Elder Laahche

Elder Laahche
Canada Vanvouver Mission 2010 - 2012

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Time Is Flying By

Hey everyone!
 Wow I can't believe how busy you all are! Christmas must be around the corner! I can't believe it's already almost December, time just is flying by and it's crazy, next thing I know we'll be talking to each other on Christmas day. I'm super excited about that I can't wait to talk to everyone!
 This week was great! We had zone conference and Friday and Saturday, we learned so much! We focused on the Atonement of Jesus Christ how important it is and what we need to do to have the full power of the Atonement in our lives. The spirit was really strong there and I felt my testimony grow in strength. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that he performed on our behalf, I know that if it was not for him and his Atonement we would not be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I am grateful that he allows me to become a better person. I am grateful that he blessed all of our lives, I know that through Jesus Christ people change their lives and come closer to Heavenly Father, I've seen it and I've felt it in my heart.
 So with transfers, funny you should ask because we are getting our calls next Tuesday and then if I get transferred I would leave next Thursday so that would be December 8th. I honestly don't know what to expect. I know I've been in Burnaby for over 6 months now and this is my longest area, the two Spanish Elders that live in the apartment with us think I'm going places. But usually I have a feeling that I'm going to be leaving when tansfers come around and I haven't really felt that I'm leaving yet. But President Tilleman has a reputation for being unpredictable. I know that if I would be leaving anytime soon, this transfer does make sense for me to go. So we'll see what happens, but if you thinking about mailing me a package, I would say the best bet is to go with the mission office, like last year.

 The Lord has been blessing Burnaby these past few weeks, and we have seen many miracles here, that I am truly grateful for. I know that I wouldn't be able to do this work if it wasn't for the spirit, it leads us and guides us where to go what to say even how to say things. It still requires faith though, because I honestly don't know what I'm going to say when I start talking to a person but I open my mouth say hi listen to what the person says to me and then that's where the spirit takes it.
This past week we met with a man named John Wutunee, he's a new investigator Elder McGahan and I were blessed with about 2 weeks ago. We met him on the street near the Royal City Center and he gave us his phone number and we gave him a call, had a meeting and explained the message of the restoration. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he said he would read it. We got a call later that week and he said after reading the Book of Mormon he felt that he wasn't ready to change religions and he asked that we come and pick up the copy of Book of Mormon which we gave to him. So when we went over we sat down and he expressed how he wants to stay loyal to the church he attends at the moment. He felt bad because he said he didn't want us to waste our time speaking with someone who isn't ready to change. We told him it was okay and that we didn't expect him to be ready to change churches, he then told us that even though he wasn't ready to change he was willing to learn. So we said great he kept his copy of the Book of Mormon and we were on our way. The spirit really helped us there, so later on this week Elder McGahan and I were driving to north Burnaby to do some street contacting, when we got a call from John. He said he would like to see us if we had time. Our appointment that we had set up fell through so we had time to go visit so we went over right away. After speaking with John for a few minutes he paused for a moment looked down at the ground then he look into our eyes and said "Guys, I want to tell you something, I've been going to the salvation Army church for a little over a year now. Even though I've been going this whole time I just don't feel like all my needs are being met there, and I noticed that you Elders left me the time and address for church on Sunday......I'll be there" After we prayed and left I was in the car with Elder McGahan and I told him how grateful I was for the spirit. I know that Heavenly Father has been working a mighty change in John's heart! He is planning on coming to church this upcoming Sunday and he is also planning on attending the Christmas devotional (he loves the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!).
Heavenly Father has blessed us with wonderful honest good people to teach. I am so grateful for the spirit which leads us in this work. Just thinking about all that has happened here makes me just want to start dancing and singing because I'm so happy.
 Hope you all have a great week
 Elder Kameron Lahache

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Continued Blessings!

Hey everyone!

 Well this past week has been great miracles are happening here left and right and most of the time I still can't even believe how much the Lord has blessed Elder McGahan and I here.

