Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Hey everyone! 

This week I found out that I am being transferred to Rawlins, Wyoming! Just in time for the winter :) 

I am actually really stoked to go back to Wyoming! Rawlins has a population of about 9500 people, and there are 2 sets of missionaries out there, so we will be working with a pretty small population, but I am super excited to work out there, because I hear that the work is going really well out there! Regardless, please keep me in your prayers so I don’t freeze to death out there.

This week has been great because we have been able to spend a lot of time following up with the investigators we found last week! Turns out, quite a few of them are actually interested and we had great lessons with them. Sadly, none of them came to church, but we are doing our best to keep daily contact with them and help them to keep commitments.

If you didn’t realize already, we are on Facebook! This is a tool for us to help fellowship our investigators and share the gospel more. I am excited to keep using this to bring people to Christ! 

I’m sad to leave behind Elder McFadden. He has been a great companion! What a good guy. I am excited for the future though! I’ll keep you posted on Rawlins, Wyoming in the future. 


Love that is given appropriately to you all, 
Elder Bush


Picture 1:

At a meeting with other missionaries. I love these guys. They are some of my favorite people in the world. 

image1.jpeg





Email to Mom:

Hey Mom! 

This week I found out that I am being transferred! I am finally being released from my current position. Guess where I’m going....



Drumroll.........




Rawlins, Wyoming! 

If you don’t know where that is, that’s okay. Most people don’t. Rawlins is infamous in our mission for being “the armpit of the west”. There are 10,000 people living in Rawlins, and there are 2 companionships of missionaries, so we will have about 5,000 people each to work with. 

I’m going to be a district leader out there, and I will be with a pretty new missionary who is on his 3rd transfer. He has had some companions who have not been really good so far, so I’m hoping to be able to be a better example of what it means to be a missionary. 

And yes, I have been to Casper for zone conferences and many other times to drop missionaries off! Would Sister Jenning’s maiden name happen to be Bertagnole? Because that is a huge mormon name up in Casper. It’s a really big family that are all members of the church. I’ve never served up in Casper, so i don’t know a lot of members up there, but I know a few!

It sounds like you guys had a pretty crazy busy week! Lots of ups and downs. I’m glad that you and dad were able to go on a couple of dates. I don't know if i would count hobby lobby as a date, but i guess you could! Lol 

Hmmm advice for teens... friends are super important. It’s always hard when you have some close friends move away. I can’t believe how much life has changed since I’ve been gone. I feel like I will come home and everything should just be exactly how it was when I left. Hahaha I know that it wont be like that, but deep down i feel like that’s how it will be lol 

Anyways, i don’t know if i have advice for how to help them make friends, but I just know that having those friends is super important. I think they will miss the Jacobson’s for a while, but i think they will reach out and make new friends pretty quick. They sound pretty socially stable at this point. Which is good. I hope they aren’t socially awkward at all- because that’s always weird lol 

This week we spent a lot of time planning the transfer, but we also got a lot of proselyting done! We taught Josh and Lindsey again and we talked a lot about personal revelation with them. It was really beneficial for them. I hope they progress soon! They have a lot of hard questions. 

This week was really cool because of some super awesome experiences. First, do you remember Dave Miller? He was baptized in Loveland about a year ago, and he and his family were sealed this week! SO COOL! I did’t get to go, but I am so happy for them! It helps me know that we did do a lot of good while we were serving there. 

I also talked to Amanda and Spencer from Loveland, and Spencer is preparing to go to the temple to get his endowments! I am so excited for them! Amanda messaged me earlier this week because they were going through a rough time because their ward boundaries split and they have new sisters in their ward. I was able to listen to her problems and point her to her bishop, and now they are doing great. 

Facebook is a going well, because we can have daily contact with our investigators. We can send them conference talks or follow up on scripture study with them much easier. It’s awesome! I have to try hard to not be distracted. Also I created a new facebook account so I had to refriend everyone on there. It is weird to be on Facebook but I think as we keep trying to use it righteously, it will bless us and our investigators.

