Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Cohen! Big 18!

Aloha!

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the letters this week! They have helped a ton! This week went by so quickly, I swear P- Day was just yesterday. Last transfer with Elder Smith went by so slowly but this one with Elder Rodriguez has gone by too quickly! I'm nervous that we will be thrown another curveball in about 2 weeks and I will have to leave Manchester. I really want to get good at my Spanish so I can't leave!

But as for everything else, I am doing great. We are working hard and trying to get a lot of people to keep their commitments so they can gain their own testimony. It seems like people want us to try to convince them of what we teach but we are trying to get them to find out for themselves so it makes it difficult. We have been dropping a lot of "eternigators" and really trying hard to find new people who are searching for the gospel. This past week we just dropped one of our biggest investigators named Cassandra because she wouldn't make a solid commitment and was just trying to fight and argue with us on every little thing. So we told her that we had done all we could but now it was up to her and that we could no longer visit her until she came to church. It was rough but it had to be done and now we can focus more of our attention on others. We also lost our baptismal date with Eriberto so now we have to start over again. It's been a rough week but we haven't lost our faith!

As for us missionaries, we are doing great! Elder Rodriguez and I get along really well and have a lot of similarities. Also, the senior missionaries in our ward, the Franklin's, are finished with their mission and go home in a week from today. It stinks because they are super awesome and we had the hook ups with them and everything. They would take care of our packages and mail and any problems that we had. Elder Franklin even gave me 4 short sleeved shirts that he had never worn and they fit me perfectly! They are just so sweet so we are hoping that the new couple gets assigned here as well and that they are just as cool. The Franklin's are from Utah but I know there's a lot of members in Utah but if anyone knows them then they will understand how awesome they are. So we had a big ward dinner for them on Saturday and said our goodbyes and ate some awesome Dominican food. It was a great way to say goodbye.

So since yesterday was Cohen's 18th birthday I thought I would make special mention of him in this letter. Hey Cohen, it was your birthday. Also, I just wanted to express my gratitude for all of my friends and for the strength that they have given me. I have the best friends in the world and even though I may not act like I care, I do! So thank you, and thank you to all of you who have done so much to help me get here! You rock!

And speaking of birthdays, mine comes up at the beginning of next transfer. And since it is so close to transfers I would ask that those of you who want to send me something (and I know that there are a lot of you :) ) to please wait until after transfers so I can tell you where I am. I'm not expecting anything and I don't know if I need anything but if you want to be awesome and send me something I won't resist. But please just wait to send it until after I find out about transfers. Thanks!

I guess the only thing I can think of to ask for right now is for ties. I'm sure anything you send would be great but I can't think of anything... Wait! I thought of something! If there are any Spanish hymns or church music in Spanish that would be great. Preferably more upbeat but anything would be awesome! We have a Christmas CD of David Archuleta singing with MOTAB and he sings a song in Spanish (Los pastores a belen) and I love it! Also does anyone know where he will be serving yet? It better be here so I can train him (sorry I'm daydreaming right now). I did get the Spanish book this week (yeah!) so thanks Will! I have been studying it a ton. Now Elder Rodriguez and I can speak more Spanish to each other.

Oh, before I forget, if you can't get the pictures off of the memory card then you card then you can just send it back to me and I will just fill the whole thing with pictures and try to figure it out after my mission!

Well earlier this week we had Zone Conference and we got to go to the JSM! The bad part about it was that we didn't get to go stand by the monument or anything, we could only look at it as we drove by. I guess you have to bring investigators to actually go to it. But it was super cool to be so close to the Prophet's birthplace!

We also passed by the building where he had the surgery on his leg. Now it's a KFC/Taco Bell and I wanted to stop at it to eat and take pictures but there wasn't time. Next time we will! I just think it's super funny that they turned that building into a KFC. It makes it a nice little stop on the way to the JSM.

But as for Conference, it was awesome! President and Sister Wilkey rocked it like always and we focused on the message of the Restoration. It really put the whole story into a new perspective for me and strengthened my testimony of our message. So I encourage you all to reread the 1st Vision and to strengthen your testimony of it!

Make it a great week!
Nos Vemos!
Elder Resendez

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day from the Best Buy in the Mall of New Hampshire!

Hey everyone!

