Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Letter from President Wilkey

A note from Ty's Mission President after his mom sent a picture of his recently deceased grandfather:

Thank you Sister Resendez for this picture AND for this son. I will share it with him. I cannot begin to express my deep love for this young man. Because of that difficult start he had, I bonded with him from that first moment we met and felt very protective of this special soul. I truly love him. You will be stunned by the depth of his soul when he returns home. Thank you for sharing this precious two year "loan". He leaves fingerprints on people's hearts wherever he goes, including this very grateful mission president! We have come to love you as well through this valiant latter-day warrior.

God bless you!
President Wilkey

Monday, May 13, 2013

13 May 2013

Aloha!

So much has changed this past week I don't even know where to start. I'm in a new area, new zone, new comp, new phone, new car, no investigators, my comp and I are new zone leaders so we don't know what we're doing, and I'm the "senior" zone leader (or zone leader 1 as we say) so I have even more responsibility but I'm doing great! I'm back in Manchvegas!!!! Except this time I'm on the north end of the city so I'm where all the nicer houses are. We just opened this area up again so we're starting fresh. We also just opened up the new Manchester Zone which has two districts and 18 missionaries in total. The districts are manchester and methuen which is awesome because lawrence is in the methuen district so I get to go on exchange there! Then in the manchester district we have 4 companionships- the Assistants, the zone leaders (us), the district leader, and two sisters. So we have a power district over here and it's great!

Being a Zone Leader is tons of fun, we get to work with a larger group of missionaries to help them become more effective and efficient in their missionary work. There is so much that goes into it but the biggest one is to just love them and show them that we care about their success more than our own. Then they will trust us and appreciate the correction we give. I love being a zone leader because it also means that I'm not a district leader anymore haha. So I don't have to prepare a lesson for the district each week and I can actually study for my investigators. I have felt the power in doing that this past week and it's amazing! A lot of times I just want to study for myself and study stuff that's cool but when I study the things that matter, it goes a long way. I've had some of the most spiritual lessons in my entire mission the past 2 weeks. Things are picking up and moving faster each day. I haven't even hit 18 months but I feel like I'm rounding the bend so I'm doing my best to sprint through the finish.

I imagine that it was pretty funny to see my face at transfer meeting this past tuesday when they called me to serve as Zone Leader 1 (President left that little piece of info out when he called me saturday night) I was not expecting it at all. I had joked that I would open up the new zone but I didn't actually expect it to happen. Especially in the way that it did happen. But I'm glad and I love it a lot. I'm just hoping that I have a positive influence on the missionaries I serve because that's all that really matters to me right now.

It was great talking to everyone yesterday, I didn't have very much time but I loved it all the same. It sounds like things are going well. Oh by the way my address is the mission office now. So send everything to that address. It's 2 Bedford Farms Dr. Ste. 208 Bedford, NH 03110. Oh hey! Guess what I get to do this week! I get to get certified as a 15 passenger van driver. Our mission has a big van and trailer they use for zone conference and stuff and I get to learn how to drive it. It's called "Moose" and it's a thing of beauty. I'll take a pic of it this week. Oh and I have some sweet pics from transfer meeting coming in next week, I'm already a grandfather....

Well, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!! To all of the wonderful women that have helped me in life, you're the best! I wish you all the best!

Love,
Elder Resendez

Monday, May 6, 2013

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Hey Everyone!

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNT STELLA!!! I hope you have a tremendous day because you and Uncle Ric have done so much for me over the years. So you deserve it.

Secondly, we got our transfer calls this past week and.............I'm leaving! I went two and out and left Elder Davis to stay. He is going to become a trainer so he's excited and nervous about that. But he'll do great! Transfer meeting is tomorrow so I'll see what happens there and where I go.

Oh and I'm now a zone leader so....I'm a big boss now. In fact, you might say that I'm pretty much a big deal. I'm just playing, but in all seriousness becoming a zone leader will be a fun and new experience. A lot more responsibility is headed my way! I'm pumped to start being a zone leader and contributing even more to the work here in the NHMM. I'm hoping and praying that they send me to Methuen Massachusetts. It's a new zone and it will have Manchester, Lawrence, and all of the Massachusetts areas which would be sick! I'm not good in rural areas, I need cities. So now instead of being in charge of 6-8 missionaries, I will be responsible for 20 or so. It's a bit of a jump but I'm looking forward to it so badly! I will let you know more about my new area and comp on Sunday when I call home!

Speaking of calling home, I don't know what time I'll call. It will probably be around dinner time our time so make like Scar and "be prepared!" I only have 60 minutes to make all of my calls so keep that in mind when I tell you I have to hang up. I'm not being mean, I'm being an example haha.

The work here has really exploded! We have four baptismal dates right now and they all fall in the next transfer. I'm looking forward to hearing about them all since I won't be here. We also have two on the way, they just need to start coming to church but once they do they will be solid! I've decided that President lets me stay in an area until we get an increase in numbers and then he takes me out right when it gets good. He just makes me look amazing because he removes me from the area before the numbers drop down to normal, so thanks Prez! I'm like the college coach who does well at a school for a couple of years and then leaves for no reason. I just bounce around all over the place. But this area is great, I love it! But Lawrence still has my heart.

Yesterday Bill and Betty Esterline, the greatest couple in Gardiner and possibly the world, made me a goodbye cake! They had us over for dinner and we had steak and all this good stuff. They are so funny, spending time with them is great. So they made me cake and gave me a card wishing me luck. It was an awesome thing, so make sure you show some love to the missionaries where you are. It really goes a long way. Yes Mom, the card was COVERED in glitter, I had to keep it.

Well, things are going great over here. I get to see my father's dying testimony tomorrow at transfer meeting. (Elder Smith is considered Elder Resendez' "father", because he trained him. Missionaries joke that going home is like dying. So his dying testimony is the last testimony he shares before he goes home.) He better not cry. I'll be so embarrassed if he cries... I love you all and wish you the best! READ YOUR SCRIPTURES!

Love,
Elder Ty Resendez