Monday, October 27, 2014

Today was my Grandpa Busters Funeral.

Monday- Today was my Grandpa Busters Funeral. We are going to miss him
so much. But he is not going through any more pain. I ponder on the
memories that I had with my good old Grandpa Buster! I love you
Grandpa! We went bowling for our p-day with a less active and an
investigator and a couple of members! Boy I sucked! haha Last place!
YOU SERIOUS!-coach Johnson

Tuesday- Woke up and went and helped the Hornbecks move stuff around
the farm! We then had our last district meeting of the transfer! Me
and Elder Modlik gave a training about Obedience, it was ummmm
Awesome! We played a short game of Simon says and threw in a couple of
scriptures and some experiences! We were prompted to go and see the
Papard family and they were not home, we then were prompted to go and
see Peter and he was not home either! We recognized that every
prompting happens for a reason even if we don't see the reason for it!
It was a test and we past. We know that we will be blessed for
following those promptings! We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ to
the Carsten family and we used a mouse trap for faith, a first aid kit
for repentance, hand sanitizer for Baptism, big warm, protective glove
for the Holy Ghost! We did that because they have  a 8 year old kid
that wants to be baptized! We then gave out candy in the end! Gets
them every time!

Wednesday- We had Lunch with our man Joe Erickson, he just had hip
surgery and we asked if we can come over and cook him some lunch every
Wednesday! So we cooked Pancakes, bacon, and eggs! You know, the only
thing that I can cook! haha We then went to mutual and we found this
one 13 year old girl there that wants to take the lessons! OH YEAH!!!!

Thursday- Exchanges with our District leader and his companion, Elder
Nielson (DL) and Elder Tingy! For lunch we had a steak cook off, and
........ I should of won, they cheat! haha Elder Modlik won! Helped
the Hornbencks with moving and stacking a ton of hay! Helped out
Laretta. Right when we pulled in her driveway and we got out of the
car we hear screaming and cusing and Elder Nielson asked, is she
always like that? We replied, yes! haha but there was a reason for her
screaming, the pigs got out and so we all chased them and tackled
them. Next week we get to go and help with the pigs! haha should
be fun. I feel like we should be getting paid for this! haha JK!

Friday- We got our Transfer calls.... we are both staying in Delta for
6 more weeks! Booo YEAH! I woke up this morning on the floor.... don't
know how I got there. Haha. Got my Halloween package from my family! I
do so good trying to eat healthy and lose weight, but then I get a
package from home. haha we saw pam who is less active and her
husband cheater on her after 30 years of marriage. we did not know
what to say but we told her that the Lord knows how you feel, go to
him and that where you will find comfort!

Saturday- We went and dropped off some lemon bars to Pam and
wrote a little note for her. We contacted a referral today and her
name is Betty , she is 98 years old and the people told us that
she sits by the door with her shot gun and her dog, they said that she
is a very angry lady and sometimes very nice. So we go and try to
contact this lady, we said a prayer and pulled into her driveway and
right when we got out of the car we get shot at! haha just kidding
Mom! We got out of the car and she walked out to go and feed the
birds, and then we tried talking to her asking if she needed any help
and, just looked at us and had a really mean look on her face and went
back inside all mad. So we walk back to the car with our hands on the
handle of the door because we thought that she was grabbing her gun to
shoot us. She came back out side and said come on in. We then looked
at each other and were thinking that she is just going to let us
inside and then shoot us! haha so we got up to the door and she said
come on in, so we go and  she shot me and my companion in the
heart..... with kindness! haha We sat down and talked to her and guess
what her teeth fell out!!! OH and she cant really hear so you have to
SCREAM AT THE TOP OF YOUR LONGS or write down what you wanted to say
on a piece of paper for her to read! She said that we can come back!
Crazy old Lady, we thought she was going to kills us! haha

Sunday- Stake Conference here in Fairbanks! Super sweet! We woke up to
-5 degrees with clear blue skies and with frost covering the trees! We
went back and saw Betty  and she showed us all of her cool
colections! She has a cannon ball! She also had 2 swords and she
handed us them and me and Elder Modlik start playing sword fight and
while we were PLAY fighting, she whips out another sword and she
starts fighting us!!!!! Like full on! Came to find out that she was a
professional sword fighter! She is 98 years old and we got our buts
kicked! haha don't spread that around to to many people! haha OH and
on our way back we almost hit a huge!!!!!!! HUGE!!!!! BULL MOOSE! I
took a Video of it and tried taking pictures!

