Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 8 - Christmas

Feliz Navidad!

It was so good to talk to my family yesterday! I felt like I had no time to talk to you, but it was really good. Hope you all had a great Christmas and will have a happy new year. I really love you all so much! Thanks for being such a great family and I can't wait 5ish more months to talk to you again haha. It was a really good Christmas!

This week we had an awesome mission Christmas party. It was fun to talk and relax. Sister Williamson gave us cool MMQ (mission mexico queretaro) pillow cases, popcorn, and dulce de leche. It was awesome! Some members gave us gifts, which was super nice. We got a bunch of cookies, and a pillow, see the pictures. 

We didn't really have much to do this week because everyone and their dog went to Mexico City. So it was a pretty chill week. But I am really happy! I hope it cools off a bit, but not too much, just a little, because it is still super hot here. 

Our investigators are slowly progressing, but I really think we are just planting the seed and missionaries in the future will reap the rewards. Which is good, but I want to reap too haha. 

Oh yeah, and I gave a talk on Sunday, it went well. Somehow I managed to speak for the full 15 minutes I was supposed too, so that was a miracle. I spoke about Jesus Christ and Missionary Work, becoming fishers of men and such. It went well so I'm happy. And now I have a talk prepared in case of emergency. 

Well, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Love you all!
Elder Rasmussen


Cookies from the family of the branch President Alfaro

Tequis Central at night with Christmas lights



The pillow, gift from the family of our mission leader Carlos Alfaro, father of the branch president


On our way to carol in the park, I forgot to tel you all, but we went caroling. It was fun, we weren't good, but we sang with soul. Haha

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 7 - 3 Months Since Home, 7 Weeks since CCM, Please Live the Word of Wisdom

¡Feliz Navidad!

Wow, this week was... interesting. We had an amazing FHE with Daniel and Delia with the Family Lopez Magallane. We should have filmed it and sent it to Church HQ for training purposes. A few days later we asked if they'd be baptized and they said that they don't want to leave their old church, but they like our message. So hopefully they will progress a little more. But really it was like a breath of fresh air. 

Then on to a crazy story. Hey everyone, I finally have a crazy story! Read more about it in my journal, it was sunday, but I'll give a brief overview. We were talking to some investigators: Fernando and Cetrelli. We were outside of their house, and all of a sudden a car with loud music passes by. Some guy gets out and hucks a beer bottle at E' Cardenas, by the grace of God he missed from five feet away. Then he lunged at our investigators and tried to hit them. Somehow we got inside but the guy didn't. He then began busting in the window until it broke. Fernando ran upstairs and got a machete, but E' Cardenas stopped him from going outside. The guy finally left, but he left the little girls in tears and a sense of panic. At the time, I felt only scared for the investigators. For some reason I didn't have much fear for my safety. I know that the reason the bottle didn't hit E' Cardenas, or me, or the investigators, and that no one was hurt, is that God was watching over us. Even though the guy was drunk, I don't think he'd miss from that close. So, there you go, crazy story. 

Tequis is really a great place, and I am not going to let this incident, or really act of selfishness stop the work of the Lord from progressing. Wow, it really is almost Christmas. I hope all of you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll talk to most of you soon on skype, and the rest in a week. Always remember that no matter what happens in our lives doesn't change the fact that the Church is true. Love you all!

Feliz Navidad,
Elder Rasmussen
Me in the Geographic Center of Mexico

Taking a fridge from the house of the other elders, ours broke, and they are finishing their missions tomorrow. We did this with permission of course. 

With more members

Ward members who acted in the nativity scene. And yes, our Christmas party was at a waterpark


Sign about the geographic center of Mexico

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 6 - Come to Church Please!

Hola!

This week was tough. We worked hard and didn't see almost any result. We called like 50 members and less active Saturday night and asked them to come to church themselves and invite a friend or family member. Literally no one bought anyone and hardly anyone showed up. I mean I didn't expect much, maybe a few, but none. Come on. At least we had Ramon at church. He isn't married, but wants to be baptized. We will continue to work with him. Get married people! Our two investigators that have the desire to be baptized aren't married. But nonetheless, this week was alright. I am happy where I am, and my spanish is still improving slowly but surely.

I am excited for Christmas I hope it gets colder here. It is way hotter now than it was in November. Crazy weather. The sun is so strong in the afternoons. The members have told us that the last two weeks of December are dead here, because everyone goes out of town, so we have that to look forward too haha. But I am happy. I didn't have any crazy stories this week. Sorry everybody. Normal week. I'm out of time, but I love you all. Remember the true meaning of Christmas, and watch the "Light the World" video. It is awesome!

