August 31, 2015


So this week was marvelous in a number of ways.

To begin

Salvador, our media referral from a little card in the park over a year ago is awesome and he loves the church and us. We gave him a chapel tour this last week, and we may just end up giving him a second one with his kids this week!

Bicycles are super fun, especially when you don't have to ride them all of the time. This last week we ran out of miles on our car, so we had to do a little bit of biking and it was really really fun. 

Spiritual thought for this week:

 "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." -2 Nephi 25:26

​So, our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is about ​CHRIST. We believe in Christ and in God and in the Holy Ghost as separate entities with a singular purpose. Christ is the center of everything. Not just the church, America, our lives, but EVERYTHING. Remember him. 

​Hey, if y'all still read these things, y'all are the real MVPs.

Love y'all

Hope y'all have a BLESSED week!

Elder Matthew Busi​

​Y'all are a big Pizza My Heart (pardon my gross face)​

August 24, 2015

WEEK (can you believe it) 22: WEEK OF AVERAGE

So, sorry for the disappointment that is about to follow, but this last week was pretty routine. 

We had a lot of lessons, and we did a LOT of service. 

Spiritual thought: 
God is not stupid. Sometimes, we think about why we are where we are in life. Why do things happen to us? Why would this person act so senselessly? Why? Why? Why?
God is not stupid. He knows why things happen the way that they do, and allows them to occur for a reason. Example time:  
10 And when Amulek saw the pains of the women and children who were consuming in the fire, he also was pained; and he said unto Alma: How can we witness this awful scene? Therefore let us stretch forth our hands, and exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames.

11 But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand; for behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day.

Alma said it pretty well himself, so, to leave his words instead of mine,

I bid y'all Adieu



August 19, 2015


My fellow patriots,

This last week was, well, AWESOME as always. And today I am slightly more organized, so prepare for a regular-length email.

So, in no particular order, here are the events that transpired last week:

CAR STUCK IN POOP-MUD: Yes, unfortunately you did read correctly. This last week my companion and I were driving to visit some former investigators. He was driving, and at my request, he took an alley. Alleys in the FORT are pretty interesting. Usually they are narrow gravel roads that cut blocks in half, so they could conceivably be faster than driving the usual route. Well, upon my insistence, we proceeded down this alley. It was more-than-slightly overgrown, but we kept going. We had only passed three houses when we heard a THWOMP! which signaled to us that something had happened to our vehicle. We stepped out of the car and gave it a 32-point inspection, but at point 1, the front wheels, we noticed that our car was bottomed-out in a puddle. Now, this puddle must've been pretty deep (like 2 feet straight down) because we weren't very far in it. The tires had no traction (too much water-per-poop ratio) and we were very stuck. We tried to push the car, put objects under the wheels for traction, all of those things, but it still would not come out. So, naturally, we left our car, took a Jesus picture from our trunk, and began our exodus. We went and knocked doors of anyone with trucks until we came upon an elderly gentleman who offered to help us. In exchange for our Jesus picture, this African-American sir loaded us in his truck and we went to the site of the disaster. With Jay-Z blaring on his radio (remember that this guy was 70+?) we pulled our car out with some tie-down straps. Everything was fine, and we got a free carwash later on.

REFERRALS: So, as far as the missionary work in Fort Smith, this week was a stinker, until the end. On Friday, we received THREE referrals, one of them being a "media referral." For the uninitiated, a "media referral" is when someone gets online and requests anything from a copy of the Bible to a copy of the Book of Mormon, to a visit from the missionaries. This man requested a copy of the Book of Mormon, so we gladly went and delivered it to him. He invited us to come back any time and he said that he was going to be reading it! Crazy crazy crazy.

CHIP OF THE MARK OF THE BEAST: Last night, we were in a lesson with a former investigator, and he was explaining all of these things that were (supposedly) in the Bible. One of these was the Chip of the Mark of the Beast, as explained in Revelations (so he said). He continued to explain that this chip, when placed on your forehead, could help bring people out of poverty and do all kinds of good things, but then the "Beast" is the devil sooooo yeah. My companion and I kinda just sat there and then said a prayer and left. So, do not eat the tortilla chip of the mark of the beastie

ORANGE FIGHT: So we went over to have breakfast at a potential investigator's house, but he forgot about it. His kids were in the street, so we went and talked to them. They invited us into their open garage, so we went and sat with them and waited until their dad got home. The youngest of them gave us oranges and told us to eat them. We gladly did so. Then he gave us more oranges. As I had already fulfilled my hourly quota of oranges, I declined. At his insistence, I reluctantly accepted the citrus. It wasn't long before oranges were flying across the room, being passed back and forth. We were sitting down and little kids were standing right in front of us ready to throw an orange with full force right at our face. It was at this time that we opted out and left.

BARGAINS GALORE ON 64: Because Arkansas, there is a HUGE event that occurs annually on Highway 64. It is basically just an endless string of flea markets that goes from the start of the highway to the end of it. We found this out on our way back from district meeting and I am still a little sore because they had a million Captain America comic books in pristine condition and I didn't have any cash so I didn't buy any and now I have anti-buyer's remorse because the event is over and those people are long gone...

