Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

I am so excited for fall too! We got to break out the sweaters last week and I was so happy. We have had a hot summer (not nearly as hot as El Paso though) and I am so ready for fall. 

Thank you so much for sharing all those insights! I love hearing about the things you learn each week. Especially the thoughts about the temple are very beautiful! It's really good to have those simple goals like "love." Because it helps you to be focused on them! I hope soon that the kids will learn how to study and stuff. Valuable skills haha

I hope you and dad don't think that I don't want to spend time with you guys because I made the "couple of weeks" comment haha I've just heard from almost everyone that after a couple weeks of being home, they go crazy because they have nothing to do- but I guess if I get a job down in El Paso then I would be pretty busy. I'm sure Bush's chicken would take me back lol

Today we hiked Horsetooth mountain in Fort Collins! It was so pretty. We hiked with Elder Judd and Elder Hatch, two of my favorite guys. They are so fun. 

This week we only had two meetings! It was a nice change lol we have spent a lot of time trying to find people to teach this week. We have had little success, but we will not give up! We know there are people out there for us to find. We just have to find them. I have a testimony that the Lord will guide us to them. We just have to keep working hard and trying our best to find those who are prepared for the restored gospel. 

Like I mentioned last week, we are trying to be more creative in our finding methods. We are starting a scripture study class on October 8th! We will be studying the New Testament, which will be awesome. We hope to find people this way. We also are going to try to start up some firesides where members can invite their friends. That will be cool. I'll send a picture of the flyer we made on the photoshare. 

I almost have the Living Christ memorized! The document you made with Jose pictures is really really helpful. I worked on it this past Sunday during Stake Conference 😬 haha we couldn't hear super well where we were sitting so I tried to occupy myself otherwise lol I love that document! The Living Christ has strengthened my testimony so much. I seriously love reading it. 

Stake Conference was actually really good. We learned a lot about how ordinances are connected to the Atonement of Jesus Christ and also about the importance of the temple. I learned a lot, which was very cool. It's so weird for me to look back and see how much my mission has changed me. It is astounding. I can hardly believe the massive change. I barely recognize myself when I entered the MTC. It's also hard to convey that change over email, so it will be fun when I get home to get to know you guys again, as weird as that sounds hahaha

These past couple of weeks have been crazy busy- we usually still find ways to get our studies in- and I figure that I can rest when I get home lol. I'm hoping to be able to take a nap at some point today, but we have a lesson scheduled at 5:30 so it's looking like it might not happen. 

This past week I went on a cleaning spree and deep cleaned our apartment. I'm becoming OCD about cleanliness. Slowly but surely 😂 our apartment is really clean though! That's nice. 

This week as I have studied in the Book of Mormon and as I have studied the Living Christ, my sense of love for Jesus Christ has grown so much! I'm not serving a mission for myself. I'm not serving it for you guys, or for anyone back home. I'm serving a mission for Jesus Christ. That is my primary motivation. I feel a deep sense of loyalty to my Savior. I'm so grateful for that. 

Thank you for being the best mom ever. This is true. I know everybody says that about their moms, but when I say it, it's actually true. 

I love you.
Elder Bush

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

I did not email last week. I am sorry. I'm super bad at this, in case
you guys hadn't noticed. Anyways, I'm doing well, and the mission is
amazing! We are trying to be creative with our finding methods. We are
starting a scripture study class here in a few weeks. It should be
fun! I will let you guys know how that goes.

Quick thought:

"Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which
I have given unto you--that I came into the world to do the will of my
Father, because my Father sent me."

3 Nephi 27:13

This is also our purpose in life! To do the will of our Father who
sent us. This is the only way we find true joy.

I love you all!
Have a good week.

Appropriately yours,
Elder Bush

(Email to Mom)

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Thank you for the updates! I
can't believe that Leslie is at college! Too insane. So hard to wrap
my mind around that. Before you know it, Owen and Troy will be leaving
the house too. Wow. I loved getting all the pictures and seeing how
the "drop- off" went! Leslie is going to love BYU-I. I just hope she
doesn't get married within the first 6 months hahaha wow. I hope she
does better at keeping contact with you guys than I did... I wish I
had kept more in touch when I was at college. I am excited to go back
and start learning again. I feel like my brain has turned into mush

I still can't comprehend that leslie has the house! Crazy. I'm excited for her.

also I think that it is so cool that the kids piano teacher finally
came to church! That's awesome! The power of simple invitations can
never be underestimated!