Also, my birthday list... I’m honestly not sure! Ties are always cool! I love DAZI ties and also Penguin ties. But other than that, I don’t need much. 

I’ll think on that and let you know if i need anything! Thank you. 

I love being a missionary. It’s literally the best. 

I love you mom! You are the best! I cannot express my gratitude to you enough. 

Love, 
Elder Bush

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

(Email to mom)


It’s so crazy that it’s already October! We are getting a pretty solid amount of snow today! It feels like we are already entering the winter months 😱 

We are about to start transfer planning this week! After this week, I will have 3 transfers left. These weeks just keep flying by. Everyone told me that the mission would fly by but I didn’t really believe them. These have been the fastest 2 years of my life for sure. I am really trying to make sure that I make the most of these last few months. 

This week we went on 3 exchanges. I went with Elder Shober, Elder Judd, and Elder Fluhman. These guys are some awesome missionaries. I learned a lot from them. We also saw a lot of really cool miracles! On the day that I was with Elder Judd, we found a whole bunch of new investigators! 

We found a young family of 3! Josh, Lindsey, and Theo. Theo is less than a year old and Josh and Lindsey are in their 20s! It was so cool to talk to them and feel the Spirit working through us! We stopped and talked to them on the street and learned that Josh had grown up in the church, but had never been baptized. His family fell away when he was about 6. Lindsey had been to all sorts of churches. They are looking for a church that they can go to! We are meeting with them now and we hope to help prepare them for baptism. So you can keep Josh and Lindsey in your prayers for sure! 

We also found another guy named Ryan, who wants help from God to raise his family in this crazy world. We also met Donna and John, who are taking care of their grandkids, and they are super receptive! We also found Jeremy, who was really interested in hearing the gospel so that he could be a better father! It was a day full of miracles. It was very cool to be a part of those miracles! We have since taught most of the people that we found that day. I hope and pray that they listen to the promptings from the Spirit to act on the message we share. 

This week we also got Facebook! It is super weird. It is also super easy to be distracted. I have been working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. We are trying to train everyone to be focused on their purpose and not get distracted by social media. It is really easy for that to happen. 

Also this week, I got really sick, for the first time in a few years! I felt awful for about 6 or 7 hours. I think it may have been food poisoning actually.  Luckily I recovered quickly, thanks to prayer. During that period of sickness, I lost 11 pounds lol I’m almost back to my original weight before I came on my mission! Crazy hahaha 

Today we have been without wifi for a while, we have been giving rides to people and shopping, so my email is a lot shorter than usual. 


Love you mom :)


Elder Bush


Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week! I definitely did! We watched General Conference, where the prophet and the apostles speak to us. It was super awesome. I got a lot of questions answered.

I hope you all go to lds.org and watch/listen to some of those talks again! They had a great impact on me. My faith in Jesus Christ has increased so much. 

Funny enough, that is actually the reason we have prophets! Prophets are given to us by God to help our faith increase.  

In my studies this week, I read in the Book of Mormon, in Mosiah 3:13, which says this:

“And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them.”

I know that God gives us prophets so our faith can increase, and so we can receive a remission of our sins through faith in Jesus Christ. 

I invite everyone to apply the things they learned in General Conference. If we don’t apply the things we learned, General Conference just turns into a waste of a weekend. That’s a lot of time. 

I love you all! Appropriately.

In other news, it has rained almost all week here in Windsor. And we are still trying to find new people to teach. Most people are too busy smoking weed. But we will find people who are willing to put down the bong and listen soon :)

Elder Bush


Zone Conference!j





image1.jpeg



(Email to Mom):
I loved Conference! It was amazing. It is hard for me to pick even a top 5 favorite talks. I have already re-listened to 4 or 5 of them hahaha 

I loved Elder Pingree’s talk. That one really struck me. He definitely answered a question of my soul in that talk! Very cool. I also really loved Elder Maynes talk from the priesthood session. It was about integrity and really inspired me to be better. Elder Hollands talk was of course amazing. I also really loved Brother Callister’s talk about the Book of Mormon. Elder Andersen’s talk was super good too! It is really hard for me to pick a favorite. I loved all of them.  One of my favorite quotes came from the talk about developing love and charity. I don’t remember who it was by, but he said something like “Love without service is like faith without works- it’s dead.” Super powerful and reminded me to make sure that my actions speak louder than my words. 

