Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

Dear Family!
 It sounds like there had been alot going on this past week, alot of fun activities planned and alot of relaxing on Dad and Moms part. I like those stories that you had shared as well as the parables dad... very nice!!! It sounds like tucker is having a fun, but challenging time in England, but i guess that is just the mission. Hans didnt seem to wirte a whole lot this week, i hope that he is doing good and having good experiences.

This week has been a little different, just like how it always is when you get changed to another area. Like you all know, i am in Las Flores. My companion, Elder Espinoza, is from Peru, and he lives close to Piura, or in that provincia i belive. He has very little time on the mission, a little more than 2 months, but he is very prepared and knows alot. He has 3 sisters and his parents, with 1 nephwe and a neice. that is pretty much my companion. He is cool and he likes to work hard. I think that we will do some good work here in Las Flores this transfer.

About Las Flores... It is a smaller town out in the middle of nowhere. It is surrounded by campos (fields). It takes us 2 hour by bus to get to the rest of the zone. I like it alot here. I havent seen a place like this yet in my mission. The place that i am in is very rich. Almost everybody has a car and the houses are quite large. the people are a little harder to talk to but there are still poeple willing to listen, we just have to look harder. The town isnt all that big, but it isnt super small. I can tell you all one thing, it is very different than all the other places that i have been to. For example, you could never leave anything out in my other areas or it would get stolen. Here in Las Flores people leave there bikes out and the cars running... it is very strang.
In church there was only 16 people including my comp and myself. I had to give a talk with very short notice and i dont think that it made much sense. Then i also gave a sunday school class about eternal marraige. That, however, i did prepare for and it turned out really good i thought. I guess the work is kinda slow in Las Flores, but i want to try to change that while i am here. There are some awsome investigators and there are some awesome recent converts that help us alot, so i am excited for my stay here in Las Flores, and hopefully i can make the best out of this experience and that i can help this little branch out.
I have not tasted real mate here. It is actually against the rule because i guess that there have been misionaries that have gotten sick from it that they banded it. The people also drink mate alot here, so i heard that if we were allowed to drink mate, alot of missionaries would waste time drinking mate with the people. I did try it at home with Erik, it kinda tasted like hay, but i didnt have any sugar in it. It is a tea but it is ok to drink.

The weeks are going by way too fast. I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. I always tell my comp that and he doesnt believe me because he has litle time. I cannot tell that it is Christmas here. I am not sure why not though. time is going by way fast and her it is getting a little warmer and the spirit of Christmas doesnt seem as strong as it does inthe states... i dont know. It could be that time is just running into itself and there is no way to track it, so it doesnt seem like Christmas should be arriving yet.

Other than that, thank you for the CDs and the pictures of Christ. the pictures are very beautiful. Those are some amazing artists with quite the gift of painting.

I love you all and i hope that you all have a wonderful week!!! I hope that little Mons gets better and that he doesnt have anymore seizures. I hape that Alesha finds comfort in in the Gospel through these rough times and i hope that everybody is well and has the company of the Spirit always!!! My prayers are with you all and i love you all!!! Hasta la proxima!!!! (Until next time!!)

Love Elder LARSON!!!!!