Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gold Investigator

Aug 7, 2017

On Sunday, a member brought his friend to church, Carlos, who enjoyed the church services very well! We met with Carlos on Tuesday and invited him to baptism for August 19, which he accepted. I also gave him Alma 5 which is a long chapter in the BOM to read, which he read the whole thing that very night. On Thursday, we taught him the Restoration, which he understood well, and we decided that he is progressing very well, so we invited him to be baptized August 12, which is this very upcoming Saturday. There's a chance that if all goes well he'll be baptized. We're gonna meet with him tonight in the chapel. He’s already friends with the bishop and various leaders in the ward, which really goes to show how important the work of members is! It’s so awesome to be apart of this great work!

Other than that, the missionary work is really starting to pick up in the ward here, and the members are starting to notice! We also had a super Viernes activity on Friday for investigators and members to get to know each other and make friends. We brought about 7 investigators, and played several game of basketball with all of us, and it turned out very well!

Things are going well. The end of this week are changes again, and this time it’s probably my turn to leave the area. I’ve been here since the beginning of March, so well see what happens! The mission is going quite well, love you all!

Love,
Elder Russon





Monday, August 7, 2017

When We Try, We Can Reach Our Goals

July 31, 2017

Before last week, the entire zone only found 10 new investigators, which is very low. So Last Tuesday, I asked the District leaders to talk about it in their district meetings, which they did very well. At the end, I spoke a bit more about it, and had us all put a goal of how many new investigators we could find today. As a district, we put the goal of 11, and headed to work. To my surprise, by the end of the night, as a district, we met the goal of exactly 11 new investigators in one day, which was incredible, and the following day, we found 9 more! By the end of the week as a zone, we found 38 new investigators which was almost 4 times better than the previous week. That made me so happy, but we can really achieve a lot if we just focus ourselves on what we need to do.

And of course, we had something even cooler happen this week, a BAPTISM! Esperanza decided to get baptized this last Saturday which turned out very well! Elder Leon baptized her and I confirmed her on Sunday. Several sisters are very excited to have a new member in the Relief Society, and she’s fitting right in very well. She’s a great convert, and it is the best thing to have a front row seat to God’s plan in action. This is the reason of why we are here, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

Sunday, we also had 8 investigators in church which is a pretty good amount, all getting ready to be baptized most likely for August. Were doing well finding new investigators and setting baptismal dates. I love you all and wish you the best of weeks this week!

Love,

Elder Russon




 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Divisions!

July 24, 2017

This week we did divisions with Arcos and Heroes. I went to both of their areas with Elder Smith and Palma on different days to meet and help their investigators, and it went well. Their both solid missionaries and are doing their best, but the divisions always seem to help have more motivation or learn new strategies of doing things from others. With Smith, we contacted a whopping 40, and then with Palma, we did 50 contacts. I love being able to meet new people and travel around a bit, it’s awesome.

This week, we also traveled out to Lomas again for a baptismal interview, which she passed and was baptized last Saturday, and from what we heard the baptism was a total success. The members gave her a photo right then and there of her baptism, a flower, and some good scriptures to study in hard times. It always helps to have a good ward to support the new converts.

Right now, we have 3 people preparing to be baptized next Saturday for the multi zone Noche Blanca. They’re Gabriel, Esperanza, and Alma, and we sure hope that all will go well for them. It’s a big step, and they all seem a little worried to take it, even though they already know it’s what they’re supposed to do. So we hope they all three can be baptized in the Noche Blanca.

Things are going well in the area, we just need to focus a bit more on finding new investigators. That’s the biggest funnel to baptisms, 'cuz the more we find, the more chance there is to find those who are actually prepared to be baptized.

Love,

Elder Russon

Here's a clip of the EFY singing we did. (Note from Mom: If anyone knows how to add an audio file to this blog, let me know, I haven't been able to figure it out :)
 

HAPPY PIONEER DAY!!!
 



 

Scripture Study!

