Sunday, December 28, 2014

week 72: australia style

Gday mum!!!

This week was really weird and good!!  Christmas was this week, it is always weird as spending Christmas away from the fam.  I am super grateful for the people here that treat me and my companion like family though.  I don't have much time this week because we have to pick some elders up from the train station.  But good news me and Elder Cook are staying another transfer in WERRIBEE!!!   I am keen as a bean right now, we might be training a missionary together as well, so that would be cool I have never been in a tri panionship before.  But at this point I doubt it will happen hahha!  My testimony of Jesus Christ has been strengthened this week as well.  It has been such a blessing to be a missionary and to ponder on the true meaning of Christmas.  It is truly amazing the gift that he has given for us, and how much love he has for us.  I am thankful to be his servant, I will serve him to the end!!  I am loving it!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW MUM!!!!  Man I AM EXCITED AS FOR YOU!!!!  It was so good to see you on Christmas as well, today me and my companion are celebrating our 17 month mark, but it is technically my 18 and a half mark cuz I go early :P.  I love being a missionary mum.  I am really sad to hear bro. Neilson passed away, send my love to their family. I hope you have an amazing week mum and birthday!!!  Cheers!
Love, Elder Richins

Sunday, December 21, 2014

week 71: australia style

Gday mum!!!

So this week was really really really good!!  So Colin and Pue got baptised this week, that was grouse(good)!!!  They are so awesome, and I have really enjoyed teaching them the Gospel.  We have had heaps of meetings this week as well, we had another zone meeting this Tuesday and another meeting with our zone with the Stake Presidency.  Our zone has picked up so much it has been awesome to be a part of, because it just goes to show that the Lord is truly preparing his children to receive the Gospel.
On Friday we went carolling at the train station, we had 8 missionaries sing and 2 people would walk and talk to people.  Man, it was funny as, I was trying to talk to this dude and all of a sudden he just gaps it...  He left me in his dust man, I was like "what a stonch dude!" I started busting out laughing though!!  It was cool though, there were some people that stood by and just listened to the carols, must have been my beautiful voice!  Hahah jokes! 
This week was special because I was thinking about a gift I could give back to the Savior.  He has given me so much, and I came to the conclusion that I need to be more grateful in my prayers and to continue to try and help anyone that is in need.  Gratitude is the catalyst to all Christlike attributes, and my companion and I are going to have a grateful week.  Everytime something happens good or bad, we are going to be grateful in prayer for the things that we have been given!  I hope we all can remember the important attribute of gratitude this Christmas season!!
Gday mum!!! This week has been hot as!  It is finally looking like summer down here, I am really excited for Skype!  For Christmas we have a few islander feeds so that equals death.  Hopefully I wont be in a food coma for the Skype call hahahha!  So we are gonna have to do it on facetime, we are doing it as Bishop's house and he doesn't have Skype, just facetime.  So I hope that is all goods!  Can you send me the email where you would like to face time from??  I love you so much mum!!!  I am really excited for our family, so many blessings coming forth!  Talk to you soon :) Cheers!
Love, Elder Richins

Sunday, December 14, 2014

week 70: australia style

merry christmas

Gday MUM!!!

This week was good as!!  We had our mission Christmas party, and we got to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Everyone was freaking out is was awesome!!  We also had a chance to teach Pue and she is golden as, she is already putting together her own baptismal program and her baptism is this Sunday!  We also taught our other Progressing investigator, Colin and he passed his interview as well so he will be baptised on Saturday yipeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!  The work is hot right now in the WERRI-bizzle!  Me and my comp are having heaps of fun together, we are flippin weird together at a district meeting this week my comp and I did a short training on planning and then we talked about our zone goal and to get every one pumped I threw the marker up in the air after writing the zone goal down and said "peace out."  I don't know what got into me, but I was just fired up!!  Our zone is going HARD to achieve this months zone goal so the work is heaps of fun right now! 
I was reading in Luke 7 today and it was truly humbling to read about the woman who was a sinner and she did all that she could to serve Jesus.  She washed his feet with her tears, and dried them with her hair.  Then anointed Jesus with oil, and because of her humility and faith, Jesus forgave her of all of her sins.  How great is it to serve the Lord, I know that this church is true and that we can strengthen our faith through the scriptures!! 
Hey mum!!  I loved the package thank you so much!!  I love the yo yo, I am becoming a yo yo master!!  I love the socks and the ties and the pants it was all fantastic!! The Christmas party was awesome though, it was really good to get a taste of home.  I cant believe I will be back in 6 months, feels like I just barely left so my return date now is June 17th but that is subject to change.  Today we have a zone p day and we are going head up in b ball against another zone of missionaries hopefully we smash em hahaha, jk!  That should be heaps of fun though, Maguire is crakkup as!!  Thank you so much for all that you do mum!!  I love you so much, sorry I don't have too much time today!  Cheers!
Love, Elder Richins
aka: CMUNZ

Sunday, December 7, 2014

week 69: australia style

Gday mum!!

So this week was pretty awesome!!  So we had an awesome zone meeting on Thursday.  My companion and I put together with the help of the wonderful members, a re-enactment of Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life.  We had the different members act as temptations, some had food and some pretended they were at the beach, etc.  So the missionaries had to hold onto the iron rod and make it to the tree of life, and in the tree of life room we had a testimony meeting.  It was so powerful and it really strengthened my faith.  It was heaps of fun too:) 
We also had an awesome experience with Pue, so we invited her to pray for a baptism date last week, and she prayed this week!  So what happened was she went for a run after praying and she felt a very strong impression that God was waiting for her for the past 2 years to get baptised.  When we went there on Saturday she told us she wanted to get baptised as soon as possible!!  What a miracle!!  So she will be getting baptised on the 20th of this month.  I am really so greatful to be a missionary, it strengthens my faith each day seeing people like Pue, who just are so prepared.  No thanks to me of course, but to the Spirit of the Lord...  I love being an instrument in the Lord's hands.  I love this work with all my heart!! :)
Gday mum!!  Yep!  The Christmas party is this week, I am so excited!  It is really awesome to be a missionary around the holiday season, many people who wouldn't be interested the rest of the year become interested around this time due to the message of Christ's birth.  I am glad that you liked our beat box showcase, there are many more where that came from hahaha!!  I practice all the time in the car, it is becoming a pretty cool hobby.  Today my comp. and I are going to kick back and relax, we went HARD this past week....  I am so excited for this upcoming week, Christmas is almost here I cant believe it.  I have 26 Sundays left on my mission.... Because I found out on Tuesday at MLC I will be coming home in mid June instead of July.  Due to visa difficulties.  I love you so much mum!!  I hope you have a wonderful Week!!  Cheers!
Love, Elder Richins