Subject: "In a Different World"
Once again my time here at the MTC has been truly amazing!
Me and Elder Forsyth taught our first investigator last Friday in Espanol. After an awesome meeting with Natalia we immediate thanks our Heavenly Father for the gift of tongues. It is real, and I know our blessing has been predicated by our obedience. She quickly accepted the gospel teaching and committed to a baptism date on July 28!
'The most important of the Lord's worked you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes" President Harold B. Lee
We were shown this quote on Saturday and it really helped me realize how blessed I have been in this life. My family is amazing and I'm so grateful for the teachings I was able to learn inside of my own home, they are the reason I am here today. This past Sunday was the most spiritually packed day I have ever experienced. In Sacrament today we were able to witness the reuniting of Sister Price and a women she was able to help convert to Christ on her mission more then 25 years ago! This certain sister is here at the MTC being trained to be a new Mission President. The following sacrament meeting was very special as Hermana bore her testimony on Missionary work and the wonderful message we are bringing to the families of the world. The power of Music is real! My companion and I were able to attend the first MTC choir practice, Brother Eggett was the conductor and expressed a touching testimony on the script we sang. "Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer" No matter the size of the approaching wave, our Savior, Jesus Christ will stand tall in front of the raging waters. The devotional meeting that night was given by Brother and Sister Littlefield, I was able to learn more about the importance of maintaining a Positive Attitude here in the mission field, by Eliminating ALL Self-Defeating Behaviors. That night we were also able to watch a previous devotional given by our beloved David A. Bednar, this devotional was the most amazing hour of the day and I challenge each of you to try and watch it through LDS.org if available. In it he challenges us to purchase a classic blue Book of Mormon write a question down, and then read from cover to back marking passages that pertain to our question. Over time we should have an entire library of Book of Mormons filled with answers pertaining to our lives. Me and Elder Forsyth accepted the challenge and began reading with the intent of "How do we best fulfill our Entire Missionary Purpose?" pg. 1 of PMG "Everything in the conversion process must happen to you before it happens to the investigator, EVERYTHING!" read in with the powerful voice of Elder Holland. This message was shared with us on Monday and immediately put an extra energy in our rooms perspective of why we are here. The Salvation of the investigator is at stake; make sure you are prepared, worthy, and listening to the Holy Spirit to help the Investigator come closer in conversion to Jesus Christ. Tuesdays devotional was shared by Elder and Sister Nash of the Seventy, in listening to the spirit I was able to come up with a sentence that hopefully summarize's the teaching of his talk. "Maintaing an ETERNAL perspective will help set a path in our day to day endeavors, by increasing the drive for exact obedience and diligence in studying" We put this quote up on our wall to help us remember why we are here on this Earth and where we are going. In the Evening on Sunday I made the comment to my companion that it felt like we were 'In a Different World' The MTC is truly an amazing place! The Disney Land for missionaries where gospel attractions and spiritual food stands can be found at every turn. Make sure you are strapped in and keeping strict Obedience (and your arms and legs inside the vehicle) to allow your spirit to be fed the teachings of our Savior, even Jesus Christ. Wish I could write more, thanks for all of your prayers they are felt every hour.
Love, Elder Larsen #ArgentinaBound
Subject: Hola Familia!
My first two days here in the MTC have been nothing short of incredible. After a quick tour and welcome from my host, Elder Myers (Australia Sydney Spanish Speaking), I was thrown into my first class with Hermano Olsen. Minimal English is used right off the bat and our district was thrown into a loop as we sat there as wide-eyed 'greenies'. My companion is Elder Forsyth, he is from Atlanta Georgia and is also the oldest in his family. I have a great love and appreciation for him and the example he is both spiritually and his knowledge of the espanol language. In our room their is Elder Cox, a tennis player from Bingham, and also Elder Smith a 'Military Brat' who's lived all over the country. All of us are headed to Argentina Rosario mission following our training here. Elder Smith had us up at 5:30 this morning doing a workout circuit around the MTC, his energy level is something else to say the least.
Last night we had the oppurtunity of meeting our Branch Presidency. President Price welcomed us with a warm ambrazo or hug, the love for his missionaries was immediately felt. We had a quick workshop to close the meeting and Sister Price shared a message on the role of a missionary that I would also like to share with you. In 3 Nephi 5:13 we read
"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him, to declare His word, among His people, that they might have everlasting life."
WHO? We as missionaries for the church, are a literal representative of the Savior, 'I am a disciple of Jesus Christ'
WHAT? We are to spread His message to every corner of the Earth and in every language, 'To declare His work among His people'
WHY? Our purpose is to Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. (pg. 1 of PMG) 'That they might have everlasting life.'
I was so thankful for this wonderful message that Hermana Price shared, it helped bring peace to my soul and helped me realize my purpose as a Missionary.
Spanish is the greatest language in the world and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn it. I'm surprised how fast I am picking it up and even catch myself writing this very email in Espanol.
Your prayers have been felt and I thank you for them,
love Elder Larsen
Argentina Rosario Mission
Elder makord Larsen