This week has been really boring! Tuesday was new missionary training, and that went from 8:45am to 3:00pm. It was a very long day, but that's what you get for being a trainer. (i.e. sitting in a meeting that's not really for you.) We were so happy to get out again! Is that the only meeting? Haha nope! The next day we had Zone Conference so everybody was there. That went from 9:00am to 4:00pm. I never thought that sitting in a meeting all day is more tiring than proselyting all day. Who knew?! But that's not all...that same day in the evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm we have a standing appointment with the Wilford Stake Ward Mission Leader. So literally we were in meetings all day! We got a break on Thursday but then Friday was District Meeting. But they changed it a little bit, all the Senior Companions and Trainers had to stay to have a special meeting for our Zone and all the Jr. Companions and Trainees went out and did splits. Talk about feeling odd when sitting in a meeting with a bunch of experienced missionaries who have been out for a while. Then even more odd when the Zone Leader likes to hear my opinion and kept asking me what I thought, even though I've been out for a transfer and a half!
For lunch our Senior Couple took us out to lunch, to a place called Cafe Rio. It's like a Utah version of Chipotle. People freak out over it here because " it's really good Mexican food" I was not impressed at all. I keep telling missionaries and some members we are good friends with that I come from the source of Mexican food where it's really MEXICAN FOOD, and that I'm hard to impress here by a bunch of Utah Mormons.
The past couple days Mike has been struggling, he is still smoking and is now drinking coffee again because how much he's working again. We had to keep pushing his date back and then the District Leader told us we just need to take him off date again until he's actually ready which is sad. This week we had a bunch of appointments canceled on us. So between meetings and appointments cancelled, our numbers looked bad. We explored our new Stake on bikes the other day and it's weird how it can go from really nice neighborhoods to it looks ghetto. We cover a LARGE area! When we tell people how much we cover they are shocked, even fellow missionaries. I have tried talking to some people to get a car because it's way to much for bikes. But they won't give us a car. Today is Halloween and we won't be doing any proselyting because P-Day ends at 5:00pm and then we have orders to be at the Mission Office tonight to watch a movie and stuff because things can get sketchy out here for missionaries. So at least we get to relax all day right? Anyway that's all that's really happened this week. I'll be sending pics on my iPad. BTW I'm going to buy a little key board for my iPad. (I had asked him about winter clothes and requests for a November package and he answered with this) A member bought me a couple of coats and some thermals! I'm just looking forward to the MP3 player. I can't think of anything right now, but when you send your packages, surprisingly I am saying this for once but instead of sending a bunch of candy send real food, we get sent home with a bunch of junk food and are fed a bunch of junk food. We have to watch our weight.
We had your son & his new companion Elder Heyward over for dinner tonight. :) I can't believe your son is already senior companion! That's crazy! It was fun to have them over. I actually ran into them on Thursday at a little fast food place that is by the high school I work at called the Park. I work in the preschool there & we had just had our Halloween party for one of our classes & my boss wanted to treat all of us to a "dirty soda" & a cookie so we all walked over in our costumes & I was surprised to see our missionaries & they were surprised to see four cats & a dalmation! Haha! Wish I had a picture! ;)
Have a good night,
THE CHURCH OF
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Utah Salt Lake City East Mission
28 October 2016
Dear Christine and Douglas Mushet,
Elder Mushet been called to serve as a Trainer for one of the new missionaries arriving in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission. This is one of the greatest expressions of trust that the Lord and I can give a missionary. A missionary's first companion will have a profound, lasting influence on the development of the missionary's attitude and habits.
His example of obedience and effective proselyting will help his companion begin his mission positively by finding, teaching and baptizing. Elder Mushet is an exemplary missionary.
Thank you for preparing Elder Mushet to serve as a leader and trainer in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission.
Brent J. Hillier
UTAH SALT LAKE CITY EAST MISSION
OK.....this week has been hectic!