So Elder Rodriguez and I forgot that today was President's Day and that the library would be closed so we are going rogue again and using the computers in Best Buy. I don't know if this is against the store rules but they haven't said that it is so I will keep going!

That's sweet that Will is sending that book, thanks Will! You're the best!

It sounds like the baby shower was a pretty good time. I am thankful everyday that I won't have to change any diapers but I hope Papi and Seth have fun with it!

This week was pretty good, we have been teaching a lot of lessons and really trying to find new people to teach. As for Craig, he stole jewelry from the ward member that was letting him rent a room so he will go to jail sometime soon. He just went back to his old ways and now has to pay for it. He was probably jumped when he was trying to sell the jewelry to someone else. There isn't much more to report on this week and there isn't a whole lot of time. One thing was was pretty cool was committing Eriberto, an investigator from Puerto Rico, to be baptized. It will be a long road for him because he has many things to overcome. He wants to change his life so badly so I think he will be able to get past his problems. His date is set for March 25 which is the Sunday after transfers so I'm hoping I don't go anywhere next transfer so I can see it!

Things are going great down here with Elder Rodriguez and I, we get along great and we are super pumped to catch our district on fire. The Assistants had a baptism yesterday and have another one this week so hopefully it gets the rest of the district fired up about the work!

So Valentine's Day was two weeks ago but I think I forgot to tell you guys about the cool thing the ward did. We had a meeting on Tuesday night the week of Valentine's day and during the meeting our Ward Mission Leader stopped suddenly and asked where we lived. We told him and then he pulled out his phone and started calling someone and told them. It was kind of weird but we just thought he was doing his thing so we didn't think much of it. Then when we got home we found our door had been "Heart-Attacked"! The activity days girls had covered our entire door in hearts while we were gone. It was really cool to see how much the ward cared about us and helped us feel more at home.

Well I gotta go but next week I will write a lot more. Thanks for everything!!

Elder Resendez

Monday, February 13, 2012

13 Feb 2012

Familia!

Como tu ta? I hope everything is going well back home! That's great that the house sold! I would say I'm sad but I wasn't really attached to it since I lost my room over a year ago.

What's the weather like down there? Yesterday it was 17 degrees with a ton of wind! It was the coldest I have ever been so it must have been in the negatives with all of the brisa.

I'm really trying to improve my Spanish because we are trying to get a Spanish branch set up here in Manchester and once I'm done here I want to go to Lawrence, Mass so pray for me!

I love being here so much and it's amazing to look back and see how much I have done in the last two months. I can't believe it's only been two months but at the same time it feels like I just left yesterday.

My new companion is Elder Rodriguez from Provo, Utah. He's Mexican but grew up in Provo and he knows Spanish. He was called English speaking but served 9 months in Lawrence and learned how to speak Dominican Spanish (the best Spanish by the way). He's super cool and is on fire right now. He has been out almost a year and loves basketball and is super hard working. He is my trainer now so it's weird to say that two missionaries trained me but I think it will be really good because then I will be able to learn from each of them and try my best to take the good things.

Elder Smith was sent off to Georgetown, Mass and is still a district leader. He called us the other day to give us information on an old investigator and got a little nostalgic. It was funny to see how much he missed Manchester but it showed how much he cared about the people which is great.

We now have the car full time which allows us to do more so that's awesome! We drive a bright red (or fiesta red as I call it) Toyota Corolla and it reminds me of Will Ferrell's car from the Other Guys (actually Other Elders is the correct way to say it).

So it sounds like people are doing great over there! Tell Tanner that he should serve a mission first!! Then maybe he will come to NH and we can be comps! That would be so awesome! Also tell him to write me a letter or something.

Also, tell the boys to write me back!!! And anyone else! I love letters and I have to keep my rep up. Just keep sending letters until I'm fluent in Spanish. I have to have something cool about me or else people won't want to listen to me. They'll think I'm a total loser.

Mal, thanks for the chocolate! Did you write the note that came in it? Because my name was spelled wrong. Actually our name was spelled wrong. It was resendeX so if that was you then I don't get the joke but if not then you should complain and get some free chocolate!

How is everyone's Valentine's Day? If you are looking for a special someone to send some goodies to then I'm your elder!

