Jaboncillo

This week was really good. We are really being blessed with people to teach here in Portoviejo. The members always end up finding us lots of people to teach. Every week at least 2 new people appear in church. Its great.

But today we went to one of the national parks here in Ecuador called Jaboncillo. it was really cool. It is on the top of one of the mountains here in Portoviejo. So you can see everything from the top. I took like 100 pics so its impossible to send them all. But I Took a ton.

I Got my package this week! So that was super nice! thanks mama! I love you!

I have seen tons of people that were in my ward in Manta so its nice to catch up with them.

We are going to have 2 baptisms this week! So that’s cool. I’ll have to save the stories about Carlos Cherry for after the mission because there isn’t enough time to tell it all.

love,

Elder Larsen

Visit from Presi!

Well it was a really quick week. It went by wayyyy fast. Just like every week. We really saw the Lords hand in the work ths week.

On Wednesday we were looking for someone to come with us to visit an investiagtor and we got a call from President Santos. He ended up coming with us to visit this guy. It was really cool to teach with President. He Helped us a ton with Jose. the spirit was super strong and Jose will be getting baptized on the 10th of june.

Anyways, we had tons of people come to church.  The Ward is growing bigger and bigger every week! We had 267 people in total in the ward this week. The Lord is really blessing this sector. I hope i get to stay here for a while.

My son elder Pihl almost has a year in the mission… thats super crazy. Makes me feel really old… :/

I love you all!

Elder larsen

Skype it up

Well I don’t have much to say other than it was a good Mothers Day! It rained all day yesterday, but we were inside for most of it. So we didn’t get wet too much.

Skype was super nice. I loved talking to everyone. Radley is getting huge! Everyone is changing. Jace is giant. Mom is super skinny, and dad is old ;)!” hahaha

We have 2 baptisms this weekend, Robinson and Vicente. They are brothers. super cool. Robinson is taller than i am.

We were planning to go to the beach today but we couldnt go because we had choir practice…. 😦 Oh well we played volleyball instead! I’m part of a mission choir, we are going to have a 70 come to the mission so we will be singing for him. There is 16 of us in the choir. Maybe they will film it and put it on the mission blog.

We have to go shopping still and then shower it up and hit the road to start working. The biggest problem we have here in the Mission, People want miracles to happen but we are the ones doing the miracles, Nephi understood that. That is why he went back to Jerusalem 2 times! Just keep enduring to the end!

It’s weird how fast everything has gone by, I have one skype left, one conference left. My mission is coming to end really really fast…

I love you all. Ask more questions this week!

Love,
Elder Larsen

Levis

This week was a weird week. It went by super fast but really nothing interesting happened. We are a little low on people to teach right now but yesterday we found a ton of people and a whole new neighborhood to work through.

So I’m pumped to get to work this week.

There’s this place where they sell encebollado thats called LEVIS its really good.  Later today we are going to play Soccer so that should be cool!

But i don’t know what to say! Sorry mom! I love you!

Elder Larsen

Baptisms

Well it was a really good week. We finished the tranfer off super strong. We baptized 5 people this weekend. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think I have experienced that level of stress before in my life. But everything miraculously turned out okay.

We baptized a single mom with two of her kids, and two sisters apart from them. It was a really cool experience to see all the hard work pay off in one instant.

I will be with Elder Rabanal this transfer again. We are hoping to be able to beat our last month record and baptize 7 people. So keep us in your prayers to be able to do it!

Anyways, this week one of the Elders in our house finished his mission, it was super weird to see it go down. It made me really scared for the time that I will finish my mission… I dont think I’m ready 😦 I am super not wanting to finish my mission. Its comin to an end wayyyy toooo fast.

Elder Larsen

Elder Christoferson

Well it was a really rewarding week! We worked really hard and it payed off.  We had 6 people come to church this week, it was awesome. The Lord is really blessing us with people to teach. The people are really prepared to receive the gospel as well, it’s really special to see the miracles that happen to allow people to find the gospel.

