Elder Laahche

Elder Laahche
Canada Vanvouver Mission 2010 - 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Missionaries Do The Greatest Work And ALL Mankind Benefits

Hello everyone!

 I am so humbled and grateful to be a missionary! This is the greatest work on earth and mom reading about all the exciting things going on at home really makes me happy. Heavenly Father truly does love all of us and he truly does prepare people to receive this wonderful messages that we have. I am very grateful that Elder Larsen and I get to devout all out time to serving our Heavenly Father, it's such a blessing! My joy is full when I see my brothers and sisters coming closer to our Heavenly Father. It amazes me continually of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are so blessed to have the fullness of the Gospel! We understand who our Heavenly Father is! We know that through the Atonement of Christ, all men WILL live again and we can be reconciled back to our Heavenly Father. The cool thing is this is what we tell people all day everyday!

Elder Lahache on his Balcony 

 Sounds like everyone back home is having a blast, I'm very glad to hear that Ma is doing well. Sounds like missionary work is exploding over there, and missionary work continues to explode in Prince George too! I have a testimony that as we are diligent, obedient and humble then Heavenly Father will bless us in all things.

 On Tuesday we had a chance to have a meeting with President Tilleman. I am so grateful that he is our mission President, he truly is a man of God. We felt the spirit really powerfully as we set goals for the mission. Our aim is to have 54 of our brothers and sister enter into the waters of baptism in June! I know that we can do it as we exercise faith and work as hard as we can! I remember feeling the spirit really powerfully bear witness to me that yes we can do this, then after my testimony of the Gospel was strengthened as President Tilleman bore his testimony. I am grateful that Heavenly Father blesses us with inspired leaders to help us fulfill our full potential! I am just full of faith and I will do anything that my Heavenly Father asks of me!

 We're scheduled to have Raquel Medina's baptism this upcoming weekend! Elder Larsen and I are excited for that. Brother Meisi is still awesome as ever! He's been so excited about the Gospel, he shares it with everyone! We actually found out that he gave out about 100 pamphlets to people about the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's intense!

 We had a chance to meet with Cory this week. We've been meeting with him I would say for 5 weeks now. He has such a righteous heart, he wants to be baptized and right now we're working with him to overcome issues he has with the word of wisdom. As we've been meeting with him we've been able to see a change in his countenance, he's a happier brighter guy. What's really helping him is reading from the Book of Mormon and continuing to pray fro strength to resist temptation. It's awesome, people who truly humble themselves admit that they need to chance and seek help from people who care about them and their Heavenly Father really change! I know it's possible because of the Atonement, it allows all men to change and become better.

A classic Elder Lahache picture
I forget who said it but I remember one of the general authorities said this about the Atonement; The Atonement is there to help bad me to become good, and good men to become better. It's true because I rely so much on the Atonement everyday and do my best to refine myself as a missionary. As I ask Heavenly Father for ways as to how I can improve he shows me. I am grateful for my Heavenly Father and the love he has for all of us.

 Also I had a chance to send a few pictures, hope you like them! Have a good week!

Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, June 4, 2012

On The Road Again

Hello everyone!

 What a wonderful week it has been for Elder Larsen and myself. We were blessed both spiritually and temporally. This past weekend we were able to make a trip out to Valemount, it has been a while since we've been able to visit Valemount and the wonderful families there. As we were driving there and back we saw a total of 6 bears, 3 Moose and several deer, it was really cool. I never realized how big moose are, they're actually huge! We also had a chance to bring Josh with us. It was such a blessing to have him and for him to bear his testimony, he has come such a long way and ever since he was baptized last week he's been doing everything he could to have the spirit with him always.

