Thursday, December 19, 2013

December's emails so far....


12-16-13

Hey ya'll!

So this week wasn't very eventful at all. The only exciting thing that happened, was that Sister Cady's parents got Chelsea and Jody scriptures for Christmas. They LOVED it. They were overjoyed. It was so awesome to see their faces and that they have their own scriptures now! We joke with them that they are "real Mormons" now.  We had a mission Christmas meeting this week and it was so much fun! We had to do a skit and we did ours and we got the only standing ovation. Ours was super awesome, legit and hilarious if I do say so myself.  So it was really fun. 




Sister Cady was sick again this week so we didn't do much teaching, but we still had a good week! Jody got the preisthood this Sunday and Chelsea got a calling as Young Womens 2nd counselor! She was soo happy to have a calling! They are seriously so great!

We had my Mission President and his wife, President and Sister Irion come to our church yesterday and it was just a great day yesterday!
Literally that is all that happened. Not much, it's still good and I'm still growing lots. Like I said before, I'm just trying to grow in my capabilities. I know as I realize my strengths, and weaknesses, and gifts, I will be able to be the missionary I'm supposed to be and the missionary the Lord wants me to be.

Anyways, I love ya'll so much! Can't wait to skype you! have a great week! Talk to you next week!

Love always,
Sister Burr.


12-9-13

How are ya'll doing? I miss ya'll so much! I can't even tell you!

I got the letter today with the boys' letters. I loved them so much! It made me miss them even more! They are so cute! and I love beetee, she's the cutest.

I got a package from Brandee and Dave, well from Darren actually. It was my Christmas present! I haven't opened it yet! Waiting until Christmas! haha Tell Darren I said thank you so much! But I'll write him a letter too.

This week was a great success! Chelsea and Jody got baptized!! It was the best baptism I've ever been to! The spirit was almost comparable to the temple spirit. It was powerful.  We had Chelsea's parents, grandparents and family friend. There were lots of members and non-members at the baptism! We had Jay Osborne baptize them and he was baptized in August! He was on fire and performed so well! He had to dunk Chelsea 3 times but did Jody flawless! He wasn't disappointed at all and he just knew that baptizing was such an honor and did his best! Me, Sister Cady and the Harlan Elders sang How Great Thou Art in all different parts. It was SO powerful! the spirit was speaking to all, especially Jody. He really felt the spirit and knew that this was right for him. It was an incredible experience. :) 



We also met with Mary, who we haven't seen for a while, and we taught the Plan of Salvation. She loved it and ate it right up.  We are going to teach her the rest of the POS and commit her for baptism. I know I say that every week, but I really feel like it's gonna happen this next week :)

We also sang at a baptist funeral. It was interesting. I've never experienced what they call here, "speaking in tongues". When a man was speaking, he started singing a baptist song, and this woman started LITERALLY screaming and wailing, at the top of her lungs saying, "OH JESUS, PRAISE THE LORD, OOOOOOHHHH WHY!! WHY! DEAR LORD JESUS TAKE ME INSTEAD, OOOHHH NOO, NO LORD JESUS, FATHER OH FATHER, JESUS, LORD OOOOHHH, AHHH!"
I literally thought the woman that had died was coming out of her coffin. It scared me to DEATH. Sister Cady said my face went WHITE. It was definitely an experience :)  We sang 8 songs at the funeral, all a capella, it was good, we messed up a couple times, but we stood strong! I've gotten a lot more confidence in my singing voice and am now pretty strong at just singing by myself with no piano or nothing. We sing to people A LOT!

