Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving

Well I haven't been updating my blog since I have been home. So I need to work on that. But whatever.
I have been home from my mission for one month now. Its been great to be home. I am happy, and have been enjoying spending time with my family and friends. So just a few major events:

October 22: I arrived home from my mission.





That same night I was released and I reported to the High Council.

Everyone came to Arizona to see me.








And I finally met my newest niece.. Libby





November 22 We had a mission reunion. Our mission Pres from Mexico came up to Utah and we had a great time.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Last Week

Wow what a week. God really wanted to give me just a few more trials before going home. They weren't so much trials from investigators, but trials from the elements. IT WAS SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, SO BAD. hehe ok, i said it. It was really just normal hot, but the thing is that Santa Rosa didnt have power all weekend. So we didnt have fans. And the thing about argentine houses is they dont have insulation. So if its hot outside, its hotter inside. and visa versa. It was just a long weekend. We survived. I am just glad that I only have to endure a week more of this heat. I really do feel bad for elder hebdon. I am gonna try to get a AC unit for him when i leave. We also had some fun times with ants, mosquitoes, and a scorpion ( Photos when i get home). But thats just the fun of the mission. So much patience that its almost funny.

Other than that, I spent my free time writing letters to all my friends here in Argentina, sending my ties to converts, making phone calls, and finishing off my journal. It was sorta hard to say goodbye to alot of people, and I´ll miss them, but if we just endure to the end, Í´ll see them again. Our last 2 weeks were normal, nothing really out of the ordinary. We helped some of the other elders move last pday, cleaned the church, went to a baptism of a 8year-old in our branch, knocked alot of doors, taught a couple good lessons, finished the New testament, made alot of visits to less actives and converts, and just worked!

I will miss being a missionary. It has been a great ride. It went by fast, even though some days I wished it was already over. Even though we are all missionaries in some sense, I will miss walking in the streets, talking with people, knocking doors, sleeping on the ground for months, the heat, the cold, the tears, the rejection, the thousands of first lessons, the discussions, the baptism interviews, the baptisms themselves, the converts, the friendships, the members, the lunches, the no-preparation talks in church, Gospel Principles class, my companions, my districts and zones, my Mission Presidents, the pdays, the district meetings, personal study time, comp study time, speaking Spanish, sweating all day, washing my clothes in a bucket, eating weird things, bus rides, my feet hurting, not having water (hot or cold), not having electricity for days, and moving to new states every 4 months. But most of all, I will miss the spirit of missionary work. The feelings and the promptings of who to talk to and what to say. I know if I live right, I´ll always have that, but it will still be different to some extent. I will miss the love of the members and my converts. They truly are the greatest reward of a mission. Becoming friends with so many people, sharing so much time with them, teaching them, listening to their testimonies, and watching them grow on their own. Its almost like having a child, I wouldnt know, but it might be a correct comparison. We go and find them, they read and pray for the first time in their life. They begin to take baby steps as they listen and go to church with us for the first time. They feel the truth and are baptized, sealing them to us forever. Then as we leave the area, we see them doing all these things by themselves. They teach themselves and their friends. They are happy. They have changed, and you can see it in their faces. You grow to love them so very much. The mission is truly an amazing thing. Well that pretty much sums it all up. I am happy to have finished. I will miss my mission, but its time to move on. I have my whole life in front of me now, and I cant wait to get started again. See you all soon!

Monday, September 29, 2008

3 more Weeks!

Really, I´m not counting down the days. I just happen to know how much time I have left, because I can count the days on my fingers and toes. But really, I am loving my time here, and not want to come home yet... I had a great week. We had conference, and it was super hot! We also did a really big service project, but I didnt bring my camera =/

Heres some photos

This is a bag of milk. They dont come in gallon jugs here.


My slipper =(


Hehehe, This is kinda funny. We have termites in the apartment. And they would make little piles of wood bits all over the floor, so I solved the problem the only way I knew how.




This is a cute little girl in my Area named Yael


Love you all, see you soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Last Transfer 5 weeks to go....

Well I try not to count down the days, but either way, my time in Argentina is coming to a close. Its been a crazy week. Our shower and stove broke, followed by a waterline breaking in the front yard. But we got them fixed, so no harm done there. Other wise, I am doing well. I am happily enjoying my last weeks here, and working hard, and trying to baptize a few more people before I leave. I love you all, see you soon, Here are a few pictures I took this week.


