Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Letter dated 31 December 2010

Hey Family!                                                                  31 December 2010

Thanks for all the letters! I'm sorry that I'm not writing much. Life here at the MTC is o.k. I'm sick, as is my companion (Elder Stanley). We've been getting medicine at the BYU Bookstore and have been trying to recover; but its kind of hard with 2,000 + missionaries on the same campus. Class is going well; but I find it really difficult to get something from a book memorized. It's really tough - but I'm slowly getting there. Our District has been the best District that our branch president has seen in a long time. We're trying to improve every day. Our studies are good; their having us look up some AWESOME things such as - where is the tree of life and how to analyze a scripture like crazy! It's really cool! I feel that the more I can get the lessons down the more I will like it here and the better it will get.

We have also been having some of the Quorum of 70's come and visit. We also had Elder Russell M. Nelson come and talk to us; who I was asked to be sort of a body guard/escort for. It was really AWESOME! (Can you tell he is like his mother and uses the word awesome a lot! tee! hee!)

It is kind of hard to get the food down because it's a fixed meal system here - but it's nice. (You have to realize that Nick is used to "grazing" whenever he wants something to eat...so being on a regular meal schedule is probably a bit hard for him at the moment!)

It's so nice to hear that things are going well. It's good that Dad got a promotion! I know Dad will make the right decision on it. I try to think that God gives us these trials that put us to our limit. Those kind of things define us as to who we are.

I'm glad that my work is an inspiration for you! It's challenging every day but I hope to get through it. Other than the Spirit, your letters are what help keep me going! Sometimes I cry when I read them knowing that you're all looking at what I'm doing.

I hope you all had an awesome Christmas. In the MTC it was good. We got to watch the "Joseph Smith" movie and "Legacy" which were both really touching. Some of the missionaries here felt the Spirit so strongly that one started to cry; so I came up to him, gave him a big hug and told him that I'm there for him and gave him one of my handkerchiefs and told him to keep it. We've got great missionaries in our District. It's nice to laugh, joke around and such; it really helps with the homesickness.

As for things I need, not really a whole lot....a _______ would be nice and an _______ (mine broke the first day I used it), more family photos would be awesome and some new __________ would be useful, but other than that it's all good here. Some good quotes and inspirational stories would be good too. If you could find me the Christmas story of "The Shoemaker" that would be great.

I love you all and I hope and pray that things will continue to bless your lives. I miss you all and I hope that you all had a great Christmas this year.

Your son and Missionary,

Elder Nicholas D. Richards

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