Bang-A-Rang Rufio

Hey Guys,

Looks like we are going golfing today for P-day. Super excited. We were given some free game coupons and some members are letting us borrow their clubs. Should be fun. The weather has been amazing.

Gene is just about ready for baptism on July 11th. He’s still so awesome.

The new zone is pretty great. 6 out of 12 of us are from California. Lol. It’s really cool.

This week I want to talk to you more about Phil. Phil is a returning (now) less active member of the church. He has had his records removed from the church in the past and has since been re-baptized. He has never really got it. He weighs a little over 400lbs. and can’t really get around himself easily. Phil, was really, REALLY cynical and really tries to push your buttons the first time you meet him. As a result he’s really lonely and gets depressed easily. Elder Brown and I both wanted to punch him by the end of our first visits. Phil in short has been very miserable for a LONG time. It was hard to warm up to him but we really started getting to know him and started to love him. He recently went to see him in the Hospital and it didn’t seem like he was gonna make it. We saw for ourselves. The doctors made it pretty clear it wasn’t good. A few days later, he woke up and has made tremendous progress. We gave him a blessing and he had an amazing experience. He feels as though he’s been saved for a reason. That God has a purpose for him. He’s beginning to make changes. He’s beginning to gain self worth and see that he has divine potential. He’s making lifestyle changes, He’s praying and reading his scriptures, he’s eating healthy and in smaller portions. He wants to go on walks. He’s meeting with the Bishop and he’s not just asking for financial help anymore. The Gospel is transforming him. He’s beginning to look healthy, his countenance is changed, he seems happy. He’s coming to church BECAUSE HE WANTS TO! These are the changes that the gospel make in our lives. Because of Christ we can change, we can be happy, we can know the love God has for us. Believe me, if Phil can change anyone and everyone can. The Gospel is real.

Love you all,

Elder Rusick

Another Transfer in the Wild, Wild Westminster Zone

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the birthday wishes! Sorry if I couldn’t get to ya!

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Elder Brown and I are staying together. So it looks like I’m killing him (that means that I’m his companion when he goes home). I’ve never done that before… But super stoked, we should see probably at least 2 baptisms this transfer. I couldn’t be more stoked to get out and work this transfer. There are a lot hearts to bring to Christ, work to do and good times to be had.

So this week, I was on exchanges for 4 days this week. I spent 36 hours in the McKay Lake Ward with Elder Johnson. It was a good time. He was a good elder and just went home.

I also lost an old companion to the destroying angel… Elder Bassett… He’ll be sorely missed. I loved serving with him.

I’ll see all of these Elders again… no doubt. They are some of my best friends.

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E. Brown E. Johnson E. Bassett E. Me (In the Mission Home)

So the Gospel is a lot like this picture.

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Beautifully Simple and Simply Beautiful.

The Lord does not ask much of us but he expects so very much of us.

“Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.”

The Lord asks us to believe in him and to follow him, to have faith in Him that he is the Son of God the Savior and Redeemer of the world. When we believe in Christ, we recognize him for who he is (the light, the life, the way, our strength) and see ourselves as who we really are (beloved yet FALLEN sons and daughters of god). When we recognized these things we grow a desire to follow him, rely on his strength rather than our own. We seek HIS will through revelation (prayer, scripture study and church attendence, the temple). As we follow and do what we are invited to do, Great and mighty miracles occur in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Lasting Joy are the results of the small and simple things. 

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I love the Gospel! It’s awesome. Let it be a part of you. Try it for yourself. It will be the the greatest decision you’ve ever made.

I love you all,

Elder Rusick(USA)

#19 Souls

HEYYY,

What’s up guys? ( I’d really like a response to that)

So, things have been pretty stellar this week. We had our Zone Meeting this week, It was pretty cool, the Sister Training Leaders gave a really inspiring traing and got us super excited to find new people to teach. We basicaly prayed as companionships for a goal of how many people we could find and then came back together and added them all up and prayed about 19. We all felt a confirmation that this is what we needed to do. As the week ended we found 15 souls.  Now we didn’t reach our goal, but the inspired goal motivated us to find 15 souls who are ready to receive the gospel. 15 as a zone is also a ton better that the week priors 1 and also the week priors 1 as well. We actually have people to teach now. It was pretty sweet.

