Monday, May 3, 2010

Hey, Hey, The Temple is Coming!!!!

What a beautiful morning, what a beautiful day!!

Good morning fam! I am glad to hear that all is well in the Big City and down in Happy Valley! It sounds like you all had a very eventful and exciting week! Sounds like all of the events went off without a hitch and I am stocked that the Jazz are doing well. Of course that is how it would work out the one season that I am going to miss! I am guessing that they will go to the finals this year and I am praying that they don't, because I don't know if I can stand missing it! haha. I just have to count on you recording it and saving it for a year.... haha

Dad, Thanks for the sports update. It always feels good to be clued in a little to what is going on. Sometimes I feel so out of the world, which is probably a good thing. I was feeling a little like you are and it has helped so much seeing the sun shine outside. Just getting outside and remembering that everything that we have is because Heavenly Father loves us so much that he wanted to surround us with wonderful things and wonderful people. I have to look at everyday as a new day and as a new adventure. Sometimes I feel like a do a lot of the same things everyday so I have to find the one new excited thing that sets that day apart from the rest. It makes each day seem so much more exciting!

Mom, I am glad you got a little run in and some Chuck-a-rama. It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun! You and your running still blow my mind! I don't know how you do all of it. I want to run but I just don't know how I will manage to keep up with all of you! I am sad to hear about Coach. I had heard that he had had a rough go, but I don't think I really knew how rough it was. It is strange the way that life takes sudden turns. I hope that his family is doing okay. It just reminds me that we always need to be ready because we never really know what is going to happen tomorrow.

Brynn, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an amazing birthday! I am sorry that you were so sick! It is always a bummer being sick, and I know that you have slept past 2 in your life!!! haha I think we all have if we ever slept in the room downstairs. I am proud of you for running this last week! I need to start running again so I can keep up with you guys! I am sure that you are just loving the Jazz right now! I hope that Carmello is getting worked over by Fez! Thanks for sharing that story with me! That is an amazing story! I don't think that I have ever heard anything like that before! I know it is true but it was just so apparent to her. Tell her that I say thanks for sharing that!

Chase and Ashley, Congrats again Chase and good luck Ashley this week!! Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you too Ashley on the 10th! I am sure that these last two weeks have been super stressful! Ash you will have to let me know what is going on for your student teaching. I don't know if I remember right but you will be graduating this summer yeah? Chase will you be selling in Salt Lake or Provo for the summer? I am super proud of you guys!

So I have some good news! We found out this week that the Temple dedication will be in August!!! The open house will be from the 7th until the 21st and then the dedication will be on the 29th. I have no idea where I will be in August but I am really hoping that I will be up in Kiev. We also found out transfer info and I will be here again with Sister Ethington. We were both with our companions for 3 transfers before we were put together and we will be staying together for a 3rd, which we are both pretty happy about! We have so much fun together and we have been working pretty hard. We really really want to see some success this transfer so we will be working hard! It is crazy how fast time has flown by! It feels like just a few weeks ago that we came down here together! I am seriously hoping that time starts to slow down a little because as I look at the rest of my mission it just seems shorter then I expected! We have 2 transfers and then the temple opens the next transfer and then I only have 3 more transfers after that!! Crazy!

So this week was pretty mellow. We had some really good lessons and some missed appointments but that is just missionary work :D. We have started working with this really really great family and they seem to enjoy talking to us about religion. The daughter wanted to meet with us for English and her Godmother joined in on the next meeting. The Godmother has had some health issues and she said that she has been praying for Heavenly Father to send someone to help her find truth. The mom of the girl is a very strong Orthodox but she enjoys talking to us and she has said that we seem different and she likes it for some reason. I love going to their house because I just feel like I am around a really great family. They have two other younger children that love to come and talk to us. You can just feel the love in their home.

Yesterday we had a pretty scary experience. We have been working with Nina and Vlad. They are progressing at different paces and so we are trying to pass Vlad to the elders and we are going to try and continue working with Nina. So yesterday we set up a meeting with Vlad and the elders at Nina's apartment. We were waiting for Vlad to get home and Nina was fixing something in the kitchen while we were waiting. All of a sudden we hear the scariest loudest scream I have ever heard in my whole life. I thought that for sure I was going to walk in the kitchen and her hand or arm was going to be gone! When we walked in she was intact but she had just been electrocuted by her washing machine!!! She had been shocked pretty bad and she already has some heart problems. We called the ambulance and they came and took a look at her. They ended up taking her to the hospital to keep an eye on her. She is doing fine and everything turned out okay but I think it hurt and scared her pretty bad! We were all a little shaken up after that! We are going to call her today and see how she is doing. The doctors said she was going to be fine but keep her in your prayers.

Well I don't really know how to transition from that.... So I am just going to ask about mother's day. Would it work for you guys to call me at 4 again Ukraine time and 7 your time? When is your sacrament? Let me know if that works for you..

Well I should probably get going but I love you all! I hope that you have an amazing week and a great party this weekend! Tell everyone that I say and I love them!

Sister Larsen

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