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 

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