Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Man I Love Being a Missionary!

Man I love being a missionary. Things are just so great! I'm still simply making it my goal to work hard and have fun these last few weeks. It's crazy I only have fall left until the nametag comes off. Anyways, this week was awesome. Elder Bailey and I are continuing to see the Lord's hand in the work. Elder Bailey is doing great. He has such great faith and optimism. I'm learning from him like I've learned from all my companions. He's really developing as a missionary though. We keep finding new people to teach every week while we are teaching. They just show up to a lesson we are having, and agree to start listening and taking lessons as well. But we are also as a result dropping some people that aren't really progressing. The Baker family is doing really well. We had an awesome experience teaching them the restoration this week with a recent convert, Louise Brewer, who is friends with their family (They used to go to the same church). Yarilys (the daughter) was already an investigator. Her dad Joe (a less active member) gave us permission to teach her and invite her to be baptized and all that. So we went over to teach the restoration, and picked up his wife as an investigator as well. And Joe was emphasizing how it's his families choice to decide whether what we are sharing is "right for them." And Yarilys straight up told her dad that she knew "it's true and it's for me." So it was awesome to not only pick up Jayleen (Joe's wife) as an investigator, but also to see Yarily's testimony of the gospel. Last week we picked up Julie and Katie as investigator's this week. It's awesome because they seem to be pretty interested. We also have picked up 2 other investigators Scott (their cousin) and Joe (Julie's husband) from . We set Katie with a baptismal date, and she definitely feels the spirit as we visit with her. She says that what we share really helps build her faith and she has a feeling of hope and peace and we meet. Or something along those lines. Julie is also very open to learning. Her pastor tells her it's fine for her to meet with us and he encourages it. Which is...interesting. But she has some interesting beliefs and opinions. We also met a less active named Dianne who came to church this Sunday. And she hasn't been to church in like 30 years or something. She also joined in on a lesson with Julie and Katie. We had a really funny experience also with Julie. We were talking to her on the porch and she just ripped some gas and was like "Excuse me, sorry I had kidney beans." Haha. Elder Bailey was dying and couldn't take it seriously. So that was fun. Also yesterday Elder Bailey and I were crossing the street, and this guy is driving a bmw, and he speeds up and almost hits us. Like when he passed us I was probably a foot to the side of the car. So that was interesting trying to be run over. I guess there is  a first time for everything. We are also seeing success with less-active work. In addition to Dianne, we also saw April, Michelle, and Bridget pretty frequently this week. We are still trying to get them to church and all that.  None of them have made it yet, although April is going to turn in her two week notice for work. So hopefully she will be able to start making it soon. Well that's about it for this week. We are going up to Watkins Glen for a hike today with our district. So that will be fun. Anyways, love you all back home and hope you have a great week!

Elder Richins

Also,

We had a sweet experience visiting a guy named Gary! He's actually like 500 feet out of our mission and in the Pittsburgh mission. But we didn't know that! We went up and played Foosball with him and then started teaching him the resto. But he interrupted the lesson by grabbing his boxing cards and showing us! Haha he's a great guy though who has been through a lot and could really use the peace and comfort of the gospel in his life! But we had to give him as an online referral so the missionaries there can teach him. But yeah that was fun and that's where the "Welcome to New York" sign picture comes in since we were in Pennsylvania. Part of Pennsylvania is in our area though. We also had a sweet dinner with the Mahanas (who are from texas). Texas beans and rice, with guacamole, cilantro, and a bunch of other good toppings. It was way good!! Anyways love you all and have a great week!

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