Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter


First off did you happen to get my package? I saw basically the same box was shipped back to me in your easter box. But I have been freaking out about this box. I sent it march 15th and havent heard anything about it from you all so give me a quick line letting me know yay or nay.

Great News ELDER LAUFENBERG FINALLY GOT HIS VISA!!! We are driving to Wright today. President is going to be in Wright to do an interview for baptism so we are dropping him off in wright. We are leaving here in about an hour or two. But it is soooo crazy. I got to train Elder Laufenberg and have a ton of fun with the guy. We have been in a tri-panionship for about 3 months. It will be wayyy weird without him being here but life goes on. We are so excited for him though. We got a call yesterday fro President and when we went home we broke out the sparkling cider and went crazy. it was a blast though. Wayy cool. But his voyage leaves on wednesday from rapid and then flies to denver then to houston then to Sau Paulo, Brazil!!! We are so excited for him, but we will miss him alot.

But easter was lots of fun. The primary asked us to dress up as peter james and john. I was peter, elder laufenberg was james and hardwick was john. It was alot of fun. Way spiritual. We told our account of the easter story in their eyes. We ate dinner over at Bishop Linfords home. It was a massive feast. It was sooooooo good though. Man! We pigged out. So good. P.s. I love potato salad. We spent alot of easter getting laufenberg ready to leave but it was good. Also we had an easter egg hunt and I won! I beat a two year old. Oh yeah! :)

Kassie Walters got baptized on saturday and wanted me to speak at her baptism on the holy ghost so we gladly ablidged. They are such a fun family. The walters are such great people. We ate over at their house on saturday night and I love hanging out with them. they are someone you will all have to definitly have to meet! Big fans of the walter family!! It was so good though. We had a couple investigators there. Great great great day!

Lavonne will definitly have to be baptized before the wedding so we are working on her getting baptized sometime in may probably like the 21st. Way cool though. She is doing awesome. Way solid. Has her own set of scriptures and all.

I loved the package! It was awesome. Elder Hardwick and Laufenberg thought you were telling me something by the whole get back to work stuff. I told them it was for them. We taught 30 lessons this last week. I TOTALLY INVITED SOMEONE TO BE BAPTIZED ON THEIR DOORSTEP!!!!! It was insane! I loved it! But she said no but didnt say absolutely no so yeah baby! In the words of my greenie "yeah buddy"

our zone is awesome!!!!!!!! We taught 210 lessons as a zone!!!! We taught 135 to investigaors!!! We are doing so awesome. got a call from president saying we are leading the whole midwest for zone reports. It was sooooo good to hear that, i started crying. My focus as a leader is to make sure my elders and sisters are doing better each week and feeling the love that not only I have for them but especially the love their savior has for them. I love being a leader not for recognition not because alot of the fun things we get to do. But I love being a leader to help those who need that help. I love this gospel their is nothing better than it. I dare someone to try and tell me otherwise.

Church is at 9 in casper 1st ward. So we go from 9-12 and so lets plan one o clock mesa time. Which is two o'clock Wyoming. That whole daylight savings is just stupid!

Sounds like things are going really really good at home. I love it so much. Did you happen to talk to uncle kelly about the guy in the ward here?

Still dont know if Elder Rudd will stay in wyoming very much longer! He could be heading somewhere else. Stay tuned in! :)

We have ZLC next monday and tuesday so I will be emailing from Gillette, Wyoming.

This is the gospel. It is true. DONT YOU EVER DOUBT IT OR DENY IT! This is the true church of jesus christ. Please do not ever forget that!

I love you all sooo much.

I want to have alot to talk about on sunday!! i am excited to talk to you all.

Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Monday, April 18, 2011

Email 4.18

But yeah, We have been super super crazy busy. Elder Laufenberg is still here in Casper. I love this guy. But he is doing such an awesome job. I dont want him to leave. Any day now he will get his call. I was on an spilt with a new member in our ward and we found out that he speaks Porteguese. So elder laufenberg is going to go over to his house a couple times a week and talk with him. Elder Laufenberg is a kid in a candy store when he heard that.

