Labor Week

Hey Guys,

We couldn’t email yesterday because of labor day… I probably won’t have time to email next week on Monday either. It’s transfer day and the Keys say I’m probably gonna get transferred. We’ll see! 

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Our MLC with Elder Zwick

So this week was pretty good. We are teaching a guy, Bob, who is a member of the Community of Christ church… or formerly the RLDS church. He can trace his heritage back to Joseph Smith’s time and unfortunately after Joseph Smith’s martyrdom they followed the other guy rather than Brigham Young.  He reads the BoM, he knows Joseph Smith was a prophet, the concern here is where are the keys of the kingdom held? He is definitely recognizing apostasy in his own church right now too, so he’s in a good spot. They are changing everything since the Community of Christ came into the picture. I think he already knows our church is the right one. But he’s is kinda playing a major role in the congregation that he is in right now. He says a lot of the people are older than he is and so he doesn’t want to just leave them hanging because they rely on him and they need his fellowship, to which I responded, “bring them with you!” So, I don’t know, but hopefully we can have a congregation of people who already believe in the articles of faith and the things we believe join the Hidden Lake ward. We invited him to watch some talks by Thomas S. Monson and pray to know if he is a prophet of God and if he holds the Keys of the Kingdom on earth.

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Our Zone with Elder Zwick

I also, went on exchanges with Elder Hawton, one of the assistants. We had an awesome day! We set a family on baptismal date. We found a bunch of people we were definitely supposed to meet. We even helped settle a DUI. All in a days work. I hope he and I can be roomies.

Things are going great, thanks for the prayers. 

I love your guys!

Elder Rusick

8 weeks to go … gonna work our tails off

Hey soooooo,

I think this is how I’m gonna email the rest of my mission to just you mom & dad and then you guys can decide what parts you wanna send to everyone else. Sound good?

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So I’ll be honest, the past few weeks have been really tough… Elder Craggs and I are working really hard and just not seeing a ton of fruit from our labors. We had like 5 cancelled appointments in one day this week and the next day none set and then at 2pm we found someone that seemed golden and said to come back later that day and then cancelled like all contact right before we got there… LOL. So sometimes it’s a little difficult to stay positive. Sometimes it’s almost even like I feel self entitled which scares me… kinda like an “I’ve been out long enough I shouldn’t have to deal with this, if this is how it’s gonna be I might as well go home” attitude. Please pray for me… I know better than that. I’ve obviously got more to learn and improve… and I have to say I saw this coming, a blessing I got a couple months ago said the lest few months of my mission were gonna be very difficult. Lo and behold. It reminds me of Elder Holland, He questions the difficulty of Salvation. His word in my own words: How could we expect it to be easy when it was never, ever easy for him (the Savior), Salvation was never easy and how could we ever expect to cherish and come to know of the truth of the atonement and gain a lasting, enduring testimony if we’ve never walked something of the path that he did? (only a little bit not anything close to his experience) When we think of all he experienced and went through for us for the Salvation of all mankind and the suffering he went through NOT only in the garden or on Calvary’s cross but his entire life. Little wonder Salvation is not a whimsical of an experience for a missionary… He tells us, when we ask if there is isn’t an easier way we aren’t the first ones to ask that, someone a lot greater and a lot better asked that a long time ago but “when you are rejected, when you are spit upon, when you are cast out and made a hiss and a byword you are standing shoulder to should with the greatest life this world has ever seen and have every reason to stand tall.” (but only if I have a good attitude… so please pray for me)

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So on another note, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the 70 came to our mission this week. He’s been a 70 for 25 years… CRAZY! He’s a really good guy and he’s mind blowing. But we had an MLC with him on wednesday and then 4 stakes in our mission had a zone conference with him from 9-4 and then we had to be the from 5:30-9 also when he met with all the ward councils… So we spent all day with him on thursday. Let me tell you when it comes to member missionary work, he talks the talk and he walks the walk. He’s a baptizing machine. He gave us and our ward a ton of weapons we can use for hastening the work of salvation in the Hidden Lake ward. Pretty stoked.

So Elder Craggs an I were in charge of our 5th sunday discussion yesterday and it was great. We talked a lot about the principles that Elder Zwick talked about and invited the whole ward that everyone in the ward make an invitation to someone to meet with the missionaries in their home by October 31st. They accepted. I know miracles are gonna come from it.

