Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

It sounds like you guys had an awesome week! I remember waiting for my call. It was not fun at all lol rough times for sure. I was frustrated about how long it was taking, but it’ll come when God wants it to come I guess hahaha

This week was awesome! We had a baptism on Saturday! Leia Van Wagoner was baptized, which was super cool! She was really excited. We are hoping her family follows soon. Her Dad is a less active member, and she decided to be baptized. Super cool. 

Kelsey is doing better, we have a visit with her tonight

Thanks for the updates. Excited to see you guys :)

Elder Bush

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9, 2017

Hey Mom!

I loved reading about your week. I know you would really love to hear all about mine but I don’t have time. I’m so sorry. 

I will email more next week.

As far as some of the things that happened this week, we have had a really hard time contacting one of our investigators. Named Kelsey.  Remember the one who read the whole Book of Mormon in 24 hours? Yeah she seems to be going through a really hard time so if you could keep her in your prayers that would be awesome. We’re scared we’re going to lose her somehow!!!

Also about joe and Melanie and grandma, that was not a happy situation. I felt really bad but it’s against church policy for me to have visits from them. So I felt bad having to turn them down but I wanted to be obedient. Also, we always leave our apartment unlocked for a couple of reasons: 
We don’t have a key lol
And also, Rawlins crime is really low. Everyone leaves their cars running all the time hahaha we do it too so our car can stay warm. It’s awesome lol 

Love you!

Elder Bush

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2, 2017

That’s so funny that you guys spoke last week too. Elder Shellman and I ended up being the only speakers this last week because someone backed out. That was fun. I did my best to fill the time without dragging on. We spoke about building the Kingdom of God in the latter days. I’ll send you guys my notes! I didn’t type it up, I just picked scriptures and quotes that I wanted to use and then expounded on them. 

We had a great week! We now have 3 investigators on date for baptism! We are excited for them. Kelsey is doing great. She hasn’t been able to make it to church yet, but she really wants to. And she’s read the Book of Mormon once all the way through and then she’s started again. She is amazing. Leia is excited for her baptism! She is doing really well. And the last one, his name is Cameron and he is 10. He doesn’t quite understand that he needs to keep coming to church after his baptism lol we are working on that. 

Sorry the email this week will be short again- I’m trying to stay as focused as possible by not taking a whole lot of time to email. Also, we have appointments starting at 4 today, so we had 2 Less hours to do pday stuff. 

My time is definitely running short. I want to avoid distractions as much as possible and stay super duper focused so I can give the Lord my all for these last weeks of my mission. Because at this point it is just about 6 weeks. 

But I want to make sure that I don’t short change the Lord. 

I love you Mom! I loved your talk too. Thanks for your wonderful example. 
 You are amazing.

Elder Bush

Preaching the gospel to all creatures!

New Year's Eve


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December 26, 2017

I was so happy to see you guys too. I apologize for the short email. Like the shortest I’ve ever sent. 

Our investigator Kelsey texted us and said that she read the whole Book of Mormon! We have had some super spiritual lessons with her and she is progressing super well. Exciting stuff :)

Love you
Elder Bush

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 18, 2017

Hey Mom! 

Honestly, I think through iTunes would probably be easiest. And if you purchase some music on iTunes on Dad’s account, I can probably log in and download it onto my ipad so I can hear it. That way, everyone gets music! I guess some things I will need as far as music include hymns for sure. I know Dad has downloaded hymns from CDs onto his iTunes, but for some reason, I can’t access those when I log in from a different device. Pretty annoying. So a purchase might be needed there hahaha 

Thank you so much for the Christmas package. I got it a couple of days ago, and I am waiting to open it until Christmas haha we even bought a tiny little Christmas tree. Like really tiny. It’s technically an ornament. But we don’t have any money, soooo.... yeah.

Mom, that is so awesome!!!!!! Sometimes you don’t get to see the fruits from the seeds that you have planted for a while, but the fruit does come. That is so so so cool. How did the lesson go on Wednesday? I hope it went great. You are doing a great job at missionary work. And you were doing a great job before, too! You just weren’t able to see the fruit. But hopefully now, you can see how even the smallest acts can lead to big results, like this family being able to have the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives! That is amazing! 

This round of zone conferences, we learned a lot about having the faith to reap. I will share the talk with you. It is an amazing talk by Elder Wilford W. Anderson. He talks about how there are two different levels of faith. 

