Swapping it Up! Feb 9, 2015

Elder Skyler Rushton with 2 Priests in the Langley Ward

Elder Skyler Rushton with 2 Priests in Langley Ward

This week was pretty great with lots of crazy experiences! Today is Family Day, so all the libraries are closed, but luckily we’ve got a family history center here in Burnaby. Thank you Heavenly Father for the Spirit of Elijah! So now, onto the week!

 

Wednesday we had a crazy awesome “Specialized zone training meeting” with President Burt and his Assistants. President talked a bit about how he built up “Burt’s Brothers Tires” around focusing on customer satisfaction. He related it to talking to people on the street about the gospel. “If you are bored with the conversation, so are they.” It was really cool when we talked about how we were called here to be both the “Elder” and the “Rushton” (or whatever last name) in the Canada Vancouver mission. Being an obedient Elder, but also the unique individual we all are. It was cool! And we also talked about new ways of finding; I’ll talk about that in a sec. After the meeting, we had a lesson with some less actives and that was pretty much all of Wednesday!

 

Thursday was planning and a dinner with some Filipino’s! They made us some amazing sweet and sour lasagna! So good. Then on Friday I was with our District Leader, Elder Hall from Spanish Fork, in New West. It was super cool–taught some lessons, met a cool Jewish guy who had played at some “Mormon Temples in Texas” in his Jazz band, and gave a blessing to another less active!

 

We did lots of finding too, and met some weirdo’s and some cool people. That night, my comps drove me to Vancouver so I could go on exchange with the zone leaders on Saturday! They dropped me off and then I realized… I still had the New West house keys and phone ha-ha! So they were driving in darkness, but luckily they went and knocked on the Burnaby Elders window and stayed the night with them! The Terrace Elders were with Van YSA for mission council, so there were six of us in one apartment! It was a gong show! But awesome!

 

Saturday Elder Atwood and I were all over Vancouver on transit! It was an awesome day, and we tried out a new way of finding. So this is it: We’ve been going into different stores downtown and while people are shopping, striking up a conversation and then bringing in the gospel! It’s more than a little nerve wracking, but it’s good practice for being a member-missionary back home! We did it in a book store, a Target and a store called Winners. It was great! We found some sweet people to teach in the “Religious Books” section! Then we ended up buying a homeless man a bagel in a Tim Horton’s, and teaching him the gospel! Super sick; and then on our way home, we ran into another person Elder Atwood had met in Surrey and he became a new investigator! It was a crazy miraculous day/exchange.

 

Then Sunday was really good too–we have a member living in a care home who LOVES missionary work, and we keep giving him book of Mormons that he’s giving out to his care home neighbors! Which is great, except they are all like, 90 years old… Another one prepared for the spirit world!

 

Well I’m out of time for this week, but I hope you all have an excellent week! Love you guys so much! Thanks for all of your love and support! Talk to you later!

 

–Elder Rushton The Third

 

Mission Life in A Nutshell

Skyler Rushton at Vancouver Temple

Elder Skyler Rushton at Vancouver, BC temple.

Hello friends and family! The biggest thing from this last week: Last Monday one of my companions, Elder Sanders, super sprained his ankle five minutes into our basketball game, so he’s been on crutches and really hurt all week. It isn’t broken, luckily, but it is plum colored and super big. But he’s a trooper and refuses to rest it, so we’ve been going hard all week. We were a little unfortunate this week in terms of lessons; lots of them fell through and many people just didn’t show up to their appointments. But we did have two fun exchanges–Tuesday with our district leader, Saturday with the zone leaders–that spiced up the week.

Tuesday I went with the Burnaby Elders to cover our lessons while Elder Sanders and Lunt went to get an x-ray for Elder Sanders ankle. It was a good day and I feel like we accomplished quite a bit even with the injury. It was a pretty standard week for the most part though. Our days usually go: Get up at 6:20 (so we can be exercising by 6:30), all three of us showered and dressed by 7:45, Personal study from 8-9 (rules now are that we focus primarily on the BOM and Preach my Gospel), Companionship study where we read the white handbook, “Adjusting to missionary life”, our Mission President’s weekly email, then make lesson plans for the day, do a role play for one of them, and share insights for about the last 10 minutes. Then we have to be out by 10 o’clock.

Most of our days are spent finding, talking to people on the street. We have four major areas we go to, Uptown New West, Downtown New West, Sapperton (just another part of New West) and Edmonds Street with is very southern Burnaby. There are usually people walking around, so we spend most of our time going to these places and talking to everyone–trying to set up return appointments, giving out pamphlets, BOM’s, Mormon.org cards, the works. Then we usually go home for lunch at 12ish, out by 1, go back out until 5, come back for dinner, get out by 6 and do the same until 9. Makes for some long days when you don’t have lessons, but when you do have lessons you sure appreciate them! We didn’t have many lessons this week, and some of our investigators have just disappeared, but this week should hopefully be better.

