 9 at night and told them to make sure their emegency backpacks were ready. and was able to save all of the lives of the elders in the north. but in my area in manta it was like 50-60% destroyed. and in the worst parts, the city was 80-90% destroyed, so it was really bad. and there is aftershocks like everyday So the north part of the mission is closed right now. it is a little sad because the people need help up there and we want to help but it is pretty much impossible because there isnt a place for us to live at the moment. So i might not get to go there for a while. So i have been going on cambios with Elder Criddle. he is from utah! straight stud! we have been teaching a ton. And walking a ton! It is nuts! LIke 4-5 miles at least a day! and it is always hot!

Sorry if i dont respond to emails! the internet here is garbage and i only get an hour to email! And it costs money to use the computors!

Sorry about my spelling too btw!

We dont teach a bunch of investigators. its mostly less actives. there is a ton of less actives! and we had 7 come to church yesterday!!!!! it was awesome! great time!

Elder larsen

First Letter from Ecuador

Hey mom! i am here in Guayaquil! i haven´t met my trainer yet but i am going to tomorrow. my first area is going to be on the coast very close to the mission home. i am staying in the housing next to the temple. It is soooo pretty.  my comp for the moment is elder Flake. The news about the earthquake was a lot worse than i thought. all the missionaries are in the south right now. so the north part of the mission is offiacally closed for the moment! But apperently the Assistant was telling me that my trainer will be latin! so bye bye  english! I am actually impressed with how much i am unerstanding! the part of ecuador i am in is very nice. the elders say that it is really rich. even for the states people would be considered rich.

it is verrrryyyyy hot. I am sweating a ton! but thats okay! you should´ve seen where i slept last night. It was pretty sad! but oh well! I love it here and it feels like home!

The people are always stopping us and saying hi and saying nice things! i had lunch with the mission president and his wife and he is amazing and so is his wife! keep checking their blog cause she took a lot of pics with us!

Love you guys! I´ll talk to you soon! I am safe and loving it here! I am about to do a temple session so i am more than okay!

Elder Larsen

My last P-day!!

So yes the time has come! the next time you hear from me I will be in Ecuador! I leave at 4:00 AM on Monday! These 6 weeks went by sooooo fast. But then at the same time, it felt like a year. But i am so grateful for my MTC experience. I have already felt how much my testimony has grown in these past few weeks. I can’t wait to see how strong I will be by the end of these short 2 years.

I had a pretty cool experience with an Elder who lives down the hall from me. His name is Elder Shnupp (I think thats how it’s spelt…). But anyways he’s from Germany and he’s going to Korea! So he is having a rough time learning the language. But he is coming along well. Anyways his friends in a senior district left on monday and he was taking it pretty rough. And started to get down on himself. So i just had the impression to go down and check on him and talk to him. And we got to talking and he just said he didn’t know why he was out here. so i got the opportunity to tell him why I’m out here and testify to him. He really enjoyed that and was glad that i had the feeling to come and talk to him. I am going to miss him a lot! he is a stud.

It’s not a very crazy profound experience but i know that what i said to him wasn’t from me, it was from his Heavenly Father. He worked through me to help this Elder and I know He will continue to do this while I am serving Him down in Ecuador!

Well starting this monday my E-mails will be getting like 100x more interesting! so I hope you all are doing well! thank you all very much for all the letters and packages! I feel beyond loved! you all make me so happy! Love you! have an amazing week!!

So this week was pretty standard! We taught some lessons, practiced a lot of spanish, and ate terrible food all week! but it’s great! We got another Elder in our district from a different district. HE has some medical issues so he has to stay here an extra week! But his name is Elder Zitto. HE’s a pretty cool guy. I got to go off campus with him to get surgery so that was pretty nice. We didn’t get to do anything but it was better than sitting in a classroom for 9 hours haha!

Anyways we taught our last TRC investigator lesson. And our investigator was a stud! We will definatly miss him! But oh well.

Anyways thanks everyone for all the letters and packages! I got the sassys one this morning and everyone was very thankful for the goodies! Please keep sending the letters! I love hearing how everyone is doing! Please any information is good information!

I feel a little weird that I’ve been gone for a month now! It’s a little crazy cause it feels like i just got here but at the same time it feels like I’ve been here a month! The time does really fly by.

Anyways i hope everyone is well. Keep me posted on everything. Love you all. I also appologize for the shortness of this letter. There’s not much that goes on here. And all the days kinda blur together. I don’t remember what i had for breakfast most of the days… But oh well! if you have specific questions just ask. I’ll be more than happy to answer them!

Elder Larsen

2 weeks left ;)

We’ll it was a pretty standard week. We taught some good lessons. Oh and I’m now a zone leader for the short amount of time that i have left. It’s not really a big change from what i already do. The only difference is they gave me a cell phone which is a little weird cause i was getting used to not having a phone all week.

Anyways on Easter sunday we had M. Russell Ballard come and speak to us! it was sooooooo cool. He talked about what it means to be a special witness of Christ. And then he gave us his apostolic blessing which was a cool thing to listen to. I wish y’all could read/watch it.

I hope everyone is doing well. I love getting all the letters. It means a lot more than you think. My spanish is coming along really well. I have started to dream in spanish occasionally which is a little freaky but its awesome. I have probably gained a little bit of weight since i’ve gotten here. but thats okay cause Ecuador will trim it all off of me.

This tuesday we get to Skype a member from Ecuador, and teach a 20 min lesson! We’re pretty excited about that. It was a pretty boring week especially since the senior district all left this week. And they were the best! all of them were super funny and cool to talk to. And to make it worse we have another district leaving this tuesday. So my district will be the lone survivors. 😦 oh well tho. it’ll only be for like a wekk and a half.

Anyways I love you all! Thanks for all the love and support you guys are the best!

Elder Larsen