Subject: October is already almost halfway over!!!
Well I don't know what happened but I didn't get to read your email from last week until just now but it's okay. I haven't gotten the package yet and if I don't get it today or tomorrow I know I will Wednesday because we have a multi zone meeting and usually mail from the mission home is brought there. I'm glad you guys got a little bit of a break this week. I can't believe you have already had Region tryouts and Choir orientation. Congrats Logan! That's awesome! Next year you are making State. I know you can. I'm proud of you. I'm glad Tanner also got the chance to have that experience. I know it helped me and Logan out a lot when we did it as Freshmen. Thank you so much for letting me know about the Lee football game. Please keep me updated on the games. (scores and win/loses). It's too bad Jesse roots for the wrong side. Haha the Basketball trailer is always kind of wimpy. But it's fun and I'm glad Tanner got to be in it. I loved Conference. As missionaries we are at the church for all five sessions. And guess what! I stayed awake for all of it!!! I'm so proud of myself. I am so jealous you get to go to the temple with Nana and Papa and McKenzie. That is so cool. Thank you for the scriptures. I'm going to use them for my personal study this week.
In response to last weeks email from you I hope McKenzie's foot is doing okay from the nail. I can't believe there are enough kids in Midland to build a new high school. That's crazy. I've only been gone just over two months and it's already changing that much. I'm never going to recognize home when I get there in two years! What I really can't believe is that my baby sister is going to be 12 this week on Thursday. I don't know how that happened. Since my letter to you might not get there in time.... HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY MCKENZIE!!! I hope your day is amazing and I can't wait to hear how the party and the temple experience is for you!
Well my week has been super good. Our area is really starting to pick up and after a special something from last night it's going to get even busier! I am so excited to be a missionary right now! So Monday was the usual PDay activities. (ball at the church and then pingpong with Jesse Grossman). Tuesday we had lunch with Brother Albert, an awesome Scottsman, and his daughter asked if we could meet with her this week on Wednesday. We have been waiting so long to be able to teach her so that was a huge step and what was awesome about it is that she asked us first! We are super pumped. Afterwards we met with Brian and Lauretta and Toni except Toni didn't show up. Which for us is scary because we have seen what Satan does to keep people from doing what's right, especially since she doesn't have the Holy Ghost yet. Lauretta explained to us that Toni right now is struggling with something huge, physically and spiritually. She is pregnant. The issue is though that although the baby is fine, it's tearing her body apart and she is falling apart. Although she would never participate in an abortion, her doctor has told her that that might be something that she might need to do in order to save her own life. Wednesday she didn't show up for our lesson again but we found out it was because she was at the hospital both lessons trying to get help for the serious pain she is in. She has told us that after praying, she decided that she is going to go through with the pregnancy and if it kills her it kills her but she wont kill her baby. Please, Please keep her in your prayers. I'm fasting today because of it. Toni is staying strong though and knows that Satan is going to do whatever he can to do something wrong. Wednesday I was also on exchanges with Elder Albright (Zone leader). We had a blast. And got 4 referrals!! That was awesome! We've been getting and giving referrals like crazy this week and I have a feeling it's going to stay this way. Thursday we taught Brother Hill again and I finally got my PVC pipe bow that he made for me. It is so cool. I'm excited to use it on something. Maybe the rabbits or coyotes that are always around our home. ;) On Friday we had diner with the Alvarez's again. It was great. We are really trying to stay in contact with them as much as we can.
Saturday started the best General Conference weekend I have had. I loved it! My favorite talks on Saturday were Edward Dube, Dieter Uchtdorf, Elder Holland, and S Gifford Nielson's. I learned so much from these talks. Then the Priesthood session was great too! It was so weird not watching it with dad and the boys though. My favorite speaker then was probably a three way tie between the Presidency. Pie night afterwards was great like usual. I have really come to love Bill. Sunday was just as good. Since more people were there it was a little more distracting with all the kids running around but it was still super spiritual. I think my favorite talks on Sunday were by Elder Oaks, Elder Scott, and President Monson. To top off the week we had a last minute stake meeting at 6 yesterday. President Wilson (stake president) challenged the stake on missionary work. We have had 4 general authorities come to this stake in the past four weeks and it was all for missionary work. He decided to raise the bar and get the members more involved. He challenged each family to bring at least one person to baptism a year and reactivate at least one member a year. And to truly become their friends. I am so excited to see the outcomes of this challenge. It's going to be amazing!
Well today is PDay again and instead of playing ball at the church, we are doing something new. We are going for a hike up the mountain to see the ocean. It should be super fun and I'm sure I'll get great pictures!
I hope you guys have a great week. I can't wait to hear from you again. Have a great birthday McKenzie. I love you. This is going to be a great week for all of us. Keep the mission in your prayers. Keep up the good work. And don't forget to keep updating me on football and choir.
Elder Blaine Kendell Bushman