I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~3John 1:4

With three of our children now serving in three different countries around the world, we thought this would be the best and easiest way for our friends and family to follow them on their journeys and watch as they learn, grow, and share their experiences. Lance is a combat medic in the US Army and is deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Air Assault, Nicki is serving an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Mexico, and Hunter is serving a two year mission in Honduras. We are so blessed!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sundays Can't Get Better Than This!

Hey familia!

So, stuff here is pretty great!  And the people here are awesome!  I love the jovens (youth)!  It's funny, most people just want to hear my English, but I try not to talk in English too much.  They think it's pretty cool.  Yesterday (Sunday) was amazing!  So much happened in just a short time!

First, an hermana fell and injured herself pretty good.  We were able to give her a blessing.  What a neat experience.  Right after that, we went to a baptism that the other elders had (WAY COOL!) and on the way there we ran into a family and started talking to them about the church.  The parents wanted us to bless one of their kids right there in the park.  We told them we couldn't do that right here and now, but we could do it in the church and that was right around the corner.  The dad said that Jesus blessed the people everywhere and not just in the temple (something close to that - as near as I could tell).  But his wife and the kid finally eventually came into the church and asked for the blessing, which we gave.  After church, we went to an hermana's house and she talked about how she broke her back and it was untreatable, so we gave her a blessing too and sang Esta Todo Bien (All is well).  It was such an awesome experience!  I was nervous during the blessings because I had to do it in Spanish and I had never done that before.  I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to participate in offering priesthood blessings before I left!  Great advice from both bishops!!!

We have a baptism next week and another investigator committed to baptism the week after.  And we have another investigator who has tons of questions.....tons!  Her name is Erika  I'm so dang excited!!!!  I don't really teach the lessons.  My companion just kinda teaches everything and I try to speak, but it doesn't work very well most times.

San Antonio does have a church building.  Everything is pretty run down looking, but all is well!  And I get to watch conference this weekend with Elder Baird who is a gringo!  I can't wait.  Yes, we get to watch it in English on a laptop. Mom, I like your idea of sending the conference Ensign in Spanish AND English.  That would be bueno! Holy Week is around Easter time here and I'm so excited for that, but that's supposed to be the hottest week of the year.  Yay...  I'm already feeling the temp here and it's pretty hot with the humidity.  My area does have street lights and, for the record, I have not heard anything about poison snakes....yet.

But everything is good here and my testimony has grown and I have learned so much it's crazy.  My Spanish is getting better.  I hope all is well back home!

Yo amor usted,
Elder Ririe

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