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 84 – Another Week in Paradise
April 25, 2016
This week has been another super fun week, full of more
miracles!! Elder Han and I have really been getting into a good rhythm and it
is such a blessing to have a companion who is as awesome as Elder Han, I love
him so much!
Last P-day (Preparation Day) we had a really fun zone activity.We had a Reno Zone cook-off and split the
zone into three groups.Everyone had to
cook something, and the only requirement was that it had to include fruit
snacks. It was a lot of fun, and it was also Elder Stotts' birthday, so we had
fun celebrating together. I am no chef by any means but Elder Han, Sister Chesnut,
and I were the judges afterwards and it was a fun activity. After everyone
cooked, we played the famous "name game" that we always play back at
home, and the zone had a lot of fun with that. We required that everyone put at
least one person from the scriptures in the bowl.
But as far as the REAL missionary work goes, things are going
Francisco is still awesome. We went over this week and helped paint
some of his house and got to know him. He told us that he wants missionaries to
live with him, because he has an empty room in his house. He is super solid!!
He couldn't come to church yesterday because he got a new job, and he still
works on Sundays right now. But he is hoping that within the next few weeks he
can get Sundays off.He has been reading
the Book of Mormon, and he understands almost all that he reads! He told us
that he wants to wait for his fiancé to come back from her trip to Fiji in June
before he gets baptized. But he is actually a really cool guy, and he has more
desire than anyone I've ever met to learn more about the church! Last night, we
got a call from his fiancé and she told us that he still has lots of questions
and feels a little overwhelmed with everything that we have taught him. It was
good to hear that because sometimes we get too excited and teach tons of
information. So we are going to slow down and review what we have taught him,
because we have already taught him the first 3 main lessons. But we love Francisco
The Luciano family is doing okay.Their daughter is still doing great…she came
to church yesterday and also brought her 16-year-old brother (who is taller
than she is!) and they both had a great time! Both of them want to go to girls’
camp and scout camp, so we want to get them involved. However, the parents are
going through a rough time - so keep them in your prayers.
I got to go on exchanges with the Assistants this week, and it
was a total blast! I spent the day with Elder Nieves in the Prater ward, and it
was a lot of fun to go back for a day. It is crazy how just going back to my
old house brings back a FLOOD of memories. But it is also cool how it didn't
really feel like home anymore, I was eager all day to get back to my current
area. I love Elder Nieves, he is definitely one of my mission homies.
With Elder Nieves - one of my mission homies
This week I have been studying in Alma when the Sons of Mosiah
are out doing their missionary work, and they are such great examples to me!
There is so much to be learned from all of them, especially for me as a
full-time missionary right now!
Alma 26:29…"And we have entered into their houses and
taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught
them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their temples and their
synagogues and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit
upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound
with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of
God we have been delivered again."
This scripture teaches us that these missionaries taught and
talked with people EVERYwhere they went. That is why we do that now as full-time
missionaries…we talk to everyone we see – on the streets, at the gas station,
or in the grocery store line. It is really hard to do sometimes, to open our
mouths and speak up, but I know that we are blessed when we do that. The same
is true for all of you who aren't full-time missionaries! We can all open our mouths in any situation to
share the Gospel. I know that when we pray for missionary opportunities, God
will bless us and help us do that.
In D&C 88:81 we learn: "Behold, I sent you out to
testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to
warn his neighbor." So because we have been blessed and been warned,
it is now our duty to warn our neighbors.
I love my mission. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know
that it is true.