Tuesday, December 18, 2012

17 December 2012

JUSTICE!!!

Man this week was crazy! We had so much happen but it ended up being one of our most productive weeks. We're dead tired and grateful for our P-Day but we're also excited for Christmas next week. MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Just in case I haven't said that part yet).

So this week was full of sweet miracles but the biggest one happened with Hermano Paniagua. He's not a member but his whole family is and they have been trying for years to get him to be baptized too. Everyone in church knows him and he almost got baptized in the past. So we went over to visit him and found out that his concern about baptism stemmed from thinking that he had done things that were unforgivable. So we shared some amazing and inspired scriptures with him like D&C 58:42-43 and he felt the Spirit and committed to a date! Even better is that the date is Dec 29th! That's two weeks from now! We were completely blindsided by his eagerness to be made clean. We were also surprised by how the Lord had prepared him for that visit. The best part is that the visit was just a stop by. We hadn't planned it at all but we felt impressed to go visit him even though he works all the time. So we have 12 days to make sure he's totally ready for his baptism!

We also had another baptism this week! It was in the other elders' area but it was a cool kid I had taught before so I was super excited for his baptism. Because of legal things he has to go to Virginia until March but then he will come back. He really reminds me of Papi in the way he acts which is fun to see. So I'll attach a picture of his baptism, his name is Eduardo.

Another miracle that happened was that I went on exchange with E. Dorantes and we visited Elias (the guy I used to teach whose brother Mervin just got baptized). We had an awesome lesson with him and he was so happy to see me. Then later we went and saw Elias' sisters and dad. His dad absolutely loves me for some reason! I walked into the apartment and he literally ran over and hugged me and said, "Hermano! Cuanto tiempo!" Haha he was so happy to see me. We taught the sisters (Wanda and Yahaira) and committed Wanda to be baptized. Yahaira's already a member but she was teaching so well with us it was awesome! Oh and they're all in their 20's and 30's by the way. They're so tight! The whole family is going to be members soon! So far only Mervin and Yahaira are members but Elias and Wanda have dates set and are progressing well.

Oh and I saw a sweet falcon while walking through the projects the other day! It was stalking another falcon who had caught a mouse but I wasn't able to take a picture of the other falcon. It was a Christmas miracle for sure.

We also had a new missionary meeting this week so I got to see Elder Smith (the new AP) again and hang out with some cool cats. We also had interviews with President Wilkey which went pretty well. It's always a blessing to have personal time with President Wilkey, he's a champ! This week was so awesome, I hope the next one can beat it!

Thank you, by the way, to everyone who has sent me a card or letter for Christmas! I love them and will write back soon! Stay classy everyone and Merry Christmas!

Elder Ty Resendez

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

3 December 2012

Hey!

Ok so first off, I don't know what keeps happening but I don't think I make sense when I write these letters. People keep misunderstanding me like I'm Joseph Smith or something. So I'm gonna set some things straight since Christmas is right around the corner and I want to be on the "good" list. I don't hate my comp (E. Christensen), in fact he's super tight and we work great together! I also love E. Kinyon and E. Dorantes. I also don't want to sound racist or something or biased or whatever else haha so I love everybody! And no, I don't have 7 wives.

Whew! Now that that's out of the way, time to get down to business! The other elders in Lawrence (Kinyon & Dorantes) had a baptism this week and it was my boy Mervin! He's a super cool Dominican guy who has progressed so much. He's pretty quiet and timid but he knows so much about the gospel and loves church. After church he came up to us and asked us to show him where he can pay his tithing! Most people don't want anything to do with tithing. It really showed how well he understands the gospel. I'll attach a pic of him at the end, he's the one with the sweet fro.

What else? Norma's husband and daughter are progressing like crazy and have baptismal dates. Iliana's son (Eric) is all set for baptism but the rest of the family is really getting hit hard with anti. It's sad to see because people have such a hard time with anti. It's such garbage but people throw it everywhere. Even Barbara Walters is pushing it on 20/20. It's amazing how people take anything on T.V. as fact. Please, please, don't waste your time with any of those shows or books or videos or whatever. If you want to know about Mormons, read the Book of Mormon. That is what we believe and not any of what other people claim we believe. Anyways...enough of that!

As for ties, we can't wear ties with pictures or words. We can wear paisley, stripes, solids. Basically anything a GA would wear to speak in conference.

Oh and a shout out to Val! Kiss her you fool!

As for Christmas calls, we don't know anything yet but I assume I'll call you on Christmas day. Problem is we only get 1 hour to talk and as you know, that hour goes fast. So I could try to split it up, I just need the numbers that I'm going to call and I'll tell you when I will call. I should have more info in 2 weeks or so.

