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!


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!


Elder Skyler Larsen

Isaiah 41:9&10

Jodi and Dewon's Wedding Day

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Miracles, Tender Mercies and More Miracles

Hello Family, Friends, and other amazing children of God! I want to thank you for what you do, but mostly for who you are. Y'all are amazing!

I never cease to be amazing at how many miracles can happen in a single week! So many have happened this week it is hard to keep track of them all. I will try to give y'all the best ones in the short time that I have. 

Jodi and Dewon came to church yesterday!!! The Hope Branch is the best! They welcomed them in and have adopted them into the family. It was so amazing to see. They all started fellowshipping one with another and they are all friends now. Jodi and Dewon loved every single bit of Church! 

Jodi and Dewon need our prayers my friends! They want to be married this Saturday, and then Jodi wants to be baptized next saturday. I have faith that this will all work out, but I need your faith and prayers too. PLEASE pray this week that the Good Lord will provide all the necessary tender Mercies to have all this work out.

We also learned yesterday that there is a part member family that has a son that asked the branch presidency to be baptized. The family has been coming to church for a few months so we just need to review all the lessons with this young lad and then he can be Baptized next Saturdayalso. Please pray for Xerick!

I love you all so much, I'm out of time. I want to share my testimony that I know that I am in the service of my personal Savior Jesus Christ. I feel His AMAZING Grace in my life so often, and you can too. I know that Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ know my name and are aware of the work that I am trying to do. They love you! Don't ever forget that they love you so much, more then you can comprehend. They want you to come back home to live with them. Keep the Commandments and you can return to live with them someday. The Book of Mormon is amazing! If you are not reading it, I invite you to find the happiness contained therein. 

I love you all and have a terrific, blessed week!

Sincerly your friend,

Elder Larsen

PS - The Civil War pics are from Skylers p-day. "We had the most terrific p-day. We went and spent the day with the Ridgells in Prescott and it was awesome. We helped Brother Ridgell with some service earlier today and then we drove all around the different Civil war battle sights. Then we went and got dressed up in civil war outfits. It was great! I dressed up as a Yankee. "

Skyler and Elder Anderson - who is an amazing piano and organ player from what Skyler has shared. 

The Camden District

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Busy and Sweet is the Work

Hello Family and Friends!

I rejoice with you in the Gospel of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you for what you do, but mostly thank you for who you are. 

I realize that there are some people that have not been able to get my weekly reports on my blog. Sorry fellow missionaries. I will try to keep y'all updated from now on. 

This week went by really fast. I have been living out of a duffel bag for the last few days, because of exchanges and meetings. That's OK though because sweet is the work. 

Highlights: this week we had Zone conference. It is always fun to get to see my fellow missionaries in my Zone and see how everyone is doing. We learned about Joseph and Mary and how they had all the Christ like qualities in them so that they could be the best parents for the Savior. A person has about 80% of their character traits developed by age 5 so that is why it is critical to love and support little children as they grow up. It was really interesting. 

We had interviews on Saturday and over the course of the conversation President Hansen said that I would be leaving Hope at the end of February. Now I need to make sure that I make the remaining time count here. 

Area: I love the Hope area! The members here are really great. Right now we are teaching a part member family named Dewon and Jodi. They are planning on getting married here in the next couple of weeks. Then Jodi will be baptized. We are shooting for the 25th before transfers so that I can see her get baptized. 

Companion: Right now I am serving with Elder Anderson. He is a really nice companion who tries really hard to do what is right. I have been with him now for about 4 months. He has some real good sowing skills and made a scripture case for me out of some extra material that he had. Super neat stuff. 

Exchange: this week I went on exchange with Elder Armstrong. He is a powerhouse missionary and he has helped me TONS. We spent the day in Pine Bluff which has the nickname Crime Bluff. It was great. Haha

Tell-a-story: This week on exchange we had a really neat experience. We were knocking on a door with a Vivint doorbell and the owner comes on over the intercom and is like "What y'all want?". Long story short we introduced him to the Book of Mormon and he wanted a copy. He was like "Just put it over in my mail box and I'll take a look at it." It was so awesome! 

Studies: This week I have been working on President Nelson's challenge to study everything I can about the Savior. I am using the Topical guide as my core curriculum and let me tell ya it has been amazing! Today I read from the Sermon on the mount and pondered on the Beattitudes. The very first beattitude is "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's is the kingdom of Heaven." Poor in spirit means poor in pride, or humble in spirit. Isn't that interesting, the very first thing the Savior taught on the mount was humility. I think that is of critical importance. If we are humble then everything the Savior wants to teach us will come easier. 

Testimony: My dear friends, I know that this church is the Lord's church once again established here on earth for the benefit and blessing of God's children. I know without a shadow of doubt that Joseph Smith did indeed see God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that the work that I am engaged in is the work of Almighty God. I know that there are many people all around us that are searching for the amazing truth that we have. I challenge y'all to look for one person that you could share the Restored Gospel with. I promise you that if you ask the Lord to help you find that person then he will show you the way. If y'all are struggling with any problem, then read from the Book of Mormon. It is the spiritual Cure-all. The Book of Mormon connects us to Christ and He can give us grace to help us in times of need. 

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!! This is the best thing that I have ever done with my life. I love you all and I would love to hear from you. 