Thats me eating these yummy little cookie like snacks called Alfajors.





Heres a picture of my comp Elder Hebdon, and the above ground sewer system... YUMMY!



My House


There is a huge banana field behind me.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lol!

1.YOUR REAL NAME:
Kyle Richey
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of real name plus izzle.)
Kylizzle
3.YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)
Black Puppy
4.YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, and name of street you grew up on)
Clinton Tremaine
5.YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom's maiden name)
Rickypet
6.YOUR SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
Blue Coke
7.YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (Mother's middle name and father's middle name)

Ann George
8.YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one your pets)
Black Buddy

Monday, August 18, 2008

2 Months Left

Well I only have 2 months left of my mission here in Argentina. I am happy, exicited and sad at the same time. I have been working for a while on a website dedicated to my mission. It is awesome done, but I thought I would still publish it so you can all see it.

www.kylerichey.com/mission

Also like always my new photos are online

Mission Photos

See you all in 2 months.
Kyle

Friday, June 20, 2008

June 20 08

Well today was a good day. This week I was transferred to a new area called Santa Rosa. Its in the middle of nowhere in northern Argentina, about an hour from Bolivia. But thats ok. Its like being back in Jujuy like last year.
My comp is named Elder Soriano, he is from Mendoza Argentina, my first Argentine comp. He is cool enough =)
My transfer was crazy. Well after a late night of packing, i was up early on Monday to catch my bus. I don't know how much you have heard about the blockades they are been doing on the highways, but our bus arrived 6 hours late. And whereas I had a 9 hour bus ride ahead of me, I wasnt very happy about it. But anyways, I got on my bus, and made it to oran at 2 in the morning. This morning, we had district meeting and then I met up with my new comp Elder David Soriano.
Our house is nice and dumpy =( My area is pretty bad. Its the poorest area I have ever had, worse even than Monterrico last year. But its ok, dont worry about me. =) I live about an hour from Oran, and its totally in the middle of nowhere. But from what I have done and who I have met so far, I like it. I´ll send pictures next week. Its crazy. I think thats about all in my area. Still no hot water heater, just a shower heater =(
But anyways, last week was good. Lucia was baptised by Elder Lawson and I confirmed her on sunday. Back in tucuman, they will be baptising a kid next week. I acutally wasnt going to be leaving Tucuman, but Pres changed transfers. So thats too bad. I really didnt want to leave yet, but I´ll go where the Lord wants me to be.
This week Pres Rubalcava is having a special last conference to say goodbye to us. He leaves next week. So we will be traveling on thursday back to jujuy for the conference. So that will be cool.
Elder Harris flew home today, I´ll miss him, but we´ll see each other in a month because he´s coming back in August. And we´ll be living together in december.
Well, everything is going well. This might be my last area. I´m not sure yet. I only have 2 more transfers ( and all of this one) left. So I could just stay here these 3 transfers and then go home. It depends on what Pres Northcut does.

So thats basically my week. Later.....

Monday, June 9, 2008

June pictures!

Here is me and my comp in our house.




Heres some dog we found... lol



That is a hot water heater... 2 min showers wahoo.



Lunch.


Fin.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Swimming? I dont think so....

Heres a few fun pictures from our Trip to Lules, a small town near the captal of Tucuman Argentina.














Untill next week!

Monday, April 21, 2008

18 Months Out

Well, Another week is already over. It is amazing how fast time goes by, I cant believe it sometimes..

To start off my letter, I just completed 18 months in my mission. I cant believe it! I am older than megann ever was! =)
I had a normal week, it went by fast. On Monday, we had interviews with president.. It was quick like always. But, I got permission to call home for Bens birthday. It was great to talk to my parents and family.

On Tuesday, we had Mission Conference. It was good. Pres and His wife talked, and I saw and talked with my kid, Elder Christensen, and with all my other friends. Mission conferences are always cool for that reason.
That evening we had a raving game of Teg, that is the argentine verison of Risk. After an intense game, it was just down to Elder Odell and I, and we called a draw. Elder Odell is from Mesa, and knows Elder Badwin well.

