Monday, September 26, 2011

Email 9.26.11

Mi Familia,

Well what a crazy week this week. We were running ourselves ragged....

This week the sister missionaries had to move apartments so, us and the spanish elders moved them from the 3rd story of one apartment building to the 3rd story of another apartment building. But when we got their they had told another guy moving in that we would help him too. He had a huge uhaul full of couches and chairs and holy buckets! We were so sore. Then we get a call from Gene & Nancy Hanson that night... "Hey our daughter is moving we need help, I'll make you dinner @ grandma egans." You all know I am a sucker for good food. So all of saturday we helped them move their Daughter Amber who is less active and know she is moving right next to the sister missionaries so the sisters will be sicked on her :) By the time sunday morning rolled around HOLY BUCKETS I was so sore. Still am.

Me and Elder Barker have been so frustrated of late. Our zone is so complacent and it seems like they just do not care about their calling. So, There is not much else we can do. We have only one more thing that we can do. EXCHANGES. So we are going to let our area suffer for the next two week and blitz all the struggling areas. First stop, Gillette 2nd ward. . They just cant seem to get the hang of it. They are not doing what the lord would have them do. For the last four months they have taught 7 lessons to investigators every week. Nothing has changed. We have preached, We have taught we have spoon fed them. We have done everything we can do. The last thing we are to do is to Blitz the area where me and Elder Barker go on splits for atleast two days and teach and find like crazy since they dont know how to do it themselves. Since Elder is a District Leader his district follows after him. So newcastle is in one of the biggest slumps I have ever seen. These Elders just dont know how to find people to teach so next week after ZLC. We are heading to newcastle for 4 days to blitz newcastle. Missionaries have just let these areas continue to struggle and be content with what they do. Newcastle has not had one investigator to church this entire year. Neither 2nd ward or Newcastle has had a baptism this year. it is so sad to see that. I remember when I was the district leader over newcastle they were doing so good! We will go in and make it happen. Basically we are like the SWAT team for Missionaries. Special Forces! :)

We found Six new investigators this week. it was a great week. I love Gillette. if I had it my way I would finish out here! :) News Tommy Mills & Laura Hansen will be Married in November. He wants me to be one of his Groomsmen. We are all wearing Cowboy Hats, Flannel Shirts, Jeans and Cowboy Boots. :) How awesome! ;) If I dont get transferred I will for sure do it and send pictures! ;) I love wright! I love Gillette. I just Love Wyoming.

Elder Nelson was so great. I loved it. All of our investigators loved it so much. They thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Way Cool.

Well Darn! I didnt know that the house phone is done for. We have had that number for years. Dang! Someone just asked me too when I gave them a card are you sure this number will always be in use, I said of course we have had it forever! :) Oh Well. I guess I will have to make some new cards.

I love that another baby is almost here But tell them to stop with this baby business! NOT COOL when I am not home! Way cool though. If it is a halloween baby it will come out super scary :)

So you think that you can beat a Wyoming Cowboy do ya. I reckon that you gonna lose Iron Chef Momma. Theres a new Cowboy in town and that Kitchen aint Big enough for the two of us.

Holy Moly, I cant believe that Jenny passed away. How sad is that. She never seemed happy though. I am so sad I loved Brother Cardon. Man Alive. How sad is this. But how nice for them.

I love you all very much. Know that heavenly father loves you. Know that. I love you

Elder Rudd

Elder Michael Corey Rudd
Zone Leader, Gillette Zone
South Dakota Rapid City Mission

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pictures 9.19.11

the whole beartanogle clan and tommy and LAura
Me and The Bertanogles (wright)
Me & The Goodmans (wright)
Us & tommy & LAura
Tommy and Laura Hansen
Bishop Bertanogle and Tommy
Cooked Captain Crunch Chicken Wraps Captain Crunch Chicken

Email 9.19.11


Well let me tell ya a little story of awesomeness. It has been a great couple of days. The lord has continued to pour out the blessings of heaven upon the missionary work.

First off the stake had to rent the Cam-Plex its a huge event center in our area where alot of rodeo's and junk are. They had to rent Energy Hall. The Stake Center is TINY! So, they had about 1300 seats set up but just about 10 minutes before it began the set up probably another 500 chairs. It was awesome. The turn out was wonderful in all we had about 8 investigators and 5 less actives there. It was fantastic.

