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Last Week in Brookings?

Elder Austin Rushton with bicycle

Elder Austin Rushton with his bike

Most likely I’ll be transferred after this week. I really can’t see them leaving me in Brookings for six months, it’s just too far removed from the rest of the mission. I really do want to express just how much I’ve grown out here though.

Brookings has defined my whole mission to this point, and probably will define it for the rest of my mission. I was sent out here, five hours from the mission home, to an area that hadn’t had missionaries in nearly 25 years, with a companion I had nothing in common with. For weeks, all I wanted to do was quit, and go home. It took everything I had not to. My whole world seemed to be collapsing around me. I couldn’t quit because I’d regret it for the rest of my life, and yet I couldn’t stay where I was. That’s the beginning of every good story of the gospel though, I suppose.

And so I suffered. I didn’t want to sleep because I knew I’d have to wake up and work again, and I didn’t want to work because I was so tired. Every waking hour was miserable.

But I pushed through. After humbling myself, I really just started to follow Elder Argyle and take whatever he could give. It wasn’t much, but it was a start. Then came Elder Mock, and I suddenly became a leader. That in itself has been an experience in humility. But I changed gears and started to follow the Spirit. I was able to obtain it, and I’ve pursued it. I’ve grown, and seen all my burdens and adversities lifted. I can’t imagine life without the Spirit now. It is miserable, cold, and dark.

It’s strengthened my resolve to help other people feel this joy, or at the very least be delivered from their burdens. It’s set the pace for my mission, and solidified my vision. I am going to change Oregon, it’s just a fact. And how am I? By following the Spirit and doing what it tells me to do. I can’t explain it, but somehow I know I’m going to make a significant contribution here. Whether seen or unseen, I’m going to influence lives for good. What better result could I hope for from a mission?

Elder Rushton

1 comment to Last Week in Brookings?

  • LeAnn Rushton

    I am proud of you for being the great young man that you are, and for your desire to be a great missionary! You have many people praying for your well being, and following your progress. We all love you!
    Aunt LeAnn

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