Me and Sister Cady are doing so great! She has taught me a lot about being myself, opening my mouth, learning how to love others more fully and being selfless! She has all of these qualities.  She's just a big ray of sunshine :) I love her so much! We are still working on teaching in unity.  We are growing and progressing together very well.
As for me, I'm doing well.  Still just working through trying to find my strengths and use them in my teaching and bettering myself.  It's amazing what you can do if you just trust in the Lord. I've found a greater strength within myself to do what the Lord wants done.  I love it so much!  The real message of Christmas is the pure love of Christ, His infinite sacrifice, His eternal love for us, and the great message of humility, selflessness, courage, and submissive love. These are qualities I wish to strengthen in myself.  We are so blessed here, me and Sis. Cady.  The Lord has a plan for us in this area, and I hope we can follow His plan with all that we have.

Anyways, It was a great week! haha. I miss ya'll so much though. and I love you guys more than you know! I hope ya'll have a great week! love ya'll to death!

Love always,
Sister Burr

12-2-13

Hey ya'll! Awww those pictures seriously make me miss ya'll so much!! I can't even tell you how much I miss you guys!! It kills me! It doesn't help around the holidays! But I'll be okay. Now I really wish I quit my job last year so I didn't have to miss last Christmas with you guys! So that is 3 Christmas' I won't spend with you guys. ahh, so sad. But don't worry, i'm doing fine out here! I LOVE all those pictures :) they are so cute!

I don't know when I'll be on 60 minutes. Just keep a look out, maybe google it? haha i don't know. Norton, VA food bank? Something like that.

Thanksgiving was good, we spent it at the Bishop's house. There was us, the Miners (senior missionary couple) and another recent convert. It was good food and good time. Then we went black friday shopping after! It was crazy!! I got some footie pajamas! They are so cute, red with cheetah hearts! i've come to find that I really love cheetah. haha. We got those really nice, expensive pillows that are like $30 for $4! and we got some other stuff. I have ya'll's Christmas presents, so I'll be sending those soon :) Can't open them until Christmas!

Well it finally snowed here! and it's really cold! but the snow actually melted away and it's just cold here. It's like in the 30's about. sometimes 40's.

Well this week was great! We had the best lesson with Chelsea and Jody last Monday. It was probably the best lesson I have done thus far on my mission. It was so powerful. We had members there, one who had been baptized in August, and he basically taught half the lesson. His testimony was so strong, this is James, and he is actually going to baptize both Chelsea and Jody! We are so excited! We just had Chelsea's interview this morning and it went very well. She is all set. Jody's interview is tomorrow with Elder Waring. We met with them last night and they both got answers from church, they both came with a question to church, and Jody's testimony has strengthened and he now believes more fully in this gospel and isn't struggling or fighting it anymore. We told him he didn't have to know that these things were true, just that he believed if they were true. They are going strong towards baptism! They are getting baptized this next Saturday! There will be pictures next monday! We are so excited for them! They are both so great! We also just working with less actives and with our other investigator, Mary. We are seeing her tomorrow and we hope to commit her for baptism.

Me and Sister Cady are doing just a great as ever. Last Sunday we had a really good talk about just trying to figure out who we are. She has helped me realize a lot about myself. I think the world of her. She is such a great missionary. She really is exemplar. She teaches with sincerity, love, compassion, boldness and with the spirit. She is one of the best people I've ever met in my life. I know I can't and won't teach like her, but I can see how she does things and try to do them my own way, how the Lord wants me to do it.

I'm getting better at this. I think the thing I have learned this week is to follow each and every prompting I get. To just open my mouth and let the spirit fill my mouth.  I still struggle, because I feel like I get stuck and don't know what to say or what's coming out of my mouth. I'm learning how to just do it. Just trust in the Lord. I'm trying my best. Sometimes I don't feel like i'm trying my hardest, but I am working so hard. Because I want to get there more than anything. I want to touch people's hearts so that they can know the truth of this gospel, the joy and happiness it brings to the lives of everyone apart of this church. Satan really works on me every hour. It's a constant battle I feel that I am fighting, but I'm not going to let it get me down. I care way too much about my Investigators, and the ward members. I want to bring my all, and I'm not exactly sure how to do that fully yet. I want to so bad. and I feel like i just have to do it. So that is my goal this week. To give all I have, to learn how to teach more fully with the spirit and listen to Heavenly Father's promptings. Because this is His work. I know I can do great, hard things.

