Monday, November 29, 2010
Hey everyone. Well... it was a great week. There isn´t too much to say. We had a four day leadership conference and we are going to changing a lot of things in the mission. I am excited. Right now we are teaching some great people so we should see some baptisms real soon.
That is awesome about the BYU Utah game. It is crazy how fast sports news gets around the mission. For example... I knew every detail of the game by sunday morning. It sounds like it was pretty intense.
Tell Anson I say felicidades. I hope everything went great. I am sure it did. So there isn´t a cumputer place near by that has a way to pass pictures, so that is why you haven´t got any for a while. I will send some as soon as I can. I am sorry that I don´t write much. I love you all
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thank you so much for the package. We finished off the candy within the week. I have no idea how I am going to be able to make the curry, but thank you :) Right after we write we are heading home to make pancakes with the syrup.
I hope you guys are all doing amazing. This week I have been thinking a lot and I can`t even start to explain how blessed I am and how blessed we are as a family. Although there are a lot of great people here, it is so sad to see what has become of some people´s life. I wish you could all see and experience what I am seeing and experiencing. We are so blessed and you better never forget it. Life is good!!!
I love you all and thank you for your emails. love you!
Monday, November 1, 2010
So zone leader is pretty fun. There is a lot more stress to try to please everyone and God at the same time, but what I figured out that if we can´t please both, it is better to please God. I am learning a lot and I am excited for this week.
So how is everyone doing? I can´t believe Anson is getting married. I want a lot of pictures. Tell the whole family that I said hi and that I hope they are doing great.
I bought something for the family for Chrismas so I will try to send it off within the next couple weeks. I think you will really like it. I love you all and I hope you are doing great. I wish you could all feel the kind of things I am feeling here on the mission, but I guess I will just have to do my best to try to explain after. I love you all.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I wish I could tell you all that is happening, but we have rules and instructions that we shouldn´t tell our families about everything. ha ha. So Anson is getting married? Wow, that was fast. That is so awesome. I am a little bummed that I can´t be there, but I am so excited for him. You better send me some pictures. And yes mom, you can send me pictures through this email. please do. I am dying to see you all. I love you so much. please forgive me again for my short emails. We never have much time. I love you. send photos!!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
So this week was okay. well, every week is good, but this one wasn´t quite as great as others. Just a couple days ago we had to drop a family, or I guess they kind of dropped us. It was the famliy of Ramses, the kid who was dying to get baptized just a couple weeks ago. The one daughter who is 17 years old still want to learn a little bit so we will be working with her, but Ramses and his other sister are starting their first comunion in the catholic church this week. It is hard because I feel like we could have done more and now they don´t really want anything.
There were some good things this week though. A family got married this saturday and they want to get baptized within the next couple weeks, so that is a good thing. We also had three new investigators come to church this week and they already have a date for the 16th of this month. I am so excited for them. This are going goo, but I know they can still improve.
Matthew!!!! What is up bro? Dude, I don´t know your email. You need to email me so I can write you back man. Mom and Dad told me that you are doing great in football. I hope so. Just remember that you can never go back in time, so you better play every play like it is your last. Hit so hard that they are scared to play the rest of the game. Hit so hard that they remember your name and number the whole season. The harder you hit the less it hurts. When you are running the ball, you make sure that you hit them harder then they hit you and I promise you will never get hurt. Keep it up man. Represent your name "Ricks". Love you bro
I love you all and i hope you have a great week. The word "condemnation" is all over in the scriptures. You know what is means? Condemnation? It is when we are stopped in our progess. Don't let it happen. I love you
Monday, August 23, 2010
So how is everything going? oh ya... my nieghbor is member and her and her daughter want to see pictures of utah and of the mountains by our house and pictures of snow. so... If you could, please sent me some pictures of our mountains and of redfish and of us in the snow. haha thank you. It was so funny, last night we were talking to them and they couldn´t believe that we can sleep outside without getting robbed and that we actually go camping. They thought that was something that is only in the movies. They asked what it feels like when it snows and what the mountains look like with all the snow. It was a lot of fun expaining everything to them. They want to visit utah during general conference so I told them that they could come stay at our house when I finish my mission.
So summer is finally over!! how crazy is that? That went by pretty fast. I hope it was fun and you guys got a lot of stuff done. I hope you guys are all doing great. I wish I could explain everything that is happening here, but this why it will be more fun when I come home and get to tell you everything. I love you all!!!
