Wednesday, February 27, 2013

25 Feb 2013

Aloha!

Greetings from............Gardiner, Maine!

Yup, I'm a Mainer again! I did not see this one coming at all, in fact I did not even know where Gardiner was until I got here. So I'm here now, I'm still DL but I have the ZL's in my district which is kinda weird. They are like my boss but I still teach them every week at district meeting. It's also weird because the district is my area, the ZL's and one other area of elders. In other words, I am just in charge of 3 elders now which is a little different from the 7 I had last transfer.

The area here is pretty dead. In fact the entire district is pretty dead. So we're rebuilding everything which is tough and it takes a lot of time and effort. That's what I had to do in Lawrence and it got to the point where things were running smooth, that's when we really started to see the miracles every day. Many hands makes light work, but somebody's hands have to be first. So that's what's up here right now.

Oh! and this area is where Elder Dastrup served like a long time ago so that's pretty cool. I found a picture of him, a can that he signed, and a couple of teaching records he made. So I'm going to be asking around to see if people know and remember him.

So ya, it was super tough to leave Lawrence but I doing better now. I stopped crying which is always good.

So anyways, gotta go. As for Bday stuff, I don't know what I want. I don't really need anything so......surprise me? Haha money's always a good gift I guess. I'll think for one more week and let you know.

Aloha to all of you,

Elder Resendez

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

18 February 2013

Aloha!

The great and dreadful day has come.... I've been transferred out of Lawrence. I'm staying district leader but I'm moving to a new district. The rest of the apartment is staying and E. Cordova is replacing me in my area. But none of them will be DL, the DL is in another area. So I'm hoping and praying that I don't get sent to the boonies and that I get to keep up with my Spanish. A lot of changes are being made here, there's 22 new missionaries coming in so they're opening up a new zone, I really hope our mission gets extended and we absorb the Nashua stake. That'd be a dream come true! Then I'd get to visit Lorreny in Lowell! So yes sadly I am leaving so send everything to the mission office, NOT THE APARTMENT. Because I will not get it. So thats the word on the street, I don't have much time to write to you all because we're in best buy and I gotta pack and junk, but I'm gonna send more pics next week of all of my lawrence homies!

I love you all!

Elder Ty Resendez

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

11 February 2013 - Happy Valentine's Day!

Ohana!

Man this week was soooooooo crazy! So I assume most of you heard about the storm (Nemo or something like that) that hit us. It dumped over 3 feet of snow all over the place! And when the plows push it to the side it makes like 5-6 feet of snow on the sidewalks! It's so crazy, and it's snowing again today... So we'll see how much more it snows. And despite all of the snow we still went out and worked as much as we could. We could still get to our appointments but it just took a lot longer to walk there, plus it was dangerous because we could only walk on the roads which were super narrow. But the plows didn't chop off my legs like I thought there were going to many times so I'm fine! My only question now is, how long does it take for 5 feet of snow to melt? Because I imagine it takes a long time.

We also had zone conference this week up in Maine, dreaded Maine... The main focus of the conference was the Book of Mormon and how we need to use it in all that we do. It was cool because Elder Christensen turned to me and asked, "Why are we learning this? Don't we already do this stuff?" I had to chastise him to humility but it did feel good to know that we are appreciating the power of the Book of Mormon in the process of conversion. So zone conference was pretty fun for us even though we couldn't find anyone to take us 2 hours into maine until the night before the conference. That was a little stressful but we made it so it's all good.

Also! Now Mom, this is the part of my letter that you skip and never read or wonder about haha. So this past week I went to Methuen on exchange with another missionary and our day started of sweet! We were finding new people for them to teach and things were really rolling until about 3 pm..... So at 3 we went to contact a former in a building inside the city of Lawrence. So we found the building, parked on the side of the street and walked in. We met the lady, set up a return appt, helped a guy in the stairs carry his stuff up and got an appt with him. So basically we were on cloud 9 when we returned to the car. So we get to the car, I open the back door and toss my
bag in the backseat and shut the door. As I shut the door I hear glass shatter on the ground. I looked over at the window to my seat and there's a giant hole in it! There was shattered glass all over the place, especially on my seat (thanks a lot, now where am I going to sit?) and the gps and stuff was totally gone! No, it wasn't my gps that was stolen, I still have mine. But it did belong to the missionary who took my spot in Lawrence during the exchange so he didn't even know that it was stolen until we
called him and told him. We felt so bad that it got stolen but we didn't do anything wrong. We put the gps in the middle console but the person just broke the glass and grabbed all of the gps stuff. We were seriously gone for 10 minutes, we had parked within sight of the Lawrence Police Dept., and it was 3 in the afternoon and our car got jacked haha. I couldn't believe it. We had to file a report with the police and they told us that it was probably a cocaine addict who saw us park and just jumped on the opportunity. I talked with some people in the area and found out that I could probably find the gps again but it would be in a store being sold for twice as much as normal. Crazy people! So that was a pretty fun experience haha. Like I said, I had a crazy week.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures! We're all nervous over here because transfer calls are this saturday so we'll see what happens. Also, because of the change in mission president we are having a 5 week transfer (a normal transfer is 6 weeks fyi) in March, so this next transfer we lose a week in the transfer. So I guess everyone in the mission will lose a week from their mission which means that instead of finishing my mission Dec 7 I will finish like 2-3 days after thanksgiving. I have also heard from many people that if a missionary goes home close to a major holiday like that the pres sends them home before. So I know this is a long ways away but we just found out about it so I thought I'd let you all know. And don't worry, I don't think about this at all but I just remembered and thought it might be important to tell you so I don't end up like the guy off of The RM. Who gets home and everyone and freaks out because they think he came home early. So just an fyi, a lot depends on the new mission pres so I'll let you know what's going to happen by the end of the year!