I'm just trying to do my best! and I know that is all the Lord asks of me. It's a slow progression, but it enables me to grow and learn the things I need to gain here.
I miss ya'll so much. I can't even tell you. I miss sweet beetee, dorky nyborg, fun, sweet trenters, and sweet cute little catsu :) haha. and I miss you mommy. SOO MUCH. But i've been our 3 1/2 months now! isn't that crazy? Jeez. it's really flying by. I am loving it! i am just learning still. It's hard but completely worth every second. I love ya'll so much. more than anything! I miss ya'll even more! I hope ya'll have a good week! i pray for ya'll every night! ya'll are always in my heart!
I love ya'll so much!
Love always,
Sister Burr :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

11/25/13


We had a great week! We saw Chelsea and Jody on Monday and Thursday.  We had a very powerful lesson with them on Thursday about recognizing the spirit and recognizing how the spirit answers us.  And they both came to church yesterday and we asked him to come to church with a question and reaffirmed him that he would receive an answer.  He did! he says that he sort of received an answer, but we we're like, "No! You so did!" He has come a long way and we told him he won't have a perfect knowledge of everything, he doesn't have to, all it takes is faith. He is progressing well. Chelsea would run to the waters of baptism if she could tomorrow! She is so great!

We have lots of other investigators progressing, Noah, Mary, Debbie and Hunte (they actually live in Kingsport but Irvan is Debbie's father-in-law, who is in the bishopric in my ward, and they have been coming to church up here). We had a very intensely powerful lesson with them after church yesterday about the Plan of Salvation.  It was a very simple, yet powerful lesson.  The spirit touched everyone in the room SO much! It was great! We plan to meet with Mary this next week and commit her for baptism. Debbie and Hunter were committed for baptism by the Kingsport Sisters so they are progressing well!

As far as Joe, he has been out of town for 2 weeks now in Atlanta, and we aren't sure when he's getting back but he should be back within this next week.  We are going to set a new date for him and help him with the Word of Wisdom.

Me and Sister Cady are doing great.  We did weekly planning and we had a good companionship inventory.  We were able to talk about how we can strengthen our teaching with unity and power of the spirit and teaching by the spirit.

I know I've come a very long way from when I got here, I've got lots more growing to do.  This week I was able to realize that I'm just teaching the same way to everyone.  I'm not teaching people instead of lessons.  If I want the spirit to be in my lessons and be led by the spirit, I can't just throw the lessons in their face.  I need to teach them, and their personal needs and concerns. Even though it still scares me to teach, I need to be thinking about my investigators, how I can help them, and the way I teach them, instead of just shoving doctrine down their throats. 

I can't even explain to you how glad I am that I came on a mission. I've grown in ways that I didn't know I needed to grow.  There isn't any other way I would have it. I love being in this mission, with all of these wonderful missionaries that are such unreal examples to me.

Umm other random things..We went jogging in a graveyard, we went to a baptism in Harlan, KY (they haven't baptized for a while so it was great! one of the most powerful baptisms I've ever been to!) So other than that...nothing else has happened.  It's getting freezing here!! Yesterday was sooo cold! and with humidity...it's like 4x colder.

We are going over to the bishop's house and 2 other houses for Thanksgiving...pretty sure I will gain like 17 lbs. No big deal or anything.

This week I received a letter from Dad's ward, and all the Young Men and Young Women wrote me their testimonies. It made me cry so much!