Stake Conference was amazing. Elder Russel M. Nelson is so amazing. The spirit was so strong I love it all so much. He gave all of us an Apostolic Blessing. He taught and testified so strong. What a beautiful spirit that was there that we all felt and I was so grateful to be there yesterday and to be in the midst of an apostle. I am so grateful for that feeling. During his talk he asked for all the missionaries to stand up and he told us "thank you you unsung heroes who labor in the lords vineyard, President Monson loves you, I love you, The Lord would have me say He Loves You and thanks you for representing him." Then he had us sit back down! Holy Moly! It was so good. Afterwards we got to go shake his hand. He shook the hands of about 1500 People in the stake. Thats ALOT of hands. But we all lined up and I got to be the first to shake his hand. I shook his hand and he looked me in the eyes. Didnt even look at my nametag and said: "elder rudd thank you for your service, I know that the lord knows you and I know he loves you. I know you are an obedient servant of the lord and that you are nearing the end of your full time mission, Be strong and Be faithful and the lord will Bless you and Your family." HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just in awe..... Right after Elder Nelson, I shook Elder Reall's (70) hand and he said "Elder Rudd (He did look at the tag) thank you for your service, the lord loves his missionaries, especially ones that have a glow about them." I was like HOLY BUCKETS! It was so cool. I loved yesterday. Funny Story about Elder Nelson real quick. He was in a press conference in Florida and the reporter asked:

Q: Do Latter Day Saints believe in the bible?

A: Of course, Our members wrote it!!!!

Holy Buckets... How cool is that. He said that because the restored church is the same church that the disciples and that jesus christ were apart of. I loved that remark!! :)

Another great story. We were not able to go to priesthood or the adult meeting but he told a story... He was at a stake conference in louisana and was sitting and watching the meeting and he kept seeing this lady and was feeling prompted to talk to her and call on her when he was to talk. So he asked the stake president who she was and the president said: "oh dont call on her she is less active and a little bit crazy." So Elder Nelson thought nothing of it and then he got up there to talk and the spirit was yelling at him to talk to her and call her up. So being a apostle he could not say no. He called her up and asked her what was her name and when she was baptized. She said her name and told him when she was baptized and then he asked who baptized you. She said: "Well you did" It turned out that this lady was a nurse in the army when he was a surgeon and elder nelson had baptized her and her husband 40 years previous and this lady had fallen away and had heard that Elder Russell M. Nelson was coming so she wanted to come see if it was him. HOW COOL! Holy Buckets!

We had a baptism yesterday. Tommy Mills in wright got baptized!!!! It was so sweet! He was so excited. After the baptism was over he had me ask to turn the time over to him. (I was conducting the baptism) He Proposed to his Girlfriend!!! It was awesome! I started teaching him when I was in wright and then came back and saw him get baptized. When I left wright I told Elder Hammond that I felt that I was not done yet in wright. I didnt realize why until I saw Tommy get Baptized. During the baptism he called me up and thanked me for my spirit and the conviction I had when I was working with him. He said my testimony always worked on him and wanted him to be better.

I am very glad that you liked the Salt and Pepper shakers. I love them too. I have had them forever. Momma I have been keeping track of all these old vintage stores and craft stores that you would absolutely fall in love with! So, you can see all of them. Yeah the other shirt was for whoever. i want to get everyone a shirt but, I couldnt afford it.

I got a call from Elder Hammond today. He is doing way good. I love him.

By the way Elder Foulger (Chad Foulger) Will probably be calling or coming over. I told him to go get some grub at the house. He is skin and bones I told him Momma Rudd will take care of that. So, He wants to come over. So yeah :)

Just so you know. I bought some Cowboy boots. The ones I wanted were on sale. When the credit card bill comes its more than usual. Im sorry. We have made plans this next month. We will no longer be eating out for district meetings. So since we go to three of them a week my money goes fast. But! We have some good plans. :)

OH MY GOSH! I do not like hearing that. People are asking me how much time i have left. It is so weird!!!! Yikes! I am now one of the oldest in the mission. It is just bizzare! I am still a greenie! I can not believe that Greg is almost home! HOLY BUCKETS!

The lord has continued to pour out blessings on us all. Remember your blessings and DO NOT forget them.

I love you all so much.

Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Zone Leader, Gillette Zone

South Dakota Rapid City Mission

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pictures 9.12.11

My Desk
Me & Sheldon Abraham

Monday, September 12, 2011

Email 9.12.11

Familia & Friends

How are you all doing. I am so happy to hear good news from everyone. The Bit of news that I hear from home is good. I love getting letters and love having emails. So keep it up.

