Monday, May 21, 2018

Transfer Week In the Office


Hello my Brothers and Sisters! I rejoice with you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are. 

I know it has been a few weeks since I have written to y'all, and I'm sorry about that. Most of my P-days have been spent running to and fro. 

Anyway, Let's hop right in. 

Most of this week has been spent doing office work. We drove places, visited many people, dropped off media, and "went around doing good." A lot of the work of an Office Elder goes unnoticed by the missionaries, but it sure does make a difference. How can the work of the Lord move forward unless the temporal needs of the mission are met? How can the missionaries help people become converted to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ except they have the media that they need? The solution is having the amazing Office Elders!

There were a couple tender Mercies this week other then staying safe on the road that I would like to share with y'all. We are going to be moving to a new apartment complex, so we went and took a tour of one of the complexes in town. While taking that tour our tour guide mentions that she had taken lessons from missionaries in Kansas in the past. Long story short she is a less active member with 3 kids that could be baptized, and she wants us to come and share the Restored Gospel with them! 

The other tender mercy was when we were able to find the missing transfer van keys. So.... Long story short we lost the transfer van keys on Sunday. After looking during our free time ever day, and much Prayer and wrestling with God we found the keys. I know it might seem kinda petty and lame, but it was a faith promoting experience for me. It goes to show that nothing is so small that we can't take it to God. He does indeed hear, and answer our prayers. Sometimes it will take time to get an answer, and it may not be in the way we expect, but God does listen to his children. Nothing is more important to him then His children. 

The last few weeks I have had to "wrestle with God". It has been mighty hard to maintain my positive attitude, because of feelings of failure. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, because he understands how I feel. Because he understands how I feel, he is able to give me the strength to keep moving forward. Some counsel I have received from dear friends rings true. I can do hard things! The same is true for you. You can do hard things! Paul the apostle of old put it this way, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me". I know that with Jesus Christ, we can accomplish anything. 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I know that our Redeemer Lives! He lives to bless us with his Love. He lives to Plead for us above. He lives to calm our troubled hearts. He lives all blessings to impart. He lives our mansions to prepare. He lives to bring us safely there. It is my prayer that we will all strive to come a little closer to the Savior this week so that when all is said and done, we may all return to live with him up there. 

I love you all, God bless you, and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely your friend, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hard Goodbye's in Hope - Hello Again Little Rock!

Hello World! I rejoice with you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are! 

I'm so sorry that I haven't sent out a weekly in a few weeks. I don't have a whole lot of time this week, so let's hop right in. 

It appears that I am getting transfered to North Little Rock to become and Office Elder. What this means in a nutshell is that I am going to be driving long hours in the truck pulling a trailer. I will also be helping transfer people in the transfer van. It will be a bit of an interesting time. Please be sure to pray that I will be safe on the road. Odds are I will be an office Elder for anywhere between 4 1/2 to 7 1/2 months. We will just have to see what happens. 

Anyway things have been interesting this last week. I was totally not expecting to be called as an office elder. Elder Rockwood was also not expecting to be transfered to Blytheville. Elder Anderson will be staying here in Hope and will be getting Elder Dahl as his companion. I'm really excited for the Hope Branch because Elder Dahl is awesome. 

Anyway my last Sunday in the Hope branch was incredible. I was able to bear my testimony to those wonderful saints one last time as a missionary. I also was able to see the New Elders Quorum President lead the Quorum for the first time. I have helped him a lot throuout the last 9 months and it made me so happy to see how he has grown I also had potluck with the saints, and that was wondeful. The last thing we did was take pictures as a branch. I have pictures with the adults and a few with the little kids. It was awesome. Many, many tears were shed all around. It felt like I was leaving my family all over again. I truly feel that I have been adopted by these wonderful Saints. 

As a parting gift they had all signed cards, and gave me a signed hat and a Arkansas Razorback shirt. I consider that last Sunday a sacred experience. I will cherish those memories forever. 

We also had a musical tribute in Jacksonville and it was amazing! The Spirit of the Lord was poured out upon all the people who were there. I felt so privileged to share the first vision with everyone. 

I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and that this is the true church upon the earth today. I will never doubt it. I will never question it. I know that God lives and loves us. 

Please keep reading the Book of Mormon. It is the foundation of my conversion. I know that anyone can read that book and come closer to Jesus Christ. 

sincerely, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen


The Sweet Saints of HOPE


Jodi and Dewan with Elder's Larsen and Anderson


The Beautiful Primary of Hope

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

Hello World!!! I rejoice with you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are! 