Mom if you could just forward the following to Sister Terry so she can read it off to the young women in church or something like that:

Sister Terry and young women and young men,
Thank you SO much for your testimonies and your signatures and that picture!!! It made me cry so bad! I LOVED it :) Thank you so much for all of your uplifting words. You ALL are SO much more prepared than I ever was to go on this mission. You all have such strong testimonies which is so inspiring to me.  Thank you for your words of love, joy and words that come from God.  I'm not kidding when I say I believe, no, I KNOW, that every single young women needs to go on a mission.  Young Women, If you are having thoughts about preparing for a mission, DO IT!! GO. I know from your testimonies that you would make such great missionaries. You faith and diligence in God is just remarkable.  Being on a mission is hard. I've learned so much about this church, Jesus Christ and about myself more than I ever have in my life.  I know with every thing I have in my soul that this church is true. Going on a mission is hard, but that's with everything that is worth anything. I didn't say it'd be easy, but i can tell you with 140%, that it is completely worth it. I've learned so much about love, self confidence, self-respect, trusting in our Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ.  I know that the Lord is hastening his work, that is why the age changed. All Young men AND young women need to go on missions. That is my testimony.  This is the greatest thing I have ever done in my life so far.  The only time that it talks about happiness in the bible is John 13:17. This is when Jesus Christ is washing the feet of his disciples and it says, happy are ye if ye do them.
"If we have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work."
D&C 4
If we serve God and others, that is when we are really happy. I've never been happier in my life than I have being on a mission. PLEASE. GO. PREPARE. :) I know ALL of you can do it. It doesn't matter what you've done in your life, you can be forgiven of ALL your sins, you can be endowed with power on high from the Holy Ghost and you are able to have eternal life.
I love you all SO much. Thank you for your testimonies and faith. You guys are the rising generation and I know that you have so much power and would make excellent missionaries. all of you. :) I love you all and don't think that I have forgotten about you guys! You guys are in my prayers daily! Don't let your testimony waiver. All you gotta do is the simple things. Read. Pray. Church. Primary answers right?? Exactly. That is all that there is to it. But do it with a sincere heart, and God will answer EVERY question, doubt, fear you have. I love you all! Thank you for your diligence and prayers :)
Love always,
Sister Burr.

Thanks mom :) you can put what I said to Sister Terry on the blog too. Whatever works.
I love you and miss you SO much! I hope you guys have a great week!
Love always,
Sister Burr.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Two Weeks Worth of Emails


11/18/13

Hey ya'll!
I love all the pictures from Kylie's birthday! That is so fun!! They all are so cute! Well, this week was a great week. Well, I’m staying in Virginia for another 6 weeks! We got the transfer calls and we are staying put! We were shocked because Sister Cady has trained her whole mission (just moved every 12 weeks). So, now we are together another 6 weeks! Whoo! We are excited.

We showed Chelsea and Jody the Restoration video last Monday. They really liked it and it was at a member's home. It was a great lesson.  I know that I can be a great missionary. I want to get there and I know I can.  That's why I have come to know how important diligence, patience, and charity are because some things in this life are hard to learn but we are able to grow in our capabilities because of it and reach our potential. 

We met an awesome potential investigator this week! We just felt prompted to eat at Huddle House and we ended up giving our number and a pass along card to our waitress. She said that she wasn't even supposed to come into work today, that this wasn't her regular section to work and it was truly a sign from the Lord and we totally agree with her! So, it was an awesome success. 

Chelsea and Jody are really progressing. Jody still isn't 100% about getting baptized but he believes that God will help him reach that point for Dec. 7th and Chelsea is on FIRE! She wants to get baptized like NOW. She has already researched where the closest temple is and wants to go and we are like ahhh! You’re great! We are soo excited for them!

Sister Cady and me are just great! We were both SUPER surprised when we found out both of us would be staying! We didn't expect that at all, because she has trained her entire mission. So it was a nice surprise! I love her and I'm glad we get to work together longer. I am very happy about it! We will try our best to keep the work progressing in Powell Valley Ward.  We know that there is a reason we have been kept here, maybe it's for Chelsea and Jody, or for members in the ward. We don't know, all we know is that the Lord knows all things.  There is a purpose for everything in our lives, people, trials, and miracles.