Oh by the way, immediate family can email me so you don't have to spend money on postage if you don't want. Either is fine with me but I thought I would let you know. Also, I really would like that Spanish book but there's no way I can find an ESPN or whatever it is that you wanted. We can only get on computers to email. It doesn't even have to be the brand new updated one because any book is better than none. :)

(Note from Mallorie - does anyone know which Spanish book this is? We keep trying to figure out what he is asking for or where to get it, but haven't been able to find it. PLEASE let us know if you know what he means.)

The miracle this week was awesome! We received a referral from this lady who wasn't interested at all and when we went to contact it we couldn't find the address. We looked again later and still had trouble finding the house. We finally found what we thought was the address and started to walk in when some teenagers out front told us not to waste our time. We walked in anyway and started knocking the doors. Nobody was interested but when we got to the top floor we met a family that was really interested in the Gospel. They started talking about family members that they had that are members and they talked about things that would happen if they were baptized. They showed a lot of interest and it was amazing to see the interest that they had. It's crazy how much opposition there is. We almost didn't go in there but we did and found a miracle inside!

Well I gotta go! Make it a great week!

Love,
Elder Resendez

Monday, February 6, 2012

Transfer 1 - DONE!

Hey!

One transfer is in the books already and I feel like I just got here. It's weird how fast time goes by. Transfer meeting is tomorrow so we get to help prep the building for that. So....the word on the street is.....I'm staying! I will do at least one more transfer here in Manchester (hopefully more) BUT Elder Smith is leaving! So I will be getting a new trainer. It's weird and I have never heard of that before but it's what the Lord wants so it must be good.

This week has been awesome, we had a district meeting with a future mission president who wanted to see how things are done in the mission field. It felt like we were on The District ourselves because we were doing missionary work so someone else could learn how to do it. Then we had a couple of sweet lessons and found some awesome people!

We found a lady from Haiti so we are teaching another Haitian! They're awesome! We also went to go find another former investigator from Haiti but ended up meeting this awesome family. The father is from Mexico and the mother is from Puerto Rico and they have 3 boys. As we taught them they were really receptive and wanted to learn more and come to church! It was so legit! So Elder Smith made me promise that I would see to it that this family is baptized.

As for the rest of the week, we have been getting ready for transfers by trading ties, packing, saying goodbye and taking pictures. I even got my hair cut just now to prep for transfer meeting. I got a Dominican haircut so I will take some pictures and you can see if I look good or not. But I always look good so whatever.

It is going to be weird area training my trainer. Hopefully he knows Spanish or else I gotta pick up the pace! Mom and Mal, the Spanish books I'm talking about are at the BYU bookstore and they may come in a set. They were made in 2010 so I don't think Brock knows them but they have red covers. One is smaller than the other. The small one is the phrase book and the bigger one is the detailed stuff. The small one is the most important but both would be really helpful! Especially if my new comp doesn't speak Spanish!

It stinks that Elder Smith is leaving, we get along really well but there's a chance that he could stay in our zone. I think he will be going to Georgetown, Mass but you never know!

Oh, one fun experience this week was when we met Steve, the basher. We had seen him before but he was far away and didn't talk to us but this time he was really close. So he came over and started talking to us and began yelling and quoting random scriptures and telling us that we were terrible people. He gave us a couple of handouts, Elder Smith threw his away but I kept mine as a memory because I thought it was kind of funny. Well he also had his two kids with him who were about 18 and when we asked if they were doing the same thing as us (as in missionary work) they got super offended. It was really interesting to see a grown man get so angry at someone he has never met and to see him almost foaming at the mouth because he has so much hatred for us. He only talked to Elder Smith because I just ignored him but if we see him again we won't be talking to him at all. It just does no good and wastes time. But that was interesting.

One last thing, one of our investigators, Craig, was jumped Saturday night and was knocked out. He is now in the hospital and is recovering but has had many seizures so please pray for him. He is an awesome guy!

Well I don't have much time because the Shoobies (new missionaries) are coming in today and we are going on splits with them so we are rushed for time. I will let you guys know all of the details next week. Please send those Spanish books! The titles are simple, it's just called Spanish for Missionaries and Spanish for Missionaries Phrase and Vocab Book or something like that. Thanks!

I hope all is well. The new wards sound sweet!

Elder Resendez

P.S. Go on Mormon.org and watch the video on William Hoppoate (something like that) he's my hero!! (Here is the link: William Hopoate)