On Saturday I was with Elder Atwood in the Vancouver YSA. Definitely the best day of the week! We used to be companions too, so that helped. We taught a guy who is getting baptized today. When I was in that YSA, the very last Sunday was fast and testimony meeting and he (who has been coming for years but never got baptized) got up and basically said, “I was walking home last week from church and… I feel like it’s time to get baptized.” Miracles! So he is finally getting baptized today.

Then we taught a Chinese guy who is getting baptized on February 14th! But the craziest part of the day was that night. The day before they had found a 7th day Adventist who wanted to meet up with them “with some Elders from my church”. Elder Atwood’s companions didn’t want to go… so I got to go with him ha-ha!

We showed up for the lesson and there were four of them. Umm, well it started out good! We all started sharing how we came to know Jesus Christ. Then this Ethiopian lady out of nowhere was like, “Alright, so we can just like, ask you questions, right?” Then it turned into a bash on baptisms for the dead, the Book of Mormon’s equality with the Bible and then, of course, Sabbath day worship (which is what it ALWAYS comes back to with 7th day’s members). Elder Atwood and I were reminded of the good old days when we were companions ha-ha. Eventually we had to go to another lesson, but we did the best with what we had and in the end it wasn’t so bad.

So that’s pretty much the week for ya! I’m out of time this week, but I just want you all to know how much I love and cherish you. Without your friendships, I don’t think I could do what I have to do all day. I love you all, let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Have a great week!

–Elder Rushton The Third

For Your Safety, Please Hold On

Elder Skyler Rushton holds orb

Skyler with mysterious orb.

Hello Friends and Family! The title of this e-mail, “For Your Safety – Please Hold On”, comes from the transit busses I ride every day here in New West. As we were on our way to the Justice Institute to email this morning, I looked at and pondered on these words. In a temporal sense (and especially on busses) it just makes sense. The busses here are pretty unpredictable when they are in motion. You could be cruising along one moment, and then violently stopping the next so you don’t destroy the car in front of you. If the bus is full (which it tends to be a lot of the time) and you don’t have your hand on a bar or one of the loops hanging from it, you might just find yourself slamming into another person or super-awkwardly falling on someone sitting down. Either way, it usually doesn’t end well. So it is of the utmost importance that you HOLD ON at all times!

I’m not sure why those words struck me so much this morning, but I felt prompted to talk about them for just a bit. We are all familiar with the vision of the tree of life recorded in 1 Nephi 8. The Iron Rod, representing the word of God, is what led the righteous to the tree of life so that they could partake of the fruit–eternal life. When Elder Daniel L. Johnson of the seventy visited our mission, he trained on this vision. He called it a “white knuckle experience”. Those, holding so tightly to the rod that their knuckles turned white, were the ones that made it through the mists or temptations of the adversary, and were diligent with the word of God that they might win the prize. I know for a fact that God loves us. That is why he begs and pleads with us to “Please Hold On”. As I have gone through trials and tribulations on my mission (because they definitely don’t just stop when you’re on your mission!) I have prayed for guidance, direction, strength, you name it, I’ve probably prayed for it at some point. But the strongest and most common answer that the Spirit has brought to me has always been, “Keep your faith.” Or in essence, “Please hold on.” “Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee… fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.” (Doctrine and Covenants 122:9)

My Brothers and Sisters, I love you so much. And He does too. He loves us so much that he’s given us the Atonement and the Gospel which revolves around it. That, to me, is his true expression of love to us. He has made it possible to change, to be forgiven of our faults and sin, and to eventually be perfected so that we may live with Him again. I testify that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of salvation to all who will come and partake of it. We are saved through the mercy of Christ and through Him we are cleansed from sin. I love the Lord and that knowledge has stuck with me amidst trials of every shape and size. Everything that happens to us is for our good. For our safety from this world of sin, I pray that we may all hold on and grow our faith in God. I testify and add my witness to the redeeming power of the Atonement, to the truthfulness of the Gospel and to God’s love for us. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
–Elder Rushton

This week was really good for us here in New West! Although it rained a LOT near the end of the week, it was pretty warm and nice for the most part! We had a huge miracle with an investigator named (who is from Nigeria I believe) and her three kids coming to church!!! That was sweet. Our other friend who was doing so well —kind of fell a little bit, so hopefully this week we can strengthen his faith again. We also had a good exchange with the Burnaby Elders where we talked to LOTS of people around Metrotown and taught some good lessons in the food court! It may not be the greatest environment for the spirit… But at least it’s a place to sit down and be dry. One of their investigators we taught, is probably the most prepared East Indian guy I’ve ever met! He’s so cool! And his kids will probably be getting baptized with him whenever that happens. We also had a great ward conference on Sunday too where the Stake President threw down on the trinity!! It was extra crazy, because one of our investigators, who came, is SUPER catholic! But luckily, she didn’t seem to mind at all. One step closer to the water!
Those are the cool things that happened this week. We met a lot of crazy people too (as always). Apparently Scientology is creating Artificial Intelligence that will destroy the Catholic Church… Yep, pretty typical week in New Westminster haha. Well I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you all! Talk to you later!

