Training

It’s soooooooooo crazy that it’s already thanksgiving, a year ago I was running around Zap with Elder Marks. Now I’m running around Dnepr with Elder Tate with like 7 months left. So crazy.  Not a ton happened this week because Elder Tate got pretty sick so we were stuck inside for a while.

All in all it was pretty blah this week, not a ton happened. Everyone is sick, Oleg and Valentina are both sick, Dasha is sick, and Elder Tate is sick. Thankfully I am not sick. The 3 new converts are doing great though, they’re all super happy and doing well. Life is good.

Also we had interviews with President on Saturday and turns out that Elder Tate and I are not going to be serving together. I am so so so so so sad. Elder Tate is for sure one of my favorite companions and the two transfers we served together were LIT. Turns out that I’m gonna be training this next transfer. I hope my trainee is ready to turn up, we have a ton of work going right now.   I love you guys! HAVE A GOOD WEEK!

Elder Larkin

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Pictures

Some recent pictures of Elder Larkin at Zone Conference last week.  They had Elder Martino from the Area Presidency on a mission tour.

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After Dasha’s baptism
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At Zone Conference
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Playing a musical number in Zone Conference
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One of my favorite pictures EVER. This was in District Conference and they had the missionaries sing a musical number with the primary kids. The look on Elder Larkin’s face is exactly what it was years ago when he had to sing in the primary program when he was a kid. Priceless!

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The last picture is about seventy percent of the mission.  Two of the three zones in the mission.  Front row is the sisters, President and Sister Sullivan, Elder and Sister Martino.

Dasha

DASHA GOT BAPTIZED FAMMMMMMMMMM LESSSSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It was such a cool day, definitely my favorite day of my mission. She got baptized on Friday and confirmed on Sunday, and it has been so cool to see her progression in the gospel.
When we first met her she didn’t smile too much, and she seemed like she didn’t have a whole lot to be happy about. Now she has a light in her and it makes me so happy that I’ve played a part in changing someones life for the better. It’s all worth it my fam. All of the struggles and disappointments are worth is when we see someone like Dasha change her life and be happy.
So awesome I’m so happy for her. She texted us last night and told us that we are her guardian angels, I love the girl. She’s so awesome. Oleg and Valentina are doing good as well, they are preparing to go to the temple right now so awesome. I’m super stoked for them.
Also I GOT TO SEE THE HOMIES FROM ZAP YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD. I miss them so much. I call them all the time still it was so good to see them. Andrei is bouncing outta here in about two weeks for his mission to England. So crazy I can’t believe that he is going on a mission.
What a great week.  We are on fire here, hope you are too!  Love you all!
Elder Larkin
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Friends from Zap, Missionaries, and a few from Dnepr

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Two Weeks Behind

So…we are two weeks behind on posting.  Where do the weeks go!  There was a baptism Friday which we will receive pictures of tomorrow (Monday) so we had better get caught up so that we can post about the baptism tomorrow! So here are two emails from the past two weeks! Sister Sullivan sent us the picture of the new suit.  She said that the missionaries love shopping in Ukraine because all they can get in the suit department is super skinny European.  Maybe I am just jealous I cannot pull that look off….

 

10/30

Ok ok ok my dear wonderful fam, this last week was BUMPIN. And by BUMPIN I mean super BUMPINNNNNNNNN. Andrei went to the temple in Kiev this last week and got his endowment. He is going on a mission in LESS THAN A MONTH MY HECK. Idk what I’m gonna do without his crazy random phone calls in the middle of the night hahaha. Love the kid so proud of him.  He is the greatest friend and I am so happy for him.

Also Kostya, Dasha and HER DAD came to church yesterday. Dashas dad, Igor, WANTS TO BE BAPTIZED TOO. We didn’t set a date with him because he’s trying really hard rn to quit smoking. Homie’s been smoking for 34 years, it might take a while. But so sick. Dasha is getting baptized next week, and she wants us to start teaching the rest of her family!!!!!!!!!!! Its pretty dang awesome. So so so sick. We even get to go to Dneprodzerzhinsk on Friday to go teach them.  Incredible things are happening, I can hardly believe all that is happening here!  Have a great week!

Elder Larkin

11/6

THANKS SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO DASHA SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVED TALKING TO YOU!!!! She’s getting baptized this Friday so it’s super good that you guys talked with her!!!!! She needs lots and lots of support. Her family wants to get baptized too!!!!! Her parents are going to Hungary for a few months for work so we will hit them up when they get back.

Dasha is so excited for Friday, I’m so so excited for her, her parents also wanna get baptized!!!!!! They’re in Hungary right now for the next few months but when they get back some someone else will be here ready to teach them. Also I got a new suit.  I look pretty fly. We got to go to Dneprodzerzhinsk on Friday and visit Dasha’s family before they left to go to Hungary. We had a super super good lesson with them, I can’t wait for them to get back. I am running out of time, gotta go! Love all of you!

