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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When the Miracles Come

June 12, 2017

On Tuesday, we started slowing down a bit because we’ve been working real hard for the past two weeks together, and haven’t seen tons of success like we would like. But we didn’t lose the Faith. So in the night, God blessed us with a miracle, Liliana.

We were walking up the street when she approached us and told us that she wants to go to church and be baptized…WHAT?!?! I can tell you right now that that is not a daily occurrence, rather something out of the ordinary. But we got her address and phone number to visit her, and we’ll visit her next week!

Most of her family is Mormon, and she’s been struggling lately, wanting to be a good example for her kids, so her family told her to find us and come to church. It’s always after the trial of our Faith when the miracles come, we always have to be patient, and wait on the Lord’s time.

On Saturday, we participated in the war talent show, without planning on it, and it went rather well, super hilarious!

So it was a good week, little by little the missionary work is progressing here in Colinas. We keep searching and working to baptize!

Love,

Elder Russon
 



 

WE GOT AN IPM!!!

June 5, 2017

After searching two whole weeks with Rowley, and several weeks with Ledesma, we finally found an investigator progressing to be baptized this month!

On Thursday, when we did weekly planning, I started looking through old investigator records and came across Shakti an eleven year old whose parents have been less active for 2 years, and we were teaching over a month ago. We thought about visiting her and got pumped!

So we went immediately to their house without an appointment, and they let us right in. We found out that the other Elders had visited them in the morning which was rather cool. We told them that we felt the need to visit them for Shakti, and we taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shakti gave all the perfect answers while her parents got mixed up and answered wrong. But it was awesome, because we fulfilled our purpose as missionaries teaching the doctrine of Christ, and preaching repentance unto the people.

At the end, we invited Shakti to baptism for the 23rd of June, and she said yes hesitating a bit, but then committed herself with the help of her family. They arrived to church 45 minutes early on Sunday, all as a family, so that was incredibly awesome!

I'm definitely learning much more about the Faith. To NEVER doubt, believing Only, and also ready to accept the WILL of God in the end. Faith is sooo much more than I thought, it’s a much bigger concept that we need to grow every day of our lives.

Love,

Elder Russon
 


 

15 Nuevos Investigadores

May 29, 2017

This week, we pushed ourselves to work hard and contact more than 15 people every day. And I know were having success because of it. We found 15 investigators this week, which is a ton for one week. And our investigators are progressing well, actually getting a true testimony of the gospel.

I was talking with another Elder in my generation, Elder Jensen, and I realized that I only have 6 more changes left after this change before I finish. It honestly isn’t very much, I can’t believe it. Time is just cruising by. I keep on learning tons of things, but it is all, little by little.

I know this is the church of Jesus Christ, and that we can learn so much and feel the presence of God when we have His spirit with us. It’s not something easy to have, you have to work a lot for it. You have to be obedient, work hard, and search for his spirit with a great desire.

I wish you all the best week of your lives!

Love,
Elder Russon

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Miracles

June 19, 2017

This week we had our Zone Conference with our Mission President and interviews, which all went super well. In the conference, they spoke about not becoming discouraged, and we spoke about continue working and becoming consistent with the work. Also, every time after interviews, I always feel purified and motivated to work more.

In the Zone, there was a miracle baptism in San Juan. The sisters are there and what happened is their investigator went to some other baptisms in Tequis, and then told them that he wanted to be baptize. So they called President, interviewed him right then and there, and they baptized him, so that was super cool!

Yesterday, we also got a reference from a sister that told us he wants to be baptized. So we put a baptismal date for the thirtieth, because he’s already been to church before, and we’re planning a Noche Blanca that day (where there are several people being baptized that same day, and it’s on my birthday!) He accepted, we just need a miracle to happen that he takes it seriously and prepares himself by that day, less than two weeks!

Things are going well. Honestly, the transfers are just zooming by, the time has never flown by so fast. Even though im well aware of the time, I don’t focus on it, and the days just come and go. But there’s plenty of work still to be done, and time to do it. Love all you guys so much, thanks for your support and have a fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Russon

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Changes, We got changes!

May 22, 2017
 
Elder Rowley
Hey y'all!

This week flew by and yesterday we got our changes for the mission. Honestly, during the day I forgot several times that the change was over and that it was already time for changes again. We weren't expecting any changes for us, but in the end, we had changes. I'm staying here another change as Zone Leader with Elder Rowley, who goes home this change. He's from Lehi, Utah, and we were in the same district for 4 changes in a row a while back. He's pretty cool, we'll have a sweet change together!

This week Elder Ledesma and I had lots of success. We've been contacting 15 contacts almost every day and have been working on teaching Impact Lessons. These 2 things are super important to be able to baptize. It's something that I finally learned last week when one of the assistants came to work with us for a day. They baptized 10 or 11 last change, which is a TON! And now I'm starting to apply it more effectively, and we'll be teaching it to our zone. 8 of the 9 companionship's had changes this time, and I'm super pumped to see what this change will bring us! To baptize, baptize, BAPTIZE!!!

Anyways, things are going well, the time is just Flying by. I can't believe its almost been two months since I completed the year mark on the mission. But things are going well, love you guys tons!

Love,

Elder Russon
 

Elder Ledesma


 

Work Week

May 15, 2017

This week has gone by rather fast and hard. We’ve been very busy with many things like divisions and trying to find new investigators mainly. We've walked so many miles in the baking sun, knocking doors, giving out pass along cards, etc. All in hopes of finding someone. But this week, hasn’t had so much luck. We found one new investigator.

