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!!!

Love,
Elder Ruesch

Selfie
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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Week 35 - Hispanics Come to Play (6/26/2017)

So this week, I have noticed a lot how terrible my English is. You could even ask my companion. There have been times where I start speaking in English and automatically the next few words that roll out are Spanish. So I'm thoroughly enjoying having to watch myself as we are in lessons or as we are talking with members. So to start out, this week we played soccer for our District activity last week and it was fun!! I loved it finally getting back onto the field and playing felt so great again. The following day we had a lot of good things turn out. We had a good first lesson with a 12 year old boy who is interested in the Gospel. He's pretty interested, but we'll see where it goes from here. Then after that we contacted some people, got rejected, and you know normal other stuff. We then had dinner with a family and went to go see another family, but we caught them as they were having dinner so we just dropped in and said hi and saw how they were doing. We then had a first good lesson with another new investigator. We taught him with a member family and this member family let us know about him. We were pretty excited to hear that he wanted to listen to us and see what the Gospel has in store for him. That night we had exchanges and I was with the District Leader. He had to make sure that I was working and not being lazy and a slacker and that I was behaving. You know, the me that I am. 

So Wednesday started out and we went to go meet with someone to do service, but he wasn't ready for us that day so we kinda just talked and set up a return time for us. We then went and tried some people after lunch, but no one was home until we caught someone just before one of our lessons. So this guy we've been trying to catch at home for a long time and we finally caught him on Exchanges. We had a good little meet with him and got to know him a little better and other things. We shared a little thought with him before we took off for our lesson. We got to our lesson and we started right away. So we are teaching this girl who's 8 and her mom who isn't a member. The girl wants to be baptized cause she has a lot of friends that are members and she as well wants to be. Her dad is a member, but not active. So we taught the first lesson awhile back and we were initially going to teach something else, but instead we answered a whole bunch of questions that she had about the Gospel. A lot of them relating to the Atonement of Jesus Christ and as to why it happened, why we needed it, and what does it do for me. It was really awesome to see that desire to learn more from the both of them. We then tried out some other people that we've been trying to see and caught them at home. We then had dinner with a family and we had fajitas which is always good. We then had some of our appointments fall through and we ended up contacting for a bit. We then ended the night with another investigator and we just did the same thing. We answered a doubt that had and she felt at peace with the answer that we gave her.

Thursday strolled around and we had our Zone Conference. A lot of good things came out of that and one them being that we can't take the Book of Mormon lightly. It is an essential tool to help others learn about the Gospel. It's one of the ways we can know for ourselves if this Church is true. Hence why it is called the Keystone of our Religion. Everything weighs on that book. After we had our Zone Conference, we then came back and saw a few people, but nothing really exciting. 

Friday we had a really good lesson with an investigator and from right as soon as we got there, it was question after question, doubt after doubt, answer after answer, and peace. We had answered some of the doubts and questions that she had and a few that we couldn't answer cause at that moment, we couldn't answer here then and there. We are only 19 and 20 year olds. We then weekly planned for our investigators then had dinner and we didn't even finish weekly planning. A chore for Saturday to finish (which we did). We then had two good lessons to end the night. We taught our little boys (as to what we like to call them cause they are awesome) and read with them from the Children's Book of Mormon and it was so amazing to see that desire that they had to read more from it. We then watched an MTC talk with Agustin titled "Feed My Sheep" by Jeffrey R. Holland. It was an amazing talk and wow we all loved it. 

Saturday came and went as we did service, on a roof, in the blazing hot sun, painting it... It was so hot up there I was glad to get down. We then saw some people, but nothing so exciting. We then contacted some people we've been trying to contact for weeks. We then ended the night with a family that is moving pretty soon. I am surprised, we haven't shared anything with that family at all, but they keep wanting us to come back. And they even invited us for after the mission to have dinner with them and see their new house(cause it's outside our area). But wow that was pretty awesome.

Sunday was epic. We had three investigators show up to Sacrament and two of them were our little boys. They enjoyed sacrament meeting and primary especially! It was awesome. We then had lunch with a member family and tried seeing some people after that. We then had a quick correlation meeting with our Ward Mission Leader from Declo 2nd and dang he's on the ball of helping us out. We then had dinner with a member family whose son just returned from serving his mission. We then tried some people after that and met with Rodrigo and just talked with him. His wife left with her sister for vacation time, before their son comes to visit them. So we talked with him and invited him to the English class on Tuesday. We then ended the night with Agustin talking about missionary work and how we can all do missionary work without the name tag on. We watched a little bit of the First District Videos and he enjoyed those. It was a good week this week. No it was a great week. 

