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A Letter About Brontosauruses and Numbers‏

Elder Austin Rushton and Elder Mock

Elder Austin Rushton with Elder Mock

A couple years ago, my little brother, Skyler, started writing a fictional work of scripture called “The Book of Raun”. Now, because there is a typewriter in my new apartment, I have used his little shenanigan as inspiration for my own book.

“The Book of Elder Sanders: The White Pudding Messiah”

I’ve got about seventeen pages typed up already, and it’s a compilation of the real life and times of Elder Sanders (with some exaggeration of course)! I’ll have to copy it one of these days and send it home to you.

I’ve had a bit of a realization this week that really makes me cringe. Missionaries are dishonest in their numbers. They skew them. And it’s not to try and look good, but to keep from looking bad.

How sad is that? I thought it was pretty pathetic, especially to see such quality young men become so concerned with numbers that they created a barrier for themselves to prevent them from reaching their potential.

It all really boils down to one thing. These missionaries are not aware of the resources available to them. So when the 20 lesson standard is established, they do not go and utilize all of their resources to get those lessons, but rather they exhaust what they have, and lie to make up the rest. It’s a terribly vicious cycle and one I am determined to end.

Elder Sanders and I had a pretty good week this week. We were able to get one lesson with an investigator and three with less-actives, and I was able to hand out two For the Strength of Youth pamphlets! Those things are just filled with basic, easy to understand principles, and they really lay out all the blessings of each of the commandments in perfect terms.

Our one investigator we have been meeting with is pretty cool. He’s a big fan of AA, and works as a sponsor sometimes. We’ve been teaching him by relating everything to AA, which is surprisingly easy.

Work’s going well here. We had the presentation from Elder Bradley Foster of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, and basically he laid out exactly what I’ve been working on doing, i.e., getting the Ward involved in missionary work. Essentially what we’re working to do is flip flop it from “members help missionaries” to “missionaries help members”.

I also went on an exchange last week with an Elder Shaw in Santa Clara 3rd ward. It was fun, and I got to teach him about setting meaningful goals and meet a bunch of his investigators.

Love you all, thanks for all your support!

-Elder Rushton

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