I love you all! Keep up the great work! I'll write on our investigators next week, I just had so much other stuff to tell you that I ran out of time! Ciao!

Elder Ty Resendez

P.S. Elder Dorantes and Elder Cordova said that my spanish (from 1-10) is a 7, so that was pretty cool. Hopefully it will be a 10 by the time I get home! I never thought I'd be able to say I learned spanish, especially in 6 months...crazy stuff!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Letter from the Mission President

New England Snow Storm All Clear:

As you might know, a major winter snowstorm is upon us in New England. All Missionaries are safe and accounted for, and I will be receiving regular updates on EVERY area of the mission in the next two days from district leaders to zone leaders to my assistants.

We are expecting from 1-2 feet of snow, frigid temperatures, blizzard conditions and some power outages. That’s the bad news. The good news is that New England is known for these conditions, and we feel prepared to deal with this storm. Vermont and Northern New Hampshire will be impacted the least, but the southern part of the mission and coastal areas will experience the brunt of this storm.

As a precaution, I have grounded the entire automobile fleet through Sunday morning with the exception of the western part of our mission and they are to stay within 5 miles of their apartments. Missionaries will largely be in their apartments or doing service projects close thereto.

Thank you for your prayers. We’ll be safe because of your faith and prayers. If conditions worsen I will apprise you, but at this point let this mighty work roll forward come snow, or snow, or snow!

Monday, February 4, 2013

4 February 2013

Aloha!

Man this week was crazy! We had so much happen to us this week. We have worked so hard and seen so many miracles. If I ever knew that this church, doctrine, and work was true, it is now.

This week we were blessed to witness another baptism. This was the son of a family who is making it's way back to the church. His name is Yandel (pronounced Jandell) and he's an awesome kid. His family (the Segura family) are so great! His brother was able to baptize him which was a miracle in itself.

His brother's name is Miurfy and they're all from the DR. Miurfy just moved here a few months ago but his records had not come in yet so we had to look everywhere for them. Then when we finally got them we noticed that his priesthood info was missing. So according to his records, he didn't hold the priesthood. That meant that we had to call up his little branch in the DR and talk with the branch president there to find out his info on his ordination. Finally the day of the baptism we got it all squared away and he was able to baptize his brother.

It was an awesome day for everyone. Miurfy is also looking to serve a mission, in fact he's already 19 but when he moved here they pushed him back a grade in school. So instead of graduating in a couple of months, he still has a whole year ahead of him. Hopefully he can graduate early and get out into the field.

Another cool thing that happened with the Segura family is that Yandel asked me to confirm him. So I got to give him the gift of the Holy Ghost. So twice in seven days I got to confirm someone in Spanish! It was so crazy! I assume I said the important parts right because I only had to do it once.

So the work here is going great! We have two dates set for baptism. Feb 21 with a young girl named Bladys, and DJ for March 31.

We had an awesome miracle with DJ, we told him to study the Book of Mormon with a question in mind and to pray for an answer. So he prayed that he could get work off on Sundays so he could go to church. Then during the week one of the other managers at his work fell of a ladder and broke her legs. So now he has to cover her shifts and now gets every other sunday off! He was so happy about it that he started tearing up and everything. It's kind of funny how it happened, with the lady breaking her legs and everything, but it truly was an answer to his prayers. By getting every other Sunday off DJ can get
baptized, so we are really looking forward to that!

Well, I don't have any lame analogy this week but I do want you all to know that I love you!

Stay sweet and stay classy.

Elder Ty Resendez