hay estamos (there we go)

So another week has passed out here in the mission field and I´m starting to get the hang of things, kind of.  I am starting to be able to talk more with the people in Spanish, kind of. But all is goiong good in beautiful (kind of) Santiago, Chile. Except that my trainer is starting to get a little sick and we might not be able to work as much as we need to this week, but we´ll get through it. 

Entonces, we had two more baptisms this week (pictured below). La familia Zenteno. They are awesome, I didn’t find them but I got to meet them over these first two weeks that I’ve been here and have learned that they are just great people. I learned that the dad had to give up smoking and tea, which he has been able to quit from for more than a month now. That is awesome! The only thing is that they have 3 hijos, 2 of them haven’t been taking the lessons. The third was going to get baptized this week too but she had a visitor in town that she hadn’t seen in two years. So she decided that she wanted to have the baptism the next week, which is a tad bit lame if you ask me but all I can do is invite, I can´t force people to do anything. 

So I feel a little bad that I didn´t really leave you with any spiritual thought last week. Now I´m not about to do a double spiritual thought this week, (Come on don’t be crazy), I just want all of you to know that I feel bad.

Okay so one thing that we talked a lot about this last week was perseverar hasta el fin, or enduring to the end. One thing that i found myself saying a lot to the people as we would teach this is that it’s all about the little things. We call the the OLA, Orar (pray), Leer (read), and asistir (attend).  And when we do those three simple things we have almost all of enduring to the end and keeping up with our covenants covered. And most people we talked to didn´t really have too much problems with doing two of the three things. But a lot of people here have an issue with going to church every week. They always throw out these lame excuses like: church is too early (even though its not, its at 10 and theyre all just a bunch of whimps), or it’s too cold to go to church (once again they’re clearly just being whimps, and the church is like the only building in Chile that has actual heating in it.), or other lame excuses like that. But we have to remind them of the many reasons why it is important to attend church every week. Like that it is a commandment, it is where you can take the sacrement, it’s one of the ways that you can show your love for God, and many other things. But yea, endure to the end because thats part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it’s part of the covenants that you´ve made and through it is the only way that we can find our way back to living with our Heavenly Father and obtaining eternal life and happiness.

Until next time, love you all!

Elder Rusick (Chile)

Los Valles 2

So, the time has finally come and I´m finally out in the mission field. I feel like I was waiting to come out to Chile forever, and then once I got here I was waiting in the CCM forever. But I finally made it out and I get to do actual missionary things, like teach and talk to people in Spanish (kinda because they actually speak Chilean out here which is completely different than Spanish). But yea, so to start I´ll tell you about my dad that I received on Tuesday. His name is Elder Smith and he`s from Highland Utah, he went to American Fork high school and Utah State for a year after that. He`s pretty cool, he`s got 14 months in the mission, he´s the district leader and it´s his first time training. I feel like he´s really going to help me become the missionary that I need to be.

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Okay next, our zone is the San Poablo oeste or este (I can´t remember) zone, and the ward I´m in is called Los Valles, and we share the ward with some sister missionaries so we only have half of the already pretty small ward, so our proselyting sector is Los Valles 2. We live as far away from our sector as we possibly can for some reason, It takes us around 20 to 30 minutes to get from our house to where our sector begins. So needless to say we walk a lot on top of the a lot that missionaries already walk. But its fun, more time to find people on the street and stuff. 

The next thing I´m going to talk about is Kevin. Who has 13 years and is my first baptism. Well elder Smith baptized him but still, I got to teach like three of the lessons to him with elder smith and then he was baptized on Sunday. He`s one of the most awesome kids ever, he was talking about how he wants to be a missionary once he gets older, which is awesome.

Okay next, (I didn’t have a lot of time to plan what I was going to write so my thoughts are a tad bit disorganized right now). Okay so Chile has this huge problem and its going to ruin something for me for the rest of my life. And its dogs. I hate them so much right now. Everybody here has at least 2 dogs. and then theres like 2 stray dogs for every person thats on the street. And the people leave food out for the the stray dogs on the street so they keep living. I didn’t think the people here think its a problem. i actually think that most people just take dogs from the street and keep them, and thats how they get their dogs… I could talk forever about the freaking dogs but I won`t because I know thats not what you want to hear about. What you want to hear about is matè. 

Matè is this weird herb stuff that everybody drinks here. so basically you get this special cup and you put the herb in it and then you put hot water in the cup and drink it with a special straw that keeps the herb out of the water. Its weird until you try it. But all the missionaries here drink it so its just something that i do now I guess. 

Alright thats all I got for this week till next time, Nos Vemos

Elder Rusick (Chile)

Arrived at Santiago North Mission Hoe

Hola!