 After his baptism last Sunday Elder Larsen and I were in an appointment and when we got out we noticed that we received a text from Josh and this is what it said. "Elders, I just want to thank you for being here for me in my greatest time of need, for being my stone of unwavering faith and dedication to the Lord. You two shall forever remain in my thoughts and in my prayers long after you have finished your missions and returned home to start families of you own. I feel complete now like there was a hole in my soul that could only be filled by bringing myself closer to the Lord. A hole that is now filled with the Spirit." As a read that text a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants came to my mind, it was the one that says that there are those who are kept from the truth only because they know not where to find. Josh was looking for the truth for a long time and he said that when he came to church that he felt the Spirit really powerfully. Heavenly Father has been preparing Josh, because he came to us already knowing how to recognize the Spirit in his life. I know that the Lord led him to us, I know that he answers the prayers of the righteous as we do all that we can to fulfill our prayers to him.

 We had a chance to meet the Medina family again, they're still as warm and as welcoming as they have always been. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has led us to them. We finished teaching Raquel the remainder of the lessons, she had her baptismal interview so now she is prepped and ready to be baptized! Omar had a provincial track tournament down in Burnaby this week, so he and Brother Medina left, which is why we brought Josh with us. It was a great experience, Valemount is still an awesome place! Is there any other registration that needs to get done for school?

 Today we are going to be heading down to Richmond around 4:30 and then we have meetings in Richmond all day tomorrow. Then on Thursday to Friday we are going to be going on exchange in Vanderhoof. Vanderhoof is a small town but it has two wards in it, we'd be walking around the
 streets and half the people there are members. It's a funny feeling.

 The Gospel of Jesus Christ is wonderful! How blessed we are to have modern Apostles and Prophets who stand as special witnesses of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation which we have, we know that our families can be together forever. We know that as we are obedient to the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel that we will return to live with our Heavenly Father. I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which makes it possible for us to make our weaknesses strengths. I know that with the grace of Jesus Christ we beyond our own natural capacity! We have all this wonderful knowledge available to us!

 Missionary work is the best work! I am grateful for the opportunity that I've been blessed with to serve. I know that when we put Heavenly Father first in our lives he will take care of us.

 Have a great week everyone!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, May 28, 2012

We Are Blessed To Have The Holy Ghost In Our Lives

Hello everyone!

 What a wonderful week it has been! The conference yesterday was great, I was able to feel the spirit so strong and I know that the messages we've received were inspired. As we apply the counsel we've received we will be given that strength that we need to keep ourselves as well as our families strong. I know that Christ is the foundation which we must build our lives on. I have a testimony that as we trust in our Heavenly Father he will take care of us. I am so grateful for the chance I will have to attend Concordia University this fall, what a wonderful blessing.

 We were so incredible blessed to witness the baptism of Josh Meise as well yesterday. I've been trying to upload pictures from his baptism for the past 45 minutes but every time I do it freezes up the computer. So my letter won't be so long today because I still have to e-mail President as well. The spirit was so powerful at his baptism and there were about 60+ members who attended, pretty much the most well attended baptism that I'm aware of. Everyone was so happy there and we could all feel the love that Heavenly Father had for Josh! 
Josh Meise and the Prince George Missionaries
 The wonderful thing about the Gospel and the Church is that, this message is true. God does call men to be prophets in these days and the authority to act in the name of Christ has been restored. All who humble themselves and come unto Christ through baptism are promised the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. What an incredible blessing that is, to have to Holy Ghost with us to teach us continually truth. I can testify that the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that this message is true, it has and continue to bless my life as well as those who we teach.

 I am grateful to be a messenger of truth. It's the best, I know that Heavenly Father uses me as an instrument in his hand to bless his children.

 I'll try sending a picture again if it doesn't work I'm sorry, I hope that things  are going well. Also please thank Rachel Lamble for her letter.

 Have a great week!

 Elder Lahache

Monday, May 21, 2012

I Love My Missionary Experience

Hello everyone!

 Well last week seemed to just fly by as well. The mission office called me too this past week and let me know that August 15th is when I would be flying back. It was one of the weirdest phone calls on my mission. They basically just asked about information at home and how they would be able to reach you.

