Elder Laahche

Elder Laahche
Canada Vanvouver Mission 2010 - 2012

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Time's a Coming


HEY EVERYONE!! It's so crazy that Christmas is already on Saturday! Where did the time go?!
 
Ok so for calls on Christmas, it will probably be in the morning we're not sure yet what time though because we will more than likely be calling from a members home, they are the Teixera's. I would think anytime after 10 here which is around 1 there. We'll call and let you know and then when I call you can call back so you can use the long distance thing. I'm super excited for Christmas though, we have two DA's on Christmas eve and then I think we're going to someones house on Christmas day for supper I'm not sure. That must be so bad for the missionaries that they both got flushed out of Lasalle they must have been really sad, especially since it's so close to Christmas!
 
So this week has been pretty sweet it was good but also I know that Elder Nielson and I can do better. Elder Nielson has been sick most of the week and then I got sick during the latter part of the week too so that hindered us a bit but we didn't let it stop us from going out and doing our work. We did find a couple of really solid potentials this week! 

We found a lady named Shannon and she's really nice and she said that she really wants to know more about God and how we can be together with our families. When we find people like that it makes my whole day so much better because the night before Elder Nielson and I were praying really hard asking Heavenly Father where we should go finding that day, and we had a choice between two streets. So we prayed about it and we both felt that we should go to the same street so we did and it took a while to find someone who wanted us to come back but then we found Shannon. I know that Heavenly Father blesses with inspiration we see miracles happen as we have faith and as we also do all that we can to work towards different goals we set.
 
We also had Zone conference this week which was great! I learned so much and I love President Nelson, I know that he is truly inspired in the things that he teaches us and you can really tell that he cares about all the missionaries and how we're all doing in our areas. We learned how to teach 1. Simply 2. Powerfully 3. Reverently and even since Zone conference Elder Nielson and I have been trying our best to implement everything that we've learned. It was amazing because I know that we were spiritually fed and we were also physically fed really well too. Which is always a bonus.

On Saturday night all of the Phillipino's in our ward which is like half of our ward, invited us over for their Christmas get together, it was alot of fun we sang Christmas Carols had some good food and played some fun games. It was really good though because there was alot of non members there so we were able to talk to a few and we got 3 new potentials out of it! There are so many families here that treat us missionaries like family and it's really nice because it gives you that extra boost that you need sometimes.
 
I'm really grateful for the chance that I have to serve in this area with Elder Nielson, the work can be hard sometimes but in the end it's very rewarding. We truly do get to see the Lord's hand in out work because it's actually incredible how many people are put into our path who are searching for the truth. Plus many of our investigators are new so I get to see the change that it brings into them, I saw that a little in Langley but alot of the people who we taught had already been meeting with missionaries before. But we get to see people what they were like before the gospel was introduced into their lives and after. The brightness that this church brings into people lives is Heavenly Father's love I know that's true and I 've also felt that while I've been out.
 
So yeah that Vancouver trip was alright, I would have liked to stay in the more downtown area but other missionaries wanted to go exploring so I didn't really have a choice. Vancouver is a really nice city it's clean and then people are relatively kind. On a scale of 1-10 I would say it was a 6 for the trip, Elder Nielson and I want to go again sometime just by ourselves though so we don't get caught into doing things that neither of us care about.
 
My Dejardins card doesn't work anymore...I don't know why but I've been doing okay money wise there's a safeway grocery store right across from our apartment and I got a membership there because it's free! So we get pretty good discounts on alot of the food that we buy.
 
Anyway I'm really excited to be able to talk to everyone I guess if on Christmas it gets kinda late for you guys in the day and you need to call you can just call our cell.
 
TALK TO YOU SOOON! love you !!!! <3 and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Love
Elder Kameron Lahache

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Still Raining in BC

Hi everyone Merry Christmas in 12 days! :)


        I did get Ma's package that she sent me I got it on Tuesday I think, I can't really remember it's weird because all the days are just another day of missionary work for me so unless someone tells me what day it is I usually don't know. But I have been keeping a Christmas countdown in our apartment that I update every morning when we get up! But it must have been a Christmas miracles that the package got here fine and everything. I was really happy to get it tell her I said thank you and that I will be sending her a letter too this week.

     This week was a really good week, even though it rained alot, the rain doesn't really bother me it makes things interesting. Plus I find it really funny how people around here freak out about how cold it is here and I'm just walking around and riding our bikes in a light jacket it's awesome. On Wednesday we we're riding our bikes to an appointment that we had with Nicholas he's one of our investigators. On the way there it was pouring so by the time we got to Nicholas' house Elder Nielson and I were both really soaked but it was fun to ride our bikes in the rain. I really like riding bikes in the rain rather than just walking though.

     Oh another thing that's awesome about this place is there is a Krispy Kreme store that's about a 7 min walk from our apartment it's sweet! Whenever we see the red light on we go get our doughnuts.

     Anyway this week Elder Nielson and I continued to serve and do the best that we could, Yesterday we had a Christmas fireside where a member in our ward told "The real story of Christmas", and there was 3 musical numbers. We sang first, we sang a song called lead me to the manger, it was a good song and everyone said that we did a good job, the spirit was really strong through the whole fireside though. Which was really great because we had 4 investigators attend it! We had Richard he has been investigating for quite some time now since before I got here and his wife Adelle is a member. There was Tajinder and Baljinder those two middle eastern ladies that we found I think it was last week or the week before that not sure, and Tajinder brought her friend. One thing that we were sad to find out this week is the Tajinder doesn't live in our ward boundaries so we had to pass her off to the other missionaries that serve in the right place. We were really upset because she was such a solid investigator and she even told us that she felt the spirit when we were teaching her and when she came to the fireside too. But I try really hard to not let it bother me because us doing all this work isn't about us it's about helping other people. So I think it's good that Tajinder and Baljiner go to the different ward because there are people in that ward that are of the same ethnicity so basically more people to relate and fellowship with.

     We also found some potential investigators this week! Fahal he is from Africa, I'm not sure what part but he is way cool we talked with him on the street for about 10 mins and he told us how he came to believe in Jesus Christ. It was awesome because he basically said that he prayed and received an answer by the spirit. We told him about the Book of Mormon and that God continues to lead his children today through a modern prophet and he said that he would definitely like to learn more about that, so we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and we got his number so we'll be calling him later this week to see when we would be able to go see him.

     I'm so grateful for the trust that the Lord has put in Elder Nielson and I, we have had so many people put in are path who are looking to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for us, the people here are really humble too. But there are people who are really stubborn and not so humble too but that's okay.

     Elder Nielson and I are pretty excited for Christmas but it will be weird not being home but I am excited to call you guys. We'll figure out what's going on with that soon too I guess. We're usually in our apartment until 10 in the morning and then we get back around 8:30-9 so I think if possible it would be better to send it in the morning.

     I'm excited for this week because we have Zone conference on Thursday and Friday it should be sweet,
well that's pretty much a really quick update for the week. We have alot of stuff that we have to do today, we're busy pretty much all the time.