***Taylor also sent me a bunch of pictures that I'll put up later when I'm not at work. Get excited!!!***
Monday, August 9, 2010
We had three baptisms this sunday and it was great. It was a family. The dad, mom, and daughter. I will send some pictures. We have another four in the next two weeks. I am excited. Everything is going great. I will tell you some more with pictures. I love you all.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
That is so cool that Anson got home. I am a little scared to have to try to adjust back to normal life after this, but lucky for me I dan't have to worry about that for awhile. You should for sure tell Anson to write me. Maybe he is reading this write now. What's up Anson! How are you doing. Write me sometime.
Everything is going great here! Elder Jessup and I made a goal to never speak english. So, for the past two days I have spoken any. It is pretty hard sometimes, but I know it is good for us. I am starting to forget a lot of english words and I can't write in english without spelling a word of two wrong. I still have a ton to learn. Anyway...
Mom, How is your spanish class going? I expect to talk to you all in spanish when I call from the airport, so you better be ready. You probably already know more than me anyway. My watch is doing fine now, so don't worry about sending another one. I think it just needed a few days to warm up. I hope you are doing great. It sounds like you are. I love you!
Dad, How are you doing? So I hoping to be able to leave within the next two weeks, but I don't know. Two elders in our zone have been here for thirteen weeks now and they still don't have their visas. They are going to Mexico too. I hope for the best, but whatever happens is okay with me. I am just happy to be out here. I love you so much
Hailey, le he escrito una carta. Casi toda es en espanol. Yo espero que usted pueda entenderlo. Te amo
Nia, mom said you have a busy day today. Are you pumped to be done with school? Don't stay out too late tomorrow night! Tell everyone I day hi. Hope you are doing amazing. I love you
Shayla! What's up girl? How is the last week of school going? you better not be sluffing any classes. ha ha jk you should sluff a lot this week. Don't tell mom and dad I said that. I love you
Matthew! how is the motercycle? Are you still making enough money to pay it off. You better let me ride it when I get home. I love you hermano!!
I love you all! I hope you are all doing amazing. Christ lives!!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Hey everyone! How are you doing? So like always not much has happened this week. I still don't have my visa, but we are all hoping for this week. Everything is going great. Sorry I didn't call monday. They gave us a call pass friday so I thought I would just use it. I should be able to call again once I get my visa though, so I will try to let you know. So we got new companions again because Elder Hauret left for Mexico, so now I am with Elder Jessup. It is great. We get along really well and we teach even better. We both have spanish down good so teaching is a lot of fun. hmm... well... I wish I had more to tell you. Oh ya, I got pretty sick just a couple days ago. It only lasted for like a day and a half so it wasn't that bad. I had a fever of 102.1 though. But the next morning it was gone. I still have a cough and I lost my voice, but I feel great now.
I am send you another letter for Cody. That last address you gave me didn't work. If you could get it to him and send me his address that would be great!
Thanks for the bag mom. That will work just fine. I just needed somthing to travel with so that is perfect. And about the watch, I love it, but I think the battery is bad. It stops like every couple hours and when it doesn't stop, it loses about two minutes every hour. I am going to send it home in a little bit with me ball shoes and other stuff I don't need, but if you could pick up another one that would be great. Sorry. I guess I just have bad luck with watches. How is your class going? next time I call I want to talk to you in spanish so you better be ready! I love you
Dad, I started Jesus The Christ this last week and it is for sure my new favorite book. I am only on like page 120, but it is great. Lo habia leido si? You have read it right? Anyway... I can't wait to talk to you here in the next couple weeks. I love you
Hailey!! How are you doing? There is a letter on it's way for you! I love you
Nia! I threw it on the ground!! ha ha I just thought about that the other day. When is your graduation? like this weekend? Wow, I am excited for you. Are you getting pumped for SUU? I love you
Shayla! Hey Girl!! There is a letter on it's way for you. I love you
Matthew!!!!! I miss you little bro. How is everything going? Are you still playing baseball or is your season over already? Have you started reading the Book of Mormon? You should start! I want to share some cool scriptures with you!
I love you
Thursday, May 13, 2010
So guess what... Jeffery R Holland came and talked to us this last Tuesday. It was great. He pretty much just yelled at us kind of like he did in conference this last time, but it was good. I think a lot of elders here need a good chastisment. I wish I could tell you everything he said, but It would take me too long. Anyway... everything is great. Spanish is coming along great. It is about to the point where I don't have to worry about it when I teach. I used to be so nervous about my spanish and now I can finally focus on teaching. It is great. I still have a ton to learn though. Since week two, our teachers haven't spoke one word of english to us. It was hard at first, but know it is so easy. It is like I always knew spanish. We hold whole conversations and we can talk about pretty much anything we want. just the other day one of my teachers started talking to me and before I even realized it we were having this ten minute conversation. It is great. I am already forgetting some english words.
