Monday, November 6, 2017

Elder Pinos

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 responsibilty to fulfil 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, im having a slight problem with my pictures. For next week!


Love,

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!

Two Miracle Baptisms

September 25, 2017

So after much fasting and prayer, we had two baptisms the last week of the change. Manuel, who we found the very first week of the change, and Madeck, who’s Mom was finally able to come to Vera Cruz to be able to see her baptism. All went very well, and I know miracles are real.

Madeck’s husband is a return missionary, and she already knows several members, so she’s basically covered and already a member of lots of experience. Manuel however only has 6 weeks of experience in the church, and he needs to meet some more members. But I’m really excited to invite him to some church activities during the week so he can get really involved, and I’m positive he’ll be pumped to go!

We got changes, my companion Elder Reyes got called as Assistant to President, and I’m glad for him. But, I am gonna miss him a lot. Now I’m with Elder Morales from Tijuana, Mexico. He has several ideas of things to do here and we’ll see how it goes. More than anything, I’m really sad to see the old assistants finish, Elder Ramirez and Marshall, who were incredible missionaries to work with, they both inspire me a ton! They’re both humble and friendly, and super hard workers.

Love,

Elder Russon
 
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

You Never Know!

September 18, 2017

On Friday, we were looking for new investigators from the previous contacts we had done while contacting more people. We left a privada when I saw a lady carrying her 6 month old daughter. I had the thought to contact her like we always do with every single person, because we're supposed to talk with everyone. So I did, and it turns out she was interested and said we could come back in a few hours. So we ate lunch, and went back to visit her and started talking about God, to understand her religious background a bit. We shared all of lesson 1, the Restoration which she understood very well and was in agreement. We asked if she would pray and ask God if this is true, and she said, “No, I already know it is!” So we put an appointment for next week, and committed to come to church next Sunday!

We also had our zone conference and interviews with President this week which went very well. During the conference I just felt so motivated to baptize. President spoke about Joseph Smith and the Restoration, and told us about 20 times distinctly that He knows without a single doubt that this is true, that this is the church of Jesus Christ. I add my testimony that I know this church is true, and that it is led by Prophets and Apostles who receive direct revelation from Jesus Christ!

We just had a miracle happen. We were returning to the area when our investigator Madec called us, explaining that she is ready to be baptized this Saturday because her Mom is coming to see her! Together with her, we are expecting Alex, and possibly Manuel to be baptized the same day! Its a big testimony to me that after lots of work and patience, the miracles come. We are expecting 3 miracle baptisms this weekend!

Love,

Elder Russon
 



 

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
 
 


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