Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 14, 2017

Email to mom:

Emily seems to be doing well, I think Isaac ran into some anti-mormon material...that's always the worst

This is probably the shortest email you will ever get from me hahaha i'm super sorry, we had a super busy day running errands for the office. 

we had a really good week with some super cool miracles! that video of us stopping and talking to the guy in the street resulted in a new investigator! It was awesome. 

I am getting along really well with elder mcfadden. actually, just kidding. he's garbage but i'm trying to be positive about it. lol no we have a lot of fun.

that sounds like a fun campout! hahaha let me know how it goes

i will send you guys copies of my talk and also of our training that we are going to give at zone conference. 

love you so much! sorry for the lame email
Elder Bush

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017

This week we went to the temple again! I love that place. This time, I
learned a lot- especially ago the fact that everything points to the
Savior. It is only through Him that we can return to live with our
Heavenly Father!

Sadly, most of our brothers and sisters here on earth don't know that,
and many of them are lost in this world, searching from happiness and
truth, but they "know not where to find it"

We have found lots of people to teach this week just by talking with
everyone. I challenge you all to share your testimony of Jesus Christ
with someone this week! You will bless their lives more than you know

Always appropriately yours,
Elder Bush

Email to mom: 
Happy Tuesday!

That's so crazy that the house in Georgia was finally sold! I remember going with dad to look for a house in Grovetown. That was so long ago- it's one of my favorite memories. I didn't really know what was going on, but I just loved spending time with dad.  I remember a couple of times where he asked me what I thought. I thought it was the coolest thing to be going with dad to look at houses. Hahaha

Also, I think it is so funny that you mention songs like those- I listened to songs like that all the time when I was companions with Elder Prescott! Hahaha he called it "The Brown Hymnbook" lol it's awesome. I posted a video on the photoshare. This morning we were actually listening to it in the car on the way to the temple hahaha

The temple was awesome! I was really blessed to be able to attend twice in the past 3 weeks. This time I was super tired 😴 but I still learned a lot. One of the things I learned was the it really is only through Jesus Christ that we can approach the Father and return to His presence. Sometimes I get caught up with all of the different things, but when I remember what they mean, it is powerful, and I love it. 

We had some really cool finding miracles this week! On exchanges with Elder Fluhman (the guy who was in my YSA Ward at BYU) we stopped and talked to this 16 or 17 year old girl named Emily in the street. She had just recently lost her father, and we shared the Book of Mormon with her. We read scriptures with her about how Jesus Christ makes us free and recovers us from the every fall we experience, and she liked it. We gave her a copy and asked if we could come back and teach her and her mother that evening. She said we could, so we went back that evening at 7 and her mother didn't really want to listen at that time, but she was totally cool with us teaching her daughter, so that was neat. We shared the whole restoration with Emily and the Spirit was definitely there! At the end of the lesson we asked her how she had felt, and she said that she felt really happy and that she believed it was true! So cool! We have not been able to meet with her again yet, but keep her in your prayers!

We also met with a guy named Isaac this week. He was taking his trash out on Saturday morning and we talked to him. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and we went back and taught him that afternoon. He enjoyed our message and committed to come to church this Sunday! He said he believed it was true, but we aren't sure if he understands priesthood authority completely. But the Spirit is definitely working on these people! I love being a missionary!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017

The highlight of this week was by far being able to go to the temple
with Ron, a recent convert from Frederick!

I hope he doesn't mind me bragging about him and talking about him for a bit.
Love ya Ron!

It was a wonderful experience. It was a privilege for me to be able to
be in the celestial room of the temple with him, almost exactly a year
after we talked to him while he was in his garage. He is such an
amazing man. He is so humble and obedient. He is loving and kind to
everyone he meets. He has brought new life and love to the ward he was
baptized into. He is truly a disciple of Jesus Christ and I consider
myself blessed to know him. He is always thinking of others. He is a
great example to me of someone who serves and loves with all of his

Other than that, this week was pretty hectic and crazy. We had
transfers and so we had to help some missionaries transition and get
settled, which was busy. Elder McFadden and I have set some goals for
the work we are trying to accomplish these next couple of transfers. I
am excited to see how the work progresses!

I love you all so very much!

Elder Bush

Email to Mom:

So transfer day... here's how it went down.

We got up at 2:45 in the morning to get ready and arrived at the
mission home at 4 to take the missionaries to the airport. I drove a
truck with a trailer and all the luggage so I got to drive by myself.
(There's a new church policy that says that if you're driving by
yourself you can't take a passenger) 

So I drove all the luggage down to the Denver airport. We dropped off
the old missionaries and wished them goodbye. (5:30 AM) Among these
missionaries were Elder Fraser (previous companion), Elder Domnikov
(previous companion), and Elder Young (he used to be my zone leader).

