Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016

So this week was really good but also kind of sad for the fact of I am leaving and going to Bloomfield NM again haha!! I am pretty excited but then again it is pretty sad because I have to say bye to everyone and I will send some pics of that too you! This week was awesome we were able to see a lot of people and were able to teach 16 lessons so that was pretty cool. It kind of sucks to be leaving because the fact of everyone here is really starting to progress really well and we have a couple of investigators who are really close to being baptized but there is always a reason for everything though! I am pretty excited to go back Spanish speaking though so that is going to be great! Every Wednesday we have a flea market and it is one of the biggest on the Rez! This past Wednesday I was talking to one of the vendors and I have talked to him before and he is from Farmington, NM and he is Mexican. This time we were talking to him and I brought a Spanish Book of Mormon and gave it to him. He said that he will look into it and read it but now since I am leaving I guess that I can't really follow up on it any more  so hopefully Elder Udy can do that! 

Yes i got the package and thank you for that and also the talk!

Also here is my new mailing address 
416s 1st St. 
Bloomfield, NM

In a text from Sister Palfreyman I found out that his companion's name is Elder Herrera.  Beyond that I don't know much else :).

January 18, 2016

Hey everything is going great. This past week was awesome yet exhausting. We were able to see a lot of people and know that they are all doing great! We were able to get 17 lessons so that was a blessing for sure. Some of our investigators are doing great. One of them accepted to be baptized on Feb 27th so we are excited for that. 

Sorry there isn't much to write about this week. Also transfers are next week so on Saturday. I will know if I am staying or not. I will let Sister P know so she can tell ya. 

January 11, 2016

Hey so this week was really good. It was super spiritual and a lot of fun from going to Zone Conference on Tuesday to seeing Elder Anderson for a devotional with the Tuba City stake and the Chinle stake. Zone Conference was really good. It had a lot to do with finding new people and making us as a mission more unified. We talked about our mission culture which is just what we do as a mission to all be on the same page, " In the New Mexico Farmington mission we represent Jesus Christ as we find, teach repentance and baptize converts!" and that is for us as missionaries to have a direction of what our goal is. 

At the Devotional with Elder Anderson we talked a lot about how we can help the Native people here go to the temple and get into more doors as missionaries. My favorite quote was from Elder Foster he was talking about being discouraged and this is what he said" look for the meaningful things in missionary work ( or life) and not just happiness" I really like that quote. 

The weather is not too bad here. Some days it gets pretty cold but not too often. We got a lot of snow this past week and we were lucky because since I have driven in snow before we were able to still work.

Pics from Zone Conference

Elder Craghead, Hudak, me and Bratt
They are some past missionaries that I have served around Elder Norton, Craghead, and Bratt all in Farmingotn and Hudak was Elder Rubio's trainee

Zone Conference

January 4, 2016

Hey so this week was a lot better we were able to get 11 lessons and see a lot of our investigators which was super nice! We went to Page today and that was pretty fun. That is why i am emailing so late. We have zone conference tomorrow so hopefully I am able to see some people that I haven't seen in a while, and I will send pics next week! So there isn't a whole lot to talk about this week it was the same old same old haha. But on Friday we went tracting in the NHA( Navajo Housing Authority) and we met a couple of people but no one was interested. We were about to go knock on this one door and before we got there, there was this dog that didn't really look too friendly and it started barking at us. We slowly backed up and kept going on to tract and the dog was following and barking at us. Then we see a few more dogs start coming out of nowhere so when we saw that we decided to go back to the truck and leave it at that because we really didn't want to get attacked by dogs! But being blessed we were fine! 

On New Years eve we came in at 5:30 p.m. because that is what our mission pres told us to do. So we just played games until 9 and then went to bed.  That was our night haha. 

December 29th

Hey sorry for not being able to talk to ya because our internet was down through out the whole rez haha and also our phones were too.  That is the Rez for ya! But here are a few pics! 

But today we just got done with an 8 year old's baptism.  They are a recent convert family so that was really good to see that!

This is my old brown pair of shoes

The roads on Thursday afternoon going to Tuba city

This is the middle of nowhere

This is how spread apart the Rez is

December 21st

Hope that everyone has a merry Christmas and thank you to everyone for the cards and packages.  I am very grateful for all of you and love you guys so much and just remember the real meaning of CHRISTmas!! Love every one of you and have a wonderful Christmas! 

Much love, 
Elder Richards