July 17, 2017

It has been a good week. On Tuesday, we traveled to the other district counsel in Lomas, and afterwards, we did divisions with Elder Heywood and Sierra. It went well, we ended up inviting 3 investigators to baptism, all accepted, and we contacted 35 people in the rain, so that was awesome, haha (we got soaked!).

I have some new goals to read the Libro de Mormon every day in my personal study as well as reading Las Escrituras out loud for 10-15 minutes to help me with my Spanish pronunciation. Studying the scriptures especially the BOM is super important every day, because it transforms our brains to know and understand the doctrine of Christ so we don’t get lost in the world. It’s also important that we obtain a knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the doctrine.

Elder Leon and I are doing well in our area. Every lesson we have with our investigators, we talk about baptism. So they all know our purpose and what they need to do, it’s just a matter of their choice to accept it or not. We hope to baptize many this change, there’s 4 weeks left.

All the missionaries in Queretaro are going to sing for EFY next Wednesday. Yesterday, we had a practice, we’re singing 3 songs, and we sound all right. I’m sure well sound much better on Wednesday, haha!

Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 



 

God has a Plan!

July 10, 2017
 
So this week I had a cool simple spiritual experience teaching the plan of salvation. My new companion Elder Leon showed me one of his investigators that is actually the niece of one of my investigators, but now with the changes, we both share the same investigators in the same area. 

Her name is Alma, and we were teaching her about Gods plan that He has for us, and about half way through, I just sat there pondering looking and listening as my companion was talking. I felt Gods love as I thought about Alma as a daughter of God, knowing that we as missionaries can help her receive all of the ordinances she needs to be able to return home.

I felt the spirit so profoundly, just knowing and seeing a clear straight vision back to our Heavenly home, and that the only thing that matters in this life is that we make it back, and also help others come back as well. Gods plan and Christs church is perfect, and that's all that really matters.

I know this is the path, and there exists none other. I know it, and I invite all of you to pray to have God confirm His truth to you once again.

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 




 

Baptism!

July 3, 2017

On Friday, we had our baptism of Shakti at 12. Many members were working, so there were only 12 of us there, but it went very well. Both Elder Rowley and I shared a message about enduring to the end and prayer. It was one of the best baptisms weve had, it was spiritual. It was also the best birthday present Ive ever had – a baptism! We also attended 2 other baptisms, and ate tons of tacos afterward (I ate 16!)

Also as a zone, we completed our goal to baptize 12 in the month of June! Things are going very well. We also just had changes, my companion Elder Rowley, will be back in Utah tomorrow night, super crazy! And I’m staying here another change with Elder Leon, he’s also another great missionary, I’m pumped!

There is work to do. We are motivated to baptize and help lift up the stake. Things are going well, thanks for all of your support and have another fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 
 
 

 

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Book of Mormon

June 26, 2017

This week I’ve based and focused myself a bit more in the Book of Mormon, which is a history of our ancestors that lived in America. I’ve never quite realized just how much it testifies and teaches us of the Doctrine of Christ. Every single page has something to say about Christ and we can learn so much because of that.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is all that we need to live in this life. We must practice faith unto repentance daily. Be baptized with the Holy Ghost. And of course, one of the biggest and hardest steps is endure to the end. Every day is a battle against Satan to be on God’s side and to stay there. If we want to win, we must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week we’re going to have a baptism of Shakti. Her family was inactive, but now her Mom, Dad, little sister and her have been to church together 3 times now, and I can tell it’s blessed their life a lot. Shakti is so smart and knows what the right thing to do is. It will be this Friday at 12 in the chapel…you’re all invited!

We continue working, trying to find new investigators, because that’s our channel for baptisms, and we are baptism-hungry! This Friday, after Shakt’s baptism, we’re going to have a Noche Blanca at 7, where 4 people from 3 different wards are going to be baptized. It’s June 30, which is my birthday, and the whole day is gonna be great!!! Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Russon



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