Monday, December 27, 2010

Follow up to Christmas call

Hola to all-

That was a nice, quick 30 min i believe on Saturday. It was fun to talk to you. I'm glad your excited to come down here. It should be fun from what you told me we´re going to do. But the holidays here, like you both know are always different than for for anybody else. They had a ton a fireworks at midnight but i slept right through it. Christmas was pretty chill. And just these past few days because no one seems to be home. But it should be better this next week. But other than that I'm doing fantastic. Thanks for everything again.

Elder Erik Larson

P.S.- There is a book called The LDS Missionary Workout Program or something similar to that name that i would like. You don't have to send it but i would like it when i get back. Only if you can find it. If not than that's ok.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas coming up

Hello to all-

So the rumors on the street is that its Christmas this week. I don't know if you caught the memo but it is coming up pretty quick. Saturday i can call around 9 or 10 my time here in the morning and we can talk for a good 30 min. But the Christmas season is always enjoyable in one way or another. Its just the way we look at it i believe.

But I'm so happy that all is well and that you guys have been kept busy. As for me we have been kept pretty busy. We have been running around to help the other elders and sisters with their baptisms, getting them medicine, and trying to help a few people come to church.

But on Friday we had the Christmas party for the ward and we got one family that we´re teaching to come. We weren't allowed to go but we dropped them off and they had a great time they said. We didn't have anyone come to church on Sunday which was hard to take again but alli vamos right?

So we tried to pass by with that family last night but the husband wasn't there. They have a small little tienda as well. But instead of talking with her we saw another lady that looked lost or
she was waiting for something. So we quickly noticed that and we started to talk to her. At this point of time, around 7:30 she has been waiting for her husband since 2pm. She basically started talking to us about life and just personally things. She said that he was probably drunk again. And just with talking to her i felt really bad. I asked her about if she is attending i church and she said no, but that she used to. And then i asked her how has been her life without church. And then she told us how it has changed a lot and a lot more problems have come into her life. And i just stood there shocked because she has had a tough past few years and that she really needs a change in her life. She was going out of down but we gave her a BOM and we´ll be in touch these next few days. Its just hard to think how this can happen to a family. And how it really hurts the kids and the wife as well. I have come to have a lot more respect for the moms and wives out there that are trying to do whats best and not give up trying when i would think i could not handle it.They just have that buso about them which make me want to be a little better.

But in other we had a big soccer tournament with the whole mission. It was fun but of course we lost. I'm a big fan of soccer now. I'm obviously not the best but i love it.

But thanks for everything this year and we will talk SaTuRdAy

Elder Erik Larson

Erik's recipe - wow (Sweet potatoes)

Erik sent this recipe last week. (I'm posting this Dec 28)
We made it for Christmas and it was pretty good!

Erik's words
Something potatoes and its amazing

3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter, melted
Combine all above ingredients until smooth. Pour into 2 qt. casserole dish.
Mix all topping ingredients and spread over sweet potato mixture.
Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 40 minutes.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Things quieting down in Guatemala

Hello to all-

Well today is one of the last days for the people going home this change. They´re going home a week earlier to avoid the Christmas traffic. But that just leaves apparently less than 50 days. I knew the weeks but the days i didn't really know until now. But its been an alright week with the people that we´re teaching. None of them ended up really coming to church but with one guy he is set on getting baptized and wants a big change in his life. We just hope that he really wants it so we can help him in his life right now.
But other than that I'm doing good. A couple days ago we ran into a guy pushing a cart full of soda bottles. I started off by saying, can we help you push your cart, and he said sure. So while i pushed it i told him that my companion would share with him a message that we have for him. And so we went for a 1/4 mile. Me pushing, and just having Elder Claunch talk to this one guy. He doesn't like to talk so it was fun giving him time to talk so he could practice his Spanish. I
really enjoyed it.
But we´re looking at 2 baptisms at the least for this month to early January. Cross your fingers.

Elder Erik Larson

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From El Bosque

Hello to all-

So apparently we´re getting close to Christmas and 2011 at the same time. But as for the weather down here it´s been hot turning the afternoon and just freezing at night. It´s been fun but getting sick for a little bit always stinks. But we have had a pretty good week this past week. We have found a couple new families that are really cool and we got one of them to the Christmas Devotional on Sunday night.

The other guy we are visiting and teaching is Miguel and he is one of the coolest guys i have met. We were getting to know this one part of our area on Saturday and we ran into this lady who has all gold teeth. She was really cool and it was fun talking to here about the gospel for the first time talking to her. We said he would becoming back the next day and so we did. We went back but we ran into her oldest son. Oh and she has 11 kids. So we taught him about the Restoration and watched the DVD with him and it was one of the most powerful, spiritually lessons i have had in a very long time. He was very interested and asked a lot of questions so he understood everything. The lesson that we had with him last night was just as amazing but more. We talked to him about baptism and the importance of the sacrament and it was a very incredible lesson. We taught about Alma 7 and the importance of why we need to be baptized. And that's really what he was worried about. His past. The things he did in the past. But since he wanted to learn and change he was able to listen to the spirit teaching him. I haven't been this happy in a long time because its always amazing when you teach and they actually get and grasp everything you teach them. I think this was luck when we met him. As of two weeks ago one of President Lorenzanas secretaries came and talked to us and he said that ¨Luck is when the preparation meets the opportunity.¨ And so finding Juana, his mom, lead us to find Miguel and have the luck we needed at this time.

And so yesterday we had our big Christmas party as a mission and it was pretty cool. We rented out the nicest hotel or convention center here in Xela and has a fun time yesterday. We all had to pay 100 quets which paid for the whole thing which was pretty cool. The food was good and we had hymns and skits from every zone throughout the day. And so they gave us today as a P-Day you could say. We all got a small little bag with a tie and goodies in it. Oh and E Ava had to wrap up all the presents and give them to everyone this year. Lets just say I'm glad i didn't have to that last year. haha. Oh and he was dressed up as Santa Claus and everything. It was pretty funny. And if you could send a letter to Elder Ava that would be great for me.

But I'm glad that everyone is staying busy and i hope that your surgeries go well mom. It sounds like its the Holidays because you guys are always running all over the place. Which is a good thing. Keeping busy is one of the things i lacked before the mission. But now I know that if i keep myself busy doing worthwhile things that there will be a less want to things of lesser worth. The gospel of Jesus Christ takes action and sacrifice on our part. And i love the lyrics to one song about Joseph Smith...¨Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.¨ Which is true. Nothing of a good value will come free on our part. I love you all and if you think of anyone i could do something for just let me know.

Pencil Man - aka - Elder Erik Larson

P.S. I don't remember the BYU-I email that i had. And to answer your question about my companion. I am his first companion so in other words you can say I'm training for the second time in a row. ha ha