After they left, we went and had breakfast at a diner (6:45 AM). I had
biscuits and gravy. I also almost fell asleep. Then we went and
ordered lunch for the new missionaries at subway. (8 AM) Then we
waited in President McMurrays car until about 9:45 when we headed back
over to the airport, with the sandwiches. We saw some members from one
of my previous areas at the airport, which was cool. They were picking
up their daughter from the airport because she was coming home from
her mission! Pretty cool. We picked up the new missionaries and their
luggage and fed them and then we began the journey back to Windsor.
(11 AM) I drove the luggage again. President and my companion took the
new missionaries to the temple to take pictures and to introduce them
to the temple. I took all their luggage to the mission office, and,
with the help of a senior couple, unloaded the luggage for all 19 new
missionaries and took it into the office, parked the trailer, and set
up the orientation meeting. We then had our orientation meeting, which
lasted from about 1:30- 3:30. The trainers then picked up the new
missionaries and headed to their respective areas. We helped clean up
and helped everyone figure out where they were going, (plus a bunch of
other random stuff that happened, like helping missionaries load
luggage and attach bike racks, etc.) and then we headed to Cheyenne to
drop off the first of the new missionaries. We generally don't like to
have trainers come from super far away to pick up their companions so
we drive their companions to them. It saves a lot of miles for the
mission. So we stopped in Cheyenne, dropped off a couple new
missionaries, grabbed dinner, and then began the 2.5 hour trip to
Casper. (7:45 PM)

Then we dropped off the new missionaries, and crashed at the zone
leaders apartment in Casper around 11. I was so tired because I hadn't
been able to get a nap. I also forgot to bring a toothbrush so I
walked in and asked if anyone had an extra toothbrush. One of the
missionaries did have an extra one that he had only used about 8 times
so I ended up brushing my teeth with his and then crashing on a
mattress with no blanket, and no pillow.
Needless to say, I was cold and didn't sleep super well. We got up at
6:30 the next morning and drove back down to Windsor. I was super
exhausted but we still had to go to our district Meeting and also had
to deal with a bunch more missionary issues because while we were
sleeping up in Casper, one of the missionaries had just been
transferred to Sterling, CO. You can look on the map to see where that
is. He hated it so much he stole the keys and drove back to Windsor...
President told him off and he will be going back to his area soon but
needless to say, it was a hectic day.

Our whole week has pretty much been like that. Crazy stuff. Towards
the end of the week it was able to wind down but we still weren't able
to get much work done. In fact, we were barely able to study at all
this week. My studies on Tuesday were just me listening to talks while
I drove down to Denver at 4 in the morning lol

We haven't met with the guy who read half of the Book of Mormon yet,
but we are meeting with him in Tuesday! I will let you know how it

I love that application of that scripture in 2 Nephi. Wonderful. I
will include more spiritual thoughts in my email to dad, and I will
talk more in detail about Ron in that one too!

I love you so much mom! You are the greatest. I mean that when I say it.

Elder Bush

Pre-haircut.....                                      Haircut!

Elder McFadden sleeping!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 24, 2017


(To Mom)

This week was very crazy and busy. We spent about 50 hours in the mission office this week working on transfers. It was awful, but it is still always cool to see how President plans transfers, and also to be a part of that. God definitely has a plan for all of His children! Sometimes we are too prideful and we resist His guidance, but when we humbly and faithfully keep His commandments, He has wonderful blessings in store for us. 

My new companion is Elder McFadden. He is awesome. He began his mission about 4.5 months after I did. He is a great missionary and has great desires to work hard. 

For the next couple of transfers, Elder McFadden and I want to break the "wicked traditions of our fathers" aka all the hypocritical stuff APs did before. In times past, the assistants had felt like they were on top of the world and that the rules didn't apply to them. They didn't work super hard and just had fun instead of actually proselyting. Elder McFadden and I want to change that. 

We saw a really cool miracle this week as we were trying to set up some teaching appointments. Elder McFadden remembered a door he had knocked on a couple of transfers ago when he was on an exchange with a previous assistant. He remembered that the guy they had talked to had seemed pretty receptive, so we decided to go knock on his door. When he answered, we asked him if he had read at all from the Book of Mormon he had been given, and he said he had read about half of it! We were so excited! We set up a return appointment for a couple of days away. I am so excited to teach him the gospel. 

This upcoming week is going to be pretty crazy too. Tomorrow we drive the departing missionaries to the airport and stay down there until the new missionaries arrive. We then take them back from Denver to the mission office in Windsor where they get a brief orientation and then they meet their new companions and head to their respective areas.  We have to drive to Casper because two missionaries are being trained in Riverton and Lusk. Their trainers will meet us in Casper. We will probably stay the night in Casper and then head back down to Windsor early the next morning because we have to help our mission vehicle coordinator transport 8 cars to the mission office from Fort Collins. Then, the rest of the day on Wednesday is filled with random odd things we will have to do, such as filling out the key indicator report for the mission and helping other missionaries fix their area book problems. Crazy crazy stuff. Sometimes I enjoy it, sometimes I don't, but I am happy to serve the Lord wherever He wants me.