BYE LOVE YOU!

Elder Kameron Lahahce

Monday, December 6, 2010

Week 17 Working Hard In Delta


Hi! everyone!
 
Well this week sure has gone by so fast! Me and Elder Nielson are having a blast haha that rhymed, well all that I can say about this week is that it was truly a week of miracles, we have been truly blessed and humbled by the experiences that we've had this week it was amazing!
 
Last week I was feeling a little down about moving from my old area to my new one, but this week I tried to see how I can grow and become a better missionary and person while I'm here and that perspective makes everything better. Elder Nielson and I are having alot of fun too, but we're working very hard as well, I'm not sure if I told you or not but Elder Nielson started out his mission in Langley too he was just in north Langley and I started out in South Langley and we were already in the same district so we already knew eachother and we're already good friends.
 
So yeah alot has changed in the Delta area this first week I've been here. We talked to 60 people street contacting this week and gave out 15 copies of the Book of Mormon! I think that's good but next week we want to have talked to more people and give out even more copies. This week we also found 4 new investigators! It's amazing how we are blessed as we do all that we can, that's when we receive help from Heavenly Father. It's been great because we have been doing all that we can to find people, we've been working with members street contacting tracting, the only thing that we are not doing yet is to do some service project, but we are working on that.
 
The names of our new investigators are, Kit and Richard (Kit's 13 year old son), Hulio, Baljinder and Tajinder.
 
On Monday night we went to the Santos' house for Family home evening and they invited another member family (The Leano's) and their Landlord's Kit and her son Richard. We had supper there and then we talked about the true meaning of Christmas, and we also talked about Christ's atonement and why it is so important to us and what a wonderful blessing it is that we can partake of the atonement. It was a really good lesson and the spirit was really strong. After that we played some games together with everyone and it was fun. After everyone was all settled down, Kit started to ask some questions about our beliefs and how we came to find out it was true. She wanted to know how we can be so sure in something that we cannot see. So Elder Nielson and I bore our testimonies of how we knew that these things are true. Then Brother and Sister Leano said that if Kit would like she could come over to their house and we would be able to help know for themselves. They said yes and then we met with them again Saturday night, the lesson went really well and we committed Kit and Richard to read and pray about the Book of Mormon to see if it's true. It was such a good lesson I'm so excited for them because they have no belief in God because they're Chinese and apparently in China the government teaches people that there is no God. I'm really excited to help them get closer to God and Jesus Christ and gain their own testimonies.
 
We found Hulio the first night that I got in Delta and he said that we would be able to come back. So we went back later on in the week and he invited us in and we had a really good discussion about what his beliefs in God are and how he came to know God. He said that we wants to be able to start reading the bible again because he said that he noticed that he felt good when he read it in the past. It's cool because while we were talking about these things Hulio's wife Fransisca and his son Carlos came in and got involved in the conversation too! They're a really nice family though they are from Guatemala and they're lived in B.C. for about 3 years now and they loved in Montreal before they moved here! 

I meet so many people here that used to live in Montreal it's crazy! I've met at least 9 people that used to live there already, it's really nice because it gives us something to talk about and lighten up the mood and make everyone feel comfortable. Because sometimes things get a little intense.
 
We also found Baljinder while we were tracing around only she was a referral we received from a house that told us that they weren't interested in what we were talking about. So we went over to Baljinder's after we were told to try her house, she opened the door and we told her that we were coming around talking to people about Jesus Christ! Her eyes lit up! She told us to come in and as soon as we walked in the door she called her friend and told her to come over, her friend was Tajinder. So we talked to them alot about the Book of Mormon also and how God continues to speak to us today because he loves us, they both received it very weel and they said that they would love for us to begint to come over and teach so I'm so excited for it!
 
But yeah those were just some of the amazing things that happened this week there was alot more! I just don't have time to write them all, I can say though that we are truly seeing some amazing miracles happen and I know it's because Elder Nielson and I are doing all that we can to fufill our purpose as missionaries. Our goal is to turn this area around from the worst area in the mission to the best area and make it the place where all the missionaries want to come! We know we can do it as long as we keep our efforts focused on the Lord and we continue to do our best as misssionaries!

Today we're going down to Vancouver so I'm excited to see it! What is Chris Gagnon's e-mail I don't have it on here! 


I can't believe you guys had 40 people at the party that's so many! wow!  I missed being there alot! Especially all the good food! But it's okay because the members here are so nice!

The snow here is already melted and gone! People are complaining how cold it is and I just laugh and tell them that this for me is like fall at home! It's great!  

Anyway let me know how everyone is doing! I love you all!!! Merry Christmas! :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Transfered To Delta!


Hello everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! =)

So many changes happened this week, on Tuesday we got a call from President Nelson, and guess what? I got transferred to a new area, my new area is only about 30 minutes away from my old one just a little closer to Vancouver and the mission office. 

 I'm serving in Delta now and my new companion is Elder Nielson he's such a cool guy and we get along way good. He was in Langley north and I was in Langley south a few months ago so we already knew each other we just thought it was really funny how they put two such young missionaries together because Elder Nielson has only been on his mission about a month and a half longer than I have. So we're way excited to go to work here.

 Oh another thing about this area....it's a biking area! But we're going to be getting bus passes for the winter so it's not that bad. Anyway my new address is #216 7445 Scott Road Delta B.C. V4C 0B7 so let everyone know and tell anyone that if they have sent me letters recently that I won't get them probably for another two weeks, so I will reply to them as soon as I get them or I'll try to.

It was really hard for me to leave Langley, it's weird because I didn't notice how much I had become attached to the area and the people there, especially some of the people we taught. So we got our transfer calls on Tuesday night and then we leave Thursday at lunch time. So I basically had a day to go around and say goodbye to everyone, I was really sad to say goodbye to Peter, because he was so upset that I was leaving, it was weird because I felt that I had so much more work to do in Langley. But I do have faith that the Lord has put me and Elder Nielson in Delta for a reason and I know that there are people who are being prepared to hear our message.

It's so funny because in Langley we had 6 progressing investigators and then I come here to Delta and I find out that they only have one investigator! So we have alot alot of work to do here, and I'm really excited to do it. Many people that live here are east Indian so alot people cannot understand what we're trying to tell them, so basically we're trying to contact people and speaking as simply as we possibly can.
We live in a really nice apartment, it's brand new less than a year old and our bathroom has heated floors! EVERYDAY!

So my second day in Delta we spent over five hours straight tracting, and we walked everywhere we went and I was so tired at the end of the day. But it's cool because I saw that as we showed our faith in God that he blessed us with people who were willing to listen, there were occasionally people who were just not happy to see us at all, but many of the people here are very nice and polite which is quite the change from how people are in Langley I guess the cultural differences.
This week I really had my faith restrenghtened because I knew that I didn't want to go to a different area, but I knew that I was being sent there for a reason. The night that I found out that I was leaving I prayed for a while and I asked the Lord to give me to strength to be able to do whatever it is that he needs me to do. I remember that I didn't really feel any sense of reassurance that night but then the next morning while I was taking a shower, it's funny because I have alot of cool spiritual experiences in the shower now because I reflect alot. Anyway while I was in the shower I just felt like I had this added strength and courage to go somewhere new.

