Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 5, 2012

Elder Lehikainen and Elder Medina and the Man in the Red Suit. lol

Hey Pops its so good to hear from you I can feel all of your prayers and I am so grateful for them. I love you and I am so grateful that I have the family that I have. Don't know what I would do without everyone.  The RC is actually great I get to talk to alot more people about the church then I think any other missionary out there and the cool thing is that they are coming and talking to us. We do get some goobers on chats that want to bash on the church but is always nice to leave them with my testimony because no matter what anyone says about the church or joseph smith I know and I can testify that it is true because unlike any other church I have found out for myself. There is power in that and I have come to love it. Ok so here is what my normal day is. 1: wake up at 6:30 go run and do pull-ups and push-up oh and cant forget abs lol for about 45 min and then shower and make it to breakfast by 7:30. 2: from 8-9 we take chats from 3: we have personal and companionship study from 9-10:30. Then we teach if we have appointments until 2 when we have chats again then we can teach who ever we have planned then at 6 we have chats again. then we finish off the day teaching!! so that is a day in the RC.
   So we teach lessons either on Skype or facebook if they dont have a skype and we also email or talk on the phone with people from all over the world. I love talking to people and I love sharing the light of the gospel with others. This past sunday we met a girl named Monica from argentina and she is soooo ready for the gospel and to change her life. She has already started reading the book of mormon and prayed to know if it is true and if Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of god. She told us that she felt so much peace as soon as she asked her Heavenly Father these things.  We met this man named Scotty on chats as well and we have been emailing. He seems so ready for the gospel in his life and I know he needs it because all of us do.  It is sooooo awesome to be talking to real people and seeing changes in lives. We are able to talk to friends and family that are not members of the church.   I feel like the RC started as a trial of my faith and I was so bummed but now I love it and I hate having to go back to my residency and not talk to people on chats about the gospel and more specifically about their heavenly father and our savior, brother and friend Jesus Christ. My testimony I feel has already grown so much. When we are able to see our savior Jesus Christ I cant wait to look him in the eyes and tell him that I love him face to face and give him a hug. I know that he lives and I know that he is watching over us daily and when we feel down or when we feel we cant go on I know he is there behind us waiting for us to make the baby steps we need to make and he will help push us back on path and help us continue on. It makes me think of 2 nephi 31: 20-21 where it talks about pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of god and all men. (I'll will let you read the rest lol) I love this gospel, I love my Heavenly Father for allowing me to serve Him.  May God be with all of you till we meet again. love your Son, Brother, and Friend,
-Elder Ryan Thomas Lehikainen

p.s. I dont know if I had you read 2 Nephi 31 yet but I went back and read it and it is soo amazing it is one of the two times or three heavenly father and jesus christ speak in the same chapter.

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