I LOST MY HEART IN san FRANCISCO: So, Francisco's house this week was fabulous. My companion and I get to meet with them weekly, and this week we brought over an Italian game called "BANG!". It was loads of fun and I recommend it for every household in America. Also, Francisco cooked us up some of the best Buche (pig stomach lining) that I have ever had the opportunity to sample. Try it if you're feeling brave.

UAFS MOVE INS: We got to go move like a million Freshmen into the dormitories at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith this last Saturday. It was a lot of fun and we were basically the only ones working, with the English Elders. It was really fun, and I think that it helped out a lot. One goal for this stake is to start a YSA Ward in Fort Smith, which would be really cool. I hope that they do.

JESTER, THE CLOWN: Never work with ivy. Ivy is a terrible invention that kills trees lives in symbiotic dissonance with them. We went service tracting this last week, which means that we went door-to-door asking if anyone needed any service done. The response about 100% of the time was "No, we've got it." So, we found a random guy clearing ivy out of a tree and helped him. His name was Jester and he was a used-car-salesman-gone-tree-trimmer. We helped him out and he was nice enough. He had some pretty strong opinions about religion, so we just planted some seeds with him. It was fantastic.

HAIRY JERRY GUARDADO AND THE PAPUSAS FROM HEAVEN: So, we have dinner with the Guardado's every Thursday, and this Thursday, we were treated to a Mexican, Salvadoranian, and Nicaraguan restaurant that was DELICIOUS. We had some of the best Papusas ever, and my boy Jerry Guardado thought that one of the ladies that worked there was going o take him to jail for stealing mints. All in a day's work.

#DOMESTICATED: This week, Elder Millett and I made a lot of food at home for no real reason. We figured that since we are in the South, that we might as well try to fry everything. We started out this week with the basics, but next week we should have some more interesting cuisine to discuss.

SPIRITUAL THOUGHT: Everybody has questions about something. For example: Should I look for a new job? Where am I going in life? What is the next step in my life? etc. Your questions are probably a lot better than the ones that I just included. The answers to your questions can be found by---- wait for it--- PRAYER. Pray to know the answer to your questions. Some instructions on how to do just that: First pick the question. Phrase it as more of a yes or no. Then wait. The answer will come. You should feel some peace and resolve if it is a yes, and maybe some confusion or discomfort if it is a no. Then, the hardest part of all: Going with it. You will have just received an answer from our Father in Heaven. That means that you need to act on it.

Well, Don't be silly like me and get pushed into a fountain.

The push

The fall

Love y'all

Have a BLESSED week

Elder Matthew Busi​

August 10, 2015


My dearest fellow Americans,

This week was a blast (of hot air)

The temperatures soared, tempers raged, and bees stung. 

We had the chance this week to do a number of things, not excluding the following

  1. Using a car-jack to lift a recently-constructed deck to remove an old door from a trailer (complex, I know). 
  2. Purchasing a new door to go on the trailer that was both too large, and could not swing open due to the characteristics of the deck
  3. Mowing three separate lawns on three separately very hot days
  4. Cutting low-hanging tree limbs off with a machete
  5. Yours truly getting stung under the eye by an enraged bee, after which there was an enraged Elder Busi running and flailing and all of that stuff.
  6. Visited a whole bunch of former investigators (A.K.A. People who had been taught by the missionaries before and who did not progress for whatever reason) and found some success there
  7. Took a SICK picture by a car that says "CRISTO VIENE" (Christ Comes)
  8. Went to the lake with some investigators, which turned out to be quite a lame waste of time since we are happy obedient missionaries and can't swim... 
  9. Wrote this email with 9 bullet points
Spiritual thought of the week, 

BE BOLD in proclaiming the gospel/ living your standards. If something is not right, be the one to fix it. 


Elder Matthew Busi


August 3, 2015


Brothers, Sisters, Parents, and all to whom this letter is sent by ways of the World Wide Web, email, or the kind anonymous readers of my humble blog:


This last week was AWESOME, with everything from a new companion to a terrific Fast and Testimony meeting. As I am a little short on time, here are some of the best experiences of the week. 

ELDER MILLETT: A kind, humble soul hailing from the great state of Colorado, Elder Millett is the hardworking, loving companion that everyone needs and desires to be. With this transfer, many other companionships in the area immediately around us changed as well. We basically have all new people around me, which is refreshing in a way. Here is a picture of he and I: 

​We speak spanish all day and baptize by night WORD

FAST AND TESTIMONY MEETING: It started off slow and quiet, as most fast and testimony meetings do. The presiding authority shared his testimony with us, and then we were left with the time. I, feeling prompted, got up and shared a simple and probably grammatically atrocious testimony about how I know that the people of Fort Smith Arkansas are ready to hear the gospel. I also related how I knew that we could easily fill the room with new members. I concluded and sat down, and watched as every member of our (small) congregation got up and bore his or her own testimony about missionary work. It was awesome to see that they were all so ready to share their testimonies, and I think that we shall shortly see a rise in member participation.

So, that was most of my update for this week, kind of in limbo with transfers and all, but next week should produce some pretty good stories and such. 

Y'all have a blessed week!

Elder Matthew Busi​