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So that’s probably about it for this week. Elder Craggs and I are gonna work our tails off this week and hopefully bring some good news next week.

Much Love,

Elder Rusick (USA)

Guys! I’m a Great Grandpa now! (I trained, He trained, His son is training now)

Hey Everyone,

Sorry this is coming late. Yesterday was crazy, today was crazy… Life is CRAZY (AWESOME)!

So yesterday I was helping out with transfers and we are at the Denver North Stake Center and we were just minding our own business helping. When this worker guy walks up and tells me, “Hey so we are scheduled to seal the cracks on this whole parking lot today like right now… So we need you to leave.” The transfer van had already come and taken a bunch of missionaries and so we didn’t have enough missionaries for how many cars there were parked there and so we had to take multiple trips back and forth to move all the cars from the Denver North Stake Center to the Westminster Stake Center LOL! It took forever. But we got it all done and transfers went on smoothly.

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This is me sneaking a kiss on Elder Browns Balding head

So, I finished off Elder Brown… He’s home now with his family… I miss him already. But my new comp is really cool. He’s been a Spanish missionary his whole mission and now for his last transfers he’ll probably be in English… Oh by the way, he IS English like from England. His name is Elder Craggs. He’s the man!

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This is Elder Craggs my new Comp (Phat tie, Skinny tie)

Elder Brown and I had a great last week together. And I only have time to tell you one story… Elder Brown and I decided to go tracting and the first door we knocked on that answered was Jalani. We told her who we were and told her that we help people have a stronger relationship with God. She let us in. She went on to tell us that it was her birthday and her family had left her there. She was having a rough day, but she knew that God had sent someone for her and we were an answer to her prayer. She is so prepared and wants to have a strong relationship with God. and felt like she was drifting away. I’m so glad we met her when we did and that the Lord answered our prayers and lead us to her. Can’t wait to tell you more about her and her experiences.

I gotta go now!

Love you all and remember that is is by small and simple things that great things come to pass! God Loves us, Jesus IS the Christ!

Elder Rusick (Denver)

Where did the week go?

Wow, Elder Brown and I had a busy busy week. Meetings, meetings, meetings. LOL.

It was Zone Conference week. So Elder Brown and I were asked to give trainings and so we had to go to all 3 of them. It was exhausting, I feel bad for the assistants, they have to do that every Zone Conference. If you aspire to be an assistant to the president, don’t. So a lot of our time went to those this week and also to the other meetings we went to this week. Meetings, they are important, but they have to be worth while so that talking and planning don’t over take diligently doing. Thankfully all the meetings we went to this week were worth while.

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The Wild, Wild Westminster Zone. (I made all the ties except 1 tie)

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We are still trying to build the teaching pool up and someone who we are trying to start teaching is Ivory. Ivory comes to church every week she isn’t a member though. She recently moved in. She just got married to a member of the church Sam. Sam is an RM as of about 6 months. It tears me apart to see him… Anyways, we taught them last week and his aunt was there too. Her testimony was POWERFUL. We all felt the spirit very powerfully. We haven’t seen a ton of progress there yet, I’ll tell you more about them next week.

This week is Elder Browns last week in the mission field, needless to say, especially after last week, this week is gonna be a doozy. We are gonna work our tails off. 

Guys, I love this divine work. It is the work of almighty God.

Here’s some fun pics.

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This is after our zone fireside. We #ShotTheDonkey

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These are in front of where we live, after we did a big zone service project at westminster high school with the stake.

I love you all. I promise a good email next week. they have been kinda iffy lately.

Elder Rusick (Denver)

Thank Goodness Mick Fanning is Still Alive!

Hey Guys,

I was really worried when I saw that picture of Mick Fanning, that he would be missing a leg or something. Glad he lives so I can see him surf another day. THAT WAS A HUGE SHARK!

So, Gene got baptized this week. What greater blessing could be asked for than this? Elder Brown and I have been working with him a little over 3 months and it’s payed off. He has so humbly submitted to everything the Lord has asked him and continues to. He is dating a member of the church, who is also really old and blind. They want to get sealed in the temple. So in a year, I’m sure they will be. Brother Lannholm has become one of my greatest friends and I know we will be great friends forever. I had the privilege of voicing Gene’s confirmation. I’m so happy he has the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide him the rest of his life. I know he will heed those promptings.

