Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 42 - House of the Lord (08/14/2017)

So this week has been a pretty interesting week. On Monday we had exchanges and I had a blast with Elder Farr who came into the Declo area. We saw a Less Active that night and an Investigator that night which is always a good thing! Tried to see some other people, but nothing too exciting happened. 

Tuesday the exchange continued and we got a lot done. We were able to contact some people and see some people we've been trying to see for awhile now. We also found someone new. Which is always amazing! His name is Jeff and we were the first missionaries he's ever met!! That was just awesome! We got to talk with him and we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he said he'd read it which is always awesome to hear! We then had dinner with a great family and after dinner we unexchanged. Then met with a family in the ward and shared with them the Plan of Salvation. It was really touching the Spirit that was in their home. From there we went and tried some other people, but nothing.

Wednesday came and we had our District Meeting. Elder Willis is going home soon and it was his last one. From District Meeting, we did our studies and met with a lady who is big into looming and we got to talk with her and loom/make yarn. It was pretty fun! We then had a correlation meeting with one of our awesome Ward Mission Leader and then had a good appointment with one of our investigators. He had a question regarding what Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians about Baptisms for the Dead. So we read it over with him and explained what it means and how in this day we apply that Doctrine. We talked about Family History and Temple work and it all made sense to him which is awesome! Then saw a family and ended the night.

Thursday we weekly planned and boy that was long.... We had dinner that night with an awesome family and what happened at dinner is hilarious!! So my companion spilled on his pants and had to get that washed off, then the Sister Spilled a glass of water and Elder Jones dodged it from spilling on him, the daughter spilled another cup of water on the table so that had to be cleaned up, and then their second youngest broke a plate!! It was awesome!! Fun filled dinner! We got some referrals to try and then went to our lesson with Ashley. It was great cause we got to talk about the Temple and doing guess what... Baptisms for the Dead! And along that line, family history. See where I'm going with the title. We then had English class and that went well! 

Friday came and we spent a day in Springdale!! We tried seeing a lot of people and we got to see a few people. We then saw one of the families we were trying to work with when I was with Elder Posadas. We got to talk with them and they were moving out so we offered to come back Saturday when it wasn't raining. We then tried some other names and had no success so we tried out our neighbor and visited with him. We ended the night with one of the Bishops over one of the Springdale wards. 

Saturday we did a lot of service. We helped the family pack up and move out and it was quite fun. We did service up to dinner. Had dinner and then tried to visit some families. We then contacted the rest of the night and tried to see some people.

Sunday!! Pretty only highlight from Sunday was sacrament meeting. We went to Church and all the talks were focused on Eternal Families!! It was awesome to hear all of the great things that came from it!! 

Yea this past week was pretty good. I love you all so much and I miss you all!! Hope you all enjoy your week!!! 

Elder Ruesch 
First two are from a family in the Declo 2nd ward. Assuming I got transferred. And the other two are Elder Willis' last District Meeting

Week 41 - El Espiritu Santo (08/07/2017)

So this week has been a very interesting week. To start off, last week we went referral contacting and got to know a few of the referrals that we have. 

On Tuesday we did service for Suzanne. We helped her clean out her shed and get rid of some stuff and we also had a small run in with some hornets/wasps. Luckily she had a spray that kills them so we were able to kill a few.... We helped her out for quite a big chunk of our day and we then did some of our studies. We did that and tried seeing some more referrals that we had and no success there. We then had dinner at the park with a family and it was really good. We then went and saw a family and talked for a little bit. We then tried another family and talked with them for a bit as well. From there we tried seeing some other families, but no success there. 

Wednesday we had Zone Conference. It was really amazing to hear all the training's that every body gave. We talked a lot on the Holy Ghost and it's role and our temporal and spiritual well being. It was really amazing. We then came back from Twin and did a little comp study and dinner. We then contacted our neighbor who's been gone for a little while. We talked with him for a bit and then we took off for our appointment with Rodrigo. He has been investigating the church for awhile and we went over to go talk about the Holy Ghost and his role in conversion. It was really amazing and different to see what was going on in that lesson. We left for him a Chapter in Alma to read and he had read it and had a lot of doubts (in reality questions) about that chapter. As we were answering these doubts of his we told him that they really aren't doubts, but questions of wanting to know more. We kept talking and he seemed enlightened at the stuff he was learning from that chapter. We then went and saw another family that night and we read with them the Family A Proclamation to the World with them. We shared what we really like from it and what the role of a family is in God's plan for us. It was really incredible to see them open up and talk about their family with us. We then tried seeing some other names that we had planned, but we were only able to catch up with Ashley! They had just gotten back from swimming/fishing and we talked with her at the door. It's really amazing to see that new spiritual glow about her and you could definitely tell that her husband can see it too!!