I love being a missionary so much.  I definitely know my weaknesses, but they are slowing progressing into strengths.  I know that I'm supposed to be ME and not someone else, I’m growing and learning so much.

Other than that, it's been nothing new! It's getting pretty cold here, but no snow yet! OH, and I forgot until now. We volunteer at a food bank twice a week. They had 60 minutes come and do a story on it and so I’m going to be on TV!! WHOO! REPRESENT! So you should watch it and tell me if they put me on it or not! It will be about Norton, Virginia Food Bank or Big Stone Gap. So, yeah.

Oh we had a baptism this last Saturday, his name is Liam and he's 8. The Miner's were working with him so it's not technically our baptism. hahaha. But it was a great baptism!!

I know how important reading the scriptures is and it's strengthened my testimony SO much.  Ya’ll should read Alma 32 together as a family. It's about faith.  I know that if we even have nothing but a desire to know more, God will give it to us.

I miss you guys SO much. I love you even more. Tell the kiddos that I just love them more than anything. I love you so much mom! I miss you guys SO much! I love ya'll.

Love always,
Sister Burr.


11/11/13

Hi Mommy :)

AHH I’m so excited for Laurel Wells! That makes me SO happy!! That is sooo awesome! She’s going to be an amazing missionary!

Hahaha thank you for the smelly feet thing and the pepper jack enchiladas, haha I won't mix them up :) silly mom.
Well, I sent Kylie a card for her birthday, so check your mail, mother! haha. Tell her I said happy birthday tomorrow and I love her and miss her so much!

Oh boy was this a crazy week!
This week was just great! Last Monday, we met with Chelsea and Jody Lewis. We taught them the Plan of Salvation. It went really well and they made an appointment the same week! That is good sign. I've heard everyone that does, gets baptized. So we set an appointment for a church tour on Friday.  Although we didn't get a lot of lessons in all together, it was a successful week because we committed Chelsea and Jody for baptism after our church tour on Friday.  It was a great success, the church tour, the spirit was strong and everything fell into place and we committed them.  We are also making progress with Joe Hamilton. He is losing the desire to smoke and almost feels sick when he smokes! He is making lots or progress. Chelsea and Jody had a good experience at church.  We asked them to come to church with a question and she got her answer and she said it was practically slapped in her face in each meeting. But it was a good thing. We are having a meeting with them tonight and watching the Restoration video because Jody didn't get to be in the Restoration lesson and it's at a member's house.

Me and Sister Cady are just doing great as always, I'm getting better at this whole missionary thing and taking the lead as well.  I know I have the ability within me; it's just a lack of confidence still.  But Sister Cady has helped me grow so much! I love her so much! We get along so great and work well together in teaching lessons, even though I don't talk predominately, I talk and it flows really well.

I want to be my best and who the Lord wants me to be.  I'm coming to realize though that I am a good missionary and I can be my best and have confidence by just loving others as Christ would and be who I am because the people here need me to be me.  That is my biggest thing is just over coming my shyness.  I want it to be gone because I want to be outgoing and bold, inviting and friendly.  I'm really pulling from within myself.  And that's the part that is trying my patience is that it's a process and it comes over time. It's a true blessing to see how much the Lord trusts me to be out here and how much he loves me. He is my strength. I am NOTHING without Him.

I love you so much and miss you so much! I can't believe I’ve been out almost 3 months! It's gone by SO fast...so I’ll be home in a jiffy! haha Remember to keep track of any good movies or songs that come out so I can watch them when I get back, but I promise I'm focused out here! hahaha.

To answer your question last week, yes, they would have me train right after I’m done being trained. It’s a really scary thought but I think I can do it.  Just pray for me...haha. But it's not guaranteed.