Also guess what! We were visiting some Less Actives that Bishop Linford wanted us to go and see and guess who I ran into. A guy by the name of Gary Hansen. He told me he lived in Vancouver, Washington. I told him I have family up there and he asked me who. first I said Floyd and Colleen smith and he said no. Then I said Kelly and Jodee Smith and he said "the chiropractor?" I said ya!!! Turns out Gary Hansen was in Uncle Kellys ward and was pretty good friends with him. They went to Ty's Homecoming and all. it was crazy!!!!! I was like wow! Thats way cool. The world keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Our Zone is ON FIRE!!! We led the mission for all 22 weeks I have been in casper!!!!! It is so awesome!!! We taught a total of 190 lessons as a zone!!! 190!!! 119 of those to Investigators!!! It was awesome!!!!!!!! Oh yeah!! We had three baptisms this past week to for our zone. Someone cool off these Missionaries because they are on fire!!!!!!! I love the work that they are doing though. We are so proud of all of them so much!!!

For the 1st Ward. Oh man someone try and put out the fire. I DARE YA! We have been trying to relay to all our missionaries our purpose to INVITE INVITE INVITE! So we are setting the example. Inviting everyone to be baptized. Its like the best two years. "Elder Rudd and Elder Hardwick invited 97 people" Not that much but man!!! Its awesome. We have caught the fire. We now have 4 on date for baptism. Ed Tucker for april 30th (which we will probably have to set back a little bit due to understanding but he is getting baptized) Rosie Rodriguez (may21st) She was at church on sunday and loved it! So good! But she is way excited. Charly (may 14th) he still needs to get married and all. But we might have to push it back some due to that. But he will be baptized!!! And our new person is Lavaugh Bushmaker. She is engaged to Brother Romero in the ward. (Brother Romero was married to Sis. Bertanogle's (wright) sister and she died from breast cancer 6 months ago) so he is getting married to Lavaughn on July 2nd. She wants to wait til after the baptism. But everyone else wants her to get baptized sooner. So we will work on that for sure. But holy moly! We got a run away train here. These elders are on fire!! :)

I totally Wish that Elder Hammond was still my companion. I love that guy. I know me and him are going to be friends for a long time. I love him man! He is one of those elders that like after the mission when he gets home he comes down and stays and is like my best bud. He is! But yeah! I love that kid!

there is a 12 year old boy who was baptized about two years ago by some elders all alone. Not his parents or grandparents or brothers or sisters just himself all alone. It was tough for him but we are reaching out to him right now and trying to help him come back to church. His name is Brandon Wilson and we stopped by there on saturday and he was outside shooting hoops and we started playing with him and it totally made his day. Man! I wish I had a little brother. It was so cool. He came to church on sunday too. When he got there he ran up to me and was like man yesterday was the coolest thing in the world. We totally kicked the other elders butts! Such a cool kid. He wants us to perform in the Talent show with him too. So that will be interesting. I am the host of the talent show so we will see. But It was just an awesome experience to see that.

Tomorrow we have President Layton coming down to do a Specialized training for our zone. Me and Elder Hardwick are instructing about Invitations to be baptized. Then president told me he said "well you elders do that and I will instruct on something that i feel impressed on" I love that man so much. I am so lucky to have one Mission President my entire mission. SPeically President Layton. I was talking to him the other day and he told me now you know you are going to have to come and see the Gila Valley Temple right? I said yes. "Well when you and your wife come up, I know of a great bed and breakfast in Thatcher and a great cook and the grill. I love this guy. I am so taking him up on that too. A bunch of us plan to go to their homecoming in thatcher.

But wow! HAPPY BIRHTDAY TO MOM, WHITNEY, CHELSEY, BRYLEE (KYMBERS SISTER) AND KIRK!! I love all of you very much!! You are so awesome all of you!

Transfer calls are on MAy7th. Mothers day is may 8th. and if I do get transferred I will leave on MAy 9th. and when we skype on mothers day you will know if I am staying or going. So that works out perfectly. I already have a member in the 1st ward who will let us. SO it will be good stuff.

I love the "no talking DJ" Everyone always wants me to do my Radio Voice. its funny. I miss being a DJ. its a ton of fun. But I am glad my No talk partner will do it too! Good job kirk! Remember kirk you got to get out there and do the Cha Cha Slide. :) Total Package Entertainment Rule #1 HAve fun while you are doing it.

Everyone of my companions have asked me why I am so charitable. why i do their laundry why I do the dishes this and that, I always tell them because of my parents. I have not met two more charitable people on this earth than you two. FOr the dishes part. I tell them you have no idea how many dishes I have washed!!! :) But thank you for always being that example.

