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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28, 2015 Stake Conference

WeekUpdate.
This week has been pretty good. Nothing really earth shattering happened. 
Thursday was a pretty quiet day. We helped a member rake up a ton of leaves, which was pretty good. It was nice to get out of the shirt and tie for a bit. Later that evening we split with the Stamford elders. So I went to the Stamford area with Elder Nagle. He is an interesting guy. Anyways the night consisted of him showing me all the pictures he has drawn on his mission. What a great time. 
The following day He took me to his area, we taught the restoration to a priest in the ward. We looked up some less actives. He took me to a really interesting Polish Deli. All in all in was an interesting day. We un-split in the evening. And it felt good to be home. 
Saturday I wasn't feeling super well. (Probably from the Polish Deli) So not much happened in the morning. Later we went to the Adult Session of Stake Conference. We had a pretty big surprise there also. Sheryl, our investigator who we have been trying to meet with for the entire cycle came to the session. Which is pretty cool! Seeing as how we have no clue how she knew about it. Saturday evening we got transfer calls. My apartment is not changing at all. But there are three missionaries training in the Zone, which is pretty cool.
Sunday we had to drive to New York to the Sunday session of Stake Conference. It was really good. The stake president wanted the meeting to be ran by the spirit so he had all the speakers not write their talks. They were asked to only bring their scriptures with them as they spoke and the only preparation they were supposed to do is pray for guidance and ponder their subject. It went really well I thought. Some people were really nervous in the beginning. But everybody including the youth speakers did a very good job. 
Anyways Monday We had district meeting. It was good nothing really to report there. That afternoon we spent doing odds and ends errands. We texted our dinner appointment to see if we were still cool for dinner and she texted back "no" so we were like that’s weird but what ever.  So on our journeys one member offers to take us out for dinner so we accept. We went to a really good pasta place. Anyways Afterword’s we check the phone and we got a ton of texted from the dinner appointment asking if we were coming so we call them and flew over to their house because they asked if we were still hungry and we decided we could be. Anyways we get there and explain the situation. Turns out that number we texted is an old number. So some rascal just texted back no instead of saying wrong number. Anyway that was a journey. 
Yesterday was a whole ton of tracting. We took a priest from the ward out with us. We saw some pit bull mixed dogs and one wanted to taste my leg and hand. It ripped my pants but my garments are still good. It punctured skin a little but not bad. As we were walking up to the door three dogs came barreling out and started barking. One nipped my hand too. But it was just a couple of scratches. As we were walking away we heard a lady’s voice from inside the house saying "watch out they bite" We replied that we found out. So that sort of stunk but it is whatever. Could have gone a lot worse. But I’m fine which is what matters. But yeah. Today we have transfer meeting this afternoon. So nothing much is happening right now. Hope you all had a great week!


Elder Richards

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 Work, Work, Work!

Week update. 
This week has been pretty good. 
   Thursday we got to go help one of our members do some yard work which was pretty good. We just packed up a ton of wood and general yard junk into a u-haul then we took it to the city dump. It was pretty alright. I thought it was weird to use a u-haul but I guess people just don't have trailers out here. 
Anyways Friday was pretty good. I spent a majority of the day tracting, nothing too much to report there. 
   Saturday we went and helped out one of our investigators, we chopped down a ton of trees and then cut them up and hauled them around. This investigators brother cut a tree down in a pond and that really stunk to pull out. We got it out though. We got really good sandwiches from it though which was really cool. It's always a highlight when you get fed. We had a good days work though from it. 
   Sunday was good. We went to church which was pretty good. Nothing too crazy really to report there. 
   Monday was pretty good, we taught a handful of lessons but in between we did a ton of tracting. We had a good dinner appointment with some retired older people in our Ward it was a really good one. 
   Tuesday was pretty good also; we got to go to a less active house that missionaries have been trying to get into forever! And it turns out they love Crosby Stills and Nash, we were fast friends. Anyways that was a good success for us. Nothing too much happened in the rest of that, a handful of appointments canceled. This stunk. This area is hopefully going to start picking up and getting a little busier. 
   It's now sweater weather so that's nice, I get to break out my sweaters which is fun. I heard that the Utah Pipe Band got to play at temple square! That sounds super rad! I'm sorta jealous! Anyways things here are good, transfers are next week. I don't think I'm going anywhere which is good!Anyways hope you all have a great week! 

 Elder Richards

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015 Visit from Elder Arnold

Hello!
This week was good, but it was a bit slower than usual but it's been picking up the last couple of days. So that’s good!
Anyways last Thursday was good! We had a mission conference with Elder Arnold of the 70. It was good! He taught us a lot about using members in missionary work and all sorts of goodies. It will be good. I think our mission is going to really do well with the things he taught.
Friday I went on a split with one of our district leaders Elder Bentley, he is in the Spanish program so I didn't really know what was going on. But it was still fun.
Saturday was good, we tracted a lot, nothing to crazy happened.
Sunday was good. Church was good. One of our investigators came, but she went to the wrong ward which stinks.
Monday was good, we went and took one of the priests in our Ward tracting with us. It went well! We knocked on one door and this very energetic older woman opened the door and asked if we knew her name. We said we didn't and she then told us she was a Whitmer, so she knew the Mormons. She said that she's Episcopalian now and that her ancestor is on top of our buildings. (Moroni?)
Anyways yesterday was good we busted out some member missionary work like Elder Arnold taught and it went well! We tracted for a bit met with one of our investigators and taught some members. Nothing big is coming in this next week! So we will just be staying busy talking to people! 
            Today I'm going up to Danbury to meet up with one of my old zone leaders and friend Elder White, we are going to hit "Chic fil a" there. We are going to come back to Norwalk because one of the new missionaries and trainer wanted to play board games with us. So we will head over for that. Then later today we are ending pday early, one of the missionaries from the new Canaan Ward is getting home and he wants to go out with us before he gets released. So that will be good! It's super pretty here! I really need to start taking more pictures!


Hope all is well! Love ya!


Elder Richards


Zone meeting with Elder Arnold
Did someone say food

Pictures from mission blogs


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015 General Conference was great!

Week update,

General conference was a great time! I really enjoyed it! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really liked the one southern sisters talk I can't remember her name. They were both really good. It was a great conference. Easily the high light of my week. The neighborhood we live in is pretty good it's pretty quiet. We live more towards the business part of town. It's pretty good though. I can't complain. This week had a considerable amount of tracting. We knocked some huge houses, the people were all very kind, but not interested. Our main investigator Darlene has gone AWOL, so hopefully we can hunt her down soon. We ran into a new less active at general conference, so that was good. Don't know too much about him yet. We went to a senior center this week to give service, it was an enjoyable time!  They were cracking jokes and all in all were quite lively and entertaining. All in all it’s been a quiet week. We really just tracted a lot. Friday we had a MLC meeting which took up most of the day. We are having a 70 visit the mission tomorrow. So it talked a lot about this meeting. I think it should be a good visit tomorrow. It's been getting pretty cold out here recently which is both good and bad. It's nice to have a car. General conference was a good one though. I took lots of good notes and figured out some ways to apply what I learned, which is the best part! Anyways hope you all are doing well! 



Elder Richards