Thursday was our planning day!! We had to go to Twin first cause we needed something in our car replaced. So we made it to Twin and got what we needed done in our car then came back and planned all day. We planned and had a really good outcome on our planning. After planning we had dinner with the 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency and his wife and it was really delicious! We then tried a few names that we had planned for the evening and we caught them home. It was really awesome!! A few of them had to take off or only had a little time to meet with us, but it was all good! We then went to the English class and met a new lady in the class. Her name is Rosy and she's from the Rupert area. She was having a great time in the class and we had to explain something to the class in Spanish cause they didn't understand it in English. Elder Jones was talking with one of the instructor's so I translated it into Spanish and I caught Rosy by surprise. She didn't think that I could speak as good as Spanish. I then told her how I knew and she wants me to say hi to my mom and that my mom raised me right. Shout out to you mom!! LOVE YOU!!

Friday came and it was a lot of referral contacting and trying to see people. WE were able to contact a bit of the referrals again, but one of them we completely just kinda strayed. So this referral built his own Western Town on his property. So we went through toured it, took some photos and just got explorey. We then tried a few more people and then made our way to our dinner who happens to be related to Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles!! They're brothers!! It was really cool to hear his mission experience with his wife and all the cool things that they did as a senior couple. We then got to end the night with Agustin and the Alvarado family. We shared with them The Family A Proclamation to the World. It was really nice cause this was the first time that the entire family sat in a lesson. It was amazing to feel the spirit in that case. 

Saturday was a great day. So we did our studies that morning and then had a baptism that day. The Albion elders had a family that was being baptized and we got to see it. It was a long baptism cause there were some fear with the youngest child about getting baptized. When he realized he had to go in all the way and not freak out about it. So it took him awhile as we waited. And while we were at the Baptism, guess he showed up.... My first companion!! It was really awesome to see him as he came up to visit the mission. It was good to catch up with him. He also got to talk to President Bartlett cause he was there for the baptism and then to have interviews with us. We had interviews and I had a really good interview with our mission president. Challenged me to go on a run and I'm excited. It's been forever since I ran. I kinda switched to other things in the mornings. After our interviews we went to go get ice cream and we ran into one of our families at the Little Classroom here in town. We talked with them and they ended up buying us ice cream and we got to talk with them and see how they're doing. We have a good service opportunity with them here soon. We then had dinner and from there we went to go invite people to Church. Then we closed the night with Agustin helping him write a talk. 

Sunday came and went. We were in church for the majority of the day. We attended the Springdale wards and had the opportunity to translate for fast and testimony meeting. But when we heard the things we missed in Declo, I almost started to cry. Ashley got up and bore her testimony and she has huge stage fright and when she told us that, I was just amazed and so sad we weren't there. Then Horencia, who is the wife to Rodrigo and is a member, she bore her testimony in English!! She had been prepping all week to do it!! I almost cried a kid you not. After church we had first dinner with Selena who is an investigator. She was throwing a party for her daughter Alison who just turned 3. We then had an appointment with Ashley and we were able to talk about the temple. Then we had second dinner with our Ward Mission Leader's family in Declo 2nd. From there we just tried to see people.We then found a lady home and we started talking to her at the door and she is pretty cool. She's in her 80's and has had a lot of good influence from the church. We started talking about her family and shared the importance of families. It was pretty cool.

Well here we are today and it's the last week of the Transfer!! I don't know what will happen as for this next transfer, but I'll go wherever the Lord needs me to go. I love and miss you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!!

Elder Ruesch Sosa
1-3: Old Western Town

4: Sunset in Declo with a fire...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 40 - Healing Water (07/31/2017)

So this week was kinda short since you heard from me late Tuesday. But to start off, this week has been absolutely wonderful!!

On Wednesday, we had a final lesson with the mother and daughter (Ashley and Neisa) and it was just so amazing to see how prepared they are!! No lie they are just so ready and they definitely were. After that we took some time to study and then we went to an older lady named Suzanne and visited with her. We took one Agustin with us and we were able to find out what has been on her mind lately. She isn't sure if she meets with is because she wants to do this or if it's because of her kids. So we were able to figure that out and we have been helping her answer that question since. We then visited with some people and then had dinner. From there we had an appointment with one of our investigators and we went in talking about the Plan of Salvation. We tried our best to answer his questions, but we aren't very good teachers and some of them, we just don't know how to answer. We then contacted some names after that and had little success there. 

