Monday, October 26, 2015

Annapolis, MD - October 26, 2015

We had seven investigators come to church on Sunday. It was the Primary program. I know they felt the spirit and some got really teary eyed with all the children and said they loved the music. One said it was an uplifting experience. I don't know how interested they are in  getting baptized but said they wanted to come to church next week as well.

My mission president is awesome he says he sees something special in me, but it sounds just like the song "I'm going to be the next AP" which pretty much makes fun of an overconfident new missionary :). Ask Brendon if he's heard that song.

Oh I'm eating great but we just bought too much in advance so we can't eat out. I eat pasta, corn dogs, party pizzas, tons of candy, sandwiches, taco meat, eggs, ramen and tons of chili on Saturday at the ward chili cook-off.

I've taken a lot of pictures but forgot my camera I'll send them next week. Hey don't worry about Halloween candy my trainer's mom sent decorations and six bags of candy. Yes, we get to Skype at Christmas. Music selection on the mission is a personal choice, but should be gospel related. I haven't been able to listen to very much of the music I brought because we're on bikes.

I saw a lot of miracles this week.

Elder Ressler

Monday, October 19, 2015

Annapolis, MD - October 19, 2015

It's been an awesome week. Going on this mission is one of the best decisions I've made. I love getting to know so many people. I fall asleep so fast every night I'm usually exhausted but it's getting better. I've been reading Jesus the Christ and Our Search for Happiness and they've answered a lot of questions that our investigators have.

A past BYU football player that graduated in 1996 drove up to me and talked to me while my companion was on the phone. He says he has a picture on the wall and was super interested I was going to BYU. He was visiting the neighborhood he grew up in.

It was good yesterday; I was so cold I could see my breath, the humidity makes a big difference. When the sun was out it felt really hot, but then the cloud covered it and I was freezing like even with my coat.

We are really low on money for food. We went to two Peruvian chicken places and they are seriously amazing. I eat a lot of pasta, eggs, milk and no, we need to get hamburger for taco salads, but I will for sure.

I've been getting a lot more comfortable here and I've really enjoyed studying and looked forward to it; I've learned a lot. Are you guys ponderizing a scripture each week like from conference? Hey let me know which ones you do and you should share good scriptures with me every week. The ward here is so awesome were having like a chili cook off this Saturday and were hoping some investigators will end up coming. A lot of people are interested in hearing what we say but not promising to come to church or read because of like football and stuff like that that really doesn't matter in the end. But my investigators are doing well. I'm pretty sure at least two will get baptized but I mean, I always pray and remember everyone.

Hey I love you all,

Elder Ressler

Monday, October 5, 2015

Annapolis, MD - October 5, 2015

I love being a missionary! It's going by way fast. I'm already a third done with this transfer it's weird. We talk to so many people and I'm happy because we have taught way more lessons and have people progressing. I had some people try to bible bash us in a way and one yelled at us in Hebrew. But their arguments have strengthened my testimony even more.

General Conference was my favorite. I got so much out of it. I watched it at members’ houses. I was sad it was over. There are just a lot of awesome people out here and some strong members.

I've been feeling better but it's been hard biking so much in the rain and having no down time.

My companion was trained in this area. The downtown is really old English and that’s in my area. They split the Annapolis area when I got here and sadly most of the members are on the other side, but we get the city part.

I didn't realize Annapolis was the capital until a few days ago. Thanks for the information about Annapolis history. I’ve seen all of those places. That’s the college really? It's a super old college and very traditional. It's a really intellectual school we delivered a media referral near there and it's like all brick.

I haven't had seafood yet but I saw the Chesapeake Bay when a member took us to a restaurant in between conference sessions. We got fed so much. I look forward to the taco seasoning. I hear hamburger is expensive here, but I need taco meat.

That's awesome about President Jones having a friend here. I would love to meet them.

It's an amazing area. You know the Navy vs Air Force game was on Saturday during conference. The coach from “Meet the Mormons” in my wards stake and came to the priesthood session after the game. It was pretty cool.

I don't have too much time to play piano, but hardly anyone can play so for church and zone meetings I've sight read the hymns.

Elder Ressler