You graduate so soon! I'm so proud of you! You can do it! I hope you guys have a wonderful week! I love you and miss y'all SO much. Hope you and the kids have a great week!  Remember to read your scriptures and pray as a family.

Love always,
Sister Burr

Fall in Virginia

Cutest baby EVER!!!!

Amazing Sunset

Our cute district!  Me, Sister Cady, Elder Crowell, Elder Waring, Elder Miner, Sister Wilken,
 Sister Miner, Elder Wilken

Sister Bohannan from the MTC...I just love her so much!!!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Can you say Golden Investigator???


This week was a good week. We got a new investigator, her name is Chelsea Lewis.  We taught her the Restoration and it was a very good lesson! She was very receptive to it. We asked her what her expectations were. She said she wants to know what her purpose in life is and she wants something that lasts forever. CAN WE SAY GOLDEN INVESTIGATOR?? She referred her self on mormon.org. She is freaking awesome. We love her. And she and her husband, Jody, came to church yesterday. Stayed for 2 hours. They said it was different and they liked it and we are teaching them tomorrow.  Our church was weird though yesterday.  I mean it was fine but it wasn't the most spiritual it could have been but it was still a good meeting. 
 
Sister Cady and I are doing just great! I love her as always! We are starting a new diet, because Sister Cady has bad acid reflex in the morning. So we are going super healthy. Which is good for both of us! We are just growing more together and striving to teach in unity and I am learning so much from her, because I just don't know what i'm doing half of the time. I'm scared for her to leave because if I train, I'll have to be really strong and I want to be there as a missionary, but I am not the missionary I want to be yet in order to train, I know I can do it. I know I can do hard things. And being dissapointed in myself isn't going to help anything. I know it's Satan talking. I know I have to rely on the Lord and he only wants good things for me. I am being optimistic and happy about it all! because I really do love being a missionary and teaching people.
So i'm doing good. just learning how to be a missionary! 

I love y'all so much and i miss y'all so much too!!! I can't even tell y'all how much I miss you and the kids!!!
I hope y'all have a sunshiney week and full of the spirit! I miss y'all SOOO much and I love y'all even more!

Love always,
Sister Burr.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Ukelele, a Commitment, and Whoopie Goldberg!


Hey Y'all!

Well, I hope y'all are doing well! I miss you and love y'all SO much!!

This week was awesome! We got to hear from Elder Corbridge of the Quorum of the 70. He is so great! It was such a privilege to hear from him. We also committed Joe Hamilton for baptism for November 27! He is so ready but he feels like he doesn't know everything and he's not ready. But you don't have to know everything before you're baptized and he IS so ready! We are so excited for him!

So, here in little ol' Big Stone Gap, they are making a movie and Whoopie Goldberg is in it, as well as Ashley Judd and someone else!! So we kind of saw Whoopie Goldberg as we were leaving our apartment!!! It was SOOO cool except we didn't get a picture because we were in the car going somewhere. SO lame! Haha but it's kind of cool. Everyone is going crazy and always talking about the movie.

Then we had this ward Halloween party and it was a mess...that goes to show that Bishopric shouldn't plan parties...But it was super fun we had a chili cook off, a cake walk, talent show, and games for little kids. It was awesome! Sister Cady and I performed an awesome version of Nephi's Courage with the ukulele because Sister Cady is legit like that and can play it! So we have tons of fun up here in Powell Valley Ward! haha. It was a lot of fun.

Yesterday we had a phenomenal lesson with some non members who aren't our investigators technically. They are up here half the time and in Kingsport, Tennessee half the time. So the Kingsport Sisters are technically teaching them, but we gave them an awesome lesson about the Restoration and I mean we ROCKED it! they felt the Spirit and I think we can get Hunter (10 yr. old) to be baptized and hopefully the girl and mom that was there. 

