Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wow, I am impressed at all of the work that has been going on everywhere. It is really amazing to see how the Lord prepares His children and He guides them to where they need to be and in the right time.
Bruce Calvin Kusch, 60, and Alynda Kidd Kusch, four children, Rexburg 6th Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake. Brother Kusch is a counselor in a Young Men presidency and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and missionary in the Guatemala/El Salvador Mission. Associate academic vice president for curriculum, Brigham Young University-Idaho. Born in Lynwood, Calif., to Zygfred Sylvester and Laura Stocking Kusch.
Sister Kusch is a gospel doctrine teacher and is a former counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, adviser in a stake Relief Society presidency, stake seminary supervisor, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and seminary teacher. Born in Orange, Calif., to Ralph Cicero and Ora Lundquist Kidd.
It is really strange to think about a new mission president. I will have the opportunity to know him for a few weeks but that is about it.
This Sunday we had a family of 7 come to church named the Pichardo family. We have been teaching them for quite a long time. They know more than just about any other investigator that I have taught. They came to church and they really liked it. We are going to continue teaching them and helping them to make the social transition that they need to make with the help of the members. As well as the Pichardo family, we are teaching a man named Felipe Perez who came to church the second time. We are going to begin to teach his family so that they can progress alongside him. Felipe makes me laugh a lot because he is a professor in the University of Technology in Iguala. Therefore, not only is he an engineer but he creates more engineers. I mentioned Dad that you are a mechanical engineer and he just lighted up. To say the least, I´ve been thinking of you :)
The work is going very well. We learn, focus, do, repent, and repeat. There isn´t anything better.
May God bless you my dear family. I pray for you across the miles. Pray for opportunities to preach the Gospel and they will be given to you. Of that I am certain. It is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Before I talk about all the really good stuff I wanted to tell you this story of a young couple and their baby. We are working with a couple to get them married and baptized this week but it has been rough. We were at their house a few weeks ago talking to the mom and the little one year old girl. The mom had to run to do something in a room in the house so we stayed in the living room directly in front of the little girl. She was sitting there looking at us with her cute little face when all of the sudden she let out a huge fart. We were like, ¨what!?! Are you kidding me?¨ The little girl then stuck her finger out and pointed at me. ¨No no no, that was not me,¨ I told her. She then pointed at my companion. ¨No no no, it wasn´t him either.¨ Then, with a face of shame, she pointed at herself and dropped her head to look at the floor. ¨That´s right little baby. Don´t go blaming the missionaries.¨ It made me laugh a whole lot.
And something really interested happened this week as well. When we plan well who are the members who come with us these members begin to ask themselves, ¨I knew this person for a long time. Why didn't I share the Gospel?¨ As the members have participated actively in the process of teaching, they begin to invite their non member friends to learn more about the church. And this process is guided by the Spirit within the members, not because the missionaries are trying to suck out all of the references that they have. We saw this with a few families this week. We are going to get everyone involved. We have a few baptisms planned for this month but we are getting ready for a blossoming March.
Monday, February 6, 2012
I have learned here that if we coordinate well with the ward missionaries for the investigators, they are going to progress and be baptized. We do this in our meeting with our Progress Record. After they are baptized, within the ward counsel we work with the Record of the New Members and those who have become Active. If there are problems of retention in a ward it is because they haven´t heard of or don´t use this record. If you already are using it, keep doing it. If not, do it. It is a map of exactly what the ward needs to do so that these converts become strong and enter in the temple. We have put it into practice here and since our time here and the recent converts from other missionaries, we have a 100% retention rate. Actually, one of our converts blessed the sacrament Sunday. Elder Gosnell and I had what is called full joy. Its so cool because the members begin to realize, ¨hmmm, the missionaries baptize everything that walks and they are all active and they all have testimonies. Hmmmm...¨