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Elder Burr
California Los Angeles Mission
1591 East Temple Way
Los Angeles, CA 90024


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ding fries are done, ding fries are done

Mission Conference - International Zone 


Mother Superior!!!!!

I experienced like Christmassy-thingy things for the first time this Dec ( well, more like saw them).  We went with the Korean Elder and I went caroling! We didn’t find any Asians but a lot of teenagers wanted to take pictures with us. This reminds me of the time that one of your younger investigators Mia, who is 19, took a selfi photo ( Melissa, you can explain to dad and mom what that is) with me in the middle of the ward thanksgiving activity. Everyone in the branch saw it and was like IIII AAAHH Bu Zhang Lao, Ni shi Chuanjiao shi. Bu XING BU XING ( ahh Elder Burr you are a missionary you can’t, YOU CANT!!) ahh classic. haha gotta love the branch members.

Samson and Tiffany went out with us to dinner with the Brother Chen to get some Japanese food. I am pretty sure he dropped like $400 dollars on them so they better get baptized now!!

Skyp-e skype-e alright, I will do it Christmas Morning, and by morning I mean probably like 1pm-3pm. I bet I can give you a call Christmas and set it up! Ahh I hope you all have so much fun this Christmas AND cherish the time you have together. 

Time flies on the mission. Where the heck did these past 4 months go!! It’s crazy on the missions, and it is crazy when things go exactly like the scriptures say the will go. We were teaching Ji Wu, he is from Shang Hai and we pretty much were the first persons to tell him about Jesus Christ. We were teaching him the restoration and the atonement and I asked him why, why did he feel like Jesus Christ atoned for us. And he thought for a long time, a long time, and he said, “because he loves us." The truth makes sense, the truth is simple, and it is for everyone!! From the oldest of wrinkly Chinese dudes, to the youngest of kids. We took a family to the Visitor’s Center, and we sat in front of the big white statues of Jesus, and we played the recording of  Jesus voice and at that time this family’s son, who is like in first grade, just closed his eyes, bowed his head, and folded his arms and just listened and prayed to Christ. JOY TO THE WORLD!!!! Our creator, the Master of the Universe ( He-man??) wants us to return to Him, so he gave us His only Begotten son to be our Savior, I know this email will get to you guys after Christmas but whatever! I love testifying of Christ!! It’s so lame when we walk down the streets and people yell at us " blah blah I already believe in Jesus, you are wasting your time." He has given us so much!! and people, just like in ancient times, are rejecting Him. It stinks!!

I have been thinking a lot about love and charity. This is the season of giving, it is the time we could help other people, everyone understand this. In Mark 12 it talks about the 2 greatest commandments, love thy God and love thy neighbor, that these are the most important things anyone can do!! Then in Ether 12, it talks about without love, you cannot inherit the kingdom of God, you can have faith, and hope, but without charity, without love, you will not make it. I didn’t understand this, I did not get it. We have a ton of commandments, why this one?? Luke 7:46 (I think) explained it to me ( I love the scriptures. read, believe and obey them family!!) Luke 7 talks about a lady, who was a sinner. But she showed great love to Jesus, even to the point of washing his feet with her tears. And Jesus said " her sins, which are many are forgiving, for she loved much, and to thee that loves little, the same is forgiven." Love saves us because loving another person allowed us to understand the Atonement. Jesus Christ atoned for us because he loved the fathers will more than his own ( thy will, not mine be done) he loved us more than his own well-being. We like wise need to turn out, to think of others, to love others. Only then can we understand the Atonement and allow it to change us and improve us. Eventually making us perfect alongside Heavenly Father!! This Christmas, we are so lucky we can be reminded to help others, to love others. And remember that Heavenly Father loved us so much SO MUCH, he gave us a Savior. I love you all, sorry for the ranting!!!! Merry Christmas!! Sheng Dan Kuai Le!!

Elder Burr

P.S. Amanda, I love away in a manger too! (does Taiwan have Dai So?)
Pres. & Sister Weidman
Ricky and Mia
Lone Peakers!

Monday, December 16, 2013

I did it again!!