Well I love you guys! Stay safe and warm!

Elder Chad Russell
Alaska Anchorage Mission
Delta Junction & Tok

Monday, October 20, 2014

Went dog mushing!!!

Went dog mushing!!! Elder Modlik and Elder Russell

When those dogs get going, they get going!!! Delta Junction Alaska

The work is going good here in Delta Junction!

Sorry if my emails are super boring (knowing me I probably spelt that
wrong). Haha well this week went a little better, I am doing good, my
friends are doing good and my family is doing good, and the work is
going good here in Delta Junction. I just first want to start off
thanking my awesome mom for all that she has done for me and for being
so strong in the gospel and letting her light shine and not hiding it
under a bushel, I am glad that I have such a sweet mom that prays for
me each day it has definitely helped! without the faith of my mom, I
would not be here sending this email to you guys! I also want to thank
my dad for the amazing example he has been to me, the family, and my
friends! The things that he has taught me I have applied on my mission
to help others soften there hearts and to come closer to Christ!
Without these two amazing people and the Lord I would be lost, I would
not be the man that I am today if it weren't for them! I also want to
thank all my Friends! For the wonderful support and helping me not
slip into the deep end! You guys have been my crutch through life, For
when I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave
me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed
me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto
me. I have a firm foundation which is centered on Jesus Christ because
of these people! Please if there is anything that you need, let me
know and I will help the best that I can!

Monday- Dog Mushing with the Ididarod racer ZOYA and the Yukon quest
racer JOHN ( he has won the Yukon quest 2)! Man I almost fell off
twice! When those dogs get going, they get going! Ha=Left turn, G=
Right turn, Hike= run faster! It is so crazy how they run and poop at
the same time! I think I felt some hit my face! EWWW Haha!
they have a total of 50 dogs and I had 14 dogs on my team.

Tuesday- Dinner with the Elkins Family and they have lived in Hawaii,
Utah, Turkey, Egypt and now Alaska! They have an autistic daughter
named Mia! She is exactly like my sister Whitney!

Wednesday- Dinner with Sister Skaleski who has been Less active for
over 3 -4 years and is now returning, she fed us Moose and Caribou!
Caribou hunt starts up again on Tuesday the 21. talking about hunting,
Her less active son is taking us hunting for some coyote (Probably
spelt that wrong) next Monday! 2 non member families were suppose to
show up for dinner but canceled at the last minute because of road

Thursday: We saw so many people today and that was super awesome
because that like never happens here in Delta Junction! We teach a lot
of lessons but usually not this much! haha

Friday- We chopped some wood for Brother Rhile and his family, they
are going through a hard time right now and we decided to go and just
start chopping wood! His heart was softened so much! He showed up to
church on Sunday! We saw Michael Carston and his family who is a part
member family and the son is 8 who is not baptized but we taught the
Plan of Salvation using a little board game that we made and then we
asked questions and who ever answered them correctly got some gummy
bears! He should be getting baptized in a month in a half, pray for

Saturday- Had dinner with the Robinson family who live on Fort Greely
and they invited us to go bowling with them and some non members on
Monday! We then went and contacted a referral at the quilting shop
here in town and the lady was from Australia, so Elder Modlik clicked
with her! She is a strong baptist, just like the rest of her family
but she invited us over for dinner!

Sunday- Church we had the Primary program!!!! Ohhh yeahhh! The best! 3
non member families were suppose to show up but didn't! Ugh! Haha stake
conference is next week for the Fairbanks stake!  Went and saw our
investigator Ed Abel and he is sooooo close!!!! So close to know that
it is true!

