Monday, June 25, 2012

25 June 2012

Aloha!

Boy is it me or is it hot here in Maine? It's definitely not like the Arizona heat but it gets muggy and humid with almost no wind. So that makes it fun to go tracting in pants and a collared shirt. Nevertheless (yes I transition like Nephi, so what?) it has been an awesome week!

We did a bunch of finding since our investigators were being stubborn and we found some sweet new people to teach. One is the son of a less-active woman who is married to a non-member. They used to have the missionaries over a lot and were warming up to them until one missionary with a bad attitude came in and offended them. Since then they didn't talk to the missionaries much. So we went over and introduced ourselves and started building the bridges again and now we have a baptismal date set for their son! It's great awesome! His name is Christian and he's super funny. Our first lesson with him was a mix between talking about Zelda, Chuck Norris, and priesthood blessings. He was feeling sick and asked for a blessing so we gave him one and it was awesome! What better way is there to get a new investigator than to give a blessing? He also came to church this past week and brought his two friends that we are now teaching. He also has a sister who is 9.5 who wants to be baptized too. BUT, with all of this happening we have to be careful and make sure that they are getting baptized for the right reasons. But it is still an awesome miracle!


So last week we hit up a thrift store after doing emails and I found a typewriter for $2! I snagged it as quickly as I could and I just wrote my first letter on it! I love old fashioned junk! It makes me want to get a VW bus even more!

This week I also got to go on an exchange with Elder Garner up here in Skowhegan, it was super fun even though we didn't have much success. It was crazy to think that 5 or 6 years ago we were at EFY together trying to strengthen our testimonies and now we are together again sharing them as missionaries. I don't think it was a coincidence at all that we were placed so close to each other. It made me think about what it would be like to go teaching with any of my other friends that are serving right now as missionaries and how awesome that would be! We would probably baptize a whole city like Alma and Amulek!


This week our ward went on a trip to Boston to go to the temple. It was mainly for the youth and from what people say it went great. It was the first time for Wendy to go to the temple which is awesome! She loved going is looking forward to the next one. The youth here are stellar! Speaking of which, the people here in Maine have the greatest accents! A true Mainer will end a word with an R if it ends with a vowel. And if it ends with a R they will take it off and put an A. Example: Mainer=Mainah Appraiser=Appraisah Arizona=Arizoner Utah=Utahr Awesome right! I don't have the accent yet, I guess I'm not cool enough for it.

So the crazy Mainer story this week: In Waterville this week there was a burst of rain which created a giant flood. In Arizona people would be freaking out but here in Maine we have nerves of steel. Instead of freaking out people acted like there wasn't any water. When they would get to a flooded part on the road (and we are talking water that is around 4 feet deep) they would speed up and try to drive/float through it! Some cars were almost completely submersed in the water! One guy had a brilliant idea and grabbed his kayak and started getting around with that. We didn't have anything like that here in Skowhegan but I guess the flood was all over facebook and junk. It sounds like facebook is taking over the world, is it true?

Now the cool story: Yesterday in Sacrament meeting I passed the Sacrament to a disabled woman in a scooter. As I offered her the bread she tried to grab it with her right hand but because of her disability her right hand was almost motionless. However, her left hand was perfectly fine so she used her left hand to grab her right wrist and moved her hand so that she could grab the bread with her right hand. I was touched to see the level of respect that she had for the Sacrament by the effort she gave to ensure that she partook of it with her right hand. She could have easily used her left but there is something about using your right hand that makes it more significant. I'm not sure what it is but I know it mattered to her and it mattered to me. Later in the meeting a man gave a talk from Elder Hallstom's talk last conference about being converted to the gospel through the church. In it he talked about how we must be converted to the gospel and it's principles so that when God gives us greater understanding of his Gospel we understand the need for a change in church policies. He related the change in policy in 1978(?) that allowed all worthy male members to hold the priesthood. He talked about how that change in policy put many people off because they weren't converted to the gospel but rather to the church alone. If they had been converted to the gospel then they would have understood the change that was made and would have gladly accepted it. Just some awesome experiences I had in Sacrament! The only boring Sacrament meetings are the ones that you pay less attention during.

Well I love you all and wish you a happy birthday!

From Maine with Love,
Elder Resendez (Or Elder R as people have started to call me)

P.S. Read the last chapter of 2 Nephi where Nephi says that he will stand face to face with you at the bar of judgment. How cool will that be for those who accept his words? It will be like meeting a long lost friend or brother. I can't wait!
















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