Monday, October 19, 2015

A Light Snow Fall!



Hey everyone!!

Thank you for the birthday wishes!! It has been a great week here in Upstate NY. This week I got my temple trip plans in the mail. Which was really weird but cool to see where we will actually be going. We will be going to the temple, the hill cumorah, I believe the Whitmer farm where the church was organized, and the place where the book of Mormon was published. So that will be a great experience to see all those places again. The work here is going great. It's crazy to think that the time left is so short on my mission, but I am making the most of it and am loving all the miracles Elder Bailey and I are seeing. The seeleys are doing great. We taught them a couple of times this week. We also gave the two girls a mock baptismal interview to see what they need help with understanding and where they are at. For and 11 and 12 year old, they did pretty good and seem ready. They didn't make it to church because their ride cancelled for the second week in a row, and he didn't cancel until about 15 minutes prior to church, so there was no way to get them there. But they were ready. And are still doing good. Rachel is also doing well. I went on exchange to corning, so I only taught her once this week out of the two times we saw her. But she is also doing well and should make her baptismal date of November 14th. We saw Zaire a couple of times this week. He's another investigator with a baptismal date that Elder Bailey and I found. It's been so cool to see the lord hastening his work and all the miracles that we have been seeing. We taught Zaire about the book of Mormon, and he has read 8 chapters on his own. So he is doing really well too! We also saw a lot of miracles not only with these families on date, but also with picking up some new investigators. One investigator we picked up Cyndy, was a miracle. We talked to her and she expressed how angry she was at God. She has lost some granddaughters, as well as her mom, all within the past year or two. She definitely believes in God, but like I said is very angry at him. We mostly listened, and testified to her about God's love and that her concerns would be resolved in time as she exercised her faith and learned more about the restored gospel. Amazingly as time went on in our visit, she softened up a lot. Her original hostile demeanor left, and we set her with a return appointment to teach her the restored gospel. Elder Bailey and Chambers went back, and Elder Bailey says it went really well. In fact they set her with a baptismal date. To see the spirit soften someone's heart like that was a huge miracle. We also picked up a girl Cassandra, as an investigator. Elder Bailey was sick this week, so on that day, I simply pulled out the area book and started calling former investigators. Cassandra is the daughter of a less-active member. She answered the phone, but freaked out because she didn't know who it was. But I sent her a text and she said she would be interested in meeting with us. Which was way cool. We taught her the restoration in her parents home where she stays on weekends, and the spirit was really strong. She seemed to understand it well and said she would be baptized as she comes to know it is true. We also picked up a guy named Rich. Don't know how interested he is, but he is willing to give it a try. But as we were leaving his house, we saw a couple of people, Josie and Leon are their names, sitting on their porch. We talked to them and they listened to the message of the restoration. They both admitted to having a belief in God, but they were definitely having their doubts, especially with some of the trials they have been growing through. I think they termed it when we asked them if they believed in God "A little bit." Leon prayed at the end, and told us how happy he was that we decided to stop and talk to them. Jennifer, one of their friends, came down and joined us in our discussion and seemed interested as well. It was really cool to see the Lord placing those people, seeking for truth and hope in their lives, to be placed in their path. The lord is very aware of the needs of his children. Life is going good though. It's starting to get chilly. It actually sprinkled snow a little bit this week, but it's supposed to warm up the rest of this week. Also the Bailey's made me some pumpkin cheesecake for dessert last week for my birthday!! Love you all so much and have a great week!!

Elder Richins

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