But anyways this week we had a surprise visit from an Apostle. Elder Christoferson came to Guayaquil to have a multi-mission conference. It was amazing. We all shook his hand. It’s really amazing to feel the spirit that they bring into a room and the twinkle they have in their eyes. He answered a ton of questions and gave a really powerful talk. What really caught my attention is what he had to say about the key to recieve personal revelation. He said that there is no such thing as a person that is chosen to be able to recieve profound revelation or someone that is destined to recieve more revelation than others, The key to receive revelation is to be prepared to recieve it. If you want to understand something, you have to show the Lord you’re ready to act upon the answers you recieve first. He spoke a lot about how to recognize the spirit in your life as well. He said is like going to the Gym. You have to workout spiritually to be able to get better.

But i had the opportunity to give a talk yesterday in one of the wards I visit. It was really cool. I spoke about the atonement. I really am grateful for the things i learned personally in preparation. The spirit was super stong and I hope the Elders there had investigators because I really felt the Lord put the words I needed to say in my mouth.

But ask questions! 🙂 Love you all!

Elder Larsen

Arrepentimiento

This was a really good fullfilling week. We had lots of lessons to teach. And we have lots of people to be baptized these next three weeks. We will be baptizing every week this month. so i am really excited for that. We have a really cool investigator her name is Melanie. She was a reference that we found 2 weeks ago.

We taught her a really cool lesson the other day. We talk a lot about commandments and the importance to obey them. She told us she had a few problems with a few things and hadn’t always been obedient. We taught her about lots of things but the thing that really got to her were two things, the Reality of the Atonement and the importance of repentance.

We told her the consequenses of sin and why we can’t live with God if we are sinful. We told her how repentance is the only way get rid pf your sins. And then we finished testifying about the antoning sacrifice of Christ cleanses us from sin. But I really came to realize that Repentance is the only way to recieve peace in our lives. When we told her this truth you could see in her face the relief and joy that came from this knowledge. She cried and is excited to be baptized this Saturday

But i got to go! Love you all! Ask me more questions!

Elder Larsen

Conferencia

It was a really good week. I really enjoyed the conference. I feel the lord really had a lot to teach me. Every talk really spoke to me.

Obviously it was really cool to hear Elder Rasband speak about the Saints here in my stake. The members remember that moment vividly. The spirit was super strong when he compared that moment to when the Lord visited the Nephites. I really pictured that it happened in a way some what similar.

But anyways we are going to baptize 3 people this month minimum. so i am excited! I dont have more to write sorry! Not much happened this week! 🙂

Love yall!

Elder Larsen

Portoviejo

IMG_1183This sector is hands down the best ward I have ever worked in…. There are 250 active members, they all love the missionaries. They all give us references its amazing. The sector is suppppeeeerrrr cool. Its giant. theres so many people here! And the people are way cool here. They all are super open and we teach a ton of lessons here. The only down side is that no one is married but the complete with their commitments.

The area has jungle in it. Theres parts of my sector that dont have roads. Just dirt trails and mud and everything its great. And im never scared that im going to get robbed.

The chapel is sssssuuuuuupppppeeeeeerrrrrr nice! There’s an elevator and everything hahahah :). But anyways it was really cool this week. We had 2 investidators in church and we will be baptizing them after general conference! I’m super pumped to be able to work here. Everyone tells me that this ward is the best ward in the whole mission! the members are super cool the food is super delicious and yeah im really excited to be here.

My comp is a little different but hes a good missionary. He likes to work hard he just is a little strange at times but thats okay.

the other missionaries that live with us are the zone leaders. Theyre super cool! One of them finishes his mission this transfer so i mess with him all the time! But anyways it was a good week!

Elder Larsen

Transfers

Well it was a really fulfilling week! We had a white night on Saturday! One of our investigators got baptized! Eibraham de la Torre, he was a real struggle but we got him to commit and his whole family went to the baptism! It was super cool! President Santos came to baptize someone from another ward. It was just a really cool experience.

Well the obvious happened. I got transferred! I am no longer in Salado. I am no longer in Guayaquil! They sent me to Portoviejo! Which is super cool. Its super close to Manta! So i am pretty excited about that! Our sector is giant! So i have lots of doors to knock on, haha! My comps name is Elder Rabanal! He is from Peru.

He is a lot like me. He has 8 months in the mission! So I am going to help him out so he can be Senior comp next transfer! He seems super cool!

Anyways I am going to miss my ward. It was super tiny but I learned a lot there. And I will miss my comp too. Elder Mamani is a stud! He is going to be a future leader in the mission!

But anyways, I’m excited too because I don’t live alone with my comp! Theres another companionship in the house! I will have tons more pics now!!!!

Elder Larsen