Wensday was a normal work day. We taught a ton of lessons this week, considering that we didnt work for the first 2 days of the week. We had 23 lessons.
Nothing noteworthy happened on Thursday either.
On Friday, we were pleased to FINALLY get our stove fixed and now can cook..... So I celebrated the evening making soup.... I also completed 18 months in the mission. Elder Weiner called me and we reminisced.

Saturday was yet another normal day. We taught quite a few first lessons this week, and got like 18 new investigadors. In particular, we are teaching a nice family. Their names are Antionio and Sara. They have a kid with some handicap like downs.
We also have been teaching another family, one of which will prolly get baptised this weekend, along with Mariah. So pray for us, and Lois, the kid we are trying to baptise.
Today monday, we already have gone out to lunch at a super nice cafe. And took our washing machine to get fixed.
Remember that I am always updating my photos, blog and website whenever I can.

I am doing well as always, Happy, well fed, and not burned hehe.
I hope you are all doing well too. Love you.
Kyle

Monday, April 14, 2008

Accepted to BYU

Well I am happy to report that I was accepted to BYU today. My letter reads,

Dear Kyle:
We are delighted to inform you that you have been admitted to Brigham Young University to begin Winter 2009. Through your preparation and personal achievements you have distinguished yourself from a very strong group of applicants. We believe you will make a positive contribution to our BYU community.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our campus to pursue your educational goals.Best wishes as you finish this school year. We encourage you to continue to excel in the classroom and to maintain the standards outlined in the University Honor Code. You are to be commended for your accomplishments!
Warmest regards,
R. Kirk Strong
Director of Admission Services

I am excited to go, now I just have to choose a major...... =(

All is well in Argentina, Its cold. But all is well. Well gotta run
Love you all
Kyle

Monday, March 31, 2008

Its always late...

heheh well by the title I guess you can tell that its late.

I had a good day, just busy. To sum up, today we went into downtown to get a razor charger. We ate lunch with some members and then spent the whole afternoon in the Sisters apartment in my district while a man came over to fix their light. So that was fun.. Then we had to go shopping.. My new apartment is a house, its really nice, large, 3 bathrooms and everthing. But no hot water, no washing machine, no iron, no stove....etc.. We just moved into it 3 weeks ago. So I spent the day getting hot water put in... It will be working this week... I hope.. And the rest... I am still working on it. So step by step it will become a new place to live in.

My week was normal.. Way too much rain. We couldnt work several days because of all the rain.. It wasnt cool. On tuesday, I gave my first district meeting lesson. It went well. I talked on the importance of our work and truely teaching people to repent and not just to be baptised... I would have to prepare a lesson for tomorrow, but we will just be doing new goals for the month of april ( I cant believe it april now). This week I got to know my new area.. For the third time in a row, I dont live in my area, but at least here in Sur, I only live 2 blocks away. My area is small, only about a mile square. But lots of people live here, so it will be ok. My area covers 2 branches, which is weird because usually our areas are the same size as the wards/branches.. But anyways, both branches are very small, only about 20 a piece. I still dont know why they arent just the same branch, because they meet in the same church building, and almost at the same time.. But I am just a missionary.. so whatever. We meet in the church for the first sacrament meeting at 9:30, then the second at 11:30.

Elder Brown is my new companion.. He is from Morgan Utah. He is 19 and just hit 5 months in the mission today ( thats including 2 in the MTC). I like him. But he needs alot of help in his spanish. =) His first comp (his papi) doesnt speak well either, so what could you expect. But we will work hard together. I am sure of it.

This week we will have one baptism. His name is Nate. He is the son of some less active members. Hopefully we can reactvate his family once he is a member. New pictures on my site like always, I am just gonna update the album new from argentina and baptisms. I hope you have a great week.
With all my love,
Kyle

Monday, March 24, 2008

Back to Tucuman

Well its late monday night. And.... I am back in Tucuman.. My new area is called Sur, which means south. I am in the same zone as I was in when I was in Manantial with Elder Christansen. I am the new district leader too. So... New area, new responsibilties and so on... My new comp is Elder Brown, from Utah. He´s pretty new, only in his 3rd transfer. But thats cool. We will have a good time here. I am happy to be back in Tucuman, but I will miss Salta.

