Dear Friends and Family,
I haven’t been blogging for a while, but I thought I might up date because I’m headed off to Peru! I’ll be going there to teach people about Jesus Christ and share our Heavenly Father’s love with them. I leave next week and I’ll have my parents or my boyfriend publish my e-mails so that you can know how I’m doing, learn about Peru, and also hear my thoughts. Here is some facts about my trip:
- I’ll be in Peru from Nov 17 2015 – May 17 2017
- I’ll be speaking and learning Spanish
- I won’t be able to call, Skype, or visit family or friends during that time.
Why am I doing this you ask? I’m going to Peru because I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn about Christ and Heavenly Father’s love for them. I want them to be able to participate in saving ordinances (such as baptism) and live happy, fulfilling lives. I’ve been so blessed in my life to have grown up with the gospel—I HAVE TO SHARE IT!! Otherwise I would be ungrateful to my Father in Heaven. There are people there I need to teach.
Please feel free to contact me by e-mail with questions about the church or if you want my mailing address to send letters! I would love to hear your comments and questions as they pertain to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (or even if you just wanted to tell me about life back in the United States, that would be good too) It is firstname.lastname@example.org
Much Love from your VERY near future Missionary, Rebekah
Traveling with family is a blast. I’m just sitting in the car with the two sisters nearest to my age laying the their heads on my shoulders and sleeping as we make our way to Utah. It’s almost Thanksgiving and I finally have a little time to blog.
So. Canada. That feels like a long time ago. We headed out and drove and drove… but I won’t bore you with the details that I can’t really remember. But some things stood out to me.
Dad and Mom had been driving about 15 hours when the let me take a turn at the wheel. I had to pay close attention to the speed limit because they tell you in KPH (Kilometers Per Hour) rather than MPH. I started my turn at O dark thirty and when the sun started coming up I remember thinking that the materializing mountain range around me looked like teeth that might chomp us. The pale pink sky soothed it’s sore morning temper so it decided not to. Just like it’s been doing for thousands of years. 🙂 Those mountains are beautiful.
Another cool experience was hiking. I had a cold so I was not a very energetic mountain climber… but between trying to keep up with my running nose and encouraging my little brother Hon to keep pushing me from behind when the hills got high, I got to see beautiful views and enjoy the antics of my little siblings. I remember when we got to the top of a mountain I had gotten behind everyone and I sat on a rock looking out over Lake Louis. I said a prayer in my heart and tried to listen for the good spirit to touch my heart and I felt peace. I made some major mistakes last year and every month I feel more and more healed and forgiven. Spending time with my family that loves me and contemplating nature and God’s love for us, His children has helped a lot.
Okay, so my dad had an some athletic events to compete in so we made our way to Edmonton when we were able to see my cousin Samantha who was serving an LDS mission over there. She talked her leaders and asked permission to be able to see us and to maybe take me on splits with her companions. (that’s when you go proselyting without your companion and instead take another member of the church with you, so you split up and teach more people about Christ.) So I went with Samantha and we knocked on doors and talked to them about Jesus. We also talked to this lady walking up the road and she took a Book of Mormon and gave her address to Sam so that we could visit her later to teach her more. That was so exciting!! I know that more people would be happy if they had knowledge about God’s love for them and their potential in this life and the next. I’m so glad that I was blessed with parents who taught me about God and then told me that I needed to find the truth for myself as to whether it was true or not (what they taught me). I did pray and fast (not eat food for a couple meals) and I did get an answer. God sent me a feeling a peace and happiness and a warmth that spread all over my body as I held the scriptures in my hands. That is why it is so exciting to share what I know. I want them to feel what I’ve felt and what I feel and how it has made me happy. That was an amazing experience for me. We also went and visited members and made sure that they didn’t need help with anything.
Now, life would not be complete without a full account of what we ate… No no, not really, but we did eat some delicious food while we were over there. There was a Indian Restaurant that had mostly vegan food and though it was a little spicy at times it was delicious! I even have a picture.
And then these pictures were taken in front of a Chinese restaurant that was also very satisfying. I love the last picture!
In this one she said “Now tickle your neighbor!” It’s the best picture ever… be sure to notice little Kevin on the far left doing the I love you sign with his hand and sticking out his tongue. We are all smiling like crazy! And so our adventures continue.
Kinda crazy week, but very fun. First on my list of updates is
1. me and my family did a triathlon last Saturday. Everybody did really well, especially my sister, Charity (1st overall women’s), my mom, Kristen (2nd overall women’s), my sister, Eliza (3rd overall women’s), and me (5th overall women’s). Well, I can’t forget my dad who got first in the men’s division. GO TEAM RUSHTON!!!
2. Soccer officially started this week and we are doing daily doubles…so…. 3 1/2 hours of practice Monday-Thurs and a potluck + games + soccer party on Friday. (Yes, hard life—I know) I love soccer SO MUCH!! Our first game will be Sept 3rd and I’m super stoked!
Our rival team, the great and terrible LHS has a beautiful soccer wall that they play games with and in this picture I am enviously coveting it… actually even out of the picture I’m envying it. One of my goals this year is to get a wall erected at our soccer fields for future soccer generations!!!
3. Another amazing and crazy thing I did this week was bike to LaGrande, a nearby town—only about 50.7 miles away!!!! This was last Wednesday. My biking partner is my mom. She is training for a Ironman in the coming months and wanted to get a good ride in. I haven’t biked much recently (except for the 12.5 miles at the triathlon), but I thought it would be fun. So I did. My bottom is VERY sore, but I’ve done pretty well other than that. 🙂 OH, and if you refer to the soccer wall pictures you will see that I biked TO LaGrande to get the pictures with the soccer wall. I’ve never biked that far in my life by the way. So, new experience for me.
