Fighting to Keep the Work Hastening

Skyler on missionary exchanges

Elder Rushton ready to work.

This week was good; really long, but really good. We started the week with not a whole lot happening. The ward here in Penticton is really old. As soon as it gets dark; they all go to bed. The problem? It gets dark at 6:00 now so when we try to do member visits from 7-9, they’re all asleep! Ahh! It’s frustrating because we can’t do a whole lot else from 7-9 and the member visits are supposed to help keep the ward focused on missionary work! So that’s been something that we’ve been trying to resolve for a while!

What else happened this week… Oh yeah… One of our investigators reappeared!!!! You might not remember her, but to put her story in a nutshell: We met her on the street, she was super, super solid (committed to baptism) then she went missing, then she randomly called us one day and said she was in the hospital! So we told her we would contact her when she got out in a few weeks. It’s been a couple weeks since then, but on Tuesday this last week, she called us again! So we set up an appointment with her for Wednesday! We had a GREAT lesson and committed her to be baptized on Nov. 16th. She said yes and we were super happy about it! Then, she tried to hug us again… No Sister, you can’t do that to missionaries. But anyways, she’s back and everything was all set for her to go to church on Sunday! But then we were street contacting on Saturday and who did we run into? Our Sister Investigator! She told us she couldn’t come on Sunday because her sister was visiting. Dang! But we’re set to teach her on Wednesday and I’m sure that lesson will go great as well.

So I’ve mentioned this before, but we’re not allowed to have dinner at member’s houses unless there’s a less-active, recent convert or non-member there. But this week we had two dinners! It was awesome–and a nice change of pace from potatoes every single day haha. Our neighbors, two non members  invited us over for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last weekend. Everyone there was a Salvation Army pastor, so we didn’t get to do a ton of active missionary work. So we just ate, smiled and talked with all of them. We didn’t think anything really came from it, but this last Sunday guess who came to church?! One of our neighbors!!! She came into the building and Elder Sly and I were completely surprised! We were so happy to see her there because all of our other investigators flopped! It was truly a miracle, and it made us look good in front of the ward ;)

Well, that’s really all there is to say about this week. So I guess I’ll share a spiritual thought now! Elder Ballard gave a great talk on missionary work this last conference. Our mission President is having us take it to everyone in the ward and re-emphasize Elder Ballard’s challenge to the church:

“We are not asking everyone to do everything. We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just “one” between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior.”

Really, it isn’t that hard to reach out to just “one” person! So that’s my challenge to all of you too! I love all of you, I am so happy to get letters from you all and I know that you can all do what an Apostle of the Lord has challenged us to do! I hope you all have a spectacular week! I’m praying for all of you, everyday! Talk to you next week!

With Love,

–Elder Rushton The Third


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