I love you all and I hope you enjoy this week!!!

Love,
Elder Ruesch

Our Hispanic Bench Press

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 34 - Here Comes the Sun (6/19/2017)

So this week has been quite an adventure! To start off with last week! We had a great lesson of what the Book of Mormon is and  what stories it contains inside of it to two boys! They truly loved how we presented it and want to learn more. They come from a Part Member Family and they have the sincere desire to learn more. So last night we stopped by again and visited with them and shared the message of the Restoration. They were quite intrigued over the Priesthood Authority. The oldest boy (who's 11) said, "So the baptism I had is invalid cause the church didn't have the Authority to baptize.... Well I wanna be baptized into the right Church that has that Authority!" We were amazed over how he and his brother caught the concept of Priesthood Authority. It blew us away. We extended the baptismal question and they both said yes right away. They are so ready for this Gospel and for them to take this path, will surely influence their family! 

On Tuesday we had a few great lessons. To start off we helped Agustin out with the Sacrament prayers. He wanted us to come over and help him say them cause he wants to be sure that when he reads it, he reads it right. So we read both prayers and he recorded them so he could listen to them and get the annunciation of every word right. We then just went out and tried some doors and ran into some member families and had good visits with them. We then topped the night with a very great lessons with one of our investigators. We went over to help her understand how she can receive her answer through feelings and the Holy Ghost. Cause that is his ultimate goal. To testify of Truth and of Christ. It went very well as we had a member with us and he testified to her that she can receive that answer through the feelings that she gets when we come by, or when she reads the scriptures.

On Wednesday we had a good time. We had our District Meeting and Interviews with President. Everything went smoothly and was just a very wonderful experience. We then did some service around town helping mow lawns, clean up the yard, whatever it may be. Right now my parents are probably wondering why I didn't do that all the time back home. Sorry mom and dad. We then had a good lesson with another investigator that day and we taught The Plan of Salvation to her and taught what is our purpose here on Earth. She grasped it, but is still having a hard time understanding Baptism. We didn't have a dinner that night so we kinda just ran from place to place testifying of Christ and until we came to our last stop for the night. We went to a members home, who they are Less Active, and we started talking with them and they themselves had just gotten home. We were talking and they had asked if we had eaten. Elder Posadas said yea we did and the follow up question came of what we had. We were busted at that point. They made us some dinner cause they themselves had not eaten and we talked with them and then came home.

On Thursday we started off with service again. We did a lot of service before we struggled over our weekly planning session. We had our weekly planning and barely finished in time for our dinner appointment. At dinner we were give a lot of referrals of people we could try to visit. It was really wonderful. We tried some names that night and couldn't catch any of them at home. So we turned to our area book and pulled out a name and visited them. We caught the entire family at home, but just as they were about to leave. We set a time for when we can come back and then tried else where. We then tracted out some apartments and talked with a guy named Bennie. He told us he only has 2-5 years left to live and we just talked with him. He's a really nice guy and has been through a lot of things in life. 

Friday we had a good lesson with an investigator who has definitely been prepared by the Lord. We taught her The Gospel of Jesus Christ and before we could even finish extending the baptismal question, she had told us yes I will be baptized. It was awesome to hear that cause it totally threw us off! We were amazed and we extended her a date for when she can be and she accepted. We were amazed by how the Lord prepared her. We then went and helped an investigator paint his trailer and got to talking with him. We invited him to our Preparation Day activity (today) of soccer and he said he'll see if he can come. He's in his 40's but has kids that play and we told him they are welcomed to come as well. We then tried some other people that night and just had appointments set up and a little correlation with one of our ward mission leaders.

Saturday rolled around and we were out contacting all day just trying to catch people at home. A few we caught at work or just before they were about to take off and we had set up an appointment to return. We had some good visits with families and had left them with Spiritual Thoughts to uplift them in this trying time they are going through. We did some contacting and set up appointments. Pretty much all we did Saturday.

Sunday....A day full of meetings...We about died...We spoke in Springdale 2nd during sacrament about Member Missionary Work. It was awesome and we hope that we got the members excited to go out and do some missionary work. We then tried some people after our meetings were all over and caught one of members home in which we haven't seen him in like forever. We talked with him and told him we missed him at church. He told us they changed his work schedule and that he works a crazy shift which has him working Sundays during Church. He's trying to get it switched, but nothing yet. We then had our wonderful lesson that is in the first paragraph. Then we ended the night talking with another one of our ward mission leaders. We talked about the area and what good things are happening. 