We had interviews with President and Sister Mendanhall this week, it went really well. I sure love them, they are so awesome.

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After my training in Zone Meeting

So we were able to teach Cassie for the first time this week and it went really well. Cassie is 14 and there is a lot going on in her life. She’s Gabe’s daughter, a guy we’ve been teaching a litlle bit. But they have been going through a lot and that’s why we haven’t been able to teach them lately. But we kept stopping by every week just to check up. Cassie was the girl I was able to give a blessing to, it was really really powerful what the Lord told me about her. I really feel like I got to see what he thinks of her a little more in depth than usual. But anyways, she’s a really bright kid and is super smart. Her living situation isn’t ideal, but we were able to teach them a pretty powerful lesson. Her question was why if God loves her does all this stuff happen to her and her family? We were able to give her a little hope and we are seeing them next week on wednesday.

God news! Gene accepted a Baptismal date! July 11th. It was really only a matter of time. He’s so ready! He is SO ready.

I taught the Gospel Principles class this week because a member in our ward braought some friends to church this week. Had an aesome time teaching about the life of Christ. I think Chastity and Brian (the friends) enjoyed it and church. Hopefully we’ll be teaching them soon… I’ll keep you posted.

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Me and the Grandog … THERE’S THE KISS

Oh, Sasha Webster took Elder Larue, ELDER SHELLY, Elder Gillming and I to dinner this week, it was really good. Thanks Sasha!

That’s the update … the work is great!

Love ya all!

Elder Rusick (USA)

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Hey guys!

This week has been good. Emma was confirmed this week and it was great. She’s so awesome, I’m so happy about how much she has grown. She’s already doing missionary work, her friend that came to her baptism wants to be baptized.

We were able to meet a new person we are teaching this week too. Her name is Debra and she is Mong and Strong. There are a lot of Mong people out here (Mong are a minority from Laos). We taught her on her door step. She didn’t know much about Jesus Christ but as we testified of him, she knew that peace and relief from guilt was something she wants in her life and not a principle that is believed in their culture. She definitely felt the spirit and I can’t wait to go back and see her.

I also was able to go on exchanges with Elder Johnson this week, He goes home in 2 weeks. Unfortunately his companion, Elder Sant, goes home tomorrow because his MLC is gone and tore his meniscus playing football the other day… -_- But we had a great exchange and I got to learn lots from Elder Johnson. We actually had the chance to go to the Temple together and see a Sealing of 2 people he worked with. It was incredible. The spirit was so strongly testifying to me of the reality of eternal families. It’s true, we can have forever with those we love because of our Savior and the Eternal plan of happiness of Heavenly Father has made for us.

Speaking of happiness. Don’t forget to repent daily, in the words of Elder Klebingat, “become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly.” and may I add meaningfully. Repentance or changing our will to the will of God through the Grace of Jesus Christ IS the cure. It is what will help us to be happy not only in this life but forever. Repent, repent!

Love you all,

Elder Rusick

The Weekly

Hey guys,

EMMA GOT BAPTIZED!

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Elder Brown, Ken, Emma, Friend, Me

Brother Harmer her home teacher baptized her. We are working on Dad… It was a really great day, she came out of the water and giggled as if the spirit can just tickled her. She’s getting confirmed this week because we had stake conference on Sunday.

Nothing can really top this… 

Ken the little brother is 7 and wants to be baptized on his 8th birthday. He’s so cool.