Has it snowed there? Have you ever been snowed into your apartment? Take a picture of a snowman you built please. Do you have to shovel snow for people?
-Yes but only a little. Today's a pretty warm day so all the snow melted away already. I don't know when it will snow again but probably soon. No I haven't been snowed in, one time we just couldn't use our car. We never have to shovel snow for people but sometimes we get to ;)

Did Mervin take the plunge?
-Thankfully no. But he did get baptized.

Did you get to play football last P day?
-Yes we did, it was like playing in a windy ice bath but it was fun. E. Christensen laughed cuz sometimes I'll just sit there and mess around and then do something really good out of nowhere.

Is Nino Muerto a main dish?
-No, it's like a rice ball with meat or something in it.

Have you fallen off your bike again?
-No way! Our bikes don't work so naturally....I can't fall off.

Do you ever have strange street contacts?
-Umm....only every day! We had some guy ask us if they could genetically prove that Lamanites were from Jerusalem. Then he told us to do yoga cuz it will open up our "third eye". Yes actually, when he said the words "third eye" he did point to his forehead and make laser beam noises! How did you know?

So as of right now, we're just maxin and relaxin like the Fresh Prince. We're super excited for Christmas and we have tons of work to do. All that we ask is that you remember the true meaning of this season by giving of yourself. As President Monson said last night, he who gives money gives much. He who gives time gives more. But he who gives himself gives all.

Oh and one last thing, eh hem. SYDNEY LOVELL IS MY BEST FRIEND!

Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease!

Elder Resendez

Saturday, December 1, 2012

26 Nov 2012 - One More Round

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is the first day of our new transfer and guess what? I'm staying in Lawrence! Another 6 weeks which means that I'll be spending Christmas and New Years here so I'm pretty stoked about that. It also means that I get my 2nd two transfer companion. If you haven't noticed, about every 6 weeks President Wilkey likes to give me a new companion. The only exception was E. Rodriguez but now E. Christensen can join the club of my 2 transfer comps. Transfer calls were on Saturday and none of us got a call so we're all pretty happy to be here together for another go. It also means that E. Kinyon is going to die here in Lawrence, so we're going to do our best at fighting off the trunkiness for him haha.

Also, this week Norma had her confirmation. It was pretty sweet because she's been waiting for this for so long! She is so happy now and loves all of the classes that happen after Sacrament. In the past she didn't go to the classes after Sacrament but now she wants to go to them and loves them! Also, 2 other investigators FINALLY came to church! They're friends of a less-active family and they had a good time at church and want to come again. As for Iliana and her family, they're doing great but they keep getting hit with anti and junk so please pray for them that they can base themselves in the Book of Mormon and in true doctrine. Oh! And this Saturday is the baptism of a guy named Mervin, the other elders teach him now but I taught him in the past and he's so tight! He's so cool and is getting baptized now so I'm super excited for that. Lawrence is really blossoming now but we gotta keep at it!

Questions!
Are you still in Lawrence? Same comp?
-Si Senor!

Did you eat anything different on Thanksgiving?
-Hmm....we had nino muerto haha I don't know how to describe it other than by it's name. It was funny when Triana(a super tight member) offered it to us. We all hesitated for a second. The weirdest thing was the lack of certain food, like pumpkin pie! I didn't eat ANY pumpkin pie! I just about started a riot like the one Lawrence had in the 80's.

Did you get to see some football?
-Haha ya...it was the cowboys so I really had to be strong. But I asked what the score was and when I found out I lost all desire to watch it.

Did you get to play any football?
-No...we had a turkey bowl planned and everything but then the assistants told us we couldn't play since it wasn't p day. But we will be playing today!

How many meals did you get on thanksgiving?
-I think it came out to be about 4 dinners... So 6 in total? We almost died haha

We figured out that December 8th is hump day for your mission - are
you planning any special activities in honor of it?
-One question, why is it hump day? I just started the ascent! We might go out and eat at Denny's or something. We'll see. As of right now there's nothing planned. Also President Uchtdorf counselled us that we should serve our whole mission as if we are at our year mark so I've been there for almost 12 months now!

Did you really not get the flu shot or were you just teasing?
-Flu shots are for weak gringos.

Things are really going great over here. We're prepping for some awesome baptisms and stuff and looking forward to Christmas. Oh and by the way, they made us sing in sacrament last week. Bet you never thought I would sing with 6 other people in Sacrament meeting. But I did, and it was horrible haha. But for some reason they keep asking us to sing, like at FHE and for the Christmas party. Crazy people must be tone deaf haha But thanks for all the support, I love you all!

Elder Resendez