Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 52 - Goodbye Queretaro, Hello Leon

Hola!

This was a really good last week in Satelite. Elder Howell and I found a lot of really good people. It made me a little sad to get our changes. I am now in Loma Bonita, Leon with Elder Sapien from Arizona. And Elder Howell is going to train a newbie.

It was kind of funny actually, saturday morning we get a call. Some of Howell's investigators in San Francisco were getting baptized that day and wanted him to baptize them. So we went to a few lessons and then headed to Leon, about 2 and a half hours from qro. My first time outside of queretaro. It was really cool. I saw a lot of good friends who are in Leon. We are on the bus back home and we get the call from our Zone Leaders. I have to go back to Leon! haha

Now I am here! Hope all is well! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen

1: With Elder Sapien





: With Elder Cardenas (mi papa) and Elder Howell in Leon.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 51 - Voy a cumplir un año en México!

Hola!

This was a great week! Lots of interesting things happened. For example, this saturday we had four food appointments. Four! We ate breakfast at 10 with an investigator Mayra, then lunch at 2 with the RS President's family, then at 4 with another family, then at 7:30 we went to eat with another family of investigators. After the 3rd food, we were feeling super sick. I almost threw up, and my comp almost passed out. haha But we survived. I guess it is a good sign if people want to feed us. I won't complain haha

But all is going well. We had a pretty good zone conference with President. He spoke about how Joseph Smith's First Vision is one of the most important events to have ever occured on earth and that we should emphasize that in our lessons. I also read a cool article about Joseph. https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/06/the-path-to-palmyra?lang=eng It talks about how even young Joseph had to pass through a lot of trials and that they helped him to become the prophet of the restoration. Read it!

Hope you all have a great week! It's been a great first year in Mexico! Here's to the second half!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: Video of some of the youth dancing a traditional dance.


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2: At our ward party, with David a cool guy we are teaching. (also, check out my mexican flag mustache)​



Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 50 - Cielito Lindo and Floods

Hola!

This has been a pretty interesting week.

Due to a nearby hurricane, it has been pretty rainy here in Queretaro. And Queretaro is famous for its bad plumming, so... it floods pretty fast here. One day we were visiting a less active family, and it started to rain. No worries, we had our umbrellas. Then as we left we walked to the main road, or I mean river. City buses were having a hard time battling the water. We had to run back to our house, run, I mean walk, because we were walking in water up to our knees. We offered help to people, but being in this catholic nation, no one wanted our help. But luckily our house didn't flood. :)

The hermanas in our district had a ward activity, and we were part of the program. We sang Cielito Lindo. "Ay, ay, ay, ay canta y no llores, porque cantando se alegran cielito lindo los corazones." It was pretty fun. 

We also found a really nice Baptist lady named Mayra, we contacted her friday, visited her and taught her saturday, and on sunday went to church. Why can't all people be like that? 

But all is well here in Querétaro. Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen

1: Our Mexican district (Lundberg, Treto, yo, Howell, Hna Hernandez and Hna Karate)




2: Flooded street. Camera didn't really take a great pic, but whatevs.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 49 - Chizza!

Hello!

This has been a pretty good week. I think I've eaten more junk food this week than anyother week of my life. The members just try to give us food that reminds us of home. haha. We went to KFC and tried the chicken pizza, or the chizza. It was pretty good. But we've eaten so many tacos, pizza, and hamburgers. I just want to eat fruits and veggies just to clean out all that junk in my system.

This week we've taught a lot of people about how to overcome their drug and alcohol addictions. It's really sad. Don't do drugs or drink alcohol. It will ruin your life. 

So, we ran into Javier, the 7th Day Adventist again. He makes me so mad. I have realized that I am not very patient or humble when people attack or contradict my religious beliefs. Especially this guy. He can just push my buttons, but I keep it all inside. Everytime I talk to one of these really firm Christian people, it just reminds me of how grateful I am for the gospel.

I'm doing well! Just chugging along. Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen

1: Chizza!


2: "Big Bang"





Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 48 - Marriage and Baptism

Hello all!

We finally got Jessica and Luis Miguel married. Then a few days later, Jessica got baptized. It was a very nice service. 

All is going well here in Satelite. We have found some new people. A lot of people here have problems with alcohol and drogas. It is very sad. Don't do drugs! 