Yesterday Elder McGahan and I were out tracting. We were tracting on Charlie street which is in North Burnaby. Normally missionaries in the past haven't spent too much time in North Burnaby because it's further off than other places you can go. But these past few weeks Elder McGahan and I have been making time to go there because we both feel that it is important. We've had much success so far! We found that guy Steven I think I told you about him last week from doing street contacting around there. So we decided that we were going to go to Charlie street and we started knocking doors. For the first few houses people were not receptive to us, but we kept on working. We eventually got to this one house and it was under construction and I couldn't see any lights inside. So my initial reaction was to keep going, and I almost did! Then I got this impression no we need to knock on this door, so we did. We knocked on the door and a lady comes out to her balcony and starts talking to us, we told her that we were missionaries and that we were sharing a message about Jesus Christ that would bless her and her family. She said she really appreciated what we were doing she just didn't think that he husband would be interested in speaking with us because he was a strong believer in his faith. So we offered her a restoration pamphlet and she said she would come downstairs to get it. So she opened the door to take the pamphlet and her husband was standing at the top of the stairs, and I don't even know how it happened but we started talking to the husband and next thing you know Elder McGahan and I are inside this guys house and were speaking with this whole family! It honestly took me by surprise because we had only been tracting for less than 10 minutes and it's very rare for someone to invite us into their home when were tracting. But it was a wonderful lesson, the spirit was there and we bore powerful testimonies! Looking back now I know that it was a miracle, we have been so blessed here in Burnaby and truly the Lord has been helping us in the work. So this whole family are now all new investigators, were going to see them again Sunday afternoon. Their names are 1. Teck (The husband) 2. Candice (Wife) and 3. Francis
(Teck's mother). They are such a humble family, as we were speaking with Teck I was impressed by how well he knew the Bible, and much of his beliefs that he has now are almost identical to the doctrines of the church! We told him about modern prophets and he said that he would be willing to do research on the subject and find out if this is true, we gave them 2 copies of The Book of Mormon. I'm so excited to see where this family goes, truly they have been prepared by our Father in Heaven.
The weather here has been nice, it's alot colder though it been around 0 to -3 everyday and it snowed two times in the past week which is sweet!

 On Sunday we had Stake Conference, and there was a member from the quorum of the 70 it was wonderful to hear the message that he had. The general theme overall for the conference was missionary work and why we do it. I learned alot and I was able to feel the spirit there. Rose and Gordie were able to make it which is fantastic. We invited Rose to be baptized this week also, however she is still not ready, Elder McGahan was there because I was on exchange but he told me that she believes in everything that we teach and she feels that it is true. She just doesn't want to cause any unnecessary conflicts within her family circle. We're going to continue to meet with her as well as Gordie and Kristina. The fact that we are teaching that whole family is a miracle as well. Think about it Gordie started to investigate the church because of the Book of Mormon Broadway musical. So he starts investigating and then he gains a testimony, and he asks to be baptized and he talks to his mom about it. And now his mom is sitting down with us 2 young kids who don't even come close to having the same amount of experience that she has but she is willing to listen to what we have to say and read the Book of Mormon. I love the family so much, they're wonderful.
 This week we have zone conference on Friday and Saturday so I'm really excited for that. I also can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming.

This past week we've been working especially hard and I just come home at night and I want nothing more than to just collapse in my bed and sleep! It's crazy but we're being blessed here and I know that we have the spirit guiding us every step of the way. This is his work so we have to do it his way not ours and there is no other way to do missionary work. I know that The Book of Mormon is true, I know that all who pray and ask in faith believing in Christ will receive an answer from the Holy Ghost confirming to them the truthfulness of it.
 Have a great week!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

We Seen Miracles This Week!


