Monday, June 27, 2011

Hey, so how are you all doing? I hope you are doing great. Just yesterday we had an amazing baptism. Her name is Susana. She is about 23 years old with two kids. He ex-husband has been in jail for the past two years and she has had a really hard life. Her baptism was so powerful. Everyone was crying by the time it got over. I am so happy for her. I will send pictures.
So I have some other news that I should probably tell you before I forget. I have been called to be assistant to the President. He called me today when we were playing ball and asked my to take the spot of Elder Carreon who is going to the new mission. I will now be moving back to my old area, CoyoacĂ n, with Elder Jessup as my companion. ha ha just like the MTC all over again. I am way nervous but way excited. I know I am going to learn a lot. I hope I can complete with what Gad wants me to do.
I love you all and I preach your faith every day (Romans 1:8). I am sorry that I don't have more time to write, but you should know that I am doing great and I have never been happier. I love you.
Elder Ricks

Monday, June 20, 2011

Alright well... this week was pretty good like always. We found some amazing people and a lot of them came to church. One of them is this 45 year old guy named Edgar. We found him in front of a cathlic church drunk out of him mind. He said he wanted to talk to us so we went over too his house the next day. He was drunk again so we didn`t teach him much. He told us that he wants to change his life and that he has lost everything because of his addiction. He said he has tried everything but nothing has worked. He said he has drank from 8 in the morning to 10 o'clock at night every day for the last eight months. We put another appointment and he was drinking in front of his house with his friends again. We just invited him to church and left. The next day we got to church and he was sitting on the back row with a nice shirt and all cleaned up. He was great as church and he loved it. He has a date to be baptized on the 9th of july. We are so excited for him.
We are starting to see a lot of miracles and we have the goal to start baptizing every week starting this Sunday. We already have the first three weeks covered. God is blessing us so much. I love being here and feeling this spirit. I know this church is true. Christ lives. I hope you are all doing great. Sorry I can't write much. I love you.
Elder Ricks

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hey everyone. So I thought I would start out this letter with a funny story. We just barely got to our house on saturday and after we had unpacked, we went out to work and we locked the keys in the house. My companion gave me a boost and I squeezed through this little hole in the roof that le into the bathroon. The plan we to get in the house and open it from the inside. anyway... When I lowered myself into the bathroom i thought all of our trouble was over, but no. Our bathroon just happens to lock from the outside. I was now trapped in a little 4'x4' bathroom with no way to get out. It was about ten o'clock now. for the next hour I tried to take the door apart, I tried to open it with a wire hanger that my companion found outside, and everything else you can imagine. When I finally realized that i wasn't going to be able to get out through the door, I started to think of a way to get back up the hole. The adrenaline helped me jump a good 40 inch vertical and with one hand I pulled myself back through the hole. That night we slept in the house of a couple missionaries there close. The next day we went to church just how we were and at about nine o'clock the next night the owner finally got home and he came to open the door for us. haha It was a crazy weekend.
Things are going great here. We are working hard and starting from scratch. It is going good though. We already have a couple baptisms planned for this next week. Elder Peacock is one of the funniest kids I know. We sure are enjoying the mission with a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. This is now the second time I have trained a new zone leader and like it a lot.
How are you all going? I hope things are going great. I miss you all and I can't wait to talk to you again at christmas. ha ha I love you. I have learned this week that prayer is sooo important. It make all the difference. But, we need to have a preparation and a follow up. I invite you to find out how you can have those two parts that are forgotten a lot of times. I love you