Monday, November 21, 2016

Oh, bytheway...

Were having a baptism this Saturday of Fortino!!!

Pics to come next Monday!


Elder Russon

From The Looks of The Pics, You Could Say Its Been A Nice week of Food...Haha!

We had another good week here in Cortazar. Were learning several things.

But, also, we've had a lot of trials, in a way. Lately, we've focused a lot more time on contacting, and trying to find new investigators. We don't have very many, and we've been having a hard time. 

For example, after we found a new investigator, we had a few lessons, and on the 3rd lesson, we all felt to put a baptismal date with her. We did and she accepted, and came to church the next day. Then three days later, the craziest thing happened that I still cant believe. She shamefully told us that her family scolded her for attending church with us, and that her husband, suddenly came up with enough money to get married by the catholic church. Ahhhhh! I just couldn't believe it. We all know for a fact that she felt the spirit strong with us, and now she's deciding to change her mind because of peer pressure. I can testify that Satan works REAL Hard. And all of this happened within a week and a half, real fast!. 

Along with that, we've had a few other trials, but don't read me wrong. Were also having success, but more than anything, were learning life long lessons.

I know the mission helps me in every little thing I do here, to prepare me for the rest of my future.

I also can't believe today is the last p-day of my companion Elder De Leon, from Guatemala. He leaves us this Sunday, super hard to believe, and Elder Macias and I are going to make sure he ends the mission strong and happy!

I know the mission helps me in every little thing I do here, to prepare me for the rest of my future. Hope y'all have a solid week!!!


Elder Russon

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Re: Rain, Clouds, and Freezing Cold Weather

November 14, 2016
 This was the first complete week of pure cloudy weather. Every night, I slept with a snow cap, 2 gloves, and long socks, with 2 blankets and 1 sheet. Its not cozy warm, but its enough, haha!

We had a nice week, hard, but successful. The hardest thing is when our appointments and plans fall through, or especially when people arent home, or they gave us false information, its rather annoying, but we have to Press Forward!

I improved a contacting method that Elder Macias gave, with these 8 questions in the photos below. So far, its been working out real well. We simply ask people to read the questions, and tell us which one they like the most. Then I answer it with a scripture and explanation, and then try to get their contact information to visit them, I love it!

We put 2 baptismal dates with 2 investigators we only found just a week ago. They accepted, and they'll progress well. One came to stake conference yesterday. Speaking of stake conference, we went to Celaya as a ward in a bus, and it was actually for all of Mexico. It was a broadcast from Utah by Sister McKonkie, Elder Benjamin Hoyos, Elder Robert D Hales, and Elder Russell M Nelson. It surprised me when Nelson and McKonkie spoke in Spanish for themselves, that was cool.

Anyways, this week went well, and I hope your new week goes great!

Pics: Yep, you guessed it! Its that time of year again! We bought a 1.2 meter Christmas tree for 120 pesos today, Sweet!


Elder Russon

Ummm...homemade hambugers!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

New Elder Macias & Contacting

November 7, 2016
My son, Elder Macias arrived last Monday night, who is from Juarez City, Mexico. He speaks Spanish pretty well, so that wasn't a problem (Ha Ha Ha!) This new Elder is fantastic, he's 18, works hard, has a strong testimony, is really nice, and shares a lot of his things/food with us, and he just wants to do the right thing. 

He's awesome, and I've been able to see how he learns the most by example. One thing we can all do as members of the church, is set an example for others (Members, non-members, friends, family, etc). Its a way we can improve the world.

Here in Cortazar, for the past couple of weeks, we've have had some problems finding new investigators, and haven't had a lot of success. But this past week, we contacted a lot, and we're starting to find good new investigators that can progress well. It's been a good learning experience for me, to contact more. I can see how the Lord teaches me things in the perfect way, His way. And everything I do here on the mission, I can see how it applies and will help me in the future. I can also testify of fasting and prayer, but we all need to have faith first. All that's important is to study, ponder, and pray with real intent, and on the Lords time, we will receive answers.

Life is wonderful, and I hope y'all have a solid week!

P.S. - 2 hours ago I just bought a basketball and pump, so I can start getting back into that habit, haha!!!


Elder Russon

Monday, November 7, 2016

My New Son!

Elder De Leon will be heading home soon!
Oct 31, 2016

Just 2 more hours before I get to meet my new trainee!

Last Thursday, I went to a conference at President's house with all of the other trainers. I wrote, learned, and applied several things that I want to do this change. We were trained well on how to train new missionaries. We also probably ate the best meal I've eaten my whole mission! Mainly from Costco, and I don't believe there was an ounce of chile or spicy things, so that was awesome!

This past week, we've been contacting a lot. We need new investigators, so I'm really learning how to contact better, and building more confidence to do it. Last Saturday, from talking to people on the street, knocking on doors, we contacted about 20 people. And man...contacting takes SOOO much energy out of you, it's great, but it's hard too.

I can't believe my companion Elder De Leon is probably heading home in 3 weeks. I'm excited I get to finish his mission with him. And I'm really excited to train this new Elder! Once again, I'm going to learn a  bunch more this change. 

This past week, I also received another package from my Dad! And I got 2 pounds of licorice, wooohooo! (Licorice is non-existent here...:) Anyways, all goes well! 

I pray that each of you will have a wonderful week!


Elder Russon