Elder Laahche

Elder Laahche
Canada Vanvouver Mission 2010 - 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Prince George is Amazing

Hey everyone!

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

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

Elder Lahache and Gordie in Burnaby 

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

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

 Have a great week!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Address

Hey everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Transfered to Prince George

Hey everyone!

 Well I just want to let you all know that first of all after forever I have finally been transferred to an new area! I'm now serving in Prince George in northern British Columbia. I am now a zone leader and my new companion is Elder Larsen from Bountiful Utah. I feel so blessed and privileged to serve here. Mom did you call Sister Tilleman or did Sister Tilleman call you? It seems that lately you've been receiving quite a bit of phone calls from people in the mission! So I was sad to leave Burnaby especially after being there for almost a year, but I'm really excited to work up here in Prince George. The ward here is smaller, I would say there was about 80 people in sacrament meeting. prince George is awesome though, the members and people here are really nice. The pace here is significantly slower, people actually stop and take time to talk as opposed to down in Vancouver, where we usually talk for max 2 minutes. So over the next several weeks I will be adjusting to this new style of missionary work, but I'm so excited to be here!

 We drove up and it's about a 10 hour drive, we left Richmond Thursday afternoon and arrived Friday morning at 10:30 A.M. we slept in a city called Williams lake which is about 2 hours south or Prince George. I drove the whole time, it actually wasn't as bad as I was anticipating it to be, we had some good music and conference talks to listen to so that made it fly by. The drive was amazing and beautiful as well, we drove through the mountains and the Okanagan, which is pretty much like a dessert. It was cool. I didn't really have enough time to say goodbye to anyone, I went say goodbye to Gordie and his family and some other investigators that we were teaching and that was it! We we're so busy because we had to switch apartments with another companionship of missionaries on Wednesday then transfers were Thursday. So it's been a crazy week!

 Prince George is actually much sunnier than Vancouver, at least with my experience of it so far, it's fairly warm out usually 10 degrees on average I would say, yesterday we were out contacting in our suits and that was it, no jackets or anything. There was a lot of snow a few weeks ago but it's all gone now. The weather and landscape really reminds me of home. In Prince George we have three companionships of missionaries, there's Elder Larsen and myself, then there's the sister missionaries (Sister Brushard and Sister Nutell) and a senior couple (Elder and Sister Sterner). We all live in the same apartment complex too which is nice. I honestly haven't seen them though outside of church.

Elder Larsen and I are scheduled to have a baptism this upcoming Saturday! The names of the people getting baptized are David and Linda Ash, they are wonderful people! They have such a powerful testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They asked that I confirm both of them! Also Linda wants me to sing at the baptism, needless to say Elder Larsen and I are both excited. I'm so excited for the work here, on Sunday a man came to church who wasn't a member and said that one of his friends who's currently investigating invited him to come to church. We talked with him for a bit after church and he said that he loved it and we have an appointment to meet with him this upcoming Friday! How sweet is that, new investigator! Pretty crazy to hear that Uncle Jay is the new YSA branch President he'll do a great job!

 I'll be sending pictures of the baptism next week! I'm just so very grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission for my Heavenly Father. I look back on my mission and I just can't believe the amazing miracles that I've been able to experience. I have complete and total trust in my Heavenly Father, I know that Elder Larsen and I are going to do good here!

 Have a great week, hope you all get feeling well soon!

 Elder Kameron Lahache

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Transfers Tomorrow

Hey everyone!

 Man does time ever fly on a mission. It's already time for transfers we are receiving our calls tonight I'm crossing my fingers that I will be able to stay in Burnaby. How cool would it be to be able to serve in one area for half my mission! I really love the Burnaby ward, I'll be sad if I go, however I will go wherever the Lord needs me! I'm so grateful for the savior and especially on this Easter weekend. 

 I felt the spirit as I listened to the Easter messages in sacrament, which confirmed to me that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and it's through him and his Atoning sacrifice that we are saved, what a wonderful blessing and how blessed we are to have this knowledge of the Atonement in our lives!

  I haven't been able to go and get those pictures yet! We're so and it takes a while to go to the Wal-Mart now that we're on buses. If I do get transferred I will go out of my way to go and get those pictures though. I received both packages that you sent, all the Elders wanted some of the Moose Munch so I gave them some.

 This past week just went by so fast, Sister Kane also mentioned to me on Sunday that she called. On Sunday night we were walking around downtown Burnaby and we were on our way home. We were in a rush because we were trying to catch the bus as we were walking I noticed this man on the street. When I looked at him I received a distinct impression to talk to him. So we did, turns out his brother died the day before and he was praying to God for strength, and help. I am continually humbled by experiences like this one on my mission. I am so grateful for the spirit and I know that we can receive these prompting as we keep ourselves worthy of the spirit! I also received strengthened knowledge that Heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of those who are humble. I've come to recognize, through experience, that he will often answer prayers through the righteous actions of others. We shared with him the role of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the plan of salvation, as we bore our testimony to him that because of Jesus Christ he will see his brother again. As we shared this with him he was comforted, his face lit up and he smiled! It felt great to be able to bear testimony to him about the resurrection especially on Easter Sunday!

