Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back in Elmira with My Trainee!

My Trainee- Elder Bailey, Brother Rodriguez, and Me

Me and Elder Hammond

Hey everyone,

Wow it's crazy to think that I only have 12 weeks (2 transfers) left to serve the lord as a full time missionary. I think of all the companions I have had for two transfers and how fast that time went by. I'm definitely going to make the most of it. It was a little sad to leave Herkimer with all the success Elder Villejo and I saw. But we did have a blast and it is good to be back in Elmira. My trainee's name is Elder Bailey. He's from Gilbert, Arizona. He's 6'4, good at basketball, and is way excited to be out here. And we saw a lot of miracles between this last Wednesday to today. Elder Hammond and I worked hard, but we left the area with no investigators, although we did have a lot of less-actives to try and part-member families and potentials. But we have really been blessed by picking up 7 new investigators this week. The first investigator we picked up is Elijah. He is friends with the brewer family and elder Hammond met with him on exchange and said that we could totally pick him up. So Elder Bailey and I did. He's really interesting though. He's 17, and he doesn't have the best background growing up, I guess you could say. We taught him twice. Yesterday he was yelling at us though and kept asking us how we could believe in something that we can't see. But he believes in God even though he hasn't seen him. I asked him about that and he just got quiet. So it will be interesting to see where that goes. He's a good kid I think, we just got to figure out how to teach him without him getting all mad and frustrated. We also picked up Sykia, Sharon, Hannah, and Messiah as investigators by just talking with them on their porch and teaching them the restoration. It was powerful. We went back and just taught sykia, and she said she had read the restoration pamphlet and prayed to know if it was true and believes it is true and knows joseph smith is a prophet! We set her with a baptismal date of October 10th. Sharon, Messiah, and Hannah weren't there for the return appointment, but hopefully we will see them again soon and set them with baptismal dates as well. We also picked up two other investigators by talking with them on the street as well. We picked up a lady named Jessica. She is really nice and believes in God, but she doesn't understand the bible to well. So we went over her belief in God with her and talked about how our purpose is to help her understand her relationship with and come closer to god. She even looked at her friend and said "these guys might be the answer we have been waiting for." So that was really cool to see the lord's hand in that. We also picked up Stephanie, who used to go to church but her church shut don't and she won't get baptized until she finds a decent church similar to hers. But from her description, it sounds like her church was very similar to ours in structure, and we are really excited to be working with her as well. We should be meeting with all of them again this week. We also talked with Brother Sylvia this week. He has been inactive for quite a few years. It's sad because he says he doesn't have a testimony of joseph smith anymore. But he once hyper extended his knee, and he couldn't walk. He then got a priesthood blessing of healing and was able to walk right after they lifted their hands off his head. He still says that that is the first miracle he has ever seen in his life. He also said he used to not do all the bad habits he has now when he was active in the church. But we are going to work with him. I see a lot of potential with him and his family! We also talked to a few other people on the streets that we have scheduled appointments with, so Elder Bailey and I are going to be busy! Which is good. I hate not being busy! But I definitely continue to see the lord's hand in his work. Love you all and have a great week!

Elder Richins

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