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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 Thanksgiving and service!

Week update 

This week has been pretty good. 
  Thursday was super rainy, we went on a split with the Spanish elders, and me and Elder Frongner got soaked, but it was all well. We went to Chipotle for dinner and saw one of our investigators Shawn there. So that was pretty solid. They actually saw us and came up to us which is even cooler. 
   And yes Friday we did some service for a retirement home, we would go deliver meals to seniors through the town that couldn't come to the retirement home for lunch so that was pretty good we met some nice old people. Later that day we looked up potential investigators for quite a while and Frongner made a man feel uncomfortable as we were walking around his deck freaking his dog out while we were struggling to find an address. 
   Saturday we went to a real estate house party one of our members were hosting. Which was pretty interesting it was essentially a Ward party with a new family that just moved in who aren't members, but hopefully they will be interested in learning more! 
   Sunday was good, we had church which went well, we then visited some family's and went to the wards mission prep class. 
   Monday was classic, we had district meeting, tracting, and then we visited a family in the Ward that we have helped a lot lately, and taught a FHE there. 
   Yesterday was busy, we went and gave service at the rest home visiting and serving the residents. Then we went and helped some members move a generator they are donating, then we picked up a ton of Thanksgiving meal kits and delivered them to family's in need throughout the zone, then we had to hurry back to new Canaan for a dinner appointment! It was a long day! I also hit 14 months which seems unreal! It's crazy how quick time flies! 
   Anyways today we are going golfing with a really cool priest from the Ward! Hope you all have a great thanksgiving dinner! We are going over to a members house for it! It will be good! Hope you are all doing well! 

Elder Richards

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 17, 2015 Loving the work!

This week has been pretty alright, nothing really exciting has happened. We had the primary program on Sunday, it went well. We had about 50 people come from the community so that was really cool. We have had some good feedback so that's really solid hopefully a couple investigators come from it.
We had zone conference this week. It went well, we talked a lot about planning and stuff of that nature it was really good though. I got some good tips. We have had a lot of meetings and service this week which has been both good and bad, nothing really exciting happened.
This week just seemed very menial and administrative. Which is just part of the job I guess. We have been spending a lot of time finding lately.  All of our investigators have been real rascals lately. None of them really have a strong desire to change which stinks. But oh well.
I think I have been getting a little sick as of late, which really stinks! But oh well. The work will go on. I got to spend some time parading around the Yorktown zone yesterday, Elder Johnson went to a returning missionary meeting, so I went on a split with honey bear
then he had to go to the doctor so he dropped me off with the zone leader so that was really cool.
Anyways not to much to report this week, hope you all are doing well.
I sure love you all. Hope you are all doing well!

Elder Richards

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 11, 2015 Find your warm clothes.

Week update
  This last week has been a pretty good one, It is starting to get really cold. But that's alright I've got some warm clothes to wear! It has been really rainy as well! Nothing too exciting has really happened. Just another week in the neighborhood. We got some referrals this week so we are hoping that they will pan out! Today I'm headed down to the temple, Elder Johnson is going to a Broadway play so Elder Holtom and I are going to cruise around and then go to the temple so it will be a pretty good day!
  Thursday we had another MLC! This one was with some of the people at the missionary department. It was pretty good. We talked a lot about how to plan. We did this one activity where we would watch one of the district videos (videos that are used to train missionaries) about nightly planning and broke it down piece by piece to see what they did and sort of did a play by play of it. It was pretty interesting, a 15 minute clip was broken up to an hour and a half long training event. It was a little long but good. 
  Friday was pretty good also, it was just a average day of looking less active people up and tracting, nothing really to report there. 
  Saturday was full of service, we started by raking leaves for one of our investigators, and she has a huge yard. But we got it done which is good.  The fall here is amazingly beautiful, but it also makes for a frick ton of leaves. Anyways after we were done raking leaves we went and helped to set up for the wards fall festival, it went pretty well. We made cotton candy for a bit and made a mess so we were relieved soon after. The fall festival was great though. 
  Sunday was good, a Russian family one of the Ward members met on a train came to church, they seem a little weirded out, they said it was very different from the Russian Orthodox Church. Which I could imagine. But they said they were going to come again! So we will see how that goes. 
  Monday was average, district meetings went well. In the evening one of the priests from the Ward texted us and asked if he could come out with us, which was awesome so we had him come and ended up teaching two lessons with him so it was a real treat. 
  Tuesday was pretty uneventful, we went and did service at the old folks home, which was pretty good. One of our favorite old lady's is sick which stinks, the rest of the day was pretty quiet. I've been practicing my bagpipes, they seems harder to blow then I remember! But all is well! I hope you all have a great week! 

Elder Richards

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015 MLC and more...

Week update.
This week has been good. Thursday was pretty good, we spent it tracting, which was pretty good. Nothing to crazy happened. But it was good.
            Friday we had MLC or mission leadership council. It was really good. It was cool to see a ton of my good friends and to discuss the mission with president. It was a good meeting. We discussed a lot of changes that are coming in the mission, which will be helping to make the work better.
            Saturday was pretty interesting with it being Halloween, we went and did service for one of our investigators named Shawn. We moved a ton of leaves and cut down trees for her. It was nothing to exciting but a chance to give service. Afterwards we went and visited some members, we had to be in our apartments at 6:30 that night so we spent the rest of the night sort of relaxing and planning it was a really nice break.
            Sunday was great, we finally got one of our investigators to come to church, so that was pretty cool, we got to have a lesson with her afterwards which was good also. 
            Monday was exciting! We had zone meeting, which went well! Later that evening, a guy who's name I have forgotten, from the missionary department in SLC, he went on a split and the other guy he came out with went with the Aps and he wanted to watch us teach so we took him to watch us teach some lessons. We had good appointments and the lessons went well I though. It was still a little weird. He told us about the missionary department and stuff. It was fun to hear about how stuff works at HQ! We are going to see him again tomorrow at another MLC so that should be good. He is a real good guy.
            Yesterday we did a lot of service for a family in the Ward. They are struggling right now and we are going to go over again for a bit today. So that will be good. Nothing to crazy though happened. Just another normal week! The zone is doing well. Hope you all have a good one!

Elder Richards

Elder Burrell was my room mate in Inwood and my ZL when I was in the mission office.