Wednesday, August 24, 2011


22 August 2011

Hey Everyone!! How are things going? How is Church?and how is all the goodness???

Things here are going really well! We're looking to baptise possibly 3 people this week! We had a car fast (?) the other day and we ended up teaching a bunch of great lessons and getting in contact with some former investigators.

It's been really hot and really humid here. I never thought I would have to wipe off with a towel so much in one day here in the South. We've got a ton of people asking us what kinds of southern food we haven't heard of yet...haha! we're catching up on the food here!

This is what I'm talking about!! Yeah!

Elder Zollinger and I are doing really well. We just had a lesson the other day with some folks and they seem interested in our message and want to learn more. We're getting geared up to teach them more and answer all of their questions. We might be put on the spot with a preacher that is in their bible study group soon. If we do go, we'll be in the middle of a bunch of people asking us questions. It will be interesting to see what will happen - seeing as how we have the Book of Mormon. We'll definitely have to have them read

John 14:12...."Verily, Verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

Matthew 3

3 Nephi 27:18-21..18."And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men. And for this cause he fulfilleth the words which he hath given, and he lieth not, but fulfilleth all his words. 19.And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end. 20. Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. 21. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;"

So....wish us luck. We'll see what they think. Hope we can go and talk with them about the gospel.

We recently had a preacher express his sorrow for us. He said that we should read the KJV of the Bible and that our works are nothing - because they don't save us. Basically, when we visit with people we have to try and correct them on their own doctrine. They like to pick and choose and we keep busy giving them references to their questions from the KJV of the it's very interesting...

The other day we encountered someone who proceeded to tell me what they think we believe! It was tough to get my word across. I tried to correct him on our beliefs and referred him to and then I bore my testimony. It was hard for me....because I was trembling and the love I have for the scriptures. I feel frustration when I'm bearing testimony to others who will not ever listen and yet have not ever lived the gospel or have ever read The Book of Mormon.

Doing the work in Virginia!!

Well, let me know how things are going. I hope the Singles' branch is going well and that the 4th Ward is going well also. Tell everyone I said "Hey WHATS UP!" haha!

Love y'all

Elder Richards

Virginia Richmond Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints!

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