Monday, January 9, 2017

Willing to do the Work = Blessings

December 5, 2016

Dear family and fiends!! ,

The work is progressing!!!! Elder Thornton and I had a GREAT WEEK!!!
We found 4 New investigators and set 2 baptismal dates!!! 
One of my all time favorite experiences this week goes as follows:
On Saturday there was a parade in Merced that we (missionaries) are allowed to go to (I went to it when I was in Merced last year). Up until this point, Elder Thornton and I had been out of area for a day and a half because of Zone Conference (which was wonderful) and a surprise exchange with the zone leaders in there area (also lots of fun!). We weren't going to be meeting our goals for the week if we went and wasted a couple hours there. SO we (we were the only ones in the entire zone that didn't go) decided to stay back in our area and work. We WERE NOT DISPLEASED!! Heavenly Father SHOWERED us with so many blessings throughout the day!!! We talked with so many people who said that we can come back this week!!! And then, we knocked on a potentials door name Randi. Randi's brother, Levi, opened the door and said Randi wasn't home. We asked him if we could share a message about Jesus Christ with him still and he said YES!!!! We went inside and taught him the Restoration and invited him to be baptized on the 24th of December...He said YES!!! HE then told us how he has felt that he needs to get back into church and we set up a return appointment to come teach his brothers (they're twins apparently, his brother are) on Tuesday!! We are so excited to go back and know that our Father in Heaven blessed us for not going ot that parade!!

I love you all and know that miracles ARE REAL and WILL HAPPEN as long as we are faithful and are KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS!! (BEING EXACTLY OBEDIENT!!!) 

Love you!!

Elder Richardson

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