I am really loving it here in Mexico! The people are awesome. They have such big hearts. 

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


1: Jessica and her family, her brother-in-law and his wife. 




2: Newlyweds!



Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 47 - Good week, nothing new though

Hola,

This was a great week! We worked super hard, and we are both very tired. 

We found quite a few really cool people this week. Some christians. There are practically three religions here: Catholicism, Christianity, and Jehovah's Witness. Christianity is a religion here, it is weird. People say, if we aren't catholics, or cristianos, or testigos, we aren't anything.

We are in the process of getting Jessica and Luis Miguel married. We've had to practically do all the paper work. Now I know how to do it all. If anyone needs help getting married in Mexico, I'll be your guide. It's confusing. 

All is well here in Satelite. It's been a great week. Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen


Mexican version of the dollar store. Everything's 17.90 pesos!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 46 - Same old same old in Satelite

Hello,

This week was a good one. We had a lot of good lessons, but we'll see how well these people progress. I think that one of the greatest blessings I have received from serving as a missionary is getting to know so many great people. I have learned a lot from all of them. From some, I have learned what I should not do. haha But always people are interesting.

It's been pretty rainy here in Querétaro. We get rained on quite a bit, not too bad, but I think I've gotten used to it by now. I prefer the rain to the sun though. 

All is well. Not much new. We have changes this next monday. Who knows what'll happen. You'll all just have to stay in suspense for another week.

Thanks for all the support. Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen




1: Some dude just walked up to us and handed us this slip of paper. I thought he was going to mug us or something. 



2: In Antea, the super nice mall, with Elder Aguirre and Elder Rubio.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 45 - Fallen appointments!

Hello All,

This was an alright week. We had a ton of fallen appointments though, in one day we had about 6 fall through. Not much happened this week. But today was a good day. We went bolwing with President and his wife and their son who got back from his mission in Nebraska. It was a zone activity. 

We ate at Peter Piper Pizza, a pizza buffet. It was pretty good. Not bad for 6 bucks. I really like being with the missionaries in my zone. They are a great group of missionaries. 

All is well here in Satelite. Same old same old. Sorry this might have been a boring email, lol. Just imagine my week, haha. Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: Selfie with Elder Rubio, my 2nd comp with E. Jimenez who went home for medical reasons and then was able to come back.

2: Bowling with the zone and President, I broke 100, finally! #110





Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 44 - Blessings and Priesthood Blessings

Hello,

This week was a good one. I have two pretty cool stories. 1) We were teaching a guy named Carlos, for a long time. He wasn't progressing, wasn't reading, and didn't want much from us. He told us he didn't want us to come back. About a week passed by, and out of the blue, he called us. He asked if we could come by. We passed by and he explained that one day it rained, he was feeling so depressed that he just stood in the rain. He let it "wash his mind" and then decided he needed to change his life. He came to church this week, and he liked it. He felt peace.

2) Yesterday, as we were leaving the house, we prayed so that we would be able to use our Priesthood to bless the lives of more people. After sacrament meeting, a lady asked us for a blessing. We've never even met this lady before. Later in the day, we went to visit a less-active family. As we get there, there is a lot of commotion. Their neighbor was having a lot of chest pain. We gave her and her son a blessing. They all expressed gratitude to God for sending "His elders" to give them a blessing in their time of need. That makes 5 total this week.

It was a good week. We've seen many miracles and tender mercies. Today we played pool. It was fun.

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


1: Famous "Satelite Tower". This is our reference point for everything. I don't even know what it is really.



2: Another blurry picture, of our zone playing billiards.


3: A mexican fountain




Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 43 - Service and parties

Hola,

This week we did a lot of service projects. We helped plant trees in a park. We did it as a zone, we planted about 50 in total. Then we were going to help a lady with her roof, but then she didn't buy the materials she needed. We then visited an investigator, and was having a birthday party, she invited us in anyway. We taught the word of wisdom and law of chastity. She accepted to live both of them. haha We visited another older lady and she was having a birthday party for her grandson. We talked and contacted almost all her family. haha Who knew a little kid's b-day party would be such a good missionary tool.

This week has been a little boring. Not going to lie. But there's nothing to complain about. I am happy and healthy. We also met with an ancient investigator of the hnas. He believes that the government is in charge of strange events that have happened. He says he planted a tree and then a few weeks later it was gone. What is his explanation? The government didn't want it there. haha. He's probably actually right. If you just plant a random tree, it might get removed. He's an interesting dude. That's one benefit of serving a mission, there are an infinite number of interesting people to meet.