A less active member we’ve been working with lately, Phil. He’s really cynical, but he decided he wants to start housing the missionaries. It would be so cool to live with him. He’s really a good guy on the inside. He’s been coming to church lately and has really been working to get more active. We’ve really seen some good changes in him. And I’m cooking him dinner tonight. ;D

But Elder Brown and I have help everyone in our teaching pool who can be baptized right now to get baptized… We’ve been really working to try and find new people to help. A lot of dead ends… but the work of salvation will move forward!

The Apostle Stephen, of the New Testament, is one of my favorite missionaries because of his strong faith, he literally kept his eye single to the glory of God all through his ministry. 

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,”

Through the Good and the bad we can look to the Lord and find peace. Stephen found himself so at one with his Fathers will he was able to forgive the people who were about to take his life.

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

Let’s be strong see people as they really are, children of our Heavenly Father, and see things as they really are, always a blessing something to help us grow into what we must become.

Love you all!

Elder Rusick

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Hey Guys!

Today I wanna share couple of videos we’ve been sharing with people lately. 

“Lift”

“Mountains to Climb”

So, May has had rain every day except 2 days, It’s been raining a lot! But it’s not stopping to work!

Speaking of getting wet, Emma has her baptism coming up this Friday, we are so stoked! She’s been hard work, but she passed her baptismal interview last week and is good to go! Now lets have a dance party! OONST OONST OONST OONST. It was really cool, Her dad called her in and said, “Emma, you’re making a big commitment right now, and I’m only gonna sign off and let you do this if this really what you want to do.” And she said it was even though sometimes she doesn’t want to come to church and stuff, she knows it’s right and she would do it. It was so cool! I LOVE THE GOSPEL!

I went on an exchange this week with my former comp, Elder Bassett. It was sweet! Tender memories working with him. He goes home in 4 weeks…

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The Mountains peaking over the clouds.

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We carved watermelons for P-Day instead of pumpkins.

We found a new couple we are teaching. Dylan and Hannah, they are 18 years old. They are both High school drop outs and have a child together. But they lost the baby because it had a punctured lung. They aren’t planning of getting separated anytime soon, so with the goal being baptism and considering how serious they are, we are working on helping them get married so they can be baptized. They don’t have much and they rely on one another a lot. Dylan is super duper open and is ready to learn and wants to know God. She is struggling to move forward a little, she’s been through a lot and hasn’t really learned what God’s voice sounds or feels like yet. She feels like He’s never really answered her prayers. We are gonna focus a lot on her before we move forward. Just helping her feel comfortable with exercising faith. Our lesson with them was super powerful and we are seeing them again tonight. I’ll tell you all about it. Pray for them PLEASE! They need this so much!

Hope you enjoy the videos

Love ya,

Elder Rusick

Transfers, and Skype always makes Emails awkward

So…

  • I’m staying with Elder Brown in Westminster,
  • The work is moving along GREAT!
  • Gene is moving along swimmingly
  • Emma is gonna be baptized May 30th.

And now it’s story time.

We saw this guy stuck in this flooded area and decided we would help him out so we pulled over. His battery had gotten wet or something. So he popped it into neutral and we pushed it up and out of the way. While we were pushing another truck pulled up and this guy ran out and helped. Mike (the one with the car stuck) was grateful and said he’d give us a call. Sam (the helper) told us he felt bad when he saw us in our shirts and ties, because he was gonna drive on by. Turns out Sam had his record removed from the church five years ago and old us we could come over anytime for dinner. So we are gonna take him up on that. He seemed like a really good guy.

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Never miss an opportunity to serve someone. These are the Lord’s sheep and He cares for them even if they have brought their afflictions upon themselves. In he words of Elder Holland, “but however late you think you are, how ever many chances you think you have missed, how ever many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.” This love stretches on and on, Forever and ever. We need to remember that whenever we think ill of other or think to let an opportunity to serve another pass us by. We are ofter the way that the Lord will show this love to others. 

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Elder Bassett (old comp) Elder Law (Assistant) Elder Rusick (me) Elder Farr (Assistant)(Sister Biggs in background)

Love you all,

Elder Rusick