When the dog bites When the bike breaks I simply rememebr my favorite things

First week in San Felipe is down and out here is waaaay different than Santiago. It would be like the difference between LA and some back woods town in Alabama. Like the people is Santiago speak some pretty bad Spanish, but here in the mountains its like have a bunch os peanut butter and mashed potatoes in their mouths when they talk (also a lot of them are mission at least one tooth…. AT LEAST, some (most) are missing a whole row of them. But the bad speaking is made up for because I can already tell that the people here a little bit more receptive than those in Santiago. Also the are a bit nicer,m they talk with us more and stuff like that. 

A ride in the country

But the sector and the work therein is going pretty good. Theres a lot of really good people that they already had here. And we also could find a bunch of new people this week and help some people progress a little bit more toward that ultimate goal (#getwet). 

One of the cool things about this sector is that it has some city parts (but its cool because its a smaller city called San Felipe (available on google street view)), but also we have way out there into the mountains. So every once and a while we take the bikes for a ride and we go out there and talk to the people and see how there doing. 

Since I mentioned the bikes i feel like I need to tell this story. Well, its not really a story its just stuff that happened this week. So… we had to go to the downtown area of our sector everyday this last week (except monday and sunday). We went to get the bikes fixed 4 times, the gears, the changer for the gear, the pedals, the breaks…. everything. We even had to walk back an hour in the rain from the mountains because we had a flat and no spares ni patches… But thats just what happens out here on bikes, but I should be good for a while because I pretty much had to buy a new bike (menos the frame). 

I knoiw some of you counted that I said that I went five days of the week downtown but only went to the bike shop four times. Good eye. Okay so When we were in one of the pueblitos I got bit by a dog. It wasn´t bad but it was bleeding. So I called Hermana Videla, and she told me I had to go to the Emergency room. So we did. It took us like an hour. We went and then when we got there we found out that there is a SAPU (like a smalled emergency room thing) in our sector and that we even passed it on the way to the hospital. The dog bite wasn´t bad. It was superficial so I didn´t get the shots or anything. 

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Dog Bites Elder

But thats pretty much the week. 

Spiritual thought.

In preach my gospel in chapter 6 (atrubutos de cristo) I was studying about the charity. And something stuck with me that I read. Charity is equal to the faith, it carries us to action. Faith isnt faith unless we use it, a testimony isnt a testimony unless we share it and love isnt love unless we show it. 

Elder Rusick

Aire Puro y Bicicletas

So, as i told my family this last Sunday during our mothers day conversation, I got taken out of my sector… so did my comp… and the other two missionaries in the ward. WHITEWASH!!!!!. 

And with that I am in a new zone a new sector with a new Compañero. I am in the zone of San Felipe, ward san felipe, sector san felpie 1. And here in San felipe we are the zone that is furtherest away from the office (except for the island). It’s in the mountains and is pretty close to the border with Argentina. We had to take a bus for like 2 hours to get here (I know that thats not too far but in this mission it is…). So my sector is on bikes!(like all of the sectors in San Felipe). I am going to have to get adjusted to riding a bike again. But also in this sector we have some pueblitos which should be pretty cool to go and check out.

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New (ish) Bike, New Bike Gear

Today we are in the “downtown” of San Felipe (the city) to write and all that stuff. Its a small town. It reminds me oF San Luis Obispo, it actually kind of freaks me out because it makes me feel like I´m there. 

But my comp is Elder Martinez. he is 18 years old and has about 7 months in the mission. He is from Mexi… Florida (which I am going to say is closer to being latin than any of my comps from Utah). I will still go a full year with having a comp from the states, but at least he looks like he’s not from the states. 

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Elders Martinez & Rusick

He’s a big kid. He played guard and center (football) in his high school in Orlando. And after the mission he is going to play at BYU Utah or Utah state. So thats going to be a strong talking point for us. 

Other than that not too much to talk about. I´ll inform you all more about the sector when I know more about it… Its my second day here. 

With all the changes I didnt have time to prepare a thought. more next week. 

Elder Rusick

(my legs and but hurt from the bike and bike seat)

Hola Yankee… Oh uhh Im a Dodger fan.

So ummm, Yea Noemi didn’t get baptized… She passed the interview and everything but she didn’t feel read on Thursday because her husband doesn’t really support it because he says its too soon. So after some talking we established another date (first Sunday of June- Baptisms are on Sundays in chile after sacrament meeting so that the people go), that, with his consent, she would be ready to be baptized for. But she has a testimony of everything, she just needs to go to church a few more times and know a few more of the members. 

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P-Day Ready

So theres that… *open mouth, *insert foot….

But this week has been pretty good. Elder Rasmussen (he’s going to be Elder Ras now because his name is too long to spell). Bu yea Elder Ras (much better) and I had a pretty good time finding new people to teach. And we really had a testimony builder from a couple of things. Prez V-dawg (Videla) challenged the mission to find more new people (because the mission was pretty low in that respect), so Elder Ras and I prayed everyday at least four or five time to specifically find new people. And prayer, diligent seeking, faith and obedience payed off. WE found seven new people. Which isn’t a whole lot but it was more than what we had done previously, and improvement is always a good thing. 

S my dad has asked me to start writing about who we have lunch and dinner with. First off here in Chile dinner only exists one night a year (christmas eve) every other night it is once (11 in Spanish- no I don’t know why it is called that) but its pretty much just bread (a maraqueta to be exact) and whatever they feel like that day. And we don’t take once with the members unless they ask us too. We take once in the house at 6. But we have luch with the memebers just about everyday. Normally we just eat chicken and rice or carne with rice. But some of the other stuff we eat are: porrotos (beans- ina soup with noddles or in a mass of mashed corn), humitas (mashed corn boiled in its own husk), pastel de papas (mashed potatoes with meat, onions, egg and olives), pastel de choclo (its pastel de papas but with mashed corn instead and sometimes it has chicken instead of carne), Cazuela (soup with carrots, and ear of corn (like half of one) and chicken leg, potatoes), Cherkycan (I dont know what it is but it is one of the most delicious things ever), sometimes we have an asado (Spanish for barbeque- but were not that lucky), and then a lot of pasta and food that is generally found in US. 

That would be my info on the lunch situation here in Chile. Sometimes they serve watita (stomach) but I havent had to eat it yet. Ill be sure to inform y’all next time I eat something new. 

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Is it apostasy to cover the BoM in Gold?

Spiritual thought:

“I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I wastaught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.”

I have read that so many times, but I have never been able to come up with a thought for it… until now. The “mysteries of God” in he guide fr studying the scriptures is defined as truths of the gospel revealed to men by the spirit. SO how did Nephi come to learn the mysteries of God. (I am reading the Book of Mormon again looking specifically for every situation that helped someone find the mysteries of God). But here in the first verse it says 1. he was born to goodly (noble and faithful) parents and he learned from them, 2. he passed through affliccions that tested his faith as a young boy, trials that soon helped develop him into the great prophet that he would become 3. he was favored by the Lord, and it explains later in the BoM that he was favored for his obedience (! nefi 3:4,5). 

Boom mind blown. 

Elder Rusick