- First off, the keyboard here is really screwed up, so forgive typos and lack of capitalization.
Nossa, this week has been pretty hard, we´ve had great days where a lot of good was done ,and days that are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting, where it seems we have had no impact. It´s very frustrating. Satan works hardest on the missionaries, i can tell you that. but the amount of blessings and tender mercies we recieve is outstanding. and i doubt that we see half the things our Father in heaven does for us. every time we are mocked or laughed at, i remember that there was One greater than I, who already walked the path I walk, who suffered more than I can even imagine. the atonement of Jesus Christ is powerful. no matter what, i have that. never can i be tempted beyond my power to resist. never will i have to walk more than i have strength. never can i be persecuted or rejected or spit upon more than He, my Redeemer. no matter what, the things i go through in this small season of eternal progression will be very small, very insignificant, if i can only continue on, persevering until the end, bringing as many people unto Christ as possible. So when others laugh at me, or speak evil of my country or my God; when it seems there is nothing more i can do, or when nobody seems to care, I can remember these words from doctrine adn covenants 84: "And whoso areceiveth you, there I will be also, for I will gobbefore your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my cSpirit shall be in your hearts, and mine dangels round about you, to bear you up." and also the words of the hymn "does the journey seem long?":(http://www.lds.org/general-conference/music/2012/10?lang=eng&session=4&song=5&media=video#watch=video)1. Does the journey seem long,i know this email may seem like a lot of scripture, hymns, and testimony, but that´s because that is what we need right now. encouragement and comfort from the word of God. i know that the atonement allows us to do anything. and i know that right now, with the hastening of the work (http://www.lds.org/church/news/hastening-the-work-of-salvation-is-more-than-a-catchphrase?lang=eng&cid=HPFR012414385&im=true), we need to know for ourselves that we can do anything.i exhort you, my family and friends, to take heed to the word of God, through His prophets. and also, i exhort you to take seriously my words. as a missionary, and a representative of Christ, i can issue challenges and promise blessings. this is part of my calling. and now, i invite you, friends and family, and all who will read this to do the following:read the first few pages of the chapter '"how do i find people to teach?" in preach my gospel (from page 155 until the end of the "talk with everyone" section) for family home evening, then set a goal to individually invite 5 people to church. if you do this, you will receive so many blessings, as many as i recieve as a full time missionary. i will also be blessed by your effforts. i love you, and keep the faith!Elder Richins