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Elder Skyler Rushton at Vancouver temple

Elder Skyler Rushton at Vancouver B.C. Temple

Before I dive into this week’s e-mail, I need to give you all my new address again… because I think I  forgot the apartment number off of last week’s e-mail ha-ha… so here you go!:

Elder Rushton

20050 55A Ave

Apartment #209

Langley, B.C.

V3A 4K9 Canada

 

Alright, into the week… on Monday, we went and played volleyball at a park that had beach volleyball courts! It was a lot of fun, and it was just the start of our insanely hot week! Then we went and played basketball for a bit!

On Tuesday, I met President Burt (my new mission president) for the first time ever! He and sister Burt are soooo loving! They are so different from President Tilleman! He was very, very loving too, but their personalities are very different! So the Burt’s are from Utah, and President Burt served his mission in Alberta. They are from Bountiful, Utah and they are just super awesome. So on Tuesday night, we texted President Burt to see if he wanted to come to a lesson Saturday night with us to a less-active family. We didn’t know who to take with us there until our zone conference; we figured the Burt’s would work perfect! So with 280 missionaries in our mission, it is very rare that our Mission President would even have time to respond to our text. But he did! And he said yes! So that was the accomplishment of the day; the rest of the day we spent packing up our apartment and preparing to move. We also got a rental car from Boyd auto body that we were sooooo grateful to get!! Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to move this week haha.

On Wednesday, the Surrey 3rd Elders (the Elders in charge of helping missionaries move in the Lower Mainland) came over with their truck and trailer to get our furniture. So they took our beds, couch, table and our other stuff to the new place. Then they helped us take it up to our apartment. That step took about two hours or so, but it was so HOT and exhausting, we were all dead by the end of it. Pretty much that whole day was hashed with us moving everything else to the new place. We collapsed at the end of the day, but we really like our new apartment!

We spent some of Thursday moving stuff and getting set up, we also had to drive to Abbotsford and back. That night was the highlight of the day. We taught a sweet Jamaican guy named Winston who is living on a farm that he is employed by. He is living in a farmhouse with 18 other Jamaicans; they work during the day and are free at night. Surrey 3rd gave us him to teach because he is in our area. During our lesson with him, one by one all the Jamaican’s started coming out of the house to listen to us teach… it was kind of scary at first, but it actually turned out to be really cool! A couple of them wanted book of Mormon’s, but we only had one to give out with us, so we told them they would have to share! They couldn’t come to church yesterday, but we might have to get some kind of bus to go pick them all up next week haha. It was crazy!

We had a zone meeting on Friday where we discussed our new mission motto from President Burt:

Love–Serve–Obey

It was a good meeting; we all loved President Tilleman, but we all agreed that President Burt is what this mission needs right now to keep hastening the work! We drove to Richmond this day too for interviews with President Burt (he is trying to interview every missionary in the mission right now), but we showed up and the Assistants told us they were three hours behind. So we had to head back because we had an appointment that night… so we spent 3 hours of the day driving :(  Vancouver traffic sucks, really bad haha. On our way to Richmond, they cut five lanes down to one… it was ridiculous.

Saturday we phoned President Burt to make sure he could still come with us, and he told us he had totally forgotten, but that he would still come! So we had our lesson that night with a family and President and Sister Burt; I don’t think it could have gone any better! It was super good. President Burt is super inspired and Sister Burt is as well! Elder Bennett and I have mad respect for them both now. It also turned out to be President and Sister Burt’s very first missionary lesson on their mission!! We were super lucky to be part of that!

Sunday was kind of the usual: ward council, sacrament, gospel principles and priesthood. All went well, and it was nice to be out of the heat! Our apartment is super hot. Turns out, NO ONE IN CANADA HAS AIR CONDITIONING!!!! So we were dying allll week. Kind of made me miss winter… But we are still alive (for now), but this week is supposed to be hotter. We broke another heat record this week, so I might just ask if I can wear shorts for once… Haha, probably won’t happen.

Well that’s the sum up of the week for you! It was a crazy one, that’s for sure. Hopefully this week we get some more real missionary work done! I love you all!! Thanks for all of your e-mails, love, support, and prayers! Let me know if I can do anything for ya! Until next week; talk to you later!

–Elder Rushton The Third

 

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