Faith to try, faith to enroll, faith to thrust in your sickle! This faith is good. 

But then you have 

Faith to do, faith to graduate, and faith to reap. This is the faith that we need if we want to see miracles. 

Laman and Lemuel had the faith to try! They walked 250 miles to Jerusalem to get the brass plates! They tried twice to get the plates from Laban. But, when things got tough, their faith failed. They had the faith to try. But Nephi had the faith to do! We can’t be so critical of Laman and Lemuel. Would we have tried the 3rd time after we had almost been killed by Laban? Would we have gone back into that city? Or would we say 
“Well, we tried! We did our best.”

If Laman and Lemuel had said those words “We tried, we did our best”, they wouldn’t have been lying! They did their best. They did everything they knew how to do. They walked 250 miles through barren wilderness to get these plates. They put a lot of effort into it. 

But often, our best isn’t enough.  I need Jesus Christ. His best is more than enough. That’s why there are 3 principles to having the faith to reap. 

1. Faith in Jesus Christ, not yourself. 
2. Your will must be in line with God’s will. God won’t be able to assist you if He doesn’t agree with the harvest. 
3. Work, work, work. 

Very cool stuff. 

This is where the miracles happen. I hope I have some miracles to share with you over the coming weeks. 

Love you Mom! I’m so excited to talk to you on Christmas morning too :)

Elder Bush

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 12, 2017

Performing as the Three Wise Men:


Elder Shellman did some relaxing breathing exercises and fell asleep...

Elder Shellman and Elder Bush

Mission approved hat?  Yes or No?

Hey Mom!

This week has gone well. We have been able to do a lot of work and we were able to find a couple of people to teach! It was really cool- this Saturday we had an awesome miracle when we decided to tract from 8-9 PM. It’s usually not the most productive time to tract, but I’ve seen lots of miracles from it. 

We knocked on this door at about 8:30, after talking to crazy guy who believed that the earth was flat. Lol. 
But this guy’s name was Joey, and Elder Shellman basically testified that there are prophets on the earth today and that the teachings of the prophets bless our families. Joey let us in! He explained to us that he had been going through a really rough time recently and that he wanted to hear our message. It was very cool because we were able to share the full restoration with him, and he responded well! We are going back to see him tonight. He explained to us that he wants to change his life and that he wants to be a better person. It was pretty cool to hear that from him. We shared Ether 12:27 and explained how the Savior can help him change and became a new person. It was super cool.

We also found someone named Chris who is pretty interested too! He was super super close to his grandfather when he was growing up, and then when he was 8, his grandfather passed away. Pretty sad. He has a lot fo questions about the purpose of life, and about why bad things happen to good people! He is excited to read the Book of Mormon to find the answers to his questions. 

Elder Shellman and I are getting along great. In answer to some of your questions, the 12 week program is what all new missionaries are supposed to go through in order to learn how to be missionaries. It covers the fundamentals of missionary work, which is pretty cool. 

And the training is going great. He likes to work hard and be obedient, which is great.  He tends to stress out about a lot of things. I am helping him to learn how to calm down, take deep breaths, reevaluate his expectations, and relax. So that’s good. 

Sorry, not a lot of time today. We’ve been quite busy and we have dinner in 30 minutes. But, I would like to respond to your question about school plans. 

And I actually do have to think about my plans a little bit in a few weeks, because they have this thing called My Plan that I am required to complete in my final transfer as a missionary. So yeah. But I am still as focused as possible. 

Anyways, Elder Tippetts and I have already decided that we are going to room together when we go to BYU. I will have to go at the fall semester because I don’t have money and will need to get a job. Elder Tippetts will conveniently also go at the fall semester. We want to get an apartment that is off-campus, preferably in between UVU’s campus and BYU’s campus so that some of our other friends who are going to UVU will have the chance to room with us too. So yeah. Hopefully that helps. Lol I was going to tell you about that this P-day actually because I wasn’t sure if Elder Tippett’s mom was going to contact you. Hahaha

Thanks again for sharing these insights. They are super helpful to me. I love them. 

As far as a Christmas package...