But, we will be very focused this week on finding new investigators through the many references that the ward gave us, which was great. Ive really learned that we cant have investigators in church, with a baptismal date, or baptisms, if we don’t have new investigators. We ALWAYS have to keep finding new people to teach!

The phone call home for Mother’s Day was interesting, but turned out very well. It feels rather normal to talk to them face to face in the feeling that not much has changed, even though in reality, so many things have changed.

We have transfers the end of this week. Most of our zone will have transfers, so well be busy on Monday.
I'm excited to see what new changes will come.

Not many new things going on other than that. Thanks for all your support and things you do for others. I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Russon
Elder Campos

Elder Malerva

Water Balloon Volleyball with the district...

...and Little Cesar's Pizza!

Busy, busy, busy!

Elder Caballero
May 8, 2017

Literally not much time this week, but if flew by. We had a big activity going on every single day. 

Tuesday, we worked the whole day in another area with divisions, and went to seminary at 530 that morning. 
Wednesday, we had a surprise meeting with all the Zone Leaders, the assistants, and President.
Thursday, we had a zone conference with President.
Friday, we had interviews, and more divisions. 
Saturday, we had a successful ward missionary activity.

So...lots of things going on, I just hope to be able to do it all, have a great week!

And most of all...HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

Love,

Elder Russon
HUMP DAY Shirt!
 

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

La Noche Blanca!

On Saturday, the three zones in Queretaro had a "White Night"! There were 32 baptisms in one night. It was a pretty great program, we sang as a missionary choir a obout 60 missionaries a Prpphets prayer, and families can be together forever. At the end, the family Mejorada arrived, the old mission president and his family, it was unbelievable. We all went and said hi, and talked a bit. Overall, it was a great night!

 

I want to share something of what our bishop shared with the ward council yesterday. He talked about our spiritual level, and the importance of keeping it high so we don't lose our testimony. If we don't strive to feel the spirit, our testimony grows weak, and we soon become slow to prayer, reading the scriptures, and attending church. And when we do that, we've lost our testimony of Christ's restored church upon the earth. It is incredibly important that we always strive to keep our testimonies alive. I'm sure we've all been at points in our lives when our testimonies are weak, and we think that we can't go on. But I promise you that it is worth it to take another step, to keep trying to move forward and trying to feel the spirit. It's not easy, but it welcome. I know it because I know that God love's His children!

 

Something cool that happened this past week is that they dropped the required assistance to church, for investigators to be baptized from 5 to 3. So now there will be even more baptisms! We just have to be sure that they are truly ready for their baptism!

 

The times is honestly flying way too fast, and I feel like finishing the mission is just around the corner. But there's lots more work to do. We're all in this work together, and we can't forget the commandments and covenants we've made with God. We must serve til the end!


Love,

Elder Russon

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Miracle Baptism

April 17, 2017 

On Wednesday, our investigator Ana called me and said something urgent happened, and wanted us to come over. We got to her house, and she immediately began crying as she told us that her boyfriend she was living with took all his stuff, left a note, and left for Mexico City in the morning. She was really sad, but my companion Elder Ledesma started comforting and teaching her about Jesus Christ.

After he spoke, the thought of Baptism was just running into my head, and I told her that. She said she was thinking a lot about that too. So I simply invited her to be baptized, and she was thrilled saying, 'Sure! Whenever, what day?' So that was an awesome experience. On Friday, she had her baptismal interview, and on Thursday she was baptized by the first Elder that she met, Elder Ramirez. Then the Bishop confirmed her on Sunday, so that was super awesome! A Miracle Baptism!

Yesterday, I had a pretty cool experience translating all of sacrament meeting to English for a guy from Utah who is traveling for work (Honda.) As I translated for the Patriarch, he shared the story of when Jesus Christ was talking with Peter, 'Peter, do you love me?' And he responded, 'Lord, thou knowest that I love you.' As I translated that whole story, I felt the spirit so strong, I felt it run directly through me as I testified of it, super cool experience.

This week has gone well, rather fast, packed with several different things going on. Something I'm seeing more is that the miracles come more often when we strive to contact, which is when we are showing our faith to God that we want to find and teach His children, and we want to do His will. That is when He blesses us. I KNOW this is the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth, and I hope you all have a Great week!

Love,

Elder Russon




Monday, April 17, 2017

One Year!

April 10, 2017


I now have one entire year on the mission!!! Last Thursday, as I was on divisions with Elder Sierra from New York City, I celebrated the year with some treats in the night. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was enough to be content with all I’ve done in one year! My son, Elder Macias, also got permission to congratulate me that same day, super awesome!

As far as it goes here in the area, we finally have an investigator with a baptismal date!!! Her name is Juana-Angela, and soon after her, her husband should be following into the waters of baptism! I’m super excited for that! This week, we’ve also been contacting a lot as usual and finding new investigators to teach. I’m seeing a bit more hope and success!

So, last Friday, Elder Kester and I went to the hospital Angeles because Kester wasn’t feeling good. Turns out that he had appendicitis. So the member doctor and I gave him a blessing at 11 pm, and they operated on him an hour later, and they took out his appendix. We were in the hospital til Sunday afternoon. But he’s still in recuperation now with his new companion, and he’s doing alright.

We had changes, Elder Kester went as a ‘’Traveling Assistant’’, and there’s actually now 4 Assistants in the mission, something new. I moved to Zone Leader 1 here in the same area, now with Elder Ledesma as my companion. This should be a fun/quick change. The last one flew out the window.

Love,

Elder Russon