Thursday, December 18, 2014

October 27, 2017

Well this week was just amazing!
We had transfers this week and I was really sad to see Sis. Merrell go! :( I miss her so much. She's so great and she is in Chattanooga now and she is loving it!

I got Sis. Orton! She is so awesome! She is actually from the Colorado Springs Mission! She got transferred here to our mission because we were short on sisters and she was willing to move to a different mission! It's very rare for that to happen! But she's here and I love her! We are honestly like the same person. It's crazy. We like EVERYTHING the same! She's so great :) and we had a great week this week!

We had a ward Halloween party and we had Paul Lanctot and his wife Terry come and he hasn't been to church over 30 years! And he is coming back strong! And I just love him :) We're teaching his wife Terry! She's so great :) I love both of them! They came to the party and he came to church yesterday :) and it was amazing to see him there and see his progress and his love for the gospel!

I know the Lord is expecting much of me at this time, trying to find people and helping those to progress toward baptism and I know that I need to step up to the plate and work diligently until the end! because I only have so much time left! The Lord is definitely aware of us in our challenges! He loves us, and that is an honest blessing.
I love this work and it's very hard, but it's so worth it.

Love always, 
Sister Burr

Oct 20, 2014

Well, this week was great! Debbie got baptized!!!! I just love her. She has had to make many changes in her life!! 
 We are SO proud of her :) I love her!

Sister Merrell is getting transferred and I'm so super sad :( I'm going to miss her so much. She's so awesome. I have enjoyed every second being with her. She's such a great example to me and has taught me soooooooooo much!! don't know what I would do without her! She's amazing!

I'm excited for this new transfer ahead of me! it's gonna be fun! But yeah I'm staying in Bristol. I'll probably stay for 1 more transfer and then go somewhere for my last 2 transfers....that is really scary to say!!! haha. oh my goodness.. time is just going by so fast!!

But nothing else has really happened!! Just a little bit of everything!

So we go to the RonQuillos every Sunday for dinner and they are my favorite family here. They remind me of my own family so I just love being there! They are the best :) But i just am loving life right now! 

I miss you and love you so much!! I hope you had a great week. 

Love always,
Sister Burr

We are kewl!

Me and Sis Merrell

Debbie and Bro. Wood (her son-in-law)

the whole family! so great :) so happy for them!

we drank water out of wine glasses #nbd

This is Dan RonQuillo. he's like my favorite person :) he's so great!
he has a tattoo on his arm that says love a nurse, so Sis. Merrell drew it on my arm so we matched. haha

Me and Sis. Merrell :) 
these people gave us Moxie! It's an old drink, like older than Pepsi and it tasted like bottle caps! haha.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

October 6 and 14, 2014

Oct 14

It’s going by so fast! I’ve been out 14 months today! 14 on 14! Crazy...I can't even believe it....ahhhh.

It's beginning to be Fall for sure! I love it sooooooooo much!! It’s my favorite time of year!! And the trees are SOOO pretty here! I can't get over it!!! It’s unreal!! :)
My week was good! We just went biking on the creeper trail yesterday and it was definitely an adventure :) haha. My tire popped and then I tried to yell out to the other missionaries but they didn't hear me...I didn't know what to do, but then seconds later, this guys says “Hey sister! Do you need some help?” And it was a member from the Knoxville Stake and there were tons of Mormons to help me out :) hahaha. It was a blessing for sure! And then my tire popped twice so Sis. Weight took it and was riding on the rim...and it was a long, frustrating day BUT it was fun and we laugh about it now that we look back on it :) haha.
Debbie is getting baptized this next week!! And we're soo excited for her!! She’s a trooper and wants to get baptized! So we are soo excited :)
Other than that, we have just been finding more people to teach!

I hope you guys have a wonderful week! I miss you and love you soooooo much!!

