My name is Elder Richie Todd and I am from Leesburg, VA! I graduated from high school in June of 2014 and was accepted to attend Brigham Young University. However, I deferred my acceptance and have chosen to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been called to serve in Reno, Nevada, Spanish speaking! I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to go and serve our Lord. Please feel free to reach out to me, I would love to hear from you!
Week 27 - Happy Spring!!
With Elder Young
March 23, 2015
How is it going??? The mission here is awesome. I am really
starting to love Cold Springs, and the people in it. And Happy Spring!! I can’t
believe spring is already here!! I can definitely say that I meet lots of cool
and interesting people here, every day!! Many of the people we meet have cool
stories or are into cool things, and I really enjoy getting to know all of
We had a more normal week, with less crazy stuff going on.
Because we are the Zone Leaders, we get to go on exchanges with the Assistants
to the President, and so we had Elder Young with us! It was honestly so much
fun, probably one of my most favorite exchanges. Elder Young was my Zone Leader
for one of my transfers back in Sun Valley, and he served in the Redhills Ward
– just in English instead of Spanish. But he is the most bold and confident
missionary that I have ever met. He truly "fears no man." I am so
grateful that I got to spend a day with him, and learn from him. He has a cool
story, because he joined the church as an 8-year old, but went inactive
until he was 20 years old and in college. And he tells his story like this:
"Well, I was a sophomore in college at Arizona State University, and after
crashing on my long board, I decided to reactivate myself instead of join
a frat." He is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and he says that the reason he
choose to go to ASU was because he Googled "hottest girls at college"
and ASU was the rated number one at the time, so he applied and got
in...hahaha...I thought that was pretty funny.
Elder Kingensmith and me
It just so happened on that day that we went with him, we ran
into two random guys, and before we could get anything out of our mouths, both
guys started bashing us. It has been a while since I have been bashed, so I was
taken back by it, but by the end, I could barely hold in my laughter. These
guys just LOVED to fight, and they were all very well-versed in the Bible, so
they were like "do you know what this word means in the book of
Corinthians?" and it was some long word I can’t even remember, and then
all three of us were like, nooo we don't. And he was going off like "Wow
you guys are trying to preach the word of God, and you don't even know what
they all mean!" And all this stuff. My goal was just to "Kill 'em
with Kindness" and bear a short testimony and get the HECK out of there.
Because it was obvious they were not interested. Thankfully, both Elder Young
and Klingensmith were very well versed in the Bible, so they kinda started to
bible bash, and when that happened I just started slowly walking away, because
these guys wouldn’t even let us tell a two-sentence testimony without throwing
their two cents in. It truly was incredible and after each guy I couldn't help
but laugh because of how ridiculous they were! Gotta love missionary life.
So this Sunday, (the 5th Sunday of the month) the Bishop brought
up the idea to us of having the lesson be about Missionary work. We of course
were like "heck yeah!!" and so we put our heads together, and came up
with a few ideas of how members can do missionary work. We put them together on
a worksheet and gave it to the Bishop. He loved the idea, so we are going to
give a training to our ward this next Sunday on how to be member-missionaries!
I will forward you the worksheet we came up with. But if you have any ideas,
please shoot me a quick letter with them in it this week, so I can use them for
this weekend. We are pretty excited about it, especially because we can tie it
in with the "April Showers of Miracles" program that we are going to
So a little bit about the people we are working with...we are
supposed to have a baptism this weekend, but the man had an eye procedure this
weekend and couldn't come to church, so we are going to postpone it at least a
week. This guy is one of the old classic American Cowboys. He has a ranch with
like 5 horses, drives a huge pick-up truck, and wears cowboy boots everywhere
he goes. I love spending time with him, because he always has so many funny
stories to tell. His wife is a less-active member, returning to church with
him. We are excited for him. We have been able to do a lot of service for him,
and spend some time with him. 3 years ago he got into a terrible accident, and
was smashed into a semi truck by three cars going 70 mph each...(long story...)
so he has poor memory and his brain is older than he is, but he is still quite
healthy. He works out on his ranch and does more than he should, but that's
what I love about him...he is just one of those classic hard-workers. We are
excited about him...I will try and send pictures of him next week.
Hey look - a tree!
(There are like no trees in our area at all haha)
Well that's about it!! Life is good here in Cold Springs…can’t
complain. I am so grateful for this gospel and the joy that it brings to our
lives. I know that as we read the scriptures and pray daily, and attend church
every Sunday, the Lord will bless us 10x over. Those three things really are
the key. Almost every less-active person we talk to will come up with some
excuse as to why they don't come to church anymore, like they were offended, or
got a dirty look from a member...but when it comes down to it, the real reason
they are having a struggling testimony is because they are lacking in one or
two or all of those things (reading scriptures, praying daily, and going to
church). I remember having multiple talks with Dad about this, and how even
when people have doubts or concerns, as long as they stick to those basics,
they will easily overcome whatever doubts or concerns they have. I am so grateful
that I have two parents who do just that, and who taught me to do the same. I
will be forever grateful for that!
Well that's about all this week. Sounds like you guys are having
another snowy winter back there, but hopefully you can have fun at Rosemary
Beach!! (but not too much fun without me...)