 So I sang in Burnaby a long time ago! That was probably back in July or August, I don't remember what I sang honestly, it was when I was companions with Elder Clarke. We sang because he was in Burnaby for 7 1/2 months and everyone knew he was going home so the chorister sister Ishidao asked if we could perform a musical number before we left! So we did
Elder McGahan and I feel so blessed, the Lord has blessed us with miracles this week! On Tuesday we were contacting on the street around 4 in the afternoon, while we were walking along the street we see this one lady. She looked really concerned and it seemed that there was something wrong, so I walked up to her and pretty much just asked "Is everything okay?" She told us her name was Betty and she went on to tell us how she and he daughter just got into a fight and that he daughter ran away and now she was trying to find her. So we said well we can you help you find her, and she at first was really surprised that we would even offer but she accepted and we agreed to meet on front of her house in 10-15 minutes. So we started walking down the street looking for Betty's daughter Tessa. But we didn't find her so we went back to Betty's house to see if maybe Betty had found her. But Betty wasn't there and we waited around for 5-7 minutes, and we had another appointment to get to so we had to leave. I felt really bad because we weren't able to meet up and I had no idea if Betty even found Tessa or not.
 So the next day we were back around the same area doing more street contacting, when Elder McGahan was talking to this person I saw someone in the corner of my eye, and I felt I should go talk to this person. I've learned that whenever the Spirit tells you to do something you do it! So I did, and when I turned around it turns out that it was Betty! I was so excited to see her and she was happy to see us and turns out that she found Tessa and that everything was alright! We got her contact information and told her that we would be calling to set up a time to come over. A few days later I called Betty, and she sounded like she was really excited about something. We talked for a few minutes and she expressed her gratitude for the wonderful help that we were, then she paused and said that she had a question. I said sure, she asked what did our church think about a book called The Book of Mormon. I told her what we thought that it was another testament of Jesus Christ. She then went on to tell me that the other night she was walking around her house and she saw a copy of the Book of Mormon next to a dumpster, and she told me that she felt like she really needed to go a pick it up and take it home! She said it was really funny because lately little things have been happening to her that are helping her remember Heavenly Father. I shared with her Alma 36: 6-7 over the phone. She thought it was great. So now we have an appointment set to go meet her on Wednesday and it's going to be awesome! I have a testimony that miracles have not ceased, but continue today and Heavenly Father watches over and cares for his children!
 We also met another man on the street too, his name is Steven and we talked to him for two minutes and then he looked at his watch and he said "Alright, well I have to be a this restaurant by 5:00, why don't you two boys come and meet me there and we can have a good chat". I was like OK! So we went and met Steven at the restaurant and we taught him the message of the restoration, we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and asked us why it was important. We explained it to him and now he wants to have us over for another visit. We've been so blessed here, I know that we have been able to be successful because of our faith and the diligent effort Elder McGahan and I put in last transfer.
Tell everyone at home that I love them and think of them often and in my prayers!
 Have a good week everyone
 Elder Kameron Lahache

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blessed With New People To Teach

Hi everyone!
 I hope everyone had a fantastic week this week! I don't have much time today, so my letter is going to be a little shorter than usual.
 This week was another great wonderful week in Burnaby, we started teaching another two new investigators this week! Once again the Lord has truly blessed us as we came to him with humble hearts and faith in him. I'm so grateful that I can be used as an instrument in the Lord's hands and help make these people's lives better!
 We started teaching a man named Shawn, he is originally from Philadelphia and he moved here about 5-6 years ago! He's such a cool guy, another set of missionaries met him on the street last week, so we called and set up an appointment. When we went and visited him at his house the first thing that I noticed was that there was guitars everywhere! I was freaking out! I started asking him a million questions like how long he's been playing and what kind of music he plays and other stuff like that! I was so excited and it's been a really long time since I've played, but I didn't play I asked him to play and he did. So that was a fantastic introduction, then we started discussing his relationship with Heavenly Father. He was telling us that God has always been important to him in his life, and that he relied on him. He said right not that he was specifically looking for a church that he would be able to start bringing his daughter to. He said that he attended multiple churches but none of them seemed right
to him. As if that wasn't good enough he then went on to tell us that he's been wanting to read The Book of Mormon for quite some time now he just never got a hold of one. I'm super excited for Shawn he's so humble and ready for the Gospel, I'm continually amazed how as soon as people are ready for the Gospel either we are put in their path or they are put in ours, it's sweet!
 We also started to teach another man name Mac, he's from El Salvador and has lived here with his family for 20 years, he also is very open and his relationship with Heavenly Father is really important to him. He has two children, who he cares and loves greatly. We met him at a Starbucks and shared with him the message of the restoration, when we shared with him the Book of Mormon, he was reading different parts of it for 3-5 minutes (I don't really know how long it was). But Elder McGahan and I were able to tell that the spirit was working it's magic as he read different passages of scripture. We are planing to have another teaching appointment with him, only this time we'll be going to his home! Hopefully we'll be able to teach his whole family next visit, that would be fantastic! It's just so much better to teach a whole family rather than one person in that family, because then the family can support each other as they continue to read and pray to know that the Book of Mormon is true!
Speaking of families, we also got to teach Gordie, Kristina and Rose again! We talked about the first half of the plan of salvation and Rose, Gordie's mom had questions about Adam and Eve and the role that they played in God's plan, we did our best to answer all her questions, but I was grateful because I felt that we were teaching with the spirit. Especially when we started to talk about prayer with them, and how the Holy Ghost will testify to them the truthfulness of what we teach! What's even greater is that Rose came to church the next day and loved it! I'm not going to lie I was a little nervous at first because I knew this was going to be huge for Rose, we needed to make a good first impression. Turns out that she loved it, we were talking about it with Gordie later on in the day, and he was thanking us go taking care of his mom and giving her a good experience at church.
 We also got to see a broadcast from Anchorage Alaska on Saturday night, and Elder Jefferey R. Holland addressed us. It was a great fireside and I was able to feel the spirit confirm to me the truthfulness of his words, he talked alot about the evidence that we have that the church is true. But the most important evidence is the confirmation that we receive from the spirit. That is so true, and everyone who ever prays to know if this church is true with a sincere heart with real intent and faith in Christ will receive an answer confirming to them that it is! I know that because I've received that answer, as I asked Heavenly Father in faith.
 So this week is looking really good, we have some new people lined up who we'll hopefully meet with his week.
 It's awesome to hear how everyone is excited about their new iPhones, I see them in church and flip out, all the members here think it's funny! I haven't really heard much about how transfers work now, But I know that this is my first 6 month area, so I guess we'll have to see, it would make sense that they want to keep missionaries in one area longer. I like moving places quick though, I guess just because that's how most of my mission has been. 

