It was the best of times, It was the .. Uh better.. of times

DON’T WORRY EVERYBODY… Elder Rassmusen and I are staying together in Renca 2.a. 

Thank goodness to because we did so much of the dirty hard part of missionary work (which is finding people) that I thought they would take me out of the sector. But nope.. we get to stay together for at least six more weeks (which means at the end of this change I will have had 11 months straight with a gringo comp from Utah). But were super excited to get to have this next change together to be able to cash in on the work we put in this last change. 

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“A little afternoon Mate”

But theres more amazing news (if your a missionary this the most exciting thing you can hear besides “usted se va a la isla”); Elder Rassmusen and I looked at the map of the ward on lds.org and theres more to our ward that is on the map that the mission gave us. Which means that theres part of our sector which we hadn´t seen before. Thats awesome because I get bored of seeing the same houses everyday. BUt we went to the new part of the sector yesterday to check it out and we immediatly found like 5 new people that we can start working with, and all of the said that they hadnt seen missionaries in the neighborhood for like 7 years (its a gold mine of souls or a white field that is ready for the harvest)

But other than that nothing out of the ordinary happened this last week.

Oh wait… something did happen (the saddest moment of my mission), My scriptures died!!! Heres a picture… 

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Oh yea and also something else happened. A couple in the street with their baby stopped us as we were walking. They said that their baby (like 1.5 or 2 year old) needed a blessing of health. The mom was a less active member and the dad was a non member. But Elder Rassmusen did pt.1 and then a had the opportunity to do the second. As I was doing it I opened my eyes for some reason And the baby literally touched my heart.

Matchbook covers I find in the street

Theres more to the story but thats for me and my journal to know. But wow it was incredible the spirit that was felt. And the fact that they had just happened to find us in the street (because they live in puente alto; which is like 2 hours from Renca) is just incredible. Wow, just wow. 

Spiritual thought. (Its a short one again today)

So towards that end of some of the Gospels Jesus says to his apostles that they would be brought before kings and governors for his namesake. And this would be an opportunity for them to bear testimony of his name and witness to the things that they had seen him do. He also gives them the comfort to know that they need not worry of what they need to say; that they words would be given to them in that moment. 

In everyday situations we are not brought before kings or governors, but friends neighbors work associates and family members. But as members of the church it is your responsibility to use these opportunities to bear testimony of Jesus Christ and even of the restoracion of his gospel. And the promise is the same (I cant remember the exact verse in DyC) but it goes that as you open your mouth (part of opening your mouth is that you have to start talking) it will be filled with the words that you need to testify. 

I am always comforted that if I don’t have any clue what to say (which happens a lot because Im just a 21 year old kid in chile speaking a different language) I can start testifying to Jesus Christ as my savior and redeemer and of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and the restoracion of the gospel and that after that words will enter in to my mind to help the people. 

Shout out to Catherine Manning for getting called close to the greatest mission on earth 

Elder Rusick 

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If you can stay awake during your prayers at night. You´re not working hard enough

It is a weird thing to start a prayer at 11 o´clock at night and then to finish it at 2:30 in the morning. And no I´m not Enos (for those of you that don´t get it go to Enos chapter 1 in the Book of Mormon…. or just read the whole thing)… (then talk to the missionaries)… anyways now that we´re all familiarized with the story of Enos, no I´m not praying for that long. I fall asleep mid prayer and wake up in the middle of the night say “amen” and fall right back asleep. Its great, I love it and it happens in the mornings most of the time too. But thats my life. 

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But anyways this week was pretty cool, we had stake conference here in Renca and Elder Batalla (battle for the gringos) came to speak. And right now I´m going to be completely honest with you guys, I cannot remember a word of what he talked about. I didn’t take notes and I don´t remember a thing. 

But other than that, that I can´t stay awake for my prayers and that my memory is failing me completely now that I´m an old man and thibnk that is about all that happened (I think). 

Oh wait, this was a weird week because it is a change of 7 weeks instead of the normal 6. And we didn’t get new planners for this week so I haven’t been writing everything down; and thats why I cant remember and thing… It all makes sense now. But yea its a 7 week change because they are changing how everything works in the MTC (here in Chile for the least) so the new missionaries haven’t arrived. SO here we are. 

Spiritual Thought:

“Why seek ye the living among the dead? 

He is not here but He is risen”

Luke 24:6 

Matthew 28:6

Easter is not about palm trees, chocolate bunnies and baskets full of painted eggs. 

It is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. And that now ever person that ever lived can too. 

Sé que Cristo vive. 

Elder Rusick 

¡¡¡¡¡¡BLACKJACK!!!!!!!

“17”, “hit me”, “I suggest you stay sir” “I like to live dangerously”… “21, congratulations”…

“4” “actually I´ll stay” “I suggest you hit sir” “I also like to live dangerously”

Alright officially allowed to do whatever I want… as long as it says that I can do it in the white bible. And just to let you all know the whole joke about legally being allowed to drink or whatever doesn’t really work here because the age to do everything here is 18, and the kids start doing it all anyways when they´re 12 so it really doesn’t matter. 

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My “cake” (its a piece if delicious bread that I bought and a match)

But one year older and I´’e been waiting for the wisdom for about 21 years now, but it still hasn’t came. I´ll keep praying that it comes the next year though. 

