Friday, August 26, 2016

Week 39

August 22, 2016

hello from Littleton, fam!! 

this week has gone by so fast! sister Paongo (pongo) and I are busy trying to figure out the area and meeting all the people! 

so Tuesdays were transfers, and when you're going back metro, they picked us up in Grand Junction, and we stop in Rifle to pick up more missionaries to take them metro too. In Rifle, we all spilt two to a car to drive some older cars metro to be replaced, and GUESS WHO WAS MY CAR BUDDY??? SISTER DAVIES!!!! tender mercy times one million. so we got the 4 hour car ride to catch up and talk, and it was SO fun. and even better, she is in my zone! so I get to see her lots still. 

This week has been lots of meeting with different members of the auxiliaries and trying to meet the people that were being taught. we made some appointments, and all but one fell through. its all good though!! next week we are set up for an awesome week. 

the members here are SO AWESOME!! we got to go to the High Priest social to meet more members, and they are all so welcoming and friendly, I can tell I will love it here. 

hope you all have an awesome week!!! love you!! 


sis paongo and I

Week 38

August 15, 2016

Hello family!!

we're super busy today so i dont have lots of time to email, but we got transfer news on saturday! and guess what, im getting transferred! im going to Littleton (Denver area) to the Cornerstone Park ward, and will be white washing with sister Paongo! (we both will be new to the area). I'm so excited to serve with another Tongan!! sister Paongo and i would go on exchanges when i was in junction so we're friends and im excited.

i leave tomorrow and will have a lot more to say next week!!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Week 37

August 8, 2016 

too lazy to write a weekly email, so heres my week in pictures!!  

1: it rained!!!!!!!!!!!
2: Olathe Sweet Corn Festival- we helped our ward pick up trash, and everyone gets unlimited sweet corn
3: Last District picture!
4: Ghetto bus stop sign in Olathe
5: Corn fest is basically the Harvest Festival  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Week 36

HI family!!!

Do you remember what we were doing one year ago today? opening my mission call!!! crazy!! i cant say the time has flown by, but its so cool to think a year ago i found out i would be serving in this mission!
SHARIL AND HER BOYS GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!! the baptism was so amazing, i am so grateful for the opportunity i had to teach them, and know i needed to be in this area so they could help me and impact my life.

sorry for another short email but ill attach picture and thatll make up for the lack of words

love you!!!

Sister Richards

Week 35

Hello fam 

so i dont have a lot of time to email this week, but all you need to know about my week is that i saw a skunk family and it was the cutest thing ive ever seen in my whole entire life. 

i love you all and hope you see a skunk family!! 

sister Richards 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Week 34


this week sister Ytac had a bad stomach bug, so not tons happened. but we still saw some AMAZING miracles!! we are teaching a woman named Sharil, and her two boys. they love the gospel and love the ward and want to be baptized, but needed permission from the boys father before we could move forward. there is a lot of background story, but Sharil was worried he wouldn't give permission. the boys saw him on Friday and sister Ytac and i fasted that his heart would be softened and he would allow the boys to get baptized. well.. HE SAID YES!! so they are being baptized July 30th and we are SO happy for them!!!

Yesterday we met President and Sister Gifford! They are so sweet and i am so excited to get to spend more time around them in the future. they are gong around the mission meeting all the missionaries, so we didn't get a whole lot of time with them. i love them already though!

I hope you all have an AWESOME week!! i love you!!

sister Richards 

a member owns the movie theater in town and gave us free popcorn! 

sister Ytac and I

our district minus Elder Rich

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Week 33

hello family! greetings from Delta, CO!

its very different here, but im getting used to it!

Fourth of July was super fun, we went to the Relief Society presidents house for their party, and since we had to be home by 9:30 they sent us home with sparklers so we got to take some classic sparkler pictures

It was SO hard to say goodbye to sister Davies, it felt like i was leaving my family all over again! i love her and know we will be VERY good friends after our missions. but now i have sister Ytac!! she is so dang cute. she is from California, and is about 10 months into her mission. The area we cover is huuuuuuuuuuuuge. like 6 times bigger than my last two areas. its crazy!! the ward is super sweet though.

i wish i could tell you about the people we're teaching!! im still trying to learn names and faces and im a little lost. but im getting there!! i know i just need a few weeks and this place will feel like home.

