Tuesday, March 22, 2016

HAPPY EASTER!!! March 21, 2016


Remember Christ this Easter and how you can find new life from following Him!
Love you!

Sister Richards

You told me to go back to the beginning.....so I have March 21, 2016

Sister Richards and Sister Nelson
Well what to say about this week... really though nothing happened. Except I got the flu...so that is why nothing happened this week.
Tuesday we were at service and I started to not feel good all of the sudden. At first I thought I was getting strep cause I had body aches. And I know my body. But I wasn't allowed to go to the doctor cause I didn't have a fever (because I was taking ibuprofen). So I just stayed in bed for awhile. 
Wednesday we had zone conference and I still wasn't really feeling well but I didn't want to miss zone conference. It was a really good zone conference about the talk "What Lack I Yet?" It was really good. It made me think a lot about my mission so far. It's been 8 months... How this happened, I don't know. But I don't like it. But I am hoping to make the days count, not count the days. But I did have to lay down for a bit cause I was about to die. So when we came home I did just die. 
Thursday we were on exchanges so my companion could get out and do something and I went to the doctor finally and found out that I had the flu. And then they told me I would have to suffer cause it was day 3 and the medicine wouldn't really be effective. I was rather upset. But I got a blessing and it was really great. I started feeling better that day. God is real. 
Then my companion started to get sick too so we were in the house for about a week... I wanted to kill myself by the end of it. But I got better.
Oh and Friday I had to go to physical therapy. That was the worst. I almost passed out again. I am such a wimp. But she was playing with my scar and I just didn't like it. The worst part is, I have to do it four times everyday myself. I am slowly getting there. But now my arm is swollen again because I have to push myself. And I got a new cast. But I don't wear it... mainly cause it is too small and rather uncomfortable. But its OK. They told me to take it off a lot anyway. 
Anyway that is seriously my week. I hope this week is a better one. I hope you have a wonderful Easter. Remember Christ. 
Love you!!

Sister Richards

 Something really awesome I forgot to tell about zone conference. So we have to clean our cars and make them spotless and we totally won 2nd place. Granted our car is brand new but I worked hard on it ;)

Westminster Zone

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Short Arm......March 14, 2016

I match my cast.... Haha it makes me happy :)

Just a flesh wound......(Warning: graphic image) March 14, 2016

Do you wanna know how I got these scars?
So this is my nicely bruised and scarred arm....

Sister Socks March 14, 2016

This cat followed us around and would go up to doors with us. So we named her...

Sticker War March 14, 2016

We had a sticker war.

Ghetto Burger March 14, 2016

This is a ghetto burger. It's a burger with a taco from Jack in the Box in it.... It was not that great but my companion made me try it cause she loves it.

I didn't want to but it was an experience. Here is proof

Why do you have to hit so hard?! March 14, 2016

Well this week was a rough one, in lots of ways. But I learned a lot which makes it all worth it in the end, right?
Tuesday I had another doctor appointment. I finally got a short arm cast. But now I am doing physical therapy so that's a joy... I also couldn't move my elbow for a long time. But my doctor is the best. He is really awesome. He said I am healing really nice, although it doesn't really feel like I am. But the short arm cast is so much nicer cause I can actually take it off without hurting myself. Yay!!! We also did some service at the food bank. That was fun. Except I was pretty useless with one arm. But I made it work.
Wednesday we did some more service for a member and that was fun. I was raking rocks... We had a couple of lessons that day too. One of them is a massage therapist so she worked on my elbow a little bit. That was nice. 
Thursday I had to give a training in our district meeting. That was rough. But it's over with. It was a good meeting though. But after we played bean bag baseball with the old folks I started to feel super sick. So after dinner we went home cause I was about ready to fall over and die. But I got better.
Friday was a slow day. We didn't get to teach anyone. But we still had fun.
Saturday was a rough day. We couldn't get in with anyone again. And we almost ran a stop sign so that kind of set me off. It took me a long time to calm down. But we had a prayer and things started to get better. 
This week was just a rough one for us. We lost a lot of our investigators and we didn't really teach a lot. But I learned a lot about trials this week. And I was reading a talk in the Ensign the other day and it made me think about how I am responding to my trials. It talked about being like Nephi and not Lamen and Lemuel. I was noticing that I was starting to be like Lamo brothers. But then I just decided to change and be happy. Things are still hard but they are looking up. I just gotta see the good even in the bad. And thank goodness for the Atonement that helps me do that. 
Anyway I hope all is well and hopefully next week will bring new things. I can feel it!

Much love, 
Sister Richards

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Allison and her family March 7, 2016

New Companion March 7, 2016

Sister Nelson

last pic with Hermana Mortensen March 7, 2016

She is home now... sad. This was last transfer day

Sister Smart

This woman is so wise. I don't know if I ever talked about her but she is awesome

New Cast and butter March 7, 2016

So you know how much I love small things. But also this is my cast

Lefty and the homies March 7, 2016

I don't remember if I told you about this story. But President called me lefty a lot when I first got out of the hospital. And then my zone leaders visited me and left me numbers just in case I needed to get a hold of people, so they called themselves the homies. So then I was like that is a perfect band name. So we are Lefty and the Homies. Elder Lomax with the glasses and Elder Fisher behind him

At the mission tour with Elder Soares March 7, 2016

 So I don't have a picture with him but this is Hermana King and Sister Tracy. Love these girls

Out of the hospital: March 7, 2016

So this picture is rather nasty but it was when I got home from the hospital. That foam thing is called big blue. I named him.

