Monday, March 27, 2017

Baltimore Inner Harbor 1 - March 27, 2017

I am staying another transfer in Baltimore! My companion is leaving. The other Elders here in the apartment across the street are like my best friends ever. Seriously one is from Orem and we get home three weeks apart too. We're thinking of starting a legit tie business when we get back.

The work here has just started picking back up with finding new people. One of our investigators is pretty busy and so we haven't seen him for like a week and a half again. I've been making a bunch of ties for myself lately. I was sick this last week and felt terrible. I'm pumped for conference here. We taught this lady and five of her grandchildren for the second time and I used the telephone game to help them all understand the apostasy. It was money.

We just started seeing signs of spring here, but now it's really rainy just like last year. It's very different here. I can't wait for it to be warm in this city. It was 75 for one day and I was so happy and then it got windy and rainy.

This week we went and had our ward mission leader's famous jerk chicken. We actually got a couch today! We only had a chair and a stool so now we can sit down.

I taught a super good lesson in gospel principles on the atonement and two less active member who are super tight started attending church again! Hey, President said I'm going home August 23rd.


Elder Ressler

Monday, March 20, 2017

Baltimore Inner Harbor 1 - March 20, 2017

We went to the mall in Towson so we're using a random library and I don't have a ton of time. Things are good. We had stake conference and I got to see a ton of people from Jones Falls ward.

The snow storm was crazy. We couldn't do much at all. It's warming up though so that's good.

Sorry I don't have too much time to email today. I can't wait to see flowers again. Can't wait for General Conference too!


Elder Ressler

Monday, March 13, 2017

Baltimore Inner Harbor 1 - March 13, 2017

I can't wait for general conference. One of our investigators is getting pumped for it. We picked up two new investigators. One of them seems really solid and interrupted a recent convert lesson we were having in a meeting room in the apartment complex. He had seen us before and is interested in joining the Church.

The biggest change is we finally got to see an investigator after 2 whole weeks! We talked about repentance and how we all make mistakes. We committed him to live the commandments and he's pretty serious about THIS church and being baptized. He went to his mom's Baptist church and said it wasn't the same and "ours has the spirit there". He's doing awesome and we should be seeing him tonight. He loves meeting with us. This last week we also met with some recent converts and they are like my favorite members.

I love the St. Patrick's day food and traditions. We have interviews with president that day. I don't think they'll let us go out after six like last year.

Elder Ressler

Monday, March 6, 2017

Baltimore Inner Harbor 1 - March 6, 2017

It's been under 30 degrees and then up to 78 degrees in the same week and now it's going back to the 60s, I don't know  what to think anymore. It's spring then it's winter.

I didn't have a super eventful week but, the good news is we got back in contact with one of our investigators and should be seeing him tonight. Our investigators are great. We mostly talk to people on public transportation, but I don't force anything anymore I just talk to them and then invite. Everyone here talks to us about being Mormon here though so it's easy. Missionaries have done service or gained respect through basketball. I've only tracked once here.... We don't have enough time because we get referrals and we deliver tons of Bibles and Book of Mormons, like 4 or 5 a week.

We also got this sweet referral of a couple with two daughters that randomly walked into the visitors center and want to learn more about the Book of Mormon! I've gotten pretty used to the city and I love the people here.

I really have the strongest testimony ever and I know for sure that what I say is true and I say it boldly. What's really changed on my mission is my scripture study and knowledge of the scriptures. I'm not going to lie I didn't read too much those last couple years being home. I read enough to believe it though. I think that's one thing that will keep on after I return is studying. I really found myself out here too. I've got confidence in who I am and I can't wait to be a member missionary or whatever calling I have. I will love Lancaster ward forever. I also think one of our investigators here, will really get baptized and he'll be an awesome member of the church. One of my favorite videos is the Gordon b Hinckley special witnesses of Christ and the how marvelous a work and a wonder about the book of Mormon.

We've been having some good fun here lately. Because of zone conference, a zone blitz, district meeting, and a special meeting after church and break the fast we didn't do as much this week, it felt weird. You'd be proud I've been spending my money really well. I almost bought this solid gold guardian angel necklace everyone has here, but I held myself back.


Elder Ressler