Sunday, December 27, 2015

Angels We have Heard on High Dec. 21,2015

Angels we Have Heard on High
Robert Richardson <>  Dec 21 at 10:43 AM
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This week was really good. We were really busy helping the Catholic Church wrap presents again. It was really fun. But really tiring. We were able to attend the branch christmas party. That was really fun. We also went caroling as a district and the Ottinellis came with us. That was really fun

We were able to see Micheal and Alejandra. It was a really good lesson. We arrived late so we were just planning on sharing a scripture but we were there talking with them for quite a while. It was a great opportunity to develop friendships with them.

We were able to help a less active family with translation at the hospital. We also were able to help a member of the branch out also. We also did our normal visit as well.

I can't believe it is already Christmas. I love the new mormon message by the church here.

May each of us find time this Chrismas season to reflect upon the birth, life, and mission of our Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage yall to read Helaman 14:1-8, 3 Nephi 1 1-21 and of course Luke 2 May yall  have a very merry Christmas and a joyous season. I look forward to spending Christmas with yall next year!!!!

Elder Richardson

The First Noel Dec. 17, 2015

Buenos Dias All Yall!!!!
This last week was really fun. Last P-day we went to tour the Louisiana State Capitol. It is 460 ft tall. I am going to admit, when I first stepped on to the observation deck I felt like a baby because it was kinda scary. It  was so weird being high. It has been a long time since I have been really high. HAHA. It was really cool. We were given a tour of the area where Huey P Long was assassinated.

We also went to Alejandra and Michael's, the people that came to church last week. She also invited another less active friend and her non member husband. It was an amazing lesson. Alejanadra bore a strong testimony of the restoration of the gospel to her husband and her friend's husband. We have a return appointment with them on Wednesday. They didn't come to church though!!! AAAA!!!!

One lady that we do service for who is very rich took us to PF Changs. That was the first time I went there. I had to use a special menu because of my allergy. :D It was really good.

We also saw Hector and Giselda and showed them the new video on

We also got a phone call from the Catholic church that they had a huge donation of presents and that they needed help wrapping them. A couple of us Missionaries went and we wrapped gifts for them. We also helped put up their christmas tree for the shelter. After the catholic church took us out to eat at a really nice restaurant. It was really fun.

We have been helping President Ottinelli clean up the roster and we have seen a couple of miracles finding less actives and others doing it.

Thank yall so much!!! All Yall are da best!!!!! Stay safe Yall!!!! Make good choices yall!!!! Have a blessed week YALL!!!!

Elder Richardson

Hark the Herald Angel Sings Dec. 7, 2015

Hark The Herald Angel Sings
Robert Richardson <>  Dec 7 at 11:11 AM
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Buenos Dias All Yall!!!!

So this week was really awesome. We were able to do a lot of Christmas service. We got to wrap Christmas presents and prepare them for the homeless shelter. That was really fun.

We also were following up with a member that has been struggling and we met his roommate who just lost his mom. He asked if we could talk with him. We were able to share the plan of Salvation with him. It was really awesome.

We also ate at the Office couples apartment. They are really nice. We were able to play games with them which was really fun.

Saturday was awesome. It was branch temple night. It again was a lot more easier in Spanish. Let me tell you. That is the best language study is doing the Endowment in spanish. Or should I say La Investidura en espanol.

Sunday was awesome. We were at church and this couple walked in. They looked really familiar but I couldn't go talk to them yet because it was my turn to play for sacrament meeting. After I went to talk to them and they ended up being a couple me and Elder Tuttle tracted into clear back in September. She is a member and he isn't . We got an appointment with them tonight so I am supper pumped about that. Lets just say I am so grateful for the tender mercies of the lord. We finally have had an investigator attend church here!!!!!!!! We were also able to watch the first presidency Christmas devotional.

So my spiritual thought is on the 2 new videos the church has put out that the church has asked us missionaries to share and members of the church found on

I love the story of the good tidings from angel brought to the shepherds. Out of all the people in the World who could have such a wonderful manifestation. I am so grateful for the gift of a savior that was provided. I learned that more yesterday in temple how everything points toward Jesus Christ.  I miss all yall so much. Especially during the holiday season!!!! The church is true. A savior was born. The gospel message is sweet. It is the only thing that will bring peace and happiness to this world. And will bring salvation and Exaltation to those that accept it.
Elder Richardson

So fresh and so clean.

Far Far Away on Judea's Plains Nov, 30th


This week was a little slower but we still saw amazing miracles!!! The other day we were following up with one of our investigators, Irberto. He wasn't home but his room mate, Benmerito, was home. We taught him the restoration and two days later taught him about the book of mormon. We also contacted a man named Alejandro. We were able to teach him the restoration and he told us about his mormon friends in Hondorus and how happy they were.

We have also seen miracles with our investigators Hector y Giselda. They have started to slowly progress. We finally figured out why he doesn't read. He has a very difficult time reading and we told him about the app he was really happy. He started playing it so it could read it to him.

We also we able to see Juan and Carla and reviewed the restoration with them. They told us they gained an understanding of the importance of the book of mormon.