I wish I had more ideas. But I’m now getting to the point where I’m trying to not collect to much stuff because I’m just going to end up getting rid of it in a couple of months probably. Honestly though, money is always helpful because I want to get stuff for all of you guys when I come back but I don’t have any money. But also pretty much anything is great. Socks are always good. I could probably use some more garments, but I might just wait until I get home lol I want to update my wardrobe because I have learned how to dress myself, but again, I’ll just wait until I come home hahaha 


As far as a Secret Santa gift... I’m not sure... what does he even like? Is he still into football? Maybe some football gloves or something. Those are helpful. 

Love you. 
Elder Bush

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 5, 2017

Email to mom:

Our goals for December... we set some pretty high goals as a mission and we set some pretty good goals as a district too! 

As a mission, we set goals for all of the key indicators. We set a goal for 30 baptisms and 74 people on date and 500 people at sacrament meeting and 308 new investigators for the month of December. Pretty lofty goals. We are also preparing for January to be miracle month. Our goals are to help 50 people be baptized, and to have 100 people on date for baptism, to have 600 people at sacrament meeting, and to find 500 new investigators. Super lofty goals!!! But we are excited. We are having faith that God will be able to use us to accomplish these goals. We are trying to be as obedient and diligent as possible because we want to make sure the Spirit can be with us as we try to bless the lives of the people in this mission. Last month we set a mission record for baptisms in a single month! We had 34. It was so cool. We have a mission motto now: “One eye. One faith. One baptism”. It’s from Mosiah 18. We are actually going to get mission T-Shirts with the motto on it. I’m super stoked.

Elder Shellman and I have made some goals to live the safeguards and to work hard as well. Something that we like to do is to keep track of the hours we are able to spend proselyting every day. We don’t count hours spent doing service, or studies, or meals. We can usually get about 5-6 hours of proselyting in. If you think about it, you have 11 hours in a proselyting day, 1 hour of which is dinner, and another hour for comp study. So now ou have 9 available hours. Don’t forget lunch and the 12 week program for new missionaries (because Elder Shellman is fresh out of the MTC) so now we have 8 available hours in the day. If we do any service or have any meetings, then we have to take out probably an hour or two. So the day gets filled up pretty quickly. You have to factor in bathroom breaks and driving time as well, so the day just gets super full super fast. I am striving to be as diligent as possible, and tracking proselyting time definitely helps me. Yesterday we had 4 hours of proselyting time. We also had 3 hours of service, a 1.5 hour meeting, dinner, 12 week, and comp study. So we were literally perfect with our time yesterday. That felt good.  I think I will probably finish my mission as his companion.

My "mission sons", Elder Shellman & Elder Hatch

Weekly planning

It is gross to me to think about my travel plans home. Ew. But there is less than 3 months left. Yikes. I am excited to see you guys again, but I don’t know how to not be a missionary. I honestly won’t know what to do with myself all day.

This week I had a great experience with prayer. I took the time this Sunday to kneel and pray, and I thought about each sentence as I said it. It was a totally different feeling, and it was awesome. My prayer had meaning to it. Instead of me just kneeling down and saying the same old thing and then wondering why I didn’t feel refreshed or connected with heaven, I understood that although I sincerely wanted to have my prayers be a good experience, I didn’t really mean all of the things I was saying. I was just kinda saying things to say them, and hoping that I would feel good from my prayer. 

My spiritual thought this week comes from Alma 27:18. I love this scripture. 

“Now was this not exceeding joy? Behold, this is the joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness”.

This week I have really learned that true joy is only found in Jesus Christ. We can’t find it any other way. Helaman 5:12 has taken on new meaning to me recently. How do we build on the Rock of our Redeemer? It is by living the doctrine of Christ. 

I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is from God. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He is our Savior and Redeemer. He has bought us with a precious price. What a beautiful thing to think about. It makes me sad but also it makes me very grateful. I can’t comprehend the amount of love that He has for us. He didn’t complete His Atonement so He could look good or earn power and glory to Himself, he completed it simply because He loves us. It makes me think about what my motivations are. 

Thanks for sharing those thoughts on Alma 5! I love that chapter :) I will do that reflection thing. I really like that talk from Elder Ballard. 

What you said about Elder Christofferson reminded me about President Uchtdorf’s talk from April “The Greatest Among You”. He has a very similar experience that he shared at the very beginning of the talk. So cool. 

Love you Mom! I’m excited to talk to you guys in a couple of weeks.

Elder Bush

Creepy Christmas decoration!