Thank You Elder David Larisch

I was fondly remembering my time spent as a full-time missionary for the church, when I decided to do a google search for my first real companion in the mission field.  So I searched for David Larisch and was greatly saddened to find out that he died last fall.  His obituary can be found here.  He was much too young, and much too good of a guy to be gone.

Elder Larisch was a nice, kind person, and a lot of fun to be around.  I was a timid, scared greenie who needed a guy like Larisch for a first companion.

Our first full day was Thanksgiving day, 1985.  We had been dumped in Cordele, Georgia in an El Camino II driven by a sister from Tifton.  We did not know the town or the people at all.  We were opening up the area after many months of having no missionaries at all.  We had no food, and needed to get some, so we just started walking … this way.  Eventually we found a Piggly Wiggly and stocked up.  The point is, we were brand new, with nothing going on, in a puny branch, and I knew nothing about missionary work or life.  Fortunately for me there was Larisch.  He took care of everything.

In all honesty, there were harder working missionaries.  More obedient ones too.  But Larisch was my friend, he kept me calm, kept me balanced, he eased me in to this great and terrifying new world.  He was one of my favorite companions, and I will always be grateful for his friendly, nurturing leadership that I so desperately needed.  My late sympathies go out to his close friends and family.  Thank you Elder Larisch.

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4 Responses to “Thank You Elder David Larisch”


  1. 1 Chris H. March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Eric,

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. 2 Ben Larisch May 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I have no idea who you are but thank you very much for your depiction of my brother David. He is a great man and is sorely missed by all who knew him. It is a great comfort to read about people who knew him and have great memories of him. I know my family would love to hear more about your memories of my brother but I’m unsure how to reach you. I will look back on this site from time to time to see if you have see this post. Is there a way to safely exchange contact information from this site?
    Thanks for sharing your memories of my brother,
    Ben Larisch

  3. 3 Eric Nielson May 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    David was my trainer, and he was the friend I needed. I have a few pictures maybe I could scan/email. You may contact me at enielson at yahoo dot com


  1. 1 The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 16, 2011 « The Ridiculous and the Sublime Trackback on March 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

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