Tuesday, January 17, 2017

They Called Me As District Leader!

January 16, 2017

Wowzers, we had changes! I'm in Leon as District Leader with Elder Hernandez, who is from Mexico City, and just finished his training, he has 3 months. He's from the same generacion as Elder Macias, and he's a great missionary from all I've seen so far. He was actually companions with Elder Macias in the CCM for 3 weeks.

I felt a ton of pressure last night when they told us the changes. Im gonna be even way more busy, focusing on helping the other missionaries. 

My companion Elder Macias is going to stay in Cortazar, and he's gonna finish the training of Elder Lundberg. He's nervous, but I know he's gonna do great! We've both thoroughly enjoyed our 2 changes together as companions, and I consider him a best friend.

This new change I want to work real hard, and progress even more as a missionary. I can't believe how much time I have and how fast it's passing. There are still so many more adventures ahead!

I'll let y'all know how this huge week goes, until next time!


Elder Russon


Finding the Prepared to Teach

January 9, 2017
We had a nice week, and now were entering into the last week of the change, again! I'm quite positive Ill be going to another area, I have almost 7 months here!

Right now, were teaching Jose, who lives alone, speaks a little English, and is intelligent. Two visits ago, we gave him the BOM and we talked a lot about it this last visit with the plan of salvation. 

He's starting to really see the need and importance of the BOM. That they both testify of Christ and His doctrine, and that they complete each other. Its so great to find people like him to teach. He has tons of great questions, and a constant intrigue of what we teach him. The best is that the spirit always helps us to answer well, each one of his questions.

I'm so grateful that I have 3-4 hours in the mornings to study the pure doctrine of Christ. studying the gospel is so important! I hope you all have a great week this week, and well catch ya next time!


Elder Russon


Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017
2016 has been a great year, and I'm excited for 2017, to be able to be a full-time missionary for the whole year! I don't really feel a grand change from 2016 to 2017, but Ill make it a great year!

Yesterday in church, after sacrament meeting, we watched the first vision as a ward. We all felt the spirit, and it was great to reaffirm the testimony of the members. As I watched, it reminded me of why we are all here, as members, missionaries, leaders, etc. And its all because a 14 year old boy decided to pray. How much more important it is that we pray and seek for guidance from the Holy Ghost.

This week we also found a new investigator from contacting in the street, he speaks English, and his name is Jose Enrique. He wants to learn more about God and the bible. He was very intrigued and excited to listen to us. Its awesome to find people who are ready to listen to us, and who actually want to listen to us. I'm excited to find more like him. 

Have a great week and year!!!


Elder Russon


Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2016
So I had a small head cold during the week, but enjoyed a very nice Christmas on the Mission! 

On Friday, we had a mission x-mas party with a gift exchange! I gifted a rechargeable flashlight, and received a cool - knit - tie.

On Saturday, Xmas Eve, we basically walked all around town contacting and looking for service opportunities. That was nice, its such a blessing to serve - in any way, shape, or form. In the night, we went to eat hamburgers, and a real nice guy offered to buy them for us, saying the word of God is good.

Most importantly of the entire week, I called home yesterday afternoon on Christmas Day. It was SUCH an amazing-unforgettable experience to be able to have! It made me feel more support, happiness, and motivation to work harder. We had a great Xmas, and I hope you all did too!

Happy New Year!

PS - (Make some realistic goals this year...haha!)


Elder Russon


Feliz Navidad...Prospero Ano y Felicidad!

December 19, 2016
Feliz Navidad de Mexico...!

So, we had another baptism last Thursday! His name is Jonathan, and hes 15 years old. We also baptized his little sister of 8 years old as well. Its always great to see a baptism. 

Well, I really cant believe that Christmas is in 6 days, it's sooo close. But my companion and I really don't feel the Christmas spirit. We have a tree, some Christmas songs, and today we got gifts for each other, all wrapped! But I just don't believe its almost here!

We're gradually finding new investigators to teach, which is great. Were also seeing difficulties in the ward, how they work and support each other and us. Its real hard sometimes, because if a ward doesn't support the missionary work, the missionary work just doesn't progress. So were straddling some hurdles and learning a lot of humility.

I had a pretty good week, I'm actually just a tad bit sick, it started yesterday, but I'm trying to get over it as quick as possible. Its all good though, I'm not worried.



Elder Russon