 Elder Larsen and I feel so incredibly blessed! We are seeing miracles happen in our area as well as throughout the mission of which we are both grateful for! This upcoming Sunday is going to be the day the Josh gets baptized! We're so excited for him, Elder Larsen and I were talking with Elder and Sister Sterner (The senior couple in Prince George) yesterday, and we just marveled at the changes that he has and continues to make in his life because of his love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful blessing the Gospel is. I have a testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people, as the spirit confirms to them the truth of the Gospel added light comes into that persons life that was not there before. It truly is a miracle to be involved in this experience.

 The Medina family also had to opportunity to come up to Prince George because Omar (14 year old son) was participating in various track and field events. He won every single event that he was participating. I remember the first time that we went and visited the Medina family, Sister Median invited Omar to say an opening prayer to our meeting and Omar declined the invitation because he wasn't sure about how to pray. Since then we've been blessed with opportunities to teach the families and strengthen their faith. Elder Larsen and I have noticed the change that has been happening in their family. Before Omar's last event he was warming up and getting ready for the race, then suddenly he stood firm on the ground with his legs spread shoulder length apart. He crossed his arms and bow his head. When Elder Larsen and I saw this sudden change we both looked at each other and smiled because we both knew what he was doing, praying. After his race we had a moment to ask him what he did before the race. We asked him if he prayed and he smiled and confidently said yes! It's wonderful to see testimonies grow, and nothing has brought me more happiness in my entire life than helping people understand their relationship with our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

 Transfers are this week, calls were Sunday and Elder Larsen and I are staying together in Prince George for another transfer. I'm so excited for that, I know that as we continue to work hard and put our trust in Heavenly Father that we'll continue to be instruments in his hands, and see miracles in our area!

 I hope everyone has a good week! and had a good time camping too!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, May 7, 2012

Another Amazing week

Hey everyone!

Wow, what a week it was here. We had a spiritually uplifting zone conference, the messages which we received were inspired through the Holy Ghost. I know that as we apply what we've learned that our area will continue to move forward. I'm just so excited to be serving in Prince George at this time, the field is truly white here and we're doing our best to harvest as much as we can. We are constantly being blessed and finding amazing people who are prepared and ready to make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father! It's exciting it's wonderful and I LOVE IT!

So for mother's day, I can't believe it's practically here it seems like it was just yesterday that we talked! We have church here from 1-4 here and I was planning on calling after church. So probably around 7:30, back home. We'll have about an hour so that means we should wrap up around 8:30! If that doesn't work you can call the mission office and they will forward the message to me. I'll be calling Doda's house.

This week literally zipped by, I loved having zone conference and it was great having President Tilleman come up North, he hasn't been here for a while apparently. All the missionaries were really excited to see him! It's really a miracle that he's still here, he was telling us at zone conference that when he suffered his injury that it was really serious. Many of the doctors look at what happened and they shake their heads because he shouldn't be walking right now! Let me tell you he does much more than just walk to, it added to my testimony in the power that faith has to heal and also in Priesthood blessings. If anything this experience has made the mission that much better. President Tilleman always had faith that we would continue to work hard even when he wasn't there, and that's exactly what we did. We've matured as a mission and we're continuing to push forward. We're becoming more effective teachers who understand what our role is as missionaries, which is to point people toward our Heavenly Father through our Savior Jesus Christ. It really is a privilege to be able to serve and I am grateful for my testimony which allows me to bring in the spirit into lessons to touch the hearts of those we teach.

Earlier this week we received a call from one of our investigators, Brother Smith (we call our investigators brother or sister it's LEGIT!) he told us about one of his friends that he wanted us to start teaching. He invited us over and we went. We bore powerful testimony of the Power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how through Jesus Christ we can overcome any tribulation or personal problem that we face in life. As we were teaching the district impression came into my mind. INVITE HIM TO BE BAPTIZED! Always have to follow what the spirit tells you and he said yes. Isn't awesome how the spirit can communicate with us these things! I am so grateful for the spirit because without it I wouldn't be able to help people come unto Christ! There is no other way to do missionary work. You have to be obedient, work hard and follow the spirit. Brother Smith referring us to his friend also gives us insights that he feels the joy that comes from living the Gospel. It's amazing to be a part of miracles like this daily!

