Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Spirit Confirms Truth

October 17, 2016


On Monday we went over to the Hurtado's and finished teaching Mya(9) and Robert (almost 8) about the gospel of Jesus Christ and reviewed it again. At the end we set a soft date for October 29th for their baptism. On Thursday when we went over though, they solidified the date by asking, "Can we do the baptism at 9 AM cause we have football and soccer games that day?" (Like all their kids do youth sports). It was awesome!! We are so excited for the 29th of October!! 

On Tuesday I went on exchanges with a Spanish Elder (Edwards) in Winton. This is what he has to say of our exchange:

"So on Tuesday I got to spend the day with the Oh So Lovely Elder Richardson. We straight up killed the game out in Livingston. Actually all of our plans fell through so we just contacted like super hard, and got a ton of names!  Oh and also after we hit up Livingston, we hit up this local ice cream joint called Vanessa's. It is seriously so delicious."

Y'all remember Michael? Our investigator that just like straight up told us he wants to be baptized pronto? Well we had dinner, and a lesson with him. We taught the restoration (My favorite lesson). The spirit was like WICKED strong. Everyone was crying like a bunch of puppies with bowls of onions. After we delivered the message of Joseph Smith seeing God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, we continued to teach him about the Book of Mormon. He then told us he has already read the Book of Mormon up to Jacob, and believes it is true. He has so much faith. Well things started escalating, tears started shedding and then I asked him the question that changes lives. "Michael, will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone who holds the proper priesthood authority of God?" He said "Yes." I said "Will you prepare yourself to be baptized on October the 29th?" He said "Yes. Absolutely. This is the answer to my prayers." The spirit was so strong and he is so prepared." 

HAha I loved going on exchanges with Elder Edwards, he's a good missionary and we shared a lot of tears of felt the Spirit a lot while we were together.

This week also we went over with Bishop to one of or investigator's houses that hasn't been keeping the commitment to read the Book of Mormon. We went over thinking we were going to have a new baptismal date or a dropped investigator. After we said the prayer he laid his concerns down for us right away. The Spirit was so strong while we answered his concerns to the best of our ability. We asked him if he had given the Book of Mormon an honest effort, he said no. We then asked him if he truly wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true or not. He said yes and we re committed him to a read for at least 5 minutes everyday and to pray about it!! 

That's about all that happened this week. But be on the lookout cause your boi about to perform at a song at zone conference tomorrow!! 

Love you all!! 
Elder Richardson

I went on exchanges with Elder Edwards.

True Converts

October 10, 2016

Waz  Up,

So this week was slow...but no need to fear! This week will pick up again!!

On Tuesday we went and saw a recent convert that moved into the area pretty recently. We had a good review lesson of about the Word of Wisdom and what blessings come from living it! (we related the conference talk from President Monson in the priesthood session). Later on that night we took Brother Vezzani over to an investigators house (Kathy's her name). We had a great lesson and ended up committing her to be baptized on November 5th!! We're so excited!!

On Thursday we went over to the Wilcox's and had a member home dinner/ lesson with Terri and Michael Bray! We retaught The Restoration to Michael (it was Terri's first time hearing it). At the end we asked Terri if when she came the church was true if she would be baptized, she said yes but only at her pace though because she wants to understand it for herself. Which makes PERFECT sense right!? We don't want just anyone to jump into the font! We want TRUE CONVERTS to this church! People that truly want to hear and understand the gospel and then apply it to their own lives so that they can be happy! 

On Friday we went over to the Hurtados for dinner and taught Mya (9) and Robert (will be 8 on October 20th) about the Holy Ghost! It was a fun lesson and they all came to church on Sunday!!!! 

That's about all though! I love you all!! 

Elder Richardson

Conference and Wedding

October 3, 2016

Conference was AMAZING!!!!!!,
If you can't tell I loved Conference...
So this week not a lot happened..
Except a wedding!! On Saturday, Mariah Davis and Jose Hurtado finally got married after 8 years together!! They are both members but have a 9 yr old named Mya that we are teaching and a soon to be 8 yr old named Robert! The wedding was awesome! It was at 4 PM between the afternoon and priesthood sessions of conference. It was a good time and my companion and I ended up matching the wedding themes!! (black and pink. I had pink of course! And my comp had black)

We got Steven to come to the Saturday morning session of conference! I think he felt the Spirit and hope he enjoyed it! We'll follow up with him this week about it though!! 
That's really about all that happened this week though. 

One last note though...
Everyone needs to heed Elder Oaks conference talk and do missionary work!!! Everyone and Anyone can do it!! We just need to: 
1. Have a DESIRE
2. Pray and be willing to act on the answers to those prayers.
And I don't have my notes next to me so I can't remember the 3rd one. But that's a good reason to go back and listen to it for yourselves and then heed the counsel from it!!! 

Love you all!! 

Elder Richardson

I bought my first pair of joggers... they are really comfy on p-days! :)