We had an awesome thanksgiving at the mission home. It was really neat! We were also helping out with the angel tree at the mall.... on friday.... i just got tired from the crowds there... HAHA

My spiritual thought comes from

Another great soul in the history of the Church is Scottish convert John Menzies Macfarlane. He joined the Church with his widowed mother and brother, and the three of them journeyed to Salt Lake in 1852. He was 18 years old. Over the years, he became a surveyor, builder, even a district judge, but it was his music that distinguished him. He organized his first choir in Cedar City and took his ensemble around southern Utah. After a performance in St. George, Elder Erastus Snow, an Apostle and leader of the colony, encouraged him to move to the southern Utah community and bring his family and music with him. Times had been very hard in 1869, and Elder Snow asked Brother Macfarlane to stage a Christmas program that would lift the people’s spirits. Brother Macfarlane wanted a new and engaging musical piece for the event. No matter how hard he tried to compose, nothing came. He prayed for inspiration and prayed again. Then, one night, he woke his wife and exclaimed, “I have the words for a song, and I think I have the music too!” He hurried to the keyboard of their small parlor organ and played the tune, writing it down while his wife held before him the flickering light of a bit of flannel floating in a bowl of grease. The words and music flowed forth: Far, far away on Judea’s plains, Shepherds of old heard the joyous strains: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest; Peace on earth, goodwill to men; Peace on earth, goodwill to men!  Brother Macfarlane had never been to Judea to see that the plains were more like rocky hillsides, but the inspired message of his music poured from his soul as a witness of the Savior’s birth in Bethlehem of Judea, a beginning that would change the world forever.  I bear my witness that our Eternal Father lives. His plan of happiness profoundly  blesses the lives of each of His children in all generations. I know that His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the babe born in Bethlehem, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that dear President Thomas S. Monson is His prophet on the earth today. These words of praise speak truth in my ears: “Glory to God in the highest; peace on earth, good will to men.”

Yall are awesome!!! Stay good. MAKE GOOD CHOICES!!!!
Elder Richardson

So fresh and so clean.

Come ye Thankful People


So I will be staying in the BR for another transfer but Elder Tuttle is getting transfer. Estoy muy Triste...... I am pretty sure I know who is my new companion and he is one of my really good friends in the mission so I am really excited.

This week was really awesome and was full of miracles. We continued to do some tracting in a neighborhood. We found a couple of people who we shared the message of the restoration to. One was a man named Irberto when after we shared the restoration. After he asked if we could share a prayer with him. We later scheduled a return appointment with him.

We did an awesome service project at the Mall of Louisiana with an angel tree project. It was really fun. We will be doing service again this friday... black friday..... HAHA! That will be fun!!!!!

We had a really amazing experience sunday night. We had a follow up appointment with a guy we contacted and taught the restoration lesson named Hector. We went to his place and he had invited his whole family and a bunch of neighbors to here the message of the restoration. There were 10 people in that lesson listening to us about the restoration. It was a very powerful moment. During the lesson we had a prompting to ask them who is Jesus Christ to them and they all gave powerful answers. They all loved the message of the restoration and accepted a return appointment for the Book of Mormon. After Hector asked his wife to give the closing prayer and the spirit was really strong while giving the prayer. It was one of the most amazing moments of the mission.

So yall can probably guess what the spiritual thought is on.... GRATITUDE!!!! President Monson gave an amazing talk called the Divine Gift of Gratitude. In it he gave a quote by President Joseph F. Smith  “The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love over powers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.” He continued: “Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!"

Continuing President Monson said, Do material possessions make us happy and grateful?Perhaps momentarily. However, those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted.

I share with you an account of one family which was able to find blessings in the midst of serious challenges.This is an account I read many years ago and have kept because of the message it conveys. It was written by Gordon Green and appeared in an American magazine over 50 years ago.

Gordon tells how he grew up on a farm in Canada,where he and his siblings had to hurry home from school while the other children played ball and went swimming. Their father, however, had the capacity to help them understand that their work amounted to something. This was especially true after harvest time when the family celebrated Thanksgiving, for on that day their father gave them a great gift. He took an inventory of everything they had.

On Thanksgiving morning he would take them to the cellar with its barrels of apples, bins of beets, carrots packed in sand, and mountains of sacked potatoes as well as peas, corn, string beans, jellies, strawberries,and other preserves which filled their shelves. He had the children count everything carefully. Then they went out to the barn and figured how many tons of hay there were and how many bushels of grain in the granary.They counted the cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and geese. Their father said he wanted to see how they stood, but they knew he really wanted them to realize on that feast day how richly God had blessed them and had smiled upon all their hours of work. Finally, when they sat down to the feast their mother had prepared,the blessings were something they felt.

Gordon indicated, however, that the Thanksgiving he remembered most thankfully was the year they seemed to have nothing for which to be grateful.

The year started off well: they had leftover hay, lots of seed, four litters of pigs, and their father had a little money set aside so that someday he could afford to buy a hay loader—a wonderful machine most farmers just dreamed of owning. It was also the year that electricity came to their town—although not to them because they couldn’t afford it.

One night when Gordon’s mother was doing her big wash, his father stepped in and took his turn over the washboard and asked his wife to rest and do her knitting. He said, “You spend more time doing the wash than sleeping. Do you think we should break down and get electricity?” Although elated at the prospect, she shed a tear or two as she thought of the hay loader that wouldn’t be bought.

So the electrical line went up their lane that year.Although it was nothing fancy, they acquired a washing machine that worked all day by itself and brilliant lightbulbs that dangled from each ceiling. There were no more lamps to fill with oil, no more wicks to cut, no more sooty chimneys to wash. The lamps went