Monday, June 27, 2016

It's gettin HOT

Hey family!!!!!

Ok. I'm getting started early, so I'll maybe have a better letter
today. :) First, I just would like to say that summertime in Spain is
SO HOT. It's only like 80 degrees here, but it's so humid that we are
just CONSTANTLY sweating. all. The. Time. The bad news about that is
that very few people actually have AC in their apartments, but the
Good news is that here in Spain, it's totally acceptable to carry
around those fans like we're in some movie from the early 1800's!!!
IT'S THE GREATEST THING!!! It's still pretty hot, but it makes
everything better to get to pretend that I'm like Elizabeth Swan or
something.

Anyway, it's gettin HOT.

Also, that brings the beginning of the Tourist season, so there's tons
of people from all over now! We're getting a few opportunities to
speak English to people, and then there are people from France and
Germany and Russia, which makes it awkward to try and contact them,
because we can't speak very well. ;) But it's always fun!

This week we got a reference from a member in Barcelona, for her
sister! We went and visited this cute little Peruvian family, and
started teaching the mom and her two daughters. (Super adorable
twins!!) They're so excited to learn about the Gospel, and we have
another meeting with them tonight, so we'll see what happens!

Our baptismal fechas aren't going to happen this week, because our
cute little family didn't get to make it to church, but there's still
hope for the 9th! Keep praying, please!!! :)

As this is the last time I'll get to write about my June attribute,
I'm gonna give you my notes!!!!

Humility:

-willing to pray and ask God with faith and real intent
-willing to take and apply correction gracefully
-looks outward
-obedient (parents, God, Mission President, etc.)
-Without Contention
-we shall spiritually see God and Know that He is (miracles, tender mercies)
-attribute success to proper source
-submissiveness, trust, gratitude
-forget yourself
-forgiveness/apologizing
-Agent to Act, not an object to be acted upon
-The Other Prodigal Son :Elder Holland
-progress, growing from mistakes
-seeing things clearly
-responsibility, not excuses
-broken heart and contrite spirit
-accountable
-to come/to follow : signs of humility
-Helaman 3:35
-mote in thy neighbor's eye, beam in thine own eye
-Give place for the word of God at all times, in all things, in all places
-Isaiah 53: 3, 5, 7
-knowing where your loyalty lies
-taking responsibility for actions
-dedicating your whole heart to other people
-Lehi and Nephi seeing the destruction of their people but immediately
praising God
-Sacrificing your own life (socially or physically) for others
-exact obedience
-soft heart :obedience, belief, faith
-praying genuinely and whole heartedly
-lowliness of heart
-broken heart, contrite spirit
-They did Submit Cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the
lord: Mosiah 24:14-15
-Gratitude at all times and in all circumstances
-Mosiah 4:11-12
-2 Nephi 9:29
-real intent, full purpose of heart
-I can of mine own self do nothing.... I seek not mine own will but
the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
-Knowing which fights are worth fighting; not making a mountain out of
a molehill
-Job
-accepting mistakes as a stepping stone
-willing to move forward
-Alma 32

Well, that's it for this week! I just want to say that I. LOVE. Being
a missionary. I know that this Gospel is true and that the Book of
Mormon is the word of God. I know that our Father in Heaven loves us
and that we are his children. And I KNOW that Joseph Smith was a
prophet of God!

Love you all!!!

-Hermana Larson

Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) at the Mission Home
with our member Christine and investigador Daniela

On an exchange with Hermana Larsen in Vic (visiting Kemal)



It's official!  I love Vic.

SUBWAY.   It tastes/smells/feels like America.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Muy buenos Tardes a todos!!!!!
"Look, Mom!  Photos!"

It's Monday again, which means it's time for ANOTHER WEEKLY EMAIL FROM
THE THIRD HERMANA LARSON SERVING IN BARCELONA, SPAIN! (I can't be the
one and only... There are three of us.) But this is a VERY special
edition, because this week, I officially hit 6 months in the mission!
That means I've been here in Spain for approximately 1/3 of my mission
time!! THAT'S NUTS!!! I feel like such a baby still, and  time's just
getting faster!

6 months cheesecake
"I feel like such a baby still"
OK! Quick rundown of the week.

We started off with THE BEST THING EVER which is that we were able to
extend a baptismal invitation to the FIRST family that I ever visited
while here in Badalona!!!!!!!!!!! They are one of my favorite families
ever, and I love them SO MUCH it was the best thing EVER!!! Hopefully
we'll be able to see them take this step towards being an eternal
family on July 2!!!!

We also had Zone Conference this week, which was, as always, super
amazing. We learned a lot about using Family History with our
investigators and making sure that we're following up and working with
them to make sure they keep their commitments.