We tried to help some investigators and less actives watch conference with us, but we weren’t able to succeed in that effort.  Jake is doing well, we think. Hahaha we have tried to reach out to him a couple of times and he responded the first time, but the second time he did not respond. We will probably try to stop by sometime soon. He has a lot of potential! He is very humble and he is seeking for truth! We really hope that he reads the Book of Mormon and prays about it sincerely. I know that if he does, he will be answered for sure. 

It’s so crazy to me that Halloween is just around the corner! TIme is flying by so quickly. I apologize in advance because my emails will be a little short. We spent most of the day deep-cleaning the apartment. You would be proud. It’s not perfect, but it is really clean. I think I am slowly becoming OCD like you guys. I go crazy if I’m living in a dirty apartment! I’ll send some pictures. :)

Elder McFadden is from Seattle, Washington, although he grew up in Logan Utah. His family is actually living in Melbourne Australia right now because of his dads work. He has 2 sisters and 1 brother. He played college lacrosse at Utah State and he is not a huge fan of BYU. When i say that, I mean he really does not like BYU lol I always tease him and keep telling him to pay his tithing 😂 He recently learned that a large part of my schooling is paid for by tithing, and that bugs him a lot lol

He is a good worker and very obedient. He has an interesting personality and can sometimes come off as a jerk because he just says whatever is on his mind. I’m getting used to that hahaha we have a lot of fun and we get a lot of work done. I’m sad to say that we are probably the hardest working AP companionship since I’ve ever been in the mission. The AP’s have a bad rep of bumming it and finding excuses to do office work instead of missionary work. It always kind of annoyed us and now Elder McFadden and I are determined to fix that. Elder Fraser and I did our best to change that too. I am glad to see the progress that the mission is making. 

I love you Mom! Thank you so much for being the best mom ever. You really inspire me and help me to be better every day. 


Lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove, 

Elder Bush

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 25, 2017

I get a lot of new favorite scriptures.
My new favorite scripture this week is D&C 6:34-37. It is the Savior
speaking directly to us! I love it. It is so powerful.

Take just a second to read it here. If you are looking for some
comfort and some strength, or if you need to become recommitted to
serving God, if you're having a bad day, or if you even just want to
feel loved, pay close attention! (I think that everyone should be
included in those groups mentioned above hahaha)
I love this scripture.

34 Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell
combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot
prevail.

35 Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform
with soberness the work which I have commanded you.

36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

37 Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the
nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye
shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.


This is Jesus Christ speaking directly to you! He loves you! He wants
you to find peace. When we are built upon His rock (the doctrine of
Christ), we cannot fall! I hope the Spirit was able to touch your
hearts as you read that scripture.


For the creative finding methods... I went on exchanges with a super
athletic missionary this week. He can do a standing backflip in his
suit!

So we decided to be a little bit unconventional. We knocked on a door
and proposed a deal with the guy who answered. If my companion could
do a backflip in his front yard, then he had to listen to our message
😏

Naturally, the guy who answered the door (his name was Jake) agreed to
the deal. My companion proceeded to execute a perfect backflip in his
front yard and then we taught him the restoration. 😄

We met with Jake again today and he said he would be abptized if he
came to know that the Book of Mormon was true! We are excvited for
him. This weekl we have actually found lots of new people to teach.
This work is true! Sometimes we just have to be creative 😂

Also, shoutout to my friends in the Loveland Stake! It was so good to
see a lot of you at the stake reorganization meeting last night.
keeping my fingers crossed that I can come back 🤞

I wish that i could go back and serve in all of my previous wards. I
love those people.

with appropriate love forever,
Elder Bush

Picture: we went hiking last p-day. It was sweet.




