Monday, March 27, 2017

Life is good and getting better. :) Hey I'm so sorry that, again, I don't have too much time to write. I actually have to go like... now. But I love you so much, and I PROMISE you're getting a big fat letter next week. The biggest one yet! But have a fantastic week and know that I love all of you and I'm praying for you! 
Love, 
Me


🇪🇸¡El Reino De Dios o Nada! 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Whirlwind of Wonderful

Querida Familia,
Sorry for the lack of communication! This last week has been a
whirlwind of wonderful. :) Last Monday the four missionaries from San
Sebastián came to spend preparation day with us, which was SUPER fun,
we walked along the piers of Santander and got drenched in the misty
downpour that's been pretty constant here. The elder's recent convert
brought us over to a Peruvian restaurant and we tried Arroz Chaufa and
Pollo Broster and felt pretty special. :) The next day we had District
meeting with everyone in our brand new Chapel (love that place) and
threw tomatoes at a Satan made of fruit to commit to our new goal of
no negative thinking. (I can't say I ever thought I would say
something like that in my life)

The week passed by pretty normally, teaching and preaching and
testifying! We had an almost-Baptism with Alassana, but he had to make
an emergency trip to Madrid for the next couple of weeks, so that got
postponed a little bit.

All week everyone has been super stressed about transfer calls, namely
me. I have loved Santander so much, it would be super hard for me to
say goodbye to everyone and everything here. So by Saturday night I
was a big ball of nerves! We got the call and.... I'm staying
here!!!!! Hermana Dinkelman and I were dancing in the hallway when we
got the news. :) I get to spend another transfer with my baby and in
this amazing area! We're feeling LOADS of miracles coming, can't wait
to see what this transfer holds!

Sorry I don't have much more to report, Hermana Dinkelman and I both
got a bit of a flu this week so our brains are a bit scattered, jaja.
Oh! We had our first Sacrament meeting in the new chapel this week,
which was such a fantastic experience. You can literally see and feel
the potential of our ward in the nice, spacious Sacrament meeting
room, jaja, and I can't wait to see the growth!



Spiritual high this week: reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to
comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we
ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation
also aboundeth by Christ.

I love you all! Love this work and love the gospel and love being a
missionary!!!!
Love,

Hermana Larson

Monday, March 13, 2017

I'm so sorry, not much time today, this week was full of meetings and things in Bilbao! 
We had Wednesday doing Zone Enfoque, Thursday doing Interviews with President, and Friday doing Zone Conference. It's been FREEZING COLD and RAINY in Santander. We finally moved into the new Capilla just in time for Zone Conference and it's BEAUTIFUL but takes a LONG time to get there. Life is good and we're working hard and we're seeing lots of miracles! 
We're loving the exercise videos and brownie mix, we're getting more and more popular with the ward for making American treats. 

I love you ALL SO MUCH IM SO SORRY THAT THIS EMAIL IS SO LAME MORE NEXT WEEK!



Monday, March 6, 2017

Meekness

Howdeee Family!! 
This week this week this week... This week has been pretty good! We went to Bilbao for District meeting on Tuesday, which was really fun because Elder Cutrer (our district leader) themed it around Jackie Chan and how we can become good finding missionaries. Strangely, the two coincide a lot more than I thought. :) 

On Thursday and Friday we had an intercambio and this time Hermana Martinez (who I've known since Badalona) came up here to Santander to be with me. :) We saw so many amazing miracles! We were contacting and met 3 new investigators from Ghana, Joseph, David, and Bismark, and were able to extend a fecha to one of our investigators, Regla. Regla is super cute, super prepared, and already has such a strong testimony of the restored gospel! She just has had a few problems trying to get to church... so prayers for her please! The intercambio was super fun, I look up to Hermana Martinez so much! She's someone that is truly eager to share this message of happiness with everyone, members, investigators, and missionaries alike! Love her. :) 
On Saturday we were able to meet with one of the investigators that we met on the intercambio, David. Hermana Dinkelman and I were able to talk with him, out on a bench in one of our plazas, and share the message of the restored Gospel. He believes a lot in God and in Jesus Christ, but he felt as though he had kind of separated himself from God by neglecting to go to church and read the Bible. We encouraged him to build that relationship up again, were able to share that he is a beloved child of a Heavenly Father, and that doing the "small and simple things" would truly be a help in his life. He was really touched by that, and he wanted to come to church with us, but he is going to be on a trip for work (as a fisherman, how fitting is that!) until next month. Hermana Dinkelman was super in tune with the spirit and invited him to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized! Proud mamma moment. ;) He's going to be gone for a while, but he said that he will be reading and praying between now and then and that when he gets back that he will come to church with us. It truly is all in the little things, that strong relationship with our Heavenly Father. I was reading a bit in the Old Testament and the Student Manual of Institute this week, and I've been learning a lot about the Law of Moses and the reasons/symbolism behind all of these ordinances and laws. Something that really impacted me was the realization that all of these things were in place for a very specific purpose - so that their thoughts could always be directed towards Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! They had very specific laws about what they could/couldn't eat and when and where and how, so that every time that they ate, which we all have to do and will all do multiple times a day, they would have to think about how they could best fulfill the commandments of God as they did so! Everything pointed back to Him. I love that! I think that sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the tiny little human things of life, but it's so easy to forget the MOST IMPORTANT things. Just like we get physically hungry, our spirits can become hungry as well, and deserve just as much nourishment and care! And all of that comes by doing the little things, like studying the scriptures, conversing with our Father in Heaven though prayer, and attending church and participating in the Sacrament. They really make ALL the difference! 
I was also reading in the New Testament, in the Beatitudes. And I was also reading in the Institute Manual for that, and I learned about one of the most Christlike  attributes that I have ever heard of, something that I want to truly strive to develop; Meekness! In the institute manual, it describes the Meek as those "god fearing, righteous, humble, teachable, patient under suffering, willing to follow gospel teachings, kindness and gentleness, certitude, strength, serenity, healthy self-esteem, genuine self control, allows us to be tutored by the spirit, and PREPARED FOR CELESTIAL GLORY." Isn't that beautiful? I love that. 
I know that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that repentance is real and powerful and beautiful. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is also real and powerful and beautiful. I know that Heavenly Father is aware and knows each of us personally and individually, that he truly is showering us with heavenly blessings. I love my Savior. I know He lives. 
Have a fantastic week, everyone! i love you! 
Love, 

Hermana Larson