I have been called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines Cauayan Mission. This blog is managed by my parents. If you would like to contact them, you can email at lindalarson1598@gmail.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

Adoption Thoughts

Seven more days have came and gone and here I am again without anything crazy to say. As for the threesome, things are going well. It really has been kind of like an adoption haha. Elder Loto'Aniu was kind of just delivered to us unexpectedly, like young Harry Potter was given to the Dursley family. (Although I consider myself more of a Dobby kind of guy rather than a Vernon or Petunia...) Anyways, Loto is a cycle behind me and doesn't know much Tagalog so he usually just bears his testimony after Elder De Guzman and I teach the lesson, but he is a stud and his company has been nice.

 Elder Loto'Aniu and me

As I mentioned last week, the three of us have to cover Angadanan as well as his area (Dagupan) which is kind of far away but we're managing. They have two investigators-Flory Mae and Mary Joyce-with a baptismal date on April 5th so lately we have been focusing to make sure they are prepared for baptism. I have only taught them a few lessons but I can already tell they have strong testimonies and are ready so I am excited for them!

The church in Dagupan

For an update on my (adopted language) Tagalog, I'd say it's going pretty good. I remember once upon a time when I thought there was no way I would ever learn it. However, slowly but surely, with patience and work, it has been coming and now I'd say I am pretty much perfect! Just kidding. There are still times when I don't totally understand what the investigator is asking when they have a question. But I would say I am finally to a point where I would consider myself fairly comfortable with the language. Even though obviously I still have much to improve on. 

Earlier this week, I went on member splits again with Albert, who recently got called to the Halifax, Canada Mission to preach the gospel in the English language. We were doing some role practice and I came to the realization that there are some lessons and principles of the gospel that I am probably better at teaching in Tagalog than I am in English. Never did I expect this to be the case. But it's kind of nice to see the progression that I've made. However, I know that by myself, I couldn't do it at all. The Lord has helped me every step of the way. The gospel is incredible my friends. Have a good week. Elder Larson is out.

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