Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday October 14, 2013

okay hello everyone!!!!! this week was amazing so remeber last week when i thought we were keeping both the english ward and the spanish branch?!! well we found out the day of transfers that we just keep the spanish branch tierra rica!!it was really sad!! but  its okay becuase we are still in the same area so we didn't have to move or anything!! now we have enough missionaries to have 2 spanish zones!!! it is so cool! this will be really good for my spanish becuase every meeting will be in Spanish!! I'm really excited!! we were sad to lose our investigator with a baptismal date but we are still in the area so we can still see  him at church and go visit him! we were challenged by our mission president to read preach my gospel all the way through, this transfer!! what a great challenge!! family, i encourage you to do this as well!!! there is so much good stuff in PMG who knew??!! its super helpful for all member of the church! READ IT LOVE IT TAKE NOTES!
okay so the mission now is officially on Facebook! they had a training and even the Elders now have facebook. We are asked to spend an hour a day on Facebook to proselyte!! it is soo cool at first i was like is this really going to help?? but here is what i've dicscovered. going through and hiding or deleting old pictures was like really refreshing and i felt like i was becoming even more focused. it was a really cool feeling. in the training one of the zone leaders said that it is like making an outward commitment to be inwardly committed to our Heavenly Father! i loved that. so i had to go through and hide everything (not delete just hide so people on facecook can't see) and now we can start preaching the gospel online!! we are encouraged to focus on specific people so if we are teachign a family maybe one day i'll post the family proclomation to the world on my page! its AWESOME and they see it and one day my comp did this and the person we wanted to see saw it and reposted it!! it was like exactly what the brethern wanted to happen! it was so cool!
we also had our first lesson over skype! there is this one teenage girl and it is really hard to meet with her becuase her house is legit chaotic and so its hard to get everyoone focussed but then we had a skype lesson so she just went into her room and put her earphones in and we had this incredible lesson!! it was so cool and the spirirt was so strong and i was like wow. i understand why the Bretheren are implementing these internet tools
so we also day trained this week!! that is where people come from the MTC and a companionship takes that missionary out for the day and she sleeps in our house that night and then she find out who her comp is the next day! it was way fun! its like the first experience of a real mission so it is was awesome that we could do it!
okay we had a really good week!! we met more with that cute little lady we found on the street walking with her children! they came to the visitors center and we watched the Jospeh Smith movie. (each time I see that movie my testimony of Joseph Smith grows so much! every person is so surprised about the hard things he went through! it strengthens my testimony so much. He suffered so much for this gospel because he knew it was the gospel of Jesus Christ. What an amazing example for us!) anyway, her kids loved it and then we walked around the temple and they were like la casa del senor! which means the house of the Lord and i was like  YOU LITTLE ANGEL CHILDREN I LOVE YOU!! they were precious! they didn't come to church this week and we thought for sure they were going to so that was hard but i know they will come next week!!
we had the most amazing sacrament meeting EVER! okay so the brazilian family... THEY JUST KEEP AMAZING ME!! so the dad got the priesthood this week and he blessed the sacrament!! and he is so shy so this was a big deal and he did it in Portuguese and it was perfect!! well i dont know if it was perfect because i dont speak portuguesse but it felt so perfect and i was so happy!! and he kept looking over at us like rolling his eyes like why am i up here i am so scared!@@ ahhah it was awesome and then it was fast and testimony meeting and it was really good and then all of a sudden the wife got up to bear her testimony and i was like what in the world who are these amazing people!?!!!!!! she explained this expereince she had this week so before conference she prayed to learn more about the holy ghost. but she was really sad becuase during conference she didn't feel like the talks were for her. like no one answered her questions so she was really sad. she loved the talks but they didn't answer anything for her and then the next day this lady from across the street came over to her house. the lady only speaks english but is a member of the church. she showed up at the brazilians house with a transalator and said i felt like i needed to come over here and talk to you about the spirit!!!!!!!! WHAT?!!!!! YEAH i know its amazing!! she then bore her testimony about how the Lord answers our prayers and how she loves this gospel and she knows it is true and i was just literally in shock the whole time because she was so amazing and i just love that family!!!!
so it was an amazing week and i love this gospel!! when i see these people's faith grow it makes my testimony grow so much!! they are amazing examples and i just want to tell everyone about this gospel because i can see the happiness in my life and in the lives of these investigators!! i love it and i love you all!!!!! keep saying your prayers and reading the scriptures. these little things will make such a difference in your daily life. and like one of the apostles said in conference each decision you make will determine your eternity. i love you all so much and miss you like crazy!!!!
tenga una buena semana!
con mucho mucho muchooo amor,
hermana Ricks

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