Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Road is Difficult....But God is Good!

Sept. 7, 2015

Josh participated in a Tri-State Seminary Activity
He's dressed in the robes of Aaron

Dear friends and Family, 

    I am feeling good, we have a water purifier now (water was poisoning us), and the difference in our moods and health is astonishing! Also we have had a very rough 2 weeks, I will be honest, it's been pretty sad and terribly frustrating at times, but, no worries, we have the Lord. It's been nice to feel the great achievements in my mood since becoming a missionary and how Faith can truly build the character  and help you be more sturdy in the face of resistance. No longer weakened, it seems, I won't forget the Lords' hand in every blessing in my life, especially attitudes, these blessings keep me moving forward.
 the Arc of the Covenant

  So The Law of The Gospel by Brad Wilcox is a BYU-I devotional that he recently gave and his imagery really moved me. He said something along the lines of a game you play on the bus to get to the front (like Big Buddha for those of you that know that) and when you messed up you went to the back. How disappointing it feels to go to the back right? It's like the atonement and our individual sins bring us to the back of the bus, as long as we keep trying, the bus continues to move forward on it's own, no matter our position in the bus. So we must stay on the "Bus" of the atonement and we will always keep moving forward.
 Inside the Ark
the Big 10

  Even when other people revile and say all manner of evil against you, blessed you can be, if you keep that eye single. Our recent convert from several weeks ago has gone back to another church and has given up on ours, which is sad, but agency is agency. We have had many other peoples and situations come up in our ministry as of late, thankfully God the mighty man that He is, is always aware of our deepening commitment to keep on. Christ had a difficult mission, I don't expect mine to be much easier. 

Love y'all -Elder Joshua Dean Rush

Sept. 14, 2015
 The Breastplate of Righteousness 
The Robes of Aaron
Dear Friends and Family,

  Everything is hard, WOAH surprise, but hey if I wasn't honest y'all wouldn't read my emails right? Well really the hardest thing is getting up and trying to find/see people who actually want to see you! Who actually want to hear the good news, who don't want to argue, who are truly seeking for some light. Elder Ralph and I sure do have fun though, I mean it sounds like a struggle but even though every door we seem to hit, we get a negative response, sometimes we get some hilarious encounters. I guess young, well groomed boys is threatening haha. We had this poor older woman who just looked SO scared of us and she just slowly shut the was weird, but it was funny. One person asked us why we hate the bible and we said that we didn't, then they just closed the door saying "I don't believe you!" daww haha, keep on walkin' right?
 Yep, that's me
the Table of Shrewbread
God is good, the south is wonderful, and we just keep on walkin' in the path of Jesus Christ.

Repenting daily, saying sorry, and giving our lives for the good cause, lifts us up so we can keep on movin' down the river of life. Remember the good and the bad for that is the purpose of life.

love y'all -Elder Rush

Sept. 21, 2015
 Rush Road

Dear Friends and Family,

  Great week with some good moments and some good stories. First thing in the list of experiences is something important for everyone to know: We need to say nice things, and we need to not take offense at everything, and we need to respect one another a whole lot more, if the world is ever going to be positively affected by us. Turns out not everything we say is always the best thing to say, even if its true, we gotta watch the way we say our words. It seems like a hassle, but its a principle of the gospel, just read James and Romans 11, saints say saintly things. 
  Okay, so on Thursday, we went to this Foster care meeting thing that all these adults in the community all meet and plan and make sure the kids of foster care and adoption are taken care of. We as missionaries don't have much to do with this, in the case with children, but they were using our building to show the video "the drop box" and what a touching one indeed. It was also a good time to share the restored gospel, especially concerning children with special needs and the responsibility to raise and rear children with love and kindness. We contacted quite a few very kind and open people.
Thanks Elder Toone!!
   Another amazing thing that happened was that this week, we really had the bishop and some members really encourage us to keep going, because we have been having such a hard time finding new investigators and keeping motivated, but the members saw our need and lifted us up. I am very grateful for the Spirit led timing that came with that surge of love. 
   Things get hard, things are easy, but the main concern is what do I take out of those experiences? Let yourselves grow is the best thing I've learned on this great mission. Take whatever you can and improve upon it. 
   Love y'all, take good care and let me know how y'all are doin'.

-Elder joshua dean rush

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The hotter it is, the more cool stuff happens...

Sept. 1, 2015
I love hats....I miss hats

Dear Friends and Family,

  It was transfer week this week, so I was really stressed out, like I always come to be in this pivotal time in the mission. I am now over it, because our entire district is staying, a miracle to write down, due to the fact it never EVER happens like that. I had some pictures of this Rush Rd. we found but I forgot my camera at home, thankfully Elder Ralph has some pics. We tried to contact this big Rush family that lives on this private road but they didn't seem interested, though they did actually acknowledge my last name this time! The hardest people to save must assuredly be kinsman, but if I find more I will seek them out!
  We found a nice, lady investigator with an 18 year old son who is pretty cool. She has seen the missionaries on and off for years and years, and may never join, but she loves having us over and loves feeding us, and maybe her son will join right? It's been a pretty good week of hitting doors in the hot hot sun, but the hotter it is the more cool stuff happens. Cool as in people let us into their AC house ;)
   I have been on my mission for a long time, so life is just mission and mission is just life. Talking to strangers everyday and smiling when people yell at me, it's such a nice little existence we have here on the border of Texas. 
Enjoy school those of you darlings that have that privilege, so long for now!!

Mantenga Jesús amorosa

-Elder Joshua Dean Rush

Like unto a vineyard or maybe an Ocra farm

Aug. 24, 2015

We are dream team status

Dear friends and family,

   How's it going? Hope y'all are alright? Anyway I am very blessed indeed! I can actually remember some of the events that have happened in the last week in the Lord's vineyard. I don't think a vineyard would fit accurately as the south, but rather an Ocra farm, especially cause a very few select people seem to enjoy Ocra. It's really hard to organize all of my thoughts into emails each week so if my ideas don't connect, just know that they did when they entered into my mind and heart. 
This is a pic of a 180 bottles of Root Beer, 
and Elder Ralph holding one of the bottles
   We have this investigator we dropped this week. He was very anti, and also a basher, very polite, but very hard in the heart and unable to believe any words or testimonies that 3 (yes not just 2 missionaries but 3) of us elders tried to deliver unto him. Now as you can all imagine I go a bit over-board and nothing can truly be taught to anyone with logic or with great explanation. I really enjoy my studies so I really learn quite a bit from the goodness that God gifts me with, so it was no cake walk for this guy. Several times he stopped when we used his own Bible to explain pure doctrine and confounded with the unshakable words of the Spirit but nothing prevailed. I intensified a bit this time (this was our 2nd visit) and called unto repentance and told him of the wickedness and pride of churches in the last days and how the hard in heart will hear but not understand, and he didn't even flinch but there was a moment of silence. 
   Sometimes, we have to be very bold, and sometimes the Lord tells us to, and I am a very bold person in general, but never have I been as bold as I was with this man, but nevertheless the kingdom on earth goes forth.

   We had exchanges and I went with Elder Forbush, who I originally came out with in the MTC, and it was like living those memories over again. After the exchanges, we had Stake Conference in Alexandria. This is the 2nd one I have been able to go to in the stake and it was just as good as the first (I compared notes) and the message was actually quite different even in such a short time. The Lord is good to us, visit the temple more often, be the light the world needs, fight the evils of the World and never give in. Fear not what man can do, for perfect love casteth out all fear.
Love -Elder Joshua Dean Rush