Tuesday, October 27, 2009

27-OCT-2009 Letter

Hola Familia!

This past week has been awesome. We've been having lots of success in our area, and I'm seeing more and more each day how much the Lord blesses us as missionaries. He is making it so that we can all serve as Instruments in the Hands of the Almighty. I am honored to have this privilege to serve and encourage all to take this same step. Because, if you talk to Bro. Lowe, I wasn't really ever planning on taking this step to come on a mission. But because of this one step that I've taken I've seen my view on life take a complete 180degree turn. I just wanted to start out by thanking everyone for all the help that they gave me and the kicks in the butt that I received to come here.

Now on to the fun stuff. This last week we had such a blast in Cerritos,and we have been seeing so many people and teaching so many lessons that we see more and more how short our time as missionaries really are. I mean it seems just like yesterday that I saw the midnight showing of Transformers 2 with everyone, but now I've been a missionary for four months. CRAZY!!!!!!!!!

Love Elder Ben Rubert
P.S. Why didn't I get any pictures ;)/:(

P.S.S. Well now to answer the questions that you guys gave me in your letters, here we go...
No matter how much I learn about how much I love conference now(which is like the super bowl for missionaries, and we get it twice a year instead of just once) I do remember how boring priesthood session and all of conference was growing up. I think it is because I didn't know the importance of what they were saying or of their apostolic calling. Oh, and I'm stoked to be able to talk to you in Spanish at Christmas, so start freshening up so that we can have a good conversation. Keep doing good in school too.( Wow, it feels good to be on this end of that now lol) Love you and hope everything keeps going well. Read the Book of Mormon.
First, the box arrived in pristine condition and the treats were amazing. But they were gone before I knew that I had began to eat them. And to answer Grandma L.'s question, that will be perfect. Sounds like everything is going good for you guys over there. And thanks for finding that Steven Sharp Nelson CD for me. I highly recommend copying it to iTunes. The "Praise to the Man" on there is awesome. I am also stoked to hear that you are reading the Book of Mormon. If you want some chapters to study here are some good ones. Ether 12(Always good)(Hebrews 13 in the bible goes with that one)Alma 17-(i don't know like 20 I think)3 Nephi 13 is good and also another great one is Alma 48. Love you and hope that work keeps going good and also sounds like your getting the mac down now, so Have an amazing week.
To respond to your short letter. I'm stoked that you can drive now so when I get home you can chauffeur me around all the time. It will be good. Also you ended your letter with "hope to her from you soon." Here is hearing from me, I would like to hear from you as well. Write me, por favor! Keep being good and I should be able to hear from you next week and you can tell me how you crashed the car in you first week driving it(please don't crash the saturn, the truck would be fine but not the saturn) Love ya, and keep on kickin' it. Oh and remember to catch up on onepiece and naruto. Read the Book of Mormon.
Let's see some good quotes coming my way next time missy. Oh and you know that you can email me as well and then you can give me a good quote every week that would be cool. How did your first Band concert go? Here we are having a blast. Elder Nalder got an ocarina in the mail from his family(it's a legit ocarina like the one from zelda) and he learned how to play all the hymns on it. It's hilarious. Keep the Book of Mormon, and when the spirit speaks to you and give you personal revelation remember to right it down somewhere like in your journal. Love ya, keep being on top of music for me when I get back.

Your handwriting has gotten a million times better. I'm stoked for when I get back and get to see how much you've grown and get to throw around with you with your lacrosse stick. I'm practicing... are you?! YOU GOT A DS!! WOW! Sound like you're having a blast and taking life by the horns. I would love to hear from you in an email if you can every week so I can know what's happening with you. Tell Brock hi for me as well. And I hope to hear from him soon. My companions and I are getting along awesome. My companion right now is Elder Holst and he is from Canada. He is way fun and a good teacher. You've been watching a lot of good movies, but remember "Year One" is not a church movie(It's got Jack Black in it for one.) Keep playing games and finding new fun ones so that when I get back we can game it up all night for a couple of nights. And don't worry about Long letters, I like them, it gives me something to do on preparation day other than try and think of things to tell people. And yes I do know a couple of missionaries that are gomers like the missionary in the Best Two Years. But they are also at the same time some of the best missionaries that I have ever met. The cookies were awesome, especially the Gorilla Poops. Keep reading the Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

20-oct-2009 Letter

Sounds like everything is busy over there. I got to go to the temple this morning and it was awesome. I didn't know the L.A. Temple was so big on the inside. It was different going from room to room. Now back in Cerritos we are having a blast and teaching people a lot, but because my companion is the zone leader, we have to go and do a bunch of extra stuff. I should be getting the box when we go to the mission home today, but I'm not sure. How is everyone doing? I hope well. Well that's all I have for this week. Talk to you guys later.