This week is going to be short, because I am out of time. I'm sorry for not writing to y'all last week. These last few weeks I've been running, running, running nonstop. 

So to recap the highlights of the week for y'all let's hop right in. 

This week I went on exchanges with the Pine Bluff Zone Leaders. That was really awesome! We taught 3 lessons and the people they are teaching are Golden. It was a great exchange 

We have been building a good relationship with the local Presbyterian Reverend in town. We made mention that we were in need of an organ to practice music on and long story short we were given a key to the front door of the church! How cool is that!?!

This week we also went to Jonesboro for the first Easter missionary musical tribute. It was awesome! I'm so grateful for the chance that I had to sing my testimony to all the people who were there. I am also elated that I was able to tell everyone the first vision account. 

Joseph Smith's own words are...

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

I know that God the Father, and Jesus Christ Appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and that they answered his question on what church to join. I know that this is the true church. The Book of Mormon is the proof. If we read it and really desire to know it is true then God will tell us by the power of the Holy Ghost. 

I love you all and God does too. Both of us would like to hear from you. Write me an email and say a prayer and both God and I will answer you. I know that this is true. 

Have a blessed week Y'all!

Sincerely, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen

Faith is Not to Have a Perfect Knowledge

Hello World!!! I want to thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are! Thank you ever so much for the faith & prayers that have been offered in my behalf. Trust me I have definitely felt a boost this week. 

The highlights for this week include, Zone Conference, faith building experiences, and feeling God's love. 

So I have had some questions as to what my day to day is like here as a missionary. Everyday I wake up, study, have lunch, and then head out into the world to preach the Gospel. Near the end of the day we have dinner and use Facebook to teach other people. Facebook has become a great tool to try to teach others. 

If y'all have anyone that you would like to be taught the Gospel, I can get them started with Facebook and Skype. 😊

I am really loving my companions. They are great individuals. Elder Rockwood is my trainee and he is great. He works hard and really tries to do what the Lord wants. Elder Anderson is likewise a good friend of mine. He has helped me a lot these last 5 months. The Good Lord definitely knows who I have needed to be my companion. 

Zone conference was this last Thursday and the whole time we were taught about faith and what it really is. It was very insightful. 

Hebrews 11:1 Tells us that "faith is the substance of things Hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Let's compare Faith to Air. We can't see air, but we can feel it. Likewise we can't see God at the present time, but we can see his influence in our lives. 

On Sunday I was feeling pretty down, and the talks during the Sacrament were just for me. The speaker talked about the Love that God has for us. He taught about how vast and all encompassing the Love of God is. John 3:16 tells us "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Heavenly Father knew exactly what His Son would have to go through in order to bring us home. It was a terrible price that needed to be paid. The Father willingly gave His Son, and His Son willingly came. When I remembered the great amount of Love that the Father and the Son have for me I felt better. I remembered that even through life is hard we have some amazing support from Heavenly Places. 

My dear friends I know that this Gospel is true. I have seen so many evidences in my life that God is real. He knows us personally. I know that Jesus is my Savior. I know that the Holy Bible & the Book of Mormon work together to lift, encourage, inspire, and bless us. 

My Book of Mormon verse for the week is Mormon 7:9
"For behold, this (The Book of Mormon) is written for the intent that ye may believe that (The Bible); and if ye believe that(Bible) ye will believe this(Book of Mormon) also; and if ye believe this(Book of Mormon) ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them

I would also like to extend an invitation to all the married couples who shall read my words. I would invite you to take a fresh copy of the Book of Mormon, and prayerfully mark it according to the whispering of the Holy Ghost for your spouse. I can promise you that as you do this you will be able to hear the voice of the Holy Ghost as he rests more abundantly in your home. You will also grow closer to your spouse, contention will depart, and you will find yourself happier then you were before despite challenges that may arise. I can also promise you that as you grow closer to your spouse, you will also grow closer to God. 

I love you all! Please let me know if there is anything that y'all could use some missionary prayers for. God bless y'all and have a great week. 

Sincerely, 

Elder Larsen

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Mission Adventures

Hello World!!! I love you all! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are. Y'all are great! Keep up the good work. 

So this will be kinda quick.

Anyway this week I picked up my new missionary Elder Rockwood. He is awesome. I haven't had a chance to get the pictures that we took at the mission office yet, so I will try to send those next week. 

We had interviews with the Mission President this week and that was great. I love having a chance to review the progress of the last transfer and keep moving forward in a good direction. 

If y'all could keep my companionship in your prayers that would be great. I haven't trained before, so I'm a little nervous about all this. 