Soooooooo here we go. Transfers were on Tuesday, but lets back up a bit. Sunday night we find out that Elder Manansala was leaving our area. What? But I'm not done training? But they didn't tell us where he was going to yet. Monday afternoon comes around and we have to spend most of our time cleaning the apartment for inspection. All of a sudden our phone rings....hhmm!?!?
OH President Hillier is calling? Elder Manansala picks up the phone. He talks for a second and asks how we're doing. Doing great Pres! I'm listening over the call and President says, " Elder Manansala I would like to extend a call to you to be a trainer again up in Wyoming." (Wyoming was the last place he wanted to go, you should have seen his face!) I'm sitting there smiling and snickering because I knew he wasn't to thrilled, we both loved our area! So he gives me a look, like 'don't laugh at me!' and then there's a slight pause....." is Elder Mushet there?"
UH OH!! He hands the phone to me and President says, "Elder Mushet I would like to extend a call to you to train a new companion this transfer. This has been inspired by the Lord and we are both trusting you to do this." Well what else would my answer be to the Pres.? "yes, of course!" Tuesday Elder Manansala and I go to the mission office to go get our new companions fresh out of the MTC. Not only do I meet with my companion but the AP's found me and hand me another phone AND another set of keys BECAUSE they gave us a 3rd Stake to cover! 23 Wards! I haven't even finished my training yet, I've only been out for one transfer, and they're making me a trainer, covering 3 stakes and the third stake is white washed?!! OYE!!!
I have my hands full now. oh and yes, would they give us a car? Hah! Of course not that's silly for them to give us a car while covering one of the biggest areas. Anyway we've met with some people in the new stake and they're amazing. It will probably be our favorite stake by the end of this transfer. Oh and on Sunday we were asked to speak during sacrament meeting in one of the 23 wards we cover. Surprise new companion, baptism by fire!
The things you are telling me that is going on at home such as how you have been striving to become a better person and serving people at home is wonderful. Keep pushing forward and put your shoulder to the wheel. Things will work out if you put faith in the Lord and have that personal knowledge of Christ so that life will be more joyful and a little bit easier, just like Nephi had the personal knowledge of the Lord and made his journey easier than his brother's had. (stole that from Dad) keep working hard but don't burn yourself out quick. And yes I could use more Proactive.
- Elder Mushet
I'm very pleased and glad to hear what you told the missionaries at home. (I have been making a huge effort to change many of the things I do since you have been out. As I was explaining to the missionaries last Monday night, if my son is out there sacrificing two years of his life to be a representative to the Lord, then I certainly can be a better example and disciple of the Lord here at home. More loving and kind, forgiving and gentle, understanding and helpful. I continue to spread to people that it is the members job to find people for the missionaries, and then cultivate and strengthen the relationship and the persons testimony after.) It is a wonderful thing and I know that as you strive to that you will become closer to the lord and life will be a lot better from the blessing you receive from it. Ya that's my missionary side coming out. Get used to it haha. Oye. I laughed myself silly about Abby and buddy lol, I'm missing the good stuff. Laaammmee. And I finally got the package I really like the custom pen and then it looks like the card holder. There's so much candy between you and the members here I think you're trying to thicken us up. I left home at 200 and now I'm 213, and that's still from riding a bike all the time, good thing I'm 6'4.. This week has been busy with lessons and service, it's been quick but yet very long. Now I know why the term "days feel like weeks but weeks feel like days" is used here a lot. At first I didn't understand why but now I do. It feels like I've been out for a really long time but yet again it feels like I just got here and my first transfer is done. well Tuesday is transfers I'm losing my companion but I'm staying in the same area, you'll find out who my new companion is because this mission is all about surprises they tell us Saturday night if we're leaving but don't tell you anything else and you find out where you're going and who your companion is the day of. These people, but it's fun and the people here are great. My acne is getting bad again so I talked with the mission doc and he wrote me a thing to go get prescription meds from the pharmacy so I'll be doing that later today.. I don't understand I've had acne for how long? And I'll be 20 in April and I still have it what the heck dude!? I should be done with it! Uuughhh ggggrrrrrr. So don't be surprised if you see money disappearing on the Wells Fargo card.
- love your missionary