 Change has been something that I have never been to good with and I know that, but I know that the Lord blessed me with those extra bits of energy and strength that I need so I would feel good about going and starting a new area up. I'm so happy to be here right now, and I know that it's probably going to be really tough to keep a positive attitude especially since we might not always see the fruits of our labors, but I know that as we put our faith in the Lord after we have done all the we can do ourselves that's when he'll step in and we'll see miracles happen! I know that because I've seen it before.

Yesterday we had church at 1, so we had all morning to work so we decided that we would go and see one of the people who said we could come back on Sunday while we were tracting on Thursday night, so we knocked on his door and he let us come in a speak to him. He's from Guatemala and he is married and has a son, their names are Hulio Fransisca and Carlos is the son. Elder Nielson and I are so excited to begin teaching them, they are so nice and humble, we also know that the message that we have to share with them about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bless their lives more than they or we can imagine.

Anyway I hope that everything is going well, I appreciate you guys supporting me so much, your support and just thinking about you guys gives me the extra push that I need. I love you guys so much!  I find that while I've been out I've appreciated alot of things that I simply took for granted while I was home. Even just the simple blessing well I guess not so simple but awesome blessing of our family especially. Your all so important to me. So thanks for giving me that extra push to give up things that I've been holding onto it's helped alot, even though it was hard.

I love you guys, thank you for all that you've done to make me who I am, and I guess I can start saying Merry Christmas now!

Love Elder Kameron Lahache <3

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Snowfall in BC !




Elder Lahaches Apartment

Hi everyone!

 So I've been thinking alot this week trying to figure out what to ask for Christmas, so I would like the things I asked for last week I can't even remember what I asked for and the only other thing that I could think of is some more CD's and prefect pushup bars. That is all!

 This week was really great we now have 4 progressing investigators Tony, Jen, Brad and Peter. We have Taloo as well but he's having a difficulty understanding what we teach him because his first language isn't so we're going really slowly with him making sure that he understands everything well. Taloo had a baptismal date for November 27th but we decided to move it because we felt that his understanding wasn't fully there yet.

 Also this week we got 2 new potential investigators their names are Gene and Bryce. So we met all these people one night while we we're tracting and it's actually the most success I've seen to come from tracting my whole mission so it felt really good. Gene met with missionaries before so she was happy to see us she said that the missionaries just stopped coming to see her one day and she never heard from them after that, apparently that was about a year ago. She asked for the address of the church and she said that she would love to have us back so I was really happy. Byrce is a really philosophical guy and we had a good conversation with him about what he believed and what he thought of religion. He was really surprised with some of the beliefs that we have and he said that he was interested in learning more so we're going to be going to visit with him later this week!

Snow Covered Mountains

 We had a lesson with Jen on Monday I think I might have told you guys about it already I'm not really sure, but anyway it went really well she said that she feels that when she goes to church and thinks about Jesus more that there is this light in her life. So we told her that we would be able to help her feel that light all the time and she really liked that, I felt the spirit so strong when I bore my testimony to her about Jesus Christ and his atonement I know that it's true.

 It snowed here on Friday night and there has been snow here every since! It's only around -2 right now but the mountains are all full of snow and it's so nice! I want to go snowboarding so bad! But I guess I'll have to wait. People keep saying that this winter is supposed to be the worst winter that B.C. has had for 50 years so I'm saying bring it on! I was so excited to see the snow and it made everything alot brighter because it's nice to see white instead of everything seem all gray because it's cloudy all the time. Elder Hayes and I are really excited for Christmas so we already started to listen to Christmas music. 32 days until Christmas that's crazy time is flying by. I think I might go buy a jacket soon maybe this week or next week I'm not really sure.

Anyway that's pretty much the highlights of the week
We're using different computers today so I can send pictures so I'll show you how much it snowed here

Love you!!!

Kameron


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Week 14


This week was a slower week, because like I was saying last week alot of the people who we've been meeting with aren't interested in hearing our message right now. So Elder Hayes and I have been trying to come up with new ideas on how we can find some new people to teach to. We do alot of door knocking but that is not very successful. So we've been praying alot this week asking God what we should do.
 
 Later on in the week there was a missionary who served where Elder Hayes lived (Toronto) and he called Elder Hayes,  they were talking about what are some of the ways that he found new investigators. He said that he came up with this program called "The Island", basically it's a program where we give members a goal. The goal could be getting their friend to come to church or just attend a family home evening or a really good goal is be baptized. So we would establish that goal and we'd say ok well what are 3 steps that you as a member can take to help your friend achieve this goal. So we would come up with 3 steps and a date by which they will have it accomplished. Then we will follow up to see if the member did it or not. I think it's a little tough for some members, but I guess sometimes we need a push to do missionary work and once we feels the good feelings that it brings us then we will be more willing to do it ourselves.
 
So we're going to be trying for the first time tonight with the Bishops family so we are excited to see how it will go!
 
We're trying this out because in a meeting that we had in the MTC there was a saying that says, If you always do what you've always done then you will get what you've always gotten. So tracting hasn't been really getting us any new people to teach. So this new Island program is going to help us to work with the members.
 
This past week I have been really amazed because I have really noticed the spirit working through me this week. We were teaching a lesson and we were teaching a topic that I always had difficulty explaining, but in this one lesson I was able to teach about the apostasy so simply in a way that I never even thought of, it was like the idea just came into my head out of nowhere. I knew that inspiration I received was the spirit helping me, it's happened many times through my mission but I really noticed and was grateful for having the companionship of the spirit this week.
 
Have you guys installed the new stove yet? Does Kells actually have a sports team now! I remember that Cody would play after school for for but I don't remember them ever having teams, that's cool though and it's awesome that he's really good at basketball. Elder Hayes and I have been trying to start a sports night like the missionaries did back home, we had our first one this week and there was 3 people who weren't members of the church! So it was really successful and everyone had a good time so hopefully it will continue to be a good event.
 
Is everyone getting excited for Christmas, it's so weird because this time last year I was working night shift at Toys R Us and now I'm on my mission, for 3 months already I guess it's not really that long but time seems like it's flying by
 
Hope everything if going good for everyone at home I think about you guys alot!
 
Love 
Kameron

Monday, November 8, 2010

Langley Week 13


Hi!
 
Sorry I'm mailing back so late today we had a bunch of different things that we needed to get done today! It was crazy we we're running all over the place.
 
This week was a good week though in different ways, Elder Hayes and I are starting to work alot more with members so that we can show that we are here to serve the ward. I would say that it's working pretty good so far, on Sunday we got a referral for this lady who really is looking for something to believe in so she is ready to hear what we have to say. Plus she already has two friends who are members and that helps so much. I find that when we have investigators who are good friends with us only and not people who go to church they progress alot slower than an investigator who has a friend in the church. 

