Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 80 - Bring the Heat (5/7/2018)

A cool Book of Mormon
I found
So this week has been a really awesome week!! We've done a lot of good things here in the Buhl area. It definitely is a change from the Rupert Zone. Last week on Monday we had a good Preparation Day of sports. I'm looking forward to today of playing some soccer. Let's hope I'm not too rusty. We visited people that and it was really cool. Did some tracting in the area which can always be interesting. We found some really cool people that hopefully will have some potential. We met this one lady who just returned from the hospital and is frail and week. We talked to her friend and the friend wasn't interested, but told us to come back another day. So we planned on going back Tuesday.

Selfie with a shirt a Missionary gave me
Tuesday we went and visited the lady that is very ill and we had a wonderful conversation with her. We shared one of the Easter Videos with her and it brought her so much peace. She had said, "I like that, I feel different."  It was heartwarming to see her glow and just feel the power of Christ. I'm having to brush up on a lot of my English teaching skills since I haven't taught in English in awhile. We then later tried some other people throughout the day just trying to meet them. We didn't have a dinner so I decided last minute, to try someone. We tried and met a guy who was just all over the place. Couldn't really tell if he was drunk, but had a good chat with him. He just wasn't interested though. Maybe one day. We grabbed a quick bite before we had a list of appointments to do. We had a great appointment with these two kids that want to know more about the Gospel and it was amazing!!

Our home
Wednesday we had a good grind of working. We met some new people and some people that we could do some service for. We had a few appointments later in the evening as the day went on. One of our appointments was with this really cool family. They live out in the desert of Buhl and we got there just on time for our appointment. We were able to teach the Restoration as a story to get the kids involved and one of the kids is nine and hasn't been baptized because they come from a divorce family. It was sad to see this kids face as she lit up from all this that we were teaching and hearing them say that it was all true. All we could do was pray that maybe one day, the one parent will change their mind and let them be baptized. We overbooked ourselves after that and we went on a quick split for an appointment. Both the appointments I didn't know so I let Elder Livingston tell me which one I should go to. He thought it would be better if I went to the Spanish appointment. He later joined me cause his appointment cancelled. But we had a great lesson and the spirit was definitely there.

The rest of our house
Thursday....Planning....It was good, but I won't say my favorite thing in the world. We met a cool Peruvian lady before we taught our English class. We invited her to come and she came! It was pretty cool!!

Friday was fun. We had a meeting and then after that we got to work We met with a Brother in the ward cause the ward told us to go visit him. Don't know why, but we did. We met him and he's awesome!! He's from Campeche, which my mom knows what that means. We talked about Mexico for awhile. It's just cool being able to talk about those places and knowing what they are and where they are with other people who know. After that we worked hard and tried to meet so many new people. Which we did. We went to a party and right as soon as we connected to Wifi, our phones blew up with messages and one of them being a confirmation about an appointment that we didn't know about. So we said "Hi and Bye" and booked it to this appointment. It went really well and this family has potential. The Spirit was definitely pouring out of the dad as he was telling us what he wanted for his kids. It was so neat.

A cool fence
Saturday was a day of service. It was really neat serving some people who weren't expecting it. If there's anything that I love about Elder Livingston, is how much he puts others before himself. It has been really a unique quality that has been just so awe gasping as I have seen him serve. We had some really good lessons and met new people. We then had a great Cinco de Mayo party that we attended and made a quick run to deliver a family some food from the party. It was really neat. 

Sunday is always a great day. We went to church like crazy, had meetings, and I ended up translating for one of the wards. Hopefully, I did a good job. We did some service cause a family was being evicted that day and I know how it feels so we jumped in and helped them out. They were really happy and really thankful for what we and the ward members helped out with. It wasn't much, but the appreciated it. We had a good dinner that night and they gave us a lot of names to go and try out. We're hoping we can meet some of
Elder Livingston wrangling in the Cows
these new people. 

This has been eventful week and I can't believe how much time has flown by!! I love you and Miss you all!! Keep up the good things you do at home!!

