Monday, August 26, 2013

26 August 2013

Jake's home! I can't believe it's already been two years since I hugged him on his doorstep...

This week was great for us over here. Things are starting to really pick up, we finally had an investigator come to church! She has 5 kids but only brought 4 of them so our headache in finding her a ride was lessened a little bit. She seemed to really enjoy it and we plan on extending a baptismal date to her this week. Oh and her name is Dienna (sounds like Tina but with a "D").

I also went down to Lawrence on exchange which was great, I just love that place. Our zone is still doing awesome, every missionary and every area is contributing to the success which makes us very happy! :D 

This week we moved into our new apartment, yes another new one. Now we live by a couple of members and across the street from a gym, basketball court and our ward mission leader. Our set up is pretty sweet. There are two more weeks left in the transfer so I'm starting to get nervous that I'll be transferred out. Elder Frutos and I play a game where we tell people that each other will be transferred out next transfer. I'm 99.9% certain Elder Frutos will die here (missionary slang that means he will finish his mission and go home) which means I will either stay for 2 more transfers or leave in 2 weeks. But it's a fun game to play because it makes the members start saying how much they are going to miss us. Honestly, we just do it to get free and instant compliments. 

So Mal you did the FAFSA stuff? Sweet! I hope it all works out, I really wish I could take care of this stuff myself but there really is no convenient way for me to do it. Also, I'm going to need a car so if anyone sees a psychadelic 1969 VW Bus kicking around anywhere, feel free to pick it up for me and I'll pay you back. 

And for those of you who want to know, yes it does feel like I'm going home soon. It's tough because you can't completely act like you aren't going home soon but if you act like you are going home then everyone thinks you're trunky. So I just keep comments about home to myself and work as hard as I can. I believe Justin Bieber sings a song about making memories, that's pretty much my mentality when it comes to the remaining 4 months. 

I hope you all have a great week, say hi to Thomas and Leif for me! I miss all of you but I'll see you all soon!

Love, Elder Resendez

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAL!!!!

Week 1 is in the books! This has been a crazy and awesome week! We opened up two new areas in our zone, Manchester 3 and Lawrence 3. We could be opening up another one next transfer too, we'll see. But the problem is that we have all of these missionaries but no apartments to put them in so the manch3 elders have been staying with us and the law3 elders have been here in manchester walking around all day just talking to people. We're in a weird limbo time but our zone still killed it in our standards. We hit 3 of our 4 zone standards of excellence in just the first week. Things are really looking up for us. 

In our ward yesterday we had 9 missionaries! We also had about 7 investigators as well so it was a mad house! It felt like there weren't any other regular members. We had a bunch of Nepali people there and they loved it. Speaking of which, I got in contact with Indra again! She was the cool Nepalese lady from about a year and a half ago. She told us we could come back so I'm pumped for that! We also had Ralph at church again, he's a great guy and my hope is to see him be baptized in the near future. 

Yesterday I also had the privilege of standing in the circle to give the Aaronic Priesthood to Chuck, the black guy that was baptized a month ago. I knew him from my first stint here and being able to give him the authority of God which had been lost for so long was such an honor. I'm so happy to see how the gospel has changed him and his wife. They're still the most outrageous people I know, but I love them. 

I love you all, make it a great week! 

Elder Resendez

Monday, August 19, 2013

19 August 2013

August is already half way over....Where has the time gone?? Well, we had zone conference this week (President Stoker's first one too) and it was great. We were anxious to see how it would compare to a President Wilkey zone conference and it was different. 100% different. But good! President Stoker had a lot of things he wanted to make clear- like policies, and he also implemented different things such as a mission vision. The vision of our mission is to help every member have significant missionary experiences. Now a lot of our work is centered around working with the members and helping them share the gospel and becoming comfortable with it.
Sadly, I didn't eat any cockroaches this week but we are eating at a roach coach today for lunch so my chances are looking good. This week Elder Frutos and I have a goal to develop our "Man Skills". These include a good number of skills so we will make sure to document all of our undertakings and show you next week!
I'm not sure if I told you already but the week before last I went on exchange to Lawrence and attended a wedding at the church. Well, this week the same thing happened here in Manchester, we got to help out with a wedding for the daughter of our relief society president. It was a great time for everybody, I'm pretty sure Elder Frutos cried 2 or 3 times. He gets pretty emotional sometimes. But anyway, last night I found out that my boy Julio from Lawrence just got engaged! He has been dating a girl for a while and she has been investigating the church. It turns out that she also has a baptismal date and her baptism and wedding are set for next month! So keep your fingers crossed that I get sent back down to Lawrence to finish up, it'd be great!
I hear Jake is home...Let's see some pictures of that gringo! 

I love you all and hope you have a great week. Make a missionary's day and buy him a slurpee! (unless he's from utah, then you can let him suffer)
Elder Resendez

Monday, August 12, 2013

12 August 2013

Howzit!
I can't believe the twins are already back! Jake, Leif and Thomas are next! Do the Twins have a funny accent? When are they going up to school? Send me some deats!
But anyways! My life was good this week. We had a mission leadership council on Tuesday which meant that the AP's and us had to drive all over the mission picking up zone leaders and sister training leaders. It  was pretty fun though. I got to drive moose for 3 and a half hours all up in vermont. We had tons of fun with the assistants driving for such a long time and hanging out. We ended up crashing at their apartment Tuesday night after all of it was over because we got home at 1230 at night. The next thing we knew President Stoker was calling one of the assistants at 730 in the morning and we were all still asleep! Don't tell him I told you that we slept in but there was no way we were going to hear the alarm at 630.
On Tuesday morning we all got ready super quick and went to IHOP for breakfast since the AP's didn't have any food in their apartment. It was a great time until we moved the syrup holders on our table and a cockroach runs out from underneath! A worker there saw it on our table and came over to kill it but cussed super loudly in the process. We all thought it was pretty funny and didn't really mind. They apologized profusely which was nice but we didn't care about a tiny little bug. But then one elder got his meal and as he started to eat it he noticed something in his eggs. He reaches down and pulls out a cockroach leg from his eggs! So at this point we were all pretty grossed out but finished our meals and showed the waitress the leg. She was super embarassed and gave us the meal for free! So we had a pretty sweet and funny beginning to our day. The moral of the story is: if you are low on cash, pray to find a cockroach in your food!
I gotta go but I love you all and miss you! But don't get trunky on me! I hate trunky missionaries haha. Love you!

Elder Resendez