Easter is this week! Yay! We get to dress up as disciples and go into primary and teach the children. We are so excited. But easter. Hmmmm. Spices would be awesome for easter. Some orbit white gum would be awesome. Walmart gift cards. Really whatever elder rudd loves. :) Some hichews would be good too.

I love all of you so very much. I cant wait to hear and see all of you. Remember this easter season. I love you very much.


Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Monday, April 11, 2011

ZLC Meeting

Well gosh darn I seriously thought that we were out of the snow. But Wyoming Weather reared its dumb head again. We got about 5 inches over the weekened! It was wet snow so it all melted off. But gosh darn. We woke up and were like what! It was crazy. But yes!
ZOne LEader Council was awesome. We spent the two days at the mission home and had a blast. Mom, I sent you a recipe for one of the best mexican salads I have ever had its a cornbread salad and holy buckets it was awesome. Also sister layton makes this buttermilk syrup is to die for. But yes. It was a dang long trip!!! Me and Elder Hardwick drove up to Gillette sunday night got to gillette about 8 o'clock and stayed with the zl's there. Woke up did a little bit of shopping and then took off to rapid city. Got to rapid at about 3 and then played some ball. Then went to the mission home and had our zlc for two days and then at about 2 on tuesday we took off to gillette again and did some housekeeping things there and then we had to stop in wright!!! Yay. I got to see the daltons! Since they closed the wright area for missionaries we took some of the stuff for the glenrock area and ourselves. It was so good to be in wright again. But Dakota Dalton got his mission call going to South Africa! Then after we were done in wright we took off to douglas, wy and stayed the night with the elders there and then woke up the next day and headed to casper. Didnt get to casper until like 2 in the afternoon. We were so darn tired. But it was a great trip.
Me and Elder HArdwick decided to start a new thing in casper. District Leader Council and we had our three district leaders: Elder Stucki (DOuglas) ELder Woffinden (Capser 3rd ward) Elder Call (Casper 6th ward) I made breakfast and we all had a good time. ME and ELder Hardwick bought a huge huge huge white board. It was actually a shower board that works as a white board and all. It was massive. It was 8 foot by 4 foot. We have our area on one and our Zone on the other and we had all of our DL's over and were able to have a great face to face meeting and were able to train them on leadership.
Awesome news this week along with ED tucker for on date April 30th. We extended two more invites for baptism. One for Charly Unegsk he accpeted!!!!!!! MAy 14th is his date for baptism!!! Another is Rosie Rodriguez! She is a part member that we helped paint there entire inside of their house and we invited her and she is being baptized May 21st!! :) So holy buckets!! Alot of the work we have been doing in our area is weeding our the tares alot of the elders in the area just saw alot of not progressing people and we either invite them to be baptized or they drop us so its been going AWESOME!
We got a call from the assistants and they told us that we found 162 new investigators as a mission in one week. President Laytons goal has been 150 and we havent ever reached it but guess what!!! We did!! President Layton was in tears last night. The work is going awesome. We heard at ZLC that the Rapid City South Dakota Mission is beating the other 20 missions around them. That includes the Minnesotta, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma and all. We have the least amount of missionaries and we are doing AWESOME! :)
I cant believe that it is almost easter! Time just flies! :) But yes. I am so happy for the success here. I love this work!!!
I love you all so much. I am trying to write out things to email But I love you all!
Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Monday, April 4, 2011

