Monday, July 10, 2017

The Music

So this week was very good! The Salazar Family decided to get married! So we are planning a wedding for them in the near future and then they can get baptized! We are very excited for them. Also we have Brian And Joan who are progressing very fast! We also have a baptism planned for them at the end of this month!

Also we had a family home evening with one of our investigators, Anthony, and they cooked for us! (They are like 14/15 years old) and I was actually impressed at how good they cooked!! After we watched "The Testaments" and it was really really good! We felt the spirit and was a good time; his mom was also there for the first time and that was good for her!
And Sunday night we had a FHE with Michelle and her cousin! We did it on the plan of salvation and used like toys they had in the house to teach it! I thought it was going to be crazy cause they are like kids still, but it went better than I thought!!

So the other day I saw this mormon message and I thought I would share it with you. It reminds me of Grandpa Mackley alot, and all the times that we would sit at night while camping next to a crackling campfire, listening to him play his flute. I could do that for hours, and those really were magical moments for me. 
https://youtu.be/ju8S2vswhjY

Anyways... It was a really good day! I had to go to immigration today to renew my residency so they dont fine me alot of money when I leave, so that was fun! I got to see all the people I came out with.

But I hope everyone has a good week!!
no' checiamo' mi gente!
Elder Larkin




Monday, July 3, 2017

Baptism and Pte Santos!

​Well this week has been full of good stuff! So last Thursday was the last Zone Conference with Pte Nuckols! It was pretty cool, we had some good talks and the spirit was felt as we sang Let Us All Press On (in Spanish haha) Even though we had our differences, at the end I'm super grateful for everything the Nuckols have done for me, and for all the stuff they've done for this mission.

On Friday, we got to meet our new Mission President, Pte. Santos! Hes from Puerto Rico but has worked and I think lives in the United States! But he is very cool. He's a convert to the church and he told us that he was a "miracle baptism." Apparently he was contacted by the missionaries because they just so happened to knock on his door, which very rarely happens BTW.
Later he said something that I really liked. "Don't let anybody make you mad, in fact nobody can unless you let them." Which reminded me of something my Dad has always told me. "Nobody can offend you, you have to CHOOSE to be offended." That counsel I have carried with me my whole life, and I know that its helped me alot in my life. Those of you who are really close to me know that most of the time nothing phases me and I am pretty tranquilo. Its cause me getting mad or stressed or stuff like that does me no good.

Anyways! On Saturday we had a baptism! Michelle got baptized and it was so so cool. The room was completely packed and it was such a special moment for her, as well as her mom. We are going to start teaching her mom who isn't a member and I know that shes felt the spirit, so we're excited for that.

But I hope everyone has had a good week!! And the video attached was a video someone showed us that I thought was really cool and might help you have one! Suerte con todo esta semana!! 

Elder Larkin



Monday, June 26, 2017

No se que debo poner como subjecto

Well this week was pretty good! I'm sorry I'm still having more and more trouble finding stuff to talk about as my mission comes to an end!

But this week we met Michel. She is the granddaughter of a member and she just turned 8 years old. Since her parents aren't members, we get to teach her before she gets baptizsed!
So we went for the first time, and we start asking her questions about Christ and God and about the restoration, and she basically just taught us the lesson completely! I forgot how much we actually learn in primary. And I think that I am especially blessed to have been born in the covenant. Its really true the children's song, "I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I KNOW who I am, I KNOW God's Plan, and Ill follow him in faith."

A lot of the time we take the Gospel for granted, and this week I am just especially thankful for it. I've known it for my whole life and have been immensely blessed by it. I'm so grateful I have this time to share it with others for 2 years. And even though its coming to a close soon, I hope to never forget what it is to be a missionary and to be a disciple of Christ.
Anyways, Michel is going to get baptized this Saturday! We are very excited for her 😁

Anyways!! Hope everyone has a good week!!

Don't forget to send pictures!! 

😜Elder Larkin

Monday, June 19, 2017

EL MAR

This was a weird week! haha for most of it I had a bad cold but I got better and now everything is awesome again!

So last week we went to lunch with some members and they happen to live right across the street from the ocean! So OBVIOUSLY we went and checked it out. This view I saw reminded me that I was on an island. Cause a lot of the time it doesn't even feel like it. But we took some cool photos and videos that Ill upload and send the link. 

So one of the cool lessons we had this week was with these kids we had met previously. There are 3 of them and how we met them was just by asking a member to visit one of his friends. 
We taught them about the restoration and it was really good! They were really interested and wanted us to come back super soon! The next time we were there we gave them a BOM and they are very very excited.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful week! I'm uploading videos now!
Elder Larkin








Monday, June 12, 2017

Lots of pictures

So this week I don't have tons of time but I took a bunch of pictures! 
Just so you all know, I'm ALIVE haha. It was a really cool week because of people we've met and keep teaching. We are going to place a baptismal date with the Salazar Family and we are super excited about that! We have a baptismal service planned for the 1st of July! Should be awesome!

Love you all!
Elder Larkin














So today we went to some ruins today, they are really old from when the first peoples came here to this island. So we took some dope pictures




















Monday, June 5, 2017

Lecciones Poderosaas

Wow. What a week.
So 'Im just going to share a story of a lesson we had this week.
First one was with Benjamin. Hes had some problems with his wife being part of another church, and lives in Rhode Island. He told us that he has a testimony of the church, and he wants to be baptized. Its just that his wife is super against it, and hes scared that she'd leave him if he just went and did it. The first thing I told him was, "who do you want to follow more, people? Or Jesus Christ?" He sat there for a second, and said, "Jesus, I need to follow him, but its so hard! What can I do so I can please God and also my wife? I want to be stronger." That's when I told him he should do 3 things to help him get that strength. And this whole conversation is in English BTW. "Okay. First... GO TO CHURCH. go to church. Second. Pray for help. Pray for strength and for long suffering. The Lord will help you. I promise you that. Third. Pray for your wife. Pray that she will understand. Pray that she will have her heart softened. I know that it will be hard for her. She might be SUPER mad, but in time she will understand that you are just trying to do the right things, the things our Savior has asked us to do."
After that he was super excited. He told us he was going to do all of those things. I am rooting for him so hard. He is such a good guy. We are going back to his house later this week and we will see how everything is going.
There's some more stories but Ill save them for next week!

Haha this week we went to an underground lake the sister missionaries found earlier this week! It was super cool to go. And the coolest thing it was just in a public park! Thats how I thought my whole mission would be haha. But anyways, we took some cool pictures and here they are!

Me and Elder Anderson are doing very well. And the end of my mission is going bien chevere. 
Anyways!!
Love yall! Have a good week!
Elder Larkin 








Monday, May 29, 2017

Elder Anderson!

So I have elder Anderson as a companion now! We are getting along awesome and we are working hard too! He has 10 months in the mission and hes from Stansberry Park, Utah! Close to Tooele.

But yeah this is gonna be a really short email cause of the internet issue soooooo love all of you!! HAve a good one!

Elder Larkin