Feliz Navidad,
Elder Rasmussen


Menudo or Pancita. Soup with cow liver and intestines. only tried a little. It was really fatty but it smells good. 
 

Eating at Buffalo Wild Wings. Yep, in Queretaro, there is a Buffalo WW. It was glorious!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 5 - Primer Cambios


Hola!

I am still with Elder Cardenas in Tequis after my first cambio. I am so glad too! We are with Elder Carr from Draper, only for this week. He is going to train in Lomas, San Juan next door to us. Also, I don't like speaking out loud in english. My tongue feels heavy when I speak it. I don't know spanish that much, so I'm in an interesting place. But I love it here. The people here are fantastic. They are so good to us. 

We didn't have anyone come to church, which was disappointing, but it's all good, we will just work harder next week! The weeks are starting to fly by. Nooo! It's so sad. But I am learning more Spanish, and the members always compliment me. It is coming, slowly but surely. 

We had a good lesson with Elizabeth. She says she knows the church is true and wants to be baptized, but she isn't married. I had to think that we are all kind of like this. We know the church is true but just a simple thing, something that we can fix, keeps us from enjoying all the blessings  of the gospel. Maybe it is judging others, maybe it is bad movies, inappropriate songs, or going to church with a bad attitude. I know that if we fix these things, we will realize the blessing of living the gospel. The church is true. I am happy and blessed to know that. 

Love you all. Holy cow, it is December!
Elder Rasmussen

Centro de San Juan 


With my district: Elder Cardenas, Hermana Velasquez, Hermana Hernandez, Elder Cruz, Elder Luis, yo


With Stephen, who is from Utah, living in Tequis he is leaving for Texas this week though. Cool dude. Doesn't speak much spanish, so I can speak a little English

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 4 - Month in the Field

Hola! Feliz día de acción de gracias todos!

This week went by so fast! I don't have too much to report on, but we had a few investigators come to church. Hooray! The work is moving forward. 

Also, they don't celebrate thanksgiving here, so it was just a normal day. But everyday here is a great day. Time is flying by so fast. It's sad. But I am really enjoying it here. I don't like speaking english anymore, it makes my tongue feel weird. I can't explain it, but it doesn't feel natural, because for the past 2 months i've been speaking and listening to everything in spanish. But I can only really speak basic spanish, so I am in a weird position haha. 

I'll tell you about a family we contacted really quick. Julia, is like 90 years old, less active for like 82 years, idk. We go to her house and we see there are a ton of people inside, so we try to leave but they see us and invite us in. They were all drinking and smoking, so we were like nah man, but they insisted. We go in and start talking to them. We transition to teaching and they all quieted down. They had a ton of questions and we are going to visit them later. It was like 3 big families. It was a great find! It would have been easy to have shared a tiny message and have left but we followed the spirit and helped them come closer to Christ. I have learned and am still learning to not judge others. They are all children of God, our brothers and sisters. They don't know the gospel, and it is our responsiblity to invite them to learn about it.

I hope all of you are grateful, happy, healthy and safe! I am well, Mexico is great, and I love my mission and I love all of you!

Con amor,
Elder Rasmussen

Super nice shopping mall

Cool arch 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 3 - Two Months!

This week was really good! I don't have much time. But I have been so blessed. I have seen the Lord's hand so much this week. He will answer your prayers, you just have to ask with faith. Faith isn't just a belief, it it a belief in action. We will receive revelation in many ways and almost all of those way are when we are exercising faith: reading scriptures, serving others, or keeping the commandments.

Don't compare yourself with others. I have been comparing my Spanish with others and it has caused me to feel inadequate. President Uchtdorf has really good counsel for this "Stop it!" May we all try a little harder to be a little better. God doesn't expect us to be perfect right now, but little by little, step by step we come closer.

The scriptures are such a blessing. We just need to take a step back and think about what it took so that we could have them. It's amazing!

I have two months in the mission, it has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time. I miss all of you, but my heart is in Mexico. I am putting my nose to the grindstone and working, but it is the most joyous work I've ever done. I am happier now than I have ever been. I love the song, "Savior, Redeemer of my Soul." I love the part that says "make me more worthy of your love". It is amazing.

I love the work and I love you all, Elder Rasmussen

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving! I don't think Thanksgiving is a thing here, so eat extra for me!




Tequis it is so beautiful here! 



Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 2 - I Hugged a Drunk Guy

Hola,

This week went by super fast. i have been learning a lot and we've had a lot of good lessons with investigators. I will tell you about one couple. Daniel y Delia. One night, a lesson fell through and we didn't have anyone to teach or anywhere to go. So I said a silent prayer that we could find a good person, or more specifically, a good family to teach. We contacted a few more people and then headed for home. We life near a park, and we saw a couple sitting on a bench watching soccer. We talked to them and they accepted a return visit. Anyway, yesterday we visited them and laugh them about the Godhead, because they are catholic. They accepted everything we told them and they said they out pray to uno if it was true. Daniel began to tear up and told us that during the lesson he felt a great peace. It was important to him beduase his job has been really stressful and they've been really stressed out. It was so amazing. I could tell that they have been prepared for us. That reminded me of the importance of missionary work. I atoll made a small difference in his life. And that ma it worth it. I want to help more people coe untoChrist. I am so excited to be out here.

Tequis is great. It is a really colonial city. It is so school. The people are really great too. Look for the pictures to come. Oh and you're probably wondering about the subject. We had an appointment with an Alejandra in her "convenience store" and when we walked in there was this old bigger guy with a mustache and a cowboy hat. He acted like he knew us, so I thought maybe he is a member or someone we've talked to. Context: it is proper to shake, small hug, and then shake hands again. Anyway, so I shake his hand and he goes to shake Elder Cardenas' hand, but I thought he was going in for a hug, so I have him the most awkward hug ever, and then I realize he wasn't trying to hug me. Good thing he was drunk. Haha. I figured that out afterwards. Haha I had to laugh at myself.

Anyway, all is good here. The weather is really nice. It is quite frigid in the mornings though. I need to wear a sweater all the time. But I love it here. I hope you all have a great week!

I love you all!
Elder Rasmussen


More of Tequis




enchiladas 



Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 1 - Tequisquiapan

Hola!

I am alive and well in a little city called Tequisquiapan. My companion is Elder Cardenas from Honduras. He is awesome! Whoever has been praying that I'll have a good trainer, it worked! Thank you! I don't really have too many pictures for you all, but i'll try to take more next week. My p-days will be mondays from her on. Read my journal entries for more details, but I'll give a brief overview of this week.

We arrived to the presidents house and he interviewed us, fed us, and then we met our trainers. We got on a bus to go to Tequis about an hour away. Our house is really big and nice. But the hermanas that lived there before were disquisting, there was rotten food in the fridge, dirt everywhere, and it looked like they were trying to make it dirty. The ward mission leader explained that the last few sets of missionaries here weren't obedient and lost the trust of the ward, so we have been working on rebuilding that trust. The food is really good! I like it, most of the time.

The people are pretty nice where but 80% of the time when we go up to someone and ask if we can visit them, they say no I have work. Its not like you work 24/7 people. But its alright. As long as we invite and work hard, we will be successful as missionaries. We've been mostly contacting people in the street, but we've found a few really awesome families. We've had a few lessons and we're building our investigator base. It's been a really great week! My Spanish is improving slowly and I can understand a lot of what people are saying, it's just that sometimes I can't respond very well.

I am doing well, hope you all are too!
Love, Elder Rasmussen


Some pics of our house




on the bus and Queretaro city


Monday, October 31, 2016

He Has Arrived!

Dear Brother and Sister Rasmussen,

We are so happy Elder Rasmussen has arrived safely in the mission field. We've look forward to seeing him again since June. He looks great - happy and healthy and ready to work. He has been assigned to work with Elder Cardenas a wonderful elder from Honduras (seriously a great elder and speaks good English which I love :) ) They will both be new to the area Tequis. It's a small own with a branch about an hour outside of Queretrao but it is beautiful and I think he will love it. (It's one of my favorite areas in the mission for what its worth) the actual name of the city is way longer than Tequis but. . .
Thanks again for your spurt of Elder Rasmussen.

Sister Williamson
Check out 2016 Mexico queretaro mission and/or Mecico queretaro ldsmission Facebook pages for other photos of miss life



I'm Alive! And In Queretaro

Hola mi familia!

I just met with President Williamson, I am so excited to serve with him. There are about 17 new missionaries here at the president's house, i''ll tell more next Monday when its my pday. But I am well and safe. I may have my first lesson tonight. Pray for me!

Love you all!
Elder Rasmussen

17 New Missionaries in Grant's Group


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Last Week In the CCM

Hola!

Hope everyone is doing well. This week has been really good so far, not much has happened but I've been learning lots.

Just today, I received an answer to a "specific prayer", President Tenor of the CCM taught us about them, it is a prayer when you ask for specific things and explain to God why you need those things and then specify everything about how he can answer them. Well mine worked! God answered my prayer! It is so silly, but it was important to me. I prayed to know if I should buy a spanish quad, with all four standard works in one book. The tienda just go a shipment and there were about a dozen big ones and a dozen little ones, anyway last night I prayed and through the guidance of the spirit I asked that if I should buy a quad let there only be 3 left of that kind and if I shouldn't buy a quad then there can be any other number left.