Elder Larkin

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Dneprodzerzhinsk

Hey Everyone,
That’s so sad that Brother Hare died, I’ll send a note after this e mail for Sister Hare. Here’s what happened this week!!!! This week was awesome, I have not come down out of the clouds yet.
THIS WEEK WAS LITTTTTTT. There is no other way to describe it. OLEG AND VALENTINA GOT BAPTIZED. I baptized Oleg and Elder Tate baptized Valenetina. They are literally the most Russian people ever hahaha but they are sooooo cool and so kind. They had us over to their house and they actually have a sick house. It’s way nicer then our apartment haha.
They’re so strong and have incredible testimonies. I got to go to Dneprodzerzhinsk which is a city not far from Dnepr, its where our homie Dasha lives. While we were there we got her on date!!!!!! She said she just needs an answer from God that this church is the true church. So we set a date for the 25th of November. Then Sunday rolls around and we got to give Oleg and Valentina the holy ghost! So incredible. Valentina started crying and she kept thanking us over and over for bringing her to the church. So sick.
Elder Tate and I were just chillin in sunday school when we got a text from Dasha. SHE TOLD US THAT SHE GOT HER ANSWER AND THAT SHE WANTS TO BE BAPTIZED TWO WEEKS EARLIER. When we saw the text we ran out of the class room and started running around the branch building outside in the rain. I jumped up and hung on the rim of the hoop we have outside hahaha and then President drove up in his car and I really hope he didn’t see us haha.
But we told him about Dasha and he was sooooooo excited. Dasha is soooooooo excited, almost like bubbly. This branch needs youth and she’ll be so good for it. Her dad also wants to be baptized!!!!!! So in Dnepropdzerzhinsk there are no members. DASHA AND HER DAD WILL BE THE VERY FIRST MEMBERS THERE!!!  Can you believe that? So, so, so cool.
We had Zone Conference this week.  I will attach some pictures.  I would rather be out working than sitting in meetings but it’s all good.  It is cool to see everyone.  Have a great week.  I am not sure it will get better than last one but we will see.  Love you all!!
Elder Larkin

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Oleg!
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Oleg and Valentine!
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Saturday Elders Larkin and Tate baptized Oleg & Valentine who are from Belarus. Today they were confirmed. Another family has come unto Christ. (From Sister Sullivan)
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Contacting

Well, what a time to be alive in Ukraine. When I got my transfer call to come up to Dnepr from Zap, I was super sad and mad. Little did I know that this transfer would be the greatest thing ever. We still got Oleg on date and on Thursday we had a super lesson with him. He’s so cool fam and he’s so willing to come unto Christ. I’ve never had an investigator like him.
Our other people are doing pretty good too, Misha has been progressing well and so has Olya, Dasha, Other Dasha and Igor. This has been a transfer of growth for me, and it’s really made me appreciate the Lords work even more. Also it’s helped me appreciate KFC a lot more gosh dang I love that place. I don’t want my time to end here!!!! Love it.
Elder Tate is one of my favorite companions so far, we are doing good work, life is just good my friends. Oh my gosh a few of my friends from zap came up and visited me this week!!!!!!!!! They couldn’t stay for very long but it was so good to see them. Zap and Dnepr are where it’s at. Love em both.
So I have retired from the rap game but I had the opportunity one last time last night. So every Sunday we do a family night in the park, and towards the end Elder Thornton and I go around the park and do what we call “babe contacting.” Not because we are trying to look or anything but because if we get cute girls coming to activities, then we get a bunch of guys coming to activities as well. And before you know it BANG you got an Elders quorum and a priests group. I’m telling you, girls are the key.
Long story short Elder Thornton and I found a huge group of girls and they asked if I like rap music. Ha. Yeah you could say I like rap music. And then they asked if I rap and I was like Ha. Yeah you could say I rap. And then I rapped for them, the sisters are about to get 6 new investigators. That’s my last rap…haha it was a good one.
Everything here is great.  Lots of people to teach and we are seriously in a groove.  Love you all.  Oh yeah, in the pictures, the one with the sombrero is Andrei.  He is seriously my favorite human alive.  The Zap branch had Mexican Night and that was his costume.  So so so funny.  He leaves for the England Leeds Mission in about 6 weeks.  What a man!
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P Day with Thornton, and Peterson
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Andrei the Great!

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I’m glad that everything is going good back home!!!!!! I heard that Avry got called to England!!!!!! I told Andrei he needs to find her talk to her about St. George Andrei is by far my favorite person I’ve met in Ukraine, I talk to him like 3 times a day haha love the kid.  Things out here are super good right now. Here’s what happened this week.
Everything is just bumpin in general these days, we are finding lots of people, playing lots of ball, getting people on date, things are lit. We’re finding lots of investigators every week, we are averaging 5 a week right now. We just need to get them on date, Oleg is already on date for October 7th, we are so excited for him.
OHHHHH my gosh Vlad and Julia came up to Dnepr and visited me it was soooooooo good to see them again. Vlad is hilarious as always and yeah it was just so good to see them. Also Elder Tate and I got taken out to lunch by President Sullivan. We ate at this super nice restaurant. So. Nice. Easily one of the best meals I’ve had on my mission. It was super fun to talk with President haha he’s such a cool guy. Love him to death.
We’ve been seeing a bunch of miracles these days, we taught two new investigators who just rolled up to church on Sunday and asked to be taught. Unreal honestly they are super super prepared. They’re actually super cool and nice too, I’ve never had an investigator who has come to me first haha. There names are Dasha and Igor.  We literally have 3 investigators named Dasha these days my heck. I can’t keep em all straight.
We are super busy and are finding like crazy.  I miss Zap of course but am loving the branch here.  We seem to really be in a groove with finding, lots of good things are happening.  Love you all!
Elder Larkin
Sister Sullivan posted the following picture and caption.  We copied and pasted it here.  Love it when we get pictures, Elder Larkin does not like to send them to us!  Thank heavens for other people who understand that we need to see our Elder!  We also love her caption below the picture.  
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Elders Tate, Larkin and Thornton. Elders Larkin and Tate have been making friends and finding investigators by playing basketball. One came to church today, eager to learn and attend all 3 hours. A young man who is educated, eager to learn and well spoken. The Lord blesses us with talents which can bless the lives of others. Even though this scripture was referring to spiritual gifts we find missionaries are given and have developed talents that can bless the lives of others.  “To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby” (D&C 46:12).