Well, HELLO FAMILY, and FRIENDS!
So i know that it has only been about 4 days since you last heard from me, which means that i dont have a TON of stuff to write you about. but i have had a couple of pretty awesome experiences.
on transfer day (Thursday) we were blessed to have stayed together, but we had to still go down to the chapel to open it up for the rest of the transfering missionaries. we didnt really get in a full study, but we got to meet some of the new incoming missionaries to the zone. they are awesome! we had some really good lessons that we had planned the night before.
we had 4 lessons total. but the last one was probably the most memorable. we have an investigator that wants to be helped financially by the church, and they will join any church as long as they are given a type of financial support. well i basically poured my heart and soul into teaching him because we love him, and his family so much. (this is the Velasco family) from 2 weeks ago until now i have seen so many changes in their lives to bring them in closer harmony with the gospel. when i was talking to him, i was realizing what i need to be doing in my life, here in the mission, and when i get home. it was a real eye opener for me. i also, probably for the first time, felt the spirit teaching through me with convincing power. i am not sure if it was teaching me or if it was testifying to the hearts of our investigators, but either way it was a powerful experience.
So there was a sister while i was home that posted on the FB page for the Philippines Cebu East Mission that she was going to be serving in the Cebu East mission, and i replied to her and said that i would help her with the language before coming back or her entering the MTC. well, because i got called back so abruptly i never had a chance to really help her... that is until now. she just arrived to the mission field and just happens chance that she is in my district. so i will be able to help her here in the field. Sister Paget, and her trainer is Sister Tarrobago. it should be pretty fun, cause they are in the same ward as us.
As of right now i have 7 kids in the mission, i have 3 sons (Elder Edoloverio, Elder Head, and Elder Jennings) and 4 daughters (Sister Johnson, Sister Nalawas, Sister Paget, and Sister Duran) so in the mission the DL is the father of the new sisters being trained. it is pretty weird how the relationships in the mission work.
so we received several referrals from the Velasco family, one of them being a guy named "Jake-Jake" so we were out looking for where exactly he lived, we walked up to a house and i asked him if he knew someone named Jake-Jake, he said no, but there was someone named "Jay-Jay" down at the end of the road we were on. i then asked, i guess an inspired question. "Brother, what is your name?" he then answered and said "Jake-Jake". both elder Jennings and i had a good laugh afterword. it was almost like, haha, caught you, you can't hide that well...
also this coming saturday 7/11/15 we have 2 baptisms, from a part member family. it will be super awesome, Elder Jennings is going to do the dunking. AHHH!!! this is fun!
-Elder Larson the YOUNGER
PHILIPPINES CEBU EAST MISSION!!!! OCT 2013-JAN 2016