Monday, June 29, 2015

Lockwood - June 29, 2015

Yeah it's really interesting to see how we learn from other people by their examples. You figure that out when you're a missionary. It's kind of hard to miss 2 white guys in shirts and ties on bikes. There are a few missionaries that do stupid stuff and people notice it. Lately we've been hearing some stories about missionaries that would do stupid stuff and then put it out on face book. It's pretty lame because they seem like they are just out to have fun. It's no bueno. We have a bigger impact on people than we think.

I love all the pictures you guys have been sending! That's cool you guys went boating! I don't think I've ever seen mom go.

It's always really strange to see different wards. I've seen a lot of differences between the wards I've been in just because everyone has a different feel. Broadway 2 had a really social feel. Galena Park had a lot of really strong members that kept the ward going and it was amazing to see. It gave me an idea of what kind of person I want to be after my mission. Cleveland Spanish Branch was very tight knit. Once they get to know you it's like you're part of the family. There are a lot of older people here in Broadway 3 and the members remind me a lot of the Galena Park ward. There are a lot of really strong members and it's helping to prepare me for after my mission.

That's cool that you got to see so many missionaries. I love being one and I'm going to miss being on my mission when I leave.

This week was great! My new companion is Elder Harker. He's a really hard worker and a great guy. This week we talked to TONS of people! I'm really giving it my all this last transfer. I don't want to get home and feel like I slacked off. We had this great lesson with an investigator who's been listening to missionaries for 3 years. We showed him the Because of Him video and he loved it! The spirit was really strong.

We saw a lot of crazy stuff lately. The first full day of the transfer we saw a dog get run over and it scared me for life. We've met a lot of really funny people though.

Here it has been pretty hot. We've had some rain too so it's really humid. I heard that today is supposed to be 82% humidity.

The work is going well! It's been kind of tough because of all the changes that have been going on but we've got a lot of ideas about what we want to do this transfer and we are going to try and figure this all out.


Elder Ressler

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lockwood - June 22, 2015

This week was great! I learned a ton! We talked a lot about how to baptize and how to work with members. I've got a lot of great ideas for this next transfer.

That's awesome that you guys are have such a great time in Pennsylvania! I love visiting all of the church sites. I definitely feel like what Newel K Whitney said is true. I read a talk this week by a seventy who said that when he was called to be stake president he looked at all of the pictures of the past ones and said that he was not in their league. He told the General Authority that and he expected some reassurance but instead he just said. "You're right you can't do it. But the Lord can". That's totally true.

Yeah Elder Danielson is going home tomorrow!!!!! This has been the fastest transfer yet and I've heard the last is the fastest. I LOVED spending my time with him. We have a list of like 30 movie marathons we want to do when he comes to Utah to go to BYU. I loved being comps with him.

Nah looks like I'll be spending 5 transfers (7 1/2 months) in Lockwood now renamed the University of Lockwood because it was combined with the University of Houston area. Long time but I wanted to stay and finish up here. I'm going to be in the same district with Elder Woodruff and Elder Strong which is funny because we started in the same district and now we're dying in same one (except for Strong...Hopefully it won't be too hard for him) I really wish he could go home with us but I guess the Lord said otherwise.

Love ya,

Elder Ressler

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lockwood - June 15, 2015

I was thinking a lot about Fatherhood and the priesthood side of it. I remember mom saying that one of the reason's she chose you to marry was because you were someone who honored your priesthood. Thanks for always being a great example to me. I loved that talk last General Conference about Fatherhood and the silver dollar. A lot of times we don't see it as a priesthood responsibility. Thanks a ton for everything. All of the lessons that you have taught me and all of the time that you have spent with me. I'm so excited to see you again. I have so much I want to talk to you about. I feel like I've learned a ton about the priesthood and the kind of person that I want to be for the rest of my life. I don't know if you have seen the Mormon message Earthly Father, Heavenly Father but it's my favorite. I've seen a lot of different types of fathers on my mission. Some good some bad. I've seen what happens when we don't live the gospel and so now I really know for sure that I want to live it the rest of my life.

It's hard for us Spanish elders because practically everything in the Hispanic diet is not good for you. I love it though :)

This summer has been HOT! It's fine though :) I'm loving it. You just get to a point where it doesn't matter anymore. We've been drinking a lot of water and you just get used to it. I've been here for a long time so it's whatever.

Have a great week!


Elder Ressler

Monday, June 8, 2015

Lockwood - June 8, 2015

This week was great! We worked super hard and are really tired. It's pretty funny being with all of these other older missionaries because we all seem a little worn out but we are holding on don't worry :) I love being able to be around such great missionaries. I'm a lucky guy.

I went to a leadership meeting on Tuesday and it was strange because I realized I don't know very many people anymore. I went on exchanges with Elder Woodruff on Wednesday and that was cool to catch up with him. I told him that we need to figure it out so that we go on exchanges a couple weeks before we go home. It's pretty cool to be around all of my buddies on the mission. I don't get to see some but I love being with the ones around me right now. I love being with Elder Danielson because we get to keep each other in check. Sometimes I'll catch him just staring off into space (thinking about home) and I get to tease him but also he does the same for me. We have a blast.

On Saturday we were able to paint one of our neighbor's walkways so that was cool.

I'm trying to stay as focused as possible during these last few months. I'm figuring out what I want to work on during the time that I have left. Mostly I just want to help out as many people as I can.

Don't worry I think that I'm fine on everything. Some of the seams on my clothes are falling apart but I'm learning how to sew better and there is a nice lady in the ward who is helping me so I think that I should be fine. If anything I think that everything should last for the last 2 months.

I've really seen a lot of blessings on my mission. It's been awesome and I know that I am where I should be. I've learned a lot about who I am on my mission. I've seen a lot of my strengths and weaknesses (They're pretty easy to find out on the mission). It's been incredible.

One of our investigators is  in Monterrey Mexico but they should be coming back soon and hopefully he gets baptized. These last 8 weeks I've made a lot of goals of how I want my mission to end. I just want to be as prepared for the rest of my life as I can. Everything is up to Heavenly Father but I'm going to do my best to figure out what he wants me to do.

I love the priesthood a lot. I've given a lot of blessings and I've seen a lot of miracles. It's very humbling to give a blessing.

Yeah this mission has been an amazing experience for me. I'm definitely going to remember it for the rest of my life.


Elder Ressler