Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Safe Arrival of Elder Resendez (Letter from the Mission Office)

Dear Brother & Sister Resendez,

It is a pleasure to report that your missionary son, Elder Ty Resendez, has arrived safely in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. Although he was tired due to a full day of travel, he is in fine spirits. I have interviewed him and found him ready and willing to serve the Lord.

We have prayerfully selected a companion to serve as a trainer for your son. Only the finest young men are selected for this vital assignment. His apartment address and companion are listed below:

Apartment address:
Elder Tyler Resendez
421 Hanover St., Apt 3
Manchester, NH 03104

His Trainer and companion:
Elder Christian Smith

We know you join with us in desiring that Elder Resendez be a successful and devoted missionary. Your weekly letters of encouragement and love are essential elements in his development. You may write directly to his personal address or you may send letters to the mission office address, and they will be forwarded. Please write his first as well as his last name on the envelope.

If you wish to send packages, please be advised that the best way to handle those that you are mailing to the mission office is First Class or Priority Mail through the US Postal Service. UPS, FedEx, or other carriers will not forward packages without additional postage. Sister Wilkey and I take seriously our responsibility to watch over and take care of our missionaries.

We thank you for the opportunity to share this marvelous time with your son. We rejoice in the great blessings that will come to many wonderful people here in northern New England because of Elder Resendez’s devotion to the work of the Lord.

With Best Regards,

David L. Wilkey
President, New Hampshire Manchester Mission

Elder Resendez and his trainer, Elder Smith

Elder Resendez with President and Sister Wilkey

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Missionary Training Compound! Wait, sorry, Center!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
 
I hope your day has been wonderful so far but I have to say that my day has been better and I'm pretty confident that I'm right. I know I'm right because I just had Sacrament meeting with Elder David A. Bednar! I had no clue that we would have an apostle at our meeting today because we are supposed to have one tonight so I'm really excited to see who is coming tonight! I'm hoping it's Elder Holland and if it is I'm going to freak out because Bednar and Holland are the best missionary apostles in my opinion.

Elder Bednar's talk was sooo good! He talked about how if you only have a testimony, that's great but it's not enough. You need to have a testimony and be truly converted to Christ and His church and if you are then you will never fall away. He also talked about what made Christ's ministry on earth so amazing and possible. He quoted Neil A. Maxwell who said,"There would have been no atoning sacrifice without the character of Christ." I love this quote and how Elder Bednar explained it. He explained that Christ's character was to turn outward in times of adversity and affliction. The natural man in all of us desires to turn inward when bad things happen because we want to feel sorry for ourselves and we want to have people comfort us but we should do as Christ did and turn outward.

One example he gave was when Satan was tempting Christ after Christ fasted for a great amount of time. He asked Christ three times to prove his authority as the Son of God by performing great feats but each time Christ put off the natural desire to prove oneself and he resisted the temptations. Then after his long encounter with Satan and great fast, Christ learned that John was in prison. Instead of having angels minister unto Him after all of these trials, He sent them to help John in his time of need. This is one of the many ways that Christ turned outward in tough times.

This is what I need to do as a missionary and a representative of Him. It's difficult but it is possible (Phil. 4:13). So even though I woke up at 6:30 to eat cold cereal and open zero presents with absolutely NO SNOW on the ground, I am still having the best Christmas ever.

On Friday we had In-Field Orientation which is for missionaries that are about to leave and it was awesome! Before I explain why it was so awesome, let me begin by telling you some background information. There are these videos that were made a couple of years ago that are live documentaries of missionaries. They are called The District and I recommend buying and watching them, especially if you know a missionary. If you don't want to get both then get the second one, it's better. So basically this camera crew followed four companionships around and videotaped them as they taught different investigators. It's completely real and it's so cool because you get to see what it's like being a missionary.

Well during orientation I was taught by three missionaries from The District 2 and it was so cool! It was like meeting celebrities but ones that actually do good things and are good people. I talked with one for a little and I was on cloud nine. If you watch the video I was taught by Elders Moreno, Murray, and Bott. They all go to BYU and are super down to earth cool guys who really care about missionary work.

I have decided that after my mission I want to become a teacher here at the MTC because I love this so much! My teachers were awesome guys and I want to be able to influence countless missionaries just like them.

So for Christmas I would like one thing in particular. Could someone send me a cheap new paperback copy of the Book of Mormon for a special project Elder Bednar gave me? It would be much appreciated! I would buy one here but the bookstore closed two days ago and won't be open until I leave so I can't  buy one here.

I leave tomorrow! I gave Mal my travel plans so ask her for them if you don't have them. I may call at any time tomorrow to the house phone so be ready! I leave the MTC at 4 in the morning FYI.

Well it's time for me to go so I better get off but before I do I j just want to express my appreciation for all of you who have helped me in so many ways. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Remember, true conversion is the only way to remain faithful in such a harsh world. Love you all!
 
Merry Christmas!
Elder Resendez
 
P.S. The computer freezes every two seconds so if there are any spelling errors that is why. Please fix those Mom so I look educated, thanks! Oh and thank you for all of the letters and packages, I have received them all! Godspeed the Right!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 2!