–Elder Rushton The Third

Pushing the Wheel

Elder Rushton and Bennett

Elder Rushton and Elder Bennett

Hello friends and family! This was another week of hard work, miracles and loads of crazy people. Just like every other week it seems ha-ha! We met lots of cool people who were interested in learning more, and lots of crazy people who weren’t interested in the gospel, but sure were in talking about other weird stuff! But we still talked with everyone, and had good time.

Tuesday Elder Lunt and I were in Burnaby South with Elder Hall. We had a great exchange and their area covers the second biggest mall in Canada–The Metropolis at Metrotown! It’s pretty big! But there is an even bigger one in Alberta I’ve heard about that would be sweet to go to. Anyways, we spent a lot of our time contacting around the mall and at the bus loop. I don’t think I talked to any white people… There is another mall down the street called Crystal Mall and it is strictly Chinese. And unless you like pig hoof (turns out I don’t), I wouldn’t recommend eating there ha-ha! But their Bubble tea is good!

On Wednesday we had a sick district meeting and had a mini-exchange with the assistants! I ran into this crazy guy in Uptown New West that kept going off on “The Gods want this” and “the gods want that.” He was nuts. Then as we were leaving, he was busy yelling at his dog to not look at anyone else because he was his master. Good times in good ol’ New Westminster! On Thursday we weekly planned and taught a bunch of less-active members too! They were pretty normal days.

Friday, we went on another exchange! This time I was with another Assistant and we spent the day working together. It was really good! We taught some people, set some baptismal dates, and committed a less-active family to come back to church! It was a pretty miracle filled day! Saturday we were running around all over the place, and taught lessons practically all day. The Sabbath day was really good, and while we didn’t have any investigators show up, we had a couple less actives come. Our goal with my favorite family we’ve worked with is to get them sealed in February. Things are progressing really well for them right now, and I think we’ll be able to pull it off. That would be a miracle. And we’ve got the faith for it!

Well that’s really about it for this week! Sorry I didn’t have anything super crazy to talk about; it was a pretty standard week. But the coolest thing that happened this week happened on Sunday. We taught our good friend,  set a baptismal date, and committed him to read and pray about the book of Mormon. We gave him Alma 7 to read and later that night he texted us and basically said, “I read what you guys gave me to read and I prayed about it. It felt really good. I believe it’s true. See you guys on Tuesday!” Miracle! He is totally getting baptized! Well have a great week everyone! The book of Mormon is true and the Atonement can change your life for the better! Repent and be baptized everyone! Love you all! Talk to you later!

 

–Elder Rushton The Third

2015 Year of Miracles Begins!

Skyler Rushton playing pool.

Elder Rushton shoots some pool.

Hello everyone!

This was a crazy week! Before I jump into what happened this week, I just found out today that a kid a taught in Penticton a year ago just got baptized on Sunday!! We did it Elder Bolkcom! And it only took us another year haha! So that was cool to find out today. I also got transferred this week! I am back in New Westminster in a trio with Elder Sanders and Elder Lunt. It has been somewhat of a party since we got here, and we’ve been working super hard and seeing miracles too. It has been a good week!

Monday night we got our transfer calls! I left, Elder Anderson went to Vernon and one of my former companions–Elder Atwood–is coming to the YSA to be my zone leader! We have such a good zone this transfer, I’m excited! Monday night we had FHE with the YSA and we played some weird game where you had to make animal noises and stuff… I don’t even want to talk about it, it was weird ha-ha. YSA definitely has its ups and downs! I will miss it, but I’m glad to be back in this ward! I’ve got some good friends in the members here–which is what this ward needs right now because they usually don’t trust the missionaries!

Tuesday was a day of saying goodbye to YSA members, packing, and making travel plans for all the departing and incoming missionaries for the zone. Now that was a Gong Show. It was so crazy. I had to drive a missionary to Richmond at 10 p.m. so he could catch his ferry the next morning. It’s about a 20 minute drive both ways. For those of you that don’t know, we are supposed to be in by 9pm on a “normal” day. And then we were up making more travel plans until about 1 in the morning. It was a long day haha!

Wednesday: The biggest gong show of them all. We were driving missionaries to the greyhound station, picking them up from the ferry terminal and from the airport from 5am to 1pm. Then I finally got to go to New West with my new companions! We had a great day afterwards, and I was VERY tired that night haha.

Thursday through Sunday was really good, and the majority of it was spent finding. We found some new investigators which was sick, and taught some of the people I was teaching when I was here last. It has been closed for about three weeks now so we didn’t have a lot to work with, but we made stuff happen and it was really cool! ……Except when they closed this area, they left no food here in this apartment… so we’ve been living off of rice. Literally. That’s all we have! But that will change today haha.

Well that is pretty much it for the week! Life is going good for us up here in Canada, it has been crazy foggy though. It’s almost like we are in a horror movie or something… But all is well! I hope you all have an excellent week! Love you all, talk to you later!

–Elder Rushton The Third

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