Elder Ruesch 

Week 79 - Finally left the Rupert Zone!!!!! (4/30/2018)

A lightsaber one of the Elders
had (it's the real deal)

Special effects that I did
Wow so this has been a crazy week to say the least!! So Monday we had a good preparation day and we got to work pretty fast after our activity. We went golfing and I didn't do too bad on 9 holes. Elder Cooke taught me well. We then just chilled around for a bit and we got to work. Sadly our appointment cancelled cause we didn't have a third male with us, so we just tried to meet as many new people as we could. Didn't have much luck finding new people, but we gave it our best shot. 

Tuesday was among the same thing, our appointments cancelled, they never got back to us, or they just weren't home when they said they would be. It was sad, but I guess it's all in the work. We just had to keep busy and it was also stressful with the anxiety of transfers. We helped out our Bishop in one of our wards and we killed some wasps nests. It was fun!! Didn't get stung so that was a huge plus!! We got transfers that night and I was leaving Rupert and I am going to Buhl!! Finally a change of pace from the Rupert Zone!! I've been in that zone for more than half of my mission! It's crazy, I love it, but I'm glad I get change. Rupert was nice to me, but I kinda started to go insane.

Elder Cooke and I one last time
Wednesday, I got myself packed up and it didn't take too long since I was already living out of a suitcase for the past 4 weeks. It was pretty easy. We did some studies in the morning with the other Elders that we lived with and then we helped out our former land lord with some things and had lunch at an amazing restaurant. It was sooo delicious. We then got on the work grind after that and we tried so many people, yet again. It was incredible how hard we worked. To close my last day in Rupert, I said my goodbyes to some of my favorite families in Rupert. It was hard to say goodbye, but I needed to move on. My work is done in that area.

After a hard day at work (back in the Acequia house)
Thursday was the great Transfer day!! Had get some kinks out for rides and things like that and just missionaries being stubborn before I left Rupert. Loaded up the car, said my goodbyes to the other set of Elders we live with and then we took off. Drove the Ford Escape for the last time (thankfully) and we got to Twin. Say some familiar faces and said some goodbyes to people. Met my new companion Elder Livingston and loaded up the car and we made our way to Buhl. It wasn't a far drive at all and it felt pretty nice to be the co-driver. We got to our apartment I got comfortable and we got right to work. We met some new people and had a few appointments that night. Elder Livingston gave me a basic low down of the area and then we taught an English Class. I think some of the Hispanics were surprised that I could speak Spanish. It was funny just seeing their faces. It was really fun!

Transfer Day
Friday we had studies and the great weekly planning session. Got a better low down of the area and on some of the people. It was awesome! We did some service for some of the members in the wards we covered and it was fun. We then got to work and tried some people. One of our appointments fell through cause they weren't home, but luckily we had back ups and we were able to try them out. We met a few people and hopefully from there we will be able go get good things done with them. We had our dinner and we got lost. It's a lot different then Rupert the whole grid system so I got both of us confused when I was guiding us. We got an email from the vehicle coordinator putting me as designated driver and I about cried, but there's always a reason for everything. We then tried some people after dinner and we had some really good contacts. I met my walking goal for the day and I felt really happy!!
Elder Livingston and I
Saturday was fun!! So we got all of our studies out of the way and we went to an appointment after our late lunch. They weren't home, so we ended up tracting this trailer park we were in. We found some really neat people and some people we believe that have some potential. We will be doing some follow up with the potentials. We also met some really cool members which was awesome! I honestly feel so great being able to walk more in this area. It' been really fun. We then tried some more people later on in a different part of our area that's more spread out and we met some cool members and some people that we think that soon we could be teaching them. We had some craziness when it came to our night schedule cause we had an appointment cancel and one that sporadically wanted us to come over. So we arranged plans and worked some missionary magic and we made our way to the appointment. We got it and I met the investigator. Really awesome and really has a glow about here when it comes to the Gospel. We were able to teach her something that fell to her needs and it was incredible. The spirit was definitely present in that lesson. We were able to see how the Spirit is able to guide us in this work.
A gift one of the members back in
Rupert made for Elder Cooke and I
(I'm the one with the poncho on) 
Sunday was pretty neat. I got introduced to 2 of the wards that we cover and I really like all the members that I have met. Didn't have to translate which I was disappointed, but it was all good. We did a lot of contacting and we even helped a new member family move in!! The ward was so on top of things and we got a whole trailer full of things unloaded in 45 minutes. It was awesome!! 

