The Work is Hastening

Skyler and Elder Sly in their apartment

Elder Rushton and Elder Sly in their Penticton apartment

Hello everyone!

So this week was pretty sweet! It started off slow, but picked up as the week went on. So since my last e-mail (where I complained about the rain… a lot haha) it has rained every single day. Last night was a ferocious thunderstorm that shook our apartment and freaked me out a little bit! There have been rainstorms allllll week, but I’ve just come to accept it. I’ve also found a way to use it to my advantage!

So my trainer, Elder Sly, makes me knock on every single door when we’re out tracting. Because of that, I’ve actually started to get really, really good at my door approaches. His first piece of advice to me was a scripture that says, “Take no thought beforehand what you shall say” and just let the spirit guide you and loose your tongue and whatnot. So I’ve been doing that, but I’m getting noticeably better at it and I’m getting faster at recognizing certain situations.

So with the rain, it’s kind of gone like this:

Me: “Hey, how are you today??”

Them: “………”

Me: “Good, good hey; have you ever talked to Mormon Missionaries??”

Them: “Not interested.” *starts to close door

Me: “WAIT!”

Them: *stops shutting door for just a second

Me: “Can you BELIEVE this rain?!”

Them: *goes on for 10 minutes about how they haven’t seen a downpour like this in years

Me: “Yeah I know, right? Crazy. So hey, can we share a quick little message with you about Jesus Christ?”

Them: “Sure yeah, why not.”


So it doesn’t always go like this, and door approaches should never be rehearsed or anything… But some dialogue very close to this has happened quite a few times this week!

So our biggest event this week was the rededicatory prayer, offered by the Bishop, of the Penticton area for missionary work. The Bishop is really pushing for the ward to help us with missionary work by introducing us to their non-member friends and doing things with a “priesthood purpose”. Basically, everything you do should in some way magnify the fact that you’re a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So everything you do should somehow include missionary work, member retention or growing closer the Jesus Christ. Before I talk about the rest of my week, I would like to challenge all of you to focus on doing things with a Priesthood Purpose this week! Just reach out, be friendly and be charitable!

So the rest of my week; it was pretty slow going for the first few days and then we went on an exchange with the Zone Leaders around the middle of the week. I was with Elder Fitzner (a native of Alberta) and let me tell ya, this guy is a blast! We had so much fun! We did a lot of tracting and taught another one of our investigators. We did a whole lot of hard work, but we didn’t have any numbers to show for it. Just a couple QGC’s (Quality Gospel Conversations). We also went on exchanges in Westbank where Elder Bolckom and I did a TON of walking. They have a huge area and since it’s the end of the month, they didn’t have any Kilometers left for their vehicle. So we walked… and walked… and walked some more! It was a lot of fun, even though it rained the entire time!

So there were 2 investigators we focused on the most this week. One is starting to overcome his problems and is actually making progress while the other one is a little more slow-going. She’s yet to read the Book of Mormon, but she promised us she would next time! She also invited us to her 80th birthday party next week! However, a condition if we go is, how she put it: “you can’t be preaching to everyone you see at my birthday party!” (said in an Irish accent, of course.) So we probably can’t go, but we’ll see…

On Sunday we found a wonderful, wonderful family that we’re going to be teaching. Elder Sly met the husband when we were on exchanges, so we both met the family for the first time on Sunday. They’re super cool, but they’re not married… So we told them that Bishop could marry them if that’s what they wanted! And since that’s what we need for them to be baptized, we REALLY encouraged them! Haha, so that will be the first step for them and then we’ll see if we can’t get the whole family baptized next month!

Well that’s about it for this last week, but I’m not looking forward to the next one. Transfer meeting is Wednesday, but the chances of me getting transferred are slim; so I’m not counting on it. Of course anything could happen, but I’ll go wherever the Lord needs me! If that’s in Penticton, so be it! But regardless, I’ll keep trying my hardest to fulfill my purpose as a missionary! I love all of your letters/e-mails but I love all of you even more! I feel like my letters are really long… but I suppose that some of you find joy in them haha! Have a great week everyone! I’ll talk to yall’ next week!


With Love,

–Elder Rushton The Third


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