But anyways this week of work was pretty nice. Probably one of the best weeks I´ve had on the mission. I can tell because my legs really hurt (that could also be because I´m soo old now…). But seriously we are finding so many new people right now and they´re awesome too. They all want to give us food and bread and just talk to us about stuff and then because we are gentle like doves and crafty like snakes we sneak the gospel and the restauracion into the conversación. And they´re just like cool, yea I´ll read that and pray. And now all we have to do is check up on them and keep watering the seeds until theres a flower or a tree or a stalk of wheat (whatever type of thing that grows out of the ground)

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My District

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BDay Pizza

*SIDENOTE* Elder Turner that “small branch” of 125 people has more people in it than I´ve ever seen here in the biggest ward in the stake of Renca. 

But not too much is happening besides that.

Spiritual thought:

SO this week Elder Rasmussen and I decided to wage a total war against Satan. O hacer la guerra contra Satanás desde hoy y adelante as it is writter on the wall now. But its cool because I started reading the war chapters of the Book of Mormon, so it all relates. Like how it talks about in efesios 6 about putting on the whole armour of God. It also talks baout that in alma 48 or 49 (somewhere around there), but talks about how the lamanites were super scared of the nephites because of the preperations that they had made for the battle. That they had helmets and breastplates for proteccion. ANd it said the the nephites dies more for loss of blood (the few that did die) that anything else because of their proteccion. 

Satan is scared of proteccion, because when we are protected he cant hurt us. When we do good things (read, pray, and go to church to take the sacrement) we put on our armour. 

Like the nephites we must constantly reenforce our cities and put on amour to protect ourselves for Satan. 

Love all you guys, 

Eldewr Rusick

LA LLEVA

I´m sick of the little red lines under every word I write…

Um I really don’t have a lot of time to write this week but I will tell one story. 

So we were doing contacts yesterday and we had already done like 30. And my comp wanted to do one more house so we did. But I really dindt want to contact it because I wanted to go home. But he opened the door and we did the contact. I talked about the restauration and my comp talked about that families can be eternal. And then he let us in. It was awesome because he was super interested. 

Proves the scripture that God works the small and simple things to confound the wise and to bring great things to pass. 

I love the mission, I love Chile and I love the Gospel and all it does for my in my life. 

Elder Rusick 

The USB port in my computer is broken… sorry friends. 

LA LLEVA 

Santiago: The desolation of smog

So first of to explain the subject line of the email. Its PDay so we decided to hike Cerro Renca which is the highest point in Santiago (I think). Its also a volcano (kinda scary). But ya, so we hiked to the top of it. And just to let you guys know I realized that even though I walk all day everyday I am still out of shape. That hike kicked my butt. But anyways back to the story. We got to the top and took mate (of course), and we could also see just about all of Santiago. I say just about because I´m not even really sure how much we were seeing, because after a while you can´t see anymore because theres so much smog. Its a crazy sight really. Its like going to the mountains when you go above the clouds but instead of white clouds they’re black. (Pictures attached)

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Top of Cerro Renca

With my dad Elder Smith and my brother (the kid he’s training) also me and my comp

This week of work was a little bit of the same as its always been. But its the end of February so that means that everybody is getting back from vacations. And also because they’ve been gone for two months they’ve forgotten all about us (woooo). But really we have some pretty good people that have just gotten back from they’re vacations and were hoping to have some of them in the capilla this next domingo so they can start to progress. 

But also something else super coll happened this last week. On wednesday history was made. Elder Bednar came to talk to our mission (kinda). He talked to us from Buenos Aires Argentina, and thats because he came to talk to all the missionaries in the south america south area (chile argentina uruguay y paraguay). ANd by means of satalite transmission it was all made possible. And for those of you that are thinking that thats not history its because I havent told you that there was also 4 other members of the 70 (3 of them were the area presidency of south america south). And we had a great training from those inspired men, and after we got to do a Q and A (well, those that were in Buenos Aires did), which was super cool because it was with an apostle and 4 members of the 70 that had grown up and or served in the area that we were serving in. So we really learned a lot of what the area presidency wants that we do, and also from their experience how we can help realize that. 

Spiritual thought. 

This morning I was reading in Alma 24 which was a story that was in the BoM that I didnt even know that I loved, I almost forgot that it was in there. But now after reading it I have to add it to the list of Book of Mormon stories that I love. 

It is (for those of you that don´t just happen to know Alma 24 of the top of your head) the story of when the convirted lamanites burry their weapons. They did this because they said that their swords had been washed clean of the blood of those that they had slain before, and that they would rather die than have their swords lose their luster. 

Or in other words, they repented of their sins and through the blood of Christ their souls were made clean. ANd they would rather die at the hands of their enimies than take up their swords and kill their bretheren the lamanites. 

I like this story because it highlights a key point of repentance which is the part where you need to abandon the sins and continue faithful following Christ to recieve full perdon from your sins. And if you burry your sword (temptations) you will more likely have success in doing that. 

Also in this chapter you see one of Mormon´s typos. 

“and they burried their weapons of peace, or, they burried their weapons of war for peace” 

because you cant erase when you write on gold plates. 

The book of mormon is true. amen. 

Elder Rusick 

LA LLEVA