So that is my week for you all and I hope it isn't too bad of English. I struggle at times to get my English out correctly. Well I love you all and I hope you all have a good Summer Break to all of you who are on Break!!! I love and miss you all!!!

Elder Ruesch Sosa

Some pretty flowers
When it rained last week

When it rained last week
Cool Vial that a member gave to us
New Craze of the world #FidgetSpinner

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 33 - Rain, Rain and Sun (6/12/2017)

Well luckily this week I can remember it a lot more. So to start out with Tuesday, we got some stuff done. We did some service for one of our investigators and it was a lot of work. We did a lot during the week with him. We then went and visited a little bit with some single sisters in the ward and we had a good visit with them. We then had dinner and it was really good. We then had a good meet with a Part Member Family and got to know some of the kids and we were invited out to the baptism of the 8 year old. We then ended the night with another sister who is an investigator and we taught The Gospel of Jesus Christ and invited her to be baptized on July 1st!! She said that if she gets her answer by then, she'll be baptized. And then my birthday came around. We had inspections and it went well. The inspectors loved our place!!! We then had a district meeting and we gave a training and it was really good. We then went and did service for a sister and it was good thing. We then had a correlation meeting with our Ward Mission Leader in one of the wards and had dinner with him. We then had a decent lesson with an investigator. And then from there we went to meet some other families. We talked with a family outside as they were wrapping out cleaning their yard and we talked with them for a bit about it and set up a time to come back. Went and met with some other families and called it a night. A good birthday and thank you to all who wished me a happy birthday! The next day we had a really good lesson with another Part Member Family and we taught the Restoration. It went really well and the spirit was so strongly there. We did it outside and when it came time for the First Vision, the spirit was poured out. It was very powerful. The rest of the day was contacting. We then had a good lesson the next day with an investigator and we read with her a chapter in James chapter 2. It was really awesome and she totally is prepared. We then went and met with a less active and he wants to help us in the missionary efforts her in his ward. It's awesome how he wants to help us. Then that night we went on Exchanges and on Saturday we went and met with some families and went to the baptism that is mentioned above. It was really well and we got to talk to the daughter who was baptized and got to confirm the Holy Ghost upon her. It was great. Then the rest of that day we were teaching, leaving spiritual thoughts, all over the place. We then unexchanged and talked about our days. We then had Sunday come around and it was full of meetings. Every other hour we had meetings with different auxiliaries. We were hungry. We Had meetings and then later got to see Agustin and watched Mormon Messages with him. This week has been really great and thank you so much for the support from home! I love you all and miss you!! Hope you're all doing alright!
Elder Ruesch

Week 32 - And it Came to Pass (6/5/2017)

This week was too much like a blur. I hardly recall anything. The only thing I can recall is the temple re-dedication. The re-dedicated the Idaho Falls Temple and wow that was a really neat experience to see. For a moment the Stake Center became a part of the temple which was awesome. We also got to meet with a few people yesterday and had some good meetings with them. The only other thing I can remember is one lesson that we had with an investigator. We went in hoping to teach the Plan of Salvation and all that fun stuff, but she presented us a few doubts and concerns that she had about some things. We addressed her doubts and tried our best to share the Plan of Salvation in its simplest terms to help her understand and luckily the spirit touched her and made it manifest that we were teaching helped her understand a little more. We left her with some homework and  hopefully she'll read it to understand it. Well I'm sorry for my poor memory and all that other stuff, but to compensate I have photos from my boredom lol. But anyways enjoy your week everyone and I love you, I love you, I love you!!! And miss you too!!!
Elder Ruesch
Boredom
More boredom
and more boredom
Mature? Older?
Mature? Older?
Catching Companion off guard

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Week 31 - Success in Unplanned Things (5/30/2017)

