Monday, August 31, 2009

Letters - 31-aug-2009

I have now served a week of the mission in California, and it has been awesome. My first week has been full of lots of fun things that my companion says that he has never seen before on his mission. I hope that I am able to learn as much as he knows about spanish and the Gospel by the time I'm out here as long as he is. I ended up lucky with a good trainer, his name is Elder Brough by the way, and he is from Memphis, Tennessee. I am serving my first transfer in the Compton 7th ward. Which is the entire part of compton (except for a little sliver) that is in our mission. I have been teaching in spanish and english and everything is going awesome. A couple of nights ago we taught a man named oswaldo and his mom Maria and they are rock solid, and whenever the son has a question Maria comes back with a response from the chapter of scripture and an exact verse to answer his question. I think she reads the chapters we assign her 4 or 5 times before we come back the next day. I hope that everything is going well with you guys and you all keep having fun. Remember that life is too short to be serious all the time and life is to be enjoyed not just endured.
Love ya'll,
Elder Ben Rubert

The bike got here good and is now just sitting in the garage because we drive to our area everyday and have to use the car to jump from one side of compton to the other. We drive a Mazda 3 and it handles really well. My companion has too many tickets so I get to drive everywhere. Which is helping me get to know the area very well. i got blessed with a good companion that knows his stuff and know the gospel lessons. I hope that I can know that much spanish and gospel stuff when I've been here as long as he has. He has 21 1/2 months in the mission. I hope that everything is going good with everyone. Hope to hear from you guys soon. Thanks.
Elder Rubert

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

25-AUG-2009 out of the mission training center

Here is my new address for mail for my first transfer.

Elder Ben Rubert
3275 E Artesia Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90805

My first area is Compton and I'm super stoked it was nice talking to you guys this morning
Hope everything is going good.
PeaceElder Rubert

So I just got to Long Beach California. I am serving in Compton for my first area and am totally stoked. Hope that everyone is doing awesome because now I am out of the MTC and met my mission president and his wife made us lunch. IT WAS REAL FOOD. My new companion's name is Elder Brough and he has been here 15 transfers. I am so happy that I can see the ocean again and that I am out of the Utah Desert and get to have moisture in the air. I don't think that I'll be able to live anywhere where it never rains again. Or at least has moisture in the air. I arrived on Preparation day so today basically we went and had an interview with the Mission President, got assigned our trainer and went through all the other orientation stuff. Now I get to write a letter and hope that soon we get to go to the store to buy food. I am so happy I get to eat real food again. A recent convert Brother Robert Booth helped us today and was awesome he is actually feeding us dinner tomorrow night. I am so excited to have been called to such an awesome place and right now don't have much else to write because nothing else has happened yet. Keep being awesome,
Elder Rubert

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

20-AUG-2009 letter

I am ready to leave the MTC and I leave in 5 days. I am hoping that the flight and everything goes smoothly for the flight to Long Beach. I am so psyched to finally go and start teaching real people and learning real spanish. The MTC spanish is easy. I am ready to learn the real deal. The district with Aaron in it left this week and we have this last week alone. They have been here with us for 8 weeks and are like part of my family. This next week is all review and packing for tuesday morning when I get to call home between 7 and 8 am. (If you could let Trina know that I want to give here a call between 7 and 8 that would be awesome!) I hope everything is going well with you guys. Keep having fun. And remember that life isn't worth living if you don't celebrate the little things.

Elder Rubert

P.S. Tell Brock and Buddy Lowe hi for me.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

13-AUG-2009 Letter

District 20C
The Elite Missionary Force Set for Long Beach California
Branch 20

Where am I going?

... It'll be sick to be in LBC finally. I'm so stoked, my mission president just sent me a letter that told us that we would get in around 10 have meetings till like 3 or 4 and then be proselyting at like 5. I'm so ready to teach real people. It's so weird here at the MTC being able to just talk Spanish with everyone. It's not perfect spanish by any stretch. but I can understand almost everything that everyone says it just takes a little while still for me to conjugate in my head. I hope everyone is doing good there. And I sent you some pictures on a cd. I made a mistake and I will be calling you guys between 7 and 8:15 on the 25th in the morning. So I will talk to you then.Love ya, ELder Rubert

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Letter 06-AUG-2009

I hope everything went well for you this week and that it didn't get too boring with everyone gone. That's awesome that you got a new scanner and I hate how long it takes to find the right drivers if the ones that come with it don't work. It's just rediculous. I am so psyched that I will be in long beach in less than 3 weeks now. Oh, and I got to Host Brandon into the MTC yesterday and it was awesome. He is also in my zone so I get to see him everyday. Lelana got a picture of Brandon and Me with my host sticker on. I think you should get a copy of the picture and send it to me. That is a good one for the photo album. I have now taught a bunch of lessons in spanish and everything is going good. I think I just told you everything that I put in the letter that I sent home. I think you guys have the California mission address don't you. If not let me know so that I can send it to you. I get my flight plans next week and I get to know all the details so that I can tell you when I am going to give you a phone call. I hope that everything is going well for you all and that all the back to school craziness is almost over. Love, Elder Ben Rubert