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


Sorry, I don't have many pictures to send, I'll take more. 

Also, here is our monthly mission news report. I'm in two pictures, I believe.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 42 - The work is progressing in Satelite

Hey all,

This was a good week. We found a lot of great people and I am really excited to see how this transfergoes. I know that the Lord is using us to further His work. That is one thing that a new returned missionary in our ward talked about. It's not my work, or the bishop's work, or even the mission president's work, but this is the Lord's work. 

All is going well here in Satelite, not much to say. There is this one guy we found this week named Roberto. He is an interesting guy, almost all the people we talk to are interesting haha. But he is very interested in the Book of Mormon and all of our teachings. He has some blood or kidney issue and we told him that when we are resurrected, we will have perfect bodies. He started to cry with joy. It's really amazing to see how we can bring peace and joy to these people's lives. 

One thing I've been trying to do is looking for the Lord's hands in the little details of my life. It is amazing to see how much He cares when we start to look. Have a great week!

Love you all,
Elder Rasmussen

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 41 - Rain and yeah that's about it

Happy 4th of July!

So as you can tell from the subject, not much happened this week. It rained about everyday and we walked a lot.

We've been working our tails off, and I know the Lord is testing us right now. It's been a little frustrating because our investigators have been really flaky these past few weeks. They cancel on us right before lessons. We even passed by for one before church, he said he would come in 30 mins, he only needed to finish getting dressed. yeah, he never showed up. come on people!

But it was a good week. There's nothing to complain about. Life is good. The mission is great. It's cool to see how people can change when they are feeling the Spirit. I've been working on being guided by the Spirit, and it is awesome! I hope we can all work on being better guided by the Holy Ghost.

Hope you all have a great Independence Day!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: Our flooded backyard, luckily all the water stayed outside



 2: View of "El Pueblo de Bernal"



3: Elder Dominguez, grafity


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 40 - La Pena de Bernal

Yesterday, we got permission to go visit the Peña de Bernal with a family that we are teaching. We got back last night and didn't have time to email. We are checking references online right now, so I just thought I'd let you know that I am still alive. I'll write you all next week. All is going well!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen



Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 39 - Walking and More Walking

This was a very fast week. Even though we probably walked the most this week in all of my mission, it was a great week. Not much new. We had to leave some non-progressing people. But we found a great couple. One thing that I really like about this ward here is that it doesn't matter what people have done in the past, if they have a desire to repent and change and come back to church, the members will try to help them make that return. Sometimes we don't let people repent. 

Elder Holland spoke about that in a BYU speech: "A Robe, a Ring, and a Fatted Calf". He said "Of course, one of the added tragedies in transgression is that even if we make the effort to change, to try again, to come back, others often insist upon leaving the old labels with us."

"When a battered, weary swimmer tries valiantly to get back to shore, after having fought strong winds and rough waves which he should never have challenged in the first place, those of us who might have had better judgment, or perhaps just better luck, ought not to row out to his side, beat him with our oars, and shove his head back underwater. That’s not what boats were made for. But some of us do that to each other." 

Hopefully you all can read that talk, it is one of my favorites.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 38 - Leonardo's Baptism

Hola,

This was a really great week! Leonardo got baptized and when he bore his testimony it was really amazing. He expressed that he knew the church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true. He also gave a lot of thanks to God that he was able to be baptized in His church. It was awesome to hear his sincere testimony. 

Rain season is starting, so we are going to get a lot of street rivers. It makes crossing the street without getting our socks wet a lot more interesting.

All is well here in Satélite. Happy Father's Day Dad! You are the best Dad in the world! Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Grant



1. With Leonardo



2. "Lluvia" Street with a river going down it. (Lluvia is rain in spanish) lol

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 37 - English Class with Luis

Hola,

This was a really cool week. We worked really hard this week and found a lot of new cool people to teach. On friday, we went to help one of our investigators (Luis) teach his students english. It was really funny. We were with students that were like 10 to 12 years old. They asked a lot of questions, like "come se dice ayer en ingles?" We basically just translated for them for like an hour. haha. But we also got to play soccer with them, they are so funny. It was a really cool experience. 