I love you so much mom! Thank you for your spiritual thoughts and for your insights, I always love reading them. I definitely don't want to be disappointed in any way when the Savior comes again. I was just thinking about this the other day, and I think I am excited for when He comes again, but I know I have a lot to do before then :)

I love you so much Mom. You are such a great example of faith and patience and love to me.
Sorry this email is kinda short, not a lot to report on this week

Elder Bush

Preach my gospel is so amazing.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

This week has been crazy, filled with lots of meetings and traveling!
The theme of our zone conferences this week was the Book of Mormon,
and we were encouraged to bear our testimony of the Book of Mormon in
our weekly this week.

But first, quick update on the work here in Windsor. We are trying our
hardest to contact ALL the less active families in the Windsor Ward.
There is about 200 households, so that's a piece of work. It has been
awesome so far though, and has led to some teaching opportunities.
Hopefully I will have exciting things to share in coming weeks. I am
doing better at keeping a record this time too, so now we will have
something to leave to the missionaries who follow us.

That being said, there are only a couple of things that I love to talk
about more than I love to talk about the Book of Mormon. There are two
main reasons for that:

1. It's true.
2. (And this one is a little longer.)
Because the Book of Mormon is the word of God, it has great converting
power in it! As I read the Book of Mormon, my faith in Christ is
strengthened, and so my ability to repent increases as well! The Book
of Mormon inspires me to sacrifice my weapons of rebellion to show God
that I love Him.
I know that it will do the same for all of you as well. Read the Book
of Mormon every day!
Every day.
Every day.
Every day.

If you do that, you will come closer to Jesus Christ than you can imagine.

Sorry if that came off as preachy, but I just love the Book of Mormon.
It is amazing. It will change your life, if it hasn't already. And if
it has already changed your life, it will continue to change you as
you dive deeper and deeper into its pages.

Lots of appropriate affection
Elder Bush

Picture: our zone in front of the temple 😂

Email to mom:

I am so excited for Reuben! I think that's a wonderful goal: to try and make sure it's his decision and not just something he does because everyone expects him to do. Here's an idea: the full time missionaries can still teach him the lessons before his baptism and extend all the commitments to him before he gets baptized. 
Or, (I like this idea better) 
You guys learn the lessons and teach them to him! 
But you would probably know better what would be most effective. Maybe you feel more like it is his decision when the missionaries come instead of you guys. Idk. 
The commitments in those lessons will help him realize and be fully prepared. Also, as you're preparing him for baptism, D&C 20:37 is the qualifications for baptism. Amazing. 
I'm going to use that with my kids when I grow up for sure. 

I think what best prepared me for college from our school was being able to learn by myself and know that if I ever had any questions, I could go to you guys. With math that didn't work out too well, but I am now prepared to go to college and teach myself all these things again. I have forgotten so much on my mission! The other day I heard the word "exponents" for the first time in almost 18 months, and it took me a good 15 seconds to remember what exponents were! 

So yeah. I will have to reteach myself a few things when I get home, but I have full confidence that I can because you taught me how to teach myself. That is the best skill you can help them learn, by far. As far as asking questions and being effective at teaching, I think you should read PMG chapter 10! Amazing chapter, and these principles can be applied to teaching anything, not just the gospel! The section about asking questions is wonderful too. 

Something I have learned this week...
There was a lot from Zone conferences too. Our theme was the Book of Mormon. I love that book. 

This was my favorite insight. Read this from D&C 84:

46 And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

47 And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.

52 And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me

How do we hear the voice of the Savior while here on earth? 

The voice of the Savior is the still, small voice. Any prompting or impression from the Spirit is the voice of the Savior inviting us to follow Him and to follow His Father! 

John 10:27 

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me

That whole chapter about following the voice of the Savior is super enlightening. 
But we also learn that if we want to hear the voice of the Savior, aka, the Spirit, there is no better place to go than in the Book of Mormon! Those who read the Book of Mormon and hear the voice of the Savior are the elect who are humble enough to be led into the fold of God. 

The scripture does not say 
"The sheep who are convinced that my fold is the best fold"
"The sheep that follow the other sheep around them"

The best way, and in fact the only way to bring sheep into the fold of God is to help them hear the voice of the Spirit. What is the best way we can do that? We have to give them His words, so they can hear His voice, so they can be encircled in the arms of His love. Give them the Book of Mormon and get them to read it! Read it with them! Do whatever you have to do to help them hear and recognize His voice. 

This is the key to missionary work. There is no other/better way to do this.