Well another busy busy week. We are so busy. I seriously cant even stop to think.. This past week me and elder barker taught 22 lessons and our crazy crazy week. We taught 9 lessons with a member. 5 other lessons to investigators. We have been just on fire. Our areas are still struggling and it is driving us crazy! We want so bad for them to have the success that we have been having but week after week after week they keep struggling. Me and Elder Barker have came to the conclusion that there is not much else we can do. These Elders and Sisters have to do it for themselves. We can only do so much. The elders in newcastle are really really struggling. Elder Thomas and his district are really really struggling. It is such a bummer! Our district is on fire. Us, The Gillette 1st Sisters and Spanish taught 20 lessons and it was awesome. But the rest of the zone is just plumunting. Its so sad. We are doing every thing we possibly can but still nothing....

Tomorrow at 10 am. We will have a specialized training for the whole zone. We will have everyone from the zone here in Gillette. It will basically be a pep rally. We are going to put some numbers up that are really going to shock alot of people. Its going to be really good. We just cant sit back and let this happen but then again we also cant do everything for them. It is just so stupid. The work continues to go on and the lord will continue to bless us in every way. The windows of heaven continue to be opened up and we recieve a blessing that we do not have room enough to receive. :) The lord will bless us and I know he loves us so much. I love the work, I love the missionaries but this whole free agency thing is ticking me off. :)

This weekend is going to be awesome. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the quorm of the twelve apostles. The only other apostle I have seen was when L. Tom Perry came to our stake conference in mesa. We are just so pumped. :) We are only allowed to go to the stake conference not the adult meeting or the priesthood meeting. All of our missionaries are so sad that they cant go and called us and begged. But had to put our foot down hard! :) It will be an awesome meeting. We should have about 10 investigators there. We are so hoping so!!!!

How was our stake conference in Mesa? How is good ole president wright doing?

Well about time I get my room back. Now I can come back for another Knee Surgery and sleep in my room. :) Just kidding. But I am really happy for them to be out in the new house. I know it will be very good for them. They can really start to grow as a family without having everyone by them. It will be way good. :)

I got told that I looked 37!!! Holy moly. Its all my grey hair! Gosh dang!!! :( But wow. I would not be surprised if my hair was all grey by the time I got home. :)

If anyone wants to send me anything. Walmart Gift Cards are my favorite. I also need more stamps if anyone wants to send me more stamps.

Yes. Me & Elder Barker are together again. It will be fun. Elder Hilbun is the new A.P. He leaves after this transfer so they will have to call yet another and all of us zone leaders pray it is not us...

I am excited for you all to have quiet time at the house. How cool is that! I know it will be different but I bet it will be fun and quiet. I bet you will read a million books now. :)

I really dont know what else to write. I am sending a package home today for you mom and dad.

I love you

Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Email 9.6.11

Mi Familia,
The news..... Elder Rudd..... Gillette, Wyoming for ANOTHER TRANSFER! Yes! I love Gillette. Companion.... Elder Barker!!! We beat another transfer!! Yes! How cool is that. This is now mine and Elder Barkers third transfer together. We are way excited and the work is just going to take off. We were both looking forward to a change but are still going good. Sometimes it is just good to get a change. Its nothing on the companion but it just gives fresh blood and new ideas and things go off.

Gillette Zone

Gillette 1st Sister Hunt (6 Transfers) & Sister Blackburn (3 Transfers) & Sister Jensen (Greenie)
Gillette 2nd- Elder Thomas (DL) (4 Transfers) & Elder Goldtooth (2 transfers)
Gillette 3rd- Elder Rudd (3 Transfers) & Elder Barker (4 Transfers)
Gillette 4th- Elder Holmstead (6 Transfers) & Elder Hastings (1st Transfer here)
Gillette Spanish- Elder Roller (DL) (6 Transfers) & Elder Ardnt (4 Transfers)
Newcastle- Elder Johnson (2 Transfers) & Elder Ellingson (1st transfer here)
Buffalo- Elder Lund (DL) (4 transfers) & Elder Foster (2 Transfers)
Sheridan 1st- Sister Adison (4 Transfers) & Sister Hetling (3 Transfers)
Sheridan 2nd- Elder Dahl (4 Transfers) & Elder Hooker (1st transfer here)
Sheridan 3rd- Elder Holmes (4 transfers) & Elder Vennegas (1st Transfer Here)

