Monday, December 11, 2017

English Classes!

Lazer tag for P-day!
December 4, 2017 

So this was the first time I've ever given English clases, and it was great! From the Tianguis that we've been doing, we had 15-20 people show up for the class all on time at 6. I was pretty happy about that, and I gave the class for about an hour. We practiced and learned the alphabet in English. I also told them a little bit about me and how I learned Spanish, and what we do as missionaries.

They were all interested, and I let them know that the clases are totally focused on English, but if they want to learn more about our beliefs, they can stay after to listen. So we had a lesson with one guy all in English about what we do as missionaries, and he was real interested. Also, some other people stayed after for a Ward Christmas party that was going on. So it turned out to be a success!

They all thanked us for helping out, and I'm excited to take it even further. It's a great way to find new investigators.
We were also able to watch the Worldwide Christmas Devotional yesterday with some members, and it was great. Now I can say I'm in the Christmas spirit. Hope you all have a great holiday season, with some great snow!
Love,

Elder Russon
 
 



News Update

November 27, 2017

We did the Tianguis again this last week and it worked out much better. We arrived earlier for a better spot, and from 1198 contacts, we had almost a hundred people sign up for English classes! I love doing Tianguis, I contacted 200 people, but another Elder beat me. Elder Raven (new Elder) contacted 285 people by himself!

This week I'd like to share about service. I've really been able to notice a difference between people who worry about themselves, and those who worry about others. It's very obvious that those who are more worried about others always have a smile on their faces, and are well better off. But those who are only worried for themselves seem to have more challenges in life.

It's when we sacrifice and serve others that make us so much happier. Every time I see or hear of someone sacrificing for the good, it fills my heart full of joy and I want to encourage them to keep going! I hope we can all reflect a little on our own lives and see where we can improve, we can all help out a little more!
 
Love,

Elder Russon
 



 

Tianguis Round 2!

November 20, 2017

This time we organized a stand in the Tianguis in our zone. We arrived at 7 in the morning to get a good spot, and we set up a canopy with President's TV, a bunch of materials, and offering English clases. We were about 10-12 missionaries, and within 5 hours, we contacted 918 people, gave out 27 Books of Mormon, and had 32 people register for English clases. It was great! We're planning on doing it next Saturday as well, its the most productive we can be with time on a Saturday.

In the week, we also did 2 divisions. I was with Elder Garcia and Elder Howell, they're both great missionaries and really care about the needs of the people. They've got strong testimonies of the góspel of Jesus Christ. It's true!

This change is flying by so fast, every new change goes faster than the last one, we're already a third way through. Right now we have a potential house to rent for English clases, we'll see what turns out this week if the government will rent it for us, which would be so awesome. 

Everything is going well, I hope you all have a great week!
Love,

Elder Russon




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Una Buena Semana!

November 13, 2017

This week we went to the government offices asking for a place we could give English classes for free. At first they didn't know anything, but we left our phone number for them to call us. Literally five minutes after leaving, they called us and wanted us to look for 3 houses to rent and present them to them. They want to rent us a house and provide chairs, white board, etc. So we can give English classes! I was so surprised but we're super pumped. But it's been a tad bit hard to find a house in rent here, but we're determined! Hopefully it will be a great way to find new investigators.

On Saturday, we had a baptism of Alex Hernandez. He's 10 and he's a great kid. He was ready to be baptized along with his 8 year old sister! Also, on Sunday after they were confirmed the Holy Ghost by their Dad, Manuel was ordained a Priest and given the Priesthood! It was also our first Sunday in the newly remodeled chapel. The very first chapel I attended arriving to the misión, it was expanded and updated a lot!

We're excited for Mario, a super great investigator we recently found from a member reference. After a week, he's already reading in 2 Nephi, and he's come to church already two times, which he loves. He's excited to be baptized for December 16th, and he needs to get married, but we already have plans for that and he's excited. It's awesome to get to know people like that. He also speaks perfect English 'cuz he was born in the U.S. and lived there several years.

Love,

Elder Russon



 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tianguis Round 2! HAPPY...[Thanksgiving]

Elder Garcia
November 20, 2017

This time we organized a stand in the tianguis in our zone. We arrived at 7 in the morning to get a good spot, and we set up a canopy with President's TV, a bunch of materials, and offering English clases. We were about 10-12 missionaries, and within 5 hours, we contacted 918 people, gave out 27 Books of Mormon, and had 32 people register for English clases. It was great! We're planning on doing it next Saturday as well, it's the most productive we can be with time on a Saturday.
In the week, we also did 2 divisions. I was with Elder Garcia and Elder Howell, they're both great missionaries and really care about the needs of the people. They've got strong testimonies of the góspel of Jesus Christ. It's true!
This change is flying by so fast, every new change goes faster than the last one. We're already a third way through. Right now we have a potential house to rent for English clases, we'll see what turns out this week if the government will rent it for us, which would be so awesome. Everything is going well, I hope you all have a great week!
Love,

Elder Russon
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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Love,

Elder Russon

 



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Elder Pinos

November 6, 2017

This week we had a conference with Elder Pinos from the seventy. It went very well, he taught several different things. More than anything, I liked what he said about our missionary calling, that were representatives of Jesus Christ and we have a serious responsibility to fullfil our calling and purpose, to invite others to come unto Christ and be baptized.

We found an awesome new investigator this week, Mario. He’s a well established and intelligent guy who lives with his girlfriend. He received us very well and accepted all that we taught him. He’s actually already gone to church with his recent convert friend and loved it. He even told us he wants to be baptized one day, super awesome!