Ciao,Elder Ben Rubert

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13-OCT-2009 Letter

Hello Everybody,

So last week was transfers and I was told that I was staying in Compton and then we had a good last week in Compton and we got a lot of work done. And on Sunday we got to see Maria get confirmed and take the sacrament for the first time which was awesome. Then right after she got confirmed (during sacrament meeting) we get a call from the assistants so we have to go out into the hall to answer it. And the called and said that Elder Brough and Elder Esplin were going to be companions to cover Compton and Paramount and that I was going to be transferred at 3 o'clock that afternoon. CRAZY! So when we got done with church we went home and had our studies and then I packed everything up and got in the car and didn't know where I was going. After I got my stuff down to the car the assistants and President Sexton showed up and told me that I was going to Cerritos and that my companion was the Zone Leader.(Que paso) And then I got to my new area and met my new companion Elder Holst. He is from Canada and is a huge hockey fan. Unfortunately though, he doesn't play lacrosse :(Then after getting to know him we went out and started teaching. Come to find out that we are over the spanish wards in this area and everything all day everyday is in Spanish. I'm happy I worked on my Spanish while I was in Compton because now I can get by pretty well and my accent is coming along pretty well too. Other than that this week has been a blast Going from Compton to Cerritos. It's a huge difference in the appearances of the houses and the smells and views that you get. But all in all they are both awesome places. Hope everyone keeps having a blast and hope to hear from you guys next week.
Ciao, Elder Rubert

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

06-OCT-2009 Letter

Yes I had a chance to watch conference, it was amazing. I thought Elder Holland's talk was amazing. It's crazy that another temple is going up in Utah again. Tell Duane, Jacob, and the new baby happy birthday for me. That's crazy that the baby is already here. When I left, which feels like yesterday, there was still plenty of time until the baby was coming. Tell everyone down in Salt Lake hi for me while your there. Wish you guys luck with everything. This week we have had so much happening. Getting ready for conference and trying to get all of our investigators and less active members to come. Then Sunday was amazing. We got to the church at like 8:30 for the Choir broadcast, then we got to stay for both sessions of conference, and then afterward we got to go and see people get baptized. It was amazing. I was so exhausted because I don't think I have felt the spirit that strong for so long ever in my life. IT DRAINED ME COMPLETELY. but. I was also able to sleep like a baby so thats the good part. Now I promised Corbett that I would send out a quiz for everyone about conference. Now if everyone that could possibly take this quiz and then send it to me back with their answers in an e-mail that would be awesome(P.S. My email is benrubert@myldsmail.net). And see if Brother Hulme could answer this quiz for me as well. Ok, so here it goes.
Conference Quiz:
Saturday Morning
1.What did Richard G. Scott say is the thing that overcomes spiritual guidance? And In your own words what is something that we can do to prevent that from happening?

2. What did David A. Bednar say are the three things that we need to do to become more diligent and concerned at home(I think we do pretty good at this one!)? And Is there anything else that you could add on to this principle?

3. Dieter F. Uchtdorf talked to us about what we should be known for. What did you learn from this talk and what do you want to be known for? Saturday Afternoon

4. Robert D. Hales talked about letting the evidence of God all around us humble us. What is someting that stuck out specifically in this talk to you and how can you apply it in your life?

5. In Boyd K. Packer's story about the cow, what was the name of that cow? Priesthood Session

6. M. Russell Ballard talked to us about how to fix the relationships we have as fathers and sons. What stuck out to you the most about this talk, and what do you think would help to add to what he said about fixing the father and son relationship?

7. What did Walter F. Gonzalez say that we could do to make the Book of Mormon the most well read and applied book in the world? and How can we apply this in our every day lives?

8. Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a jaw-dropping talk about the importance of work and education. What did you learn and what can we do to apply what we have been taught?
what can we do to apply what we have been taught?

9. Henry B. Eyring talked about being prepared. How can we apply what he told us about always being prepared to be a worthy instrument in the Lord's hands?

10. Thomas S. Monson gave us an amazing talk on the danger of anger. How can we take what he talked about and eliminate this dangerous force from our lives?

Sunday Morning
11. Henry B. Eyring says that we must all become better, because it is a commandment. He also focused a lot on the family. How can we use his suggestions on the family to better improve our goal of becoming "perfect"? (Because God never commands us to do something that isn't possible, and He commanded us to "be perfect". SO HOW DOES THAT WORK?)

12. H. David Burton gave a talk on -ity virtues. Pick one of your favorite -ity virtues and tell me how from this talk you are able to find out what you can do to improve that virtue?

13. Was Russell M. Nelson able to read his personal revelation from the middle of the night? Sunday Afternoon

14. Jeffrey R. Holland. Enough said. Thoughts?

All Sessions:

15. What are some "callouts" that you heard for the people of the church and how can we fix what we were being called out on?

Well that is it for the conference quiz. Wow that took a lot longer to write then I thought that it would. Hope to hear from everyone and that everyone is having a blast. I know I am.

Oh, and for this transfer I'm staying in Compton so this will be where I'm at:
Elder Benjamen Rubert
6500 E. Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

It's better for mail to go there so if you have a different address. There is the new one.

Love you all. (Love was a huge theme this conference.) Ciao, Elder Rubert