Needless to say, I love my new area and the change of pace that comes with it. I'm thoroughly enjoying all the new things that have been coming with everything. I know that the Lord has a purpose for me here and I hopefully will be able to listen to the spirit to move this work along. This will probably be my last area and it kinda has me thrilled to see how much I can work my tail off till the end. I love this work and I know that what we do, is joyous!!
I love you all and I do sincerely miss you all!! Have a great week everybody!!

Elder Ruesch

Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 78 - "When ye have done it unto these..." (4/23/2018)

So this week has been awesome. In a sense... I almost died cause of my stupid allergies...But it's okay.  I have made it out alive. But anyways...

We got Pranked
This past week we did a lot of service this week. Hay baled, moved, cleaned, more moving, and roping. Elder Cooke, what a man. He roped one of the other Elders! It was hilarious!! That was literally pretty much our week. Whether got good, so we did some service. But we also did work. In between me dying of my allergies. Pretty self satisfactory. We did a lot of finding and have tons of potentials to go and see! Hopefully one of them will be interested. Transfers are this week too! Crazy that 6 weeks has gone by already. I feel like I'm leaving Rupert and going back to Boise!! But we shall see if that's the Lord's will. It would be nice if that is, but we will see!! I love this work and I love what I am doing here. I know that when we serve others, we are serving the Lord. Minister unto those that need to be ministered too. There are people around us who need our love and support. 

I love you all and I miss you all!!! Thank you for all your love and support!! 

Elder Ruesch
Declo District
Elder Cooke roping another Elder
Rupert District

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 77 - Satan Strikes Back (4/16/2018)

Restaurant with Squad
So this week has been a really great week for us. To start off where we left off on Monday, it was pretty cool! We got to go and play golf and I didn't do too bad. Elder Cooke is a good trainer at getting me to play well. We then bowled and I made a good comeback to take second place. We then played some soccer and wow I was impressed I can still play. I guess I am not that much out of shape lol.

Going to a more spiritual side note, on Tuesday we had Zone Conference and it was amazing!! We had a lot of good training's on Ministering and how we can better serve others and our companions. It was a lot of good things that proceeded from that training and it was really great. I felt so spiritually lifted and it was great!! We then proceeded and had a game where our Zone won!! Rupert Zone is great!! Been here for over a year and I've loved every minute of it!! We came back from Twin and we tried some people, but no one answered. Typical. We tried though. We closed the night out with a meeting with the Stake Presidency and it was really great. 
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Wednesday was a really great day!! We went on exchanges and I had an Elder with me that is from Argentina. We just straight up worked hard!! We were able to teach a lot of people and actually catch them home. But not only that we were able to get some return appointments and really good lessons. We know better how we can proceed forward in helping those we come in contact with, to come unto Christ. It was really cool.

Thursday we weekly planned and we got things done. We are even prepping to start a Spanish Class for English Speakers to help us out with getting Hispanics to feel welcomed at church. We then had some really good Hispanic Food at a restaurant that Zone Conferenceopened back up two weeks ago. It was amazing!! We then just worked hard and tried sooo many people, but we had no success until later that night. We had an amazing!! I mean AMAZING lesson with a Less Active Family and it was just quite spiritually amazing!! There are no words to really describe how awesome it was. I was blown away.