We didn't get a chance to go down to Valemount this past weekend, we are planning on going this upcoming Friday and returning Saturday night. Elder Larsen and I are excited to get back out there. Raquel is progressing and she's been reading the Book of Mormon.

It's really exciting to hear that Lasalle ward is working hard and even more wonderful to hear that Heavenly Father has blessed us with 4 baptisms in May! That's wonderful.

I continue to think about all the has been accomplished on my mission. I know that it is only through the strength that I've received from my Heavenly Father that I've been able to work miracles. Heavenly Father gives me strength when I feel that I can't work anymore, it's incredible and it's wonderful to be involved in this work. It brings me so much joy to see people change, it makes me happy to make my brothers and sister happy. I am grateful for the Atonement which makes it all possible.

I'm really excited to talk to everyone on Sunday!

Have a great week!
Love you guys!

Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, April 30, 2012

Prince George is Amazing

Hey everyone!

 Well all I have to say is this week was absolutely amazing! I'm so excited to be a missionary! I'm so excited for the opportunities that we been blessed with to serve here in Prince George. Quick note about the explosion, I honestly didn't even notice it when it happened. It has affected the city though and many people are praying for the families who've been affected by it. We have been called by Heavenly Father to represent Jesus Christ, I know for a fact that Jesus Christ would go out to these families and comfort them and let them know that no matter what happens families can be together forever as we follow Jesus Christ and keep the commandments. I am very grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ which allows us to overcome the hard times, but also allows us to make changes and most importantly be forgiven of our mistakes. 
David and Linda at their Baptism
The Atonement is wonderful, I testify that it works!
I've seen it change people's hearts.

 This past weekend Elder Larsen and I took a 3 hour trip South West to a small town in Robson valley called Valemount. I LOVE THIS PLACE! It is a little town of a little over 1,000 people but it is the best. The reason we went out there is because we received a referral from a member to go and teach a part member family that lives out there. We called up the family and they were really excited to hear from us and they said that they wanted us over at their home asap. So we didn't hesitate we arranged a meeting and we took off. So we left Friday morning and arrived in Valemount on Friday afternoon around 2, we went over and introduced ourselves to the Smith family (The members who allowed us to stay at their home during our time in Valemount, they're awesome too!) then we went and visited the part member family. No joke they were looking out the window waiting for us to arrive and as soon as we pulled in front of their house they opened the door and came out to greet us. We got to know the family for a bit and it turns out that two people in the family aren't members and they are both open to learning and they both have a desire to be baptized! So pretty much just like that Heavenly Father snapped his fingers and blessed Elder Larsen and I with two amazing investigators who we are working with the be baptized in the next upcoming month of May! It really is amazing to just take a step back and really see how involved Heavenly Father is in this work! I am so grateful to be a missionary and an instrument in the hands of God to bring people joy through the teachings of Jesus Christ! The name of the family is the Medina's they are from Mexico and have lived in the United States and Canada. They've been in Canada for a little over 4 years now. There is Brother and Sister Medina and they have two children Omar Jr. who is 14 and Raquel who is 11. Brother Medina and Raquel are both not baptized, the only reason they never got baptized is because there is not branch in Valemount. What's amazing is that there are some amazing families who the members have been working with and Elder Larsen and I feel really strongly that they can be baptized very soon. We also found out that there are several families who are LDS here. Our goal is to start a branch in Valemount, that would be wonderful and what's crazy is I can actually see it happening.