We cover some of Delta, some of Montrose, and Olathe. so i'll attach pictures and you can get an idea of where im living

Hope you all have a good week!! love you!!!


Last free sonic and they gave us cool shark glasses 

CTR, kids 

classic heart, duh 

goodbye house :'(

Saying goodbye :(

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Week 32

hello family!!


SO we got transfer calls and i am leaving Grand Junction!! I'm going to Delta, Colorado. from what I've heard, its a small farming town, that will be super fun! im sooo soo sad to be leaving the Fruitvale ward, and Sister Davies and all the people we teach. this area has taught me how to truly love all those we are teaching and it makes me so sad to have to leave them. but i know the Lord has good things in store for me in Delta! i just have to have a good attitude and faith and everything will be okay!

This week sister Davies was (and still is) sick, so she was down and out a lot of the week. we were able to see our recent convert Bret, and go to lunch with him and his daughter! he is doing so well, and loves this gospel so much. he also made us some of his famous cheddar bacon cornbread sooooo that was sweet.

We saw Jessie twice, she is working so much and her phone broke so she is a little hard to get a hold of! but she is amazing and will be one of the hardest people to leave. i love her so much! teaching her and seeing the light she has has taught me so much. I cant wait to see her continue to grow and progress in the gospel!

Thats about all i have to report. i hope dad had an awesome birthday!! i ate stuffed crust pizza at the Harvey's so celebrate :-) I love you all and hope you are having an awesome summer!! be safe tonight!!! Catch ya in Delta!

Sister Richards 

adorable Jessie with the book Sister Davies mom and sister sent

Elder Zimmerman made us "bashing" swords (its like "larping" but you actually hit each other :-)

one last mirror selfie for old times sake 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 31

Hello family!! this week was so good!!!

Not tons happened with our investigators, except that Jessie got baptized!! she was baptized on saturday and confimed on sunday. she is the most beautiful person, i am so blessed to have been able to teach her. the spirit was so strong at her baptismal service. she is so cute, she wanted us to go with her in the dressing room and stand on the side when she was getting baptized. when she came out of the water, we gave her her towel and she just held her face and cried. it was such an amazing moment i am so grateful i was able to experience.

this week we are going to focus a lot on finding because our teaching pool is getting smaller!! which will be an adventure in the heat.

i hope you have an awesome week!! can you beleive its July this week? thats weird.

love you!! 

filling the font selfie 


i was changing and realized "hey this looks artsy" and took a picture


Monday, June 20, 2016

Week 30

hello family! this week was so crazy, it feels like it flew by but also took forever? weird. i don't know. but good news!! Bret Seligman got baptized on Saturday!

Monday: well monday was kinda a rough day. we had appointments at 6 and 7 with investigators and they both canceled, and we got a call from Pam and she told us she smoked... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! So she is no longer being baptized on Saturday :( and it started POURING when we were out tracting. hahahah it was a rough one. but don't worry, we got a tub of butter pecan ice cream and all was well :-)

Tuesday: Tuesday was another crazy day. we had set appointments at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8! its awesome being so busy but holy cow it's stressful!! three of them ended up falling through, but we were able to teach Kathy, who has tried to drop us a few times but she is still trying to figure out if what we're teaching is true! she came to church on sunday and is going to fast today! shes awesome. our appointment with Raymond fell though :/ We haven't been able to get a hold of him this week, which has been sad! he was so excited to learn more. hopefully he will get back to us. We also got a text from Jessie that she had smoked :( but we called president and he wanted to meet with her on Wednesday night, more on how that went later. Our 8pm lesson was with a member and she was helping at the church for mutual sewing stuff for trek, so we went and helped with that! when we walked in, it was like a movie, a girl yelled "MISSIONARIES!!" and a swaaarm of girls ran over and hugged us it was the cutest thing of my entire life. i love this ward and all the sweet people in it!!

