so as many of you that read the subject last week, and then read the actual letter, i am sure many of you if not all are wondering how they were related, well. i figured i would start of this one explaining what happened. we were riding our bikes and we were going though a field, just when i thought we were golden i was just about to stand up on the pedals of the bike and caught the top of my head, about hair line on a clothes line that was almost invisible. so if i had stood up i would have LITERALLY been clothes lined by an actual clothes line. my helmet tore a little bit because of how fast i was going, and how it caught me. but it was pretty sketchy, also the next day, my companion (Elder Jennings) did just about the same thing, and his helmet tore even worse. so we will be getting some new helmets this week... hopefully.
Transfers, so this week is transfer week. which means that possibly one of us might be leaving, but because we have been putting some word into the AP's (assistants to the president), zone leaders, and even occasional word into president tanner. we will both be staying here in Tagbilaran! that is way good news. i am super happy that we are going to stay together. we have a lot to learn from one another. and i feel like i have more to learn from him than he does from me.
so this last transfer we have been trying to find all the members nga dili na tigsimba (that don't come to church) we have found almost 20 of them and have started to teach them. we have had some really good luck the last week because we have found some that aren't even on our list that are from another part of the mission, or even in some cases they are from another part of the world.
the last week has really been CRAZY rainy. it is impressive with how much it has been raining in the last week, especially when just a month ago we were lucky to get even a drop of rain. "with great rain comes great amounts of MUD!" well, i think that is how the quote goes. every night we have been coming home covered in mud because we need to keep using the bikes because our area is ENOURMOUS! so we have had to do laundry each night, but it is super exhausting because we dont get home until 9 most nights, and then we still have to cook dinner, plan, and do laundry (by hand mind you).
this week i had the opportunity to conduct a baptismal interview for the sisters in the Cortez area. it was a very spiritual experience, it also made me rethink my commitment to the Lord and His work, and what it really means to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. i have been thinking about how i can become an even more effective and powerful teacher of the truth. and i have been told how it all starts in our studies that how if, and when we use the time that we have been given, even more specific that i have been given to serve a mission that the spirit of the Lord will be able to take a hold of our hands and guide us to where we need to be.
i have given 2 workshops for district meeting since i emailed last. i really like the one that i just did yesterday, i had a workshop prepared, but right when i was giving it i was prompted to give a different one, but i incorporated more aspects of missionary work, i drew on the board, and helped them think about the things that as a mission we need to get out of the rut that we are in. we have dug ourselves in so deep that we need a ladder (the atonement) to get us out of the hole. President Tanner has related it to us being held down by the Chains of the adversary. and how we need to break them.
I love you all and you are all in my prayers. just keep your HEADS up always, dont ever feel down!
-Elder Larson the YOUNGER
PHILIPPINES CEBU EAST MISSION!!!! OCT 2013-JAN 2016