The hotter the days the hotter the wives (I hope)

So to start the letter off this week I will relate a story. So my comp had to go to do all the stuff to get his visa stuff done. Which meant we got to sit in lines all day WOOOO!!! But we met a couple missionaries from the south mission which is always fun. And we started asking each other about the other missionaries that we knew that we had met in the CCM. And one of them asked me about someone and to describe him he told me that he looked like anger from insideout … I gave him a long stare because I had no idea what inside out was. I guess it was a pixar movie or something. But it made me feel old in the mission even though Im not. 

But other than that we really didnt have too much different that happened this weeek. We just went to work business as usual. WEve been having some pretty good success finding people but nobody yet has progressed to the point where Im going to tell you about them. But Im sure someone will come around this next week. BUt until then, back to work business as usual. 

Sorry theres not too much this week. For pday we went to the mall in El Centro, looked around, I ate BK (burger king which was awesome). 

Spiritual Thought

In Luke 17:32 (the second shortest verse in holy scripture) it says:

Remember Lot´s wife. 

But theres a short message to the short scripture. Let what is in the past stay in the past. Lot´s wife looked back LONGINGLY so she was turned into a pilar of salt. It wasnt just for the physical act of turning her head to look. It was that she looked back wanting to go back. The Gospel is about progressing forward. Faith only works to move us forward into our progression. And repentance moves out of the past and into the bright future. 

So the short message is Remember Lot´s Wife, and keep moving forward with faith in the gospel. 

Con mucho amor y cariño

Elder Rusick

“LA LLEVA”

Is Valentines Day a Key Indicator?

I’m not going to lie, its pretty hard to concentrate on what I’m writing right now because the loudest 3 year old ever is crying right next me in the cyber cafe. So I might be a little moe scattered in my writings than usual but I’ll try my best. 

So I heard that sunday was valentines day. Interesting. It wasnt noticed here in Renca 2.A at all. We just kept working like every other day, which by the way is going great. Well except that I feel like Im oping this sector. Its weird because I only had 1 change here before, and my comp really didnt know too much of the sector to teach me. So now Im here with Elder Rasmussen and were trying to figure this whole thing out. We had the chance to do a lot of contacting this week because we realized that we needed to find more people that were going to progress. And so we went out into the burning, radioactive Santiago sunshine and talked with everyone that we saw. And we were able to find some really good people.. maybe even some of those that are elected be God to here our message. 

But something that happened yesterday that was awesome is that we found someone new and super awesome. His name is Carlos and he was playing FIFA when we got into his house (no thats not why I like this story so much). But Im telling the story because he told us that he doesnt believe in God but he let us in because his friend served a mission in Colombia and he wanted to know why his friend would leave his studies for two years to go to Colombia. He also noted that his friend was very successful in his studies and very happy afyer the mission. Just thught Id relate that story to you guys so that you guys knew that peopleaccept the missionaries because their friends that are members are great examples of the fruits of the gospel. (no pressure). 

Also, another experience. We knocked a door (yelled at a door from a gate) and a young girl came out (she had like 13 or 14 years) and we did the contact. We asked her somewhere in the middle of the contact if she believed inGod, she said no, Elder Rasmussen then asked what she believed in. She looked him dead in the eyes and with complete sincerity said “Justin Bieber (spell check?) por que el es terrible rico”… Im not kidding… It was the first time that I did a contact and I just lost all the words in my head because I started laughing so hard. We gave her a card and left.

Spiritual thought. 

So for those of you that don’t know my favorite story book growing up was Lambert the sheepish lion. It is the story of a lion that is raised by sheep from birth. He goes his whole life thinking that he is a sheep. But he really doesn’t fit in super great with the sheep because he’s a little different (he’s actually a lot different… he’s a lion and they’re sheep.). But one night when they were all asleep Lambert heard the piercing howl of a wolf break the silence of the night. He was scared and didn’t know what to do. Then he heard it a gain but closer. He was really scared, he really didn’t know what he could do, he was just a sheep. Then as the wolf was about to eat the sheep he stood up and it finally hit him like a ton of bricks : Im not a sheep, Im a big brave Lion”. And he let out a huge roar and the wolf went running. 

All of us are lions that are raised by sheep. We are children of God that are growing up here on earth. For that we think that we are ordianry humans (sheep). But when we learn about who we really are, children of God (lions) and that He sent us here for a reason we can unlock the power that comes from that divine lineage. To follow His plan and live the way He wants us to is to realize Him as our father. And when we can do this we achieve all that He wants for us. 

Elder Rusick

“LA LLEVA”

Cha-cha-cha-cha-changes, turn and face the strange

Okay, so to start off, we had some changes here in Renca 2. My comp left and one of the other Elders in the ward left (elder Loayza). And so that means that I got a new comp. We had a transfer meeting (which were not allowed to have, but we had one anyway?) on Monday. And my new comp is … Elder Rasmussen. Gringo. From … You guessed it, UTAH!

I think I’m cursed. Thats five in a row out of the five that I’ve had that are not only gringos, but from Utah. Everyone else from my group has had a latin comp except for me. I’m just sitting here patiently waiting for it to happen but I’m starting to think it never will. 

But Elder Rasmussen is a cool guy. He got here the change right after I did (he has 6 months in the mission), and is from Draper Utah. He had just finished High school before the mission and he wrestled in high school and he also wakeboard’s and has a boat. So we get along pretty well. 

A new tie I whipped up from an old apron.

We are going to sacar the freaking mugre (trans: Clean Up) together because we are going to be together for a pretty long time I think. 

The other missionary that came to the ward is Elder Sanchez, from Bogata Colombia. He also speaks fluent English so thats pretty cool. He left the CCM at the same time that I did so we know each other from our two weeks together there. 

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So looks like we’re going to have a good time serving the Lord here in Renca 2 for the next couple of months. 

Not much to say about the work right now though … My comp was feeling a little sick since last Thursday so we really couldn’t work that much. That made it really tough for that first day of work yesterday because we didn’t have any appointments or anything so we did straight contacts pretty much al day. We found some pretyy good people, a family that looks like they can progress. But more on the work next week. 

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Spiritual thought:

So this mornijng for the 2 chapters of the Book of Mormon that I read, I got Mosiah 13 and 14. And chapter 13 is basically just the 10 commandments (the first 2 are in chapter 12 so I guess its the 8 commandments). But chapter 14 is Abinadi quoting Isiah chapter 53 (which is one of the most awesome/ poetic chapters of scriptures on the atonement that exists – Jeffery R Holland (not his exact words )). 

But it’s only 12 verses which for me atl east is very short, but it goes into the suffering the Savior went through for us in the last day of his mortal ministry. 

Yea, even doth not Isaiah say: Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 

2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

4Surely he has borne our griefs , and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

5But he was wounded for our transgressions , he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed . 

6All we, like sheep , have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all. 

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth. 

8He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people was he stricken. 

9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no evil , neither was any deceit in his mouth. 

10Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed , he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 

11He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 

12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great , and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

So, it really goes into the symbology of Christ as the Lamb of God. How He was reject by His people. numbered among the sinners and transgressors of the world. And was beaten, scrourged, and crucified. And although He had all the power to end it, like the lamb brought to the slaughter, He did nothing. So that he could be the sacrifice for those that are “His seed” (see Mosiah 15:10-13)  

But really, you guys have to read it for yourselves. But when you do, read ALL of the foot note references, it’s worth it. It took me like an hour to do it but its super worth it. 

But my invitation for you guys is to read the chapter and really take the time to let the spirit teach you something about it. 

Elder Rusick