Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Week 33: No letter, just a quick note.....

Mom:  Hi sweetie!! OK....what is going on in Maputo?!?!?!  I just got a message from a mom that says someone was shot and killed on January 20th?  Some political leader/representative?

 Elder Rash:  I don't know. It happens more often than you think! Political parties have announced that they plan to assassinate the leader of another. In fact, the Renamo leader went into hiding up in Beira a few months ago.
Don't worry. Nothing is going to happen anytime soon. Mozambique has been on the edge of war for the past 40 years. It isn't going to break out in the next two. I had a long email typed and ready to send, but the internet cut out and I lost it. I'll reveal the surprise here in 2 weeks, I've got to go. I love you. I read your email and I'll work on everything you asked me to. I love you Mom!

*No pictures from Elder Rash either, but these are the pictures that Sis. Koch sent us this week from the Missionary World Wide Training.

I love seeing his smiling face!

Every missionary got their OWN pizza!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 32: Lesson learned....Christlike love is for EVERYONE, the humble, the meek, the simple!

Well this week was another week in the life of a missionary! We got out, preached the gospel, got laughed at because we are white guys, got laughed at even more when they heard us speak dialect to them, then preached the gospel some more! Livin' the dream!

As for those two families that I related the stories about, Marcos and his sons have been consistently coming to church, reading the scriptures, and keeping commitments. They are truly becoming converted, and have found great joy in the gospel. Marcos has developed a huge testimony on the power of prayer, and he LOVES praying! As for Augostino and Marta, they have yet to come to church.... Satan is a bum. There is always an "excuse" to not come to church. They haven't come to church these past 3 weeks and we don't know what to do with them. We'll keep trying with them for a bit longer, but we can't hang on for too long...

I had an experience this week that really put the Gospel in Africa in perspective for me. We have an investigator named Nicolau who has been an investigator for 2 months now. We visited him one time on a Saturday night, he said that his back was really messed up because he's had to take really measly jobs to make ends meet, and that he didn't know if he'd be able to make it to church the next day. But he agreed to walk with us if we passed by. So we passed by, showed him the way to church, and later that night, he said that the whole time during church and after church, he couldn't feel any pain. He testified that he knows the church is true. To explain a bit more about Nicolau; he has about a 2nd grade education, can barely read, barely write, is not very intelligent, but he is one of the most sweetest spirits I've ever met. I firmly believe that he is one of the Noble and Great Ones, the Elect of God. He doesn't know or understand many things, but he knows something is true when he feels it. The Spirit testifies to him and he pays attention. He gets it. In our lesson with him the other day I had a thought. If Nicalau disappeared, not many people would miss him- his sister and us. He doesn't have many friends or family. But he has had a monumental influence on Elder Nielsen and I. We have not taught him too much because he cannot understand or remember it. But he has taught us SO MUCH about Christlike love. If Christ were walking in Mozambique, He would visit the Nicolaus. He would visit the humble, the meek, the simple. I've learned to see investigators through Christ's Eyes. Elder Nielsen and I love Nicolau so much.

This week we had Zone Conference! It was so good and we just got drilled on obedience!!! I guess there has been a lot of disobedience in the Mission, and President Koch is whipping it out of us! But I really did learn a lot! I took a lot of notes and received a lot of personal revelation. I left that conference a little upset about being whipped about Obedience, but I really recognized and got whipped by the Spirit about my pride.... I encourage everyone to read "Beware of Pride" by President Benson. After reading it, be prepared to be sad for a few days and much more self aware of your flaws! It is very good, and that is what beat me so much. But I have a renewed determination to humble myself and follow Christ more closely in my life and my discipleship.

Well, that is all that I have for this week! I hope that you all are doing well! I love you all!


Elder Rash


**Now for the family,

How is the whole family doing? I only get emails from Mom nowadays, while I love it, I'd love to get emails from you guys as well!  I love you all!


Elder Rash

Elder Rash holding "Elder Rash"

A family in their area had a litter of piglets and named them after all the missionaries in the area.
"Elder Rash" is on the far right.

Now that's not something you see everyday!

Elder Silva, Elder Watteyne, and Elder Nielson walking to the Choppa stop.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 31: Staying in T-3 and HAPPY!

Hello Family and Friends!