Your friend, 

Elder Skyler G. Larsen

Friday, February 2, 2018

Counting Down

Hello Family and Friends!!! I rejoice with you in the amazing true Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I love you all and I'm so grateful for what y'all do, but mostly for who you are. 

These week has been incredible!!! I was able to sit at the feet of 2 ordained Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ! Elder Holland and Elder Uctdorf came and visited the good people of the south and shared their deep love for us. They taught the missionaries on Saturday and I had a 2 second interview with each of them as I shook their hands. I felt as if I was shaking the hand of the Savior of the World, and I actually felt His deep love for me. It was the most amazing experience. I had many tender experiences with those two powerful men of God. One of those was a simple declaration of truth taught from Elder Holland. The last thing that He said during the missionary training on Saturday was that the words that he will say until the very last breath of his life would be that "This is the truth." When he said that I had an undeniable spiritual witness from the Holy Spirit of God such as I have never before felt in my life. I have always known that this is the truth, but this experience made it even more sure in my heart. 

Elder Holland and Elder Uctdorf spoke about many amazing things. I have attached a small portion of my notes. English doesn't do this justice at all. I feel a captive trying to relate all I experienced and the tender feelings of my heart in this crooked and broken language. I just pray that wherever you are that the Holy Spirit will be able to confirm in your heart, as He did to mine that this Church is the only one that has the power to unite families for time and all eternity, and to help us become truly changed people through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 I know, my dear friends, that Heavenly Father lives. He loves us so much that he sent his only Son to pay the debt that we could never pay, so that we can return to live with them again. I know that this is the truth. Truth is unalterable. It doesn't change despite all the attempts of the world to change it. God Lives. Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God. The Bible is the word of God.  The Book of Mormon is unequivocally Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom established again here on the earth preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.  I will never doubt it. I will never question it. 

If life seems dark and dreary, don't forget to pray ( Hymn 140). Reading from the Book of Mormon is the cure-all for many problems in life. Keep up the good work. I love you all. 


Elder Skyler Glen Larsen


Notes from Mission Training and Stake Conference. 

Elder Beheshti: Miracles are possible by repentance.

Elder Uctdorf: Prayer is really powerful. No greater expression of love then to Pray with and mention in your prayers your gratitude and love for your eternal companion. The Holy Ghost is our translator. As long as our intent is perfect then Christ will make up the rest. Don't give up, help each other. The Savior lifted others and so can I. Two keys to success in life.  1. trust the Lord 2. keep the Commandments. Never underestimate your impact or ability to succeed.

Stake Conference -Be in Harmony. The Gospel gives us orientation. It helps us have the map of where to go. Look to the light. God gives us his son so we can have the miracle of forgiveness. The Savior gives us hope. The sun is a symbol of God's great love for us. The Gospel is our plane to climb over the clouds of life. Think locally and look for ways to share the gospel. Share the simple things. The reformation helped bring about the restoration. Reread lift where you stand. Life ain't easy, but with the Lord's help it will be possible. Powerful witness of Christ.

Elder Holland: Learn to Love silence . This is the church that believes in eternal progression. This must be a pivotal moment of your life. The Gospel must be the most important thing to you forever. Fire shut up in my bones forever. You've got to love this gospel forever. Heavens investment in me is eternal. Go home and Testify that your life has been changed forever. I will live for the Gospel. This is forever. His last words will be " this is the truth" 

Stake Conference: it is not where you serve, but how you serve. Everyone is in the same family. This mission must be my great turning point. The succession in the presidency is a miracle. The Lord went back to find a child ( Joseph Smith). Sometimes we are so close to history we don't know we are making it. Easter is coming up. Lessons from scriptures holy week. 3 lessons. 1 week began now is my soul troubled. Father save me from this hour. Nevertheless for this cause came I unto into the world. Jesus didn't want to face the music. Jesus said "I'm in this for you Father.  Father said "Hang on my son, Together we will make it through." We are on trial, not the Gospel. How do we hear it and how we respond to it, that is what is on trial. 2. Night before crucifixion, woman having alabaster box anointed Jesus for Burial. Jesus said "Let her alone, she had done what she could." Mark 14:8. The good we do will stand as our eternal memorial. Do what you can. Do all you can. 3. A new commandment I give unto you. Love one another. Love is the measuring rod. Love, it is that simple. Love is the basic component of the gospel. When you boil it all down it is love.  The Savior didn't want to overwhelm the Apostles. If nothing else, love one another. Elder Holland left an apostolic blessing of peace and love to be with me.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hump Week!

Hello Family & Friends!

I rejoice with y'all in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isn't He just AMAZING! Thank you all for what you do, but mostly for who you are. 

This week was pretty rough, but that's ok. The Savior didn't always have easy days. There wasn't too many highlights for this week. We went and provided some service for some members in Prescott. We split some wood and helped stack it. That was real fun. 

One thing that I am looking forward to this week is being able to receive instruction from Elder Holland and Elder Uctdorf! They are going to be instructing the missionaries on Saturday, and I'm so excited!

I know that this church is the Lord's church established again in this day and age. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I LOVE reading from the Book of Mormon. It has become the daily bread for my spirit and has enhanced my study of the Holy Bible. Jesus is the Christ. He is my best friend and I love serving Him and the good people of the South. 

I love you all and keep praying for me, and I'll keep on praying for you. God bless y'all and have a blessed week. 


Elder Skyler Glen Larsen