Wednesday: so a fun thing we've started doing is running at a park near our house with our investigator Jessie In the morning! gives us motivation to actually get out of bed 30 ,minutes early and get over there, so everyone is benefitting greatly. its so fun! We had interviews with president on wednesday, and it was our last interview before the new mission president comes! i love getting to sit and talk with him one on one and get advice on how to be a better missionary. and when sister Davies was in her interview, i got so sit and talk with Sister Murdock which i LOVE doing. she has helped me so much on my mission and i will miss her a lot! i love that lady. Then we had dinner at the Harveys, who are my fave old couple in the ward. (there's lots) SIster Harvey is already stressed about transfers and says shes going to hide us under her bed and my parents can just come visit me... so, sorry mom. sister harvey claimed me. then we met with President and Jessie! and GUESS WHAT. he cleared her to be baptized on the 25th!!! yay!!!!!! so she is getting baptized this saturday, she is SO amazing i am so happy for her.
and our neighbors had a party Wednesday night too :) .............. WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ON A WEDNESDAY.

Thursday: thursday was finally a less hectic day. we taught Bret and Pam and thats about all the exciting stuff

Friday: we had weekly planning and a few lessons, and our last lesson with Bret before his baptism!

Saturday: Baptism day!! FINALLY. we got to the stake center early and made brownies and filled the font, and it was awesome. the spirit was so strong, and lots of ward members came and supported him.

life is good here!!!! life is also hot. but good. i can do this.


making brownies 

when we locked ourselves out of our apartment :-)

Pres and Sis Murdock 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 29

disclaimer, this is going to be the longest email ever because this was definitely the craziest week of my mission!!

Monday: remember the man in our ward that had surgery and was working in his yard like two weeks later? Brother Daniels is his name, and we've gone and helped him some more the last couple weeks, he is just the cutest old man ever. but he called us on monday and said he had some strawberries for us! he left a message and it said "hi sisters, i just called to see if you wanted some strawberries...... bye" He is so presh. but we stopped by his house and he had three carton of strawberries, one for his son, one for someone else, and one for us! so i think we're officially friends.

Tuesday: so Tuesday is when the insanity began. we had a zone meeting in the morning, which was really good. they talked a lot about preparing for the new mission president. its so crazy the Murdocks are leaving so soon!! then we had a lesson at 2, 3, 4, dinner at 5, lesson at 6, 7, and 8. CRAZY. Four of them ended up canceling, but it was crazy. we were tracting in a trailer park, and we walked by a man working on his car, and asked if he'd help us with our survey, he said he was almost done and to come back in a few minutes. so we kept going, and came back a few minutes later, still not done and told us to come back! so we tried again a few minutes later! and eventually he talked to us! his name is Raymond and his wife died two weeks ago. he was so excited to learn more and we scheduled an appointment to go back on Friday! more on him later

Wednesday: I was in Fruita on an exchange with sister Paongo! and oh boy do i have a satory for you. we were in a trailer park for an 8pm member lesson, and we got there a little early. i had to go to the bathroom, so we walked to a members house to use their bathroom! when we got to their gate, we heard a boy yelling, and a dog barking and a bird chirping like crazy! i thought, well this is going to be interesting, and ohhhh it was! we walked in and there was a baby bird on the ground, and the dog was freaking out wanting to kill it, and the little boy WITH A HUGE ROCK IN HIS HAND READY TO THROW AT THE BABY BIRD. TO KILL IT. it was crazy. we were both like " no no no what are you doing??" "my dog got it, im just going to kill it (way too innocently) so sister paongo picked it up and saved it. it was a little baby! it kept holding its mouth open for food, it was so cute. it reminded me of all the stories dad has told about birds. anyways, long story short, we gave the bird to an investigators son who wanted it.... missions are awesome
     Well, meanwhile in Fruitvale! Pam, our investigator that couldn't stop smoking and did not want to set a baptismal date??? well, we committed her to pray and fast about a date and she DID. and guess what that date is? JUNE 25th!! so yeah. THINGS ARE GOOD.

