Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 26, 2011

Hey Family!!!!!!!!!

Congradulations on the new baby in the family Nathan and Mindy!!!!!!! That is soo cool and the baby sounds like he is big and healthy!!
That story about the elk is way cool too!!! I am so happy that Matt was able to shoot an elk!! That is cool. I am also glad that Erik and Alesha are doing better!! Hans sounds good too.
To answer your question Hans, i am in a place called tolosa and there are almost 200 missionaries in my mission, or around that number. There are alot of missionaries here, so it is cool to be able to get to know so many people and to have such good friendships with them.
This week we were blessed with another baptism of a 9 year old boy named Hernan. It was a good baptism and his whole family is now a complete family of members, so the next step would have to be the temple!!! Other than that, i was able to do a service project painting a school and i also was able to do an exchange with an elder from Saint George. I also did like a mini exchange with an elder from El Salvador.
My companion is now with his parents and i got a new companion. However, he was already my companion before. His name is Elder Molina. He is from Saint George and he is a way cool kid. I think that i might end my mission as his companion. I think that we will have a great time together!!
 Other than that everything is well and in progress!! I love you all and i wish the best for you all!!!! Be safe and take care!!!! My prayers are with you!!!
Love Elder Shane Larson

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011

Hey Family!!!!
Well, i hope that dad and matt  were able to get and elk. that would be super cool!!!!! I am glad that everybody is doing good there and that everything is calm and everything. I am gald to hear that you are doing good mom and that grandma will get a little vacation. I think that will be fun for grandma as well! That is also good that hans was able to send his message this week. I hope that Erik and Alesha can feel a little better as well that is kinda a bummer, but it is like that iin life.
This was a good week. We Had a baptism of a 52 year old woman. She fell down in her house right before her baptism and she was almost not going to make it but went at last and she was baptized, but she had a hard time walking around and a supporting herself in the water. She was baptized and she came to church on Sunday and was confirmed a member. It was really cool because she wasnt even hurting on sunday and it just proves that God watches over his children. That was very nice seeing her be baptized and we are happy about that.
We had zone conference this week too. It was great and the meeting was very sprirtual and inspiring. my mission president is really cool and he loves all the missionaries and you can really feel his love. I like to spend time with him and his wife because thay are such great people!!! We werent able to work a whole lot after that meeting, but we were trying to work during the week. We are having difficulties finding people, but we are still trying to find. My companion finishes his mission this week so that is pretty crazy. His parents are coming to pìck him up and visit so it should be a good experience for him.
I am glad that you are all doing good there at home. I cannot believe that Chloe goes to school now, that seems crazy to me. I can only imagine how the house is now. Not a whole lot more happend this week. I love you all and my prayers are alway with you !!!! Kepp being examples for those around you!!! Love you all very much!!!!!
Love Elder Shane Larson
Hans, how many missionaries are in your mission?

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011

Hey Family!!!
That is a pretty cool story dad!! I hope that you will get an elk. I really want somebody to get an elk because it has been a while since anybody has gotten an elk and, well, matt has at least a week to practice so that is a good thing ;Pi hope that you all can get an elk!!!!!!!
Thank you all for the letters again.  they really help alot. I am glad to hear that erik got a job and that everything is going well with him. That is cool that his boss is his former teacher at the MTC, that should be a cool experience!!!! I loved the MTC so i can imagine htat he is loving it there. That is also cool that alesha is doing good. I didnt know that Mindi was pregnant... i am happy to hear about that becasue that means that i will have another nephew before i get home!! that is cool!! i am happy that the family is doing good there. I am also doing well here in the mission. this week alot of walking took place, but it was a good week. We are expecting a couple of baptism here this week and also next week so we are excited about that!!! My companions last week is the next so we are happy to  have these baptisms. my new assignment is pretty fun. there are more meetings that i have to go to and i am in more contact with the President so i am enjoying the time. I am hapy that i have the opportunity to serve other and i hope that i can become the leader that my Father in Heaven wants me to be.  It has been fun so far and i am excited to continue to serve like this!!
Thisweek we had a good meeting with the president on the faith and the changes that we need to make. Faith is really a principle of power. if we have faith then we have to do something to show that faith and then we gain power, or maybe better worder, the power is given to us to do the things that our Father in Heaven wants us to do. I thought that is was a cool meeting and everything!!
I am glad to hear that everybody is doing good!!!! I love you all and i hope that you are all safe and are enjoying the companionship of the Holy Ghost. My prayers are always with you all. I am sorry that my letters are getting shorter... it just seems like there isnt really anything new happening in the mission. The work goes on  and that is the most important thing, right? I am safe and happy. I love you all so very much and hope that you all have a great week!!!!!!!
con amor
Elder Shane LARSON

Monday, September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

Hey Fmaily!!!!!
I am glad to hear that everybody is doing good there at home!! I am doing just fine here in tolosa. This week there wasnt much going on. I had to do exchanges with an elder that is from Brazil, so that was pretty cool as well. I had a good time and i got to try and learn a little bit of Portuguese while i was with him. He has 6 months in the mission so her is relativley  newer.
Otherthan that, we had a little fiest in the house of a member becasue it was my comps b-day on Monday. so that was fun and we had a good time. As for the work, we had a lieelt rougher week. We had set alot of appointments, but we had a hard time because the people either werent in their houses or they couldnt have the lessons. We need to find more people to teach because alot of our investigators arent progressing and we are coming to a stand still. But we will have to keep moving forward and never backward. I do think that i got the patient personality and endurance from both of you mom and dad becasue at times we walk and walk without any success, but there is always hope of finding somebody!
I thoug that i had a good experience in a bus. I saw a girl/ young lady and felt the impression to talk with her about the gospel. I went to talk to her on the bus and i gave her a pamphlet about the restoration. She seemed really interested in the message and i thought that she was going to be a baptismal candidate. I really had a strong impression to tlak to here about the gospel. Then we passed by  later on in the week and we taught her the restoration and that we invited her to be baptized. Sadly she didnt accept and we lost contact with her. Maybe it isnt her time... but i learned that we need to always listen to the Holy Ghost and our Father in Heaven will continue to guide us.
I love you all and i alwyas pray for you all!!!! You are always in my thoughts!! Be Safe and have a great week!!!
Love Elder Shane Larson