Elder Lahache and Gordie in Burnaby 

 This week is going to be crazy though! Tomorrow we're flying down to Richmond at 7 in the morning we'll spend the day in Richmond then we'll fly back at 7 in the evening. Wednesday we're going down to Quesel again to interview Dennis for his baptism. Thursday and Friday we are going to be having zone conference which I'm really excited for. Then we're going up to Valemount again on Friday and staying until Sunday afternoon. Valemount is so beautiful! We have to come back so you can see it!

Elders Lahache and Larson in Canucks Gear!
 I love this work, and even that doesn't fully express how much I love being a missionary. This is the greatest work that anyone can engage themselves in.

 Have a great week!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Address

Hey everyone,

 Well first of all I actually forgot to get those pictures form the Wal-Mart, I asked Elder Henderson back in Burnaby to go and pick them up and have them sent to the office.

 Also I realized that I forgot to send you my address last week. It's #303 595 Freeman St. Prince George, B.C. V2M 2R3

 There's actually no snow here, it's all melted and it's been beautiful and sunny everyday! Except for today, it rained a bit. I love it here though! I'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity it is to be here. Heavenly Father is really blessing our area and the zone!

 We had an amazing week! David and Linda were both baptized on Saturday and it was an incredible spiritual experience for all who were present. The spirit was really strong, David was baptized by Bishop Siakuluk and Linda was baptized by Elder Larsen. Then I had the opportunity to confirm them both members of the church and help them receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Everyone was smiling and it was great, when Linda was baptized she had the biggest smile on her face and the first words that came out of her mouth was "I DID IT!" Then after David was baptized he raised his arms up in the air like he won a race, he was so happy! Elder Larsen and I are both incredibly grateful for the opportunity that we had in helping them to receive this sacred ordinance. It really helped to strengthen my testimony that Heavenly Father does grant us strength that we need to accomplish anything as long as we excessive faith in Jesus Christ.

 We also found a new investigator last week, his name is Josh Miesi and he is honestly one of the most prepared people that I've taught my entire mission. We sat down with him our first lesson together and he asked us about Prophets so we taught him the message of the restoration. Josh expressed to us that he believed what we we discussed and we invited him to be baptized and without hesitation he accepted! So he now has a date for May 19th! Elder Larsen and I know that we are being blessed, Heavenly Father is truly preparing people for the Gospel here. I am so grateful for the influence of the spirit which brings thoughts or scriptures to our remembrance in the hour that we need it! We were in a lesson with Josh and as we were speaking he was expressing one of his concerns and as he was speaking a scripture and the exact page and verse and everything just came to my mind. I could practically see it! I've come to learn to recognize the spirit on my mission and I follow it whenever I receive promptings. We turned to the scripture and it was exactly what he needed to hear. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon, which has been written for us today and helps us overcome individual challenges and problems that we face in our everyday lives!

 This week were also going down to Valemount B.C. which is about 3 1/2 hours away, there's a family who lives out there who has an 11 year old daughter who is not baptized, we got in touch with the family and they said that they wanted us to come over and teach them! So with the way things are looking we are going to have another 2 baptisms next month! It's so exciting, I am grateful that I have an opportunity to be a missionary. We are continuing to see amazing miracles like this happen, and it's amazing because we are seeing those miracles spread through the zone. We are making a push for the missionaries to be exactly obedient in every way. Elder Larsen and I have been doing it and let me tell you the windows of Heaven are being opened upon us, the area and the zone! I am grateful for theses miracles and I know that Heavenly Father works these miracles according to the faith that we have in him. We have such wonderful missionaries in our zone and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with them!

 On Tuesday and Wednesday we are going to be taking a Greyhound bus down to Quesnel which is about an hour and a half south of Prince George. It's crazy how much traveling we do here. We should be having another zone conference within the next two weeks, I'm really excited because it will be the first conference that we've had in a while since President Tilleman has been in the hospital.

That's all for this week, the church is true, this work is true, the Book of Mormon is the word of God! I forgot my camera so I will send the pictures from the baptism and pictures from our trips to Valemount and Quesnel next week!

 Elder Kameron Lahache