I can’t believe that this change has already come and gone, it feels like yesterday that it started. Now Elder Morales and I are starting a second change together, were trying to figure out how to get along better, its hard sometimes.

Sorry, no pics for now, I'm having a slight problem with my pictures. For next week!

Love,
P-day fun - Lazer tag!

Elder Russon
 
 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Zone Conference

October 23, 2017

This week we had our zone conference with President. He taught us a lot about the Book of Mormon and that we need to read it daily. We analyzed the talk from President Monson in April about the Book of Mormon and the promises he gave us if we read it daily. Then we saw the talks from President Eyring and Nelson who both followed the challenge from President Monson and studied the Book of Mormon more carefully and how it has changed their lives.

There are four promises given to us if we read it daily. One, we'll hear the voice of the spirit more easily. Two, we'll resist temptation. Three, overcome doubt and fear. And four, we'll receive help from heaven in our personal lives. I focused my studies much more on the Book of Mormon this week and I can testify that these promises are true. We should all study it carefully, because it's honestly super cool!

Other than that, we went to the tianguis this week to help out with a project involving about 10 missionaries. You'll have to look up what a tianguis is, it's like a flee market I think (open air street market.) But we had a stand there with Books of Mormon, pamphlets, cards, and a tv playing church videos. Then the rest of us would go out and contact people directing them to the stand. It was the first time ever done, and in the end, there were about 30 people who signed up for English classes. We'll probably do it again next week and improve a few things for even better results, but that was pretty awesome. We each contacted between 50 and 100 people in a matter of hours.

Love,

Elder Russon


Never Give Up

October 23, 2017

I think sometimes the hardest thing in life is enduring to the end, whatever it may be. But as the scriptures say, we must have faith in God, that He will provide us a way to obey His commandments, which are many to protect us. I love the scripture in D&C 6:36 that says the words, Doubt not, Fear not. God always knows our needs and how to help us, so we can only trust and rely on Him, and Never, Never give up!

This week went well, we finished the last two divisions with the missionaries in the zone, and they're some great missionaries. We're still working hard with the members, getting to know them and serve them so we can work better with the Ward. Little by little we can see little miracles working in our área.

Right now we're focused on one investigator, Fabiola who came to church for her second time yesterday, and looks like she's starting to progress, which is awesome. We have a few more on the radar, but more than anything need to continue finding new investigators.

I love being a part of the missionary work, and worry when I think about not being in it full time. There truly are so many blessings for doing it, so much happiness, and there aren't any personal worries, it's fantastic. Honestly, Vale la Pena! (worth it)

Love,

Elder Russon
 
Object Lesson - Serving Others

Being a Missionary

October 16, 2017

Last Monday night, we had the lesson with Angel, the reference from the member. We arrived and he seemed happy to be with us but nervous or unsteady. So we taught about repentance and the atonement. How it all comes to be part of God's Plan and the process of things. It really helped him. The spirit was strong and I started thinking on my own life. I was filled with happiness and joy to be able to be a full time missionary. To be able to bring happiness to my own brothers and sisters.

I also thought of my own past sins and mistakes I've made. But I see the huge change in my life because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. There is nothing better in life to be able to preach repentance with God's love, so people can change their lives and become so much happier.

As I pondered about it, I worried that I don't have much more time to be able to do this, to preach repentance and baptize converts. I know 5 months is a lot of time, but for misión standards, it's almost nothing. But what really matters in life is that we serve others. They talked about that a lot in General Conference, Service. It's what really makes us happy. I know this is true, and that the purpose of life is for us to be happy so we can return to live with God Forever.

Love, 

Elder Russon




I ate Octopus!

October 19, 2017

We had Stake Conference this week which was nice, both Saturday night and Sunday morning. And of course after the first sesión, the family that gave us a ride to the chapel invited us to eat. And we arrived and I sat down to a soup bowl of camarones. Which had a clam, octopus legs, shrimp, other things and vegetables. So I ate the vegetables and the octopus and it doesn't taste bad, it's just the thought is weird.

We did divisions with Villas and Valle 2 this week. I went with Elder Gabriel to his área and we walked all over trying to find future investigators, but not much luck. So we contacted. We broke my record of contacts in one day from 101 and we did 136 that day. He's new in the misión and he's doing great. The new guys always have a bunch of motivation and hope!

We've been trying to work better with the members. We're offering service to be able to ask for references to visit. We want to find part member families to be able to baptize. We had a cool thing happen yesterday. A member called me and said his friend was listening to the missionaries before but he lost contact when he moved. So we set up an appointment with him for tonight. He sounds like a good guy and we hope to baptize him! God always brings the miracles right in the perfect momento!

Brothers and Sisters, the Church is true, it is of Jesus Christ!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 

General Conference

October 2, 2017

We worked hard this week and found some great new investigators, 2 of which were going to be baptized a long while ago, and hopefully it's their time now. Elder Morales and I are working hard.

General Conference was super great. We were in the chapel the whole day, sesión to sesión. But we still managed to leave and contact 17 people on the street. I especially loved the talks from Elder Eyring and Uchtdorf. When they spoke about supporting our local church leaders, even when they don't appear to be the most educated or experienced ones in the Ward. But they are called by God, and they receive revelation to serve. Also that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and He knows us personally, He knows our needs.

Both Manuel and Madeck are doing great. Monday night when we went to visit Manuel, he came walking out with a big smile on his face. You can just see a big difference in him, he's real happy. There's nothing better on the misión than to see your own convert receiving and enjoying the blessings of the góspel in his life. It makes everything worth it, Superb!

Love,

Elder Russon

Time for haircuts!
Package from home - yum!