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Mission Office Address:
Elder Matthew Robert Larson
Washington Seattle Mission
10675 NE 20th Street
Bellvue, Washington 98004-2860

Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 3

Dear Mom,

It has been a very strange week, after the transfer meeting was over, my trainer Elder Hales, who is from Idaho took me to an appointment with an investigator who is Chinese named Sigrid, she was nice and very cooperative, but she is Buddhist and knows nothing about god, so i cant wait to talk to her again, the next day was a p-day, but for three hours, because P-days are generally on Monday. After getting stuff unpacked, i hung out with the District leader Elder Mun, he is South Korean and had to learn English on the mission, he has a strong testimony and is such a great guy, his companion is Elder Sill, who was in my class at the MTC. Tracting has been a whole new experience for me, everybody on Mercer Island are millionaires and really don't like talking to us, but we do find those who are seeking the truth eventually and that’s why I am here. I had to stay at the mission home to help watch Elder Newman an AP who caught pneumonia, so I got to learn many things form him. Another missionary broke both arms in a bike crash and was sent home. Last night i was going down a very steep hill on my bike and there was a turn, but i was going way to fast to turn and i was going to hit a wall, so i press on my breaks, but i was going way to fast so when i braked I still fell off, I only scraped my hands a little bit, but other than that I'm fine, It was a very scary moment for me, because i did not want to be injured and go home. I gave out 1 Book of Mormon and taught 2 lessons to people at the door and I probably sang 50 times, because if they don’t want to hear the message you ask them if you can sing a song for them, half the time they say yes, the other half give a mean no. I met my Bishop, Bishop Post who has just been called so it will be interesting to work with him. My ward mission leader Brother Jolly has taught me many great ideas on how to involve members in missionary work, and Brother Jacobson is the assistant to the ward mission leader and he is a convert, he has such a great testimony, plus I hear he always helps the missionary's out with stuff they need. I went on splits with Elder Mun and we went tracting on Saturday before the Seahawks pre season game, everybody when they answered their door would say they getting ready for the game or were watching the game, so nobody wanting to hear our message, the whole time Elder Mun was saying "I hate Seahawks, what more important preseason game or your Salvation", he cracks me up. Last night we were tracting and a guy opened up the door and was genuinely excited to see us so I started talking about the wonderful message we would like to bear, then my trainer said that the guy was a member brother Vassau, I was so surprised he was the first member I met outside of church and reason he wasn’t at church was, because he was on a plane flying home from BYU Idaho where he dropped his son for college. I have had such a wonderful week and I have learned so much, I love you and miss you. As for a package, Dr. pepper is always good, but no more junk food, i get enough of that already from members. I would also like some pictures of you guys and maybe some more toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and floss, from your amazing stock, so I can save money not paying for it here. My allowance is $152, but everything is a little bit more expensive here, so its nice to get a couple of things out of the way. I will be okay buying food for myself, mainly fruits and sandwich stuff, so I can feed myself nutritious stuff for breakfast and lunch, Dinner I will be fed. I dont have an Ipad, but I hear we will receive Ipads soon, because they are going to make every mission in the states an I pad mission. Again I love and miss you Mom

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Week 2

Dear mom,
I flew on the plane and had such an amazing experience, the sight from the plane was breathtaking, you wouldn't believe it, Seattle from the sky was a beautiful sight that I will always remember. I sat in the mission office for 6 hours, because we had 29 missionary's come in and they needed to put all of us into companionships. It was nice having the 6 hours to talk to all the other missionaries and hearing all their testimonies. After that I got my companion Elder Hales, who has only been out here for six weeks and is already a trainer. I'm living in a nice apartment on Mercer Island, where all the rich people live. Right after we got our trainers we were supposed to go to the apartment and unpack, but Elder Hale had an appointment, so after traveling and talking to missionaries all day, I helped Elder Hales teach a lesson to a investigator. He said I did a great job, then we knocked on doors and sang to people who opened them, because this mission is a singing mission and we are required in sing in the shower, in the car, and to investigators. My job is to memorize church songs, so that's fun. I haven't unpacked much cause I have been busy, but I hope I can unpack the rest of it tonight. I heard we are having 30 more missionaries in 6 weeks so I may or may not be a trainer by then. Anyway, I love everything about Seattle so far and I love being out here and serving others. When ye are in the service of your fellow being, ye are only in the service of your god.

I love you mom and I hope you are doing fine, I am praying for you and everybody else when I wake up and before I sleep.  When I am in the field I promise I will not think about you, because I am serving god and if I'm busy thinking about you guys, I will get really home sick. I know this work is the lords work and I am blessed to do it.

With Love, Elder Matthew Larson

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Week 1

I'm having a fantastic time. The food tastes good. The lessons are good. The people are good. Everything is just good, you know. I loved the packages you sent me, sadly I can't send pics on this computer. My friends in my room all got packages, so we got a lot of food to eat. First day here I was wondering how I would survive this, but now I think I'm good. Now it’s just a bunch of classes. Thanks for all the love and support you give, I really cherish it. Love you mom so much.

With love, Elder Larson

My Companion is nice and everybody else is nice and the spirit is just so strong here you wouldn't believe, my faith has grown tremendously and I'm looking forward to Christmas even though its months away.
It’s been really fun, but put me in Seattle now, I'm tired of waiting.
I sent letters that you might receive throughout the week