A Flying Cow? March 7, 2016

Joys of walking everywhere, this is a cow... with wings... enjoy

Sister Hudson March 7, 2016

Temple Day

This was a snow day... so much walking in so much snow

Sister Dennis March 7, 2016

Sister Dennis and I meet again

Malley District Photo March 7, 2016

District from when I was in Malley

Sharp Family March 7, 2016

The Sharp Family from Malley

On to the next.......March 7, 2016

So it's a new transfer and I am really excited for it. Bonus: I can send pictures again. So get ready for lots of them :)
Tuesday was our last time talking to Allison and we talked with her about Thomas S. Monson. It was an amazing lesson. She is really progressing and is able to recognize the Spirit a lot. It was really sad to leave her. But the Spirit is strong with her. If I didn't know that President Monson was a true prophet of God before, I knew after that lesson. It was so great. Then I had to pack my life away again. It was a lot harder with one arm but I totally nailed it.
Wednesday was transfers and I was so glad to be going back up north. And apparently the Red Leaf ward is right next to where President and Sister Mendenhall are... I think they did that on purpose. But my new companion is so cute. I just love her. Her name is Sister Nelson and she is from Utah. And the best part about her, she loves superheros almost as much as I do. We can be friends. When I came to my new area everything just felt good. This is going to be awesome. I am already learning a lot from her and about the progress I have made. I am starting to be one of the older ones now so that is scary. But it's good.
Thursday we got to do some service where we played bean bag baseball with old people. It was great. They really wore me out though. They are super funny too. Good times. 
Friday we got to have dinner with the cutest family. They are so freaking funny. Their little girl, Ella, is my spirit animal. I haven't laughed that hard in a really long time. And they have the best quote in their house ever: "Have courage and be kind" ;). Love them
Saturday I got to meet some of the Ward. We got to got to dinner at the auction thing they were having. It was great fun. 
Of course every one on Sunday was asking me what happened.... I am about to start making a good story up cause the real one is just super dumb... But Church was really good. The people in this ward are great and they have a great love for missionary work.
Not a lot has happened this week but I have a lot of hope and faith that great things will be coming our way. I am really glad that I decided to stay on my mission. It is definitely tough but I am really loving the work I am doing here. There is nothing quite like it. 
Thanks for the love and encouragement. I hope you have a wonderful week. Love you!!!!

Much love,
Sister Richards

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Broken lefty ain't got nothing on me

So this week was pretty awesome.but also very difficult with my broken arm and no car and being on drugs that make me a zombie and getting exhausted and having to go in. But there were also crazy miracles happening!
First though, it's transfers! And I am going to Westminister in the Red Leaf Ward with Sister Nelson. She came out like 3 transfers ago so that's fun. I am ready for change though. With the accident, everything has just been crazy.
So, doctor on Tuesday. I am healing well. I got a real cast. It's actually really weird. Its called a delta, which means that it has Velcro, aka I can take my cast off for the shower. But let's be real, that hurts too much so that's never happening again. And they only come in black. Boo. But I have to have this elbow cast for another week and then I am going in next Tuesday to get a short arm cast for 2 more weeks. The appointment was 3 hours long and I almost passed out when they took my splint off. It was ridiculous. Also I about died and broke down in tears when he asked me to bend things and I couldn't. It was rough. They kept playing with my arm though and I did not appreciate that very much. It hurt something fierce. Also I got to see the plate and I now have 9 screws in my wrist so that's fun. Do I win yet? Haha. So I think that is all about the doctor that you need to know. Also my doctors name is Ignatiuk. It's pretty sweet.
Anyway Wednesday was really cool. Elder Soares of the Seventy came to our mission this week and it was super awesome. And guess what. He wanted to talk to me personally. So I got to have an interview with Elder Soares. It was way awesome. He is so funny. Also he has the same scar as I will have so he showed me that. Oh, on a side note. I am in the dumb Elders club. All these Elders were showing me their scars and how they had to get a plate too.... I feel it only makes sense having so many brothers... Anyway that was a really cool experience.
But it gets better. Allison, the girl we found a while ago, is still going strong even though we were out of order for a while. So we got a hold of her again and had a super sweet lesson with her and put her on baptism date. I am so excited for her even though I am leaving. But it gets better. She came to Church and is planning on continuing to come. She is so legit. I am going to miss her. Also she has the cutest baby in the world. But it was just so cool to see her keep all her commitments and really want to change. She is awesome. And that was an answer to my prayers. God is real!
Anyway it was a rather rough week for me but I am slowly getting better. I am off the drugs and hoping to get back to normal soon. Well as normal as I can with a broken arm.
But I think that's about it for this week. It was quite an adventure of a week.
Anyway, thanks for the prayers and the love! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Much love, 
Sister Richards