Hey Everybody!

It's only been two weeks but it feels like I have been here for an eternity! As much as I like the MTC, I'm excited to get out into the field and experience some New England weather! I'm more excited for the winter than the summer so wait six months and I'll be complaining.

This week has been pretty good, I feel like I am such a good teacher compared to when I first got here. But don't worry, I am still humble and know that the second I step off the plane I will feel like the guy off of The Best 2 Years. Basically The Best Two Years has been amazingly accurate for my mission experience so far.

Just a side note, any of you wanting to send me a letter, just send it to my mission office unless you are going to use Dear Elder because I'm not sure how long it takes mail to get here. Oh and thanks Mal! You have written to me or sent me something everyday of my mission, you rock! Thanks for the packages, the book and keychain, I just got those today. (Mom: Could you please send me my Articles of Faith book by Talmage, it's in my closet. Also since you can't send me my switchblade can you send my survival knife? There are guys here with knives about the same size. Just send to the mission and I'll pick them up there.)

Well some people say that a mission is all work and no play but my district can argue against that. We work hard and we play hard and so far we seem to be the best teachers when we compare ourselves to the other districts. I know that's not really humble but sometimes you need to gauge your progression to see how you're doing. So here are some funny stories that have happened over the past two weeks: 

First, last night Elder Hoffman and I taught this guy from another district. We were teaching him the Plan of Salvation and everything was going well until the guy got tired. When he gets tired he yawns. I know this is all normal so far but when he yawns he tries his hardest to keep his mouth shut. So as he starts to yawn, his face gets long and his eyes almost shut but don't shut all the way. And then his bottom lip begins to quiver. When I say quiver I mean it has a seizure. I had taught this guy by myself once before and I knew that when he starts to yawn that I should look down at my scriptures to avoid laughing. Elder Hoffman did not know this. So as he begins to yawn, his lip quivers, and Elder Hoffman busts out laughing which makes me laugh. So we both are sitting there laughing because of the faces this guy is making during lesson and we can barely finish it. The guy was a champion though and kept in his role and asked what was wrong and why we were laughing. We played it off saying that we were just good friends and so when one of us laughs, the other follows.

Second story, we have two devotionals in the gym every week and they are awesome! But at the beginning they have us sing songs for about 15 minutes until the devotional begins. It gets pretty tiring because they always pick weird songs that everybody but me knows. Anyway, last Sunday during the devotional we were sitting there trying to sing when the guys in my district next to me start laughing. I didn't know what they were laughing at until it hit me. They say the food here does bad things to you, well someone was experiencing that a few chairs down from where I was. They just kept um....releasing gas? Sure I think that's somewhat appropriate. Well they kept doing that and it left many of us wishing we sat in a more ventilated area. It was pretty funny but don't worry we settled down and got in the right mood to listen to the speaker. So far we have had Sister Dalton, Elder Clayton, Brother Richards, and someone else....This Sunday our district gets to be ushers for seats which means that we get seats reserved right at the front of the gym. So we will get to sit right in front of the speaker(hopefully an apostle!). I'm really looking forward to it and I hope it gives me the boost I want to get out in the field and rage on some people's souls! (That's a phrase from Elder Bagley, I like it and find it appropriate to my calling.)

I got a Christmas card from the Lewis family and just wanted to express my gratitude to them! Also, I wanted to say that Uncle Rog looks like a straight up G in the picture and I miss working for him. Oh, before I forget, as much as I love all of the packages I get, PLEASE don't send me candy! I'm losing weight because I have been eating better but it's hard to resist a big bag of delicious candy. So if you would like to be a saint and send me a treat, I would recommend something healthier like craisins or almonds or something like that. Thanks for the trail mix by the way.

Well I hope you all are doing well, I don't know if I will get to call you on Monday. We fly out around 7 and land in Detroit around 1 their time. Then we fly out of there at 2 and land in NH at 4ish. I will send better details but it doesn't look like I will be able to call you guys but if I do it may be in Detroit or NH so adjust your clocks! Please keep me updated with all of my friends, yes I would like Jake's and Thomas' letters and I'm hoping Pres. Wilkey will let me email them since I can't write to them but if not I'd still like to hear about them.

I have only a minute left and it's dinner time so I have to go. Merry Christmas everyone and remember that Christmas is more than gifts, at least it's more than the ones any of us can give! Love you!

Elder Resendez

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Letter to Mal & Brock

Mal & Brock,

Hey thanks for all of the letters and packages! All of my roommates hate me because I get something every time we pick up the mail. But everybody loves the Christmas tree so thanks for that especially! I looked so cool with a huge package in the mail room.

Well I just emailed you guys but they only give us 30 minutes. So have you put up the Dear Elder info on the blog? (Yes - it is now on the right side column!) That would help people write to me.

Just so you have more info on how I'm doing, I'm doing great! I'm not homesick (anymore), I don't get nervous to teach people (anymore), I get along with all of the guys in my district but get annoyed by two guys so I'm praying that I don't have them as companions later on haha.