Thursday: We have an investigator Bret, who is totally committed to the gospel, knows its true, but has a problem with tithing. he as significant debt, so he didnt think it was possible for him! we met with Bret, and the second counselor in the mission presidency, President Atkinson, and we talked about tithing. president Atkinson gave him council on how he can pay in his situation and how tithing it paid with our hearts. Then pres. atkinson asked if there was anything else that would keep him from being baptized, and Bret said, well no thats about it! pressident ased him "well, if thats all that is in your way, do you want to be bapized this weekend?"
bret said uhh yeah that should work!!
then we settled on the 18th so our bishop could announce it yesterday. SO YEAH. BRET SELIGMAN IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY. we were so excited!!!
Then we met with Marie, who is amazing, she is having some issues with the Word of Wisdom, not necessarily living it, but she doesn't like the hypocrisy she sees in the church :/ she is wonderful and still wants to learn and has good feelings about what we've taught so far! her and her husband bobby are so kind and they are so fun to teach! she asks the best questions and is so willing to change.

Friday: Friday was a good day! we taught Jessie, who is also solid for the 25th! in order to get baptized you need to live the word of wisdom for two weeks. so saturday was the day she needed to start living it! and when we saw her we said, "well Jessie, tomorrows the day!" what day? she said, ive been living it since Sunday when i fasted?
of course you have Jessie. she is the best.
We also taught Raymond! He told us that the day we met him, he prayed and asked his wife to show him a sign of what to do and where to go, and then we showed up! that is the coolest feeling in the world. i've learned a lot about listening to the spirit on my mission. before my mission i thought i would always hear a voice when i needed to go somewhere, or feel an overwhelming feeling, but thats not how it comes. the Spirit speaks to us quietly ans simply and often just feels like our own thoughts! im so grateful we were in that area at the time of day that he was outside working on his car and i know it was the Lord guiding us to help him!

Saturday: finally our first not packed day of the week! we were exhausted. we did service in the morning, and taught jessie again! we also had the works yummiest ribs, but thats besides the point.

and yesterday was a beautiful, hot, Sabbath day! it is getting soooo hot here we are dying. but all is well!! i am excited to start a new week! this week was so good, and because there is an adversary, there were also some lows. but why the heck talk about those- the good is much more fun.

school gets out this week right?? so exciting!!!

also tomorrow is Flag day!!!!! what a special day!!!!!! It's Nates favorite holiday

hope you all have an awesome week!!

Sister Richards 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 28

hola familia

our planners this transfer are Spanish planners so i find myself using more spanglish than usual


HOW ARE YOU? this week was good, not as killer as the other weeks, but still awesome.


Tuesday- tuesday was MLC's (mission leadership council) so sister Davies was in Vail and Sister Paongo came here! i was super nervous because its been awhile since i took over the area for the day! and we were teaching three lessons, and one lesson we were dropping her :/ so i was SUPER scared, but of COURSE IT WAS FINE. i always overthink things and then they dont ever end up being as bad as i think it will be! and i prayed a whole lot, so of course Heavenly Father and the Spirit really helped that day!

Wednesday- we taught our investigators Pam, Jessie, and Marie. who are probably our most progressing investigators. Pam is trying to quit smoking completely, and os really hesitant to set a baptismal date. her testimony of the gospel and especially of the Book of Mormon is SO strong, she is amazing!! we committed her to pray and fast about a baptismal date and to let us know when we see her next (tomorrow) when she thinks the Lord wants her to be baptized. we're really hoping for the 18th!! we'll see! Jessie is amazing, her dad passed away a week or two ago, and she is so ready to be baptized, she has been prepared for a long time. we LOVE teaching her, she is like a sponge! and Marie is ALSO AMAZING. we're blessed here in Fruitvale, can you tell? Marie is married to a less active member, and we're trying to get them both prepared for the 25th, so he can baptize her! which will be so cool. we teach her in her mother in laws home and they are so much fun, and Marie asks the best questions.

Thursday- alright, thursday not much happened but i have a hilarious story for you. so our district is me and sister davies, elder chase (district leader) and his companion elder zimmerman, and elder capps and bergeron. i was asked to say the closing prayer, and we kneel when we say the closing prayer at meetings, so i got up to the front, and knelt down. i watched everyone to make sure they were ready and i see elder zimmerman kneel down, and then continue to lay down until he was flat on his stomach with his hands folded in front of his head. I WAS ABOUT TO DIE LAUGHING. but i cant laugh during the prayer, thats evil! so i had to say a VERY frantic pre-prayer prayer to help me not laugh through the prayer. IT WORKED- PRAYER IS REAL PEOPLE. and after, i told sister davies what happened and we laughed and laughed. oh missions, they're so fun.