Well this week has been a rather different week.We had some weird success in things that were unplanned. And the success we had in planned things was small. To start off will be with the planned things. So we had a planned lesson with a hopeful new investigator that wanted to learn more about the Gospel. She came in and ready to learn and just open up to the spirit. It was pretty neat and amazing to see her willingness to learn the Gospel. We shared the Restoration and the Spirit was there it was amazing. The next one and the last one we had was sharing the Restoration with a lady (notice all these are girls...) who has met with missionaries, has been searching and wants to know more. We brought a couple with us from the Ward to go with us into the lesson and the husband of the couple is not a member. So he sat quietly as his wife bore testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the Restoration which is what we taught. It was awesome to hear it and just feel of the spirit that was in that room. 
Now for the unplanned success. So we've been doing service for this one guy for a really long time and we had nothing falling through and no one was home when we went contacting. So I felt like we should go visit him. We caught them just as they were getting home from the store so we helped them take their groceries into the house. It was neat experience talking with him cause he opened up to us in ways we didn't think of. He opened and talked about soccer and then onto the Atonement of Christ. It was just cool as he asked questions about it and other things. And the next one which was pretty neat was yesterday's cool experience of when we were driving in town. We saw a moving sale sign and thought to check it out. We got unto the street and saw a member cleaning her yard so we pulled over and started talking with her. As we were talking, Elder Posadas noticed that the neighbor seemed to be moving in. So we asked the member what she knew and she had said she was moving in all today and yesterday. So we decided to go and help her out. We went to help her out and she was very thankful for us stepping into help. It was just her and her three daughters that were moving out of Burley into Declo, hoping to keep it permanent. So we talked with her for awhile and stated our purpose and left with her our number. She invited us back once she is settled in. So we then went to the gas station afterwards and starting talking with some members and an investigator of ours was there so we got to talking with him. We talked and he invited us to come back later in the day to talk. It was awesome unplanned things cause that was all unplanned. We originally planned to go contacting and instead we just hung around. It is awesome seeing what great things will come to pass. Well cause I am short on time today I just want to let you all know that I love you all so very much and miss you!! Hope you have a great week!!!
Elder Ruesch 




Sunset here in Declo (not as pretty as A.V. though)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 30 - The Revival (5/22/2017)

Well this week has been quite an interesting week. To say none of the least, to begin with the weather... We have seen sun, snow, rain, fog, ice, and wind all in the matter of 5 days :)..... That is Idaho for you. Well to start off the week I "ran" into a family while I was on exchanges that is actually from home. Related to the Ebmeyer family from home I ran into Brenda Anderson up in Elba this week and it was great to talk with them and see how they love it up here. As the week went on, the weather got crazier. On Monday we saw snow...in May....I'm sick and tired of snow.... We tried to accomplish what we could in the snow, but it was so crazy to see people. The weather was that bad, but we made due and tried all that we could. We ended up just trying to see people and had little success. Thursday though, is the day that I truly love. We had our mission tour!!! We got to meet Elder Bennett of the 70 and he got to speak with us and we got to learn!!! It was spectacular all that he had for us. No tablets, but just a wealth of knowledge just flowed out from him directly from the Lord for what we needed to hear. He also challenged us during our lunch break to go and street contact and apply some of the things that we learned to the test. We got right to work and went to the area that was assigned to us and we tried doing the contacting. We ended up finding a trailer park and we went contacting there. The first person we ran into, was an old man, with no shirt on, bald heavy set, and he called himself the Anti-Christ. It was a very interesting experience. We started to walk by and he started to approach us to only cuss us out, call us some choice names, and then spit on us. Quite interesting guy. I held my tongue so much during that cause I knew I was going to be witty with him and that it wasn't' going to be of the Spirit. We laughed at it and just kept walking. We then made some other contacts and met some really nice people. It was pretty cool. We returned back to the building and just started to take in more knowledge as it came. We then returned back to our area of Declo at about 6ish. When we had left it was like 7:30 in the morning to be in Twin Falls. We got there right on time for everything. And when we had left, visibility was only about 50 feet because we had a nice fog that had settled over in Declo. I was hoping that by the time we got back, it would be gone. We got back and luckily it was gone. The rest of that day was trying to see some people. Then Friday came and we started kicking it into gear. I don't remember much of Friday aside that it was a good day. Saturday on the other hand I do remember. We got to work. We met with a lot of people that we haven't seen or met with before/in awhile and it was just amazing to see all the work that we did. We planned a whole bunch of names, and we saw all those names. We don't know how we did it, but we did it. It's probably cause we didn't take a dinner break. We just went to work and just worked all day. Sunday came around and it was just full of meetings. We were at church more hours than I can recount. It was a good Sunday though. We had one of our investigators from one of the wards show up and we talked with him and scheduled an appointment with him to come and share another message with him and his family with a member. It was great to see that take place. And we also got a little trunkie with what all the talks and lessons were about that day. If anyone can take a guess as to what it was, it was all about marriage and happiness within the marriage. Elder Posadas and I got trunked out and he just remembers talking about missing his brothers wedding that is coming up soon. But we eventually shook it off and got to work. After Church we took off and just visited with people it was awesome. I got to meet a Less Active who knows he should come to church, but is taking it slowly. He gave both Elder Posadas and I some Cologne cause he has a whole bunch of it and doesn't use it. I promise I won't be using it to pick up any girls here (Mom and Aunt Kathy) :)
After words we met with another family who is an active member family and we did some correlating with them as to who we are teaching and if they had any people for us to see and they did and we went and contacted those names, but none of them were home. We ended up seeing a family that just started a business in town and and we got to talking with them. It was pretty sweet getting to know them. The husband is a member, but one that has fallen away and seems to know some deep doctrinal things which was really interesting. He still believes that the church is true, just loves a few things contrary to the word of wisdom. Really sweet family though. We then ended the night and the week meeting with another family in Springdale and they opened up to us. We talked with them for a good amount of time and we just talked about how they met, their interactions with the church (cause they are Less Active), and all sorts of other things. It was really awesome to see as Elder Posadas and I just got to asking inspired questions. It was sweet to say none of the least. Well that is my week for you and I hope your week has been fantastic just like how all of you are. I love you all and I hope you stay safe!!!! I also miss you all too!!!!!
Love 

