Okanagan Or Okanagon? Letter from Jan 27 2014

Elder Skyler Rushton doing dishes

Skyler Doing Dishes in Penticton, Canada

I don’t normally complain in my letters, and I don’t count these as complaints, these are just things I’ve learned since I’ve been in Canada and throughout this week!:

1. Spelling in Canada is different from the U.S.

For example: Center is Centre. Okanagon is Okanagan. Theater is Theatre. And instead of everything being in English and Spanish, everything is in English and French. I don’t like that; I miss my Spanish!

2. English-Canadian people and French-Canadian people are VERY different!

Cut Canada in half; now the West coast is primarily English-Canadian and the East coast is primarily French-Canadian. Both types tend to speak English, but the mannerisms are VERY different. Also, I don’t generally like French-Canadian people haha. They can be very rude and especially crude, but there are some that are really cool! What adds to that division is that East and West Canada have apparently tried to split from each other in the past because the people on both sides are very different! Anyways, I just thought you’d find that interesting!

3. Stuff is way too expensive In British Columbia… especially dairy products.

Enough said haha.

4. I don’t know what the Sun looks like anymore.

It’s been about two or three weeks since I’ve actually seen the sun haha. It’s been really weird and you can totally tell that you feel different if you don’t see the sun forever.

Well that’s all I can think of for now! But I’m sure I have lots more somewhere haha.

So this week was pretty good! Unfortunately all of our baptismal dates fell through, but that’s been happening a lot lately. But we’ve been finding new people to teach all of the time to replace them! We do a lot of tracting in the low-income housing because in all honesty, those are the only people that will listen to us. They are generally really nice, but it’s really nerve wracking to work in the slums haha. Our favorite place to go, Mayfair (aka. “The Crack Shacks” as some teenager so nicely spray painted on the sign.) has brought us a lot of new investigators and a few have even come to church! The problem with those places is that people come and go every month (because you rent places by the month.) so if we have an investigator there one month, he may not be living there the next month. So that has been our struggle lately!

So in Mayfair, we’ve met a couple very interesting people. One is a born again Christian who is apparently going to be supported by his church to attend a Theology college. Or a French-canadian guy who has been to prison and is completely addicted to video games–but he’s still a pretty chill guy! And then there’s another investigtor…but we haven’t met with him in a while because his neighbor hung himself… My point is this: These people are in the most desperate need of the Gospel. They have almost nothing left and the ones that are trying to fix their lives are the ones who let us come in and teach them about Christ. The Gospel can truly bless and change lives and I’ve seen that in just the short time I’ve been out! I love working with the humble people, I’ve learned that I am not a fan of the stuck up rich folk haha.

So other than that, not a whole lot happened this week! We lost our car to the shop for a couple days so we were on foot for a chunk of the week. Also, I’ve been making Elder Bolkcom go jogging with me in the mornings so we usually jog down to Skaha beach and jog on the sand! It’s pretty fun! But man can it be cold.

The people in the ward here finally remember my name sometimes! That’s great! Except I might be getting transferred next week, so we will see what happens.

Well have a wonderful week family and friends! I love all of you and I hope that you are all blessed with success and the Spirit this week! Thanks for all of you that have written me and I hope you have a great week!

With lots of love,

–Elder Rushton The Third

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