Editor's Note: Elder Larson is being transferred on 1/26/2016. We don't know where yet, but I will update his address on the front page and the rest of the site as soon as we find out. That might not be until next Monday though...
Today we had a lesson with James. We taught him a while ago at the church and he called us and wanted to meet again. He has troubles with the Book of Mormon and the history side of it and has a lot of questions. He is really sincere though and we had a lesson on not giving up whether it's in the troubles he's having in his life or the Church. It was really strong and resonated a lot with him. He said he would keep thinking about it, I know he felt something.
After that Brother Watson took us to lunch. I think I've said this before, but they just got back from a mission in west Africa doing family history work. It blows my mind to hear about his experiences and all the cool stuff in Africa.
Then we had a lesson with Dynasty. She is Latashia’s daughter. We talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ which is Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. She's only 9 and it was really cool to see her understand all of it. At the end we did the pepper and dishsoap thing that they do in primary haha it was really fun for the kids and I liked it because I remember seeing it when I was little.
Today we went to the church and watched a world wide missionary broadcast that the Church did for all the missionaries. We got trainings and talks from the mission department and Apostles which was really cool. I don't know if it's something everyone can watch right now, but if you can, go look it up because it was really good. After the broadcast something really exciting happened; we got a car! We're not sure how long we will have it, but it's really going to help us while we do.
The rest of the day we went around and saw former and potential investigators that we haven't been able to get to on our bikes yet. It's so much different being in a car than on a bike, we can see so many people in a shorter time which is awesome.
After dinner we had all of our lessons cancel on us, but it worked out ok. We stopped at Sister Ralph's and she told us she was sick. She has had some problems in the past and she was having a really hard time. We ended up giving her a blessing and I could tell that it made her night.
Today was crazy for me. Elder Bronson is almost at his 1/2 way point and so he went with some other missionaries to a mid-mission meeting with President Wilson. So I was here with Elder Larson and Elder Beazer. We had a busy day of tracting and more tracting. After that we went to bingo which was amazing like usual. Then we went to Goochland with Brother Maldonado. We didn't really teach a lot today, but it still turned out to be a good day.
Elder Bronson got back from his meeting at about 9:30, then as soon as the other elders left the snow started to fall. First thing we did was go to the store and buy shovels, then the rest of the day we were out shoveling and shoveling and helping as many people as we could.
Between both days combined we got over a foot of snow I think(editors note: between 16-18” per snow total reports) For me it didn't seem like a big deal, but the people here in Virginia had a really hard time with it. The whole town shut down and nobody went outside. I loved it because we got to go shovel and work all day long.
Saturday night was transfer calls. I was pretty nervous because I had a feeling I would be leaving... Well I was right. I got a call and they told me to pack my bags. So Tuesday I'll find out where I go and who my new companion is at the transfer meeting. I'm not really sure how I feel, I really love this area, the people here, and my companion and it's going to be really hard leaving but I know that I still have a long way to go and a lot more people that the Lord wants me to meet.
Church was cancelled today because of the snow which really threw me off haha. So just like the last 2 days we went out and shoveled people's cars and driveways. It was really great to see how grateful people are and how much they appreciated our help even though we weren't always trying to teach them the gospel directly. A lot of the time they would ask us if we were missionaries before we said anything about it.
Tonight we got to teach Charles. He is 16 and wants to be baptized. He has the most open heart and is willing to follow almost anything that is right. He has been hanging out with our priests quorum and plays church ball with them. We taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ tonight and it was really cool to see his understanding of repentance and baptism and who the Holy Ghost is. I can't wait till the day he gets baptized, it's going to be so cool.
This week was really busy and really long, but it was one of the best ones yet. I love serving others and the snow is the best! It's going to be hard to leave, but I'm excited for my new adventure. Stay tuned to find out where I go next week.