Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tooken

I'm posting this video here because Elder Rice wants to see his brother Nathan's handiwork, but he's not allowed to go to YouTube.

video

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016: Finally

Well, it's been crazy and is about to get a lot crazier. We were out on bikes tracting and ran into  the Edmond 2nd [elders], who had accidentally wandered into our area. When we sorted everything out, we gained four new investigators, one with a baptismal date. They also suggested a few streets and we tracted those. Three more amazing potentials. We must have been directed to bike out that far, because biking in 105+ degrees with 90% and up humidity has been very ... character building. We just got asked to give talks this next Sunday on modern day miracles through missionary work as well, so we've got some preparing to do. Also, the final check up x-ray for my leg is this Wednesday. I've been running and biking on it without pain for quite a while now, so I think I'm back to normal.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! It sounds like Dad had a crazy awesome camping trip! I'd be pretty well done with camping for a while, too. Thank you for loving us enough to desire growth. I never thought you needed to do much, but it seems like you're a lot happier for it. I hope I can do the same when I get to being a parent. Thanks for being patient with us and your example of selflessness in service. I hope that you know that we (brothers and Mom) all love you and how important you are to us. Hope you had a good one. Also, if it's OK, it would be cool to hear the story that made you guys laugh so hard.

Just got the OK from President Walkenhorst for having a meal with J. and T.! We'll give them the heads up. Also, President and Sister Walkenhorst are going home sometime this week, if that hasn't been spread around yet. We're definitely going to miss them, but I'm sure they're ready to rest for a little while.

I'm sure there's something else I wanted to say, but maybe I'll remember it while emailing someone else.

Love you guys.
Happy Father's Day, Dad!
Elder Rice

Mom's email:

Yeah, I don't know why, but STMs have always been on p-day out here. Not sure if it's a mission policy or not.

I don't know what Elder A. put in his letter to you guys, so when you quote from it, it's all new to me.
Seems like Nathan's doing a pretty good job with the face paint thing. That would be an awesome job to do. I hope he enjoys it.

Thanks for the package! I shared most of it with the other elders, but I made sure to keep the Kit Kat. I've got some random junk that I think you guys might like as well, one being a 1976 and 77 Ensign. I also figured out how I'm getting the bike home thanks to Elder M. Don't have to worry about that for awhile.

The work out here is great! I feel like we're finally pulling Edmond out of it's slowness. It's not been much on the part of us. All we do is stay ready for when these opportunities finally come along.

Two families that Elder L. and I taught pretty extensively got baptized over these past two weeks. I wish I could've been there, but if the baptism is with an investigator from a previous area and its been a full transfer since we left, we're not supposed to go back. I know they're doing awesome, though.

Love,
Elder Rice

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 13, 2016: Opportunidad

So I mentioned last time that Elder B. was a Spanish missionary. That means we have language study, which means I'm trying to learn Spanish. Awesome so far, though I need to test myself more to see if I could actually speak any of it to someone.

We squashed the spider before it could get our toes, and the spider was much less impressive looking after being squashed. Maybe Elder A. got a photo. I'll see.

I'm pretty sure I have J.'s email. As for her coming down, I'd have to ask and that might leave a week to wait. I'll see what the ruling is.

This week was a little weird, but definitely good. We had a big long conversation with two guys, C. and J., who were pretty cool. C. liked to talk a lot and was very interested in what we believe, not so much for conversion, but for simple curiosity. Though he's Baptist, we seemed to have convinced him of the existence of the "spirit world," but he's not all the way there yet. He's probably headed back to Texas. J. is very quiet (at least in comparison) and actually had us over for dinner that same night. We shared a short message with him, C., and a few of their friends (one looked like a rep from Life.Church). That was kind of interesting because at first C. talked a lot on religion before we started and I had already pulled up Mosiah 2. Funny thing was that he went on and talked about pretty much everything in the section I was going to use. When I read out the scripture, they were super focused and a little surprised by the end. J. invited us to come back anytime. Hopefully it turns out.

I got late to emails today (sorry about that) and for some reason there's been a ton of STMs [specialized training meetings] out here in Edmond. Its' awesome because of all that goes on in it and I always feel great after, but it makes p-day hard and it's only on p-days that STMs can happen. So I hope I'll find time to email next week a little more.

Love you guys!
Elder Rice

Monday, June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016: New Transfer

So right now I'm what they call in this mission a "breaker." Elder B. has just come out of being trained by Elder H. in the Norman Spanish ward and I'm supposed to help cut any of the bad habits. Doesn't seem like there's any, so I guess its just working on OYM (open your mouth). He's from Florida and came out because of a promise made to Elder Richard G. Scott and a great personal conversion to Christ and the power of the Atonement. He also likes to talk like Yoda. We're working on exact obedience so that Edmond can be a strong missionary area again, and more importantly, to "baptize converts" (finding those that will have lasting conversion).

We were able to find quite a few people just yesterday while tracting around a previous potential's house. J. had a friend who had converted to the LDS church about 20 years ago and talked to him a ton about temples, eternal families, and other things to do with our church. He passed away just a little while ago, and now J. wants to know what it was that made him so happy.

We also were fortunate to find a gigantic brown recluse spider under Elder A.'s jacket. Fortunate in that we spotted it before it got someplace. It was a little bigger than a half dollar coin. It scurried toward us pretty fast, but I smooshed it. Day saved. Needless to say, we're spraying down the apartment.

Congrats to R. and D. [Primary baptisms]! Best decision of your life!

Also I don't know if you've seen K.'s emails, but you should read this week's. Definitely a fantastic missionary.

I hope everyone is feeling better now that summer has started. Use it wisely.

Love,
Elder Rice