Monday, June 27, 2016

Update on the Week 6/27/2016

This past week has been great! It went by very fast. Unfortunately J was not able to get baptized because he was exhausted and couldn't walk. He suffers from some prior accidents and both of his legs are in casts to help him walk. So getting to church was not an option for this week, but we set up his iPad so that he could listen to the scriptures on it and watch some church videos. Elder Goldstrohm and I are planning on him getting baptized this next Saturday before his family goes home. So keep him in your prayers!

The other great thing that happened this week is we ran into a family at the beginning of the week. The dad L and his daughter S, who is now grown up, invited us back last Tuesday to share our message. Well, we went by at 10:00 am and expected them to have forgotten like most people do who schedule a morning lesson; however, they were there and ready for us. Then we went by again on Saturday and they were there waiting for us. They even kept the commitment and came out to church. They really enjoyed the service, and are planning on coming next week. The cool thing about L is he had gone to our church before and knew Brother Wheelock from one of the other wards. This is actually what motivated them to come to our church. Just goes to show how much influence the members have on missionary work!

Well, love you guys and have a great week!

Elder Bullough

Zion's Camp! 6/20/2016

Had a great week! Tuesday and Wednesday our mission went up to Zion's Camp and did a day activity which was super fun! It totally reminded me of my days back in scouting and all of the millions of campouts we went on. To start off, we got up to the camp and did a ropes course, which I will post some pictures of below. The theme was all around team building and how we could accomplish hard things when we worked together and trusted in each other. 

"And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another. " Mosiah 18:21

After we finished the ropes course, we had a spiritual presentation by the mission President and his assistants. I will share a few things that stuck out to me and helped me throughout the week. The first was to have faith to find. We are taught that "the field is white already to harvest" in Doctrine and Covenants section 4, so we just need to have faith that the Lord will lead us to those who are ready. Just yesterday, Elder Goldstrohm and I were knocking and prayed to know which street the Lord would have us knock. After deciding on a street, we went and started knocking. Soon enough we knocked into J. J had been taught by the missionaries a while back, but never committed to get baptized on a certain day. Well yesterday, during our conversation, he told us that his sister is coming up to visit and that he wants to get baptized while she is here. So right away, we set everything up and he is now scheduled to get baptized on the 26th of this month. I know that the Lord put us in the right place at the right time so that we could run into Jimmy. 

The other thing I took away was having courage to invite. I am sure that most everyone has at one point or another been afraid to invite someone to something whether it be to church, to an activity or even inviting someone on a date. hahah. Anyway, the advice I would give someone is Just Do It! The only way to get better at something that scares you is to just do it. I have had to learn that on my mission because we are constantly doing things that are completely out of the norm and nowhere near comfortable. But I have seen how so much good can come from an invitation, especially one that can change a person’s life for the better. Jesus Christ left us the best invitation when he said "Follow thou me." (John 21:22) He asked us to walk in his shoes and to help others find the joy as well. So I would invite you all, to invite those who you know to come to church with you or to come to a ward activity where they too can feel the Spirit. 

Well have a great week and love you all!

Elder Bullough 

Zion's Camp

Elder Bullough is on the far left end, on another elder's shoulders

Elder Bullough is the second person to the right of President Blatter

Monday, June 13, 2016

Busy Week and Lots of Pictures! 6/13/2016

This week was very busy, but I have a bunch of pictures to send so hopefully you all enjoy it!

Quick scripture for the day:
D&C chapter 6
32 Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold, there will I be in the midst of them—even so am I in the midst of you.
33 Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward. 
34 Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

So, I [wanted] to mention that L, who Elder Strong and I met back when I was in Parkland, got baptized yesterday! She was able to get baptized into the Buenavista Ward (the Spanish branch) and I am sure that it was a wonderful experience for her. L was one super prepared for baptism and had been going to church for a year in California before she moved up here. Within a week of her move, Elder Strong and I ran into her and she told us that she was looking for the church out here. Just shows how much God cares for his children and is quick to answer prayers!

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend her baptism yesterday but I will post the picture below.

Elder Burke, Elder Nelson, L, Elder Strong, Elder Chacon
Elder Bullough--left side of picture

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Commencement Bay 6/6/2016

This week was pretty good. It entailed a lot of work, between office work and just normal missionary work. It seemed like Elder Goldstrehm and I were just running at times. By way of office work, we took a bunch of furniture to different missionaries and that took up most of Friday. It was quite the job trying to get mattresses and dressers from the back of the storage out, but we did it. Luckily I had some background in pulling trailers because turns out Elder Goldstrehm didn't, so I had to drive. Thanks to my old landscaping job hahah!

Well, update on the area: My new companion is Elder Goldstrehm. He is from Holiday, UT and is a super hard worker. Which is good because we hardly waste a minute. He was also a wrestler in high school for Skyline High so we get along great! The area so far has been hard to figure out my way around because of so much construction, so we end up taking a bunch of detours. It is a great area for missionary work. It is a lower income area but also has some great views of the water front and has a lot of city. 

Last night was pretty neat. Elder Goldstrehm and I went to a baptism for a guy who got baptized. His story was quite amazing. Elder Goldstrehm was able to work with him when he was in the beginning of his mission like a year ago. This man had just gotten out of jail and wanted to get baptized because he went to the church in the prison and knew it to be true. Well, after a long process of working out the details, he was able to be baptized last night. It was incredible to see the amount of love and support that this one man received. He mentioned that it was not an easy road, but because of all of the members in his life and the leaders he had pushing him forward, he was able to overcome some of the trials he faced from previous choices in his life. The most important thing that I learned last night is that God is so merciful and forgives you for anything as long as you have a truly penitent heart and have forsaken your sins. I know that this man who had once made poor decisions in his life was, in fact, the cleanest person in that room after he was baptized. This reminds me of the verse in John 3:16. But how true it is!

Well I hope that you all have a great week and enjoy the beginning of Summer! 

Love you all!
Elder Bullough

John 3:16
16 ¶For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The following are pictures of Elder Bullough that were recently posted on the WA-TAC mission blogsite at

A District Meeting: 

Pictures from Transfer Day (May 31, 2016):