Monday, August 30, 2010

Feeling left out :(

Hey Mom,

Answers to your questions.....

#1 The charge on my debit card was for x-rays for....guess what?
#2  I got the email pictures and our new address is:
1725 5th Street
Wenatchee, WA  98801
#3  I got the package with the G's and the cookies, but the cookies had gotten hard when they got around to me (9 days after being originally post marked)

Well, this week was really good except for hurting my knee again, so never going to play soccer ever again - stupid game.  Got your last letter today actually, so it was good to hear about the first day of school and so forth.  Pretty fun to hear about the waitress at Pizza Factory.  Maybe the missionary she's waiting for is me?  Haha...yeah right.

Umm...well, the work this week really picked up.  We found a few more people to teach as well as an awesome part member family that we have been helping out, the Haley's.  They are great.  Brother Haley is a convert and a super good guy.  And is wife is awesome. We have been helping them with their backyard and garden.  They both happen to be RN's, so that has been good cause they know about a lot of good things to help me with my, heat, elevation.  And Sis. Haley is an awesome cook.  In general, they are just a super family, so I always look forward to helping them out with their yard and being able to have gospel discussions with Sis. Haley.

It's really weird being the only non Spanish speaking missionaries in the district and 1 of 3 in the zone, so we don't do much on P-days because everyone else has a car, is far away from us, and speaks Spanish so we usually only see them at district meetings and on Sundays, which we don't understand half of because of Spanish jokes.  I'm never going to exclude anyone like this ever!!!!!!!  I'm glad that Elder Card and I get along so well or else I'd be going crazy!

Well, that's about all I can think of off the top of my head, but I love you guys and think about you tons!  Just think, only 6 more months!!!

And on top of that, I had a crazy dream last night that I somehow came home as a missionary and Tanner was the only one home, so I gave him a hug and then left.  Weird! you guys!
Elder Lance Ririe

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wenatchee....And then some!

My cool apron from the primary kids back home!
Hey Mom and Den,
So first things first, sorry i didn't e- mail 'til today because we had a meeting yesterday with Elder Christensen from the 70's and so continues the story of our week.  We didn't end up getting to go to the temple because the group that was going got too big.  So since we are the only English missionaries  we didn't get to go. So maybe we can go in the next couple weeks but i don't think we'll get to. Other than those lets see, we don't have too much going on in our teaching pool just the same rebuild that I've been in a lot, which is kind of a bummer but I guess I probably wouldn't know what to do if I wasn't in a situation like this one. So yeah, but Wenatchee is great!  I think I told you about the Lewis'.  They are awesome! Elder Card is pretty cool.  We are still getting along.  Oh so we helped a local HOA build a park that was pretty cool.  We were going to help a member with his yard and then we saw all of these people building a park so we just asked if we could help.  We are gonna go back next week and lay sod, but it was pretty cool to be able to do that and help more people see just how good the church is when it comes to helping out. Well I love you guys.  I loved the back to school pictures, Hunter needs to fix his unibrow a little bit (haha just teasin) Let me know how the vacation went. I love you guys and miss ya tons.  Did ya'll get my pictures? Please tell me you did, cause it feels like I sent them forever ago. Anyways love ya!

Elder Lance Ririe

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hey Hey!

Hey Hey!

Well the trip to Wenatchee was forever long, but I really like it out here.  My companion is Elder Card and he's from Orem.  He's a really good guy and we get along real well, which is great because we are the only English speaking missionaries in the district and 1 of like 3 in the zone.  Not sure why but there's always a weird rift between the Spaniards and the English missionaries.  But, anyways, not a whole lot of work out here at the moment.  We have a few potentials, but we have set a really high goal this month of being able to baptize 5 people...we just have to go and find them.

I got your letter that you sent and am working on sending some out to the kids (just need envelopes).

Wenatchee is pretty cool.  Well, it's really HOT but is a neat place...the third largest city in the mission just behind Cd'A.  And the work out here is just exploding!  The stake has almost doubled it's baptisms for the year and it's only August.  So we're stoked about that!  Umm...oh, the family we live with is super awesome!  The Lewis'.  They have 5 boys and one is on a mission right now another is in the military and then the rest are at home.  It's like having three little bro's..haha...but I love mine more!

Well, I think that's it for this week.  Hope it was enough info.  Oh...wait!  Going to the temple tomorrow (Tues) so maybe I'll get to see some people in Spokane on the trip there or something, but I don't know.

I love you guys!

Love, Elder Lance Ririe

Monday, August 9, 2010

Separation Anxiety!!!

Hi Mom and Den,
Well, it finally happened...I'm being transferred out of Spokane.  I'm going to Wenatchee.  It's on the far west border of the mission, so that will be something new and exciting.  But even more exciting than that was we had a conference with Elder Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy.  It was a special conference for recent converts and the best part of the whole thing was I got to see just about everyone I've known for the last 14 months there!  It was great!!!  I can't even describe how awesome it was to see one person after the next.  I don't think I've been that happy in a long time.  So that was the highlight of my week, but I don't know anything else about who I'm going to be with or what else Wenatchee is like other than flat, hot, dry, and farms.  So I guess I get to go play farmer this next transfer and probably learn some Spanish.  (All the Spanish speaking missionaries are out there.)  So that's what's new on this end.  I'll be sending some pictures this week!!!  Look for em!! 
Well, I love you guys!!!

Love, Elder Lance Ririe

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thanks Mom!!!

Hey Mom and Den,

Thanks a bunch Mom!!!  The G's helped out great.  A little big...but I guess that's okay.  So I got the letter and the packages on Saturday.  They were awesome!  I was kinda shocked to hear about Nicki getting busted!  I don't think I'd do something like that though.  My stupid ideas usually involve more fireworks and less police.  haha  But...anyways....things are ok.  I called the mission office and they are going to try to get us out of the Butter's A.S.A.P.  but with our bishop out of town it may not be for a little bit.  It's weird staying there.  I've never stayed with anyone who wanted nothing to do with the missionaries.  Anyways, as for our dinners, I had a small council with a few of the "mission moms" in our ward (especially Sis. Flink) and they are still going to feed us some of the time.  They were appalled to hear about no member dinners, so as soon as the bishop gets back they are going to talk to him.  So, yes, there are some awesome families out here making sure I'm being taken care of. 

Anyways...Faith is still on date for August 14th and life is just chugging along.  I've referred to Elder Wirthlin's talk, "Come What May, and Love It", so that's been a source of help. 

I love you guys!
Elder Lance Ririe