Thursday came around and we had planned pretty much the entire day. We totally let time slip away from us and we had just planned out everything from beginning to end. We are definitely prepared for this week that's for sure. We then had dinner and tried contacting some people to no success. We then ended the night with the English Class. Really good class that night. 

On Friday we were able to catch some people home and we also attended a funeral with Agustin. It was very different being in the room. You could sense who knew the plan of God and those who didn't. It was very different. We then had some good success catching people home and we were able to meet with them. We had dinner and then we tried some things that just didn't work out. We then met and finished the night with Agustin. We talked about how things went in the lesson with Suzanne and how we can improve those things. 

Satuday!!! BAPTISM!!! Oh I was about in near tears just seeing the Ashley and Neisa get all dressed in white for their baptism. It was a real honor to be able to see them take this step. We had the baptism in the morning and then from there we tried seeing some people. WE had little success but we made do with what we got. We had dinner at the Little Classroom, which is the only restaurant in Declo, and then from there we tried to see some people. We then played some baseball with these two boys whom we promised we'd play with. They beat us 5-3. It was a good game. We then tied in how life is like baseball. It was pretty neat. We then ended the night with a family in the ward.

Sunday! Ashley was confirmed a member and was given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It was really amazing!! I was near tears again. We had church and we got to go to Primary. We were asked to play a role as one of our favorite characters in the Book of Mormon and how our choices impacted our lives. It was pretty cool. We then tried seeing some people and had little success. We did get to correlate with one of our mission leaders and we discussed the area a little bit and how we can improve on it. It was great. 

This week has been pretty great and we are excited for what next week will bring!! I love you all and miss you all so very much and I hope you have an amazing week!!!

Elder Ruesch Sosa

1. Primary Dress Up
2-5: Baptism Photos!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 39 - Burning UP (7/25/2017)

So this week has been pretty crazy! But crazy good! To start off we had a surprise on our preparation day! We got to see a comic con being held at our Stake Center!! It was awesome since it was all (majority) Star Wars!! I nerded out for a bit. We then went on Exchanges and I got to stay in the area. We had two good visits then called it a night. 

On Tuesday we had a really good lesson with a progressing mother and daughter and they are just so prepared. We taught the Word of Wisdom and wow it was just crazy to see how prepared they are. The mother quit drinking alcohol and coffee about a year ago, before she even met us!! It was amazing to see that the Lord truly does prepare people for the Gospel. We then hit a struggle of finding people home. So we went to English class and then unexchanged after that.

Wednesday we had our District meeting and it went really well. WE then tried to see some people after that, but nothing happened. It was slow. All of our appointments fell through and things kinda went south, but we made the best of it.

Thursday we had another great appointment with the mother and daughter and like I said, completely prepared by the Lord. We then weekly planned and headed out out to visit people. Everything fell through again, but we were able to do some service for some people and then hit up English class again. Reset some appointments with people and then tried contacting, but just ended up talking with a member to end the night. 

Friday we did service for a good chunk of the day. It was pretty fun, but really hot!!! We then tried to visit people, but no one was home. Just seems to be our luck... We then had dinner and after dinner got lucky. We were able to talk with some people and got some good visiting in.

Saturday rolled around and we had a lesson cancelled on us which sucked, but it's okay. We then tried to see some people that we haven't seen in awhile and we did. We attended a baptism and that was just a wonderful experience over all and it was just so touching. We then Ended the night with Agustin coming up with "strategies" (lesson plans) for some of our investigators that we've been teaching. It was just a wonderful experience. 

Sunday rolled around and we had really good sacrament meetings. We also got to bless the sacrament in Spanish which was a real treat. I loved it!! It felt good to be able to bless the Sacrament again. We had a correlation after church and then a dinner. We then had a Stake Priesthood meeting which was amazing! Talked about the Restoration of things and all that comes to pass through modern day revelation! Which was amazing! We then ended the night visiting with our two boys! Good visit there! 

Monday came and like I said this mother and daughter are so prepared!! They had their baptismal interview and they are getting baptized this Saturday!!! We're so excited!!!! We then had some good visits the rest of the day and got to close with an FHE/BBQ! It was pretty fun!! Got to meet some new people and play some volleyball. My team lost, but it's okay. We all left friends, I hope... 