Well, our VISAs are still not here. The lady who is in charge of all this at the Mexican consolate went on vacation for two weeks starting this last monday so ya... it might be a couple weeks or so. I am a little bummed, but I know it is for a reason. I don't know what reason that might be, but I know it is there. I guess it gives me a chance to learn a little more so I can teach better. Elder Griffiths is fine. It has been a week and two days and he is already jogging.
Elder Hauret was the only one to get his VISA, so he is leaving monday. That means there might be some more changes in our companionships.
I am so grateful for this priviledge I have to serve a mission. I have already learned more in eight weeks then I have my whole life about this Gospel. My favorite part of the day is for sure teaching. I love it and I learn something knew everytime. Just yesterday we taught this teacher and he said we did perfect and that is unusual to hear at the MTC. It is almost impossible to teach a good lesson because it is their job to correct you. Anyway, he said we did perfect and that our spanish we better the intermediate level missionaries.
Matthew! You got kicked out of school? ha ha that is so funny! Bad... but funny. You better let me ride your bike when I get home. Nice homerun. I love you bro!
Mom!! I forgot to wish you happy mother's day last week. :( I am sorry. You know that I love you so much and If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be here. Thank you so much for everything you did and do for me. You mean everything to me. I love you.
Nia! how are you doing? Are you pumped to graduate? How many more days do you have? Life is officially about to start for you. Remember God and Jesus and you have nothing to worry about. Life is great isn't it? I love you and miss you.
Shayla! How did you do in region? I am so excited for you and summer tennis. You are going to be amazing when I get back. You already are. I love you
Dad! How is life? How is work? what's the word on that deal? Thank you for everything. I love you
Hailey! All I have to say is I love you. I will write you next week I promise!!!!
I will probably get to call monday because they let us call if our flight plans change so ya.... they changed so I should be calling sometime next week. I love you all. I hope you know that. Jesus Christ Lives!!!
Friday, April 30, 2010
So I heard there are some crazy things going on in Mexico. We talk to this other teacher who has a brother living in mexico city and he says it is pretty crazy! I guess that should make me nervous, but it actually just makes me want to go even more. I am so pumped, and not scared at all. I just hope my VISA comes. This district in my zone have already been here for a week longer than normal and half of them got their VISA today and the rest are still waiting.
Mom, how did your talk go? I hope my random thoughts helped. How is everything going? Nia told me that some girl is living in my room this summer!!!! Que es eso? ha ha just kidding. You might need to clean in before she comes, but don't go looking though all my stuff :) I love you
Dad, you better send me some pictures of matthew playing ball. I can't find that family picture you sent with me, so could you guys send me another one? Anyway... that is cool about your work. I hope it all goes down smooth. I love you
Hailey, I didn't have time to write you a letter this week, but I will try next week. How is life? so you are done with spanish huh? well, you can practice on me anytime you want. Hope you are doing great! I love you
Nia, I wrote you a letter so it should be there in a couple days! Don't forget my lyrics!!! lol You are amazing. How did the prank go on Kara? ha ha you guys are so mean. Tell shelby and amy I say hi! I love you
Shayla! Smile for me right now. I am serious. If you are not smiling you can't read the rest of this email :) What is your email address? When I try to send to your email it doesn't work. How is track going? Are you guys almost done? Are you pumped for tennis? I can't wait to watch you take state when I get home. I hope life is good. I love you
Matthew, what is up brother? Dad said you are looking good at baseball. You better tell me how it goes. What is your email? I can't remember it and I want to write you. Are you pumped for school to be done? I bet you are! You ready for the priesthood? you are going to love it man. You better be holding down the fort at home. I love you
Grandma!!!!!! How are you doing? I miss all your cookies and great food. The MTC food is kind of getting boring. I hope you are doing good! I miss you a lot.
I love you I love you all!!!!!! adios
Friday, April 16, 2010
Anyway... everything is going great. I don't know if I have told you yet, but I love learning something new every day. I wish you could all feel what I have felt while I have been here. I can't wait to tell you all about it when I get home.
Dad, I wish I could have hear your talk. I bet it was great. I found a scripture about the Bood of Mormon in 1 Nephi 14:7 that tells us what the purpose of it is, and what do you know, it is to convice people that the Lamb of God lives. I love you and I hope everythig is going good.
Mom, thank you so much for the package! I love the tie clip, and I was just about out of food too. You can never have too much snacks here so don't be afraid to keep sending. I love you. Thank you for everything.
