Monday, April 18, 2011

Pictures and a Letter

Alright... sorry about last week. I honestly had no time. That is life as a zone leader. I don´t know if I told you, but las week we went to these amazing waterfalls. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. We had to hike about four miles, and it was pretty much straight up. but it was worth it. I wish you all could have seen. I will send pictures. I am not going to lie, it made me miss Fairview Canyon. We will have to go visit it later.
So just last week we baptized an 81 year old lady and it was so amazing. When we first met her about four months ago, she told us that she was never going to change her religion and that she would never get baptized. And four months later... what do you know. She is such a funny old lady. Her name is Josefina
Well, we just got told our changes last night. It looks like I am going to be heading to Churabusco as zone leader with Elder Rodriguez. I am pretty excited. I have been in this area for six months now. I got to meet some amazing people and make some amazing friends, and best of all, I had the chance to help people start on the path to eternal happiness. I am so glad I got to be here so long. I learned so much. I promised a lot of people I would come pack to visit, so, Dad, you better be getting ready.
Isn´t it pretty crazy that in less than a month I will be talking to you all again on the phone. Crazy how time flies right? I am so glad to be on a mission. I still have a lot to improve and a lot to live out here. I am glad for that too.
I hope you all are doing amazing. Let me know how life is treating you all. I love you all!!!!!
Elder Ricks

Monday, April 4, 2011

This was a great week. General Conference was amazing and what topped it all off was the baptism we had between the two sessions on saturday. It was so amazing. I have always wanted to baptize between sessions and I am happy that it happened this week. Things are going great here. I am so ready to be better and to work harder. The messages from General Conference really helped me. I feel like I have another chance to start over and really take advantage of every second of my mission. I realized that I still don't quite understand the importance or the greatness of What Christ did and His church. I have so much to learn and so much revelation to recieve. Did you all like Elder Bednar's talk on revelation? About the three types and how he compared them to light? He actually gave the exact same talk about four months ago in a special stake conference for a few stakes here in Mexico City. I love it!! I am pretty sure that is going to be one of him classics. Did you hear the talk by Elder De Hoyos? He is in the area presidency here and I gat to meet him and shake his hand just a few months ago when he came to my zone. He is a great guy.
We just got news this last week that Elder Dallin H Oaks and Elder Rasband are going to be coming to our mission on the 17th of may. It is going to be great. I can't wait.
So how are things going in Utah. I sure miss it, but I don't really want to go back. haha Seeing the Conference Center and Temple Square really mad me think about home. Ha ha. I hope you are all doing amazing. This week I realized that a lot of us are failing with our baptismal covenant. Like what was said in conference many times, we really need to help other people more and show them our love. I love you all. Keep smiling and share that smile with everyone.