November 7, 2016




Elder Mortensen

5 Weeks really?

The spaceship is being prepared. The hero is about to return to earth. With his trusted trainee he awaits the end. Looking out over the land he once had crossed as a child he realizes that it is not the same. As a famous song goes, "I walked across an empty land, I knew the pathway like the back of my hand. I felt the earth beneath my feet. Sat by the river and it made me complete." The desolation of the land is quite startling for this Hero and his trainee, but not overwhelming. They have a bright glimmer of hope as they continue on to battle. There is a victory in the distance and a goldmine of opportunities ahead. The hero prepares himself for the end and a trainee to take his place as a gran leader in the heroes world.

Well this week kind of stunk to be honest, but it has been better than the last six weeks or so combined. What a terrible nightmare. I still shutter at the thought, but I turn to Elder Mortensen as he is a great source of help. Trainees always have the best attitude and they always remind you to be patient with yourself. I am actually happy to think about how I get to train. I did not want to end my mission as Bike elder. That would have not been my thought of going out.

This week we were able to have a good time with the Zone Leaders. While we lived with them, but we ended up moving to a sisters pad as they had moved out. It is so much nicer that the one we were living in. If any of you have been to Pomona it is the Garey pad. The shower is like a fire hose, which is great. It is really nice to as I have a CD player for all my CD's and we actually have a piano in our pad. Probably the only one in the mission. It has been nice because I have been able to give myself a bit of a challenge trying to play some songs. I am still not very good but with 5 more weeks of practice I hope to be even better at it.

I have learn so much this week as I have been trying to become better at helping Elder Mortensen change. I believe I haven't been happy at all in my last area because I wasn't looking for a change. I couldn't see any change. I got stuck as a bike Elder to do basically some of the same stuff over and over again. That is not what I wanted. I didn't feel like I could change, I felt stuck. I ponder about it and I believe it was a part of God's plan because he had to teach not only me, but others as well. I don't know what to think about it now because it seems so silly and stupid. Yet I reflect on it again and again because of how much I learned from that experience. I am still learning from it.

Sorry, I have been terrible in telling you about my week. I'll cut to the chase. Every Monday we get to eat with the Silva family. They are really cool and the mom is basically a missionary mom. Her children on the other hand are not members of the church. We are actually planning to baptize her daughter this Sunday. It is going to be great and a boost for me and my trainee to find, teach, and baptize. Our area literally has nothing as the Zone Leader area was my area about a year and a half ago. It is booming! They have a recent convert down there that Elder Angell and I first found. Good Job Nicholas, we paved the way! We are trying to work with a women who will not be able to get baptized until she talks to her husband about it.

Many of the members here have been neglected. I feel like I have a lot of expertise in the field of working with less actives. Investigators on the other hand are a different story. I am just thinking I need to start putting myself in other people's shoes a bit more. I feel like I have forgotten how to do that somewhat, then again I feel I just got a little lazy. Who knows? Something that has helped me out a bunch always has been Sister missionaries. We have Hermana Wilde and Her Trainee Hermana Hirschi in our ward now. They are about where we are at. "Let's start with level zero." Actually they will hopefully be having a baptism with us as one of our investigators who was suppose to be baptized this week is in their area as well.

I have had some pretty great lessons in this area. We taught a less active kid the other day and he came to church. He wasn't able to make it for sacrament on Sunday though which was sad. There are a lot of young men in this Ward that could go on missions. Our goal right now though is to get to know the members and share experiences with them to help them change. Thus the battle between the mighty hero, his trainee and a desolate wasteland begins.

Your good friend and hero,
Elder Richards🐉🇺🇸🇲🇽


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