'Well, I made it to my new area, there was no food when I got here so we made do with what we had and experimented with some spices and some ramen and macaroni... It was alright. Then it was mothers day!!! We went to 9 hours of church because we cover 3 wards. But after we got an amazing Dinner!!! Steak! I haven't had steak in a year and a half! It was so good!!!!!!!!! I have missed it but it made my stomach do funny things. Then I got to see my family!!! It was so great to see all the people I love!
My new companion is Elder Clarke, He is a great guy. He has been out for 4 months and is a hard worker! He is fun! Our area is small and very english and rich, but I am not sure I will be here for long. I am hoping to go back spanish soon!
Not much to say this week, time is flying by! Oh we found the book of mormon in Braile... it is in 8 large binders hahahaha so sad!
Anyway. Thank you all for all your support and love, I love you all!
Keep on keeping on,
Love, Elder Richins.'
NEW MAILING ADDRESS:
Elder Tyler Lawrence Richins
3 Edith St
Arlington, MA 02474
'So I am getting transferred to Belmont/Arlington... English, but I will find some spanish people. I am gonna be district leader for a 4 elder district kinda sad but I will have fun! I am looking forward to it. Our church building is two stories and it is right across from the Boston Temple. There are a ton of rich mormon famous people there too like the writer, Clayton Christensen... pretty cool! We go to 9 hours of church on sundays because we cover 3 wards.... hahaha pretty different than what I am used to!! My new companion is Elder Clarke. He has been out for like 5 months. I haven't met him yet but I am sure we will get along just fine. I only have 7 months left!!!!
So we have a new rule that we cannot use the computers at the church so right now we are at a library and it only gives us like a half hour... so that is real sad. So I will have just enough time to write this email, reply to a few and that is it... So from now on until something changes I won't be writing individually anymore. sorry about that. Part of being a missionary. So this transfer we found 15 new investigators!!! We led our whole zone! We worked so hard I am happy with how the transfer went and am so excited for my new area. But so sad to leave the people here. They are my family! They have taken such good care of me and I will have to come back soon.
I took some pictures... We have been playing lava tag at the park every morning then played it at the abandoned mansion... so I have pictures of that haha I will have to cut this email short to have time to add them in.
So I love you all!
Keep on keeping on!
Love, Elder Richins'
Where am I going?
'This is the last week of the transfer, make your guesses!!!! This week has been a little rough but we have met our goals for finding investigators, we are leading the zone!!! Hard work and faith to find brings miracles. We found 8 potential investigators and when we came back they all didn't want us to talk to them anymore it was super sad but the work goes on.
Our district has 3 baptisms set up for this Saturday! I am excited to interview them! There is good work going on here!
Not much is new here. I am feeling better now from the allergies and my cold. good thing this is the last allergy season of my mission!!! 7 MONTHS LEFT!!! 6 months in this area already! Feels like I just got here!
So now we have no more zone conferences!? pretty crazy... but since the mission transfer none of the changes have been very crazy to me haha It is cool how I am so okay with change now!
Anyway, not much to say this week, we went on 2 exchanges and are going on exchanges with the zone leaders tonight so that will be fun! Missionary sleepovers!!
It is fun to see so many people come out of there houses to enjoy the sun! sadly this week is going to be cloudy here but summer is coming! Perfect time to share the gospel and spend time with the ones you love.
A ton of people have been asking us lately our opinion on what is going on with the world right now with the news and the rumors of wars and all that. They are so surprised at how calm we are with the whole situation. But we know that if we are in the right path we have nothing to fear! Also they don't seem to understand why we don't have iPhones and why we don't watch the news... haha I am glad we don't. Even though we hear EVERYTHING through the grapevine.
Moroni 8:16 "Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear."
I know God has a perfect plan for us, if we trust him we will not be afraid. Love you all, stay strong! Keep on keeping on!
Con Amor, Elder Richins
sorry for the lack of pictures... I haven't been feeling it lately'
Translating For the Mission President
'So this week was good. The branch turned to us to translate in Stake Conference. I was super nervous but I am glad we got the chance to do it. It is funner than I thought! It was funny everytime they said something we didn't know how to translate we would look at one of the members depending on us and we would start laughing. They were kind of confused but very forgiving! Our mission President came and it was a great Stake Conference.
Finally my cold is starting to go away. We went on exchanges and did some service where we just swept out this basement but it had a ton of insulation that was being torn out so we swept all that up for a while and after eating and returning to the apartment we both were exhausted and could barely breath haha sooo we took a nap and got better but that was a strange experience but now we are better.
We picked up a new family. Their names are pretty unique... I don't remember how to spell them. But they are awesome there are 5 of them. Not sure how much they understand of our message but they are cool people.
We are going to go play some spikeball today then have family home evening with some of our members.
Sorry this email isn't that creative. The transfer is coming to an end pretty soon and I have a feeling I am leaving somewhere. Not sure where yet. We will find out next week.
Keep on keeping on!
Don't let the little things get to you. stay strong and Love yourself please... for me.
Love, Elder Richins'