4. Was today. and by far the hardest thing I think I’ve ever done. I hiked/ran the Elkhorn Crest Trail which is 24 miles all the way across. My dad and his friend, Jason, drove up to the top and started on one side and me, Eliza, Franklin, and my mom drove up to the other side and started running. We met in the middle and took some pictures, then went our different ways. A little before the halfway point, my body started shutting down… I was really dysfunctional and It’s really due to the patience of my mother that I made it the whole way. THANKS MOM!!! Also, thanks to my dad, who made sure I got some salt tablets down my throat when I got home, which helped immensely with my sodium-wanting-body. (I eat a vegan diet, which has little to no salt in it… and I sweat a lot when I exercise–and I exercise a lot…..so salt is good for me.)
Ok, look carefully.
She’s smiling..’cause you just saw it. 🙂 Yes, the interesting things that you see at the dinner table besides corn-on-the-cob. No, this doesn’t happen all the time…hence the picture. Eliza’s head is now the pleasant perch of our poor parakeet, Briz. Cutest thing ever! This was not anything important, but I thought it funny and cute…sooooo. Hoped you like the update of my life for the week.
Thanks for reading!!!
“I love you anyway.”
I know that’s a silly way to start a piece of written work, but it’s a statement that really means a lot to me and I’d like to discuss it. People we love do things that hurt us sometimes and I think that is inevitable, because everyone is at a different point of learning and to learn, they have to make mistakes. Those mistakes affect those around them. Me. You. I know I have made some decisions that have hurt me, and those around me, but they loved me anyway. I guess I am thinking about this because one of my friends made a surprising decision to join the Marine Corps instead of going on a mission to teach people about Jesus Christ. At first I felt really hurt, but I’ve been thinking. If we did not have valiant, brave people to protect us from tyranny, we might not be able to believe in God or not believe in God… So I realize that I need to support him in his decision. There are many worse decisions he could have made and in this choice, he didn’t hurt anyone. He is blessing my life and yours. This is one of my heroes. He joined the army and went to Afghanistan a couple years ago. He’s back now, but this is a picture that was taken before he left. He is hugging his son good bye. I feel like this picture really portrays some of the noble reasons for serving in the military.
- Love of Family
- Love of Country
Another one of my friends, Phineas, joined the marines when he was 17. I respect him for joining the Marines and being willing to protect his country as well. Thank you.
On the flip side, some of my other friends have gone off to new places and new people to proselyte and teach those who wish to be taught about Jesus. They are protecting families as well. They are protecting them from the heartache that sin brings. They are giving them the salve of the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. They are helping people to enjoy the freedoms they have in a righteous way. And to make the world a better place by serving people. And by loving people.
Those are my thoughts on both Missionaries and Marines. And I will love and respect both for their service to me, my family, and my country.
Ok, now that I’ve had sufficient rest I will now recount the proceedings of the last couple of weeks or so. I will start out by pointing out the most hilarious picture that has been taken since a couple weeks ago… my little brother Seth diving off the block at a swim meet in Washington. Please make sure to take note of the grace with which he has launched himself into the air…the grace of a beautiful ballerina! *Just a teensy bit of sarcasm there* He is the one with the blue swim cap on and I just can’t get over how great this picture is! 🙂 This was taken at a swim meet in Wenatchee, Washingtion where my family spent a couple days cheering my siblings on in their various swim events. We also met a fellow homeschooler with long hair…My sisters asked him if they could braid it and this is what happened. It was pretty fun. We were “Ja’makin” fun of him all day…hehe..he. Get it? Bad pun. Anyway…
Girl’s Camp was great too! Highlights from camp were that I was really sick for the first day (stomach flu, which was kind of gross) and that we went river rafting near Garden Valley, Idaho the next day. The most fun part of the rafting trip was riding “bull” during one of the big rapids (class 3) OR riding on the very front of the raft with my legs hanging off while we go over the big rapids. HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE!! WHOOHOO!!! A bit of an adrenaline rush and a bunch of fun! I also ate a real meal for the first time in a day or so (which was really exciting to me) and felt the good spirit that accompanied being around such great girls for the rest of that week. One more thing is that as a group we got to see two plays in an outdoor theater called Starlight Mountain Theater— Footloose, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The latter option was my absolute favorite! I got a picture with the actor and actress that played Adam and Milly. They did a really great job with that play! I recommend going to see their plays if you’re in the neighborhood.
Last, but not least, I was able to go to Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake last week. I learned sooooo much! I played the flute, learned some music theory, worked on my minor scales, enjoyed nature, and read Sherlock Holmes–which was amazing, by the way. After the concert on Saturday, my family went to the lake. Hon, my mom, and I went swimming in the lake with our wetsuits on. We swam for a while and then played “King/Queen of the Rock” when we found a submerged rock. That was so ridiculous, but we had sooooo much fun! More fun in that 45 minutes than in the whole week put together. (and I did have fun at the camp) I’m glad to be back home. I missed everybody. It’ll be good to spend time with family and spend time with my leaving-off-to-college-without-me friends… I know we have to move on, but I will miss them.
“There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion,” said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. “It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”
A beautiful Sherlock Holmes quote I do believe. I’ve always had a love for flowers and I really appreciate this take on the purpose of them. I’ve been reading Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes this past week and now that I am done I will go on to the next Volume of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The past couple weeks I’ve been away enjoying Nature and God and Music, as well as Sherlock Holmes. I will tell more about it once I’ve had rest.