Monday, June 24, 2013

24 June 2013

Hey!

This has been a good week! We have had some intense things happen. Let me know how Seth is doing, it looks like it was a pretty good scare. Also, send me some pics of the weddings and homecomings that are going on, I want to see everyone!

As for my end of the stick, this week was crazy. We had transfers, my new companion is Elder Frutos from Utah. He's Mexican but not really. I'm more Nexican than him haha but he's great. He's a brand new zone leader so I'm training him on that. It's kinda weird because he goes home a transfer before me so he's older in missionary time. But we are working well together.

I think that this is my last transfer in Manchester. I think I'll go be zone leader somewhere else next transfer but it's a little early to be thinking about that. We had some fun this week taking people to the airport to go home and driving some sisters home to Vermont. We've been driving missionaries all over the place, but I love getting to know the other missionaries so that's fun. But I was surprised that President trusted us to drive 4 sisters all the way to Vermont by ourselves. Not that we would do anything crazy but it's just a change that has come due to the surge of sisters. So it was just weird. 

We also had Jason, Prakash, and Chuck's confirmations yesterday which was awesome! Jason really felt the spirit and is pumped! Then we had the broadcast which was GREAT! If you missed it then I ask you to repent and go on to www.lds.org and read everything about the work of salvation. It was a wonderful broadcast, it also sounds like we will be using the internet a lot more in the coming months. Kind of like Elder Freeman (Weston) did in Montana. So many changes are coming in missionary work, I'm super grateful to be where I am right now to help with the surge. I hope that I can continue by teaching at the MTC after I get home, that'd be #1!

Well, things are going well here, we're doing our best and putting our trust in the Lord. Keep us in your prayers but more importantly, pray for your own missionary experiences!

Aloha,
Elder Resendez

Monday, June 17, 2013

Transfer Time Again!

Well this one is going to be very short today but I hope you all had a great father's day!

So word on the street is that Elder Parsons (my comp) is leaving to be a zone leader else where and I am getting a new zone leader who I will train. So I'm staying here which will be exciting and fun. President and Sister Wilkey will also be leaving the 27 so we will be able to see them off and welcome President and Sister Stoker. Pray for them! Being a new mission president and wife is tough stuff! So things are going to get busy and hectic pretty soon but in the meantime we will continue to enjoy the blessings the Lord gives us.

Just yesterday Manchester Ward had it's first triple baptism in many many years! It was awesome because I was able to take part in helping each one of them progress towards baptism. One of them was a man I helped out the last time I was here, his name is Chuck and he's awesome. He and his wife are recent converts, she was baptized almost a year ago.

So things are going well, I'm excited for transfer meeting, I think I know who I'm getting but no one really knows until it's done. We have a lot coming up but I will have to tell you all about it next week. This week we wrote our final letter to President Wilkey so that's why this letter is so short, so you can get mad at him for hogging all of my time. I love you all and I will try to use a different library next week so I can send pictures! Make it a great week!

Elder Resendez

Monday, June 10, 2013

10 June 2013

Hey Familia!

Happy Father's Day Dad! I hope you have a great day! Too bad we don't get to call for this, dads don't get any perks like moms do.

This week has been pretty hectic but good. We had an exchange down in Lawrence that required a good deal of counseling and problem solving but things are looking much better. We also had some bumps in the road with Jason but he passed his interview and will be baptized with two other people this coming Sunday! We are super excited for it and hope the ward catches fire because of it.

Hey, tell everyone in the ward hello for me and that I love them! Somehow I have forgotten so many names, I can see their faces but if you ask me to give a name I can't quite do it. It's crazy that Treyson will be back home in nine days! His mission is on the same transfer cycle as mine so my transfer ends right when his mission ends. In other words, I'm counting down for him! I bet Uncle Rog is stoked to get his little trouble maker back. Let me know all the dates for my other friends so I know when to stop writing letters to them, because if I send them a letter to their mission and they're already home I'll look like a fool. So that would be great thanks!

Things are going well here, I totally messed with a Portuguese lady this Sunday at church. She doesn't know any English but she loves the missionaries and always gives us super hard handshakes. Well this Sunday she was giving us a different handshake and was saying, "Positivo!" Well when she did it to me I said, "Muito obrigado!" Which is thank you very much (it's the only Portuguese I know, thanks Sister Nunez!) And the Portuguese lady freaked out! She got a huge smile and asked if I knew Portuguese but then I laughed and said no. But she was still super excited that someone talked to her in a language she knew. It was pretty cool.

I got a letter from Uncle Ric and Aunt Stella this past week (THANK YOU!) and it sounds like Grandpa's funeral went well. It has been a weird thing for me, knowing about his death didn't hit me as hard as I thought it would. I just felt peace in the knowledge and testimony that I have. Knowing that he is still my grandpa and that I'll see him again is a great thing.

Well Mom, we are not in the old Manch apartment, they actually moved out of it because it was such a dump. But we are on the other side of Manchester in a totally new apartment. Speaking of which, we keep getting love notes on our door. We've gotten two of them and they are totally for my comp Elder Parsons. I always joke to him about them and we have them hanging up in our place. Well actually just one is hanging up because one of the AP's "confiscated" the other one. He was just jealous of our style. So ya that's been pretty funny and has kept us on our toes.

Um as for BYU stuff, send me what I need to fill out and I can do it. Or tell me what I need to think about. I'll be wanting to room with my buddies that are in Utah but I don't know who that will be just yet. I think Thomas and Jake will be there but we'll see. Just let me know!

I love you all! Take care and do something fun, it's summer!

Love,
Elder Resendez

Monday, June 3, 2013

3 June 2013


It's June already!?

Speaking of which, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (to all of the birthdays I missed the last 2 or 3 weeks that I couldn't write home.)

Things in Manchester are great! We are still teaching Jason and he is progressing nicely. His baptism is June 16, right after church and he is stoked about it. We should also be having two other baptisms that day, one is a cool black guy named Chuck who I knew from last year and a Nepalese kid named Prakash. They're all really cool and the ward is going to be so pumped after that. We also just had three new awesome families move in who are excited to be here. So the bishop is just flying around the place with enthusiasm which is rubbing off onto the members. That's been great to see.

Being a Zone Leader is fun, we have a good time with it. I really just like the flexibility and being able to make calls on my own about a lot of things. As a district leader you just do as the zone leaders say but now I get to make some calls which has helped me grow. This past week (or two) we had zone conference and interviews with president. It was our last interview with President Wilkey and it was great! He is definitely going out with a bang, and he's doing it on a personal level. He has really been such an inspiration to me and has helped me so much.

It's so crazy to think that everyone is going home. President and Sister Wilkey are leaving, the office staff are leaving, all my friends go home before me, all the missionaries I know leave before me, I feel like I'm the last one out of the building and it's a really weird feeling. But don't worry, I haven't had a single feeling of trunkiness. If anything I just feel that I need to work harder because the time is getting shorter. So when Fall hits I will be a madman just running around trying to convert everybody haha. But it's been great. It's weird to think that I hit a year and a half this week. Scary huh?

Well, send me some questions or something to talk about. Fill me in on all that's going on at home. And if you've heard of the cds "nearer" and "the lower lights", send them my way ;) (Done!) I love you all! Especially you Mom!

Elder Resendez