The districts are this:

Gillette 2nd- Elder Thomas (DL)
Gillette 4th

Gillette Spanish- Elder Roller (DL)
Gillette 1st Sisters
Gillette 3rd ZL

Buffalo- Elder Lund (DL)
Sheridan 1st Sisters
Sheridan 2nd
Sheridan 3rd

So we have a ton of the same people. In a mission it is soooooooo rare to be in a area for 5 transfers and to be in a area for 6 transfers is just unheard of and we have three of them. We were there and no transfer calls came we are just like what in tarnation!!! But we are excited for this next transfer it will be a way good one. Alot happening. We have Stake Conference in two weeks with Elder Nelson!!! Yay!! We are so excited!! It will be awesome. They cant fit all the people in one building!! So, they have to move it to a huge arena in gillette! It will be so cool. I know people will be coming from all over and people will try and poach from different stakes and all. But no way! :) We have a specialized training next week that we will be giving for the gillette zone and just the onwards of the business. We have a leadership meeting coming and then zlc and then we do it all over again.

The weather is getting cold. The past couple mornings it has been about 35 in the morning. No snow yet but super awesome weather. I love it. I am looking forward to the winter. It is always cold but its a lot of fun. I dont know where I will be for the heart of winter. Winter will just be ending when I come home so we will see how I adjust to the heat. :) I know I am going to fry!

What a beautiful world we live in. I love being a member of the lord true church and to stand as witness of the truthfulness of the gospel and am looking forward to the day of the lords coming to rule and reign upon the world. But it is up to us to prepare the way. We are only delaying his coming by not preparing our friends. It is our responsibility to find for the missionaries. I bet alot of ask ourselves what can we do to help the elders. Find someone for them to teach. The Elders HAVE to tract because we are not doing our job as a member missionary! We made a covenant. A promise with out heavenly father that we would do this. Missionary work does not have to be hard. We just make it that way. Open your mouth and serve the lord.

I can not believe that whitney and kirk are moving. How crazy is that. My room is back. Holy buckets. I was thinking you know how we decorated ryans room when he came back. I was thinking like getting a haybell in the corner and a horse in the closet and sleeping on a sleeping bag on the ground. With a full time banjo player. Just a couple ideas. :) I love Wyoming. I have a ton of stuff to send home. I am waiting for someone to head down to Arizona so they can take it for me. The Abrahams here in Gillette are going to be heading down to visit Elder Foulger so they want to take it for me. I have had gifts for everyone for ever. But it is just too dang expensive to ship things home.

Momma Be strong. I know that they are moving out but it will be okay.

I cant believe that Caleb got blessed. I really dont like this whol being on a mission when these things happen! Not cool! :)

I am way jealous. I am always dreaming of my bed and how comfy it is. Its just so awesome! :) But wow.

We had a cool opporunity the other night. Our district had such a cool bonding moment. We were just getting ready for bed. Usually as soon as we come in the door my tie is off and I am in my Pajamas are on. But this night me and Elder Barker got alot of work done and were in our clothes for the entire night. We got a call from Elder Roller telling us sister blackburn needed a blessing so we got together with the spanish elders at 1045 and went over to one of the buidlings and gave sister blackburn a blessing. One of her cousins was killed on her mission in New York got in a car accident and died. So she was really torn up. I got to show her Elder Ferrins obituary and show her his name of the back of my name tag. We had a really good talk and got to comfort her and grow as a district. It was a really good blessing. Elder Barker gave the blessing and afterward that night he told me she is okay. Her cousin is in the arms of heavenly father now. It has been so amazing to me to be able to feel the love of the godhead for these people we teach how beautiful the plan of happiness and how perfect our loving heavenly father is. I am so grateful for my upbringing and the truth that was taught in our home. What are the chances of me being born into a LDS family and in that Fact and Active LDS Family and for the knowing the truth I know it is so amazing to me to think about that But I know that Heavenly Father has a plan I know that was his plan for me. Many dont know what we know. Go on a mission serve the lord. Share the gospel to all the world. I love this gospel. I know that it is the true church of living christ. The gospel is true what else matters. Open your heart to this message. Open your heart to the love and the blessings that are meant for you but you wont receive. I love you all.

I love you all so much.

Elder Michael Corey Rudd

Elder Michael Corey Rudd
Zone Leader, Gillette Zone
South Dakota Rapid City Mission