(Email to mom:)

I got your package today! I promptly ate all of the cookies. I probably should have shared them but I totally didnt. Whoops. Lol My companion is trying to be healthy anyways. Obviously im not. I actually am trying to eat healthier. I try my best to avoid sweets now. But i really struggle with working out... my workout this morning was 40 push-ups. Nice 👍

We can go up to Estes Park and hike, play frisbee golf, go visit people all over the mission, we can even go visit some of my previous companions! It  would be so cool. We would have to go see Ron and the roylances and the bighams and the sanders and amanda and spencer and the smiths and Keith and the millers and zandra too. We would have to go say hi to Jan ross in cheyenne and hopefully some people here in windsor too! I have so many people that i would love to say hi to- we would be able to go say hi to the McMurray's of course, and also go see a bunch of awesome missionaries hahaha 

I love these people. 

Well in my email to dad i talked a lot about finding! (The big miracle this week was probably Jake) It has gone well for us this week. We found a lot of less actives who want to come back to church, which is cool. Last week, our area book looked depressing, and to a certain extent it still does lol but i will send a picture of what it looks like now. We have 2 progressing investigators now and a lot more potentials! Exciting stuff. The Lord's hand is in this work. Even when we feel that we aren't seeing any success, He is always working behind the scenes to bring His children home to Him. 

I love being a missionary. This weekend, Elder McFadden and I decided that the reason we weren't seeing very much success is because we were not prepared to teach the people that the Lord wanted to give us. We decided that we were going to rise above that and fully prepare ourselves to see the success that the Lord wants to bless us with. Those were the goals and plans that we made and sent to you on the photoshare. I'm confident that if we can do that, the Lord is going to bless others through us. It's all about being prepared to be an instrument in His hands. 

We are also getting ready for zone conferences. We are training about one of Satan's greatest tools: distraction. As President Uchtdorf said- "It is good that I talk about things that I know so much about" (I think that was technically his wife but you get the picture) 

I don't know if you are going to recognize me when I get home. My mission has totally changed me. At BYU, my biggest obstacle was making sure I was focused enough to get everything done that I needed to. It was pretty much a successful day if I was only distracted on the computer for 2 hours. Lol 

I was usually distracted for a lot longer than that. I have no clue how i survived that semester hahaha Now I go crazy if I have wasted 30 minutes out of a day. I have intense guilt if I waste any time. I think that is because my purpose as a missionary is so important. But my time on earth is just as important of my mission as it is on my mission! I can be accomplishing good my whole life, not just for 2 years! One of the reasons I am so excited to get to work when I get home is because I love the feeling of accomplishing things. It's awesome. 

But yeah, I am excited to give this training. We are using some good scriptures- namely Alma 39:1-4, 11, 13, 15-16 and D&C 6:34-37. Take a look at those and see how they apply to being focused on the missionary purpose and not being distracted by other things. 

You know, I dont know how you can help the kids live that kind of regimented schedule. Something that helped me was the principle of accountability. At the end of each day, maybe you could have them be accountable for all of the worthwhile things they have accomplished. Maybe give them a couple of days of free reign and then help them see the difference between the days where they kept a set schedule and they days where they didnt. Maybe see if you can help them understand the difference in the amount of things they accomplished. Idk. I'm not sure if that will motivate them or not, but I just kinda threw those ideas out as i thought of them. Accountability has definitely helped me on my mission. I can't stand having unproductive days lol maybe you can use those scriptures that i just mentioned to help the kids learn. Also, there is a really good activity in PMG about using time wisely and setting goals and making plans to achieve them. I will take a screenshot and send it to you. 

I love that Heavenly Father threw that quote in there for you in that self-reliance lesson! It wasn't just for you, it helps me too. I always get frustrated when I'm not perfect, but I am slowly realizing that I won't be perfect. And that's okay. I can be perfect in Christ. 

Elder McFadden and I are getting along super well! I love that guy. 

Mom, thank you for your example to me of diligence. Also, thanks for loving me, no matter what. I am so grateful that you and Dad put up with all of the junk that I gave (and still give) you guys. You are the best. I love you so much.

Elder Bush



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
lol

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