Friday- We taught Marie again, and after the lesson she said "okay, this might be inappropriate to ask, but ive been thinking about it a lot" we're sitting there worried about what shes about to say! and she says, "what are your first names??? because i've named you in my head, and im so curious what your names actually are!" hahahahaha so she told us she (in her head) named me Rachel, and sister Davies Sarah. So funny! i love marie so much. and i got a letter from dad on friday!!! it was kinda a rough day, so it was much needed. thanks dad!!

Saturday- so saturday was AWESOME. i was on am exchange with sister Harshaw in Fruita, and GUESS WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN FRUITA ON SATURDAY?! oh, just mike the headless chicken festival! have you heard of that chicken? he lived 18 months without a head, and he lived in Fruita, Colorado. so naturally, the only true way to honor him was a festival every year. it was sooo awesome. i got a t-shirt, cause how could i not. i'll send a picture. we also did service for a woman that needed help picking strawberries and pulling weeds, and she let us keep the strawberries!!! it was so fun, sister arshaw is awesome, so it was a super fun day. (we also taught lessons, don't you worry)

Sunday- yesterday was fast and testimony meeting, and the youth went to girls camp this past week so all but one of the testimonies were girls in the ward. it was so sweet! i cant wait for Abby to go to girls camp this summer! my favorite moment though, a girl got up, and she has some mental challenges, so she is just so cute and sweet (this is the girl we made a trek skirt for). the theme of girls camp was super heros, and our wards hero was captain america, and so she was talking about camp, and got a little side tracked talking about captain america, it was SO good. she said "we found out he was under the ice for 75 years! ... sometimes, that's hard for me to believe. ... but, he truly was the first avenger."

i love our ward

anyways, that's about all i got for this week, it is SO HOT. and not even whimpy hot, like high 90's. i'm dying. but tis great. i love you all!!! have a great week!!!! its the last week of school?? probz. have a great last week of school!!!

Sister Richards

Week 27

May 30, 2016

Maddie didn't do a weekly email this week, but here are some recent pictures! 

"Shave ice, and a dog we saved!! it was running in the road and we captured it and called the owner"

Happy 6 Months on a Mission!

Maddie dropped the box :)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Week 26

May 23, 2016


oh happy day. she is SUCH an amazing missionary, I'm learning so much from her and i cant wait to keep serving with her! also, she is hilarious and SO fun. 

so this week, i was feeling a little under the weather, so not much happened the first part of the week. 

on Tuesday i slept a lot of the day, but the elders brought us some canned chicken noodle soup and some chicken broth hahahah s'cute

Wednesday i hit SIX MONTHS!!! A REAL MILESTONE!!! i cant believe its been 6 months, half of me feels like it has been 5 years, half of me feels like its been a week. time on a mission is weird. and thanks mom for the cupcakes!! that was SO fun to come home to!! 

Thursday we had our last district meeting! Our district leader, Elder Bang, is going home so we just HAD to take the classic funeral picture, incase you're confused by that's picture hahaha 

Friday was weekly planning, which is always a rough time hahaha our investigator Josh was quitting coffee that morning so we fasted breakfast and lunch and that just added to the pain of weekly planning, it was so funny. 

Saturday we were feeling REAL good. we had two lessons that fell through, and we realized half way through the day that we forgot our area book (with all the addresses and stuff. muy importante) and we pulled up to our apartment and our neighbors were moving! so DUH we offered to help and they actually let us!! so we ran inside and threw on some pants (literally the best moment of any week- the moment i can wear pants) and packed boxes and carried them into the truck! and GUESS. WHAT. (sidenote- it was a couple, Jasmine and Spence, and Jasmine's parents were there helping) jasmine and her parents are members! inactive, but MEMBERS! it was so funny. they were so sweet, it made us sad we hadn't gotten to know them earlier! and the best part- Jasmine was cleaning out her fridge and freezer and gave us a TON of food!!! BLESS HER HEART. so saturday night we had hamburgers and fries, and sunday for lunch we had a pasta alfredo thing. we're livin large over here in GJ. 