Love always,
Sister Burr

Oct 6
Well….It’s been a great week! We were able to see Debbie, who has a baptismal date for Oct. 18 and she is doing great :) We're excited for her!
We were able to find more people to teach this week! But always striving for even more :) We are going to increase our finding efforts this week! It will be a good goal and I feel great about it!
Sister Merrell and I are doing great! I just love her. I'm grateful to be with her! She has taught me so much and is such a wonderful example to me!
General Conference was an amazing time for me to know what I need to do. I received so much personal revelation and feel invincible :) It all comes down to faith, which I need more of! So I am going to exercise my faith!
I loved Elder Christofferson's talk! and when he said "freedom doesn't come from resisting, but applying the commandments"
I loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk!! SO GOOD!. Probably my 3rd favorite talk. When he talked about light and how we need to do the will of the Lord and that it takes TIME! It’s a gradual process and that it doesn't matter about the depth or the height of our testimony and this church is for imperfect people and it's a quest of a lifetime.
My 2nd favorite talk was Jorg Kebingat from the 70. He talked about spiritual confidence. I needed to hear that soo bad. It was an answer to a prayer. I definitely need more confidence in my life! And so it was a wonderful talk, how we just need to DO IT. Just do it. Nike! I loved it so much. How we need to take responsibility, embrace obedience, be really good at repenting and forgiving and most of all accept our trials! We need to acknowledge our weaknesses but not let them enable us! I loved that.
Oh, then Elder Holland was a POWERHOUSE! He always is :) haha. Love, love, loved it!
I loved Sister McConkie's talk! It was really good! And President Eyring is just a favorite for me :) He's probably my favorite apostle.
President Thomas S. Monson’s was my favorite talk. I loved how he said decisions determine destiny. I loved that! It's soo true! His entire talk was amazing. Definitely what I needed to hear. We need to walk AS Jesus walked, not where he walked. And how he is there for us FOREVER AND ALWAYS! We can find happiness, it won't be easy, but it will be completely worth it!
I loved Elder Scott's talk and Carlos A. Godoy's talk! So good! This conference was just the best :) I loved it so much!
And of course, Elder Bednar blew it out of the water. :) My favorite part was when he said, “it may be awkward!” because he just justified my entire life :) So moral of the story: it's okay to be awkward. Thank you Elder Bednar!
Conference is amazing. I had such a great week! I love Conference SO much! It was the best :)

I just love and miss you so much! I can't believe I only have like 5 months's so insane to me! I can't even believe it...
I love you and miss you so much!!
Love always,
Sister Burr

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 29, 2014

Yeah so our week was great! We had a baptism!!!!! Bobby got baptized :) he is soo awesome!! So Rick got baptized at the end of July and he baptized Bobby!! Soo cool right? yeah he's awesome :) It was a great baptism! and he just loves the gospel and he's legit! he said to us, "i just don't want to sin anymore. I don't want to do anything that will break my faith!" he's so awesome :) when he was confirmed, the spirit was SO strong! it was so awesome!

Sister Merrell, Bobby, Rick, and me

Other than that, we had a great week! We watched Meet the Mormons!.... the new movie coming out, as a mission! It's soo good! I recommend it :) It's awesome!

But yeah everything is going great here. I love it! I love being a missionary. It's the best!
Everything is going well. Companion: great. mission: great. nothing else to really say. I'm having a great time.
I'm SO excited for General Conference! I live for it! seriously. It's like Christmas :) haha. 

Love always,
Sister Burr :)

zone meeting :) our ride down! so much fun

Ron Miller (member from Kingsport ward) Bobby and Rick :)

we went on a hike! Sister Weight, Sister Button, me and Sister Merrell

we have fun!

we have fun!

we have matching shirts!

September 22, 2014

This week was a little crazy because we were contacting the rest of our referrals from the Appalachian Fair and we also had a park day, so we have been finding new people to teach!

Bobby is set for baptism this next Saturday!! We are SO excited! He as a real love for the Savior and wants to be better :)

Sister Merrell and I are doing great. She is a wonderful person and I'm so grateful I am her companion. We are working on being more unified and me taking more of a charge (something I've been working on my whole mission)

I have a strong desire to become better and change from old ways and become a new person, a better person and blah blah blah and all that boring stuff of being a missionary :)

Just wanted to let all y'all know, being a missionary is hard, but it's the best :) It's not always roses and butterflies. But it's the best :) hahaha honestly though.

