Monday, January 9, 2017

1-8-17 #OsoTheMea

Family, How are you doing??

I wish it would snow over here, but that will never happen soooooooo, it hailed over here and people went nuts....if it snowed, world war 3 might occur in the pacific islands haha!

Anyway, sounds like you have had some very fun snow over there! It's hotter than hot cocoa out of the microwave poured over your head....burn. Yeah, it's just very hot over here. If you want to switch... that would be great! ANYWAY, so this week was FANTASTIC!!!!! We set 2 baptismal dates with Chelley and Moaga for the 28th of this month! Really happy for them.  Chelley just moved in with Afele, both really young, but she really wants to be baptized, but they'll need to get married first which Afele isn't super excited about. The 3 of us fasted, Chelley, my comp, and me to be able to help her partner want to get married! We are praying for them! And then Moaga just came up out of no where. We were trying to get faamasani with the area, and this fam we came to, Keilagi and Li, just started to get faamasani with the fam, and then asked if they knew anyone who would like to talk to us! Then Li, the mom, started asking Moaga if he had been baptized, but he said he started lessons but never finished because he moved here. And he had a huge word of wisdom problem, still did, but then he talked with the family and just said you know what, I should stop....and it was AWESOME!! That has never happened with any investigator in my life! We showed him a pic of Christ and we testified of the love of Christ for him and the Atonement that Christ performed just for him....and then he just said right then and their after we taught him about the word of wisdom, I'll stop. And he said he hasn't touched it since....this gospel is true! (We continually pray for his strength and when he's ready...he wants to be baptized!)

I just find so much joy and peace testifying to people about the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what it can do for them. We may always ask "No one really knows how I feel", "Christ never went through this kind of trial", "How can he REALLY know what I am going through?"....and then we turned to the teachings of Alma, where he is teaching about the Atonement to the Nephites and how Christ
"shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 
And he will take upon him death , that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."

Christ knows us. He loves us. And he would not have performed the Atonement had it not been for the Love he has for each one of us! He knows us, individually, perfectly, because he is perfect, and he performed a perfect atonement, so yes. He knows us perfectly. So turn to Him. He knows how to help you overcome weaknesses, trials, sin, heartache, he knows it all. Because of his love, he suffered for us and knows how to succor his people according to their infirmities! 

Anyways, love you all and hope it was an amazing week, full of snow, snow and more snow! 
Love Elder Larson (I'm just're all snow-burned!)

Samoan missionary fun on Prep day!!


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