Elder Ruesch Sosa

Week 29 - Death and Resurrection (5/15/2017)

Well this week, I died.....and was brought back.........with medicine........ Well to start off I have really bad allergies to nature (more like the country) and it has been killing me. I then got sick because of it and I'm on the recovering end of it. But anyways, this week has been a trial of not appearing sick to everyone and taking a lot of allergy medicine. On Tuesday is we had inspections and it was awesome!! Our place was the cleanest and they loved it!! It was great to hear that from the mission. We then went on some visits, but wasn't as successful. So we ended up just doing service. It was pretty fun doing some service cause we got a lot of it done. We then had dinner and then did some contacting. Tuesday my voice was a little shot, but I tried to still make it out. On Wednesday it was all just service. It was crazy good!! We then had dinner and a really good lesson after our dinner. We then did a hike to meet with the youth and talk about the Aaronic Priesthood and then answered some of their questions that they had. It was really awesome! Thursday is when I got hit the most. I woke up and I was just dead. I couldn't move and I was soo cold I just laid with my blanket on the couch dressed in my proselyting clothes. That day we only did one thing and that was just let me get better. We had one appointment that I didn't want to miss or cancel so we went out and met with Agustin. It was crazy cause when we got there he told us that he was worried about me. He remembered how bad my allergies were and was making sure I was alright. He is so awesome and it has been awesome getting to know him. On Friday I finally called the mission nurse and told her all that has been going wrong with me and she told me to get medicine right away. So I got medicine started taking it and was slowly getting better. I still am pretty bad right now, but I am doing a lot better cause I can at least get out of bed without a problem. We then did some more service and went contacting afterwards. We met a really nice family and got to talk with them and get to know them and for sure we'll be going back. We then had a really good lesson that night with two investigator families and it was awesome and spiritual. You could definitely feel the spirit in both lessons. The first one we did with members present cause they are really good friends with the family that wants to start learning the Gospel. We were talking and their daughter got her mission call to serve in my home mission!! The mission of Rancho Cucamonga mission!! I was so excited when she had said that cause I was just surprised how coincidental that is. The family then arrived and we had a good lesson about the Restoration and wow the spirit was definitely there as we bore our testimony and the members bore their testimony's of the Restoration. It was quite powerful. We then had a really great following lesson with an Hispanic family and it was really great. We talked about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it. It was a really great lesson. On Saturday we did even more service and we got crazy. It was pretty fun. But we were freezing cause it dipped back down to cold weather. We then tried some families, but no one was home. So we got our Skype set up with a family and a dinner as well which was awesome. The Sunday came around and we had really good talks about Mother's Day and it was pretty awesome to hear all the talks to later talk with our moms!! We then got to talk with our families and it was awesome!!! I really miss them, but the time will fly by. And I'll be home. For now, my mind and heart are here to help the people I serve. As the great story found in Chapter 18 of Alma shows, when we serve others, they will come to know for themselves of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I love you all and I hope your week is awesome. I sign out for now and hope to hear from you soon!!
Elder Ruesch
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A big Piece of Asparagus