Monday, June 13, 2011

6.13.11 Mom's Letter

Hey mommy!!

Haha I am pretty sure hump week is more exciting for you as my mommy than for me! :) It kinda scares me to think about home and real life and growing up.Good thing I still got a little time in the mission. That is super awesome for are his papers going? That is weird that Matt Ashby is coming home. That means I will be 2nd again on the list right? Behind Sister Park? That is weird!

This week was fine..nothing super exciting happened. The first week of transfers are always super calm and stuff. We have got to do some new finding. Susana is being a little stubborn but we will continue with her. Ailton the 8 yr old is having all sorts of family stuff so we haven´t been able to talk to him really but we have a lesson marked for tonight with him.

I have not gotten the package with the shirt yet but Friday was a holiday here and I think today might be one as well but I am not exactly sure. It's like Saint Antonio Day or something weird but we don´t know if its a holiday or not, so it might take a little while longer. I need to get better at switching my contacts, I think I still have TONS but I will trade today and then see how I am doing for reals. My new companion is Elder Bauman from Glennis Ferry, Idaho. I lived with him when I was in Loulé. He is super awesome and it will be a lot easier to work with him. We get along pretty good I think...we haven´t had any arguments or anything yet. He likes golfing and hunting so its all going be great!

You don´t need to be freaked out cause he got attacked. It wasn't anything bad...he was eating McDonalds the next day. Thanks for adding him on Facebook. we are going to start finding people this week cause we slacked off in the past and now we don´t have many people. This ward is feeding me a TON!! my comp has a scale cause he is trying to get ripped. But I weighed myself and I am like 157.

Are you guys going down for Jackson's wedding? Tell Uncle Rusty that he is going to need to let me bring friends to swim in his pool? I hope this up coming week will be a nice relaxing one!!

Thanks for everything mommy!! Love you!!

Elder Bushnell

6.13.11 Dad's Letter

Yeah that week was nuts but this last week was super calm and nothing exciting happened really. We knocked doors and tried to find new people. I am not really sure what the responsibilities for DL are exactly. I think that I just have to deal with numbers and then do district meeting. Which will not be cool but its fine cause I have sisters and zone leaders in my district and they like to talk a lot!

Ass for the crazy guy...we don´t know exactly what happened. He was smoking something more that tobacco and he also has metal problems. But its all good! We already have seen him on the street twice but always on the other side of a fairly bit road or in a coffee shop. We were just talking about church and why he wasn't at church, I don´t know why he flipped. When I grabbed his arm as he was going to hit Levirte the 2nd time he swung his arm around and tried to hit me but I saw it coming and ducked. Then I pushed him so iI could get on the other side of the parked cars then ran around to help my comp. It was super funny actually, it was like all slow motion. My new companion and I are going to do great! He is from Glennis Ferry, Idaho. I am not sure where that is but it is a super small town and he is a big duck hunter. and golfs a little bit.

Susana is kinda being a stinker...she will be baptized but only when the time is right for her. Hopefully that will be soon! Also the 8yr old kid is having all sorts of family issues so its been hard to talk to him but we will pass by tonight at 6:30 and talk to him and his family. We are focusing a lot on finding new people to teach.

I will try not to forget my hump party....i think you should have one for mom I bet she is more excited!! :)

Thanks dad! Love you!

Elder Bushnell

Monday, June 6, 2011

6.6.11 Dad's Letter

Hey Daddio!!

Carlos´ story is cool...he had some small doubts about things but the biggest problem was that he was feeling like a terrible person. Just full of badness, so he went to the Book of Mormon to find the answers. He found Alma 32 about the seed. He drew a line that I had never heard of, he said that we get to pick what we have planted inside of us. He realized our purpose was only to plant a good seed in his heart and through following invitations he would nourish and help the seed to grow until he was filled with a good seed instead of the bad seed he has had all his life. It was super awesome!!! His wife Susana is marked for Saturday!!

Mom will probably be freaking out cause I told her the story of my companion getting punched in the face twice but really everything is great...we are joking and laughing about it already. The guy that hit him was smoking drugs and has some mental issues and he snapped but its all good! It will be interesting to see him again in the road in the future...i don´t know how that will work out...we will see! :)

So for transfers, I will stay and will be District Leader. I will serve with Elder Bauman who is a huge hunter from Idaho, its going to be great! He lived with my in Loulé when I was serving in Albufeira. The missions will join the first of July, so transfers are going to be like the middle of July and it is VERY possible I will go up north. I probably will for sure leave this area so to the north is super likely! I am stoked! They got like 11 missionaries this transfer but I think in the next few months we aren't going to get very 3 or 4 every transfer. So we will be shrinking the number of missionaries a little.

Thanks for everything dad!! Love you!!

Elder Bushnell

6.6.11 Mom's Letter

Dear Mother,

This week was possibly the roughest week of my mission. We were planning on baptizing a 8 year old kid but he moved in with his aunt who hates us, so we couldn't really talk to him. But finally we got it planned out for 9:30 at night so his mom could come from work. But the bishop here told us no and that we had to wait. So my streak of baptizing every week was broken...sad day. But the worst part of the week was Sunday...aka...yesterday.

We left Carlos' house and we were talking with this guy in the road who was smoking some sort of drug we think. He snapped randomly and he full on decked my comp in the mouth 2 times. So my comp starts running backwards and this guy swings at me, I was able to dodge it and run around to grab my companion. Then we ran from that street and my companion was bleeding all over the place. When we got to the main road an ambulance was passing, so it slammed on its brakes and then the paramedics jumped out and started fixing him up. Then the police showed up so I had to go with them back to were it happened but the guy wasn't there. I had to give them all the information I knew about the guy. When I got back to the ambulance were my companion was getting fixed up and the paramedics were like "we don´t have room for you in the ambulance" so I looked at the police and they were just like "do you know where the hospital is?" I was like "yes" and he was like "start walking"....super against the rules. So I called Carlos and he came and gave me a ride but it was super funny cause my comp right after getting in the ambulance was like "Elder I won´t be staying in area"...of course that was the first thing he thought about. It was a super exciting day! So now he has 5 stitches in his mouth on his lips but he is doing great!

As far as transfers I will stay here and he is leaving. I will stay as serve with Elder Bauman, who lived with me in the Loulé house. He is a little younger than me in the mission but not by a lot! It will be super great! Susana is marked to be baptized on this upcoming Saturday so hopefully that will all go through! She is getting lots of pressure but now with my comp getting hit in the face it kinda pushed her even more to get baptized. She is a pretty stubborn lady, its a thing from the north. Oh I almost forgot to tell you I am the new district leader here in Setúbal! Nothing super exciting cause I basically did all the jobs of DL this last transfer!

Sounds like you had a super awesome week of relaxation!! haha of course after the week of relax you have a ton more work to do. Also mommy if possible I need another toothbrush head...and socks when you have time...I am not in a huge need for socks but slowly more and more are getting holes on the heels from my shoes. Thanks a bunch for everything mommy!!! :)

Love you!!!

Elder Bushnell