Thursday, March 7, 2013

I better update Elder Larsen's blog since someone told me last night they were so worried about him because I hadn't heard from him for two weeks. Elder Kade Larsen has been writing every week but his mother has not been blogging every week. Sorry. I will try to do better. I do appreciate all of you telling me that you actually read the blog. It inspires me to keep it up. Sorry the one picture came in sideways. It is not on my file like that so I don't know how to turn it in the blog. Letter from February 25, 2013 Dear Family, Hey I am really glad that you guys were able to get the package. How could I forget the stupid zip code?! lol Next time I will remember, I promise. The problem was is I was running through the house and what not trying to get it ready for that same day and must have just forgotten that part. But I am glad it got to you before your birthday, that was the goal anyways. I hope you wear the necklace and earings once in awhile, after all, show off that Colombian pride! Yeah it is a kind of nut and the flat peaces are as well I think. The same kind of nut as the kind in that zoo place in San Diego remember? I can't remember the name but its probably easy to find on the internet if you want to search for it. Those picture cd's I sent were good. The problem with the CCM (MTC in Colombia) is I dont think they are actually in order from old to new so I will have to try and remember which was the first group and which was the second group when I get back. I am glad that Caci, Tim, and Kenna were able to go to the house for your birthday! I thought about ya all day. I even mentioned it to some of the people we were with. I was helping a 12 year old boy with his english homework yesterday and his mom and I were talking a little bit and I mentioned today was your birthday and it was her birthday as well. So I drew a little paper thing saying happy birthday to you and we took a picture together. They are some great members here in the ward. Sounds like you guys had some awesome food this last weekend. I miss stuff like baby back ribs and Cafe Rio food. There is nothing like it here. Hey do you have some kind of recipe or anything for chicken tacos. Like what spices and stuff to use on the chicken? I want to make chicken tacos. Its better than Ramen almost every night. I miss A LOT of American foods, or I guess the way that we Americans make it. Like, spaghetti, shrimp and these kind of things are way different here. The food here is usually always pretty good though and I like it a lot. In Boyaca, this state, they eat loads of potatoes so when I get back I will be eating more potatoes, lol. (Kade NEVER ate potatoes) We have probably 4 or 5 potatoes in every meal with a member. That's on the plate and doesn't include what we have first, which usually has more. All of these young women are getting mission calls! It is so crazy but so exciting. Michael is in the Atlanta Georgia North Mission so she might be in the same one but there are probably 3 or 4 Atlanta Georgia missions. Let me know about Sara too if you can. I am excited for Doug in the MTC and everything! The baptism for Maria went great last week and we had the one baptism this past Saturday. Jaime was still in Bucaramanga so he couldn't make it back yet again, BUT, I baptized Sneider B. (*We try not to post full names in the Blog) He is one of the ones that you said wanted to be friends with me on Facebook. He is a stud and I was so excited for this baptism! We have grown really close throughout my time here. And I am so happy he made the decision to become a member of the church. The Sabedra will probably be getting married next week because we have to wait 6 days after submitting the paperwork. We have a lot of lessons with them, last night was on the word of wisdom and went well. Even Sergio, the son, accepted to follow it and this was like his second lesson so that was awesome. Supposedly the zone leaders said I have more letters and another package in their house in Duitama and they are passing through Tunja tomorrow and should be bringing it then. They said it was a small package so I don't know who it is from. I guess we will find out tomorrow. I hope that you guys are doing awesome back home. This coming Saturday we should have a huge baptismal service. There is a family of three from the north area and we should have Jaime, so four. The other elders in Barbose (our district) have 3 baptisms this week as well so our district will rock it hard this week. Thanks for the email and the info. I love you guys and miss you a lot! have a great week back home and I hope it is warming up a bit ;). Love, Elder Larsen Letter from March 3, 2013 Dear Family, First off, I did get the package from The Sorensons earlier. Turns out the package that came this week wasn't from Joetta or the Seminary, it was from Brother and Sister Mason. So thank you both for sending packages. It was awesome! Sorensons sent some cadbury eggs and a new book by Elder Bednar which I have been reading and its been awesome. The Masons sent 3 CDs and a Christmas tie. The Christmas tie might have to wait till next year but its pretty awesome as well. I recieved quite a few letters this week but I won't list them all. A few are from the ward members; Brother and Sister Bennett, Brother Johnson, you guys (the obituaries), J. Durrant, the Brunsons, and Elder DeGraffenried. So quite a few. It was Christmas all over again haha. Thanks for sending the chicken seasoning and stuff. I look forward to getting it. Looks like Elder Avila won't be here to test out the chicken tacos but the next companion will be, haha. He will probably be leaving on the 25th of March. Thats when this transfer ends. I will more than likely be training after this change like Emily is right now. To tell you the truth I am actually pretty comfortable with the language I guess you could say. I can say what I want when I want to. Sometimes I have some troubles conjugating but that will probably be my entire mission, lol. Elder Franks is a stud and it will come with some more time. He is in Barranquilla and people there speak a different Spanish and is very very hard to understand. Just comes with more time I guess. Right now I am talking to a man about the states and music there and just got his information for the Elders here in Duitama. I am in Duitama right now because we came and picked up our mail and brought a package or two for some other Elders that are here. John was a pretty good guy to work with. He liked to work hard so we were able to get quite a bit of things done. Hopefully he can get in to some classes at Snow or something like he was planning on doing. It was good working with John and his brother Rodger, especially up in the mountains cutting trees. I don't think my skills installing sprinklers will come in handy down here. Why? Because people dont have lawns here and I am pretty sure that 98% of Colombia is the same way but who knows, maybe one day. I have never seen sprinklers being used in Colombia yet. Its amazing how many people are heading out on missions but it's the coolest thing ever. I will be anxiously awaiting the call of Kaesen ha. Sara is going to Malaga Spain! That is totally insane! We will both know Spanish! Whoot Whoot! They speak differently over there though, they speak with a "lisp" so its kind of funny to listen to them talk. There was an elder in the MTC in Colombia from Spain so I talked to him a bit. He talked pretty fast as well. I am glad the kids at school enjoyed the earings and jewelry I sent for your birthday. The thing you have on your rearview mirror is actually like a key chain key ring thing but its kind of big so I don't blame you for using it in the car. This last Monday we went to a place called "Pantano de Vargas". Its a pretty famous monument and the soccer from here in Tunja has a picture of it on the jerseys. Its really huge and pretty awesome. The guy in the middle of our picture was a less active member until he found us in the street a few weeks ago and is attending again with his new girlfriend. I have never seen someone with so much energy or craziness than this guy. That includes everyone from back home, Christin lol. Jaime is finally back from Bucaramanga and will be getting baptized this coming saturday. My companion will baptize him. The Elders in the North also have a family getting baptized this week of 3 people. I hope all is well back home and you guys are great. Love, Elder Larsen

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