alot on our missions, I know I have changed so much, but I know I'm still me which is nice. I don't now the model of my shaver I'll have to send it to you later this week.
 Oh and also when you go for Cody's road test would you be able to get me a copy of my driving record and send it to me so I can get my BC license, I've been driving with my Utah one since I got here, but the vehicle coordinator wants me to get a BC one now, so I must obey!
 Have a good week, Love you
 Elder Kameron Lahache

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sill In Burnaby !

 Hey everyone!

 Well I have some news for you guys as you know last week was transfers, and I had no idea what was going to happen. Well.......... Elder McGahan is still in Burnaby and.................................I'm still in Burnaby! I was actually really happy that I got to stay so I should be here now until the first week in December.

 Also to answer your question about e-mailing on Monday, yes we are supposed to e-mail on Tuesday when there's a holiday on Monday. It's really hard to find time to write though especially when our week starts and we get working. We'll have to do better and I know it's very important for you to hear from me so I'm sorry for those weeks that I haven't written.

 Who are some of the less active members that you went and visited on Thursday? Have you seen blazes family in a while, I was thinking about their family the other day. We'll have to do something to help them come back to church.

 This week has been great though, Burnaby has really changed alot this week, we found 4 new investigators this week. I know that we found each and every one of them because the spirit guided to where we needed to be. We had a meeting with Rose and Kristina, Gordie's mother and older sister. It went really well, they had so many questions with us and Elder McGahan and I were talking about how the lesson went afterwords and we both felt the spirit strongly! Kristina is really searching for God in her life, she's a little sensitive about talking about God though just because so many people have gone overboard with her about it in the past. She told us that she wants to go to church though and that she is really interested in reading the Book of Mormon, so is Rose. So it was great I'm so grateful and I know that Heavenly Father is truly softening the hearts of Gordie and his family every week.

 My testimony was also strengthened this week to know that Heavenly Father truly prepares people to receive us. People who are sincerely searching for the gospel, then when we are listening to the spirit we can be led to them. Last week Elder McGahan and I were going to visit a member that Bishop asked us to go see. So we went stop by the "address" only to find that it's an abandoned church! So we start walking back to the car and we cross paths with this man, he asks us who we are and we tell him that we're the missionaries and then he shrugs that off and begins to walk away. But then he stops in his tracts turns around and says oh well what church is that? So we told him and started talking about Heavenly Father with him, turns out that he's been searching for God and trying to feel his love in his life, but hasn't found it. So we went and we visited him Saturday night! It was amazing, he told us his experiences that he's had in his life (his> name is Brad) and we shared with Brad the message of the restoration. After we were telling him about the Holy Ghost and the role that he plays in testifying to us the truth. He said that it made sense and that he wanted to feel it and he committed himself to pray everyday and he set up the next appointment for us to come back. I thought it was pretty cool! But really what helped him be open with us were his experience that he has had. It's cool to see how Heavenly Father works in people's lives.

 So for Halloween today we have to stay in our apartment so it will be my only day that I'm not allowed to do missionary work and be out talking to people it will be weird. But we're planning on handing out candy, and giving pass along cards with the candy ha ha!

 Anyway I'll talk to you guys later have a great day! Happy HALLOWEEN!

 Elder Kameron Lahache