Friday, October 23, 2009

Speaking in Church

Landon's homecoming talk will be on Sunday, November 8th, 11am, at the Porterville Church in Morgan. 2700 S. Morgan Valley Drive. (Morgan 6th Ward)

Sister Lori London's missionary "farewell" will be in the same meeting, so plan to arrive early to get a good seat.

Directions: Take the Morgan Exit, turn right onto State Street, proceed south past Jubilee, over the Weber River (bridge under construction), to Young (0) Street, turn right, proceed West to the "Y" intersection (near the mountains), turn left, proceed South for about 4 miles? or so. It will be on your right, brown building, you can't miss it.

After Sacrament meeting, we will gather at the County Courthouse for a luncheon at approximately 12:30. Hope you can all come and enjoy!

*You will pass the Courthouse as you turn at the intersection of State and Young street. It is on the NW corner.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Homecoming

It was a wonderful day yesterday. We are so happy to see Landon, and he looks SO GOOD. We all had smiles a mile wide all day long. Click here for more pics.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leaving Peru.........

Hermana Alcantara sent this picture via Facebook early this morning. It was taken at the airport in Lima.

Our North American missionaries have been on a plane since 12:30 am this morning from Lima to Atlanta. After a 2 hour layover, the Utah missionaries are expected in SLC at 12:30 pm MST. If they happen upon a good tail wind, they could be a little early. We invite any and all to join with us at the airport, or later this evening at our home. As you can imagine, we are looking forward to seeing Landon once again. We are so proud of him, and the mission he has served. It has indeed, been the BEST TWO YEARS........so far :)

Check back on this blog for pics of the reunion, updates as far as work and college, and also our trip BACK to Peru, which is tentatively planned for December of this year. Thanks to ALL of you, for joining us in this journey.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You're going to be okay Elder.......

The next few days are going to be a little rough for Elder Rich and other returning missionaries.......in more ways than one.

Please CLICK HERE and read this, just to get an idea.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Missionary 's Story.........

Now these were their journeyings; Having taken leave of their father (and mother)....they departed out of the land.....and they took their (missionary supplies)..... to go up to the land of (Peru).

And it came to pass that they......fasted much and prayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring if it were possible, their brethren.....to the knowledge of the truth.....

And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them; Be comforted, and they were comforted. And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth.....and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient.....show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

And it came to pass that the hearts of (these) sons....took courage to go forth......to declare.....the word of God. And it came to pass when they had arrived in the borders of the land......they separated themselves and departed one from another, trusting in the Lord that they should meet again at the close of their harvest; for they supposed that great was the work which they had undertaken.

*Parts taken from Alma,Chapter 17, Verses 6-13

2 years later..............

(They) did rejoice exceedingly to see (each other).....and they were....brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.

But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with the power and authority of God. And they had been teaching the word of God for the space of (two years).....having had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, by the power of their words.

*Parts taken from Alma,Chapter 17, Verses 2-4

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Assistant

Elder Vigil, from Layton, Utah arrived at the offices last Thursday. Landon is training him as his replacement. The work goes on !

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meeting with Great Leaders !

Today the meeting was great!! All of the Peru missions (North, East, South, Central) were there and President Edgley, of the Presiding Bishopric was there with his wife, Elder Clayton, President of the Seventy, Elder Christofferson, from the Twelve Apostles, Elder Nash, Elder Pino, and Elder Gavarret, and four other Seventy's, Four mission presidents, the Lima Temple President, and other leaders of the area. It was a great meeting!!

President Edgley talked about how today is the greatest time in the history of the church to do missionary work. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how rich or poor you are or how much education you have, we all have the same calling and the same responsibility to help others.

Elder Clayton talked about the miracles he has seen here in Peru. In 1925 there wasn’t a single member of the church in South America and in 1971 there was only 1 Stake and Mission in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Elder Christofferson talked about Alma 17:3. Teaching by the Spirit of revelation and prophecy. The new Bible in Spanish could very well be the best version of the Bible in all the world. It’s a privilege to serve God. We need to KNOW Jesus Christ. Not only know things about Him, we need to KNOW His atonement, not only know about it.

The Spirit was strong and it was a great atmosphere. Afterward, President Perez had lunch with all of the leaders and he said that very good things were said about the Peru Lima North Mission. As I leave the mission, I'm happy it is in such good shape - the best in this continent and possibly the world.

These past two years have been the best. I have learned more than I ever have in my life previously. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have had, and I will always remember the lessons learned, and use them throughout my life.

Now it’s time to move on and get on with work, study, and family. It’s the plan of God that will never stop and will never change. I’ve learned to value a lot of things that maybe before I didn’t appreciate enough. I love my God and I love my family who has supported me.

Grandparents!!!! Thanks for everything you have done for me over these past two years. I love you with all my heart and I will see you soon and be working along side you. Thanks for everything.

MOM and DAD. Well it’s come - my last email..... What do we have to say for ourselves? It’s been a long road, much has changed, and all will be great!!! I can’t wait to be with you, and to learn the things I didn’t learn before. I ask that you will be patient with me and help me in my weaknesses. I have many. Teach me everything you know. I love you and can’t wait to see you!!!

MOM DON’T CRY!! I love you, and well, there isn’t any more to say that can’t wait until WEDNESDAY!!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

7 Missionaries coming home to the states

These North American missionaries will be returning home next week. Texas, Nevada, Idaho, and Utah - here they come !

Today, they will have their farewell testimony meeting with all of the Elders who are in the zones which are close to Lima.

Tomorrow all of the missionaries will get to hear Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Sunday, they will attend church in Lima for the last time as a missionary, and also have their farewell interviews with President Perez.