The baptism went good. I did it. We baptised the whole Tula family! I am super happy for that. On saturday I took the whole family out to a all you can eat buffet. They loved it. It was their first time in a buffet. I paid it all ( 43 bucks for 8 people). It was hard saying goodbye to everyone, but I got it all done. Packing wasnt fun, it never is. I live in a apartment of 4 elders. I already am good friends with Elder O´dell. He´s from mesa and he was in my district when I was in LasTenia 4 months ago. He is getting a kid this transfer, so I will be living with 2 really new missionaries.
I also live close to elder baldwin again, so thats cool too. I´m happy.

Well its already getting late. I am super tired. Thats just the mission. Give all we can give, then God does the rest. But I am good. My new house looks nice, but looks like I am back to washing clothes by hand.... =(

P.S. I lost my camera cord, so it´ll be a couple months for new photos.. sorry!

Kyle

Monday, March 10, 2008

My area in Salta


pic of my area in Salta

Happy 21st Birthday to Me

Well today is March 10 2008. I am now 21 years old. Its amazing how fast time goes by. I sometimes almost wish it didn´t go by so quickly.



Anyways, Today has been good. I got several phone calls and emails from friends, family, members of the church and converts. I already had lunch with a really nice family in my ward. And this afternoon we have dinner planed with another one of my favorite familes.

This week has been good. Normal. We taught 28 lessons, and had 4 people come to church. I wanna talk about a really cool man we are teaching named Lucas. He is like 50 years old and blind. We started just reading the Book of Mormon to him, but now we burned him a cd so he can listen to the scirptures while he is alone. He has so much faith. Its amazing. He will be baptised in a few more weeks.



Alejandro is still doing good, even if we can´t divorse and/or baptise him. He, and his wife-to-be are learning and progressing alot and I can feel such a change in them.
My converts here are doing well, and so am I with my comp. We get along well and all that jazz.

I have 7 months left of my MISSSSSION !!!! Thats crazy. Anyways, thats about it for now
With Love
-Kyle

Monday, March 3, 2008

March 03 08

Well its Monday once again. I am good, and happy. I am still in Salta capital, with my 10th comp Elder Papenfuss. We are in the 4th week of our transfer. This last saturday, the 1st, we had 2 baptisms of two young boys named Carlos and Hawkeen (sp). See picture below. This week was full of lessons, almost 20 of them. And it was a slow week.



We are still working hard with Alehandro and his wife so that they can get married and then baptised. We will hopefully see them baptised soon.



Its also my 21st birthday next Monday, so dont forget to write me =)

It is finally cooling down here in Salta, Its been a nice summer, with lots of rain and not alot of direct sunlight, which is nice when you walk outside 12+ hours a day. Tomorrow is zone conference. We also know who our new mission president will be. His name is Pres May from Orem Utah. So that will be an interesting change, going from a Latino to a gringo president. I am excited for when he comes in July.

From left to right: Elder Papenfuss, Carlos, Hawkeen, Seriho, and me

Monday, February 18, 2008

16 Months out!

Well its hard to believe so much time has gone by. 16 months ago today I left home. Does that make you trunky?! I had a dream last night that I was at home, at our 507 e treamaine house, but I didnt see you guys there. But I went over to the McCabes and talked to them. I dream about being home almost every night. This week was good. Taught 32 lessons this week.

On Wensday, we were up at 5am and gone at 6am. We have a super good investigator named Alejandro or Ale for short. His 35ish and needs to get divorsed and married and then baptised. So we got up really early and went to the Argentine Judical courts and began processing his divorse. In about 3 weeks, we´ll be baptising him and his family. So cant complian there. We are working so hard. hehe, and I am not just saying that so you think I am a good missionary ( even though you already do). We also finished teachig a little kid named Joaquin ( or Haw-keen). His mom was an inactive member, so we got her coming back and we´ll baptise him on saturday, and maybe another kid too. Today we are just gonna chill and relax.

We have been killing ourselves working so hard. We had transfers, I dunno if I mentioned it last week. I am still here in Salta with Elder Papenfuss. We have a ton of fun together. He is gonna hit one year. So we work well together. Nothing else of note is happening here. Just hangingout, working and baptising! hehe.
Last night, we ripped out a bunch of pictures of Jesus from the Ensigns and made a collage (sp) of pictures on the wall. Its cool, but we havent finsihed yet, so I will send the pic next week.
Hope all is well in the US of A.
-Kyle

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Audio Blog Number 1!