This week on Thursday we went and visited Tony, I don't think I've told you about him yet. But I would definitely say that he is our best investigator at the time. He's just so sincere, and he knows that if what we are teaching him is true, then he and his family have some changes to make. He's an awesome guy though he has two kids and he and his wife are still together. Anyway we've been meeting with him for some time now, when we first started to go and visit him we would usually just have a bible bash session. Which isn't good at all because the spirit is NEVER there when that happens. So we started to testify alot more to him, and he says that a testimony is hard to back up because there is no proof, so we would just tell him that's because every has to have their own witness from the spirit to know what we're teaching is true. So I can see just in the past two weeks he's slowly but surely beginning to open up to the idea that he can pray to know if what we're teaching is true, he doesn't have to be shown proof in the bible, which is important. But if you can be convinced into believe something then I think you can just as easily be convinced to not believe anymore. Also we started to bring Bishop Engen to our lessons and they get along great, I think it's nice for Tony to hear other people to tell him that they believe the church is true other than just the missionaries, because we're called to do it and it's what we're supposed to do. Not that our testimonies are not good enough, I just think it means alot to him to hear other members bear testimony. So that's what we've been doing with him. He's slowly but surely progressing I think he'll one day make a great member and he will have such a powerful testimony. I love to teach him, I feel good when I do.
 
So Betty Fung decided this week that she didn't need to meet with us anymore, which is a bummer but I wasn't really surprised because I just felt that her heart just wasn't there when we were teaching her, so we'll occasionally drop by and see her. It's weird because I don't like being dropped or dropping people because I feel like there's so much more that we can teach them, I just want them to feel the spirit and gain a testimony so bad! But I also know that every action that we do makes a difference whether we see it or not, which is sometimes a little hard. Taloo hasn't really been keeping his commitments that we've been giving him either, I think he's scared to be baptized, so we'll be seeing him on Tuesday, so we'll try to get to the root of what is going on. Something in the last week changed with him.
 
The weirdest thing happened to Elder Hayes and I this week. So we were just knocking doors on this one street, out of nowhere this random car stops like 15 feet ahead of us and I could see the window roll down, I had no idea what to expect. So the window rolls down and the people in the car start blasting the song that goes "do you really want to hurt me do you really want to make me cry" then this random girl sticks her head out of the window and she's recording us with this super old camera from the 90's or something. So she recorded us knocking doors for like almost a minute and it was so awkward. I guess we seemed pretty cool to those people.
 
Kelsey's testimony is awesome! I think that's so great that she knows all those things to be true at such a young age. It took me a little longer to know, for sure that the church is true.
 
The weather has been alright it rains pretty much everyday and it really bothers Elder Hayes but it doesn't bother me at all, when it does rain it usually rains for about an hour or two plus it never really pours down usually it's more just a mist. I think since I've been here it's only poured twice and it was pretty bad.
 
Hope everything is going good at home. I missed you all alot this week I don't know why, I'm really excited to see what that new stove will look like in the kitchen it sounds awesome. I've been cooking alot more lately but we usually only have about 30 minutes to eat. So I end up cooking just pasta all the time, which is fine. What can I cook that is fast to make?
 
I'll talk to you next week
Love you!
Kameron
 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Busy Week On The Road !


Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week!
 
Things here have been going good. I was barely in Brookswood this week though I got back Saturday night and for the rest of the week I was in 2 different areas, Willoughby and Maple Ridge they're both in my district but I wanted so bad to be back in Langley. Elder Hayes was there for some of the week but we were on exchanges with other missionaries so we barely got to focus on our area. It was only a week but it seemed like forever!
 
The weather has still been around 10 degrees everyday so it's still pretty warm but it has been raining alot pretty much everyday, but usually it only rains half of the day, it's not that bad. But it's weird because I look at the grass and it's actually greener now than when I got here, and winters coming up.
 
So there are a few exciting things that happened this week. One day I think it was on Thursday I wanted to come back into Langley but I was on exchanges with another Elder from Willoughby, so I figured well I'm supposed to stay here. But then I kept on thinking about it, that I should go to my area even if it was for a bit. 

I asked my companion what he thought his name is Elder Olsen. He said that was fine, so we when back I had no idea where it was that we were going to be going. Then I thought we should go visit Taloo, he's 15 years old and his family is from Berma I think I told you about them before, so he speaks Karen an indigenous language from that area where he lives. Anyway we've been meeting with him and his family. So I thought that we should go visit him, so we went in he was home and I felt I should share with him the promise that Moroni gives us in the Book of Mormon. The promise that we can pray and know through the spirit that the Book of Mormon is true. So I shared that and he said that he thinks that's true because he says that he feels really good and happy when he reads the book of Mormon. So I asked him if he will be baptized and he said yeah! So we set a date with him on November 27th I believe that's the last Saturday in November. So I'm so excited for him he's such a nice guy! But yeah I feel like I've been having more spiritual experiences on my mission than my whole life. I can truly see how the spirit can guide us to where Heavenly Father needs us.
 
So on Saturday we had trunk or treat, I got back into Langely officially on Saturday too. So we stopped by and there was so many people there. Alot more than I was expecting, Elder Hayes and I only stayed there for about 10 minutes though because we had alot of catching up to do with our area considering we were both gone all week. This week will be the first week than Elder Hayes and I will be able to serve in one area and focus on it together, so I'm really excited to see how much work we'll get done this week. I think that with us both working as hard as we can and with God helping us that we will see alot of progress.
 
I need a sewing kit because I already ripped one of my pants so now I need to fix it! So we'll probably go and pick that up today.
 
So for Halloween we were not allowed to go out after 6 p.m. so the missionaries in our district just went to an apartment and played a game of risk. We didn't have time to finish the game but it was still fun.

OH! There is this new missionary who is serving here in my district, and he's from B.C. but his visa to the U.S. is delaying from going to the MTC so he's serving in our area untill his visa comes in. Anyway what's really cool about that is he's going to serve his mission in Fresno California! That's where Elder Jason Glowa is!!! So I wrote a note to him and if they ever run into each other then I have a note that will be delivered to Jason!
 
Anyway that's basically the highlights for my week, I can feel that this week is going to be a good week!
 
Love you all! Take care! Thank you for your prayers they help me so much
Love
 
Elder Kameron Lahache

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Week 11


HI
 
Thanks for the update on how everyone is doing. I was thinking about Chris alot this week and I was wondering if he would be getting his mission call soon or not so that's awesome that he's going to the Philippines, so what did the Morales' have to say about that? Tell him I said that he's going to be eating alot of eagle eggs! So he will have eagle powers. 

When is Christien and his family moving? It's so weird next week is already Halloween! I have no idea what we're going to do at night when people come knocking on out door for Candy maybe we'll give little backs of Candy with pass along cards taped to them. Our ward here is having a Halloween Truck or Treat on Saturday night, I guess because they would prefer if people didn't go trick or treating on Sunday which makes sense. So basically all of the people in the ward are going to decorate their trunks in their cars and the kids are going to car to car all dressed up and say trunk or treat. It's pretty neat and the young men are having a haunted house too so it should be a fun night. Not sure if we are going to be going to that though, we're usually way too busy.
 
