well is was a pretty good week. Bastion was going pretty well. but I got a call last night and I got transfered again. Only 6 weeks in the most dangerous part of the mission haha. Anyways I’m now in a Zone called Garcia Moreno. Its basically the city center. So it’s tons of buildings and not a single house….

I’m now zone leader with the missionary who trained my trainer. So he’s my grandpa. His name is Elder Gonzales. He’s from Lima Peru. We live in a really cool aparment. That has hot water:)))) so thats a plus.

I’m excited to be able to have this new experience. But also a little nervous. But its goin to be great.

I will now be able to take lots of pics because this sector isnt dangerous at all. Its actually the most touristy part of the country besides galapagos. So I’ve seen some white folks. 🙂

Anyways should be a good transfer. 🙂

Élder W. Larsen
Guayaquil Oeste


well on friday i ate some chicken liver and chicken lung soup.. it was cooked very well so it was a little like chewing a piece of liver flavored gum 🙂 We are working really hard here in my sector right now and we are going to baptize 2 families in July. The faith of the people always just breaks my heart. They make about 15 bucks a day and they are always willing to give up everything. I just cant believe how much i love these people. People really say you are goin to love the people, but i didnt really understand what that meant until i got here. And now as my mission is creeping to an end. i don’t know how I’m going to say goodbye to this place one day….


Well this was a pretty good week. We had lots of people in church. 2 full families that don’t have problems with law of chastity. So that’s always a blessing. One of the families is the Noriega Family. They are 4 in total. They will be getting baptized this weekend. But they are a little weak on their testimony. So we are praying it all works out good.

The other family is a young family. But they’re super cool. It’s the De La Cruz family. They don’t have a baptism goal yet, but they will soon. They are really cool and both of them have received testimonies.

But anyways not much happened this week. We bought a pizza to celebrate the 4th or july so that was cool! I feel really blessed to have been born in an amazing country like the US. It’s great to have tons of opportunities.

The weeks are just kind of blurring together so ask me questions and I will try to answer! 🙂

Élder W. Larsen
Guayaquil Oeste


This week was a really action packed kinda week. I mean not a ton of action really went down but we did a lot of cool things. It kicked off with the temple on Wendesday morning. That was a much needed visit. It had been quite a while since we had gone.  It’s only a 30 minute cab ride to the temple so that is nice. On Thursday we had multi-zone conference, then this weekend we had stake conference and interviews with President. So it was a great week.

I’m really loving this area. The work is steady. My companion is super cool. So im happy.  The only down side is that there’s rats in our house…  we live just down from big trash piles so there are a lot of rats in the neighborhood.  We live 6 in the same house. So that kinda sucks. but the house is always super clean.  I’m actually getting pretty good and killin rats. I’m on a 5 kill killing spree with these rats.

We had 4 people in church this week so that was a cool experience. 🙂

Élder W. Larsen
Guayaquil Oeste

Bastion Popular

Well this week was a great one. I like my new sector. We have tons of people to teach and we could break a mission record if we work really hard. I’m hoping the Lord helps us haha. But anyways the people here are either super humble, or they are crack heads… hahaha great combo!

Anyways my companion is a backpacker from Texas. He’s been to 23 different countries.  He’s 25.. a great guy.  He makes me laugh because he sounds like kronk from emperors new groove. But anyways, I don’t know what to write. I hope dad had a good fathers day. I was sure thinking about ya. Love you all

Élder W. Larsen
Guayaquil Oeste


The unexpected happened and I got transferred. I really thought I was going to stay in Portoviejo for another 6 weeks but guess not. Thats okay because I’m now in Pascuales. The most productive zone in the mission. My sector is known to baptized in bunches so I’m pretty excited to be here.

My comp is a white dude. His name is Elder Remson. He’s from Texas. Really cool guy, he is a convert of 2 years and he’s 25 years old. So he is smart. He finished college and has a degree in Finance.

But this week we had tons of people in church. And the majority are families. So I should be baptizing a lot here.

Pascuales is super dangerous so I imagine I won’t be taking my camera with me much in the streets hahaha… sorry momma :/

But anyways I love you all. hope all is well. I’m doin great. Happy early anniverary mom and dad! hope y’all enjoy it! 🙂

Élder W. Larsen
Guayaquil Oeste


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.


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!

Elder Larsen


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