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Ps. The musical number he asked us to sing didn’t go so bad. #NearerMyGodToThee

So we had to say good by to a dear friend this week Elder Harrington… It’s a bummer but I know where he needs to be right now. IN MY DAD’S WARD! Here’s our last lunch with him.

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Elder Brown, Elder LaRue, Elder Rusick, Elder Gillming, Elder Dana, Elder Harrington          (At Rica Pizza)

Keep Elder Brown and I in your prayers this week, we are going to need them. We’ve got a lot going on and need to find some new people to teach, because as of right now, we don’t have any.

I know the Lord will open up doors for us and guide us to those who we need to meet whether is be through our own efforts or through the efforts of others around us, we will be lead to them or them to us. I know that this is the work of the Son of the Living God.

I love you all, So much!

Elder Rusick (USA)

I LOVE Luaus and Lessons!

Guuuys,

Hope everyone is having a great week. Because I sure am!

It has been a fantastic week. I love serving the Lord. There is nothing more fulfilling than bringing other into the fold of God.

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Elder Lavaka and I  (learned how to make Chicken Katsu and Hawaiian mac salad)

So, we have been working really hard with a few people Gene being one of them. If you don’t remember. Gene has been blind since birth and he’s now 80 years old. He passed his baptismal interview and is ready to be baptized this Saturday. I love Gene so much and he is so ready. As we were teaching him this week, I just felt impressed to share with him Moroni 10:32-33

” 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

 33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.”

I testified to him that that’s what he was doing and that he was preparing to meet the Lord and that he would stand before him confidently one day. He said, “the day I meet the Lord I hope you, Elder Brown and Elder Hollingsworth are right there with me.” At that moment, I knew I was sent here for Gene. He has taught me so much and I am humbled to know that the Lord would allow me to be such a special part of such a faithful man’s conversion. Gene has probably taught me more than I’ve taught him, he is a very very special friend of mine and always will be. Can’t wait to show you baptism pictures. It’s gonna be great.

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Elders Brown and Elder Hodson

Gotta go sorry duty calls…

Love ya,

Elder Rusick

Have a great week ahead of us!

Hey Guys, 

This is Elder Law. I went on a pretty rad exchange with him this week. He’s one of the Assistants to the Mission President, so they come check up on me and make sure I’m not causing too many problems. We taught a few people and even skipped dinner (because no body signed up). It was a really great day in Arvada. We were able to teach this guy, Mike. He was a good guy. He cussed a lot when he’d go off on his little tangents but when we would testify and bring it back, he appeared to be a lot more reverent. It was really cool, at the end of teaching him the Restoration, he said it answered a lot of his questions and he said he was gonna put some really good thought and prayer into being baptized.

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Elder’s Law & Rusick

Something I learned with Elder Law is that I do this and a lot of missionaries do this and members. We don’t need to justify the commandments of God. We don’t always know all the answers. for example, I don’t know all the reasons why Coffee is against the Word of Wisdom, but I do know that because I live the Word of Wisdom our Father in Heaven Blesses me. I do it because I want to please him and the truth of that commandment has been manifest to me through living it. Let all not pretend we are in God’s head and know everything he does, keep it simple and remember our testimonies from obedience are more powerful than our our logical reasoning.

Remember, “Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal…” D&C 29:34

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Elder Conner, Me, Elder Law, Elder Hawton

So with Elder Brown, we saw a lot of success this week. We found someone new to teach, Josh. He’s really cool. He seems really sincere and when we taught him about the restoration he said it would mean the world to him if he knew that it was the truth. Something that really stood ot to me is that he said he looks forward to going to church once a month because he gets to go to confessional to repent and it eases his burden. GUY! You can repent every day, we NEED to repent every day. There is no need to be carrying around a months worth of burdens. We can change right now today this very second if we just chose to reach for the hand of the Lord. So, Josh has some great potential and I love working with him so far.

As for Gene, we pushed his baptismal date back a week, because he has to leave town for the weekend… He’s the man, not worried about him.

Have a great week ahead of us! We are going to tear down the gates of hell and free the children of God this week. I love this work.

Love ya all!

Elder Rusick