Monday they will be able to visit members and converts and investigators near the Lima area.

Tuesday they will attend the Lima Temple for the last time as a Peru Lima North Missionary.

Wednesday they will return home, having successfully completed their 2-year missions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dear Family...........


"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full."

2 John 1:12

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Lost Black Sheep

"He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart"
Isaiah 40:11


"I don’t know if I have mentioned him before, but we found a man named Carlos about two months ago. He is 29 years old. His brothers and sisters are members of the church, but he is separated from them. He is the lost black sheep."

"When we found him in the street he was a drug addict. He lived in the back of a truck and worked in the morning so he could eat lunch, worked in the afternoon so he could eat dinner, and he went hungry for breakfast."

"We taught him the gospel, little by little. We pounded it in his head, haha. He already had heard it a million times, he knows over 100 missionaries, but it wasn’t his time. Since the time we found him, he has changed. He now lives in a hotel where he doesn’t have to go out into the street to see his ´´friends´´ where he will be tempted to go back to his old ways. He has made things right with his partner, Angela. Last night we had a GREAT lesson with them. We talked about families, we talked about the Law of Chastity, and we loved them."

"How sweet is the gospel of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice that can make any man or women clean from ANY error or sin. At the end of the lesson, holding hands, they said, “Well it’s the best for both of us.” Before, they fought and yelled and hated. Now they love and respect one another."

"Carlos had a “strong” character and a horrible attitude with Angela, but after President Monson spoke about Anger in the Priesthood Session, which Carlos attended, he has completely changed his attitude and his way of being. I love this gospel and I love my Savior Jesus Christ and his Prophet here upon this earth."

"I will not be here to see the progress of Carlos and Angela. I will not be able to see their baptism, but I know the Lord will bless them!! I love them and will miss them!!!"


**We got a "shout out" on this great blog - Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord. Pretty awesome !

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This past week.........

"The trip to Tarapoto was great. We flew out Tuesday, and spent the night. Wednesday we had the interviews and trainings with the Tarapoto Zone, where I said good bye to Elder Foutz and Elder Sanchez for the last time as a missionary."

"The trainings went really well. My companion is teaching on “Teaching by the Spirit”, and I’m teaching about how to use ´´The Flip´´ to help investigators get to church. ´´The Flip´´ is a flip book of pictures of the church and it's meetings, so that the investigators are more familiar with the meetings before they actually GO to the meetings."

"Afterward, we ate lunch and headed to Moyobamba!! The travel was great and I took some good pics. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive through beautiful jungle with big mountains and steep drop offs, haha, it was good. We stayed the night there Wednesday, and got up for the interviews on Thursday. The trainings also went really well and then I ate a giant ANT!!! Haha, it’s called Siquisapa. It wasn’t as gross as the Suri, so that was a plus."




"Then we headed back to Tarapoto and got stuck in construction, so we were held back and there was no time to visit anyone in Tarapoto. We went straight to the airport and flew out to Lima. We got here to the offices around 12 midnight. Lets just say that yesterday (Friday), I was REALLY tired !!!"


*Click on the picture for a close up of the HUGE ANT

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Hey - I know you !"

"You will never believe how many people know me! Last Monday Elder Peterson and I had the opportunity to go to the CCM and participate in a class with the North American missionaries who will be coming to our mission this next change. I’m not lying... 5 missionaries came up to me and said, "Elder Rich.... I KNOW YOUR MOM!" It was great. I loved it.... and another one said... "Elder Rich (looking at my plaque), this is going to sound like a stupid question, but... do you have a blog?" Haha, it was great!! I was dying laughing.... The blog has been a help for many people, and I’m glad and grateful you have done it, it's great! You have started something amazing!!!! I love you Mom."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

General Conference Pics

So I'm checking out Facebook this morning, and what do I find? Brother Hugo has posted pics of Landon ! Talk about making my day :)

I'm going to have to give Landon a bad time. I had written "Good Morning Sunshine" in the subject line of my last email, and he jokingly replied, "The sun never shines in Lima :)"

Looks like the sun in shining here !

Lester, Hugo, Landon, and Elder Santiago.

I can hardly wait to hear Landon's report of conference in next week's email.

Thanks Hugo !!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Busy Busy

All is well here, I'm the most busy I have ever been in my mission.

The drive up to Barranca last Tuesday/Wednesday was good. I love that trip because Sister Perez brings a big cooler full of goodies and sandwiches and drinks and it’s just amazing!!!! They are good company, or I should say, we are good company.

Presidente mentioned something really special to me. He told me that he and his wife were talking, and they said that having me back in the offices is like having a son come back from a trip. “Back in the house” is what he said. I love them both very much.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

"I knew you would accept it !!"

The week before last we were able to travel to Pucallpa, it was great!!! I was able to see some converts and also people that I was teaching who were baptized after I left. What a great feeling it is when that happens.

Imagine in the after life, ALL the people that we have ever shared the gospel with, if or when they get baptized and endure to the end, we will see them and we will be so so so happy to see them and say, “I knew you would accept it!!!!”

I bought the new Bible in Spanish and I love it. I think I like it better than I like the Bible in English. I don’t know, it’s just different, and I’m actually reading the Bible for the first time in my life, and loving it. I’m excited to get on with my life and get studying and working and see what life has to bring... and well, it’s coming fast.....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............................

This past week has been really really tiring. Last night I went upstairs and fell on my bed with all my clothes on, with my wallet and plaque and everything. I stayed there ALL nightlong. I slept in my church clothes you could call them, but in reality they're my everyday clothes, haha.