It has been quite some time since the last time that I wrote a letter. It's been pretty crazy these past couple weeks, and I just haven't had a whole lot of time to write lengthy letters. But I'll try to crank out as much as possible this week! To start off, Elder Nielsen and I are staying in T-3 for another Transfer! I'm really excited to keep working here, and this could likely be Elder Nielsen's last transfer here in T-3, so we're gonna get a lot of work done this transfer!
These past couple of weeks, we had a couple of miracles and prayers answered. So we've been praying really diligently for new, Prepared families to teach, and we asked to have them placed in our laps, so to speak, so that we can know that these families are the ones that we should focus on. On one occasion, we had a meeting at the church with the Ward Mission Leader, and Elder Nielsen and I got called out of the meeting for some reason. We were told that there was a man that wanted to speak to us. We walked out of the Chapel and encountered a man named Marcos. He had arrived back in T-3 2 or 3 days previous, and had walked an hour with his four kids from his house to the chapel, just to find out what time church started on Sunday. Apparently he had received the missionaries when he was working in Swaiziland, and had been going to church there for 3 months, returned to his house in T-3, and wanted to continue coming to church and receiving the missionaries. We spoke with him for 5 minutes or so, and returned to our meeting. The next day at church, he was there, brought his 4 sons; Antonio(17), Sergio(16), Cezar(11), and Junior(8). He even stood up and bore his testimony because it was Fast and Testimony meeting! So we've been meeting with them for about a week or two now. The whole family is geniuses! They understand the message, and it makes sense to them. Their Mom left them about two years ago, but the kids still have contact with the Mom.

On another occasion, we were getting ready to knock on the door of one of the recent Convert's houses, when a lady stops us and asks us how she can buy a Book of Mormon! I was very taken aback, especially because she pronouced it correctly- often times people call it the Book of Marmon. But we spoke with her for a few minutes. Apparently we had given her neighbor a booklet about the Restoration, she took it from him, read it, and prayed to have God send the missionaries to her. So when she ran into us on the road, she immediately knew that her prayer was answered. We sat down with them two days later, the whole family stated that they believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that our Church is true. The past two weeks, they have had things impede them from coming to church, for example their daughter had an asthma attack and they took her to the hospital. But they accepted baptism for the 20th of February! Augosto and Maria and their 3 kids; Angela(21), Lindoca(15), Yuner(12). They are a super fun family. I know that they Lord has blessed us with these families and will continue to prepare other families as we continue to do our part. I testify that you are answering others' prayers, even when you don't know it.

Unfortunately, that's all I've got for this week...

But I love you all. I know this Gospel is true. I hope you all have a great week!

Com Todo Amor,

Elder Rash

Walking through the burning garbage...looks like a war zone

I don't know why....but I love this picture

This little girl reminds Elder Rash of his cousin Norah....she acts just like her!

Part of area that they haven't really worked's just so barren

Giant power plant in his area.  He says this is the part of T-3 that has the most power outages...funny

Barbed wire fence they walk through to get to families they are teaching

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 30: No letter, but LOTS of pictures

The face he makes to make the kids laugh at him

Christmas Morning

What he saw on our Skype

Walking to church with a this!

He didn't tell me what this was...but I'm assuming someone is burning garbage

Clearing a field with a machete


Another tool to clear the field, looks like a golf club with a razor on the end


What a great service they have done for this family

I love his smile!

Decided he wanted a coconut.....

Getting closer....

All I can think of is....he is going to ruin his PANTS!!!!

Mission accomplished!  We have a coconut!

He said it tasted DELICOUS!!!!

Fresh sugar cane and papaya from the garden

Elder Brown's last morning with the crew

Elder Rash loves Elder Brown and will miss him as his District Leader

Oh my this picture!

The faces he has grown to love!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week 29: Due to Power e-mail!

Week 28: Best Christmas Present for My boy!

December 22, 2015

Sorry that I am a day late. We were without power yesterday and didn't have time to email. But we got straight to work and got a bunch of really good work done!

            As for this past week, We had 3 of our investigators baptized!!! At the baptism, we had a total of 7 baptisms!!! So cool! I finally got in the water and baptized Nora, and Leo. Nora is the daughter of a part member family, and Leo is her younger brother. So everything ran super nicely. The other Elders in our District also had a wedding and baptism, so we all went to their wedding and party on Friday, and they were baptized by their Son on Saturday!

            I'm glad to hear that Elder Hofeling is still alive! But I like what he said in his last letter, "The Lord takes care of His missionaries."

            It is so true! So I'm glad to hear that he's doing well.

            Now for the Moment that Mom has been waiting for for the past 6 months! I will be Skyping on the 25th at 16:40, our time, which I believe will be 7:40 your time. I only have 40 minutes to skype... But it is better than nothing!

            I don't know how you guys want to post this email, but I am just writing down whatever comes to my mind at the moment. I don't have a whole lot of time, and I still have a lot of other stuff to do. So this will be short, but I'll talk to you guys in a couple of days, so don't worry! I'm not exactly sure how it will happen, but if need be, I'm sure we can just call to get it all sorted out!

            Well, I gotta go. I'll email the pictures of the baptism because right now dropbox isn't working...

 Love Elder Rash
Baptism of Nora and Leo

The whole group that got baptized that day