So it's been a really fun week, being in a tri companionship with Elder Hayes and Elder Zebley has been really fun, it reminds me alot of the MTC because I was in a tri companionship there. But we all get along really well, and we've been having alot of fun but working really hard at the same time. 

There was something really pretty crazy that happened this week though, there are these two people who we went and did service for this week. Their names are Tim and Brenda,  Brenda is a native, and she lives on the reserve that is close to here. So I got to go on the reserve for the 1st time since I've been here! Anyway what we did for them was help them herd their cattle from one field to another, so we did that then we had to put the bulls in this temporary enclosure which we made. The bulls were in their cage for about 5 minutes and then they just started ramming each other's heads! I had no idea what to do so I pretty much just stood there and watched, so the bulls pretty much wrecked the fence which we made and we had to go herd them back and put them into the new field. It all worked out in the end and no one got hurt so that's good.
 
This week we also had a missionary fireside that we organized. I was pretty much in charge of it,  I was running around doing all the last minute preparations during the week. So we had the fireside and there was about 70 people there which isn't much but it was a fair turnout. We decided to call the fireside; "The Restoration: our Witness of Christ". We pretty much just covered the first principles of lesson one of preach my Gospel, which is the Restoration. We got members from the ward to give a short 5 minute talk on each of the sections in lesson 1. So there was about 6 little talks. Also with each principal we sang a song that explained it. It was more of a musical fireside than normal. The spirit was so strong though, and I was able to feel it at the end especially when we got myself and a few other missionaries to bear their testimony on the Book of Mormon. I know that when we bear testimony that the spirit witnesses to us and those who we are speaking that the church is true that the book of Mormon is true and that we can all gain our own testimonies if we have the desire to seek out God. Everyone after the fireside was over said that the fireside was excellent and that we should do another so we probably will in a few months, if I'm still here. If not then the new missionaries here will.
 
Missionary work is so fulfilling, even though I don't always see the benefit for it right away, I can see how people have changed since I first got here. So for me it's teaching me alot of patience and that everything doesn't always come right away, but if we are diligent with those who we are teaching and continue to support them, they see that spirit that we have within us and that spirit will change them slowly over time.
 
I love you so much, and tell Colton that I'm sorry I can't play xbox, the other day we went visit a members house and the Dad wanted me to play wii sports with him. I said no but it was hard. But I'll play with Colton when I get back, which is in a while.
 
But thank you for taking the time to write me, it means alot to me and I appreciate the updates on how everyone is doing it makes it feel like I'm still home in a way.
 
Have a good week
Love
 
Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, October 18, 2010

Week 10 And 2 New Companions !


HI everyone!
 
This week has been great!.  This week we had transfers and Elder May left, so I'm still in the same area and I have 2 new companions again! I don't know what it is I guess it's just my luck that I'm in another threesome again. So my new companions names are Elder Hayes and Elder Zebley . Elder Hayes is from New Brunswick and Elder Zebley is from Pennsylvania near Philadelphia he said. I'm so happy be to be with them, they so fun to be with and we all get along really well. Elder Zebley is only going to be with us for about two weeks because his new companion got stuck at the MTC for at least another 2 weeks! So when his companion gets back that's when he will return to his area. It's been a nice change though to get a new companion, plus we all work really well together so it's helping so much.
 
So this week has been crazy we had a million appointments because Elder May is leaving and everyone wanted to see him, we've been having a D.A. pretty much everyday now, it's awesome. Plus Elder Hayes is a pretty big guy, so when I told him that we usually don't have D.A.'s he said that has to change so I think that's pretty funny. So now I'm the senior companion of the area already! It's weird because both Elder Zebley and Elder Hayes have both been on their missions longer than I have, but I guess it's because I know the area more. I don't want to be a guy who just bosses around the other missionaries though, I want them to help in some of the choices that we make like who will we visit today and what we should teach. That's something Elder May never really did with me and it annoyed me because I felt like I was giving no input. So unity is basically what I want to accomplish.
 
On Thursday I went and I dropped off Elder May at the mission office, and while I was there President Nelson wanted to meet with me. Just to check up on how I've been doing. In the meeting he said he feels that I should pray about the Book of Mormon to know that it's true. I had no idea why he felt prompted to tell me that because I already had a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true. But I figured why not? It will only strengthen my testimony. So I began to pray and ask, I was expecting to feel the spirit while I was praying or reading as a response but that never came so I thought what the heck? I'm doing everything I did before to gain a testimony before why isn't this working? I thought about it alot, and I kept reading and praying. So one morning for personal study I was reading in D&C section 6 I read this and I was amazed.
 
14 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast ainquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.
  15 Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy amind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been benlightened by the cSpirit of truth;
  16 Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that aknowest thy thoughts and the bintents of thy cheart.
  17 I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee—that the words or the work which thou hast been writing are atrue.
  18 Therefore be diligent; astand by my bservant Joseph, faithfully, in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be for the word’s sake.

After I read that I felt the spirit so strong. It was like God was talking to me directly as I was reading that. My testimony has been strengthened so much by this experience. I know that God answers our prayers through scriptures, that our leaders are truly inspired of God. Especially that prayers are not always answered the way that we want them to be answered, but the way the we need to be answered at this point in our lives. Just reading that and feeling the spirit made me want to share what I know to be true even more. 

This church is truly a blessing for all of us it gives us strength and the faith that we need to go forward in life and be happy as we do the best we can to live that commandments that Heavenly Father has given us. It's weird because I'm on my mission to help people gain testimonies and come unto Christ and feel his love. But at the same time my faith is growing so much everyday, and my testimony is becoming so much stronger that it has ever been in my life.
 
Anyway I have to go because my time on this computer is about up. Thanks for your prayers they're really helping me out I feel it. I love everyone at home so much! I miss you too haha and it's only been about 2 months oh well. This experience so far has been great I'm so grateful for the chance that I have to be a missionary and all of the wonderful people that I meet.
 
Have a good week! Love you! <3 AWWWWWW :)
 
Kameron
 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Week 9 Langley BC

Vancouver Mission Zone Conference
Hello everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't really have much time today because we're super busy! We have a lot of appointments today. It's so weird that I won't be there tonight to be with everyone at Ma's house today, I'll miss it so much! But we are going to a members family for thanksgiving dinner tonight. We went somewhere for thanksgiving yesterday too. So two thanksgiving dinners, we have a DA everyday this week because everyone found out that Elder May is leaving this week so now everyone is inviting us over for supper and for lunch and breakfast. Today we had a breakfast appointment and a lunch appointment and a supper appointment. But yeah this past week we've been really busy, on monday we had lower mainland P-Day and that's when all the missionaries in out whole zone come together and we play sports, and on that day we played dodge ball. That would be actually super cool if Shawn came and worked on out kitchen, then Cody would be able to work with him a bit and then go back to Salt Lake with him! 

So this week coming up on Tuesday so basically tomorrow I will be finding out if I'm getting a new companion and staying in this area or if I will be going somewhere else. I hope I can stay here for at least 1 more transfer. But if I'm called to serve somewhere else that would be fine I'll go where the Lord needs me. 

