Sunday, October 26, 2014

week 63: australia style

heath's baptism

Gday mum!!!

Well this week was awesome as!!!  Heath got baptised and it was awesome to see how excited he was.  I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of his journey.  My companion and I saw many miracles this week, we were able to find some new investigators and set expectations with them.  We have 2 baptisms planned for next week, Tarawa and Belinda!!  It should be another miracle filled week! 
I really saw how prayer really does work this week.  My companion and I were really worried about a missionary in our zone, and we knelt down in prayer and just asked what we could say to him to help him in any way.  This morning we had the opportunity to see this missionary and talk with him, and as we relied on the spirit we saw this missionary change in front of our eyes and then finally he opened up and told us what he was struggling with.  What a miracle!!!  This has happened to me numerous times on my mission, I know without a doubt that God will prepare a way for us as we ask him specifically!!! 
Gday mum!!  I am glad you have had a good week!  The weather has been pretty dodgy this morning, I woke up and it was pouring rain pretty bad!!  Now it is sunny as!!  4 seasons in one day in Melbourne haha!  I am sorry I do not have much time, but my waist size is a 36  I am getting fat mum!!!!!  haha any suggestions??  I love you so much mum, thank you for your love and support.  Cant believe time is flying so fast, I will be home in no time, yikes that is scary!  I hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Richins
aka: CMUNZ

Sunday, October 19, 2014

week 62: australia style

sharni got baptized.

like my turtle neck sweater?

Gday mum!!!

This week was really good but a bit hectic!!  Sharni decided that she wanted to get baptized about 2 days before Saturday, so we planned a baptism in less than 48 hours we were busy as!!  It was an awesome service though!  At the service Heath told me that he was ready to give up smokes, so he will be getting baptized next week with Belinda hopefully!  We have seen heaps of miracles this week, it has been awesome!  We met this girl named Abok yesterday and we were able to teach her about eternal families and she really desired that for her family.  She is getting baptized on the 15th of November! 
Although this week was a bit stressful, I am thankful for the trials and challenges my companion and I faced as we battled this week.  My trials are truly shaping me into something better.  I love the Lord, and I am thankful everyday to be his representative.
Gday mum! I got the box, thank you so much!  I love everything!  My comp. and I were wearing mustaches all morning!  I am wearing one of my new ties as well, I love them!  As for what size I am,  I have no idea what pant size I am.  But I was just wondering if they could be slim fit, so I can look fly lol!  I am not missing too much from back home, I could maybe use another belt the one I have right now is getting a bit worn.  But I am really good with everything, my shirts are good as well.  But I always love suprises!  We have a big leadership meeting this Thursday, after our zone goes to the temple, I am really excited for that.  I love meeting with President Maxwell, he is a very inspired man. I CANT BELIEVE SHELL IS GETTING MARRIED!!!  MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That is mean as!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am pumped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THis is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WoOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SHE IS THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Man, I am keen to be there for it too!!  I love you so much mum!!  Thank you for the box and everything that you do for me, I am very grateful to have you as my mum.  I hope you have an awesome week!!
Love, Elder Richins
aka: C $<3

Sunday, October 12, 2014

week 61: australia style

Gday mum!!

This week was really good!  I got my new companion his name is Elder Cook!  We came out together, and stayed in the same room at the MTC together!  So it was really good to be put with an old friend.  We ball hard at basketball every morning, it is good playing against someone that is pretty good lol!  We also had General Conference this weekend, and it was amazing!!  I loved it!  I would have to say the theme of conference was focusing on the importance of the covenants that we have made to follow Jesus Christ, and the importance to renew those covenants.  There are definatley some things I need to work on in terms of partaking the Sacrament and making it more meaningful.  I love this Gospel, I am so very grateful for the brethren and their inspired words! 
Heath and Belinda had us over for a BBQ yesterday as well, and Heath's parents were there!  We were able to teach the parents about Repentance and it was awesome!!  Baptise the whole family hahaha!  I love this work with all my heart.
Gday mum!!  Man that cat story made me bust out laughing lol!!  I haven't talked to President about my departure date but I can ask the assistants tonight.  As for a Christmas list, hmmmmmmmmm.  Ya prolly some new pants hey. Haha that is really the only thing I need at the moment.  Man I cant wait to drive around in the swaggin wagon when I come back lol!  I am going to give a mean paint job, flames mate!  Haha I haven't seen my family yet, they come back this Tuesday and I am super excited to get the package, thank you so much mum.  I am eternally indebt for the opportunity that I have been given to serve a mission both to you and to dad and my Heavenly Father.  I love you so much mum, I hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Richins

Sunday, October 5, 2014

week 60: australia style

i went to see the temple with heath, belinda, sharni and mitchell. they loved it!

zone meeting

trip #2 to warrnambool

Gday mum!!

This week has been really good, unfortunately it was my companion's last week of his mission.  It is really sad to see him go, but I will be getting my new companion tomorrow at transfer meeting!  This week we had the opportunity to teach Heath and Belinda a few times.  They actually went to the temple with us yesterday, and it was awesome!!!  Heath came up to me after and he asked me to help him make it to the temple one day.  He can do it!!!  I love that family so much, they are the bomb!!  I know that families are forever, I am so lucky to have the opportunity to tell people about that everyday it makes me so happy!  I know that it is real!  I am sorry I don't have too much time today, my compana has some people to say goodbye to.  Ofa atu!
Love you heaps mum!!  Iam so glad you got to see the Meijia family they are the best hey!!!  I promise I will write more next week, just busy as!  I am staying another transfer in Werribee yeeee hawwwww!!  I love you so much!!  Have a good week!  Cheers!
Love, Elder Richins
aka: CMUNZ