Not much new, but I really like my area and my comp. Life is going well. Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Grant

1. With Elder Wright.



2. Dorky selfie exactly when I turned 20 years old. haha



3. Cooking hot dogs.


4. Selfie with Elder Avendaño from Oaxaca




5. In the bus station with Elder May and Elder Paul


Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 36 - Satélite and 20!

Hola,

This was a really good week. It was a really nice change to be in a good area with a good comp that wants to work. I am really blessed. It has been super hot all week, and supposedly it gets hotter until july. That'll be fun...

We are teaching a really cool older guy, named Leonardo. He is soo ready for the gospel. The missionaries before me found him contacting. He has also come to church these past 3 weeks by himself, and he brings his granddaughters. It is awesome to see how the Lord prepares some people so well.

Thanks for all the great emails. It's been a great day, but a normal one too.

Love you all,
Grant

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 35 - 8 Months and Changes!

Hola,

I am free!!! I got changes and I am out of the offices! I am still in Querétaro, but on the west side. I'm in an area called Satelite, with Elder Wright, from Alpine, UT. He has a year in the mission. I'm really excited for this change. I think we'll have a lot of success.

Not much happened this past week. But a cool story. Yesterday Pedro y Monica came to church again. And in the second hour, in Gospel Principles class, Monica told us that they've thought and prayed about it and they've decided they want to be baptized. I am very excited for them, and a little sad that I had changes, but it's all good. 

The church is true. I've had a lot of really tender mercies this week. If we look for the Lord's hand in our life, we'll find it all over the place. Love you all, have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen

P.S. I'll try to send pictures, but if not, I'll send them next week.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 34 - Josue's Baptism and Skype

Hola,

This was a really good week. I've been with Elder May almost all week. Elder Mercado has chicken pox and Elder Jimenez from Veracruz, the new one, has had some weird infection on his feet, so he can't leave to work either. 

Yesterday it was really cool to talk to my family. You guys are the best! I love you all! Then right after, we had a really awesome baptismal service for Josue. His dad was able to baptize him. It was really good.

There's not much more to say, haha, this week was pretty normal.
Love you all! Have a great week!
Grant



1. The Soto Family, (E' Jimenez, their nephew, Josue, Hna Elizabeth, Jimena, Hno Ramon, yo) After the pic was taken, Hno Ramon ended up doing the baptism.



2. Skyping



3. With the Gallardo Family, (Jesus, Odilia, Adrian, yo)


4. Package from Camille and the Clark Family, Thank you!!! You're the best!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 33 - Happy Mother's Day Mom and Babysitting Elders

Hola,

Happy Mother's Day Mom!!!! I love you soooo much!

It was a really good week this week and I can't wait to talk to you all on Sunday!

We had a really cool experience this week. Remember those people we found last week who told us they had a "hole" in their lives. We visited them a few more times and invited them to stake conference yesterday. About 20 minutes into the conference they come. I was so surprised. I couldn't believe it. They really liked it and we ate with them later that day.

Yesterday we had two lunch appointments. I was soo full, I felt like I was going to throw up. That really is the worst part of Mexico for me: we eat so much food. They always serve us a ton, and they always ask us if we want seconds. We always have to say yes. I always feel super stuffed for a few hours. It makes it hard to go out and work haha. 

But this week, we've had to "babysit" a few elders. Which means that we have to stay with them so they don't get into trouble. That was kind of annoying this week. This is the second time we've had to do that. It kind of stinks. sometimes literally. haha But I can't believe that the change is almost over.

Look for the little tender mercies we receive everyday. I am so grateful for you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Grant

1. When it went from a sunny day to pouring rain in a matter of seconds haha.





2-3. Selfies at the bus central. We accidentally took the wrong bus after stake conference and ended up going to the other side of the city. It was a fun experience haha. (taken on my piece of junk phone, at least I get to use a smartphone though, that's nice)




4. Also, a junky picture. But the sunset is so beautiful from up in our area.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 32 - Elder Jimenez 2x

Hola!

This week was ok. Just a normal one. Not much happened.

Cool story though: we went to visit one hermana, but she wasn't home. There was a couple walking a little ways away. They called us over, and told us that they want to listen to us. They explained that they have a "whole" inside them. They are missing something in their lives and they think we can help them. They say that they fight a lot and are having relationship problems. The thing is that they aren't married. We gave a really good lesson that helped them. We have another appointment for tonight. They said, "we don't believe in chances, we know God send you."