  We're still working with Krass, he was in Whistler this past weekend so we didn't get a chance to meet with him. He's so ready to be baptized! I know he'll be baptized in April and I'm really excited for that. I keep thinking about that scripture in Alma 29, like Alma my joy if full in the success of bringing my brothers and sisters to Jesus Christ! I was reading this months ensign and it hit me again how powerful the Atonement is! I don't fully understand all the mechanics of the Atonement all that I know is that it works!

 Also I don't know if you know about the new bible videos that the church has come out with. If not go and check them out, here's the link http://www.lds.org/bible-videos/?lang=eng.

 I'll let you know where I am next week! 

 Love you!
 Elder Kameron Lahache

Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Amazing Conference

Hey Mom and Dad,
 It's good to hear that everyone at home enjoyed conference. I felt like I was soaking it all up. My spiritual thirst was quenched! I love the abundance of the Spirit that can be felt at each and every single conference. It honestly doesn't surprise me that Jason is already talking about Halloween so funny. It's really cool to hear that you were able to help the young men with the food too Dad. I always say this but I feel so blessed to be a missionary, we receive so many blessings. I know that the lessons that I'm learning here will help me become a better person for the rest of my life! I love the people that we're teaching in Burnaby! I would do anything for them, every time I think of it my testimony of the eternal nature of family grows! We're all children of Heavenly Father so we're all brothers and sisters, and what a privilege it is for me to help my brothers and sister receive the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is for us to be a family. We were all taught from General Authorities this weekend about how powerful the family is, it really hit me hard as I listened to the inspired words of M. Russell Ballard! The spirit confirmed to me that we should build strong families, and families should be built upon the sure foundation of the the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as it says in Helaman 5:12, if we build upon this foundation we will not fall.
 I'm grateful that I can share these wonderful experiences that I have out here with you! It's crazy a mission seems like it's a lifetime crammed into two years! I am so grateful for the lessons that I have and continue to learn here.
 I am very grateful that Heavenly Father has given us all an opportunity to be a family. I am grateful that through the Gospel and the ordinances performed in the temple that our family can be together forever. Your right it's amazing the have Colton in our family. I can't picture our family without him, same goes for Cody and Kelsey.
 We had a chance to go over and meet with Krassimiere two times this week. There is both good news and bad news. The bad news is he won't be getting baptised on Saturday as we had planned. But the good news is that he still wants to work toward being baptized and is 100% committed. We ran into some problems with the tithing, funny thing is that Krass is perfectly fine with it and is willing to pay. However his wife Maya is really hesitant, and I would say almost against it at this point. Which is completely understandable because if I didn't have a testimony of the Gospel why would I pay tithing? Their whole situation really reminds me of when you both started meeting with the missionaries, because Krass is so open and ready to go and Maya is
really reserved and a little skeptical. What did the missionaries do that helped mom to open up?! I remember that mom always would say that she would sit in on lessons which is very similar to how it is going with Maya. You know what would be great? Is if you can just write out everything that happened then I can print it and give it the Krass and Maya! That way they would feel the power of your testimonies! Would you do that? =) I just feel it's what they need to help them progress.
 Remember a month or two ago I told you about a lady named Betty? Well she is incredibly prepared! We had a chance to meet with her last Tuesday and we talked about the importance of prophets, we bore her our testimony that Heavenly Father has called a prophet on the earth today. She told us that she believed it and that she wanted to watched general conference. We also got to meet with her daughter Tessa, and she told us in the middle of the meeting that she really liked that we> referred to God as Heavenly Father, she said she's never heard anyone call him that before and that it was really powerful. We are so blessed to have this understanding in the church that we do have a Father in Heaven who loves us and wants what's best for us. Just like our parents on earth want us to be the best that we possibly can and be happy! It makes sense and it's true. Anyway Betty is doing really well, we don't get to meet with her as often as we would like, she's recovering from cancer and it drains much of her energy. When we do meet though, the spirit is always there. She's an incredibly humble lady, and Elder Henderson and I both feel privileged with the opportunity it is to teach her the Gospel.
 I didn't receive my Easter package yet! But we are in Richmond today and if it's there I am going to grab it. We also didn't have time to grab those pictures at Wal-Mart yet, we'll be going to get those today as well.
 I realized the next day that when I wrote you last week I pretty much wished you a happy Easter when it's this upcoming weekend, not last weekend. So happy Easter! and I hope that everything goes good at Best Western!
 Have a good week!
 Elder Kameron Lahache