Monday, December 14, 2015

Call Me Santa Claus!

Hello Everyone!  This week was pretty good!

Tuesday we went on exchanges with the bike Elders and that was fun.  We went to a Pentecostal bible study so that was interesting as always.  Lots of speaking in tongues…..haha…We also met a guy that was a history teacher and had a major in religion so he knew a lot about Joseph Smith ad Brigham Young and said everything about the Mormon church makes sense.  We gave him a Book of Mormon and he is already in 2nd Nephi!!

Wednesday we had to wake up at like 5:00 and go to Hattiesburg for Zone Conference.  Elder Kapishke was there and it was a really good meeting!  We learned a lot about being there to help your investigators and not just leaving them to do it on their own.  I wish I was as smart as him!
Zone Conference!

Friday we had some good lessons and one of our investigators, Joseph, told us how he knows the church is true which is pretty cool because at first it seemed like he wasn't very interested.  We also had a Christmas Party with the Branch and I was able to play Santa hahahaha I probably wasn't a very good  one but it was still funny!  They just said Elder Larsen will you be Santa?  I couldn't tell them no.  We had a really good turn out at the party so it was good!  We had a lot of people there, probably 15 or so more than come to sacrament meeting!
Santa and his Helper!

Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference and got to hear from Elder Kapishke again, both were good meetings!  I also got to talk to a few people from Brookhaven like the Webbs, and the Britt Family, they are both awesome!  Also Heath Oglesby, the dad of the people we baptized got ordained an Elder so that was really cool to see them still being strong in the church!

Here is a good verse to ponderize, 1 Nephi 13:37- And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.

This month I have been memorizing the chapter headings of the Book of Mormon and as of right now I could tell you where pretty much every verse in the first 14 chapters are right now!

I am doing good!  That book you sent is like a missionary's best friend!  Dang, I think I'm gonna cry because it's not even cold here, it's like 80 degrees!  I still sweat a lot.  That's so much snow you're getting in Utah!!  I have been thinking about the Christmas season and how it will be hard for everyone.  It probably will be easier for Makalie and I though…We're just lucky for the knowledge we have!
Chilis(my favorite)with the Alhalteh Family!

Dinner with the awesome Ritter Family!

Overall it was a great week!  Hope you are doing good!:)
Love you!
Love, Elder Larsen

"Hi this is Sister Lighthouse from Mississippi.  I took these photos of Elder Larsen at our Branch Christmas Party.  He played Santa!  He was very particular about his hair at first!;-)  but he was very willing and did great job!  Our small branch appreciates his service very much!  The primary kids weren't quite sure what to think at first but he won them over with the gifts! They are the first missionaries that we have had in years.  Because of their hard work we had 2 inactive families join us tonight.  We are very hopeful that we will have reactivations because of them!  Believe me he and his companion are a blessing!  Hopefully we will get to keep them in our area for awhile.  THANK YOU for sharing your son with the Mississipi Jackson Mission!"

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