Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Faithful

September 11, 2017

We have an investigator named Manuel who is very faithful and inspires me a lot. We found him the first week of this change, and he has fulfilled every commitment or invitation we extend to him. Up to a point that makes me want to be more faithful. Yesterday, after working a 24 hour shift that ended on Sunday morning at 10, he came to church 3 hours later at 1! He tells us that he's more motivated in his life and happier. He inspires me. I know one day he'll get baptized, but right now, he needs to get married first.

This week we did 2 splits with the elders in Villas and Jurica, which went very well. They´re a bit newer, one has 3 weeks and the other has 6 months in the misión field. But they're both great elders. With both of them, we contacted and invited people on the street to baptism, which is awesome!

Also, we had a tender mercy last week. We received a reference from missionaries in Utah, who taught the restoration to a non member on temple square, invited her to baptism, and she accepted! They told us she is a very good lady, excited to be baptized. So we have our first appointment with her tomorrow, I´m excited for that!!!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
P.S. Many have been concerned, but Scott's area didn't feel the earthquake last Thursday. But please continue to pray for Elders and Members in the Chiapas and Oaxaca area who are continuing to have many strong aftershocks.
 



Bringing Salvation to All Men

September 4, 2017

On Wednesday, we met with Laura in the chapel, a new investigator with a member to accompany us. My companion began the lesson getting to know her a bit and talking about God´s plan for us. Then I started teaching about when we all lived with God as His spirit children in Heaven, and how we all understood and accepted His plan before coming to earth. She stared at me in a look of awe. She interrupted and said sorry, but I feel a strong strange feeling in my chest that just fills me. The spirit immediately came over all of us.

After teaching the Plan of Salvation so many times, I understand more clearly God´s love for each of us as His family. I explained to her that it was the Holy Ghost she was feeling testifying to her of these things. She told us she´s gone to many churches before, but that something was always pulling her to come here, and she feels something special every time.

It was a great experience. We also invited her to baptism at the end which she accepted. She said that when I began speaking, it was as if my words struck her, or that they were the words she needed to here. In the moment, I remembered Elder Eyring´s last conference talk in Priesthood session when he asks ¨would anyone use the phrase ´ministering of angels´to describe my priesthood service?¨ I related myself with that in the moment. Christ´s church is upon the earth with God´s restored Priesthood. We are His servants here to bring the salvation unto all men. I testify that this is true, that God always knows the best way, and that He has a plan for all of us!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 



 

Good Week Woohoo!

August 28, 2017
 
This week went pretty well! We had a lesson after writing home last Monday with some new investigators who have been previously to church. We invited them to be baptized for September 23, which they accepted, but they didn't make it to church yesterday. It is a little hard though, because its about an hour bus ride, the chapel right now is far away, because the one we usually attend is being remodeled, but it's all good. We had 3 investigators in church yesterday.

On Tuesday, we had divisions with the assistants, and it went VERY well. Elder Marshall came with me to Pradera for 24 hours. We ate with released Temple Presidents of Tuxla Gutierrez. We ate very well, and we had a very spiritual message with them. Normally we share a scripture with the families after eating, but I had the thought to have each one of us share our testimonies. Both of theirs were very powerful, I got a couple tears in my eyes. But the divisions went super well, we felt the spirit, we contacted 50 people, worked hard and enjoyed ourselves!

The area is progressing. I'm sure we're going to baptize this change, we've got 4 more weeks, and we're going to focus a bit more on the investigators we have right now. We have one that we found the first week, Juan Manuel. He's progressing very well, and he came with us to church yesterday, all ready! And he absolutely loved it. It honestly fills my soul up with so much joy. Being able to preach the gospel to my very own brothers and sisters and see their progress is so pleasing.

I love you all and truly hope you have a wonderful week!!! EXITO!!!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 


video

Sunday, August 27, 2017

First Week in Padera

August 21, 2017
 
The Ward seems like it's a good Ward, they're friendly members, with some great families who love us a lot. However, this week was rather difficult as far as the missionary work goes. I've only met about 3 of the 20 investigators we have, because some are on vacation, and others have not been available. But we were able to find 4 new investigators and strengthen a recent convert family who are amazing converts. They were baptized 2’3 months ago, and they've given us lots of food just in one week.

So majority of the week was spent walking under the blistering sun trying to find anyone to teach, we contacted several people in the Street and knocked tons of doors. I got a bit sun burnt and let me tell ya, it ain't easy to go day by day without a real set appointment to visit, lots of time outside on your feet walking around. But it's all good, Elder Reyes and I both want to baptize a lot, 6 this change, so I know something good Will happen. They've recently baptized several in the área, but we need to find several new investigators to be able to baptize more. Things are going well, Reyes and I get along quite well, and the zone seems to be improving right along.

Love,
Elder Russon


Changes to Pradera!

August 14, 2017

Well, we got the changes last Saturday night at 8. I was a little nervous that I might go all the way to Irapauto, but I didn't. I got changed here close in Queretaro. I'm now in the ward Pradera as zone leader with Elder Reyes, a very good elder almost about to finish. He finishes in December, and I finish in March, crazy stuff, haha!

My last week in the beloved ward of Colinas went very well. We finished bringing 10 investigators to church, which was a record for me, it was so awesome. The ward and the work there is really progressing. It was a little hard to leave the area, one of the investigators named Carlos didn't want me to leave at all. I told him I was leaving tomorrow, and he was shocked telling me that I need to speak with who ever was in charge and tell them to have me stay with Elder Leon. He doesn't want to accept anyone else to visit him. But I explained to him how it works, and I hope he likes the new elder well, Elder Rubio - which I'm sure he will.

The mission is going very well. I'm pumped to work hard this change with Elder Reyes, get to know the people and work well with them. We already put the goal to baptize 6 this change. I know I'm gonna learn a lot this change with Elder Reyes, I'm excited!!!

I wish you ALL a great week!!!

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 




 

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