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Staying in Springfield

A wet Elder Austin Rushton

P-Day Frisbee in the Rain

So my companion, Elder Scott got moved down to Klamath Falls and I’m staying here for six months. Woohoo, a year in rainy Lane County! Haha, it’ll be good though.

My new companion is Elder Kelsey, who was just Elder King’s companion in Santa Clara. I shared 1st Ward with Elder King just six weeks ago, so he’s clued Elder Kelsey in about the area already. We also get to hang on to Elder White for the next couple days. He’ll be picking up his trainee Wednesday. 

Christmas was amazing. On the day before Christmas Eve we went caroling with the other 1st elders (Fetzer&Ayre). It was a ton of fun and we didn’t sound too terrible! Christmas Eve was a pretty standard day, but we got together at night and did a little Munchkin playing. Then in the morning Ayre and Fetzer came over and we all opened presents together. It was a really good time and I got many wonderful gifts from family and friends.

After we skyped our families, we ran over to the Mission Home for lunch with the President. He was having each of the three zones in the immediate area come, so it was pretty neat to spend a little of Christmas with him. Afterwards we went and played a round of Disc Golf, and finally we ended with dinner followed by a showing of Frozen to our zone at the church. It was a great day, even though it went by extremely fast.

I don’t have a whole lot else to talk about in this letter, but let me just take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone out there who has supported me in my mission thus far. It was pointed out to me yesterday the fathers’ role in the story of the 2060 stripling warriors. We know the warriors fought, and their mothers taught them, but the fathers are less mentioned, even though they are just as important. While their sons were away, they labored to support them and feed the armies. I feel super blessed to have so many “fathers” of my own, and though there is no way I can repay all of you, I will try not to waste the opportunity and blessing I’ve been given.

New Years will be spent watching How to Train Your Dragon 2, which I’m excited for! Elder Kelsey and I are going to tear it up here before I leave.


Love you all,
Elder Rushton – Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1 comment to Staying in Springfield

  • LeAnn Rushton

    I am glad that you mentioned the fathers of the Stripling Warriors. I have thought about that several times as I have heard other people mention the same thing–the physical support, etc. when you read in the Book of Mormon about the times the troops got food when they so desperately needed it, and how they had other supplies delivered, you realize that someone was doing the work and helping them. I am so grateful for the Priesthood men and the work that they do. Uncle Darrel has always been such a good example of working and helping whenever and where ever he has been needed (a lot like his dad. I love our Gospel and the opportunities that we can do and share! Keep up the good work. We love you and pray for you always!
    Aunt LeAnn

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