I can't believe how fast the time is flying! This week I will hit my
19 month mark 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

I am running out of time and I just want to keep working harder and
harder. I'm sure it was kinda rough on you guys last week- I'm sorry.
We didn't really get a pday. The only time we had on Monday was the
time I spent emailing you guys. So we basically worked 2 weeks
straight without a p-day! I'm sure all the time I've wasted on my
mission must have added up to at least a day or two so I'm not worried
about missing one hahaha I'll have plenty when I get home lol

Now let me tell you how insane this week was! Hopefully there are some
missionary highlights too :)

Monday: we spent all day getting ready for transfers the next day. We
discovered that there was a funeral scheduled at the building where we
normally have transfers, so we had to move everything to a different
building (namely all the cars had to be transported over) it was
pretty busy. Then we had to take a missionary to the airport and drop
him off because he was headed to Australia and he finally got his
visa. Then we had to deal with all the departing missionaries and help
get their luggage situated and get all their cars in the right spots.
That was sort of a nightmare because it was a big group going home. We
didn't eat dinner that night, that's how busy we were. We got to be
around 11.

Tuesday: we woke up at 2:30 AM! We got dressed and ready and drove all
the departing missionaries to the airport so they could be there by 5
to make their flights at 7. I dropped off one of my previous
companions, Elder Callahan. Man, I love that guy. He's awesome. We had
breakfast with the McMurrays and then we went back to the airport to
pick up all the new missionaries! There were 25 of them, so as you can
imagine, it was a crazy experience to try and guide 25 brand new
missionaries and their luggage around the Denver International
Airport. We somehow did it, and then once we all got to the vans and
fed the new missionaries lunch, we realized that one of them was
feeling really really sick. Like needed to go to the urgent care sick.
Apparently he had gotten about 10 hours of sleep over the past 3 days
and we later discovered that he had mono. 😬 so my companion drove him
to the urgent care, and the rest of us drove all the new missionaries
to the church building next to the temple where we unloaded their
luggage and then drove them all over to the mission office to do the
new missionary orientation. Elder Borges helped me do the new
missionary orientation even though he had never done it before. That
was fun hahaha and then we drove them all back to the temple to give
them to their trainers. Elder McFadden and a "Elder Urgent Care" as he
was affectionately dubbed, were finally back. We then had to drive all
the new missionaries and their luggage up to Casper Wyoming. Yay. We
didn't get to leave Windsor until about 7 PM because of all the stuff
we had to do to make sure transfers went smoothly. (I hadn't eaten
lunch or dinner yet because there hadn't been enough at the airport)
It was in this state that we began the 3 1/2 hour drive up to Casper,
having not slept in about 15 or 16 hours. We stopped in Cheyenne and
grabbed some dinner from McDonald's and then drove the rest of the way
up. I think I have mastered the techniques of keeping myself awake
when I drive. I can't listen to music because I can't use headphones,
and when everyone else is asleep, I can't really blast music either,
so I just leaned my seat all the way back so I didn't have anything to
rest on and forced myself to stay awake by maintaining really good
posture all the way up.

Wednesday: By some miracle we made it up to Casper, dropped all the
new missionaries off to their new companions, and then eventually made
it to bed by 12:30 AM. For about 29 seconds I considered just staying
awake until 2:30 so I could pull a full 24 hours but then I remembered
that we had to get up at 6:30 to make it back down to DIA to pick up a
missionary whose flight had been cancelled the day before. We slept
for about 6 hours and then drove 5 hours down to DIA to pick up the
new guy. We then drove all the way back up to Windsor and dropped him
off with his companion. For the rest of the day, we fixed Area Book
problems, did our studies, and went to a couple of teaching
appointments. Honestly I don't remember very much of what happened
that day. The rest of it kinda passed in a blur.

