What a week!
'So it all started on tuesday when we were doing service at the farm... After a few hours we went to an abandoned old mansion foundation that never got built and we were messing around there. Things got crazy real fast and a rock ended up hitting my companion in the head... Well long story short we spent the rest of the day waiting at the hospital. It was only a contusion and everything is fine now but it was a crazy day. We also sat around in a car shop because we had to get our oil changed and that took a couple hours...
Also our worldwide missionary training broadcast was awesome!! simple and sweet. We get more customization in our daily schedules and we got some changes in the numbers we report... so that is really awesome. It is a lot more relaxed. But that calls for hard working missionaries!! I am glad we got so many awesome elders and sisters out here! This work is so great and I am so grateful I can serve around such amazing people!!!
Also... Yesterday was Elder Villars birthday! and today is Elder Millers birthday!!! So we are going to go have a fun party! They are awesome!
Oh yeah... and I gave another 15 minute talk in church... people keep getting sick and can't do it so I am getting a ton of opportunities to practice. I can talk for about 20 minutes now with a couple of scriptures and a personal experience so that is awesome... and in spanish too!!!
Keep on Keepin on!!
Love, Elder Richins'
'So this week was pretty good, we had zone conference and exchanges!! I got to take over the area and I was with someone who didn't speak spanish! It was so cool to see him receive the gift of interpretation of tongues! He could understand some spanish and has never spoken it! He was very suprised!
Seems like a lot of people have been getting sick lately... but somehow I am okay. Other than today we played the skittles game and I feel soooooo sick!!! I ate so many! So much sugar. I hate sugar. We also went bowling! It wasn't my worst game. Elder Miller beat everyone! He seems to be good at everything he does.
Something else that is super awesome is we had 3 investigators come to church on sunday!!!! YAAAAA It was so awesome! Our investigators are the coolest. We are having some changes in the missionary life I am sure! We have a worldwide broadcast for missionaries this week and I am super excited to learn some more.
We also had to have our car clean for Zone Conference so we had some fun at the car wash... but because the vacuums were lame they didn't do very well and we didn't pass on the interior check... even though other cars were worse.. not sure how that worked out but that is okay. That is why there is repentance.
I am also getting a lot of practice cutting hair and I am getting way better!!
I hope you are all doing great and remember to keep on keeping on. which means... Read those scriptures! Every day! and Go To Church!!!!!!! And don't you ever forget to pray. because I am praying for you everyday! I love you all and want to let you know how much this gospel means to me! It is obviously my life but I wouldn't change that ever! It is the greatest thing that has happened to me! I miss you all and hope you all have a fantastic week!
Love, Elder Richins'
Crisp Cringle makin' his escape after a successful Holiday!
'So this week was interesting, We ate some good Peruvian food!!! We are having our zone P-day. I feel bad because there isn't much that has changed.... Other than we picked up 6 New investigators!!!!! Oh YA!!! We had an awesome week. We did exchanges with the english elders and I got to testify to this bible basher named Steve... He is such a nice guy. He said he would read the Book of Mormon, so hopefully he will open his heart to the truth of the book. I know we did our job so we left with huge smiles on our faces and a heart full of gratitude knowing our Heavenly Father was proud of us, even though he didn't want to believe our message!!
Also my trainer Elder Miskin is on his last transfer!!! Time has flown by! And we get to celebrate Elder Villars, Elder Millers, and My birthday this transfer and Elder Harris (Elder Millers comp.) has his birthday right after mine. It is weird thinking my teenage life is gone!!! I might have to start acting my age now!!
Everything is well here! Loving the missionary life! Everyone keep being awesome and looking for ways to stay strong in your testimonies and share them with others #EveryMemberAMissionary!
Also... Sorry mom but I caved and bought that German calendar anyway... soooo Ich lerne Deutsch. haha love you all!!!
Love, Your Boston Missionary, Elder Richins
Sorry... Forgot to take more pictures:( next week for sure! <3'
Being stuck inside is sooo boring!!!
So it finally snowed up here... a lot. we were red dotted and had to stay inside for two days!!!! One time I got super sick of being inside so we geared up and headed out trudging through the snow... we walked for about an hour or so and my companion almost got frosbite... so we went back inside hahaha but we had so much fun!!! Here are some pictures Love you all
sorry this is short... and turns out we got 75 baptisms in December which is CRAZY!!!! Watch out! we are taking this missionary thing seriously!!!
Love, Elder Richins'
'I made it a year!! Happy New Year to everyone!! I will start out with a cool miracle. The english elders were tracting and found this boy who accepted a pamphlet but that is it. The Elders continued and when the mom of the boy saw the pamphlet she chased down the elders. Luckily Elder Miller speaks spanish and could talk to her. Turns out she used to meet with the missionaries in the Dominican Republic, and moved here and looked for the church but could never find it. She had been praying for missionaries to knock on her door and that day her prayers were answered!!! Turns out she was reading the Book of Mormon everyday and is super super prepared!! She even came to church yesterday!!!!! It was definitely an amazing week.
oh yeah and I am not getting transfered... staying here in New London with Elder Villar for 6 more weeks. We did some more service at a farm and we shoveled some seaweed... that was fun. Had an amazing time talking to my family on Christmas. They are the best family that there is!!
Everything is well here. no snow, so we are going to the beach today. But it is cold outside so I am not sure how long we will be there. I forgot my camera but I will make sure to include pictures next week. sorry about that! Love you all so much. The church is true!!!!
Love, Elder Richins
See ya'll in 11 months'
'Hey, super sorry for emailing again... forgot to add one miracle!!! we had a goal for 50 baptisms for december and we got over 60!!! woooooooooooooo it is so awesome!!! and the goals are only going up! that is a lot of baptisms! the church is growing so fast!'
'So we just got back from the beach! and Taylor Swift has a house down there so we chilled at the beach behind her house it is pretty cool!!'