I am sitting in the Santiago North Mission offices right now writing you guys. I just finished up at the CCM and I am about to have my orientation and meet my new trainer. I’m feeling pretty nervous, but I also feel ready to go. I met with President Vileln and su esposa. They are awesome! They only speak Spanish though so that was a little tough, but I got over ti and tried my hardest to speak the language and understand what they were saying. I am very excited to meet my new father (my trainer), and American, so he will speak English. Or at least have the ability to. I don’t think they’re supposed to speak English to us, but that will help me in the long run.   Its weird to think that I’ve already been gone for over a month and a half now, which is nothing when you compare it to those guys that are on their last transfer. They all say it goes by quickly though, I have yet to see that! I’m sure things will pick up soon enough. They also say that Chile is awesome and it’s going to be some of the best times I’ll ever have. I just need to keep working, then I’ll have fun, be happy and the time will fly by.

Con Amor!

Elder Rusick (Chile)

Mission Home Leter

Final Week In The CCM

Okay so this week actually has some events that took place that should be pretty interesting. So I´ll start with those aand then I can leave you all with a message. Okay so the first thing I want to tell you all is about the Copa America. It´s pretty much just the world cup but for all the countries in south america. Chile has never won the Copa America. But this year the Copa was held in Chile, and Chile made it to the final. They played against Argentina on saturday. so on saturday we got to enjoy a ¨cultural experience¨ and watch the game. It was awesome, the Chilean team ended up winning in a penalty shootout which was crazy, and all of the teachers just went nuts. They love futbol down here, more than anything. We honestly could´nt hear anything that was going on in our lessons for the rest of the night because the streets were so loud with all of the people celebrating.

Okay, so another interesting thing that happened was that it rained on sunday. And I guess that you need some more info to realize why thats so interesting. So this is the first time in 50 years that Chile hasn´t had any rain in the month of June. And so they decided to fast for rain this past sunday, and it rained… its crazy how stuff like that works right… So California, you know how we have this huge drought going on, maybe we just need to show a little faith and fast for rain… I don´t know, just a thought.

Okay so those are the two big things that made the week somewhat eventful, but to look forward to this upcoming week. On Wednessday (tomorrow) we get to go contacting in a park, on thursday we get to go on splits with missionaries from the east mission I think (only MTC in the world that gets to do that), and on friday we are watching President Packer´s funeral services. Then finally on tuesday we get to leave this place. So with that I feel like I should say that next week I won´t be able to write because I won´t have a Pday, so don´t worry everybody (MOM).

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My CCM District & Teacher

Okay so for the message part of this. I have two things to say. First is that memebers should be involved in missionary work in their wards. It is better for missionaries to be working with ward members, when ward memebers bring refferals to the missioanries that investigator won´t feel as awkward, their hearts will be softened to the message because they are with someone they know, and they will have someone in the church that they know that will help strengthen their memebership. and if you dont know how to get refferals or how to talk to someone about the church, ask the missionaries, they will teach you how. And go to lessons with them and ask to actually participate not just bearing your testimony at the end. So I invite all of you who read this to participate more in missionary work back home, I know that if you do you will see an increase in baptisms and increased memberships in your wards, and I promise that the Lord will bless you for your service.

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Same

Second spiritual thought was something that I learned in class this week. It is about Leys, Doctrinas, Y Principios (for the gringos, Laws, Doctrines and Principles). Okay so this was a long lesson but the quick overview. So the basics of this is that God gives us laws that follow certain doctrines and principles. Such as the commandment of thou shalt not kill has a higher principle that we should love one another. But sometimes we do not recieve the principle or the doctrine behind the law, sometimes we only recieve the law or commandment. We are still expected to follow the law or commandment because God wants us to follow all of His commandments so that we can return to live with Him again. It is like Adam just after he was cast from the garden of eden, he was asked by angel why he was making a sacrifice. He said that he knew not save he was commanded by the Lord to. The angel saw his obdience that Adam had and explained to him the doctrine and principle behind the commandment which was the law of sacrifice (See moses chapter 5).

I also related this partially to Nephi. In the beginning Nephi doesn´t know a whole lot of why he is doing all of things that he does, he just does it because he knows he must do all things that the Lord has commanded him (See nephi 3:7). But later on he desires to know more about the things which his father saw in his visions. And because he was so faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord, the spirit of the lord showed him the meaning of all things which his father had seen and eventually nephi goes on to see all things.

This has to do with a lot of things like prayer and the spirit (2 nephi 32) and faith in the Lord but you guys can read the Book of Mormon and pray and learn all of those for yourselves… Or I imay write about them in the future.

But those are my spiritual thoughts for the week.

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What I do with my Spare time

There was also an earthquake in class today. Everybody freaked out but having lived on a fault line my whole life I was calm cool and collect. But yea, lots of earthquakes donw here.

Con mucho amor,

Elder Rusick (Chile)