Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

Dear Family!!
I am happy that everybody is doing well and that Hans is doing well. It looks like Gabe is doing great in the mission and that he is being well feed- definitely a good thing. McKell sent me some pics of the family party and that looked way cool and way funn!!!! There are a couple faces in those pics that dont look tooo familiar but i am excited to meet these little guys soon!!!! That is cool that you were able to go hunting dad. Sorry that you hadnt seen anything... that is always a bummer. But, the good thing about hunting is it is time to bond with the family and spend time with those that you love. As well as you get to witness the beauties that God has created in there natural state!!! I love that sooo much, I love the outdoors!!!

I knoe that it is good to be humble and to always have hope in Christ. That was a good story that Bro. Coffman gave. Everybody goes through trials and difficult times, but those times are set forth to make us stronger. It is interesting the trials and tests that we are put through in this life, but it is very comforting to know that God loves us and that He wants us to succeed and to be happy, as well as Christ suffered what we all suffer, no matter how small or big the tthings we suffer, and he will always help us. That should also be comforting in mom{s position.

We didnt do anything for new years, we only ate at the house of an investingator on newyears eve.New years i washed clothes and read a little bit and did some chores. Church has about 25 members that come and i got to direct music this week and i teach the class for the investigators and new members.The funny thing is that the congregation doesnt know the hymns well, so my comp and i were the only ones singing (and i was directing).... it was kinda emberrasing, but oh well. My shoes are doing well and i think that they will last the mission. and we dont do much on pdays. Last week we watched toy story 3 as a zone and today we ate breakfast in the house of the President with other missionaries.....that was fun becuase i got to see other missionaries and old comps.

This past week we i had finished the Book of Mormon again. I love this book and it definetly brings us closer to God if we read it diligently. It truly holds the mysteries of God. An interesting experience happened this week... I went on  exchanges again and the place i went very enjoyable. The members there are super nice and it was really fun to get to work there. I worked with an elder from Chile named Elder Vergara. My comp stayed in Las Flores with my district leader. They did a contact on a bus and the guy with whom they did the contact is a pastor of another religion. But they set a lesson with him. My comp and i went to the church where he preaches, and lives, and we had a lesson about the Restoration. It was pretty cool. It was interesting becuae we were teaching him in his own church, but he told us that he thought it would be good to find out if the Book of Mormon was true. He told us he would pray about it, but his prayers are a little differetn so we will help him with the prayer next time.That was an interesting story that we had this week.

Other than that, I love you all and i am thankful for all the prayers and all the support that everybody gives me!!! I love you all and i hope the best for everybody!!! My prayers are with you all!!!!!!!!

Love Elder Shane Larson

ps.- I hope you feel better mom!!!!

Can you send me the missions of Blaine and Jeff as well as Gabe?