Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Letter from Feb 20 - Four Weeks Left!!!

Well... thinks are going great!!! I love my new area and the people here are amazing. We just had two baptisms this last weekend. One was a sixteen year old girl named Arielle and the other was a little girl named Brenda. I will send pictures. The two services were great. This is the best ward I have had yet in the mission. It looks like I will be baptizing another four or five in these last weeks. It is so great to just go to work with all the experience and all the faith that I have been able to gain these last two years. I wish I could start over knowing what I know now.
We went to Teotihuacan today which was pretty fun. Teotihuacan are these huge ruins just north of the city. I will send pictures.
I can't even begin to tell you all how thankful I am to God for all of you. These have been the best two years FOR my life!! I know that Christ lives. I love you all!!
Elder Ricks
ps. So I don't know if it would be a big deal, but as a homecoming gift I only want/need one thing..... NEW SCRIPTURES in english. I have a new way of marking my scriptures and I am dying to start with the scriptures in english. And I would like big ones like Dad's. Not the normal small ones. Big ones!!!! haha Love you

Letter from Feb 13

So I am now in Escuadron with Elder Hernandez from Honduras. We have some amazing investigators. Just this week we put two on date for this same week. One is a sixteen year old girl names Ariel and the other is a little girl named Brenda. I will send pictures. Oh.. and about pictures... I got my camara stolen. Luckily I had already put most of my pictures on a seperate memory, but I am still pretty sad. After the baptism of Pilar and Jesus last week it was not where I had put it. I searhed through the church for a good twenty minutes but... nothing. But my companion has one so it is all good.
I am now district leader and it is great. I have y first meeting in just a couple hours. I am excited. I never really had a chance to be a district leader because the first time I was district leader I couldn't even speak spanish and I had no idea what I was doing. It is going to be fun now that I have a little more experience.
I am very grateful for the chance to be with Elder Hernandez. It is a new experience for my to be with someone who has very little experience in teaching. I am learning a lot though.
I love you all and I can't wait to see you all. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He lives!! And because He lives there is nothing that we can't do.
Elder Ricks

Letter from Feb 3

Well... we just did the transfers here and to finish my mission I will be training and will be a district leader. The rest of the mission doesn't know yet but they will find out in a couple days. Elder Leon, who was my sixth companion in the misson will be taking my place as assistant. I am way excited and I know I am going to learn a lot in these next six weeks. The area presidency wants all missionaries to finish their mission training. I should be a great last transfer.
Tomorrow we have two baptisms. Their names are Pilar and Jesus, Pilar's son. I am so excited. Our hard work for the last couple months is finally paying off. Elder Bastian and Elder Leon should have a lot of baptisms these next few months.
I wish I had more time to write you but with all the things we had to do today i am out of time. I love you all so much.