Today is my two month mark it's crazy because it seems that I haven't been out for that long, like it seems I've only been out for a few weeks. Time is just going by faster and faster now, I remember when I first got here it seemed like forever until Monday came around probably because I wanted to come write you guys! I feel like I've learned so much already in such a short period of time! Especially since I read the scriptures everyday there is so much that we can learn from them. My testimony has grown so much just from reading them regularly. So Betty our investigator is doing alright she's having a really hard time keeping commitments that we invite her too, especially the word of wisdom, with coffee. So I'm trying to think and I'm praying asking for some way that we can help her with this addiction that she has. 

Anyway I gotta go now because I have an appointment which we are late too! But I love you all and I miss being home especially today!

Love you

Kameron

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 8 Langley BC


HI! everyone!
 
Well first I would like to start off by saying that General Conference was awesome! I learned so much and was even humbled by some of the talks that were given. Especially during the Priesthood session. I got two main points from all the talks which were. 1. To be obedient, and fight away temptation, which is especially important as a missionary and 2. To be grateful for what we have, and realize that everything that we have is a blessing from Heavenly Father. Such an amazing conference I really felt blessed and privileged to live in a time where we have a modern prophet who leads and guides us so that we may be happy in this life and be with our family forever!
 
Something funny happened this week but the experience strengthened my testimony. So I think it was on Wednesday or Thursday I don't know all the days kinda just blur together now! Anyway there was this other companionship of missionaries that called us (Elder Salmon and Elder Newton, who was with me at the MTC) and said that they had locked themselves out of their car and they needed us to come and help them by bringing them a wire hanger. So we did and we got there, and we spent almost 15 mins trying to get it to work. Finally Elder Salmon said that we should pray. So I went to the other side of my road and said a prayer that somehow we would find a way to open the door so that we may get back to our apartment in time to do our nightly planning session, because it would around 8:30. So we again start trying it, and no luck. But then a car pulls in across the road into his driveway, and a man gets out sees that we are having a difficult time and comes over and asks if he can help we said yes. So within 5 mins this guy had the car unlocked for us. It wasn't until later that I realized that this man was an answer to our prayers, and that Heavenly Father works through us, everyday people. It really helped me to see that I being called as a missionary will be that person that comes and helps people when they need it the most. I think it's just awesome how God works and answers our prayers, as long as we pray in faith.
 
Our investigators are doing alright Betty has a really hard time with Coffee so we set a goal where she drinks less a less every week so hopefully that will help. Gaviel kind of dropped us, he said it was too hard for him to accept what we believe because of how he was raised in what to believe his whole life. But he still wanted us to come over and pray with him occasionally. But that's ok, as long as we help these people in anyway we can and make them feel of God's love that's what matters most to me. I won't let these little things discourage me, because I could be alot worse and be like Alma when he went and taught in Ammonihah, and was completely rejected by the people. But even he was told to persist in teaching and then when he goes back to the city to teach again Amulek accepts and and Amulek becomes a great teacher to the rest of the people throughout the city and land.
 
The weather hasn't even been really that cold here at all. It's still usually 15-25 degrees, and it's been really sunny and warm for the past week. But the leaves are changing, alot of the people here tell me that all I will need for winter is a sweater, unless I got more up north, but the winters here are apparently a joke to how they are back home so we'll see. If I need anything I will let you know.
 
I'll talk to you again next week, have a good thanksgiving weekend this weekend
LOVE YOU!
Elder Lahache

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 7 Langley BC



Hello everyone!

 This week went by incredibly fast!  My mission gets better and better everyday! It's amazing, this week I really learned that Heavenly Father puts us in the right place at the right time! 

 Yesterday we were going to visit a lady named Lutha and her and her family are from Berma and I have no idea where that is. But they did live in thailand for a while too and now they are refugees here in Canada! But they are such an awesome family to go visit. They let me play their guitar which is really nice! So anyway back to the story, we were on our way to visit Lutha when we saw this lady and she had dropped a big box that was filled with alot of things. So we walk up to help her and it turn out that it was one of our investigators who we have been teaching! Her name is Leean, and we we're helping her move on Saturday but I guess she wasn't finished because this was happening last night. Lately she's been avoiding us because she's been loosing alot of appointments that we've set up with her. So we helped her out and she was really grateful, and I felt that she was happy that we were there to help her when she needed us. So hopefully if things work out the elders in the new area where she moved will continue to meet with her based on how she now feels about the elders.

 Earlier this week I went on splits with another elder. Elder May and I go on splits alot because he is district leader so it's nice to get to know all of the missionaries in out district I'm pretty good friends with everyone because we go on splits so much. So anyway last Friday I was on splits with Elder Neilson and he's from Utah. Not really a big surprise there but anyway we met with this lady named Betty. She has met with the missionaries before and pretty much has been taught all the lessons. So elder Neilson and I are teaching her a lesson about faith, and we're reading from Alma 32. Through the whole lesson I just kept getting this feel to commit her to baptism and in my mind I was like no it's too early I can't. Then later on I would hear it again, commit her to baptism and it was near the end of our lesson so I said well I guess if I felt this feeling twice it must be important. So I asked her if she received a witness that what we are teaching her is true will she get baptized. She said YES!! So we have a baptismal date set with her for October 23rd. so hopefully I will still  be serving in this area when that happens. But 

 I was so happy for her and I felt that spirit so strong in that lesson, and it really helped me to see that what I'm doing is to help people PREPARE to be baptized, so even if I don't get them baptized while I'm here I helped them get closer to receiving the blessings of being baptized. With Betty she's been meeting with the missionaries for a little over a year and now she finally feels that she is ready to get baptized. It's great!

 On Wednesday we also go to have Zone conference and it was great! One of the elders from the quorum of the 70 was there! Elder Pearson! He was such a great speaker, and I remember when he walked into the room I just felt his spirit that he had and I was like wow, that's really incredible just to be able to feel his presence, I want to be like that! He talked about how we need to leave out old self behind and become a true disciple of Christ while we are on our mission. We can still be who we are, but stuff like music and movies and attitudes that we had at home need to change and we need to become true representatives of Jesus Christ. I feel I've been doing really good at that, through my whole mission, but Elder Pearson has helped me to see that there is always something that I can be doing better at. I got to see some of the elders from my MTC district too! But I didn't get to so either of my MTC companions, so I was a little disappointed but I know I will see them at least once during my mission.

 It's great that our whole family is reading the scriptures everyday now! I know that as we all do this that our families testimony will grow strong and our family will be blessed with the strength to fight the temptations that we face in this world. I really like the whole book of Alma because there is so many great missionary experiences in there that I can learn and apply in my mission.

 So what did you guys do with the bishops car then did you just scrap it?

 That's awesome that Dad and Cody are having fun playing hockey! I wish I could be there playing with you guys! I don't really need a crock pot it's okay, we've actually been doing really good with having enough food to eat, the Lord provides for us I know that because we would just be running out of stuff that we bought for a week, and then we would go visit a member at their house and they would give us food. So I know we are being watched over and protected always.

