Welcome to Worcester, 2nd Largest City in Massachusetts.
'Wow, This week was crazy. I got all packed up and drove all over the place but eventually waited at the mission home for my new companion. My first time Ever stepping foot into the mission home, It was super weird and I felt out of place being with all the missionaries that were going home. Things got really delayed so I even ended up having dinner with all the departing missionaries. President and Sister Miller are so loving! Then I met my companion and we went straight to work found a new family to teach and then I got to go to bed!! Slowly unpacked what I needed. We got the apartment super duper clean it is such a nice apartment!!! So nice! it is on the third floor of a complex so I get to sit by the window and enjoy seeing the top of trees.
On Saturday we got to go with our recent convert of 2 weeks to the Boston Temple. It was her first time and it was such an amazing experience! She said "Los cielos tiene que estar fiestando ahora!" There must be a party going on in heaven right now! because of all the baptisms she got to do! it was Awesome!!!!!
So much going on here I Love it! Spanish people are my favorite! My first sunday was especially a good experience. Being zone Leader isn't much different than District Leader to be honest... A little less training, a few more meetings and I get to see President Miller more often:)
So far so good!! Love you all! sorry for so many pictures!!
Love, Elder Ricodentro'
Going back to Spanish!
'We got transfer texts and I thought I would stay another here in Arlington as District Leader... But I am getting sent to Worcester Spanish as Zone Leader! My new companions name is Elder Porter, I will meet him on Wednesday. I know nothing about him. Funny part of it all is that Elder Stephens is going back to Lawrence!
Sorry I didn't send an email last week our time was cut short. But my family sent me a very much needed package on Saturday! I now look forward to sleeping:) Thank you for the new sheets. And everything else was so awesome. I was very excited! Thank you Austin for your addition. The only thing to show I am from Utah is the Jazz towel you sent me:)
Well... Teaching in English has been a blast but I can't wait to go back to teaching what I am used to. It has been good leading this District. There are so many good missionaries here! I will miss being so close to Boston. We actually took a couple wrong turns on our way to District Meeting and ended up driving right by Fen way Park! So that was awesome. Didn't get any good pictures because we weren't exactly supposed to be there. Anyway, I realized that I have barely taken any pictures with Elder Clarke so we took some yesterday.
Still after 6 weeks in an English area I don't know how to contact White People... Someone answered the door while we were tracting and said she was a born again Jew... So She wasn't interested, So I asked if she was interested in learning about Family History. I guess with the whole descendant Jew thing she thought I was trying to prove she wasn't a Jew... So we got a hard door slam that time. It is a lot harder in English than I would have guessed. Spanish people are so open to things it is crazy.
There was a member of our ward who just gave a farewell talk! It reminded me so much of my farewell... It made me super sad and way happy as well...
Anyway.. that was our week not much going on. I am not good at emailing this week I am sorry but I have pictures! And I will send more next week!
Love you all so so much! :)
<3 Elder Richins'
6 Months left!
'So far so good! This week we biked and then we biked some more! You could say we are pro cyclists now. We even biked in the pouring rain! But lucky for us the members still let us come in and sit down to share a message. We have been super busy lately. We picked up a few new investigators and now we are teaching someone from Peru! But she is fluent in English so I haven't been able to practice my Spanish there yet. I moved my bed from the top bunk to the bottom and I now use the top one as a little study loft. It keeps me awake and warm being up so high near the ceiling. We also recently bought nice fancy soaps! I got a kelp and sea salt one and now a charcoal one so I always smell really good in the mornings!!
Turns out I don't have any green thumb anymore I accidentally killed a cactus again. I am so bad at this. I am going to go pick up an air plant from a members flower shop soon so I can try to keep something alive!
We are teaching a man named Matt.. he is super smart and if we don't have the Spirit with us in the lessons they could go wrong! So the last couple lessons have gone so well!! He has so many questions though. One thing I know is you don't have to be perfect to serve God or keep the commandments. You don't have to know or understand everything either. That is the whole part of walking in faith is not knowing everything about what you are doing but you do know you are doing it because you love God and want to do what is right. We all have a goal to be more like him and eventually become like him and live with him some day. I know each step we take in this direction is important in the eyes of God. Even the little seemingly unimportant things in our daily lives like reading verses from the scriptures or small compliments made to those around you. Every good thing comes of God and brings us closer to Him. I challenge you all to let your light shine a little brighter. Don't be afraid to be you and show your example with love in your heart and a smile on your face. That is what makes this world a little brighter. Keep on keeping on and you will find the strength to look adversity in the eye with courage, hope and faith.
Love you all!
trying to gain weight. Eating a TON!'
'Wow so sorry I couldn't email yesterday none of the libraries were open due to Memorial Day.
So only crazy thing that happened is we went on a really really long bike ride trying to find someone's house but we got really lost so I am a little sore from that but everything is good here.
I am on exchanges right now with the Chinese Elders! So I am learning Chinese my name is now Chen Zhang Lao! We had an awesome Japanese meal the other day and got to teach someone who just moved here from Japan a month ago. So I have taught all sorts of people now hahaha. Pretty crazy.
I got to ride on the trains in Boston and we are taking the buses a lot lately. We took a drive through Harvard square and got to see the big league college students live their crazy lives haha.
Sorry I don't have time to write. I miss and love you all! Also shout out to my awesome cousin for sending me the best package ever!
Church is true!
Love, Elder Richins
so sorry don't know how to put pictures on this computer.'
'okay... so mission boundaries were redrawn so we had to make room for a bunch of missionaries that were coming down because we are losing a stake to the New Hampshire mission. So they are splitting our area so now we are in one ward instead of three. and now 3 hours of church unlike yesterday being at the church for 11 hours straight... anyway... so now we have to ride bikes and walk because we share a car.
Last week was so crazy... random funeral popped up. Clayton Christensen was there, along with Elder Bennett the area seventy. And 2 large buses full of Harvard University students... So as you could imagine since we have Yale and Harvard really close by we are teaching some smart people. Which makes everything hard because they think too much so they don't understand the simple things. One of our investigators Matt has two masters one in Theology and another in Social work... so he thinks a lot too.
Elder Clarke got sick on saturday night and sunday he was still sick but we went to church anyway. It was a strange week. But now we get to ride cool road bikes just like everyone else outside. We live right next to a bike path and will be using buses and stuff now. pretty exciting!
I thought it would be cool since we have bunkbeds for each of us but only two mattresses to put my bed on top but now that it is warm outside I am a little easy bake oven up there every night!! I like being warm but not hot!!
Well, we have set high goals to go teach the gospel this week... and we are expecting miracles, so pray for me and I will pray for you. I love you all thank you for all you do.
Keep on keeping on, Love, Elder Richins
Thought I had more pictures.... Guess not, sorry.'