Monday, February 23, 2015

Lockwood - February 23, 2015

I'm doing great! We had a pretty cool week and I'm super tired. I've heard from a lot of people that training is the time that you are most tired. It's been fun so far though. My companion's name is Elder Wilder. He's from Portland Oregon and he's 20. He said that he had a lot of medical problems before he came out so it took him a bit. He's a really cool guy though.

Yeah I love teaching the Plan of Salvation because it really helps us to see the vision that God has for us. We don't even realize our full potential but God does.

Haha yeah you guys really need to meet Elder Ek. Someone told me that he's been super busy with everything though so he hasn't really had a whole lot of time but you got to meet him. Yeah he's pretty good at emailing me just about every week so I've been able to keep in contact with him for a while. He still calls me Mijo too.

Broadway 3 is pretty awesome. There are a lot of really good people and our ward mission leader is hilarious. He's down to help out whenever we need him. He always jokes about taking trips to Utah. One time he called us to check up and we didn't answer so when we called back he said, "Solo les llame para ver como estan y pense que fueron a Utah!" We told him that we did and that our families are doing great. He just laughed. Honestly most members are great. It would be awesome to have everyone review Preach My Gospel because then they can know exactly what the missionaries are going to talk about next. There was this one legit hermano and we went into a lesson and he pretty much taught the restoration for us just because he'd been with missionaries so often.

Thanks so much for praying for our investigators! A lot of them are doing really well. We had a great week and we are really trying to help them to come to church. We'll see what happens.

Thanks for being such a great support for me! I'm really lucky to have such an awesome family. I hope that everyone is doing well and have a great week!

Love yall so much!

Elder Ressler

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lockwood - February 16, 2015

This week was a pretty good. Just a little interesting. We're working hard with a family and other investigators. Sadly one of our investigators mothers doesn't want her listening to us. We are working with a lot of new people, one is from Honduras. Speaking of Heart Attacking doors some Hermanas in my district heart attacked ours on Valentine's day. It was pretty funny. I'll make sure to send you a picture.  Everything is going great over here! I decided to save the good news for last. I got the call to be a trainer! I'm pretty excited and I'll let you know what happens. Elder Knudsen will be leaving and I will be staying in Lockwood.

I'm lucky I've never had to stay in because I was sick. Haven't really had too many problems on my mission health wise. It's actually really cold but a couple of days ago was really hot.

Kind of a long story but it turns out that a small but super important piece of my bike frame broke off and so I need a new frame. So here is the plan. I'm going to buy another Elder's bike that is super good and has a really strong back wheel for 100 and then I'm going to transfer the parts of my bike onto a different frame that some Elders found and then sell that to a pawn shop so that I can't get some money off of it. Then when it's time for me to go home I'm going to sell the other Elder's bike and get some money off of that too. Hopefully it works out. I'm pretty sure that this could be the end of my bike problems. I'm going to have a lot of help from some other Elders that know a lot about bikes and it's all going to be just dandy :) Funny thing is that when it broke off I expected to feel really frustrated but I honestly felt at peace. I knew that everything was going to work out just great and that it was for some reason meant to happen.

I feel like I've changed a lot on my mission and if anything it has made me into a much more patient person. Anyways I hope that you had a great week. I've pretty much figured out what is going on with the rest of my mission. I'll be staying in Lockwood for at least 2 more transfers and I'll probably head out after that and then I'll go to my last area. I'm definitely enjoying my mission and I'm so happy with everything that I've learned. I miss yall but I'm super excited to see what else I'm going to learn.


Elder Ressler

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lockwood - February 9, 2015

I've been doing really well. It feels like summer out here. I love being back in the city! Yeah it's been a really nice winter over here too. We're around 80 today and honestly I haven't had to touch my jacket very much so that's nice.

This week was a pretty good week. Right now we're just being patient with some of our investigators. We were able to get to some of the concerns for our investigators. One of them is having a hard time leaving the Catholic Church and another 2 are worried about getting married even though they have several children. Please pray for them.