So transfers are Nov. 18. So Sister Cady might be leaving. I'm SOOO sad. I don't want her to leave let alone Train someone else fresh from the MTC. I have no idea what i'm doing...yeah we'll see how that train wreck goes...haha no but it will be fine...hopefully. Pray for me...haha. But it was a great week. By the end of the week, I'm just exhausted hard core! So i'm glad I get to take naps on P-days or else I might die! haha.

I know that this church is true. With all my heart. As I teach it to people and they feel the Spirit, I feel it so much. The Spirit testifies of truth and I love being out here. It's fun, but stressful at the same time. But I love it. Through my short-comings, I am finding the joy. I know this gospel is God's church and is a church of joy and happiness. I'm so grateful that I have it.

So that was my week. I hope y'all are doing well! I miss you guys SO much and I love you even more! Hope y'all have a great week!

love always,
Sister Burr 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Things Are Getting Better!


Well Way to make me bawl my eyes out, Mom! hahaha.
Sister Cady wonders why I cry so much and I think I got it from you :)

I can't tell you the peace and happiness I felt as I read this email! It is soo amazing! I'm so very happy for all of them (Brandee and Dave)!  I love, love, love, LOVE all the pictures you sent! Trent's hair is so long! That is crazy! And everyone looks so happy! It makes my heart happy! I wish I could be there but there isn't anywhere I'd rather be right now than out here serving the Lord!

This week was different because Sister Cady has been sick all week. We think she had the flu or pneumonia so we actually spent a lot of time in our apartment as she rested. So, I just studied the BOM for hours! haha It was great! Or I read the book Dad gave me, The Infinite Atonement. It is SUCH an amazing book. I've learned so much from it! 

So we saw people and nothing crazy really happened this week! Me and Sister Cady are goof balls together. She reminds me a lot of you. And I got your letter the other day, I know. I think of myself as the most accepting person too, but like I said, I wasn't myself when I first got out here. So, it was just a rough start for both of us. So I've just learned to love her in a way I didn't think you could love someone. I love her so much! I don't know how I would be a good missionary without her! Sister Cady is amazing. She is a photographer! Can you add her as one of my friends on Facebook? And look up her blogs! They are awesome! She started a photo campaign about kids with Down Syndrome and her blog is called Beautiful Just the Way I am. It is great!

I'm just learning out to be a better teacher, and quite frankly, I'm getting pretty good, If i do say so myself :) Trust me mom, I'm not the strongest person out there, I am strong because of the Lord. That is seriously the only way I have been able to stay out here and do anything. I can't even tell you how grateful I am for Christ and His Atonement! it is truly amazing what we have in our church, the love and hope we have that some other churches don't have! We are so, so, very blessed.

You should show the kids some of the Mormon Messages on mormon.org. They are seriously so good! You need to watch them as well! Watch Esther and Mountains to Climb. They make me cry every time! Our church is unreal! And it's so happening! FUNKY FRESH! For real, though! Man, it's like the church is true or something. ;)

I miss you and love you so much Mom. I think of you every day and how simply blessed and lucky I am to have you as my mom. I don't know what I would do without you, seriously. I want to be a mother like you because you have done more than a phenomenal job. Look at your offspring, they are pretty much the coolest kids around the block huh? Yeah, I'd say so. I love you so much!

And tell the kids I love them SO much and I miss them all! I hope you got my letter, I sent it Thursday, I think? I wrote all of you a letter. I love you and miss you more than anything! Thank you for all you do.

Love always,
Sister Burr

This girl is so cute! Her name is Anna and she is 11. She has an older sister named Alysha and a younger brother named Jesse! They are the cutest kids ever! I love them! They all want to be baptized, but their parents won't let them because they had a bad throw down with past missionaries. But, they are so great haha :)

hahaha So, we found this picture in an antique shop! Oh my gosh. Funniest, weirdest thing ever. We died laughing.

This is right behind our church! so pretty.

These pics don't do it justice!



It's sooo pretty here! I think this is the best one!
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Baptism!


