Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!! Wuuujuu!


So...Feliz navidad,,, dadada,, Feliz navidad! 

We had a nice week, we worked hard, played bball 3 times for exercise last week and found 2 new investigators! One is a carpenter and we gave him a Book of Mormon! 

Today we had the ward xmas party with the entire mission, 145 missionaries and it turned out well! Tons of things have been going on.

Anyways, we're giving out a bunch of cards of ilumina el mundo. Which is why we're all here, God wants us to be happy! And xmas is the best time of year to get out and serve others, to light the world!!! Christ is the reason for the season, and "it's the most wonderful time of the year"!!!

I wish you all a merry xmas and hope all is well for you!!!

Love,

Elder Russon

Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas!

It's almost Christmas...just one week!

So we had changes, and now I'm in Hidalgo for my last 2 changes. Things are flying by real fast, especially today, lots of changes and trainings going on. But I'm real excited for everything, the mission is going great!

My new companion is Elder Molina from Arizona, he's a great missionary, we've got lots of work ahead of us!

Things are all going well, I'm feeling the spirit of Christmas now. This last Friday we had a xmas caroling activity with our zone in the alameda. We sang all the xmas songs in the hymn book, with Christmas hats and it went real well! 

Anyways, wherever you all are, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!! Be safe in your travels!

Love,

Elder Russon




Monday, December 11, 2017

A Full Week

This week we had our Ward missionary activity as a Ward family night. About 50 people came with about 5-7 investigators. We started out with a spiritual message-movie on the family, and then we went to the minute to win it games hosted by the members. It was great for everyone to get along and get to know each other better.
Then on Thursday we had our zone conference with President. At the end there was time left over and he asked all of us to share our testimonies, it honestly turned out to be the best zone conference I've ever had. Also, my interview afterwards went really well.

Friday night we had our Ward Christmas party which about 8 non members came and 2 of our investigators participated in the talent show. They both sang and one played the guitar, Mario and Alexis, super awesome!
Yesterday I gave a talk on Faith unto Repentance and it also went well. I'm able to see how I'm using my faith more in God and how He helps and blesses me. I rely a lot on my study of the Book of Mormon, it's a great backup support, super essential that we study it daily!

Love, 

Elder Russon



 
 







Monday, December 4, 2017

English Classes!

Lazer tag for P-day!
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


 
 
 
 

Monday, November 27, 2017

News Update

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


P-Day BBQ!



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
 
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Love,

Elder Russon

 



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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


 
 
 
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Una Buena Semana!

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 6, 2017

Elder Pinos

P-day fun - Lazer tag!
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,

Elder Russon


Monday, October 30, 2017

Zone Conference

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


Monday, October 23, 2017

Never Give Up

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