'New transfer!!! New Companion!!! So this past week has been crazy wednesday we said our goodbyes and we just drove ALL day!! we almost went all the way up to Boston! But the last couple of days we have been soooo successful!! we found a family that are super solid!! I am super excited!
Things are way different... everyone in the district got a new companion, but I think this one will be a good one. This email will be short but I am so grateful for all of you that wished me a happy birthday you made it great I love you all.
Not much to even say this week.... (awkward fart noise...)
well hope you all have a great week.
The Church is true:)
xoxo, Elder Richins'
When church gets cancelled..
'This week was pretty crazy... first of all for all of those who I forgot to mention in my last email...
Thank you to...
My cousin Austin Richmond for being the closest thing to a brother growing up he has been a real help to me in my life.
To Cienna Dorny for being such an amazing friend always, even to my mom:)
to my amazing grandparents all of them!
Also shoutout to Gma and Gpa Richmond they have been married 50 years now!!
and all the others because there are so so so so many that I cannot count! But I love you all.
okay. So to start of the week it was about 70 degrees outside. On Wednesday it was the nicest weather!! We went out to do some service at the farm but turned out the farm did us a service! Craig gave us a tour of the wildlife habitat where they fix up wounded birds and try to get them back into the wild! We saw some hawks and owls and they were super pretty. We even tracked down a wild Owl it was huge!!
So the next day things kind of went down hill... we woke up to a red dot text meaning we can't go outside... so for over 24 hours we went crazy in a tiny apartment I took a 4 hour nap tried to do a puzzle studied sooo much and watched a movie... It was a tough day
Then the next day it had snowed so much we couldn't have district meeting in the chapel sooo we went to a members house! We all wore flower ties to hope it would warm up the day. Then we went and all ate together and received our transfer texts!!!
So the results:
Elder Villar will be spending his last transfer walking the streets of Providence, Rhode Island.
Elder Miller will be replacing Elder Stephens in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Elder Harris will be training this transfer in Waterford, Connecticut.
Sister Anderson is off to train her last transfer in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Elder Henness is leaving us to go to Cambridge, Massachusetts ...
And Elder Richins will be staying here in New London as the District Leader! My new companion is Elder Petersen. It should be a good transfer!
Then... my birthday was a normal day all appointments cancelled, we were planning on going to the temple but Elder Villar couldn't get his recommend renewed in time... so we didn't go. the best part is members bought me SmashBurger!! I love smashburger! they are the Zegarras and they greatly appreciated your gift Mom:)
Then sunday... well we got trapped inside again but this time it was halfway through the day we got stuck at the other elders apartment because our cars defroster is broken... so that is cool. We had a sleep over!! haha it was super fun until we had to go to bed.. because then we had to sleep on the floor and there weren't a ton of blankets... so another sleepless night but it was a good memory.. and here we are made it to the chapel to email so all is well!!
Looking forward to this next week! I love you all and am so thankful to have this opportunity to be serving the Lord.
Here is one picture... because the rest won't load for some reason... I know right? I had so many to send too.... :('
A good 20 years
'Well... this is the last week of the transfer. and the last week of being a teenager. This past week was good. on Tuesday we got stuck inside because of another crazy snow storm! I got to eat duck for the first time in my life and it tasted like roast beef... I met a little boy that is just like me when I was a little boy. He climbs the door frames and loves to do push ups and wants to swim with sharks when he grows up... maybe that last part is nothing like me but you get the point.
We had multiple investigators at church yesterday and we are looking at baptismal dates this week!!! I hope I don't have to leave these people I am coming to love now! If you have transfer predictions send them in. I think I will stay here though.
I cut my hair again and I only messed up a little bit this time... I thought the number 1 was a 2 but that is okay. what is important is that I tried. We stopped by a members yesterday and the first thing they asked was are you hungry? We said yes because it was fast sunday and we hadn't eaten much and they whipped up some awesome chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries! We got sooo full! They are my favorite family! they were throwing the pancakes to our plates and if we wanted to eat it we had to catch it haha.
I guess not much else happened this week...
But... I would like to thank a couple people who have influenced me the past 20 years...
First of all my mom and the doctors who delivered me... because I am sure they are the first humans I ever saw in the flesh... And the incubator if I had to be in one I don't really remember. and also baby food. For all that apple sauce I once consumed...
I would like to thank my dad for allowing me to learn so many things and teaching me how to ride a bike... I would like to thank my sister for providing that bike, even though it was very pink. I would also like to thank them for allowing me to put money stickers all over that bike to hide the pink. I would like to thank my sister also for letting me pretend to fix her barbie Jeep.
I would like to thank that big boulder out in front of my first home for holding its shape for 16 years and not breaking in half. And the cantaloupe for somehow flourishing in that rocky bird cemetery.
I would like to thank my best friend Lane Thompson for his company and always being there for me when I wanted to play cops and robbers on the scooters or play a game of basketball or watch veggie tales.
I would like to thank all my other friends for the good times and the good lessons learned.
I would like to thank my dad for buying me a skateboard when I broke my old one and for always supporting me in my decisions especially the decision to get baptized. I am grateful that he could baptize me.
I would like to thank my friend group in high school... Lane, Ian Dibble, Chelsie Taylor, and Tete Rodriguez. My awesome lunch buddies kept me out of trouble and I am so grateful for that.
I would also like to thank all those who accepted me when I moved into SFHS boundaries and chose to stay at MMHS. For the awesome Aspen Meadows 1st Ward for accepting me and making me feel at home! All my friends that I made over there thank you so much. Even the ones that maybe I got mad at or made feel bad I am sorry and you are my friend. Thank you.
When I went to NYC for my AP art class then didn't even take the AP test... and then got a D or something... lol thank you to all those who didn't even care but supported me anyway.
For all of my dirt biking buddies thank you for cheering me on even after I destroyed my bike multiple times. And that we could share so many crashes together.
Thank you again for my dad for trusting me enough to buy me a motorcycle right after I totaled my car... not sure why he did that but I am super grateful.
I would like to thank my dog for learning to stop biting me and just let me smother her with love. and for not dying yet.
Thank you to my neighbor Karson Jensen for not letting me sit alone in my house and be sad all the time. And making me do things with him and for him picking me to model for some of his photography stuff. And for sticking with me till I left.
I would like to thank My bishop for being such an awesome example to me. And all my young men leaders. And Brother Walpole because he is awesome and I look up to him.
Thank you to ALL of the people that take the time to email me every week and haven't forgotten about me.
Thank you to all my cousins for being my brothers and sisters to fill up my small family and for keeping me busy with hobbies and laughter.
I would like to thank Ian Dibble for hooking me up and giving me his free Ritas Italian Ice. And Lane Thompson for hooking me up with free soda at Cafe Rio.
Thank you thank you thank you. To everyone. My grandparents. My aunts and uncles. The game of golf. Snowmobiling, Snowboarding, Skiing, Lake Powell... for not drowning me. Life has been great to me!!
Thank you for all the girls that went on dates with me and taught me how to be a better future husband and person. and for those that put up with my craziness.
Thank you to my future wife wherever you may be... you are beautiful.
And all my companions that they could be such awesome examples to me and direct me in the right path as a Disciple of Christ.
Finally thanking my Savior Jesus Christ for guiding me on this journey of life. I have made it 20 so far and am looking forward to the next 20 and all the amazing people I can share it with. All are invited to enjoy it with me:)
THANK YOU. Happy Birthday to me. :)
With much love,