Tuesday, May 9, 2017

love love love love LOVE

Pueeeeeeeeees Nada! Life is a crazy amazing whirlwind as always, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!! Highlights. 
Once upon a time, I got a new companion!! Hermana Hofstetter is from the same group that my baby Hermana Dinkelman is from, and she is..... pretty much my twin. We look more alike than Emily, Lauren, Hannah or Olivia and I do and we are VERY similar in a frightening amount of ways. I would call her my "mini-me", but the problem is that she stands about 8 inches taller than I do. And her name is a little more complex to pronounce than mine is. Every member of our ward has given her a different nickname, including "Hermana Haagen-daz", "Hermana H", and "Hermana Fósforo". Pobrecita. :) Hahahaha we're having a BLAST up here in the North!!! Life couldn't get better. :) 
This week has been NUTS though, I said goodbye to Hermana Dinkelman on Tuesday of last week, spent the day in a strange series of trios (which was also super fun) around Bilbao, and then Hermana Hofstetter came in that night. We spent the night in Bilbao with the other hermanas, then early the next morning we took the bus trip back to Santander. After spending a day running from place to place presenting her to the members, investigators, and other friends of Santander, we hit the sack and then woke up early to head back to Bilbao to have District meeting. (Northern life! We're very familiar with our Autobús system up here.) We headed back that night and helped Carolina and Cesar move to a new apartment closer to the church. (Side note. I LOVE Carolina and Cesar. Have I ever explained about them? They got baptized about two years ago and have been super faithful since then. they LOVE the missionaries and are working on getting sealed in the temple! They give everyone nicknames, I'm affectionately known as "Basura Blanca" or "La Fea". :) Saturday we had Sports and then a fantastic lesson with...... drum roll please.... JAIME!!!!! Jaime, who I taught about six months ago with Hermana Nelson, has returned!!! For those of you who don't remember, we were teaching Jaime, who was super prepared and on fire except for one thing.... he smokes quite a bit. He disappeared for a little while, but then a couple weeks ago we got a text from him and he asked if he could meet with us! We've been meeting since then, and he's getting ready to be baptized this Saturday!!!! Fingers crossed that everything goes well, he's SUPER prepared and he's going to finally make the plunge! :) Sunday was fantastic, after a fabulous day at church, we headed right over to the bus station to take a bus to Bilbao, so that Hermana Hofstetter could catch ANOTHER bus to Vitoria (that trip is about 2 and a half hours in total) and I could meet with Hermana Dupre to head to the Airport to head to Barcelona! We had concelio this week!!! (The meeting we have once a month with all the Zone leaders and Sister Training Leaders in Barcelona). The flight is pretty short, but it left at 9:50 and was DELAYED so we didn't end up getting in to Barce until about 12:30 at night. (The flight was pretty fun though, we played a Spanish Vocabulary game all together and I realized that I really need to study a bit more. You'd think that after almost a year and a half of speaking Spanish daily that I would know the word for "hanger" and "collar bone". Always room to improve!) We walk into the airport ready to make a trip on the metro, when we see the ayudantes waiting with all the other people, and, instead of a sign with "missionaries" or something on it, they have their picture of the second coming of Christ on their iPad, held up high as they can reach, for all to see. :) We all got a good giggle out of that. Since we got in so late, we got to stay with the Hermanas in Barcelona instead of the mission home, so I got to see Hermana Dinkelman again! She loves Barcelona already and is doing great. :) The next day we had concelio from 9:30 to 5, which was INCREDIBLE and I loved it SO MUCH, and then we headed back to Bilbao that night. Then this morning, we woke up far too early, and Hermana Hofstetter and i made our way back to good ol' Santander! We have a piso check on Thursday (again) so we spent all day trying to get rid of the rust and mold that we have in our bathrooms..... cons of living so close to the ocean in a super humid climate. But now we love it. :)  Let's see... what else..... We're putting on a talent show here on the 20th so that should be fun! And.... I'll have been in Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Santander all in the same week by the time I write next week, so there's that. :) I love love love love life here, it's the best thing ever. THE MISSION IS THE GREATEST!!!! 
Here's something I learned from one of our ward members this week; We always talk about how God is just and how He is fair, but very rarely do we focus on how merciful he is. But just look at the instances in every book of canonized scripture! There are absolutely countless instances focusing on His MERCY towards His children. During the life of Christ, he very rarely exercised Justice on anyone, but always extended incredible Mercy. Incredible, huh? One instance being in the account of the last supper in John, where Judas leaves to betray him, and immediately afterwards Christ commands his disciples to love one another as he has loved them. I love my Savior. I love this gospel and for the chance that I have to share this message with these people here in Santander. I love this church. I love the scriptures. I love the commandments. And I love love love love LOVE being a missionary. :) 
love love love love you all!!!! Have a great week! 
Hermana Larson

🇪🇸¡El Reino De Dios o Nada! 

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