Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lockwood - May 27, 2015

It's kind of weird because we are both going home super soon but we are able to stabilize each other out so we don't get too trunky. Yeah the way everything is lining up I will be super surprised if I get transferred because we started up a pretty new area (they combined University of Houston and Lockwood to make what I call University of Lockwood) and Elder Danielson goes home at the end of the transfer so they will want to keep me here. I'm pretty sure that I'm in my last area and down to my last two companions.

I know of a couple people flying in with me to SLC (one of them being Elder Woodruff) so that will be cool.

Wow sounds like we are going to have an awesome garden this year. I'm excited to see the tree and I'm SUPER EXCITED about the Habanera plant. We'll have to be careful though. That stuff is super spicy.

We weren't able to email on Monday because of Memorial Day and then yesterday all of the schools and Libraries were closed because of flooding. It didn't really hit our side very bad at all. In fact we didn't even know it was that bad just that there was a lot of water in the ditches but in the South West part of the city it's flooded pretty bad.

Elder Danielson and I are having a great time! He's a super cool guy and we get along great! This last week was a little rough because we had a hard time getting in contact with our investigators. We decided that we needed to tract and so we pretty much spent all of Friday and Saturday tracting. For pretty much the entire time we didn't have any luck but Saturday evening we met this guy who told us to come back on Sunday. When we showed up the next day we taught him a great lesson and the spirit was super strong! We are going to go back soon and I'll let you know what happens.

I can help y'all out a lot when I get back! My advice is to just focus on the basics. Have a waterproof jacket. Eccos have really worked for me. As far as music I've been able to acquire a really good list of approved music so I'll hook him up when he gets home. As for dogs the thing was helpful but if not you just learn some tricks and you'll be fine. As for the bike, I've had problems my whole mission with cheap rims. Right now I have a really nice one that is super strong and I can send it to his mission if he would like it. The bike itself is not the nicest but I can fix it up if he would like to have it too. Don't worry too much. I can help him out later and I'm going to give him my GPS for when he is in a car area. Also our mission is finally getting ipads these next few weeks. We just had a mission wide conference explaining it so I can hook him up with that too. Kind of cool because everything is lining up in my mission so that I can go home and help him out. Trying to figure out how to help him out is keeping me sane too so I guess it's a win win situation.

Love you,

Elder Ressler

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lockwood - May 18, 2015

That's great that you had dinner with my missionary trainer! I love that guy! He really helped me to set the tone for my mission and I was so blessed to be his companion.

Yeah just so you know I have gone crazy over spicy stuff. I can't eat food without it. My favorite kind of pepper is a Habanera. I've eaten one plain before and it was awesome even though I got wrecked.

So about my new companion. On the mission you have a lot of friends that you are around but you never to get to be companions with. There's this one guy who I have always gotten along with really well and we were on exchanges the Friday before transfers and we were talking about how we never got to be companions. Then we got called up and we were super shocked. There was pretty much no chance that I was going to be with him because he had already been in the district and he had gotten a call that he was going to be transferred. Also he is older than me in the mission so we thought that I was going to be put with a younger missionary. He is from Santa Monica. CA and this will be his last transfer. It's been a ton of fun this last week and it's going to be a great transfer! He went to BYU for a year before he went on his mission. He likes a lot of the things that I like and we've always been friends and so it's cool that we get to be companions!

Spiritual impressions can be sometimes really hard to hear but that's why we always have to be in tune with it and then if we are always ready to hear it, we will. I love to go to the temple! It's incredible to be able to go every couple of months.

So our mission president is focusing a lot right now on getting the mindset to baptize. It was good because we had interviews with him a couple of weeks ago and I have a lot of respect for him. In personal study I study a lot for the district but I just try to study for my investigators. What I like doing best in district meetings is to read a chapter in the Book of Mormon and talk about a certain principle. I like that book a lot.


Elder Ressler

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lockwood - May 11, 2015

I loved talking with y'all and I'm so grateful that I have such an awesome family! You guys are going to go crazy because I have a lot of stuff that I want to do in Spanish when I get home so you'll just have to be patient with me!

(Transfers) We kind of had a curve ball thrown at us because we were just about all packed up when we got a call saying that we are staying in the same apartment and the other guys are moving. It's all right though we don't mind too bad. I'll let you know who my new companion is next week!

Yeah I think that it will go by really quick. I am just going to keep going and keep working. That's what will keep me sane I think. Yeah I keep trying to remember that I am still in the middle of my mission. It's helping. I think the only thing that helps is tracting.


Elder Ressler

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lockwood - May 4, 2015

It's going great! This week was awesome! This week is the week that Elder Wilder gets to lead out and he did great!

I'm super excited for Harrison! He's going to be an awesome missionary. I've only got a little while left but it still seems so far away.  My mission means so much to me and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

If we are not careful in even the little things than it will be easier for us to mess up in the big things.

I am super happy that you guys did family council and FHE. I know that it made a huge difference. I really want to do that when I am older and I know that it will make a huge difference in my life and the life of my future family.

Yeah so transfers are coming up on Wednesday and I will be able to talk to you on Sunday and let you know if I'm heading out or not (though I'm pretty sure that I am)

Our investigators are doing pretty well. We are working with this one great family. The mom is a member and her husband is investigating. He seems like he's got a sincere desire.

I'm going to keep this a little short because I know that I'll get to talk to you this weekend! I'll probably be calling in the evening around 7. It'll be great to hear from you guys.

Love ya!

Elder Ressler