Ok well I tried and tried to make my own mp3 player built into the page, but I will just let you download my file and listen to it when you please.

Heres the link

http://www.kylerichey.com-a.googlepages.com/blogJan2808.wav

Hope you enjoy it!


Monday, January 21, 2008

January 21 2008

Well this is gonna be my first blog entry.

OK Well just for those who don´t know. I am on a mission in Salta Aregentina. I have 9 months left untill I return to the USA. I have had 5 areas so far in my mission.

I am now in my 5th area and with my 10th companion. My area is in the captal of the city of Salta and its called Independencia. My comp is named Elder Papenfuss and he is from Utah.

I am doing good. I am always doing good. God blesses me and all of His missionaries.
So Just to get started directly I will tell a little about my last week.

On Sunday, Jan 13 2008: Well we just went to church. We went and picked up some of our investigatores. Their names are Carlos and Alena. They are gonna be baptised in another week. We also are gonna get them married this week. So that will be cool.
After lunch, we went and taught a couple lessons.

On Monday, we had Pday. We went and bolwed and went shopping.. It was alot of fun. We taught a nice couple that night named Flor and Ricardo. They had a lot of questions, and we asnwered most of them.

On Tuesday, we had district meeting. Its boring, nothing special. We just get taught by the District Leader and then we went to lunch and then to work. We knocked some doors and got into a first lesson. In the night, we went to a meeting with the bishop and some of the leaders of the ward, but since we are in Argentina, nobdoy but the Bishop showed up hehe.

Wensday, we went and taught Carlos and family again, We taugh the Plan of Salvation and it went really good! The Bishop stiffed our lunch apointment, so we went home and just made our own. Then this HUGE rain storm came in and totally owned the whole city. So we took refuge in the apartment. And then afterwards, we went around working but nobody was home for our apointments. =( So we just came home all wet and bummed out =(

ON Thursday, we got a reference and went to contact her. Her name is Adriana, She is super cool. We talked for a while, and she had already read the Book of Mormon part, so we just set a baptism date with her. Although she didnt come to church this week, I still think she will continue to progress. We also finally got into our appointment with Alehandro. He is a super cool guy. He was praying super hard a few weeks back that God would help him quit drinking, and then 3 days later, we knocked his door. He came to church this week, and will be baptised soon. Now we just to have to work with his family so that will be baptised too.

On Friday, we had baptism interviews with Pres. We had to go to the Mission Offices, and have them there. Like always, Pres does the interviews super fast. We ran home and taught Carlos and family the 3rd lesson, the gospel of Jesus Christ. After lunch and a lesson with Oscar Ruiz, one of my baptisms from last transfer, we taught a first lesson, and then taught some less active members. That night we went and talked with another person namedAlehandro Ruiz. He is the son of Oscar, my baptism. We talked alot about baptism, and he will be baptised this saturday. =) So thats always cool.

Saturday started out a little slow, because I was sick in the bathroom hehehe. I LOVE ARGENTINA!!! The day was really hard, didnt get alot done because all of our lessons fell through. We live with another companship, and they were having a baptism that night, so we brought Carlos and family along with us. It was super cool, and they loved seeing the baptism, and are excited for their own.

Sunday was a great day. We had 6 investigators in the Church! Carlos and family, Alehandro and Alehandro2. They all stayed for all 3 hours and loved it. I taught Gospel Principles lesson 3, which talks about Jesus Christ being pre-ordained by Godin the PreMortal Life. It went very well. After that, we had lunch, and knocked doors for 4 hours. We got in several times, but didnt have any good lessons. We spent the rest of the night doing contacts in the street.

So Today monday, we went to go get Carlos and his wife to be Alena, married, but Argentina has worse red tape than the States, so we have to wait an another week. =( But thats ok
Well thats about all I wanted to say for this week!!!
I hope everyone is well.
Remember, I am always updating my sites with new stuff. My pics can be accessed from this site:
www.kylerichey.com

And just hit me up with an email at kylerichey87@hotmail.com

Ok Love you all, write me!
Love
Elder Kyle Richey

Monday, January 14, 2008

Pictures?!

Heres post number ONE!!!!

Just two pictures!






I will post a letter next week!!