Anyway, after my haircut this morning we go to the tienda and as I am walking up the steps I see through the glass that there are like 10 small quads left and 4 big quads, and as soon as I get inside an elder grabs one of the big quads leaving 3 left. I chuckled because I knew that that was a sign. I didn't hesitate and I brought one of the remaining 3 quads. This is just a small example, but it meant the world to me. I still can't believe it. The natural man in me keeps trying to talk about how coincidental it all is, but I know that there are no such things as coincidences. I know God answered my prayer. I know he cares about me and even though it wasn't a big decision or even an important one, but he answered my prayers. The church is true yo. Hopefully you understood my story. I typed it really fast, but if you didn't understand it then just know that God answers prayers.

Oh yeah, I got my first Mexican haircut today!

It seems like I never have an ought time to email, but it is all good. I'm doing well, and the next time you hear from me I will be in the field. Queretaro here I come! I eave Monday morning at 5:30, going by bus. I'll take lost of pictures, oh and I'll send day journal entries after this email.

Love you all!
Elder Rasmussen





I attached the picture, but forgot to shoutout to Camille for the Krispy Kreme's. Thanks Camille! Thanks for the letter too!

Above is the infamous quad, and a picture of my haircut, someone said I look like a cop in training, s idk if that's good. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Almost Out of the CCM!

This week has gone by very quickly. I don't have much time, because we have a language class right now. But I want everyone to know that the Church is true. Read the scriptures, it is amazing. Anyway, the CCM is great. I'm getting along with my companion way better this week. We've hit our stride! I can't wait to get out into the field. Only like a week and a half left! But I am doing well. Spanish is coming along, I haven't learned too much more, it is more experience that I have gained, so it's been a good week for that. I still have a hard time understanding latinos when the talk fast though, haha.

I was really sad to hear about the passing of Grandpa Clinger. He really was a great man and a great example to me. I hope I can be like him. But I know he is in a better place now. "Death where is thy sting." I'm so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel. I know that families can be together for eternity. What an amazing blessing!

IDK wha is wrong with these pictures, I am trying to allow everyone the access to see them. So hopefully if you don't see them in the email, look on the blog. Thanks camille for updating it!

I love you all! Hope you have a great week.
Love, Elder Rasmussen

P.S. my next p day is Wednesday.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Halfway Done with the CCM!

Hola,

This week was pretty good, nothing too amazing and nothing too terrible. I am halfway through the MTC or the CCM and it seems like its gone by super fast. The best part about the food here is that like half the time it is american food. We had corn dogs! That was the best food i've had yet. The other half is mexican food obviously, and it isn't bad. It's all chicken, some sauce, rice, beans, and corn tortillas. Mexicanos love chicken. 

I like it here but I want to get out into the field. Lessons with fake investigators are really cool for me because I can gauge how my spanish is coming along. Sometimes I can just speak with minimal thought before hand and it's way cool to see the Spirit help me. Btw, last week at the temple I did get a working translator thing, so I could actually understand everything. 


We just got back from Immigration, I guess it was to process our visas as residents of mexico. We drive way out into the city, wait in line for like an hour, sign our names twice and get our fingerprints scanned, then drive home. It took like 5 hours, but it was fun. I got to talk to a local as we waited and she said my spanish is very good.

I've had a cough for about the past two weeks and its about to go away but at the same time it still wants to hang around. Im just grateful that I didnt get the stomach flu from my companion. He was debilitated for a day or two and I just got to study and read the scriptures instead of going to language class, so that was an experience. I'm learning a lot and I think that is causing me to forget english. I had bad grammar to begin with, I dont even want to think what its going to be like when I get home. But that'll be a future problem. I just have to worry about getting to that point. Sometimes I will speak spanish without intentionally speaking spanish, I am just speaking. When I listen to others speak sometimes I dont even notice it is in spanish, I just understand it. 

Also the workers at the comedor, cafe, are really mean, or at least appear to be, but one guy came up to us and was super nice. He told us that he served in Mexico City and that he got to serve in Queretaro for a few weeks. He said that the people in Queretaro are ready to hear the gospel. That was good to hear because it can get discouraging being in classes and learning for 16 hours a day. But anyway, I'm doing well. I hope all of you are doing well as well. I'll send more pics and my journal entries as a reply to this email, so dont worry. 

From Mexico City with love,

Elder Rasmussen 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Week 2 Down

Hola!

