Monday, July 28, 2014


Buenas Días Utah!
Well, here in Moyobamba it is cold and rainy. Haha J This last week was an interesting one. My companion and I went to the clinic last Tuesday to check up on her foot. Basically her tendons are super inflamed and the doctor said that she couldn’t work until Friday. So I had to search members for my companions but a lot of them couldn’t or didn’t want to. So I was stuck in the house with her. It was kind of funny. Then it came to be Friday and we went to the clinic and the doctor said that she needed to relax until Monday. So the whole week I worked with members when we could find some. And my companion’s foot is still hurting.
But I got a little surprise Friday. I was sitting with my companion and suddenly my sister leader called and said ‘Hey, I’m coming to the house now to do a work visit with you’ so Friday and Saturday I had my very first work visit in the mission where my sister leader is my companion for 24 hours and we work in my area. It went well, and I learned how I can better my area and my teachings. I never had a work visit before because my first companion was a sister leader and my other sister leader was sick a lot so she never got the chance to do a work visit.
We had a family night this last week complete with a bon fire with the elders and our branch, it was pretty fun. It was a little testimony meeting. We talked a lot about Jesus and what he did for us. And the spirit was super strong. That was probably the highlight of my week. We ate popcorn and roasted hotdogs. It reminded me of home J
This last week we learned a lot about faith and how we need to have faith in the lord and that he will assist us in all things and that everything happens for a reason and only God knows why.
Have an amazing week. And remember how amazing you all are J

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cambio en clima‏

Buen día!
This week we started out with P-day and we went exploring through caves! It was so much fun! We had to wear these helmets for light and wear boots because it had a ton of water in the caves. We also had to go through all these little small spaces. It was quite interesting and so much fun. J I am attaching some pictures. There were people falling in the water, people slipping... it was quite the adventure.
When we returned home I had a sore throat. Yup, I got a cold this last week, with a fever and everything. And it is always funny when you get a cold in the jungle because people always think it is because you got wet in the rain or something else like that. But also we are shaking hands all day with people who have colds and we are kissing women on the cheeks who have colds too. So I think that has something to do with it as well J But it is always funny because they always tell me when I am sick that it is ‘the change in climate’ (cambio en clima). But I am feeling a ton better now.
This last week we worked hard to find new people and we found this old man and his wife that are so cute. The old man had an accident 4 years ago and is in a wheelchair, he can’t talk very well and can’t hear, and he doesn’t understand things very well either. But he is so cute. We are trying to find simple ways to teach him. We taught him about baptism and I felt like he understood. I asked him why he wanted to get baptized and he was like ‘I don’t know’ haha. We are going to work with him J They are a super cute couple.
Well this week we get to see how my companion is. The last few days she hasn’t been able to walk on her foot, her foot is super swollen. So we will be going to the clinic soon to see what’s up.
I am still adjusting to how cold it gets here. I think I was just way to used to the heat in Iquitos and now it just feels like it’s freezing here. I don’t want to think about my first winter back in Utah J
But everyone have an amazing week, I love you all J
Hermana Larsen