I love the Book of Mormon. It is so purely the words of Christ. The words of Christ will always lead us safely home to our Heavenly Father. 

This same principle is also applicable to not just investigators, but it can be applied in families and in church callings. 

Man, I just love the gospel.

I love you mom! You are so amazing! I'm so excited to hug you in February!

Elder Bush

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10, 2017

I apologize in advance. This weekly will be short. Some of you will be happy about that though. 

We did have a cool experience this week though! As we have been trying to find people to teach and bring back to church, we found a lady named Josephine who wants to "get back in the swing of things"! She has a sincere desire, which was very cool to see. She has been less active for a while, but she does want to do the things that will bring her closer to the Savior. Cool stuff. 

Also, I read in Alma 33:28 this week, and it was powerful to me. 

"And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will."
If we want to partake of the fruit of the tree of life and experience everlasting life, if we want to have the word planted in our hearts and become converted to the gospel, it is possible! All we have to do is choose it, like Alma says. In the doctrine and covenants, the Lord says that the "power is in [us]", that we are agents unto ourselves to choose eternal life or eternal death! (D&C 58) 

I hope and pray that we all choose eternal life through Jesus Christ by doing those simple things every day that bring us closer to Him, just like Josephine committed to do! 

I love you all very appropriately 
Elder Bush

Pictures 1 and 2- MLC
Picture 3- Happy Meals for days because we got a bunch of mcdonalds coupons 




Email to mom:

That's so crazy that you guys got puppies! I am happy that you did though. I won't have to come home to not having a dog lol we will have 2! So funny. They are super cute. I can see why you had to get both of them hahaha 

It is true, Mandi, and Echo have not responded to the gospel. In fact, both of them have told us that they don't want to meet with us anymore. It's pretty sad. We have faith that the Lord will lead us to others who are prepared though! We have been working hard to help the members become more involved. We are seeing some fruits from that, but it is definitely more slow going. However, even though working with the members in the area is the slow way, it is the best way. We probably won't see the fruits of our efforts here, but as we take the time to help build up the members and help them become good member missionaries, they will continue their efforts long after we leave. 

We are excited because there are a couple of people that some members are working with that have some solid potential! It's pretty cool. 

Also this week we spent a lot of time trying to contact people in the area that nobody knows. We go through the ward lists and pick out the people that pretty much nobody knows and contact them. It's super good! We found a lady named Josephine who has been less active for a long time that wants to come back to church! Her husband isn't a member, but we are going to see her on Wednesday to teach her! Exciting!

So the rest of this transfer will be super crazy! We have Zone conferences on TuesdayWednesdayThursday, and Friday! Zone Conferences last from 8 AM to about 3 or 4 PM. We will be in Loveland, Fort Collins, then Cheyenne, and finally Casper this week. Crazy. It will be a tiring week. Also, since Elder Fraser is going home on the 25th, I will probably know who my new companion will be this weekend. 
Then next week we are planning transfers and orienting my new companion, and then I will have to be the senior assistant! I still don't know what I'm doing, so that will be exciting. 

Sorry I don't have a lot to report on, this week has not been super exciting. We did have a car fast this Saturday. We walked probably about 6 or 7 miles that day. (And we got special permission to drive for the first half because we had to pick up one of the McMurray kids for work) 
We are trying to work as hard as we can, and we aren't seeing a whole lot of results, but we are trying. We have faith that we will see miracles as we keep showing our faith. 

Love you mom! Thanks for sharing your insights again. I love it.

Love you!
Elder Bush

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Picture update

With the photo share we have with Elder Bush it takes a few more steps for me to put the photos on the blog!  Sorry for the lack of photos lately, but here's about 25 to make up for it!  I'm still trying to figure out how to move videos from the photo share to the computer...

A trip to Martin's Cove:

Elder Bush, Elder Coleman, and Elder Fraser

Elder Coleman:

"So much good food, I passed out and Elder Burrell had to keep feeding me..."

Elder Fraser and some sister missionaries got ahold of Elder Bush's ipad... this is picture number 3,476 out of 4,500!

Missionary Yoga:

Elder Tippetts and Elder Bush

Mission tour with Elder DeFeo:

Spencer and Amanda did baptisms at the temple:

A letter to the Elders in their new ward:

Elder Fraser did the "Bear hot challenge" at Wing Shack.
Wings with ghost pepper sauce.  He ate 10 in 3:57 and won a hat.

Elder Fonotisatele, Elder Tippetts, and Elder Bush:

"We scared Elder Coleman really good right before he went home.
He seriously is a very good sport about it.
He is always so scared but laughs about it afterwards."

Exchanges with Cheyenne zone leaders:

A hilarious stolen bike sign:

Elder Bush caught Elder Fraser taking a mini-nap!

Workout leg day:

Breakfast with the McMurrays and Jan Ross from Cheyenne: