Hey Everyone! This week was so awesome and I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
On Monday, we started our day off by having Michael's Baptism!! It was short and sweet and there were a good amount of missionaries there to support him. He had asked me to baptize him and that was super special. He is only a year older than me so we are definitely buds.
After the baptism, we went and hiked up the incline! It was pretty crazy because it was all snowy and there was ice on the stairs. But we were ready to go ahead and do it anyway. The group was 6 of us and we started trekking up to the top. Elder Stark was the first one up and then I followed after him. It was painful the whole way up but we kept on going. We got up there in about 45 minutes and then waited for the rest of the crew to get up. It was really pretty. One of the Elders, Elder Kinney, had a hard time getting to the top but he made it. He was dead tired at the top though. He is pretty frail and skinny and so his legs kept giving out from under him as we tried to come back down. So we went back down the incline carrying this Elder down the whole way on the snowy and icy steps. It was pretty sketchy and we slipped a lot of times. The sun went down too so I had to get out my flashlight and we continued down with that. We made it back in time to get to dinner so that was a blessing. We had incredible hamburgers and left satisfied.
On Tuesday, we were on exchanges with the Valley zone leaders. I was with Elder J. Smith for the day and it was great! At one point, we taught 7 lessons and found a new investigator in the space of 3 hours. It was super great. We had dinner at Jesse and Diana's and then after that I went with Elder Henning to teach the Foster girls. They were crazy and wild and it was a super fun lesson.
On Wednesday, we started another exchange with the Fountain zone leaders. I was in the area with Elder Johannesson for the day and it was great! we were able to stop by a lot of people and have good lessons with them. We also went over to the house that we were caroling at and talked to the guy again. They are both doing really well and we are going to go and see them next week.
On Thursday, we started another exchange with the Springs zone leaders. I went to the Palmer Park area with Elder Ward. It was great to be there. We spent a good amount of time helping these old people at goodwill do different activities. We had a good rest of the day helping people come closer to Christ and there is nothing better to do this time of year. We came back from the exchange and then Elder Stark cut my hair. It is so easy and convenient to have him do that haha and it's free.
On Friday, we had a good district meeting and then afterwards, we went to the Hammonds for lunch. When we got there, they had a ton of sugar cookies ready for us to decorate and then give out to people! It was so nice of them. We handed them out to some of the homeless people around the area. We went and weekly planned after that and then headed to dinner with Sister Tecurio! The sisters were there too and it was great food. Sister Tecurio had a guest over as well! She only spoke French and was a refugee from Africa. Her family had been killed over there and so she fled the country. It was cool to teach her about the gospel. We taught very simply and Sister Tecurio translated for us.
On Saturday, we had a great Christmas Eve! In the late afternoon, we went over to the Gulls and spent Christmas with them and the sisters. It was super great and so much fun. We played a bunch of games and then got to watch the Zookeeper.
On Sunday, we woke up and then went to church where our district sang silent night for everyone in the congregation in English, Tongan, and Tagalog. After that, we were almost on our way to Woodland Park, but we got a flat tire and so We changed it and then went to the office and got picked up by Jeff (Gunga). We headed out there and it was awesome! We had a great lunch and then got to open our presents and Skype our families!! I got a lot of BYU clothes and stuff so that was awesome. After the call, we had delicious homemade Chicago Pizza. We also went on a walk, looked at the stars, and then spun dradles:)
It was such a good Christmas and I hope everyone else had a great Christmas:)
Love you all and thanks for everything!!
Elder Kyler LaRose
4090 Center Park Dr
Colorado Springs, Colorado