We had stake conference this week and I was able to see Chelsea and Jody Lewis and Mary Kirby :) All of my cute little recent converts!! it was SO good to see them and see so many people from Powell Valley, my stomping grounds! I love them all so much! it was soo good to see them :)

We had an AMAZING mission president, President Griffin. He is AMAZING! he is so inspired, a GREAT speaker and he really lets us know and feel loved and cared about! He is called of God fo sho!!!

Love always,
Sister Burr

we took pictures by the lake :)

Sis. Merrell's party with Don Mencl. he's awesome :) we love him!

This was Sis. Merrell's bday cake and she wrote a threat on it at church it says:
this belongs to Sis. Merrell. she is 1900 miles away from home on her birthday, so the Christlike thing to do would be to not eat it. WWJD THX. hahaha we were dying laughing. so funny

me and Sister Brown! she's so awesome :) i love her!

This is Rick Cunningham. he got baptized right before i got here. he's SO funny! I love Rick :) and this is him when he was young. he's so funny :)

Chelsea and Jody!!!!! i was soo happy to see them :)

more pictures by a lake :) I love being a missionary!

we took pictures by the lake :)

September 15, 2014

Well this week was good. Same old stuff. We had Bobby and Debbie our best investigators come to church! and they are doing well :)  Bobby is still on for Sept. 27! He's doing so great! he's awesome! 

We got a lot of referrals for a fair and the church had a booth and they filled out a survey and asked if they would want to learn more! and we got 40 referrals! No we've been busy contacting people and trying to find new people to teach! We have had success! So we have lots of potentials!! Which is so great :) We have LOTS of people we're teaching! it's really awesome. we're just trying to help resolve their concerns and help them toward baptism! we had 3 investigators and church yesterday! and it was really awesome!

Other than that, I'm staying in Bristol with Sis. Merrell for another transfer! So excited! I love her to death! She's awesome. I plan on staying here until Thanksgiving! so we'll see! Sister Merrell and I are doing great! I love her so much! I'm excited to serve another transfer with her! She's wonderful. and hilarious, so we have good times, but we are busy doing the work! 

I'm loving life! All is well :) Sorry, no funny stories this week or anything, but the cool thing is that our mission did a mission wide fast this past fast Sunday to find those who are searching for the truth and it was a very powerful fast for me, lots of prayers answered and I know with surety that God is on my side, He's there leading me on. I love the Lord! :)

I'm doing good. I just have such a desire become better, Ever since I've been in Bristol, I feel like the Lord is constantly trying to teach me something, and humble me. I've learned a lot being here and it makes me want to do better. I want to be a stronger leader and constantly find more of the Lord's work to do! I don't have much time left on my mission and I want to serve diligently until the end! I love being a missionary more than anything, even though it's the hardest thing I've ever done! it's the best thing I've ever done.

We had a team-up (where a member comes out with us to see an investigator) and he shared an interesting story which touched me. But you hear stuff like this all the time but, he said that when he was 20, he was just in a place in his life where it felt like a stand still and he just felt an impression to go to a Mormon church. And he did. He didn't know why he was there. He had missed the service and it was all locked up, but he saw 2 missionaries in the building. The missionaries came out and asked if there was anything they could do to help him. and he said, I don't know why I'm here, but I just felt like I needed to come here. I don't know how you can help me. (if only every one just came up to us, that would be nice :) haha) and the missionaries started teaching him and he's been member for 25+ years now. And it just hit me. There ARE people prepared out here. There are. Sometimes we don't see the reason for our situation or why we are at a place in our life and our circumstances, but the Lord knows all things and he has a plan for each one of us, individually. He loves us. Sometimes we forget that. I know I have. But he does, always. He is there to strengthen us. I love the Lord and I love his work!

But yeah, I'm great! I hope you have a great week. I miss you and love you SOOOO much!!

Love always,
Sister Burr

September 2, 2014

I'm so excited for Darren! he's going to do so great! (Sis Burr's cousin was called to the Argentina, Nequen mission)

Our week was good!