I have seen so many people that I know. You wouldn't know any of them but for the sake of the blog I have seen Elders Channing Goodman, Chase Richardson, Nick Willis, a guy that was in my EFY group, and I met an elder named Elder Fahina who played rugby with my friend Wesley Walden. I talked to him for a little and he's really cool, and he's Polynesian!

As for my health, I'm doing pretty good. The food here is dangerous but I mostly eat salad. So far I have lost six pounds! It's crazy! I can't do 10 pull ups anymore and it's hard to exercise which stinks.

I'm so excited to get out into the mission field and change some lives! But don't worry, I'm not like the nerdy elder in The Best Two Years, at least not yet. Our zone leaders are super cool and they are going to the same mission as the one in The Best Two Years. So when they speak Dutch it's cool because we can understand some of it. So far I have not made any Polynesian friends so I'm hoping I get a Poly comp in New England.

There's only a tiny bit of snow around here so it doesn't feel like Christmas. I'm hoping it snows next Monday and all through the week so I can have my first White Christmas.

I hope this plus the email gives you enough content for the blog. Tell Mom to keep my emails and not to delete them so i can read them later. Sorry for the chicken scratch, I'm writing on a box in my bed. Talk to you soon!

Elder Resendez

P.S. Tell Dad to keep me up on sports!

Week 1

Hey family, friends, and anyone else reading this!

Sorry to build the suspense for so long but today is my first P-Day and we can only write letters on P-Day so this is my first chance. Just to paint a picture of what is going on right now, I'm in a basement doing laundry while typing this email. We only get 30 minutes and the computer seriously counts down the seconds so it's pretty annoying and it makes you rush. I just read your emails and yes that picture is good to use. My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me). On the plaque it should show the area of my mission so please don't forget that I won't only serve in New Hampshire. I also may serve in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. So I would like those to be included. Thanks!

Ok, so as for me, it was pretty hard to say goodbye at the airport. It was like when I went to BYU but by thursday morning I was alright. My temporary companion was named Elder Fairchild and he was super goofy! He cracked me up. He tried to teach our shuttle driver but didn't know what he was saying so I was laughing quietly to myself. But then we split up and I got to meet my district. There's ten of us and 8 of us are going to the same mission. The other two are going to Rochester, New York which is sweet as because they have Palmyra in their area. Those two are Elders Bagley(Atlanta, Georgia) and Hoffman(San Diego). Then there's Elders Whittington(my comp from missouri), Robinson, Hatch, Dench, Woodruff, Dickinson, and Adams. Most of them are pretty cool but Dench and Robinson get on each other's nerves but it's pretty funny when that happens. Mal, I just got your big package (a miniature Christmas tree) today and I love it! I'm worried about what to do with it in 2 weeks but for now we all love it. Oh and in our room there is six of us (Bagley, Hoffman, Adams, Dickinson, Whittington, and me). The other four are next door. Elder Hoffman is our district leader and he's super cool. He reminds me of Val Galvan so sometimes I just look at him because they look so similar and then I realize I'm staring at him. I'm the senior companion for this week but it doesn't really mean much because we both are clueless. My comp, Elder Whittington is a great guy but he was inactive about six months ago and read the Book of Mormon the week before coming here so his knowledge is pretty limited. So a lot of the time I feel like the trainer even though I don't know much more. We have taught numerous times and even though it is one of the hardest things I have ever done, I love it! It's so amazing to see how the Gospel of Christ can affect different people. It's like a puzzle each time because you need to find what the person needs and how you can bring them closer to Christ. We don't teach with a flipbook anymore, it's legitimate now haha. We have to know all of the lessons pretty much by heart and be able to teach any one of them based on what someone says.

I love it here and I'm almost out of time so I need to finish.  I'm sure as soon as I log off I will remember something but that's it for now. I love you guys and can't wait to get out into the field so I can share some amazing real stories with you guys! Oh and Dear Elder is best in the MTC. Uh, oh, the timer is red! That means I gotta go! Love you all!

Elder Resendez

P.S. Thanks for all of the letters!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

At the Airport

Dropping Ty off at the airport was one of the hardest things we have had to do as a family. We are excited for him but it is still hard to see him go. We had time for one last dinner at the airport and then we said goodbye at security. We stayed and watched him go through and walk down the hall until we could not see him anymore. And just like that, he is the the Lord's hands. We know he will be taken care of for these next two years.

Getting ready to leave

Ty and his conch shell (and Thor)


 
 

Ty thinks he is fancy because he wears suits now









And he's off!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Setting Apart

Ty was set apart as a missionary tonight and is now officially Elder Ty Resendez. Since Ty is the oldest son, our family did not know exactly what to expect from the meeting. It turned out to be even more spiritual and special than I had imagined. The bearing of testimonies and offering of advice and encouragement to Ty was incredibly uplifting. We are so grateful to have these blessings in our lives.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Farewell Open House

Thanks to every one who came to bid farewell to Ty tonight. It was so good to see the love and support he has, not only from family, but from our friends as well.