 Anyway I have to go because I have alot more emails to write
Love you all, I look forward to reading your letters every week!

Elder Lahache


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Letter from Vancouver Mission Preident

President Nelson sent us a letter informing us that our son has arrived and is now in the mission field of the Canada Vancouver Mission
We also received our first picture from Elder Lahache earlier this week he looks really happy. He has not lost any of the weight he put on while he was slinging roofing shingles with Shawn H, despite the lack of DA's !

Elder Lahache with President and Sister Nelson

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week 6 in Langley BC

Hi Mom, Dad, Cody, Colton and Kelsey!

So this week has been a rather slow but quick week at the same time it was weird. We had a very succesful week. It's been starting to rain alot more too but it's not bothering me at all! It's actually pretty nice. We found a new investigator this week! His name is Gaviel, but it's weird because you pronounce his name like Gathiel. He and his family just moved from Mexico about 3 years ago and they've lived here in Langely for about a year. But aparently he lived in Montreal for a year too! So he can speak french english a spanish, so that's good for him. He is such a great guy though he reminds me alot of Michael because he has that deisre to know about the church. It was funny how we met him because we were supposed to be going to visit a less active that I guess used to live in that house, but then Gaviel opened the door. So me and Elder May were pretty confused bu the situation so we just introduced ourselves as missionaries and that was on monday and we met with him this past Friday. We taught him mostly about Jospeh Smith's first vision and the Book of Mormon.

 Alot of people that we tract into never heard that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and when we tell them about they always want to know more of who he was and what he did. That's exaclty the kind of people that we want to find! Gaviel was just like that he wanted to know what was the difference between his religion, he's catholic, and ours. We told him that there is a living prophet on the earth and that we can know if we read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He was really excited and I was excited too, I really hope that we can continue to meet with him and teach him, he's an awesome guy. I always feel the spirit so strong whenever we read Joseph's quote of what he saw when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him.

 Later this week we're going to be having Zone conference so pretty much all of the missionaires in the Vancouver Mainland area are going to come meet together and there is going to be a member of the seventy there! I'm really excited because I'm going to be able to see all but one of the missionaries who I went to the MTC with. So it will be nice to be able to see them again. Also for this we were asked to write a 3-5 minute talk on how to become a more effective missionary. So I've been thinking about that alot, it's hard for me because I really haven't been out too long. I was thinking for me especially would be to think more about uplifting music than thinking about the music that I listened to at home all the time. That's probably been the hardest thing for me.
 
 On Saturday our ward had a corn roast and it was awesome! This less active family came who we invited earlier in the week. They're the Ezaki's and they're Japanese, so they have 3 kids. They're really nice so it was great that they came and alot of the member were happy to see them too!

 On Saturday night we also met a new potential investigator, her name is Jen and it was cool how we met her because we had just finished one of our appointments in the area and it was later at night so I wanted to get home and go to sleep because I was tired. Elder May said we should talk to this last lady that we saw walking down the street, so I said ok and we went and talked to her. We asked her if she was very religous and she said that she believes in God but she feels that there is something that is missing from her religion, I think she was protestant. So we told her about her message and now we're going to be going to visit her sometime this week. But it's just amazing how when we least expect it God puts people who are prepared to hear the gospel in out path. Also that people are really searching. I'm learning so much on my mission it's great, I actually really like reading the Book of Mormon, the stories are amazing and there is so many lessons that we all can learn from it. So it's really great that you guys have set a goal to read it while I'm gone. I know that you will be blessed as you read diligently.

 I'm so excited for Kelsey that she's starting Karate that's really cool I know that she will do fantastically well! How is Colton liking his new Halo game? It's weird being on a mission because I don't really hear much about news or what's going on in the world anymore, which is pretty nice because it helps me to stayed focused. How is Cody liking playing hockey again, even though the team isn't fantastic? I wish I could be there to play too! That would actually be so fun.

 To answer your questions I don't really need anything in terms of stuff to cook with right now, but I might later on. And we barely have time to cook food, we're lucky if we get an hour for supper. But we don't have a crock pot I wish we did because that would make things alot easier, but we'll manage. I usually make the fish that dad buys alot because I got this huge bag of it at Costco, and usually green beans and corn to go along with that and whatever else I'm feeling. But here we don't get that many DA's because the mission leader here has asked that if you invite the missionaries over to invite a less active member of an investigator to the DA too. So yeah alot of people aren't inviting people to supper and because of that we can't go eat at people's homes. I didn't get a chance to ask my mission president about the guitar but I don't think I will be allowed one. I'll ask him when I see him on Wednesday though.

Love You, have a good week!
Elder Lahache

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 5 in Langley

Hi Mom and Dad!

 So this week was a crazy week and Elder May and I have been really busy. We've been mostly meeting with 2 families, one of them is from Tailand and the other family is the one I told you about last week, the family where we went to their house and we blessed it. We've been visiting alot of inactive members as well. 

Ok so to answer your questions really quick. Yes that is the right address, we are staying in a house but the bottom floor is two apartments and the top floor is our landlords house. They are really nice people they like the missionaries because we keep our apartment clean and are not really loud either. So that's good. I'll get a picture in front of the temple here in B.C. so we can use that for the plaque at church I think that would be really nice.

 I've been feeling pretty tired this week, not really sure why maybe it's the weather, but it hasn't really been raining too bad. I think it's rained 3 times this past week but I think that's normal fall weather. I find it's really similar to back home.

This week I also found out that after this transfer that Elder May will be going home! I was so shocked when I found out and now it's all he ever talks about how excited he is to go home. So I'm happy for him but it makes it hard for me to concentrate on my missionary work him too especially.

This past week I went on splits with another missionary on Wednesday, I forget the name of the area where I went for the night but the elders had such a nice apartment. I mean ours is nice and all but their's was a condo and on the main floor they have a gym and everything! So they're really lucky. But while I was out there I was on splits with Elder Mccoulough and he's from Utah and it turns out we had to same teacher in the MTC! So we got along pretty well. 

While I was out there we went and taught a woman named Janine and she had all these questions from the bible. Questions that I never even thought of in my life,  she was trying to start an arguement and I just told her that we weren't there to argue but to testify of Christ and I beared her my testimony of Jesus Christ and his Atonement. I know that she felt the spirit because after that she listened to what we had to say without trying to start an argument again. So I thought that was cool.

This week I was reading in the Book of Mormon about Ammon and he was such an awesome missionary I want to be like him! I never noticed before but there's alot you can learn from the people Ammon taught like King Lamoni and his father, they both had such incredible faith in God. I really liked that story and it really made me feel that I can do anything as a missionary as long as I have faith that God will work through me.

Vancouver has been pretty nice. Especially the area that I'm in now it reminds me alot of home. Now that I found out that Elder May is leaving I'm more than likely going to be here for another transfer.
But tell everyone I love them and I miss them very much especially this week. Tell Doda and Boba and Ma that I love them. And I love you too Mom and Dad! talk to you next week.

