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Monday, February 27, 2017

Love me some Elder Bednar!

Hello y'all who are living in the cold, how is everything? :)

Let me first say that being fed by members is the best thing in the whole world, so treat the missionaries very nice as I know you will ;)

Second, I sure do miss ya mom. There are times where it seems just about all I can bear and all I want to do is call you up, but its at those same times that I grow the most, but know I miss and love ya! Our drink runs we always did and times we would skip church (lol funny stories ;) ) are still some of my favorite memories and it was some of the best times we bonded. 

Its been another great week here in the Philippines serving the Lord. I had the opportunity this week to go on exchanges with Elder Uhler who is from Virginia. The whole day I was laughing because as you can imagine, we were bringing back the stories of living in the South. It was so great to be bale to bring out my southern slangs and for someone to understand it. The best part of the day was we were able to get so much work done together. It felt like every house we looked at was letting us in and allowed us to share with them. 

Elder Bednar blew my mind!!! He came to our mission and shared with just our mission. It was amazing to be within 5 feet of an Apostle and feel the power while he spoke.  His style of teaching was absolutely just amazing. I can't tell you exactly what part was the most amazing, but I can say that the Spirit that was present I will never forget it. I know he is called by the Lord to guide us in these latter days. 

As we were teaching an investigator this week, whose father passed away recently, I had such an amazing experience. Near the end of the lesson, I looked this younger women in the eyes and said in Taglog "your father wants you to know that he loves you and you will see him again". I can't say where these words came from, but I felt such a peace as I said those words. The next moment these 2 young women began weeping. It was such a powerful moment to feel the love a father has for his family just like Heavenly Father has for each of us.

I sure do love you all. Keep being awesome. 

Elder Richards 

My typical eating day is oatmeal in the morning, rice for lunch and dinner. And usually some food that I cooked up.

We go somewhere to get haircuts because haircuts here are only 50 pesos. Or 1 dollar. 

Things in my house are good. It is the first time there have been 4 missionaries in my apartment and it has been different. They are cool guys. 

Things are well with my comp. I am glad he is great in Tagalog because I can tell him exactly how I feel and he will understand.

The language is doing alright. I have definitely seen the Lords help in me learning. There is no way I would be where I am if he wasn't with me.

Pic 1: My apartment
Pic 2: Standing outside my apartment
Pic 3: Our whole mission with Elder Bednar

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