I'm starting to become one of the older missionaries and it really freaks me out. I'm just trying to do the best that I can with the time I have left.

This week we were trying to find new places to tract in our area and we went all the way to the border which is the border of down town! Yeah it's not the mountains but it is still pretty cool :)

Spanish is good just trying to speak it more.

I haven't had a whole lot of new stuff here to eat lately. I don't know if you have ever had menudo, but it's a type of soup with cow stomach in it. It's pretty hard to eat. I think it's the only meal that I've had a really difficult time with. We've had a lot of yuca which are kind of like potatoes. They are super good. This week I got mole each day for three days. It was super good. I'm trying to make some more Mexican dishes to so it's pretty fun.

Yeah honestly I've come to realize just how important the temple is. It's like a spiritual battery charger. We go to the temple once every few months and every time I come back feeling a lot more focused. I really want to go there more after I've finished with my mission. Probably a couple times in the first week.

I really feel like I've grown a lot on my mission. I feel like I've changed a ton and somehow I'm the same person. I've noticed how before I really missed things like movies and music. Now I still miss them but I don't focus on them very much. Kind of weird. I definitely have enjoyed my time here so far and am so excited for the next 6 months.

It's a little weird to think that sometime you'll be meeting my trainer but I won't think of that too much. It's always a little strange to see missionaries who've gone home and then come back. It's almost like two worlds colliding together.

Ha-ha that's funny to think of dad in there with you at ward council. I bet it was crazy. I feel a little weird at ward councils because it's like 8 missionaries and then all of the ward leadership. Kind of weird to think that we have a ward council too back home.

Thank you guys for being so supportive. I really appreciate it. It's really great to know that y'all are rooting for me and I love you guys and miss you.


Elder Ressler

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lockwood - February 2, 2015

Happy Groundhog Day! This week was a great week! I love being with Elder Knudsen and my district is awesome! It's from Harrisburg to the bayou touching Denver Harbor (yeah so close, but so far). It's a great area. I'm going to be able to get some really good pictures of downtown because our area literally touches it. It's SO pretty! Not exactly mountains, but it's close enough right?

My Spanish is okay. There are a lot of words I don't know but I can carry on a pretty good conversation and understand pretty much everything. I even have picked up some Spanglish, for example: Vamos a parkear la trocka en la parking lot! Pretty silly but as long as you learn how to say it in real life your fine to mess around with it.

Whoa that's weird if you are about to sign me up for classes. Lately I've been having this weird thing about me where I'm a lot more focused as a missionary. I think that it's because I'm getting closer. I'll be hitting my 18th month mark pretty soon and I can't say that I'm a young missionary anymore.

Thanks so much for praying for our investigators. There is one investigator in particular who really wants to learn.

Yeah I'm super happy that my bike is working. There is this Elder who knows a lot about bikes and I'll probably take it to him if I need anything. I really do like riding bikes. I've honestly learned to just laugh when I have problems with my bike. I don't really feel like a lot of the problems we sometimes have as missionaries get to me as much. "Like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty stream," right?

Ha-ha yeah I've never been a big fan of early morning meetings. It's cool though. It's kind of nuts to work with some of the stake leaders around here because I just think to myself, "hey he's like my dad". I can imagine that it's pretty much just like being a missionary, right?

Wow that's pretty nuts about Sister Bradshaw being assigned to Lancaster, PA! Grandma and Grandpa sent me an email. It's weird because I feel like High School was a while ago. I'm getting to the point on my mission that I'm kind of freaking out just because I don't have a whole lot of time left. I'm going to miss my mission a lot when I leave. Right now I'm in Broadway 3 which meets in the same building as Broadway 2 which is where I started out. It's nice to be able to see all of the people there and it brings me back to when I had just started out. It's been great to see how everyone is doing.


Elder Ressler