Thursday: we had exchanges! We got almost a full day of proselyting. I
was exhausted. We had a couple of cool miracles! We found 2 pretty
solid potential investigators, one who was really touched by the
Spirit. His name was Jay and he was looking for a church. We told him
we would be back to read the Book of Mormon with him. I am excited for
that one. We worked hard all day and eventually got to bed around
10:45 that night.

Friday: we had MLC! It was a meeting from 8 AM to 4 PM. I will talk
more about some cool stuff from that meeting in my email to dad. Elder
McFadden and I were struggling to stay awake during that one.

Saturday: we took a missionary home to the airport.  That we super
sad, because he was going home early. Depressing morning for sure. But
airport trip number 4 out if the week... ugh. Also, we had to put
together a report for the missions key indicators and we also did
weekly Planning. That took up most of our day. We were also still
exhausted, so we were definitely less than effective, but we also
managed to do missionary work that day too! We had a good lesson about
the tree of life with one of the less actives in the ward.

Sunday: we had 4 less actives come to church! That was awesome! Also,
Douglas D Holmes of the young men's general presidency kinda just
showed up to our ward. That was kinda nuts. Super cool though. He gave
a great talk and helped energize the ward so that was cool.

Anyways, that was pretty much our week! I don't remember a lot of
other stuff, but we probably spent about 30 hours in the car (at
least) lol driving from place to place to place. Ridiculous. We are
excited to do missionary work this week. :)

Love you mom

Elder Bush

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 4, 2017

(Email to Mom)

Thank you so much for your booklet that you sent me. this transfer i am actually going to try and memorize the Living Christ, and that will help me a lot. 

I love those insights about the Living Christ and the Book of Mormon. Thank you for sharing! This week I have been very grateful for the Holy Ghost. It is the sure way that we can know truth, and that is very comforting. 

gotta run, but I love you very much and I hope you have an amazing week. I will give you the full details of our hectic transfer week next week! Unless we get an extra p-day.

Elder Bush

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 28, 2017

Dear everyone, 

This week has been awesome! We have spent a lot of time teaching people of Jesus Christ. We have worked hard and been able to see some cool miracles. 

I will share one today- we tracted into a less active family who hasn't been to church in forever! We talked to her for a little bit and then we broke down. She said that she just didn't feel comfortable going to church. She said she felt unworthy and that she couldn't really go to any church. We immediately pulled out the Book of Mormon, because the Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul 👍👍👍
We read 2 Nephi 26:25-27
I will quote them here. 

25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.
26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.

She loved this scripture. It really impacted her and comforted her. I think it can be a great comfort to all of us to realize that God will never turn us away. He is always asking for us to come to Him and find true peace. The only thing He asks of us is a willing heart. 

I know that when we offer our hearts to God, he can heal us. That's why we have to offer our whole hearts! If we only offer a part of our hearts, then He can only heal part of us. If we offer our whole selves, He will change us and fix us and make us into something infinitely better than we could ever dream. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone has the opportunity to come to Him!

This week, turn yourself more fully to God. Then, help someone else to do so. We do this through repentance. I can promise you your life will be happier. That's a fact.

In other news, I can't stand my companion. He is a scrub. I can barely get him out of the house to do missionary work. Keep us in your prayers 😜

Jk we are actually working super hard. I love being a missionary ❤️❤️❤️

And I love you all. With much propriety. 
Elder Bush

Picture 1: My companion falls asleep everywhere. Even during workouts! It's super funny. 

Picture 2: I ran into someone who served his mission with my grandfather this week! There are no coincidences in the kingdom of God. 



Email to mom:

I think it is crazy how hard Satan works on us right before really good things happen. I'm bummed that I missed his baptism but it's okay- I'm so glad that he chose to be baptized. He looks really happy in all of the pictures. What a cute kid.

Thanks for sharing that experience. Satan works on all of us, and if he can get us to not feel the Spirit, he is happy. Whether that is through disobedience or stress or discouragement or whatever it is, our hearts can't be changed without the Spirit to purify them, so he wants to keep us away from the influence of the Spirit for sure.

That is so true. I feel like my mission has passed by in that same way- like a dream! I can't believe that so much time has passed. It makes me just keep trying to work harder and harder- I don't want to waste a second. 

Today we spent a lot of time playing sports. I am out of shape for real. It's nuts. 