Book of Mormon verse for the week. 3rd Nephi 12: 44 "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despite fully use you and persecute you." Jesus said love everyone, so go out of your way to love others this week. 

I want you all to know that I know this church is the Lord's kingdom again on the earth. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand to Testify of our AMAZING Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus knows my name. He knows my weaknesses and how to turn them into strengths. I know that redemption comes through Christ. 

" How Great, how glorious, how complete, Redemption grand design, where justice, love, and mercy meet in harmony divine!"

I love you all and Have a blessed day!

Sincerely, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen

PS - Skyler indicated in his email to his mom that medically he is doing so much better.  He is working with his doctor in Hope and experimenting with taking him off some of his diabetes medication and he is feeling better than he has in almost 2 years!  I'm so grateful for this as a mom.  Since he has been feeling better he is able to do so much more work.  


Friday, March 2, 2018

Baptisms, Diabetes Cured, Training calls, and Senior Couples

Hello Friends and Family! 

I rejoice with you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are!

I am quickly running out of time, but I wanted to thank everyone for the prayers in our behalf this last week. The baptisms and confirmations for Jodi and Xeric went great! Thank you. 

A miracle has occurred in Hope. I no longer have diabetes! Long story short,  Under Doctor supervision I haven't been taking my medicine for 6 days, and my numbers have been good. The Good Lord has cured me!

Transfer news came out and Elder Anderson and I will be training a new missionary in Hope! I'm so excited to be training with one of my best friends in an area that I absolutely LOVE!

The prayers of the branch have been answered and we are also receiving a Senior couple to help us. 

God is SO GOOD!!! He watches over us and helps us more then we can possibly keep track of. I know that this church is the Lord's church again reestablished on the earth today. I know that my Redeemer Lives! I know that if we follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ then we can become truly happy in a troubled world. If you need peace in your life follow the Savior's promise in Doctrine and Covenants 19:23

23 Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.

If we read the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon)  to learn more about Christ, listen to the still small voice of the Holy Ghost, and keep the Commandments then we can receive the peace that comes straight from the Savior.  

John 14:27 says 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

You can find Peace in Christ. 

I love you all, and I love my Savior. He is the Redeemer of my soul. His mighty hand has made me whole. His wonderous power has raised me up, and filled with sweet my bitter cup. 

Have a blessed week!

Sincerely your brother in Christ, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen


Jodi's Baptism Day


Xeric's Baptism Day


Elder Anderson made this scripture bag for Jodi's - he's got SKILLS!

I Love Hope Arkansas!

Hello Family, Friends, and other amazing Children of God! I rejoice with you in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are!

Hello Family, Friends, and other amazing Children of God! I rejoice with you in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are!

Thank y'all for your prayers this last week!!! We had so many miracles it is hard to keep track of it all. Let's hop right in. 

The Hope Branch's Relief society came to the Rescue Wednesday night and helped Jodi find a dress for her marriage on saturday. It was thrown together rather quickly, but they were able to find a dress that worked.

We were also able to take Dewon teaching with us while they were figuring all of that out. Dewon loved being a missionary for a little bit. His confidence boosted through the roof and it was such a great experience for everyone. 

The marriage on Saturday went SPLENDID! Many people came and supported Dewon and Jodi. It did my heart well to see how the branch has adopted them into the family and helped them so much. My friends, I love serving in Hope. This cute little branch of Zion is the best! I will attach pictures of the wedding. 

After the wedding we took Dewon, Jodi and Spencer (Brother in Law) out to Burger King for lunch. Haha it was a good time and a great way to end the day. As a result of that experience Spencer is now super interested in the Gospel.

We are currently teaching Dewon & Jodi, Spencer & Vanessa, Sara & James and their family, and some other amazing people. Please pray for the Good Lord to pour out blessings upon them. 

I want to share with y'all my firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. One scripture passage that has touched my heart more then any other is 3rd Nephi 11: 7, 10-11 & 14.

 7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

   10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

   11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

   14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

I Testify that no evil man could write such holy words, and that no good man would unless he were inspired by the Almighty. I know that Joseph Smith did indeed see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that they answered his humble prayer. I know that God loves it when we pray to him. He hears us, and will bless us in our times of need. Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. If we come to him, repent and try our best then we can receive Grace into our lives. 

The church is true and the Book of Mormon is Blue, read it and you will find God's plan for you.

I love you all and I pray that y'all will be blessed!

Have a blessed Week!

Sincerely,

Elder Skyler Larsen

Isaiah 41:9&10


Jodi and Dewon's Wedding Day