The Great Gray North

Skyler Rushton in MTC dorm room.

Skyler’s dorm in the MTC

This last week was super good! However, I haven’t seen the sun for about a week and half. Nothing. But. Clouds. But it’s still been fun! It’s getting colder here–about 40 degrees at night (however, “night” is five o’clock because the sun is down by then)–but it hasn’t snowed yet! We drove up to Vernon on Sunday and saw a lot of snow on the mountains up there; but down here in Penticton we’re still snow-free! So, let’s recap the week:

Monday: James, one of our investigators, dropped our appointment for Monday night (this is the third week in a row!) so we went out finding. We were out street contacting when we ran into Alex and Jason. They told us they were on their way to buy smokes, so of course I asked if we could come with them! So we walked/talked with them and they ended up becoming two new investigators! Can’t complain about that!

Tuesday: Elder Sly and I filled the font for a baptism! However, we didn’t start early enough so we ended up having to take loads, and loads of warm water from the kitchen to the baptisimal font! It was a lot of fun actually! Then the guy who was baptized came over with tears in his eyes and thanked us for everything we did to help. I didn’t even know him, but I felt so much love for that man that I hugged him! He will be a great member of the church for years to come.

Wednesday: We had another lesson with a Sister.  Things are moving along well with her. She would be an amazing missionary; in fact, she is going tracting with the Penticton sisters next week. Haha, I’m sure that will be fun for them!

Thursday: It was halloween! We had to be in by 5:00 but before that, we met with another investigator. We read the BOM with him and it was all fine and dandy until he told us that he thought his son was posessed with an evil spirit… So if I mention casting out an evil spirit next week… Don’t be surprised haha. Then we went back to the apartment to daily plan. Outside in Penticton, there were gunshots, fires, death; all that fun Halloween stuff… Haha nah, just kidding! It was nice. Then our doorbell rang and we freaked out because we thought it was a child… so, naturally, we turned off all of the lights and hid under our desks. We waited for five minutes and the door never rang again, so we figured it was all clear. We opened the door, looked down and what was sitting there? A pile of candy! Our wonderful neighbor Rose had left us some halloween candy! It totally made my night.

Friday: My halloween package from my family came! It was awesome; Elder Sly and I were thrilled to get it!  (Oreos and fun Halloween Stuff)

Saturday: Our Sister investigator came to the adults session of stake conference! She loved it and we’ll talk to her about it next Wednesday.

Sunday: We drove up to Vernon for stake conference. We met President there and the first thing he asked us was, “Who do you have on baptisimal dates for November?” We had to tell him, “None.” Haha— well, he wasn’t too pleased about that! He cancelled our interviews with him after stake conference and sent us home to find someone to baptize in November. We spent literally all day knocking doors and couldn’t find anyone… at least not yet! We will eventually, but we didn’t yesterday! However, we DID go to one of our investigators houses and had an excellent lesson with them! They are great and they love us! We will hopefully be baptizing them soon.

Well that’s about it for my last week! I hope none of it was too boring! Haha, I love getting letters/e-mails from all of you and I hope you all have a spectacular week! I love you all and miss you all dearly but this is truly the Lord’s work. Have a wonderful week everyone!

–Elder Rushton The Third

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Skyler has been home this long-

  • Skyler has been home for:
    5 years, 11 months, 21 days, 22 hours, 23 minutes, 24 seconds ago