This week went by super fast. I also don't have a lot of time to write. We are going to the temple later today. I'm so excited. Last week when I went, I didn't have a translator device thing that worked. So hopefully this time I will be able to get one that works. I think my favorite thing that ive done so far here is drive through the city to the temple. It is just so crazy here. This is a ginormous city!


I really enjoyed General Conference. I felt bad that Thomas S. Monson was so weak and frail. But I think his message about the word of wisdom applies to all commandments. If we are obedient and do what is right, in times of need we will receive the strength we need to overcome any obstacle.


When teaching one of our instructors, Hermana Gutierrez, or 'Alexa', we got her to commit to being baptized. That was such a great lesson because I know that I was saying what the spirit told me to say. It is such a great blessing to be a missionary. I know that we all should be missionaries. Dad, invite the stake to have sacrament meetings that are especially for new investigators and have everyone bring a friend that they believe could use the gospel. Same for mutual. I never wanted to invite a friend because it would be awkward and we didn't really do anything that would be comfortable for them. Whoever said that in conference was inspired, so let's do it! I can't wait to get a copy of the ensign to read an reread all of the messages given in GC. 


I really am growing to love my district. I know that I am so blessed to know of this gospel. It has brought me so much happiness and I want to share that with my brothers and sisters in Mexico. I wish I could say more but I don't have time. Isn't that always the case, we never have time. One of my favorite things about being a missionary is that i have time to feast upon the words of Christ in the scriptures. Speaking of scriptures, I think I want my missionary scripture, on my plaque, to be Alma 34:8-10. Let me know if that is too long. It's about the atonement and the need for an infinite sacrifice. Go read it right now. 


I am doing well. I can't wait to get in the field. I want to serve and meet and love and help the people. Thanks for all your support and love. 

Love,
Elder Rasmussen


Here are some more pictures. Hopefully you can open them. Also, there is a website like dear elder, for the mexico mtc and you can send send free letters. so try it out. the website is like missionarypackagemx .com or something. im sure if you google it youll find it. So send me some letters if you want. ​

  


Friday, September 30, 2016

Week 1.5?

Hello All!

This has been a crazy week. The CCM is really nice. It feels like I've been here for either 30 minutes or a month and I can't tell which one. Mexico City is great! Flying in was crazy just looking out the window. It is literally so densely populated I don't know how they live. Mexicanos really love their futbol and cheap plastic toys and tacos. It really is nice weather here. It rains every day around 5 or 6. 

The first few days were tough, but they were tough because we were all tired. In the CCM, we live in little apartment type houses. This was previously a school. There are 5 rooms of 4 people, but we only have 10 in our casa. They are all in my district. I'm in a room with Elder Edwards (the district leader), his companion Elder Walker, and my companion Elder Ayer. I like everyone in my district. The CCM is a little different than I imagined it, but I really didn't know what to expect. MI compañero is from New Hampshire and we get along pretty well. The elders and sisters here and mainly from the states and Mexico, a few chilenos, and maybe some other Latinos, but really that's about it. So many Utahans. There are like two Asians and a handful of black people. The rest are split between whites and Latinos. Everyone in my district is going to Queretaro, Tampico, or Oaxahaca Mexico, except a sister that is going to California. Everyone here at the CCM is going to California or Mexico I swear. The classes are good, we
are learning lots, it’s just kind of different because we don't really have structured lessons, idk it’s just kind of weird, but it’s not bad. My teacher is Hermano Gonzalez and Hermana Gutierrez. We taught Nayelli, aka hmna Gutierrez, for about a week in Spanish you can read more about it in my journal entries.

The flight down was good, we got our seats bumped up to economy plus so we had lots of leg room. We got to the airport and went through customs and immigration, the guy didn't know what he was doing and so it took a while for me but i made it through. Then we got our bags and headed towards a guy that had a sign that said ''MTC Missionaries'' and we just drove into the ccm in about 45 minutes. 

We went to the temple this morning and it was great except that it was in Spanish and my translator thing wasn't working so I got to learn some more Spanish. Woohoo! The ccm has buses and it takes about 40 minutes to get there each way. It was awesome driving through the city though. I have lots of pictures but I’m not sure I can send them all right now. We get to listen to gen conf tomorrow and I’m excited. 

If you want, I'll attach my journal entries and you can read through them to get more info about my life. It is pretty exciting. 

All is well here in Mexico City. Thanks for all your support and letters! I appreciate it! I'll send more pictures once I can get the computer to work. It feels like time is running by and I don't have any more time to email. I'm doing good, my stomach isn't too bad, and I am excited to get out in the field. The ccm is nice and all, but it’s not the best.

Love you all,

Elder Rasmussen​