Monday, November 23, 2015

Another Baptism - Members Take Care of us.

Hellllo My HIttas on the other side of the border of CALI!!!,
     This week was a new milestone for me! I finally got sick on my mission!!!! It was the worst thing in the world!!! I developed some sort of food poisoning Tuesday night and was up throwing up from 1-5 AM. Twas not fun. I was sick until Friday before I could go out and do anything again. Being sick as a missionary absolutely sucks!!!!!! You can't do ANYTHING!!!!!!! It is 10 times worse than being sick at home! I've never wanted to go out and do something more in my life than when I was sick! And I don't know if any of you have ever seen The Testaments (highly recommended, he end makes me cry every time) but I can quote that movie from beginning to end now....
     Sam's baptism this last Saturday was freaking hectic....We told him to be at the church at 5:30 and by 5:55 he was nowhere to be found!!! We sent out 3 different search parties for him and Elder Pace and I rode with our BML (branch mission leader) and finally found him on the other side of town just chilling at his sisters!!! So we didn't even start till 6:45! After that it went great though. Amid all the confusion nobody got pictures sadly (sorry mom).
      This week is Thanksgiving and my companion and I are so blessed as to have 4 Thanksgiving meals!!! So much for the 30lbs that I've dropped. Oh well, at least the members love me enough to feed me!!!
      Last thing, so this Saturday is transfer calls. Which means, this is the Saturday that I will find out whether or not I am staying a Hmong missionary!!! Pray for me please cause I really want to stay a Hmong missionary more than anything else in the world!!! I love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!! 
Kuv hlub koj, 
Elder Richy!

P-DAY - Do you think my Missionary TAG is visible?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Zone Conference and Cool Swords/knives!!

Was Up My Hittas, 
    So this past week was awesome!   We also had a zone conference this week that was amazing!! These Elders gave a training about being Exactly Obedient and I've never been more excited to be obedient in my life!!! They talked about Alma and Amulek and their journeys and teachings throughout the land and how because they were always obedient, not only were they saved from a burning fire but they converted thousands of people!!! I left that conference so pumped and just ready to kill people with the gospel (in a spiritual sense). 
     Also, i went on an exchange this week and we went to this members house who had this INSANE sword collection!!! I was in HEAVEN! He has a sword from the Civil War that still had blood stains on it!! 
    It's been raining a bit up here but that's about it! But we have another baptism this Saturday that we are preparing for!
     Love you all!!, 
Elder Richy

Asian machete!

Don't get me agree.

Civil War Swords at an investigators house - he collects them.

I like to play with big knives!! :) 

Fog every morning.

At the other Hmong missionaries' apartment there's a big drawing of Navoo.  Pretty cool.

Just a cool selfie.

I know what you're thinking... was the car in motion?  We may never know.

Pang was baptized - I baptized her

Hello Beautiful people in support of the Elder Richardson Mission Foundation!, 
Guess what!?!?!? Your homie had his first baptism on Saturday and baptized this petite little Hmong lady!!! She's so aweome! The baptismal service went great and no I didn't mess up! We have 3 more invetigators getting baptized in the next 2 months as well! I'm so happy and love them so much!! I love the Lord and this opportunity he has given me to come serve in the California Fresno Mission and am so excited for the many wonderful things this mission has to offer!!! 

Also, yesterday we went and did a baptismal interview for this little boy that live in Los Banos and they had a pillar in front of their church, so obviously...i took pictures in it. I love you all! 

Kuv Hlub Koj,

Pang was baptized.  My companion and I. The interviewing missionary Elder Cunningham and his companion.

We all look better in White.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Halloween / Airplane Service

Nyob Zoo!, 
SO this past week was pretty awesome! Every other Tuesday my companion and I go to this plane museum and help kill wasps and pull weeds and stuff. But then we are aloud o go explore the museum. Well this past week I was exploring with one of my favorite Elders (Elder Smith) and we found out that we can get on top of the planes by pushing random buttons on the side of the planes hat cause ladders to sprout out! He and I are pretty close ( he was also a wrestler back in high school so we are pretty comfortable with each other...). We took pictures on the plane and then saw some workers coming so we hid on top of the plane until they drove away. It was a close call but we jumped off before they came back. It was lots of fun. 

Halloween was pretty fun, the recent converts brought up two other Hmong Elders from Fresno (basically our best friends) and we played at a park for about an hour and the had some intense volleyball/basketball games at the church for 6 hours!! SO ya that was a pretty eventful Halloween.

So after the prayers and fasting of everyone in the Merced stake....we finally got rain!!! On Monday it started raining at like 4 in the morning and didn't stop till about 9 that night! it was awesome!! 

This Saturday we have a BAPTISM!!!! And I couldn't be more excited!!! She is Hmong and I am most likely going to baptize her (I've said about 5 words in Hmong to her total and she absolutely adores me more than my companion for some reason but hey I'm not complaining). So ya I'll take lots of pictures for you all to see! Kuv Hlub Koj! 

Elder Richardson