It was a cool experience.
All is going here in Mexico. 

We also received a second Elder Jimenez today, from Veracruz. Now I have two comps named Elder Jimenez. The old jimenez is going to teach the new jimenez about doing the visas.

Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Grant

Sorry, I mean a "hole" in their lives. My English is getting bad.




1.Fixing Elder Jimenez's scriptures with sealant. It worked!


2. Haircut


Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 31 - 7 Months and Freaking Cross-dressers

Hola,

This was a good week, it went by super fast. I feel like it was just last week when I was saying I finished 6 months. I feel like not much happened this week. 

You probably are all wondering what's up with my subject. I just have to ask "Why me?" Why do all the cross-dressers have to bother me? haha. We got on a bus, and I sat down next to a random guy near the back exit of the bus, I was on the aisle, and a cross-dresser and two other dudes were getting off the bus, while they were standing waiting to get off the bus, the guy in the dress was leaning his rear-end towards me, so I kept leaning towards the random dude to my left. I leaned until I couldn't lean anymore, and his rear end was touching my shoulder for a second or two. ugh. They called me a "white mormon" as they were getting off, haha at least they didn't call me a testigo (Jehovah's Witness), that would have made it worse. 

That was really the only eventful thing that happened this week, so hopefully you can just imagine the horror on my face as that was all happening.

But all is well here. Our investigators aren't progressing, so that's a bummer. But we'll just keep working, that's all we can do. Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Grant

1. In the offices, there are a ton of dying cockroaches. They aren't dead. They are dying, so they keep wiggling their arms. (Oh and some people like to eat those, they fry them and add sugar.)





2. Selfie with Elder Mercado, he's participating in Mexico´s famous siesta. He is Elder May's comp. He's going to get his knee operated on. Also, with my super wavy hair coming back. 


3. Another Selfie in the offices, with no one looking. E' May behind me, E' Jimenez being a frito on youtube, and E' Rubio to the right.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 30 - Easter?

Hello all,

Apparently it was Easter yesterday, haha. It did not feel like it at all. On Friday, it was santa viernes, so they just closed everything, even the buses stopped. There was no one home this whole week-end. And on Sunday, Easter Sunday, there was literally almost no one at church. Maybe they all went to Mass with the Catholics, it might be more fun over there with the parties and such.

In Tequis, they used to have Virgin Maria Parades, here in Querétaro, they don't. I miss those. It looked so weird. They would chant prayers. "Maria, la madre de Jesus, madre de todo bueno..." Oh Catholics. I wanted to take a picture, but that probably wouldn't have been the best idea.

Not too much happened this week. I forgot my camera, I usually take pictures of my journal, and then I can kind of read back and remember what we did this week.

Elder Rubio, is from Puebla, he is pretty cool. I have enjoyed being with him this week. We're still in a trio. We have so many elders come and go that our house gets pretty messy. Hna Williamson got mad at us for that, so we've been cleaning up today. 8 new missionaries come today, so we're at the offices getting ready for that.

It was a fine week.
Love you all, and hope you have a great week!
Grant

1. Video of Elder May. He says "Soy el Elder May... y este es la misión." This was at a service project.


video


2. "Development Center" I thought it was ironic.

3. Oh yeah, we went to a BYU-Idaho Symphonic Band concert, we helped as "Security" haha. It was pretty cool. The pic is from when we were getting trained on how to be "Security" and the band was setting up.

4. View of the west side of QRO


5. Avenida Belen


Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 29 - In the same area? Sí. In a trio? Sí.

Good afternoon!

Today is the start of a new transfer. I am still in Villas with Elder Jimenez, and tomorrow morning we will receive Elder Rubio. He is from Puebla and E' Jimenez will train him to be the new visas secretary. I have heard only good things about him, so I am excited. We need a little boost in our area. 

We haven't done too much this week. Our baptism is going to be postponed a few weeks. Ugh. I can't catch a break.

I think this week I have been able to recognize and follow the Spirit's promptings really well. I feel like that is one of the things I have learned lately.

Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen
I don't have my camera, but I do have a few photos.

1. View of Querétaro from San Jose el Alto


2. With the Bocanegra Family


3. View of the cool mall "Antea"


4. Con E' Pivaral, from Guatemala