This week we had a lot of cool experiences! Especially the day I had dinner with the Hale family. It was so cool to realize that I was having dinner with someone that Grandpa had served his mission with. That was super duper cool. 

We also had a really awesome lesson with that guy named Tracy Bates. He has been really struggling with the concept of modern day prophets, but something has definitely touched him because he read the wholeBook of Mormon! We taught him the principle of revelation again. We really focused on helping him to receive the revelation he needs in order to progress. The lesson was very spiritual and the member present was our mission president, so naturally that was awesome! Hahaha At the end of the lesson, Tracy prayed and after the prayer he looked at us and said something to the effect of "I have a lot of hurdles to overcome. Thank you guys. I appreciate your visits. I need to do some more reading and a lot of praying." It was super cool! He is sincere and he has real intent, so I have faith that he is going to get his answer. 

We have been working really hard this week to find new people to teach. We have encountered a lot of people who have some potential! I am hoping and praying that we can help many people come unto Christ before I get transferred. 

This week is transfer planning. It is a super sacred experience to be able to sit in the transfer room and help determine what will happen in the lives of the missionaries. It is amazing to realize that God does play a hand in our lives. He will make sure that we will be able to have the best experiences for us. It may not be the best experience, but it will be the best for us. 

Anyways, I love you very much Mom! You are the best. I am so grateful for your example to me. You are truly amazing. 


Elder Bush

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

Dear everyone. I love you all. Today we watched the eclipse with our
mission president! It was pretty cool actually.

This week a lot of our appointments fell through and cancelled, so we
had a hard time. We were able to see a really cool miracle of having
one of the families we are working with attend church. They haven't
been to church in a long time so it was super awesome to see that! I
love them.

This email has been super lame. I know. It is usually like this... I
will try harder in the future

Appropriate love,
Elder Bush

You all just wanted the pictures anyways hahaha

Email to Mom:

We got to watch the eclipse with President and Sister McMurray at their house. It was super fun! It was really cool because it got noticeably cooler outside and it got darker. It was sweet. 

Elder McFadden and I also played this game called "Can Jam". You have two cardboard boxes with a slit cut in one side and the top completely open. The object of the game is to get a frisbee to touch or get into the cardboard box. You throw the frisbee from about 20 feet away. You both stand next to your boxes, and you are allowed to touch the frisbee once after your teammate throws it, so you can maybe hit it into the box. Super fun game! I don't know if my description helps you understand it. Maybe next P-day we will send a video of us playing. 

That sounds like a really busy week! I'm glad the campout was fun. Bummed that I miss Reuben's baptism, but it's okay. That's super cool that The Other Bush's saw Elder Allen! Hahaha that is so funny. I wonder if they got a picture. Probably not but that's still pretty cool! 

This week we had a lot of Zone conferences. Well, actually, let me backtrack. 

Tuesday morning we drove 4 missionaries home. They went home mid-transfer so they could get to school. It was a weird feeling to drop them off, mostly because the sister who came out with me, Sister Goldberg, went home! I hit my 18 month mark on Reuben's birthday. We were in Cheyenne for a Zone Conference that day. 
That whole week is kind of a blur, because we basically did the same thing every day! We got up early, went and set up Zone Conference for president McMurray, sat through Zone Conference, gave our training, and then did missionary work from about 4 or 5 until the evening. (Except for Thursday and Friday, we had to drive on those days) it was crazy. I will send a picture of our training. I wrote it in my notebook so I have to take a picture of it . It was great to see all my mission friends last week. It's always pretty fun. I think I'd rather be doing missionary work though. 

It is pretty insane to me to realize that I have been on my mission for 18 months already. It feels like being a missionary is just simply my life! I don't know how it feels to be a "normal person" hahaha

On Sunday we had a Part- member family come to church! They are the Cooks. The daughter, who is 14, isn't a member, and she is currently on date for baptism for October 21st! (Evelyn's birthday haha) it is quite a ways away but we are excited for her family because they have been less active for quite some time. Almost the entire family came to church this week. It was a big step for them! They are such a great family. 

Awesome thoughts/insights! I love the scripture where He says that: "my kindness shall not depart from thee". Beautiful! 

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!