Then today. Got to go to the temple and wow it is always an amazing experience to go through the temple. In closing I would like to share with you some song lyrics of one of my new found favorite songs here in the mission.
"He hears me, when I'm crying in the night, He hears me. When my soul longs to fight. Till the morning will come and the light of the dawn, reassures, He hears me." 
I know that our Heavenly Father does answer prayers. He loves us so much and He loves to hear from us every day! I testify of that to be true. I hope you all have a great day and I love you all and miss you!!!

Elder Ruesch Sosa

Comic Con

Comic Con

Comic Con

Majestic Beauty

Week 38 - Summer Days, Summer Nights (7/17/2017)

So this week has been pretty great. We've hit a lot of heat in the area, which is a tad bit un-normal, but it's great none of the less. To start us off with last week. So we had a great few visits with some of the people we are working with and we set up appointments for them so we can come back and see them. 
Tuesday came around and we had our District Meeting and then some other things we had to do. Had to run back into town and get our car checked out cause the little tattle tale box wasn't working. So we ran into town and they had to order a part for us. We then had a good lesson with a Less Active and we got to visit with her for a bit. Had dinner, then we saw one of our other families who is active, but the husband is not a member of the church. We went over and set an appointment for this week. We then went to the English class and helped out in there and called it a night.

Wednesday strolled around and we had a really good appointment with our most progressing investigator by far. It was so amazing as we got to teach baptism and why it is necessary with the right authority. As we got on talking, they already explained what baptism was and why it was needed. They beat us to it. We then had dinner and from there tried some people, but they weren't home and so we went to our appointment with another investigator. We were going to read a chapter with him, but instead we ended up reading 15 verses of the chapter and went on to explain a little bit of the Plan of Salvation. This week, we'll be going over that with him. We then tried some more people, but to no success. 

Thursday rolled around and we weekly planned and we got a call that the new part for our car was in and that we could go get it replaced. So we went after we planned and we spent hours in there. Apparently when they got the part in and turned our car over, it blew out one of the main fuses and our car had to remain overnight. My hate for the tattle tale box, immensely increased at that point. We ran late to dinner cause we had to get someone to pick us up. We got to dinner and ate, then went to an appointment with our Ward Mission Leader and it went really well. Our two boys are really progressing. Had the English class and then we correlated with our Ward Mission Leader. 

Friday! We had another good appointment with our really progressing investigators and it went really well. We brought the Bishop with us and he helped us out with it. Before we left they called and said our car was ready. We asked Bishop if he could take us and he said that he could cause he needed to be in town already! Perfect timing! Had lunch in town and our tattle tale box still isn't working. Stupid thing. We came back and tried some people and we talked to Suzanne who has been investigating the church for awhile. We then went and had dinner. Got some referrals and we tried some people, bu nothing exciting. We then finished the night with Agustin. 

Saturday and Sunday! Saturday we contacted all day and we had some good success. Met with some Less Actives and talked with them and invited them to church. On Sunday we did the exact same thing and contacted all day after church. We were nearly dead cause we attended Four Ward Councils in two different buildings. We did a lot of running back and forth. We're tired, but we are alive. 

This week was pretty awesome and We are looking forward to the more weeks that come in this transfer. Next week our Preparation day has been moved to Tuesday. I don't know when I'll be writing home, but I will write sometime that day. I love you all and Miss you all!! Hope you have a fantastic week!!!
Elder Ruesch
The District
Me and Elder Jones

Me and Elder Jones

Elder Posadas, Elder Conner, and myself

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Week 37 - Fiestas!! (7/10/2017)

To start out with Transfers... SO I have stayed another transfer here in Declo and I received a new companion. Elder Jones!! He's been out as long as Elder Posadas. So far, this has been a great three days. We've been enjoying this area and a whole bunch of things will be coming up this transfer. So to start off with last week. The fourth of July was pretty awesome, but not very productive. Everyone was partying and hard to catch them. We tried, but to nothing. We had dinner and ended the night with a family in one of the Declo wards who was really happy to have us over. And the best parts is, they would love to do splits with us!! It's awesome!! We then ended the night there and had transfer calls!! 

Wednesday rolled around and Elder Posadas went around saying his goodbyes to the members and investigators in our area. It was really hard for him to say goodbye, but when I leave, it'll be tons harder. I'm going on my fourth transfer here!! This will be pretty fun!! He said his goodbyes to a lot of people and we then came around to Thursday!

Thursday was transfer day! We got into Rupert and from there I was in a trio. We just hung around Rupert cause it made no sense to go back to Declo and stay there when they would be coming back real soon. We then got our companions and off to our areas we went. Helped Elder Jones unpack his stuff out of the car and then we went to work. Showed him around and got him acquainted with a few of the people we are working with and trying to work with at the moment. Then ended the night and came back and he unpacked and settled in. 

Friday, we went to work again and tried to see as many people as we could! We got to crash a family reunion and say hi to a family that we've been seeing in the area. We then talked with another family and then another family. Up until dinner. Had dinner and then had a good lesson with our boys Rigo & Adan and taught them the first two points of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was great!! We then met with a family that we've been trying to work with. The husband was the only one home so we got to talk with him and to see if he was ready for Declo Days! Then we called it a night.

Saturday!! DECLO DAYS!!! It was pretty awesome!!! They had a parade and everything and food, and music, and all sorts of great things!!! We saw a lot of our investigators!!! It was awesome!!! We then went and tried seeing some people with success we did catch people home!!! Great day, just really hard to explain it!!

Sunday rolled around and we had a great sacrament meetings!! All good things that we learned. Had dinner and attained a whole bunch of referrals!! We then had a meeting at 8 and it was wonderful!! This week was pretty slow, but really good!! I'm loving this area and I am excited for this transfer to come about!!!  I love you all and I miss you all!! Have a great week!!!

Elder Ruesch

Saying goodbye to Elder Posadas

Parade highlights

Parade highlights

Parade highlights

Train at Declo Days

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 36 - Date ?? (7/3/2017)

This week has been a really good and crazy week. So to start off with last week. We were playing soccer for Preparation Day and it was hot! Then all of a sudden a random storm comes through and it starts to rain far off in the distance. So we took our activity to the church and as we were closing, it was raining in Declo!! Crazy how it became hot and then raining. 

Well Tuesday came and went. It was a tad bit crazy that I only remember two things from it. We had a good lesson with a family who is a Part Member Family. The dad is the only non-member. We watched the Prince of Peace with them and they liked it. It was hard to keep the kids focused cause they are all so little (the oldest is 9). It was difficult, but the dad did open up to us. Then from there we went to English class and it was good that we were there. We had to do some translating.

Wednesday. Had a good District Meeting and it was pretty cool. We then went out proselyting since we were out of miles, we were having members drive us to places. We had a good lesson with a mom and daughter. We had ward missionaries there and we taught the plan of Salvation. We closed the lesson and the mom asked if we could stay for a little bit as she asked us some questions. The Ward Missionaries did an excellent job of answering those questions. The spirit was so strong in that moment that we asked if the daughter could come back as we had a question to ask both of them. We asked them if they would be baptized July 22nd and they both accepted!! It was awesome to see and feel how powerful that spirit was. The daughter was so excited she went off running and screaming saying "I'm going to be baptized!" It brought so much joy and peace to my heart to see that excitement. And I know as well the mom was excited and could feel that same peace. We then went from there to another house and visited with a family that just got home from Utah. We invited them to church and hopefully we'll be seeing them there. We then went and knocked on some doors with a youth and had no success. We then had dinner and from dinner we went to mutual. We taught missionary work to the youth and got them excited to go and prepare. Elder Posadas also talked about Honduras and cooked some food from his home country. It was really good. 

Thursday rolled around and we went and did service for an investigator. He was taking out his carpet and he needed help so we enlisted ourselves. We spent quite some time there that we lost track of time. He also left the Mexico Germany game going to and so we also got to hear how that went. Sadly, Mexico lost ;'( It was disappointing, but we got the carpet all out. His house looks so different. We then saw some people and had a good lesson with our two boys who are progressing so much. We took the Primary president with us and wow they were blown away with how great they are and they're knowledge of the Stories in the Book of Mormon. It was a really great lesson there.

Friday came around and we were disappointed so much. All of our appointments fell through and we were just running around trying to see people. And same thing with Saturday. We had no success those two days and they were pretty hot days too. We did a lot of walking those two days.

Sunday rolled around and we had meetings left and right. We lost our day to meetings. But we had a great dinner with Agustin and his family and we did some role plays of missionaries and door contacting. It was pretty fun and we asked Any (wife) and Victoria (daughter) if we could share a message with them next time we come by and they said yes!! So we are excited about that!! We are going to get this done!! 

So this week was fun and I look forward to this week! We have transfers this week and we don't find out till tomorrow what happens. Hopefully I can stay another transfer with Elder Posadas! We've got a lot of good going on here and I'd hate to leave it!! Well anyways, Enjoy your week everybody and enjoy the Fourth of July!!!

Elder Ruesch Sosa
Candy looks like Idaho
Bowling score. Elder Ruesch v Elder Posadas