Monday, December 23, 2013



This week was so cool. Albany was great, although we just drove by downtown, we actually stayed in a suburb of downtown. But Elder Lords told me that the purpose of the exchange was to learn that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers. We had two cool experiences that reminded me of this gospel truth. The first one was when Elder Lords (The zone leader in Albany I went on exchange with), got our van stuck in the snow as he backed out. Things just kept getting worse and worse. The car actually started sliding towards the members house we were eating dinner with. So we finally decided to pray. As soon as we did, new ideas came into our head and we got out in like 5 minutes. The other experience was when Elder Lords and I couldn't find the keys to the car and his apartment that morning. We looked through like the entire apartment so we decided to pray. After that, We decided to go look outside, when Elder Lords realized the keys had to be in the apartment since we got in last night. So he looked in the doorknob, and there they were. Haha. It's cool to see how even though I already had a testimony that God answers our prayers, I was still able to have those cool experiences that reminded me of that fact. We also helped someone move into our ward this week. A mother and daughter, and it was great because both are less-active members. The mother also has another daughter who isn't a member that was at school when we moved them. We were able to get to know them and we hope we will be able to start teaching them soon. But the funnest part was that since the dad wasn't around and our ride had to leave for his doctor's appointment, we drove to her new house in Scotia in the back of the moving van with all the furniture and other belongings. Elder Gittins jokingly yelled "help" every time we stopped or slowed down. Anyway, I love you all and hope you have a very nice Christmas break. I'll talk to you all in two days!!!

Elder Richins

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