Zone Conference
Friday we were on exchanges again and I went with an Elder Paul. It was a pretty slow day, but we got things done. I really don't know what more to

Saturday we were back together and we had some surprise service come up and we were taking down vines from a chimney and it was really difficult!! These things were just glued on there!! They didn't want to leave!! With a lot of force and strategic thinking though, we got them. We later went on with our day trying so many ideas and so many things that we thought were right. The struggle was real!!

Sunday it was cool, but long. We had a lot of meetings and a lot of good things that came from those meetings. We need to act fast with all of our plans! It was just a day of meetings. We then tried so many people, but yet again, nothing. We ended up closing with our studies and we tried thinking of ways we could use technology a lot better. We are making improvements. 

This was a good week, but I could tell that the adversary was trying to put us down no matter how hard we worked! I love you and miss you all!! I wish the best for you all!!!

Elder Ruesch

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Week 76 - It's Been a Long Day... (4/9/2018)

So this week has been a really long week. So we found out Monday that we couldn't leave our house cause the rent had already been paid so we couldn't be kicked out apparently. So that was good news for the time being. We had a good preparation day and just got things done. Got to play some indoor soccer and I was really happy about that. We then came home and tried a whole bunch of people and we were able to contact one. She wasn't interested, but it's okay. No discouragement here!

Depressed photo of leaving the house
Tuesday was an interesting day to say the least. We got up and got ready for our day and we decided we would help our landlord clean out his stuff out of the house that we were living in. We started helping him and we got through a lot of his things and we were able to clean out the basement entirely. We emptied and loaded a trailer a whole bunch of times and we got load after load out and moved. We then get a call around 4:30 from the mission office telling us that we have to be out by that night. Luckily we had one of our suitcases packed anticipating this moment, but we had to rush to get everything else packed. It sucked! It was crazy!! We were told that if we weren't out by that night, we would be arrested the following day. Pretty intense if you ask me. We got our things packed and we were out of there by like 8:30. Did we know where we were going nope!! But we were out! We ended up being moved into the Acequia Elders house cause it is the biggest and the closest to our area. It's a party and the tables have turned (cause we housed them on our floor for months). 

Wednesday was a long day and we just got to work. We had a meeting in Declo and we got there on time leaving from Acequia, pretty long drive. We tried a lot of people after that meeting and we had two good successes. We had a good meeting with a less active and hopefully they will come to church. And later in the evening we met another Less Active and we had a good visit with them. It lasted us through the night and we were kinda shocked. It was kind of a 3rd floor last door scenario. It was pretty good. 
Elder Cooke & I enjoying our day

Thursday was the great and holy weekly planning session and boy, did it suck. It was really quick, but we got good goals and plans set to help all those that we come into contact with to bring them closer to Christ. We then had good lessons later that evening. Best part was that we had planned our day and I completely ignored those plans and went with the spirit on a few of them. It was pretty cool as we saw some great results in meeting with people by doing that. 

Friday was long, but that's because most of our day was spent driving. So we went on Exchanges and I got to go back to Boise for this exchange it was great!!! I loved it!!! I was on Boise State campus with one of the Assistants and we just had a blast contacting people. There are a whole bunch of people that we could talk to! It was such a fun exchange!!! 

Saturday we went and contacted people that same morning and tried a whole bunch of people. We didn't get into any doors, but we did talk to some people. We then made the drive back to Rupert, met in Glenns Ferry and then made the drive back to Rupert. Long drive, but it was all good. We tried a whole bunch of people later that day, but it was pretty rough. We then tried a lot more people and had nothing come up. I just had to be diligent and make it through the day. 

Rain in Rupert
Sunday was church and it was the same thing. We had one person show up to church that we weren't expecting to show up. Translated Sacrament meeting for her, but then she took off cause there weren't any other Hispanics there. I can't really argue with her. We then just worked all day. Skipped dinner (well they were sick and they dropped it off for us) and we just worked. Nothing happened though... It was just a loooonnnnnggggg day... But it was good for me.

This has been a good week and I'm looking forward to what this week has in store. We still don't have our own house, but we will get one hopefully soon. I love you all and I miss you all a lot!! Have a good week everybody!!!