Monday, July 14, 2014


What a week! This last week was crazy busy. We did a ton. We started
out the week with service on Wednesday and we went to go help a sister
weed her lawn. We used our machetes, it was pretty fun. But we were
talking with her and she has this door that divides her house and if
it shuts we can’t get out of the house unless we climb this wall.
Well, guess what, this door shut. So the sister was like, hey we can’t
get out unless we climb this wall. So being me…I climbed the wall… 
It was fun but when I got up I didn’t know how to get down, and then
her son that is 6 years old walked through the door returning home
from school, and he looked up and was like ‘¿Qué estas haciendo?’
(what are you doing?) he is adorable. So he opened the door for his
mom and I risked my life and jumped off. I lived. 
We also had interviews this last week with the president. They went
well. We also had our talent show with the two branches that are in
Moyobamba. It was fun, the four missionaries and four sisters that we
have in the branches, we did a number, we can’t dance so we were
creative. We took mini dresses and shoes and we had our companion put
her arms through the arm holes of the dress and my hands were in the
bottom of the dress with the shoes and then it looked like we were
these mini people dancing. I have a video but I didn’t get pictures, I
tried…but it was pretty funny 
There are also a ton of adventistas here. I don’t know how to say
adventista in english but that is the religión that believes that
Saturday is the sabbath day. There are a lot. And we ran into alot
this last week. And they always want to fight with us. But that is
when my studying comes into place. I got to use a lot of my knowledge
from the bible this last week.
I read a cool article this last week about being perfect in Christ.
And how there are a lot of people that think that we need to do
everything completely perfect and if they don’t do it that way they
get discouraged or sad but this article was saying that we shouldn’t
do that because what Christ did for us wasn’t so that we could do
everything competely perfect but so that we could have the perfect
experiences of repentance and being at one with him. Just thought I
would share a Little bit of revelation that I recieved this week.
Woo, today we are going to go to these caves. I’m going to take a lot
of pictures. I’m excited. Have a wonderful week. Remember who you are.

Hermana Larsen

Monday, July 7, 2014

Llorando... and Cumpliaños!‏

Confession time for mom.  I didn't post last weeks message so today
is bonus day! Check it out!
 We went to these cool park things where we could almost see all of Moyobamba and we got to sit by the river for a bit, it was nice and calming :)
June 30, 2014
Buenas días!
Whoa, what a week. Almost every person that we taught was crying, it
was cool because every person, we found them in the perfect timing.
But it was interesting because every time we found a new person or went
and taught someone they ended up crying. We have been finding a lot of
cool people. And the branch here is awesome. They are all so willing
to help 
Moyobamba is cold! I sleep with a jacket and socks. I think I was a
little too accustomed to the hot weather in Iquitos. But the other day
it was the worst. We were walking and it started to rain, and not just
a little bit, but A LOT. And it was cold, we got soaked and had to go
back to our house and change. It was freezing. I almost felt like I
was back in Utah.
We have found this last week that there are a ton of less active members in
our area. We have been a little stressed out about it because many of them have 
a lot of forgiving to do.
We are getting to know a lot more of our area and we are finding a
lot more people. It’s been a different change but fun!
Have an amazing week! 

Hermana Larsen
July 7, 2014
Well, it was quite the week, we started out with a birthday!
One of the hermanas that we live with, it was her birthday and her
companion is the sister leader and on her birthday her companion had
to go to Iquitos for a meeting with all the leaders so we were in a
trio with her and we did something special for her at night. We didn't
have a lot of money so we improvised. We made carmel popcorn and this
pastry thing and put a candle in the popcorn and we sang to her. It
was fun :) Also when the hermana that is a sister leader returned she
decided that she wanted to do a work visit so we switched companions,
I went with her companion in her area and my companion went with the
sister leader. It was fun, I got to know another area. We walked
through rivers and got to be in the jungle!! :) Sometimes I am walking
and can't believe that I am in Peru in the Amazon jungle. AH!
The branch here is awesome. They are always here to help. The
president and his wife are awesome. The presidents wife is going to
start giving us dinner at night and we are excited because their
family is fun and we always feel at home when we go to their house.
We are finding more people to teach and still have a lot of people
planned for this week to teach. We have a good feeling about this week
and we feel that things are picking up for the area.
Oh, funny thing this last week, we were teaching a less active family
and we were trying to get them to understand that without the husband
or without the wife or without the kids, their family isn't complete.
And my companion was doing an example and suddenly a peanut butter
sandwich popped into my head. Yup, peanut butter and jelly. But they
don't have those here, at all. So I started to explain that in the USA
we have these sandwiches and then I said but without the peanut
butter it isn't the same and without the bread and so on and so forth.
And then I explained that the husband is the peanut butter and the wife is the
jelly and the bread is the kids. I was laughing at myself after the
lesson. But they understood and it worked out :)
Woo!! Well, have an amazing week. :)
Happy late 4th of july!!! :)

Hermana Larsen