Missionary Experiences

Here are a few excerpts from recent letters from Elder Burgess:

There is no experience that could take the place of serving a mission…

One of our investigators is 36 years old and he came to church for the first time yesterday.  He used to persecute LDS missionaries and members so this was a huge step for him.  Last night he asked us to baptize him when he qualifies and announced that he was going to marry his girlfriend as soon as he could.  We set him for baptism on January 4th.  So now we’ve got a wedding to help them plan and a baptism to look forward to.  He continues to tell us how much he wants to be sealed in the temple so he can live with his family forever…

One of the less-actives we’re working with told us that a member neighbor of hers went to the temple and saw a vision where she and her husband were separating from each other so she stopped by one evening.  She found out that the woman hadn’t been coming to church because she was working on Sundays.  The neighbor told her to quit her job and that she would find one that didn’t require her to work on Sundays.  Well, she quit her job and the next day she found one that doesn’t require her to work on Sundays.  She told us yesterday that there were 200 applicants for that one position, and it usually takes at least 3 months to find a job of any kind.  Now she has been coming to church and her husband is very relieved that their marriage has been rescued…

We fasted the other day to find some solid investigators.  We planned to see 12 people from our potential list, all of which were dropped from the list that day.  By then it was 2:00 and we had 3 hours until our dinner appointment and we had nothing left to do.  I prayed to know where to go and began to ride my bike back up a huge hill.  I felt like turning down a side street, so I did. We passed another small street and I was told to turn around and go down that street.  I was directed to begin knocking on one side of the street and continue in that manner.  3 hours later and after talking to 68 people, we met a great investigator.  He promised us without us asking him to that he would read the Book of Mormon and meet with us again.  When he was divorced he gave up his house, car, and many possessions so that he could have full custody of his 5 children.  He runs a contracting business and his three best workers are LDS.  Because of their example, he wanted to talk with us.  Elder Walker and I had been desperate to find a solid investigator.  The Spirit will guide those who are seeking…

It rains at least once every day…they use C here so I don’t actually know how hot it is…

I am in the same ward each week, and I spoke for a few minutes yesterday…

Someone shouted “Donny Osmond!!” as they drove by the other day.  That’s an improvement from some of the other things we’ve heard…

I got bit by something the other day.  I’m not sure what, but the bump was as big as a golf ball…

Some kids threw rocks at us…

The primary children all wear matching ties for the annual primary program…

We got to launch fireworks with our ward mission leader…

Our ward mission leader offered to buy me a set of golf clubs, but I said no thanks because I’m not really sure what I would do with them during transfers…

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