Elder Lahache

Monday, September 6, 2010

Week 4 Langley BC

Hello Everyone !!!!!!


Wow it feels like it's been a really long time since I last wrote and I've been dying to write all of the amazing events and changes that have happened even in these past few days. Ok but first I have to tell you that I forgot my camera at the apartment so I won't be able to send any pictures this week I'm sorry! I was in the apartment this morning and I kept on saying to myself I can't forget the camera, but I did! So I'm really sorry

 So I arrived in Vancouver on Monday around 12:15 and I got through security really quick in less than 10 mins actually and I waited for everyone else to get their Visas for about 3 hours! So then we met our mission president and his wife, President and Sister Nelson and they are really nice. We stayed in the mission home overnight and the next day we were introduced to our companions.

 My new companion is Elder May and he's from Kansas I'm not sure what part of Kansas though. He's a really great and spiritual missionary he's been out on his mission for almost 2 years I think he only has 2 tranfers left.

 We've been really busy the first area I'm serving in is called Langley but more specifically the Brookswood area, and guess what? Our chapel is right across from the temple so we get to see it all the time! It's so nice, but we don't get to go in it while we're on our mission only the week before we leave to come home do we get to go in. I think it's like that because they don't rent any clothes out at that temple. But you never know what might change in 2 years. Ok so the address for my apartment where I am at now is 21633 50B Avenue Langley, B.C. V3A 8B9. So let everyone know of that if they want to send letters. 

 Elder May and I have been really busy, we have at least 6 appointments a day, so we're always on the move. But there are a few people who I really like who we are teaching. There is  this one man and his name is Peter and he lives in the hospital, like the hospital in town when I was doing my 24 hour service project for high school. But Peter has bee living in the hospital for a few months now and we go and visit him alot. He's a tough investigator and he say's he enjoys giving us a hard time almost as much as he enjoys our visits. But he's really great we're trying really hard to get him to understand what the great apostasy is. Because he's Catholic and so he thought that God's authority was always on the earth since Christ. So yesterday we were talking about that with him again. And I just felt that I should share with him Moroni 10:3-5 where Moroni promises that if we pray with real intent to God that he will answer our prayers. So hopefully he will receive an answer to his prayers Elder May and I have been praying for him alot. 

 We had this really amazing experience yesterday. Elder May and I were tracting and we felt that we should be doing something else. So we got out our cell phone and starting calling all the inactive members on our list that we had. So we called up this lady named Lianne and she sounded like she was having a hard time. We asked if it would be alright if we came over and visited her home. She said that it would be great for us to come as soon as possible. So we went over, and it turns out that this family has been feeling negative feelings in their house and they wanted us to bless their home. So before we did we shared a scripture with them and when we read it I could just see the happiness that it brought the whole family. I've never seen anyone react to the scriptures like they did and it really made me see just how wonderful the scriptures are and how they can bring us peace and comfort. After we finished reading we left them with a prayer and blessed their home as we prayed. I really felt the spirit as we prayed inside of me and all around me too. So it was really an awesome experience.

 I hope that everyone is having a great Labour day I wish I could be there with everyone at home, because I really miss everyone. But there is work here for me to do

Love 
Elder Lahache 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August 30th Heading to Vancouver

Elder Lahache left the MTC with 12 other Missionaries who will also serve in the Canada Vancouver Mission. Shawn H and Mattie met up with him at SLC airport. Thanks Shawn and Mattie for the pictures!



Checking Baggage 


Getting Boarding Passes

MTC Companions

Calling Home

Elder Lahache with his name plaque !

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Week 2


Hi everyone

 It's crazy that I've only been gone for about 2 weeks it seems like it's been so much longer. Well the MTC has been keeping me really busy I barely have free time so whenever we get P-Day and I get to relax it's always really nice. So much has happened this week, I must have given at least 5 blessings this week because people have been either sick or they have been just having a hard time adjusting to the MTC which is understandable. It was cool though giving all those blessing because each one was a spiritual experience for me, every time that I gave a blessing I let the spirit just flow through me and words came out of my mouth and I had no idea after I finished what I said, so pretty much the same thing that you told me the other day Dad. Thanks so very much for sending me all the dear elder letters they really brighten up my day and it's nice to know what's going on at home!

 This week at our weekly devotional that we have every Tuesday an Apostle came and spoke to all the missionaries. It was Jeffery R. Holland and it was a really powerful spiritual talk. As soon as he walked into the room you we're able to just feel his presence it was amazing! Just that feeling of him walking into the room really strengthened my testimony that this is in fact an apostle of God. He talked about alot of things but really the main points of his talk was that we should give it our all in our missions so that when we come home we have no regrets. He said he spoke to some missionaries who had regrets from their mission and he said that they seemed so sad and disappointed in themselves. So I feel that I have been giving it my all but I can always do better.

 I got an invitation to go to temple square and to attend an endowment session in the Salt Lake Temple on Friday which is tomorrow! So I'm super excited for that, it will be nice to get out and go back to Salt Lake for a bit! So I will be taking lost of pictures as I go there tomorrow. Speaking of pictures Mom I can't send any pictures from this computer so I will have to wait until I get out into the mission field to send pictures because these computers allow you to do absolutely nothing on them. We can only go on LDS web sites, so good thing this e-mail is one of them.

 It's crazy because it seems as if I just got to the MTC yesterday but time flies by so quick, I'm already leaving on Monday so August 30th, and my flight leaves from SLC at 11:00 and I arrive in Vancouver at 12:15 so it's basically around a 2 hour flight because of the time change. I'm really excited to go out and finally start teaching people but at the same time I'm nervous because I know that I'm going to miss my companions Elder Garcia and Elder Reynolds, I'll have to take a picture of all our us together maybe at the temple today or Sunday because Sunday we have a temple walk.

 I'm getting tired of the food, it was good the first few days but now it's just seems like the same food everyday and I don't really feel it's the most good tasting food, so Dad I'm going to need some recipes for some of your recipes so I'll be able to cook good when I get into the mission field.

 I've been reading my Patriarchal blessing lately and it's amazing because I'm seeing many of the blessings that I was promised coming true just from going on my mission. And I know that as I continue to serve diligently that the Lord will continue to bless me and everyone at home too. That's another thing is that I really do miss everyone! I don't have much time to think about it because I'm always so busy because whatever free time we would have I don't because I'm District Leader and I have a bunch of meetings and paper work to fill out. But I'm doing my best to serve my fellow missionaries!

 Hey Cody what is your e-mail address so I can start e-mail you too? I think I remember it but I just want to be sure.

 It's so crazy but awesome to think that this time next week I will be in Vancouver.
I know that going on a mission isn't the easiest thing in the world but I feel that I get alot

 Anyway I have to go because my time on this computer is about to expire. But thank you Mom and Dad and Doda and Cody and everyone else who has written me. It's nice to hear how everyone is doing. And I want everyone to know that I love and miss them. And I'm doing my best for you and for me too!
Talk to you next week!

Love
Elder Lahache