Awesome Conference

FYI Daylight savings happened a couple weeks ago I am back an hour ahead of ya'll.
What an awesome weekend. We are in gillette right now and in a couple hours we are heading to rapid city for ZLC. Elder Hardwick is a great guy. I have really enjoyed just the last week with him. Me and Elder Hilbun had alot of rough times. it was a tough couple of transfers with that guy. But Elder Hardwick and Myself are alot alike and we are working really hard. We had a rough week last week. We spent like the whole week moving in the Glenrock Elders. We drove back and forth to glenrock about 5 times one day. Its about 30 miles out of casper. It was crazy! But it has been alot of fun.
ED TUCKER! 87 YEARS OLD! IS ON DATE FOR APRIL 30TH!!! So crazy!! We are so stoked! He is excited too. Everyone in our zone has someone on date but one. It has been alot of fun!! So exciting.
Sister Hunt is in Gillette 1st ward and she is actually a Mesa Jack Rabbit!! Me and some of the Toros were giving her a hard time but, she is actually cousins to the Sabins. Kristen and Amy and all them. She is their cousins. So it was pretty cool to talk with her about all that she was down at our last bi-zone in Casper. But yes she is here in Gillette and Actually sitting right next to me.
HOLY BUCKETS! I got hit with the spiritual hammer for the last couple days just to let you know. Conference is so amazing!! I love hearing the prophet speak!! AND the new temple announced in Fort Collins, CO is now the closest to Casper, WY. Its only about 2 1/2 hours away now rather than 4 hours to billings, MT or Denver, CO. So exciting. It is amazing to see so many rejoice in the coming of a temple so close to them. The lord is alive in wyoming and all over the world. NOTHING can stop his work from progressing.
But conference was amazing I couldnt take notes quick enough. President Monson is a spiritual giant. I wish I could explain in words how my testimony was strenghtened and just exploded from the spiritual power of that man. When president monson was telling us of his love for us. On your mission the relationship that you have with the savior jesus christ and heavenly father will never be the same. When I was set apart I was set apart AWAY from the world. I have a bubble around me and as long as I am doing what I am doing right the lords power and strength will be with me. I have been called to serve for the lord. In every way I am a personal representative of jesus christ. In every way ALL of us are personal representatives of jesus christ. Let us always live worthy of that calling.
It started to heat up here in casper it was 76 degrees the other day but just like wyoming weather "wait 5 minutes it will change" The next morning we woke up to 5 inches of snow. I am like COME ON! This is just ridiculous! But the weather is so gorgeous and so green and AWESOME.
Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. We have to be the ones to achieve what he knows of our potential. Sometimes prayers are answered through other people or through others actions. People are waiting for us to act and answer their prayers. Please remember who each and every one of you are you are a chosen son or daughter of god here on this earth for a reason not by happen stance but for a reason straight from heavenly father. Please dont give in to temptation. please dont let satan win and let him bring you down to gulf of misery and endless woe. (hel 5:12) We are here and we are THE ARMY OF GOD. Imagine what we can do with that power. We are all given that. All of us are. USE IT. We can combat satan. The war in going on today good vs evil. Wrong vs Right. CTR! Choose the Right. We must do what heavenly father wants. We must do what he needs. we are called today to help him. Please help him. No time in the world is more important than now. Our brothers and sisters are out their. They are searching for truth. They are searching for help. HELP THEM.
Today my heart is so full for my love of my heavenly father and Jesus Christ. We all have that help, will we use it. I know that My redeemer lives. I know that he loves me and guides me in all that I do. Let him guide you.
alot of our work as Zone Leaders is to help our zone. Every week that our zone tops us. Every week that we fall to the bottom of the zone we are so excited!!! Weird huh? We are called as zone leaders to help the other 8 Areas in our zone to improve and succeed. This last week was a tough week. But we will rebound and we will climb back to where we need to be. When you are a zone leader their really isnt a senior companion you are both equals. But for me being in the area longer yes, I am somewhat in charge. Which really isnt much because we are equal.
Well I know that some birthdays are coming up this month and one in 10 days. :)
So many families in casper want to meet Momma Rudd. I talk alot about my Momma because I love my momma. She is the light in my life and keeps me going. :)
I am so grateful to both of you mom and Dad for all you do for me and the guidance throughout my life that I feel from you. You two are my greatest examples on this earth. I think of it as a Mission Companionship. the two of you together complete one another. Momma, you have so much love and so much care for EVERYONE no one is left out of your care and comfort what a wonderful Christ like attribute. Dad when I study preach my gospel and look up the word humility and dilligence I have written all over the margins "my dad" because I have never seen someone work so hard and so humble to love and help everyone that you meet. Dad you are a Latter Day Saint, what a great christlike attribute. Both of you together the words to best describe you two is Service and Love. Be strong and continue in this work and many marvelous and wonderful blessings will unfold to that which you stand in need of. Remember that and cherish that.
I know that I said alot today but please read over what I said because it really means alot to me. This gospel is my life this work is my life and I want all others to feel of the blessings that are being poured out and the windows of heaven are opening and my understanding and my love for my savior has increased so much.
I love you all so very much.
Elder Michael Corey Rudd


Elder Rudd & Elder Hardwick

Our uniforms for our Ping Pong with Tournament

which I won!

Crazy Vampire Hilbun