Friday, July 24, 2009

July 13, 2009

Dear Folks,
Sorry I forgot to tell you about the fotos. The one of me with the buidings is a great view of Bogotá. I don´t know if you can see the city very well, but when we´re up there at about 6 in the afternoon and the sun´s setting and the clouds are just right, it´s amazing! But that´s up in the hills where the people are sometimes pretty poor, it is sad to see. I'll try to send the fotos with something to explain them next time.
We still sing at every appointment we have with a member. My comp says we sound good, but I´m still not too sure.
Well, nothing happened this week, just more contacting, studying, teaching, and
working. I don´t know what to write, so please put in some more questions next time.
Me and my comp are good buddies. We talk a lot now and I think my spanish is
getting better. I still have a really thick accent, but I´m working on that.
We use the seminary videos a lot in our lessons. They´re even better in spanish. And yes, we quote them a lot.
Love ya all.
Til next week,
Elder Rickords

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 6, 2009
Dear Folks,
The address is correct. I have recieved a package, but I don´t know who it´s from
since the office Elders haven't picked it up from the mail office yet.
How is beautiful Burbank? How are all the wonderful people?
This week´s news: The mission is now being led by President Hacking, who took over this Tuesday. He´s from Utah, but served a mission in Argentina and has spent a good part of his life living in LatinoAmerica.
We had a meeting with him this Wednesday, where he and his wife introduced themselves. They´re both great and we´re all sure they will do a great job. He says we won´t change anything in the mission, but we´ll see about that in six months.
About my spanish, I don´t know why, but for some reason I feel more confident about it now, so I talk more and am making more connections with the people here. They started telling me this week how much better I have become. And this Sunday Elder Pino (of the seventy) told me I speak really good spanish for only 3 months.
As for the area, we have now made a new plan to win the hearts of the members, it
includes pan, dulces, and Noches de Hogar that will be nothing short of fantastico. We will also sing a hymn at all our lunch appointments( it was my comp´s idea, not mine). We also plan on crying if they don´t give us a reference, which was what the President told us to do. We may also start over on the door knocking, but my Argentino buddy doesn´t like the sound of that since it doesn´t work. But then again, nothing does work here anyway. I should know, I have personally seen every door knocked and every member visited.
Elder Acua±a and I are getting along great. We talk and joke, and it´s just great that he´s out of the hopeless stage I´ve seen the others gone through and is now in the happy and fun but still tragically hopeless phase necessary in this place. I think now that I know why my first comp was the way he was. He knew the area was ridiculously hard. But my current comp isn´t that way, and we´re best of buds just talking and drinking the maté.
Well, I'm sorry if my letters sound discouraging. I'm really working hard to feel the spirit and keep going. The Church is true and I'm holding on to that!That´s all for this week. Fotos should be coming soon.

Con mucho amor,
Elder Rickords

PS What else do you all want to know?
June 29, 2009
Dear folks,
I thought you didn´t write me this week because it didn´t show up on the the screen for 20minutes, so this has to be short.
When I said my comp was good at everything, I meant it. He sings, plays piano, guitar,basketball, soccer, volleyball, and some other sports I don´t even know about. Yeah, this cambio(which is going to be more than 2 months) is gonna be a blast. We played basketball this morning, in the park, with people watching. yay...
His dad is a radio anouncer and is well known. My comp also cooks and teaches well, and makes jokes.
We´ll start knocking every door in our area again this week. We´ve ditched most of our investigators because they won´t come to church. They say they will, but they won´t.
We had our last interviews with President Camargo the other day. He started mine by saying "Elder Rickords, everyone in your group now has 7 or 8 baptisms, and you have none. But don´t worry about it. When you get transferred you´ll baptize like crazy. What the Lord is doing with you now is testing you and improving you like Joseph Smith." The interview ended with him saying "If you do everything you can and you still don´t baptize anyone, you´ll be fine." Sometimes it is hard because I feel like all have lost hope here. Nothing else to say. No improvement in my situation. I feel like I'm having to fight hard to keep any hope.

Sincerely,
Elder Rickords