Sunday was amaaazzzziiiiinnnngggggg. because we were down and out a lot of the week, we had lots of time to make up! so we had church, and then lunch and went tracting! and it was SO good. tracting is not my favorite thing in the entire world, but yesterday was so good. we drove onto the street we were going to tract, and decided to start on the end closest to the main road, and met a nice lady named Lynda! she wasn't interested in our message, but said we could come do service on wednesday! so we're pumped about that. Then we met Rogelio, and he was a lil shy and didnt want to set a time for us to come back, BUT he took a book of mormon and said he and his brother would read it. and THEN we were supposed to leave, because we had chosen another street to tract on at 3, but we both felt like we should stay. So we went to a house that was having a garage sale inside (genius, btdubbs) and met Sandy! and you wanna know what SHE asked US for?! a book of mormon! oh man. she is so prepared. we have an appoitment on Wednesday to see her too! then we met Robert, a very interesting fellow, and are seeing him Tuesday. SO MANY MIRACLES 

and then guess what. so our dinner never called us back to confirm, so we thought we would just stop by incase she was planning on it and hadn't checked her phone. we got there and she had forgotten (which was all good, we weren't hungry at all) but said we could sit down and visit. and guess who walked in? oh, just her nonmember roommate Christine! who we gave a book of mormon and set a time tomorrow to see her :-) 

so good 

we're focusing a lot on praying to be lead to people and to have them be lead to us, and it is working!! we got two calls this week of people that want to meet with missionaries.... that NEVER happens!!! 

life is so good 

i hope you all have a GREAT week and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABBY!!!!! 

love yall 

sister richards 

Week 25

May 16, 2016

hola familia! 

so this week FLEW by! I'm loving Grand Junction so much and love sister Davies and the ward and my life is good, reeally good 
Wednesday we had our zone conference and it was SOOOO good!!! the trainings were amazing and just what i needed to hear. Sister Davies and i did a special musical number (yeah, scary) AND helped president with a role play on inviting people to church. it was stressful but i think it went well! neither of us remember what we said so that means it was the spirit, so holla. oh, and we won cleanest car :-) 

On saturday, President Murdock met with our investigator Pam, who is AMAZING. she is working so hard to quit smoking and loves the book of mormon. she is living with a man, more as a roommate so we asked president to interview her so he could discern the situation and he says she is okay to be baptized!! now we just have to help her quit smoking and she is golden. i love her SO much

We had stake conference this week and president and sister Murdock spoke! i love them so much. and they are leaving so soon!! its so weird!!! next transfer they leave. 


thats about all the major things that happened this week. we get transfer calls on saturday and i am praying my lil heart out that sister davies and i stay together!! i'll let you know next week!! 

love you guys!! 

ps, i will hit 6 months on wednesday!!! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Week 24

Hi fam bam! 

this was another awesome week that flew by! the weather has been really stormy and cold lately, so weird! we thought it was summer already but nope! i am loving the area and sister Davies SO much and loving being a missionary!! 


so last monday was so cool. P day is over at 6, and we saw so many miracles in the three hours we have to work on monday nights. First, we were going to visit a potential investigator (someone that the previous missionaries think will be interested) named Brooke. We went there and knocked on her door, and she let us in and was SO nice and receptive to what we were teaching about the Book of Mormon. She was so excited to get her own copy! she is amazing. we left her house and were so excited about whoever put her name and address down, we went back and looked and it was in Sister Davies handwriting! but she doesn't remember meeting her, or writing her name down or anything,... miracles!! AND THEN we were tracting on her street and met a man named Joe, and we were talking about the Book of Mormon and he said "oh yeah, some boys gave me one of those through the window of my vehicle about a month and a half ago, i haven't started reading it yet but its on my nightstand" UHHHH OKAY. it was so cool!! we have an appointment with him this saturday and i'm so excited to teach him! and grateful for the elders that had (and followed) the prompting to give a guy a book of mormon through his car window. 