We have Bobby set for baptism Sept. 27 and possibly his brother David!! :) and Andrew has been sketchy we're not sure what's going on with that!  We're still gonna work with him though!

We got a new investigator, Brandon P, and he's awesome! 

Great things are happening here in Bristol!

Although we had success this week, it was a really, really huge learning week for me. It was a real chance for me to grow and learn and how to become better. The Lord definitely turns our weaknesses into strengths! That is for sure!

But we had a great week!

We went Biking in Abingdon, VA for pday yesterday and it was SO fun!!! I loved it! We had tons of fun! I hope you had a fun Labor Day weekend! We rented was so great.

Transfers are next week! I can't even believe it! it went by so fast! So I have no idea if Sis. Merrell is staying or not, we have no idea! I hope she stays! I love her! but I'm most positive i'll stay!

Other than that, we're just going along! Spreading the good news :)

I love you and miss you soooo much!

Love always,
Sister Burr

August 25, 2014

So, this week was crazy. It was a good week. We had a park day so we were walking everywhere. It was fun.
This week was race weekend at the Bristol Speedway and it was crazy!! there were thousands and thousands of people everywhere!!! There was this drunk guy wearing nothing but Confederate flag boxer shorts and he was barking at a dog. It was hilarious.

There was a parade one night and we couldn't get back to our apartment and we were late getting in because of a lesson and there were soo many semi's bringing the race cars in! So funny.

We taught Bobby and Andrew, our investigators, the Plan of Salvation and they both came to church! Andrew has a baptism date for Sept. 13 and he's solid!  Bobby wants to get baptized, too, but we tried to set a date with him and he just said he has tons of things to get through, but he wants to get baptized!

So we took this awesome hilarious old man in our ward, Bro. Craft, with us on a team up and he was hilarious. Best team up of my life.

We went to Stake Women's Conference on Saturday!! I saw tons of people from Powell Valley and I was soo happy!! I didn't get to see Chelsea, one of my converts, but I saw lots of other people I loved and it was so great!!!

I love you and miss y'all soooo much!!!!! I'm glad all is well! I love you!
Love always,
Sister Burr

Me and Sis. Allred! 

Me and Linda Allen


August 18, 2014

This week was so great!! We set a baptismal date with our investigator Andrew for Sept 13!! So great.
And we had 3 investigators at church yesterday!!! SO awesome!!! Travis and Katie and then Bobby whom we met this past week and taught the Restoration and then he came!! Ah, so great!! We had a great week this week!
But that is just the jist of it! Everything else is going well :) I have nothing to complain about! I'm doing fine!
I love and miss y'all so much!
Love always,
Sister Burr

Jeremy and Shalene Beyer. 2 of my most favorite people in Rockwood.
They are amazing people. I love them to death!

We are great :)

Beyer family :)

This picture describes the times we have at the Beyers.
hilarious, fun times :)

Me and Jeannie Hill :) i love her so much!

Bro. Williams. we had to take separate pictures because of work schedules and such. he's so awesome! Reminds me of my dad!

Sis. Crapo and I :) I love her so much!

Travis, Rick, me, Clancy :)
I love these people more than life! they are amazing! :)

the gang reunited at transfer meeting :)
Elder Waring and Elder Crowell!

Me and Sister Turner!!! I love her to death!!! she's so wonderful :)

Sis. Benge and I. I love her :) we came out on our missions together!

Sis. Merrell and I.
She silly stringed me :) haha

Sis. Merrell and I. she's so great!

Me and George Fox :)

The Woods family. They are my favorite! I love them so much :)

The Mitchells. they are so wonderful :) i love them! another favorite family :)

me holding a chicken!

still trying to hold it!

Sis. Crapo. She's so great. I love her :)

The Watkins. They are so great! I love them!

The Critchley's! Another favorite :) I love them!

Sister Kelly. I love her to death. I admire her so much. She's such a wonderful person :)

Sister Kelly and Miss Dian Sutton.
I love these people to death. They are so amazing!

Jerry! he works for the Railroad and is Sis. Kelly's brother.
he's glowing!

Sis. Williams. She's so great! Love her too :)