Monday, December 18, 2017

Week 63 - To Querétaro and back, sick stomach and changes!

Hello!

This was a pretty good week. We had to go to Queretaro for Elder Sapien's visa. That was pretty fun, especially having a sick stomach. I like Leon a lot better than Queretaro. I don't know why, maybe Leon has nicer people.

We started teaching a cool guy named Leo, he's 21, he's in the process of leaving alcohol and parties, he says that when he listens to us he has no more desire to drink. He says he wants to fill his life with light in place of darkness. We actually found him because we started giving english classes and his neighbor, Alberto (who got baptized last week), invited him to attend.

We also are teaching a lady named Juanita. Her daughter is 10 and loves to read the Book of Mormon, she even takes it to school. They live in very humble conditions, but you can see that the most important thing for them is family. 

We also found a less-active family that went inactive because the hno doesn't want to shave his beard. It's such a small thing, but for him it is very important. What are our spiritual "beards" that limit our progress?

Oh and Elder Sapien is going to open an area in Valle de Santiago, and I received Elder Ramirez from Kentucky. This'll be an interesting change haha

I can't wait to speak to you all on Christmas Eve!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen

We also visited a Crypt, how do you spell that? At some catholic church. It was a little creepy tbh. 






Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 60 - Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This was a good week! We found some really cool people. We found a lady named Jeraldina, her daughter was murdered about four years ago, and she said she hasn't felt peace in those four years until she saw us. We taught her and she accepted it all really well. She cried a lot because of the relief she had, she told us that her dead daughter sent us. Turns out her daughter was mormon. That was pretty interesting.

We had a pretty good thanksgiving lunch, chicken and rice, then for dinner we ate something a little more american. (See the pictures)

It was a pretty chill week, all is well here in Loma Bonita. Hope you all have a superb week! Thanks for all you do!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: Thanksgiving Dinner


Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 59 - Festival del Globo

Hey,

So yeah, the most exciting thing to happen in Leon every year is the annual hot air balloon festival. It was pretty dope actually. We woke up at 4:30 to get there by 5:30am. President and his wife were there as well, we went as a zone. There were supposedly about 200 balloons there. It was pretty cool to see them take off and then land, I have no idea how they steer, but somehow they do it. 

But in our area things are going well, not great, but better than before. I am excited for one of our investigators, Alberto, he's a cool dude. He came to church yesterday and liked it. He looks like Hugo from Lost, but just a little skinnier.

All is well here in Loma Bonita, pray for us!

Hope yall have a great thanksgiving! Eat lots of good food for me! I'm grateful for all of you!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: hot air balloons! (I'm not even sure that's how balloon is spelled)




With the Bimbo balloon.





I thought that hot air balloon almost fell in the water, but it didn't.



Elder Rasmussen



We are in Mexico, hence the coke balloon!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 58 - Divisions in Delta

Hello!
So this week I had to "babysit", I went with Elder Aguirre to his area in Delta. It was pretty cool to work with him and to know his area a little bit. He's a good guy, but he's a norteño, so you know what that means haha
We went to Costco again... That's about all that was exciting. haha I love and hate the hot dogs. They are good, but make you feel gross afterwards haha
But the work is picking up here in Loma Bonita. We received a reference of a super cool lady named Maria del Pilar. She is already doing geneology. She came to church yesterday. I am hopeful for her. All is well here. I am happy, just have a little cold, I swear I just barely had a cold. Who knows.

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

1: Perfect Costco Hot Dog, with lots of jalapeños and cebolla.


2: Eating ice cream. It probably seems like that is all I do, I just eat. haha but we also walk and talk a lot.







Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 58 - 2nd Change in Loma Bonita

Hello!

So we didn't have transfers. Elder Sapien and I stay the same. I want to train, but I guess that'll have to wait. I am actually very glad to stay here, I am really starting to like the ward and the area. 

This week was pretty chill. Nothing new. Our investigators are just driving me insane, no one will come to church.

Today we went to the bus station and said goodbye to some missionaries. We waited for the new ones to arrive.

All is well here in Leon. I am learning a lot, everyday.

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

P.S. I forgot to take pictures of my journal, I'll send them next week.

1: With Elder Paul, Muncey, Aguirre



2: Our district: yo, Sapien, Martinez, Warren, Villegas, Hinojosa, Smith, Cardenas


3: Before the sunrise in Leon

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 57 - Zoo

Hey all!

