Monday, November 25, 2013

Nov 25 Letter

This letter was received on December 27.

I Am Doing Good, I Promise

Hey Mom and Dad, Good to hear things are going good. I'll try to send a pic again, emails being odd today so maybe next week or today.

So, this week was good. Had some slow days and some fast ones too. We taught some really good lessons, and I got to have interviews with president. Felt good to talk to him, and to get specific instructions. Hope I can follow up all his suggestions by the next interview.

Mom! Heal up!! I love you tons, and hope you heal up quick!

I love you all family. Thanks for the letters (got one from Zeph, one from Dad and one from Mom) all dated Nov 5. Super good, and just what I needed.

Outta email time today, and will write more about other things next week :(   Sorry I didn't write a good email today. Just know that I am doing good. I am mostly over the sick stuff.  I LOVE YOU all and want you to know that.  I lean on you guys for support, and I LOVE YOU! Sorry to be breif; 

I am doing good, promise.



PS pic next week 

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18 Letter

This letter was received on December 3.

Things are Going Well

Hey Mom and Dad! Good to hear you got Keith into a deer! Got some letters this week. THANKS for the BYU news (not important, but fun :) )

Things are going well. Still not easy at all, but I'm learning to get better at it, and I am liking it. I had a few Bart moments (minor) and a ton of the opposite. The gift of tongues only works if you have the spirit with you before hand. Interesting how that clicked a while ago. Preparation is necessary even if you don't feel prepared for the language, you gotta be ready for the doctrine.

Dude, thats lots of travel, sorry bout that. That's not my favorite thing either. I hope work continues to go well, and everything else. Not my job to worry about that stuff, but I still pray for all of you. Hope
Cherise gets a ring, soooooon. If she does I'm sure I'll get a big email and pics too :P Mom, I hope you heal well!!! I love you and am so glad you are my mom!

I sent some letters this week, one should arrive pretty soon (sent via an Elder going to Provo MTC) hope they make it!

Well, this is most the emailing I'll get for today. I love you! Keep happy all of you, and have a good thanksgiving (next week or this week I don't know :P)



Monday, November 11, 2013

This Week Was Good. Not Easy But Good.

Hey!!! So good to hear from you!! Hope all goes well with mom and stiches.

I am sending two letters this week (didnt have stamps) so there wont be one from last week. Nearly 100 missionaries from our stake is SO COOL!!!! I am so excited to be one right now :) Tell Elder Turina Hi and that I met his cousin Sister Turina (at zone conf today)

Thanks Mom! Hope all is well with your hand. Pray for you, and try to be obedient for you. President says that is the best way to ensure blessings for your family.

This week was good. Not easy, but good. I am Learning more about the Spirit and more about myself.

How are things at home! I cant find the question mark so for now the ! will be both lol!

I read some cool things in Jesus the Christ this week. Jesus truly was and is the coolest teacher. Hope I can become more like him. I really need to get better at Tahitian too. Saw President today and he told me to focus on that. That's the second time he's given me specific counsel to study Tahitian more and more. Getting on that today.

Don't have lots of email time; just wanna say hi, and that I love you.  Have a good week; and take it easy!


Elder Larsen
Me, Elder Petis, and Baby Pineapples.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Things are Going Way Better, Q & A

Hey Dad and Mom. Thanks for the email. Things are actually going way better. It takes work, a lot of work, but I think things are going to be great for the next 7 weeks.

Have you learned any more about packages?  Do they only take 2-3 months with questionable arrival if you are in the middle of nowhere like E Rose 250 miles from Tahiti?  I think the package instructions are in the part of the missionary packet that you still have.  Maybe in the box?
No, have not learned more about packages. I think the problem was and is when your like Elder Rose, way far away. The home gets the package, has to send it on boat(s) and it goes through like 5 or more people to get it to you. So, I think here in Faaa is less of a concern.
Where do you use the Internet?
I use internet at members homes. Right now I'm at Elder Petis's aunts house... yeah, weird. President ok'd members houses because there's no Cafe here. Not good with the white bible, but good with Pres.
 Is your apartment open air?  Do you sleep in the bugs?
Appt is not open (its like the 2nd one I've seen that isn't) and there are geckos and cockroaches. Not too bad, but not the best thing to Wake up with on the walls or bed, lol. The geckos make barking noises, thats soooo random to me. Have slept well all 5 weeks so far :)  
Doing any better with the food?  Eat any cool or weird stuff?  Almost a month there.  Sounds like members feed missionaries a lot of food.
Food is ok. Actually sat down to asian carp the other day. Served whole with rice and some green stuff I didn't ask about lol. After the meal the host said I eat better than she does  :)! It was like fish on the fire, but tasted like bluegill. not bad, eat with hands but don't lick fingers. Fafaroo is the worst, but most food is good. Doing better in that regard :) the weird foods so far are fafaroo (smells like diapers) and clam lips. Bread fruit is weird but good :)  We have a few sister Cann's here. [Sister Cann provided a weekly dinner appointment for me when I served in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada 30 years ago.  -Steve] 
Are you working on your Tahitian with E. Petis?  Do you get any Tahitian practice?
Tahitian practice is few and far between. Teach once so far in it. Most language study time is spent teaching. When I have more study time and don't do the twelve week training, then Taitian will be primary study
I found 2 PMG in your box.  How do you get by without?  Also a handbook in there.  Extra?
The PMGs were extra weight, and I got both here from old elders and from the home. The bible was extra too, they gave me one
Have you met any of the missionaries whose blogs we read before?
Oh, yes, I've met two or three. Sister Bradshaw used to be in my zone.
Is this working to have a brief e-mail and longer physical letter? I can switch it up, but it sounds like computer time is still limited.
I like the email and letter thing. Good email. And good letters. Your letters are helping! Got two of them this week.  Thank you.

I Love you all so much. Thanks for the love, prayers and support.  LOVE YOU!

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