Hailey, I hope you liked the pictures. Sorry that my letter was kind of short. I wish I had more time to write, but I don't. Can't wait to hear from you. I love you.
Nia, another Elder is writing you so expect another letter. ha ha this Elder is pretty awesome too. He went to EFY with Haley and Erika Ence back in the day. Pretty funny huh? Anyway... I hope you are doing great. How is track going? You ready to graduate? I love you
Shayla, that is so awesome that you got first in the 100m. Of course I believe you. You would have to be fast from running away from Matthew all the time. I wish I could have seen it. Maybe when I get home I can watch you take state. In track and tennis. I hope you're doing amazing. I love you
Matthew!!!! What is up brother? Are you pumped to get the priesthood? Do you remember what it is? I hope you know how important it is. You have more power than the President of the United States!!! More power that Payton Manning and Reggie Bush combined. They only wish they could have what you are about to get. I am so glad that I have it and Dad is so glad too. I hope you are being nice to all your friends and to Mom and Dad and to Nia and Shayla. Girls are the best gift that God gave to boys. I love you!
I love you all. I hope everything is going great. Never stop being an example. I love you.
Friday, April 9, 2010
That is so good to hear that about Kasumi and her family. It sounds like you had a good time. I wish I could have seen it myself, but I am glad I am here. I can't wait to get to mexico and start teaching. I have learned so much about the Gospel that I never even knew about. Just this morning I spent an hour and a half on just one chapter. If you are looking for something amazing to study, go check out Mormon 9.
In out tuesday night devotional, L Lionel Kendrick from the seventy spoke to us and it was probably the best talk I have ever heard. He was so funny but yet profound. He told all the missionaries that the harder you work the more beautiful your wife will be!! And then he said that that is a true priciple. I hope so. He shared some great things and I wish I could tell you all about them, but I don't have time. Re mind me when I get home and I will get my notes out and tell you what he said. That is probably going to be the case with a lot of things. I wish I could tell you everything, and I will try, but you might just have to wait until I get home to hear most of it.
I love you! I love all of you. I will try to send some pictures next week okay? Have a great week and be happy for me.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Every day is about the same here. Sometimes it feels like I have been here for a year and other times I can't believe that it has already been two weeks. I wish I could expain. I am sure Dad knows what I am talking about, so if you really want to know why my thoughts don't make sense, Dad can probably explain it a little better. Elder Smith and I are starting to get down some techniques and finally figuring out the best way to teach. At the MTC they have progressive investigators for us to teach. They are just members acting, but they are good actors. They never change or talk to you how you did or anything. If you didn't know they were members already, there is no way you would. Elder Smith and I have been teaching one of these "investigators" named Jose Luis Garcia, and we are committing him to baptism on monday. It is exciting even though he is just acting.
Thank you for the packages!!!! They made my day. But.... there is one thing I still need. So, I am going crazy without music here. I am always whistling and singing during class. If it isn't too much trouble, could you send me a harmonica? I know that is kind of weird, but I need some kind of music.
I love all of you so much! I am sorry I don't write much. I will try to write more. Have a great week and I will talk to you next thursday.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The MTC is crazy! All we do is study, eat, study, eat, teach,eat, study, sleep. And then start all over again the next morning. I know it sounds like it would suck, but I love it. I have learned so much already and I can't wait to learn more. The first two days or so were kind of a surprise. Not that I didn't expect them to be, I am just saying that expecting didn't make a difference. After the first two days everything started getting easier and faster. It has only been one week and I am already lossing track of the days. All the Elders that have been here for a while put it in a good way. They say the days are long but the weeks fly by. Even though I am just starting week two, I already understand what they mean.
My president is amazing and he loves the Book of Mormon. He told us all to send our Bibles home. He wasn't being serious, but some of the new elders thought he was at first. He calls the BOM our Michael Jordan. He said if Michael Jordan was on your team you would get him in the game as soon as you can and we need to do the same with the Book of Mormon.
Spanish is coming good, but I feel like I never have enough time to study as much as I want. I have already learned twice as much in one week than I did in two years with Butler. One of these weeks I will write you in spanish.
Every day we learn more and more here. Elder Smith and I are working hard, but it still feels like we never have enough time. Before I got here I thought I would never be able to study for and hour by myself everyday, but now I find myself rushing the last ten minutes because I lose track of time and I still have so much more to read. I love studying the scriptures and it feels so good when I find that perfect verse of perfect chapter. I never want to stop reading. If it was up to me I would personal study all day. Meals are just a waste of time.
I love you all!
Also, if you're writing him, he'll be able to write back on Thursdays so expect a letter on Saturday or Monday.