When Will Austin Be Home?

  • Austin left on his mission:
    4 years, 1 month, 28 days, 1 hour, 24 minutes, 59 seconds ago

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Elder Austin Rushton and Elder Georgia

Austin with Elder Georgia

So, long story short, I only have a short amount of time to write this email. Luckily, this week was a pretty average week as far as
missionary work goes so I don’t have a lot of stuff to write about!

Let’s see….what does everyone back home want to hear about….?

Our ward got a new Bishop yesterday finally! Let me explain….We have only had a semi-present Bishop for the past five weeks or so because our last one got called to the stake presidency, so that’s been…..inconvenient, to say the least. The work goes nowhere without a present Bishop!

Er……other than that, this is probably going to be my last week in Santa Clara 6th. I’ve been here six months though, so I’m kind of
alright with that. I’m going to try and end on a high note though and make the rounds one last time this week. Overall, I’ve done an okay
job around here, I think. When I first came into SC6, the ward here had a stigma hanging over it. Everyone seemed to know the reputation
of this ward for it’s lack of success, and they graciously reminded me that there had only been one baptism here in 2013 and that was back in January. Well, after a hard-fought six months of trying to help give back some life to a dead area, I can look back successfully, because
in the time I’ve been here I’ve been able to witness two baptisms, a reactivation of a family, and the scheduling of three more
almost-surefire baptisms. It’s been difficult, but at least we got something done here.

Granted, I probably will never be remembered for any of this–I’ll never go down in history as one of the great missionaries–but hey,
I’m thinking that’s alright. I have fought the good fight, and that’s what matters. The Lord will make up the difference.

Well everybody, I’m sorry to say this, but I don’t have a lot of time to write much else. There’s not much else I can think of that anyone
would like to hear about, to be honest! Oregon is a lot like home; there are some days I feel like I was just turned out the front door
of my house and told to be a missionary! That comes with its own set of challenges, but I won’t get into that right now.

Hope you all have a great week, and I’ll write again soon.
Elder Rushton – Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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