Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Becoming a Diamond

Dear Family,

Question #1: Are you and your companion responsible for all of the moving to the new flat?

So we are going to do the main moving on Thursday. We are responsible for everything. I think our ward mission leader can get a van to help us. We also need to get some new furniture for the other companionship.

Question #2: What is a good teaching experience you had last week?

We have an investigator called Solomon, he is a great guy. When we teach him, he always mentions how great the gospel is. I love teaching him about the Atonement because he really yearns to be forgiven and have peace.

Question #3: What was your favorite talk in General Conference?

I really liked Russel M. Nelson's talk, "Thanks Be to God." I loved how he talked about the amazing abilities of the body. Would an explosion in a printing press create a dictionary...that reproduces newer editions...haha. As far as applying to missionary work, I will definitely be printing off Elder Scott's on Personal Revelation.

It doesn't matter what I see, the Cabin will always be my favorite place in the world. (This was in response to a comment by his Grandpa that now that Andy's seen the world he wouldn't care about his grandparents' cabin home anymore.)

Montana! I can't believe Devin got his call letter back in less than 2 weeks? When does he leave? I remember when me and Devster were just little kids playing at the cabin. Life is too fast.

Conference has again come and gone. I love it so much. I remember as a kid I used to greatly anticipate the new video game or new movie, now I feel that same anticipation x100 about hearing living Prophets speak.

It is exciting, today at a leadership meeting I talked to one of the assistants who is likely to be released at the end of the transfer and he says there is a good possibility that he will come to Wembley. That would be great, I would love to learn from him. He is a really funny Scottish guy.

It has been amazing trying to prepare this area to receive 2 more Elders. Elder Young and I have put a lot of effort, prayer, and faith into our labors this transfer. We are really seeing a lot of miracles as we share our righteous desires with Heavenly Father and work to achieve them.

Today there was a leadership meeting, it was really good. We had some trainings on being a District Leader. I am excited to apply some more things to help the missionaries in this District be more effective and excited about the work. I love to hear President Patch speak, it just puts a big smile on my face. I can't believe they are only here with us for about 3 more months.

Rumor has it that in 2 weeks they will re-open the Hyde Park chapel. A General Authority should be coming to re-dedicate it. That will be exciting.

Being a missionary has greatly polished my testimony. It kind of reminds me of Uncle Tracy's machine. Take a big chunk of carbon and make a diamond. Sadly though, I think I'm one of those drill bit diamonds and not a clear nice one, haha.

Thank you so much for all of your support and all you have done for me in the past.

Love you all,

Elder Larsen


  1. We are rather fond of this cabin ourselves! Occasionally, a random glance at something plays an old recording in my mind: "Hey, I designed and built that myself and it ain't all that bad!"

    Seemingly a small, insignificant thing, but the little pond by the decorative windmill I built is amazing. I have to refrain from watching all day as birds and little and large critters come to get a drink or splash in it. Yesterday, some spectacular doves! Not pigeons. I had to have a look-see with the binoculars we bought for use at BYU football games. Oh, the beauty and wonder of God's creation! What greater testimony of his power and glory and love for us?!

    Up early this morning. Merrill has an appointment with an optician to correct a problem with her vision.

    Love you-all!


  2. Yesterday a little girl from across the road came to play. She liked the swings, the slides, the playhouse, and, every child's favorite: Dirt; i.e., the sandbox. She obviously was having so much fun... her beautiful eyes sparkling... running here, thither, yon and there... a wave of gladness washed over me, nearly drowned me, thinking how our humble place here has brought moments of special pleasure to many little ones.