Some notes! We should be picking up a solid new investigator soon,
probably by Wednesday at mutual! Almost hit a big bull moose in a
blizard. Everyone was fine in the car wreck! Before we came and did
emails we had a mouse trap throwing fight! ouch! Super fun though!
Last week of the transfer! We are doing a fireside on the Restoration,
focusing on the Saviors life on the 23rd of November, we will have
some solos and some testimonies and we will have a slide show,
background piano player, Matt who is less active and a bunch of other
people who are less active are participating in our fireside! We are
planning on doing a ward Service project where we will all gather at
the church and the Relief Society and young women will make and bring
Deserts and Hot Chocolate and the young men and men adults will gather
into groups and go and knock on peoples doors and ask if we can plow
there drive way and with the Deserts that the Relief Society made we
will give to the people that we plowed for and along with a Lamb of
God DVD! We also have planned to do a secret service thing where
families will pick a families name out of a hat and that family has to
do service for them for the month, without them knowing. Then at the
Ward Christmas Party we will all gather in the Chapel/Gym and Me or
Elder Modlik will give a candle stick to every family and the lights
will be off.  the bishop will light his candle and he will go and
light his candle with the family that his family did service for, then
that family that just got lit up goes and lights the families candle
whom they served! haha I love you guys!!!!

Elder Russell
Alaska Anchorage Mission
Delta Junction & Tok

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thank him (GRANDPA BUSTER) for everything that he has done for me.

Hey if he is still there tell him that I love him and that we will see
him again some day. Thank him for everything that he has done for me
and bare your testimony to him about the Savior Jesus Christ for me! I
love you mom! Way to keep your head up!

So this is going to be really short because I will be going dog
sledding today! this week was super stressful and it just keeps on
getting more stressful but i will get over it, it just takes one day
at a time! to sum up the week , I went to fairbanks, the truck
windshield broke, went and got a new windshield put on and then got
our snowtires put on, and then had interviews with the MIssion
President and then watched "Meet the Mormons" Super awesome, then got
in a wreck with the truck and we now have a Jeep. And more keeps on
happening... Well I love you guys! Stay safe and warm.

Love Elder Russell
Alaska Anchorage Mission
Delta Junction & Tok

Monday, October 6, 2014


Something that I just want to say is that I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!
It went by super fast! Me and Elder Modlik saw a miracle! Me and Elder
Modlik these past couple of weeks have been praying about what we
should share for every individual and we went on about teaching what
we felt impressed to teach those people! This has been going on for a
couple of weeks and when we watched conference we taught every lesson
that was talked about from General Conference! It was awesome! It was
like the Lord wanted us to prepare people for General Conference
without us knowing that we were doing it!

Questions that we should ask ourselves. Do I have a rudder of faith?
If I do, am I going in the right direction? How do I stay on the Old
ship Zion when the world is trying to sink the ship? Do I have enough
Supplies and food to get me to my destination? And last question. Are
you beginning your journey with the End in mind? What is the End in
mind you may ask? It is Eternal Life, Living with your families
forever in Heavenly Father and Christs presence, with everlasting
Peace, Happiness, and Joy, our ship will never get hit again or be
under attacked, We will be able to Rest in the arms of our loving
Heavenly Father!

I Know that this is the Lords Kingdom here on the Earth. and I know
without a doubt that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, The Holy
one of Israel, and we cannot receive salvation but by him only! How
grateful I am and how grateful we all need be for our loving Heavenly
Father, for him sending us down here to earth so that we can gain a
Physical Body of Flesh and Bone and to prove ourselves to God that we
want to be like him and that we want to live with him forever! I know
that our life here on earth is not home, it never was home from the
beginning, It is a school! Home is with our Heavenly Father of whom we
love so dearly! I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared
unto a young 14 year old Farm boy who was searching for truth, and
that through this young boy whose name is Joseph Smith, Restored the
True church back to the Earth so that we can learn by what way we can
be saved! We need to be like the apostles who strait way left there
nets to follow the savior, with no desire to look back! Keep on
fighting the good fight! He that findeth his life shall lose it: and
he that loseth his life for Christs  sake shall find it! I so testify
in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Love you Guys!
Elder Russell