Zone Conference

Hermana Larson & Hermana Larsen


Rollerblades on P-Day


Ok, I know this is super super super short, but I promise I'll give a
super detailed and great email next week!!!! I love you all so so so
much and I LOVE THIS GOSPEL!!!! I know it's true. I know that the Book
of Mormon is the word of God, and that we have a Prophet to lead and
guide us here on the earth today! I KNOW that this is the work of the
Lord!!!
I love you all!
-Hermana Larson



Monday, June 13, 2016

Hey Family!!!!

This week was so super great!!! I love my new companion so much, and
we saw so many little miracles and the hands of the Lord are so clear
here in Badalona! To start off, we got to go to the Mission Home on
Tuesday to participate in a Family Home Evening with President and
Hermana Dayton. I've been once before, and it's always so fun and so
great for our investigators to experience something like that. We got
to bring one of our investigators, and he was so impressed! And at the
end of the night, we got Pazookies! So boom! ;) 




Wednesday we had
Enfoque de Zona, which is always super fun again. It was actually
probably one of my favorites so far! The Sister Training Leaders and
Zone Leaders all got up and spoke about responsibility, excuses, and
being agents to act, not objects to be acted upon. The spirit was
SUPER strong, and Hermana LarsEn shared her testimony about her
brother, and the influence that just one member of the Ward had on
him. She said that her brother had been kind of inactive for a while,
and that he had signed up for the Army without telling his family.
Then this one member of the ward, who happened to be a professional
Body builder, asked if this particular young man would like to work
out with him and he'd teach him tricks and whatnot. After a few months
of working out together, one day as he was dropping him off at home,
he stopped him for a second and said, "You know, there's just one
thing that I can't figure out. I can't figure out why you would go off
and be willing to die for your country, unprepared to meet your God."
At the moment, Hermana Larsen said it was kind of uncomfortable for
her brother, but that he really took that to heart and his life
totally changed. He prepared for and served a mission, served in the
Army, and now has two children and a wonderful wife in the Gospel! I
don't know why, I just love that story. After that, everyone was SUPER
tired, so English class was a bit of a struggle, but it was a great
day overall!

Dang it, I'm out of time, But I love you all and I know this gospel is true!
Love,

Hermana Larson

Monday, June 6, 2016

Humility

Faaaaaamily and friends!

This week has been a pretty rough one, I'm not going to lie. Well,
with my companion it's been great! Let's start off with the good
stuff. Hermana Romero's parents are from Peru, but she was born in
Madrid, which means she has a real legitimate Spanish accent that has
been really (difficult but also) fun to try to imitate! She's super
funny, and I can just tell that this transfer is going to be great!
It's also been great because as we contact, people are a little bit
more willing to speak to people who are actually from Spain, so we're
milking that for all it's worth! ;) We've been speaking in about 90%
Spanish, with a break every now and then to ask her what a word means.
She's been SUPER patient with me and hopefully this will be a
life-changing crash course for Spanish!


As I've been trying to introduce the area, we've seen a few
heartbreaks. We had a visit set up with one of the families that we've
been working with for the last few months, but when we showed up, new
companion, member present and all, the head of the house came out,
angrily handed us the Book of Mormon, declared that he would never
pray about it or listen to us again, and asked us to leave. That was a
totally unexpected dagger in my heart, which was, for lack of a better
description, not fun. Haha yeah.... It wasn't fun. As the rest of the
week came, most of our investigators either fired or told us that they
weren't very interested. More mini daggers. I think that the reason
that these type of things happen is to get us all fired up! Now we're
more pumped up than ever to go out and find more people to teach and
share with! This is going to be a FANTASTIC TRANSFER and I can't wait
to see what happens!!!

This week I decided to do 2 things new for studies. NUMBER ONE: I'm
going to focus on an attribute of Christ every month for the next year
of my mission. (Awkward... Did I mention that I am going to be hitting
my 6 month mark in a little over a week? CRAZY!) This month is going
to be... HUMILITY! Bam. Every day during personal study and at the end
of the night, I'm going to write what I learned about this
characteristic, and then... I dunno, I guess someday I'll read through
and see what happened. Hehe, but if you wanna do the same and send me
your insights, that'd be great!

NUMBER TWO: I started a pump-it-up tag in my scriptures on my iPad.
Just things to save away for a rainy day, to pump myself up! I'm
excited to use it. Y.....esta!

That's my week! Hope that all is going well, I love and miss you
all!!! I love this gospel and the opportunity that I have to be here,
spreading the good news! I love my Savior and I know that this is His
church.

Love you all!

-Hermana Larson