Tuesday: so tuesday morning, sister davies got dressed and we were getting ready in the bathroom, and then i went and got dressed and subconsciously put on like the exact same outfit! it was so funny. i didn't even mean to! #compunity amiright?  AND THEN we were doing our companion study, and our desks face each other, and i noticed she had put on MY nametag! hahahah it was so funny. i'll send those pix. and then another crazy miracle! So last sunday we were tracting the street of our dinner because we got there early, and there was a medical transport bus waiting and we went and talked to the driver, and got her name and phone number and address and left her with a plan of salvation pamphlet and a time to come meet her! (tuesday at 2) SO, come tuesday- we tried calling her that morning to confirm and the phone number she gave us was out of service! weird. so at 2, we were running late so it was like 2:15, and there was a ton of traffic and we had to try like 4 different ways to get to her house, we finally did at 2:30, went up and knocked on the door, and as soon as we knocked, a car pulled up! we thought "oh good shes home!" nope, a man got out! we asked "does sherri live here?" "no, no one by that name" ......... wut. so we talked to him and shared about the plan of salvation and asked if he would be interested in talking with missionaries and he said of course! soooooo pretty much an angel gave us his address. that's the conclusion we've come to. We also had a lesson with our investigator Pam! 

Wednesday: i was on an exchange with sister Harshaw in Fruita, which was so fun!! sister harshaw and i are so similar, so i loved that day. 

the rest of the week we kinda had to take it easy, Sister Daveis hurt her the muscle over her sternum.. idk its hard to explain. she explains it as it feels like youre having a heart attack so she had to take it easy the last couple days. BUT the Lord knew that would happen, so we had a KILLER beginning of the week and still were able to meet all but one of the goals we set!! 

Life is so good 



sis richards

Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 23

hola family!!

this week fleeeew by i cant believe its already monday again!

so highlights of the week:

Tuesday: we had to get the tires changed on our car, and a new battery, so we were in sears for hoours on Tuesday. BUT, tender mercy, there is a cafe rio in walking distance, and guess what sears is connected ta? A MALL. i may be a missionary, but i will never pass up walking around a mall. so thats what we did to kill time! it was so fun.

Wednesday: so we met a woman (we'll call her K) last week when we were trying a referral we got, and she had just pulled up in her car, so we talked with her and set a time to come and teach her, and that was Wednesday night! and oh my word, she is amazing. we taught her in the home of the member that lives next to her, and the spirit was so strong, she was asking so many amazing questions and sister Davies and I were on fire! it was the best lesson i've had on my mission, i loved it. its moments like that that make me LOVE being a missionary!

Thursday: SO Thursday was an adventure. because Sister Davies is a Sister Training Leader, she had a leadership meeting all day Thursday in Vail (two-three hours away) and so i was in Fruita with the other sisters whos companions are STL's. So i was with Sister Paongo, and sister Neslen. it was so fun!! Fruita is a small town right next to the boarder of Utah and Colorado, and it was so fun! the pictures of me holding a chicken, and feeding a horse? yeah thats from Fruita hahahaha

Friday: we had weekly planning which takes a big chunk of the day. It was still great though!! We also had a surpsise cleaning check, and the couple that does the cleaning checks are in their 80's, and we were home because of planning and so they talked to us for awhile, they are SO funny i cant wait to tell you what they did when we Skype.

Saturday: we were on another exchange! Sister Paongo was in Grand Junction with me, which was a little overwhelming because i feel like i still dont totally know the area, but it actually went really good! it made me feel a lot more confident in myself having to lead everything here for the day. but i was SO happy to be bacj with Sister Davies, she is so much fun.

Sunday: So yesterday was funny, after sacrament meeting, a member of the bishopric came over to us and said the teacher for the 11 and 12 year olds didn't show up so he needed us to go teach them.... uh sure!! we can do that! luckily their topic this month is the restoration and if theres anything two missionaries know how to teach its the restoration. the kids were a little naughty but it was fun!

This week we found a few new investigators and will hopefully see them this coming week! im loving it in Grand Junction and loving being sister Davies companion. mothers day is so soon!!!!! i cant wait!!!!!!!

Have a good week :)

Sister Richards