Date

August 15, 2016

Area

Buena Vista

Companion

Elder Arnett

How to start a new adventure?

I guess how do you start a new adventure after you have passed through an epic one? It is something that Frodo contemplated when he returned from his adventure. He had seen the world and been through hardships. He knew the dangers of the outside world, but the goodness that could be found in it. You could say he felt like he had obtained a perfect knowledge of the world and what had happened. He felt like he was ready to go and he did leave never to return. On the other hand we have Sam who was not really sure of everything going on at first. He was a loyal friend to Frodo and kept him going so he could complete his task of destroying the ring. When he came home from his trip he knew what he wanted to do and envisioned a future for himself. He ended up marrying Rosey the bar tender at the golden ale. They ended up living a happy life together. Unlike Frodo he had to keep living his life and keep going. I am reflecting on these stories because they have a similarity to my own. Each transfer I have watched old friends go and new ones come in. Each having a different part to play in the adventure. Some are like Frodo who already know their purpose and once they are done they move on. Others are like Sam where you have to endure a lot with them in order to help them see where they are going. I feel as though this week has been the energy drainer and refiner. It is another test to see if the pressure of the bike work will overwhelm me once again or to see if I will endure. The steps of rebuilding an area or a job is slow, tiring, but worth it. If you can get an effective system together it will last a long time. You just have to make sure the people who follow are left with instructions and continue to have a similar vision you do. Just as the bible says without a vision people perish.

So I am now in Buena vista, which covers Arcadia, Monrovia, and Duarte. I am still in the same zone. My companion is Elder Arnett and he is from Louisiana. He was actually reassigned from Argentina. He has been serving for 8 months and we are not in the same area as before.

I also bought some more clothes and I am running low on money. If you could let me know how much I have on my card and maybe add a bit more that would be amazing.

This week we have been permeating the air with the spirit. We just have been going by members and investigators and pushing our way forward. They understand why we are here and what we expect to happen. Our only challenge now is to put them to work. We were able to do so on Sunday as we got our Elder's Quorum President out to visit people with us. It was great. We have been in the office basically 4/7 days this week and it has been for bike work mainly. I have been up right until before 10:30 as well trying to put together information we have. It is like I got left with a thousand piece puzzle and only part of it is put together. It has truly been a task trying to put it together.

The thing I am trying to deny precedence this week is negativity. It has been deeply rooted into my system because I don't want to start a new adventure (this is where the title comes in). I believe we can truly change this area we are in as well as the people we meet with. The faith we have is only limited by what we are willing to do. God asks for sacrifices and they are not cheap. I trust in this promise though stated in D&C 121: 7-8

> 7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
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> 8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

That last verse has been on my mind a lot recently. I know God will bless me and that he already has. I look forward to that moment where all wrongs will be righted and all hurts will be healed. I invite each of you to look for miracles in your life this coming week and sent me your experience so we can rejoice together. Will you do that for me?

I love each and everyone of you who reads my letters. Please let me know if I can assist or help you in anyway. I am here to serve and bring others to Christ in the best way I can.

Your servant and missionary,
Elder Richards🐉🇺🇸🇲🇽




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