Elder Ruesch

Week 75 - Homeless in Rupert (4/2/2018)

Picture I found of Jesus
We are getting kicked out of our house today and we have no idea where we are going. So if you're going to send mail, send it to the mission office address. 

Some old relics :'(
But other than that this week was pretty good. I was hardly in our area so I really don't have much to talk about. We went on exchanges with Malta and with Rupert and they were both good exchanges. It was nice to be back in that area. I do miss it truly. We had a really good week, but I don't remember much since it was Conference Weekend and I was too excited for it and not only that I got sick...again... It sucks so much. Luckily now, I'm better, but I still have problems. 

I loved Conference so much and one of the things that I loved the most was one of the talks given Saturday Morning. The speaker spoke about forgiveness and forgiving others. I don't have the exact quote since my journal is packed away, but next week I will deliver. 
Some combined studies

This week was really great and really fun, I just have a bad memory right now as to what happened. I will post pictures and hopefully that will make up for what I did not post. 

Elder Ruesch 
Found this and started thinking of you Mom

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week 74 - I See Fire (3/26/2018)

Some sweet guitars
(thought of my brother)
This week has been such a good and fast week. It's hard to remember everything that went on, but we shall see what I can muster up. On Monday we had a great time with Preparation Day and also trying to figure out all the insurance and fixing my phone. Didn't figure it out, but we had good lessons that night and a lot of good invitations handed out that evening. 

Tuesday we had a meeting all day and it was really long and I was tired by the end of it. We got home and had a good lesson with one of our investigators and it was really awesome!! The Spirit was definitely in the room as we were asking questions that were truly inspired. It was a great turn out.

Wednesday we had another meeting, but it wasn't so long so we were actually able to get things done. We went on Exchanges and I got to go back to Declo and it was awesome!! I miss that area soo much!! We tried a lot of Hispanic people and it was cool seeing them again!! I did get to see a lot of familiar faces! Oh how I miss that area.

Some sweet guitars
(thought of my brother)
Thursday we got a lot done! We exchanged back and then we did our famous weekly planning session and got through it pretty roughly. The struggle was real as we let go of some of our investigators to focus more on the Less Actives here in Rupert. But in the end, it will all be worth it. We then tried a whole bunch of names and people trying to see if we could visit them and the struggle was real yet again! It was certainly a grind to go through the day. But we made it!

Friday, another meeting and it again it was incredibly short. We went and had lunch and it was pretty good. We then went and hit the grind again trying to meet with people. We hit a dead end. So we ended up trying to figure out the insurance policies on my phone and we were able to figure it out!! And I was able to get my phone sent out that day!! It was great!! We then just got to work and tried so many people. Had a good lesson that night creating a lesson for a lesson that was going to be given on Sunday (hope that didn't confuse anyone). 

Some sweet guitars
(thought of my brother)
Saturday was just a straight grind. We were working all day trying to invite any Hispanic we could find to this party. All of our lessons cancelled and weren't home so we just pulled every name out of the books and went out on an inviting spree. Thankfully with technology, we were able to message the invitation out to a lot of people. It was cool as we went out and invited cause we saw one of the ladies we invited, show up. It was cool as we were led by the Spirit to her house and to give her an invitation. Spirit is a great compass. The party was a huge success as we saw 26 people show up!! It was incredible!! Elder Cooke was in awe and so was I. A lot more people showed up than we thought. Some from which we didn't know! So that was great!! Say you have free food and people show up!!

Sunday was a good day. It was packed with meetings and surprises! One of the families that was at the party, came to church!! It was awesome!!! We loved it!! Everything was in Spanish and I felt right at home!! It was wonderful!! We concluded the day with a lot of meetings. I was surprised as to how many meetings you could have in one day. 

Bowling score (I'm the top and my comp is right below me)
Well this week was great and it was fun filled. I love the work that I am doing and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I love you all and I miss you all! There's always a special place for all of you in my heart!!

Elder Ruesch  

View from Declo

View from Declo

View from Declo