Gathering All Kindreds, Tongues and People! Skyler 10/6/2014

To start off, I know that we are all sons and daughters of the same Heavenly Father! But over the centuries, differences in color, language and culture have created some of the races we know today. This week, I got to do some racial barrier breaking and it made for a pretty good time!

Elder Skyler Rushton

Elder Skyler Rushton doing some reading

The biggest event that happened this week was General Conference. I loved it so much! I especially loved how they let some of the general authorities give their talks in the native tongues! The talk in Cantonese was my favorite, because earlier in the week I got to work with the Chinese Elders for a day! Being companions with the zone leaders has been a lot of fun for me, but this week they had a couple meetings that I wasn’t invited to, so I had to work with other missionaries during those meetings. On Thursday, they had mission leadership council and I got to work with the Richmond Chinese Elders (Elder Gomez and Elder Shoop) all day! It was fun, but I didn’t get to do much all day… because obviously I don’t speak Chinese!

So Richmond is jokingly called “China” by missionaries for good reason: Almost everyone is Chinese! My favorite part about Chinese work is that when Chinese people see these white guys walk up to them and start talking in Mandarin, they are always curious about what they have to say! We didn’t talk to a white person all day, but luckily some Korean and Japanese people spoke English to us to bridge that language gap! Asian people are super nice and I learned a LOT about their culture from the exchange. Elder Shoop is a brand new missionary learning Mandarin, and whenever he didn’t know a certain word, he would ask the person he was talking to for help and they were always glad to help! They loved helping another person learn their language! So needless to say, Thursday was a pretty exciting day and I broke some racial barriers!

On Sunday, a recent convert gave me a Muslim hat and promised to get me a Sikh bracelet! He gave my companions some too, and we were going to institute “Muslim Hat Mondays!” but then we figured we probably shouldn’t haha. Earlier in the week, in Surrey (AKA. “India” as we call it), I talked to a Punjabi guy about Sikhism. I learned a LOT. Baptized members have five basic things they must do: 1.They have to wear their Sikh garments. 2.They can’t cut their hair. 3.They have to wear their Sikh bracelet. 4.They must carry their Sikh dagger or sword at all times (at the beginning of my mission, this freaked me out a lot because I was like, “Why are there people walking around with knives all the time?!?!”) and 5.They can’t shave their beard. At every Sikh temple they give out free curry too, so we are planning to go this week! Racial barrier number two broken down!

Also on Sunday, I got to go with the Korean Elders for a while because my companions had another zone leader meeting! Yet again I learned a lot about Asian people and their culture. I also had some Kim chi! So that was good. And on Saturday, we went to IL LUK JO’s for dinner; it was all-you-can-eat sushi and Korean barbeque! Racial barrier number three: Eliminated!

Sorry this e-mail is all over the place, I’m trying to knock it out really fast because the Elders in our zone want to play Thanksgiving football today! Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday, but next Monday is also transfer calls, so we didn’t want to pack it all into one day! This week was awesome and we met a lot of cool people, taught a lot of lessons, and had a lot of people come to conference. One investigator in particular came to the Saturday afternoon session, loved it, and then came to every other session of general conference! He isn’t Christian–yet–but while the prophet’s spoke, he just sat there and meditated on the words they were speaking! Awesome. Then, he asked about tithing and we taught him about it and committed him to live it when he gets baptized! Even more awesome.

Well everyone I hope you all have an amazing week this week. I hope you enjoyed conference as much as I did! It’s the closest thing to a holiday weekend we get as missionaries! This church is led and guided by revelation from Jesus Christ today! As a good missionary friend of mine once said, “This church is so true, it sickens me.” Very inspired words from a very goofy missionary. Have a good week everyone! Love you all!


–Elder Rushton The Third

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