It's a lot better now. I am focusing on the positive, it's just been rough but it hasn't been that rough! It's been fun, exciting, and I love it.
The baptism was great! she was crying when she came out of the water and she bore her testimony, it was soo powerful! 


I'm so excited for Bramell's. I can't wait for them! it's going to be such an amazing experience for all of them. They will see the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement really personalize to each of them! Yay!
Thank you so much for the letters. I loved all of them. Tell grandma thank you for the bracelet, I love it and tell Aimee I miss her and love her and really appreciate her note. Thank you so much, you don't know how much it means to me.

Other than that, it has been same old same old over here. We met some non members that came to church for Ashley's baptism and we think we have some new investigators, So i'm really excited for that!
I can't tell you guys enough how much I love and miss you. You guys are so great to me and really have been my foundation in all of this, thank you for everything. I didn't realize how strong I was until I knew how much my family loved me and was cheering me on. Thank you so much.

I love you and miss you all to tears!
Love always,
Sister Burr.
I love Sister Cady so much!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Conference Weekend!


Sister Cady is doing well.  We had a good companion talk the other day.  Our companionship wasn't where it needed to be.  She helped me realize that I was being non accepting of her, and it's not like me at all.  I haven't been myself since I got out into the mission field. I've been scared, just not me at all.  I have needed to change things about myself and love everyone, which I do, But I tell you, Satan seriously knows our weaknesses and knows how to get right to us.  It's crazy.  I know I need to improve myself a lot, and through Christ's atonement, I can be the person I want to be out here and the person the Lord wants me to be. We are doing so much better now. It has strengthened my testimony immensely.
Well, we saw Noah this past week and he said that he has been reading the Book of Mormon and we hope to commit him for baptism this next week. We have another investigator, her name is Mary Kirby.  She has a baptist husband and she believes that if God has sent us prophets back then, why wouldn't he do it now? And we are like, "Get baptized already!" So, she's been reading the BOM as well, and we hope to commit her for baptism, too!
We have a baptism this next Sunday, October 13th, after church. Ashley Gilliam. She is such a sweet girl and she has a desire to learn more!
General Conference was seriously one of the best conferences I've ever listened to! Saturday was unreal.  Every single talk was specifically for me, I believe. Talk after talk, there were things that I needed to hear SO much.  I loved Robert D. Hales' talk about putting on the FULL armor of God. Ulisses Soares: Saying it's possible to change, and this was right after me and Sister Cady talked. It really just opened my eyes on how I need to use the atonement. 

I LOVED Elder Edward Dube's talk: Stand close together and lift where we stand, It doesn't matter where we have been, what we have done, but where we are WILLING to go. That hit me so hard. Where we are WILLING to go.  We need to realize what steps we are willing to take to become better. I loved it.
Elder Uchtdorf: Wow. amazing, amazing talk! We as missionaries were like YEAH! GO UCHTDOFT! He was just telling people to come, no matter your circumstance, just come. Seek the pure doctrine of Christ, it will heal your wounded soul. It's the pathway to peace and happiness. Loved it.
Boyd K. Packer talked about repentance and forgiveness, which is what I needed.  

I about died crying with Jefferey R. Holland's talk.  Finally someone comes out and says that it's okay to be depressed! But God is always there and He loves us NO MATTER WHAT. Charity NEVER faileth. Trust in God, don't give in, show compassion one to another. Saturday was AWESOME!

Sunday, Henry B. Eyring started it off with a boom! It was soo good! It was about love and I absolutely loved his talk.  We need to encourage everyone and love everyone regardless of what they do.
Of course I LOVED Thomas S. Monson's talk. Seriously, this was the best General Conference.  You already know that I was bawling my eyes out through out the entire thing.  Sister Cady is now used to my crying, maybe.
It's been a great week.  I miss you and love you so much! Tell the kids I miss and love them so much! 

Love always,
Sister Burr.