Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Start of Week 8

Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 2:35 PM
Subject: The Start of Week 8

Hello Everyone!!!
Well my 7th week in the mission field is already over and today begins the 2nd week of my second transfer. I don't know where the time is going. I love it out here. There are some families in the ward that I feel are my real family and I feel at home here. It's like I've been here my whole life. Our relationship with the members of this ward is amazing. I love the people here.
It's good to hear that your finger is healing and that seminary is going well. I'm glad you got to have that inservice. In teaching the power of the pause/silence is really efective and powerful because it opens room for the spirit. I am so glad Jeremiah is trying to get into seminary more. Tell everyone hi for me there. I miss all the youth there. If you find the kids aren't reading the Book of Mormon I suggest taking a day or a portion of the class to read with them. Have everyone read like two verses. Help them delve into each verse and the deep meaning in each one. Ive experienced that that opens up for a ton of revelation for everyone through the Book of Mormon. I'm glad choir is going well and that your cold is getting better. Thebountiful basket sounds awesome! I talked to my companion about running times for a 5K and he said that Logan's time is pretty good for what age he is. Elder Carbonneau was a runner before his mission so he knows a little more about it than I do. I'm so excited for McKenzie's birthday and her getting to go to the temple. I really hope you and dad go with her for the first time she goes. I was actually thinking about that this week and I wanted to tell you guys to do as much as you can with the kids while they are still home and make those lasting memories. That would be amazing for you to go with her and do some family names! I am glad Chanler is loving Carver. I'm jealous he got out of school due to the AC going out. Tell Tanner that I say he better get his Eagle project done before he turns 15 or else. I am so excited for you letter about going with the sisters. I bet it's similar to what's happened with us the past couple weeks as we do teamups with members now at least three times a week. Water/electricity/AC have been better this week. I can't wait to continue the work! It's great out here!
Here is my weekly report for all of you back home.
So Tuesday, we had our district meeting. This was the first since transfer calls last Saturday and our new district only includes me, my companion, and the zone leaders. So it was a super small meeting. The four elders that used to be in our distrct now have their own. I did a training during that meeting on the importance of the Book of Mormon in missionary work. After all the meetings we joined the rest of the zone and everyone met Elder Reed who is the only missionary that transferred into the zone. He is replacing Elder Elliot and seems like a great guy. We meet with Brian and Louretta at least 2 times a week now and while looking for prospective elders, we knocked on one inactive member's home and Tami answered the door. Tami is an investigator Elder Carbonneau and his last companion and his last companion all used to teach until she disappeared. She was on tract to be baptized and everything and the fell off the face of the earth. Elder Carbonneau was totally shocked to see her again. Apparently, she told us, she had disappeared to get cleaned up and go to rehab. She is totally clean now and tonight we have a lesson with her and she has already said again she wants to be baptized! We are super stoked!
On Wednesday, we had a meeting with Toni. She's been feeling pretty sick lately (she is probably having a miscarriage) and asked for a blessing which we gave to her. That night we went home early because Elder CArbonneau was feeling pretty bad. Thursday wasn't much better so actually President Smart came to talk with him. They talked for over an hour and he gave him a blessing. Everything is fine now and we are doing great! Friday we did a lot of seeing less actives. The past week we've been getting a lot of potential investigators. So Saturday , along with our list of over 10 people plus backups, we tried to contact everyone and No One was home. No one answered the phone. that was a little tough but we ended the night with Bill for pie and that made my day. Pie night makes my week. I love Bill. He's like another grandfather. He's amazing and shows us so much love and kindness and is actually hillarious!
Yesterday at church, Brian blessed the sacrament for the first time. It was awesome. It's been amazing to see the change in him. From jeans, short sleeve shirts showing all his tattos and with earrings at church to white shirt and tie, slacks, and no earrings with no one even asking him to do any of that. He looks like he has been a member his whole life. Earlier this week he gave me the tie he was married in. I love it! It's my first tie given to me by a member out here, it's from my first convert, and has a story to it! Today we are at the library emailing and then we plan to go to the outlet stores and look around. Don't worry mom, I don't have enough money to spend all of it there.
I was wondering if you could send me the piano/sheet music to the songs "Begin Again" "All of me" and "Charlie Brown Medley" from piano guys. I need some music to practice when I have free time on the piano. I'll have to check on rain coats but I will let you know when I find one. Thanks a bunch. I hope you guys have a great week and don't forget to write. I miss you guys. Can't wait to hear from you again! Love you!
Elder Bushman

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