Monday, July 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Papi! ..and Dad! .....and Capri!

Oh boy! We're on the birthday rush again. This time of year always surprises me and now we have another birthday to add to it. Capri looks great! She's definitely not as scaly and green as Gemma was so that's a relief.. It sounds like everyone had a great and eventful week!

Our week has been pretty good too, we had transfer calls but nothing came our way. Which means Elder Frutos and I will be together for another 6 weeks, but I'm about 90% certain that I'll be done here after those 6 weeks. I'm treating this next transfer like my last one in manchvegas, because it probably will be. I decided to start praying today that I get sent back to Lawrence for my last two transfers, that'd be a great way to end. We also found out that lawrence and manchester are getting new sets of missionaries. That means that each ward will have 6 missionaries so my chances of finishing in lawrence are pretty good but we'll see what happens.

I can't believe it, this transfer will be the one where practically everyone comes home. Once this transfer is over then I'm the only one left, but you know what they say, the first shall be last the last shall be first, right? This is just the time to put my nose down and work like each day is my last. I've been letting a lot of little things get to me lately but I have realized that I can't do that, I need to focus on what I can do and change and give it my all. It's going to be a fun ending but you all will have to let me get some rest when I get home, I don't think I've had a real good sleep for about 20 months haha. Also, I am not changing any diapers, sorry!

So how are Ric and Stella? And Grandma Cathy? And Patriarch Lewis? I haven't been able to write a letter since Gardiner and it's killing me. There just isn't enough time in a day for everything but I'll be sure to do my best to write at least 1 person today!

The craziest stuff that has happened to us have been things that I probably can't mention on here so you'll have to ask me when I get home. My letters have been kind of boring as of late because of that. Things are happening but this isn't the venue to share them. But we did find 5 new investigators this week! We wrecked our zone! It was good because it was more in a week than we had found in 2 transfers. So we're doing well and moving forward. President and Sister Stoker are doing well, they're adjusting and handling problems as they come. They're great people. Oh ya! We just lost another set of office staff, the Benjamin's who went home to washington. They were so great but their mission finally came to and end. It was weird to help them move out because I had helped them move in a year and a half ago. Really a weird deja vu moment. But now we have the Skidmore's and they are great as well.

That's about it for me, I love you all!

Elder Resendez

Monday, July 22, 2013

22 July 2013

I can't believe that we are halfway through July already! Summer will be gone before I know it... Which wouldn't exactly be a terrible thing considering the triple digit weather we had this past week. I also spent a few days in Lawrence walking around in the heat so I've had my summer fun and I'm looking forward to Autumn.

Well this week our zone did awesome! We talked with 664 people! That's a ton of people and way more than we normally get. Our competition really helped because our zone had more of a finding mindset and as a result, each area found a new investigator. That hasn't happened the entire time we have been here. President should be happy about that because I know we are.

So Jase is back? That's awesome! Is his Spanish super good?? I'm so jealous of everyone who got or gets to learn a language like that. I try so hard to learn Spanish but it just isn't possible without someone to talk to. I get to use it once or twice a week but it's not the same. Maybe I'll just sneak down to Costa Rica for a while so I can pick it up better. I'm also looking for a Portuguese-English dictionary because I want to know how to pronounce the language. I have been reading through the Book of Mormon in Portuguese and I can understand it remarkably well. On a mission you develop some interesting hobbies because there is only so much you can actually do. My hobbies right now are basketball and languages. So we'll see how good I can get in the last 5 months!

This week I also got to see Ralph! He came to church and I got to chill with him the whole time. He's doing well and really wants to do the right thing but the world is pulling him back pretty hard. But we are looking to play some basketball with him today which should be sweet. It was really good to catch up with him and I think he is going to catch a little more fire now.

Well that's the update for this week, I love you all! Make it a great week!

Elder Resendez

Monday, July 15, 2013

15 July 2013

Hey!

I hope everyone is surviving the heat down in Arizona, it has been pretty hot the last few days and this week is just going to get worse. But aside from that things are going well. Our area is still in the same place but we are working our hardest to build it up. We just started a new zone goal and it's geared around weekly finding challenges so it's going to be sweet! This week is the "Talk with Everyone Competition" where we basically talk to as many people as we can. Those who talk to the most people will win a prize! President Stoker is settling in more and more into his role and is getting his feet under him. He's a great man, we just had our interviews on Friday and they went well. Our zone is having some little struggles but we are working with President to smooth them out. It's interesting to work with him because in many cases we know more about the situation than he does but he has inspiration and has given us some great counsel.

It's so crazy to hear about Treyson getting home and a couple others on the final stretch. I have so much time left compared to them, 5 months seems like forever away. Our transfer ends in 2 weeks so we will get to see what changes happen then, I think I'll be leaving which kind of bums me out because I want to leave the area in great condition. So I'm secretly hoping for one more transfer here. I also want to stay here because I get to exchange with the elders in Lawrence each transfer. In fact I will be down there this week and I'm really looking forward to it.

That was probably the lamest letter you'll ever read which can mean only one thing, I need more questions from all of you! Send me an email and ask me to write about something. I love you all! Except you, Leif. You need to write me.

Elder Resendez

Monday, July 8, 2013

8 July 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!
Yes, I got it right this time. The first time I was just testing all of you to see who would fall for it. But this time is the real deal. unfortunately I don't have much time so here we go!
The Stoker's are from Mesa Arizona so I will get to see them plenty after they have finished their missions which is pretty cool. And President told me to come visit him the next time I find myself in Utah. Right now we don't have any baptisms lined up, the work is a bit slow but we are picking it up and working hard. Well that was a really fast 3 minutes, I love you all!
Elder Resendez

Monday, July 1, 2013

1 July 2013

This has really been an eventful week! Two mission calls, a wedding, a new mission president, and tons of great missionary work! It's great to hear about Sydney's call but I think she tried to time it so that she wouldn't have to see me for another 2 years. But it's still great news, does anyone know if she is going straight to the Mexico MTC?

So.....The days of President and Sister Wilkey are officially over. The Stoker's just came in on Wednesday and we helped them settle in to their house on Friday. It's a lot of fun to see the difference between a seasoned mission president and a brand new one. We had a lot of fun catching the Stoker's on their use of the word "guys" instead of saying elders. They are awesome though, Sister Stoker wants to feed the missionaries like crazy and keeps trying to have us over for dinner. She asked us how many times a week we have to make dinner for ourselves and when we said almost every night she was shocked. I guess the missionaries in Arizona get fed every night. Must be nice.. We get fed but we just have to be proactive about setting the appointments up. But anyways! They are awesome and have really jumped into their roles and are doing well.

It's great to hear that Seth is doing better, it must have been watching so many cartoons. I guess T.V. really does melt your brain. Tell him I love him and to write me a letter. Or to have someone write a letter for him.

The pictures of the wedding were great. Hunter looks like a new man, I hardly recognized him! Parker also reminded me of Weston or someone. And yes, Mom, my mouth is watering for some quality Mexican food. I haven't had any for soooooo long. I think I forgot what it tastes like.

Hey! Somebody tell Treyson to man up and write me an email or have him send me some pictures! I haven't seen that kid since he was still a missionary. He's probably engaged by now if all went according to plan. But anyway, Dusti, smack your brother for me.

I love you all, Happy Fourth of July and don't let your dads eat pie!

Elder Ty Resendez