This week was a little frustrating. We have a pretty cool family that we are teaching: Claudia and Gabriel, and their kid Tyr. They want to get baptized and sealed in the temple. But they just won't come to church! But one day they will.

Also, today we went to the Zoo. It was pretty cool. But like all zoos, it gets pretty boring after a while. They had a magic show that was pretty cool, I even got to participate in it. We then went to eat at a buffet called La Vaca, or the cow. They had a ton of different types of meats.

Also, our neighbor has a cat. Elder Gomez somehow got it inside and we scared Elder Sapien with it. Then we started to play with it. (See pictures)

I've been eating too many pancakes for breakfast and for dinner. It's all I have.

But all is going well here in Leon. We have changes next week, we'll see what will happen.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen

1: My Harry Potter desk, because it is underneath the stairs.



2: First Mexican zoo I've been to



3: Selfie with the Ostrich



4: With the District


5: Wow a cat!






Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 56 - 13 Months and counting!

Hello!

This was a pretty good week. We brought Flor and Claudia to church yesterday. They liked it, but were pretty burnt out by the end. I am worried that they won't want to come back. But we are starting to get a little bit of momentum. The members are warming up to us, and we are going to have more member involvement in the work.

This week was a little tough being in a trio again. The elder in the ward next to us is going to train, but his trainee is having visa troubles and hasn't arrived yet. It has been a challenge juggling two wards. 

Not much new this week. We played soccer and basketball this morning at the church as a zone. That is the good thing about being super far from the rest of the missionaries, we stick together and do a lot of activites. We went to Costco again afterwards. I bought some pancake mix.

All is well here in Leon, Guanajuato. Hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen

P.S. Sorry I don't have pictures.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 55 - Divisions, La Loma, Queretaro

Hola!

This was a pretty good week. I went on divisions with Elder Cardenas, my trainer. It was super fun to be with him again.

We found some pretty cool people this week. A lot of people named Claudia. Two investigators and two or three hermanas in the ward. It makes the contacts a little confusing in our phone.

Today we climbed "La Loma", and at the top there is a church. We can't decide if it is abandoned, or just no one goes to it. But it was pretty cool. Then we ate pizza at Costco!

A few days ago I had to go to Queretaro for a training meeting. It was weird being in queretaro again. About 6 hours that day in busses. It was a long day. But it is the best eating american food that Hna Williamson makes.

All is going well here in Loma Bonita. I am happy. I hope you all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Rasmussen




1: The church we climbed to.



2: Costco!



3: At the top!



4: I'm super bad at selfies, but this is what I got.



5: Con Elder Cardenas




Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 54 - P-Day in Guanajuato!

Hey,

This week was pretty chill. Not much new, not much old either. But today as a district we went to a city called Guanajuato. It is a nice place. It is very touristy, but it has a lot to see and do.

We went to the "Callejon del Beso". Not too much to do there as a missionary, but it is a cool place haha Then to the Mummies Museum. It was kinda creepy. These mummies are from this past century. They were mummified naturally. The most recent mummy was a baby that died in 2004! They have pictures on google, just search Guanajuato Mummies. 

But all is well. Elder Sapien is a good guy. I am learning and loving the area. The mission is great and the Lord is full of tender mercies. I love you all. Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen



1: On a bridge in GTO with Elder Sapien




2: Guanajuato, Guanajuato


3: I'm not too great at selfies, but here ya go.


4: Also shout out to Camille! Thanks for the package! It was a sweet surprise! (no pun intended) haha I'm so funny.




5: Mummy Museum, sorry I don't have pics of the mummies.



6: Callejon del Beso




7: We ate lunch at Applebee's. 5 bucks for ribs, fries, 
and a drink. Can't beat that.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 53 - Loma Bonita, ni es loma, ni es bonita

Hola!

So this was a super hard week. When I got here, we had no lessons planned for the week, so we practically spent the week contacting. We contacted about 150 people. We looked and walked and searched for people on the member list, but the majority of the members had moved, and the rest wouldn't even talk to us. So it was a blast...

But I like the ward. I didn't get to meet many people, but they are all very nice. I am getting more aquainted with the area, and it's a good place. A lot of the people are just straight up rude though.

We went to the centro of Leon today. It was pretty cool. Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Rasmussen


1: some church







2: some elders


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