Ahhh it's 5:15 and I have a dinner appointment at 5:30!!! I wasted all my time trying to get a referral out of the guy next to me but he kept going back to how Facebook should be easier to use and technology stinks!! ahhh
 
Also, Imagine Dragons should make a Mormon Message, I am teaching a guy who loves them and he doesn't believe me they are Mormon!!

Uuuhh, all I know is we taught 10 lessons this week which was a something I have never done on the mission!! Thank you for the prayers you guys!!T hey keep me going.

We tried to make a Christmas card.

love you!!


Monday, December 9, 2013

I'm in trouble deep ... and I'm keeping my baby

AHH, sorry my subject liner is so wordly!!  But my comp failed the driving test!!!! So, no exchanges for me.  I will stay in my area until, my dreams of pillow fights and scripture-box making up North won’t be accomplished for the next year, or so. (On average, a Chinese Elder will spend a year in his first area) 

IS ERIC TAYLOR HOME??  

MOM - GONG XI - GONG XI - GONG XI !!  I am so happy that you can sleep now!! and in your own bed, not on the couch!  You are so dang smart. All the Chinese people here like to talk about their masters in blah-blah and I always say, “Well my mom has a Masters in Mathematics".  Mom, I have shared your conversion story at a lot of our dinner messages. Thank you so much!! I know it will help inspire members to bring friends to English Class, so we won’t get the ax. Our mission has been trying to focus on Deep Faith and High Expectations.  And I believe that is how you and Dad raised us and I thank Heavenly Father every day that I had a family that taught me the Gospel and made me who I am today and gave me the tools to obtain my own testimony. I think I just miss you guys.  It’s not good for greeny missionaries to come out so near the holidays.  But hey, I am done with my training so I guess I am not greeny anymore. 

So, Mia (the 19-year old from China) and went with us to a YSA activity on Thursday, it was super weird wearing jeans and playing frisbee on a Thursday at 8 o clack in the evening. It is hard, I have noticed, to get young adults into the Church??  Here is how most people think it should go 1yr-18yr high school 19-25yr college and $$$ 25-35yr fun and $$$ 35-death family time. AAAHH but we just have to continue to believe that true doctrine will change people! Bottom line, this is true, that’s it.

HEY my friend Hailey Twede (Hayden’s girlfriend) got her mission call to Russia, could you give her a congrats for me!!!

I told you guys.  I TOLD YOU the visitor’s center is where conversion can happen. We took Samson and Tiffany there yesterday, they watched God’s plan for his family and everyone just started feeling the spirit and it was so wonderful. They have a date for Jan 5th now. Neeto Gang!! Samson said something that really touched my heart. When we were teaching him the Law of Chastity and he accepted to keep it, we asked why?  And he said something on the lines of, “with the gospel, I don’t feel forced with anything, it just comes natural. I look at you guys, and it’s just a part of your life, and I want it to be a part of my life." This is truth. We lived with God in heaven, we know this is what he wants for us, in our heart and in our souls!! The Gospel is who we are, everything else in life is an appendage. I know most of our investigators don’t understand this and I know for pretty much my whole life I didn’t understand this. But it’s a process, understanding and know our Heavenly Father is a process and that’s why I am so happy. God gave us a perfect plan where we have the Atonement of Christ!!  

Have a wonderful Christmas!! Please go skiing as a family for me and send a pic!! The only thing that gets me to sleep at night is thoughts of powder.

I am bummed I won’t be able to watch Mr. Kruger’s Christmas with you all, or put up the lights. I bet Braden will have fun with it!

MOM thanks for the Chinese class Christmas music!

Thank you for the Christmas qian!!

Love you all!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NFL returns to LA 老鹰

Hi Brother Burr, we just attended Sacrament Meeting with Elder Burr.  What a great missionary.  We spoke some Chinese and he is now teaching a Gospel Essentials class in Chinese with his companion.
-Chad and Michelle Lewis

Monday, December 2, 2013

chu chu mau lu ( 1 1 2 2 )

Funky Fresh Week!!
 
So this week was Thanksgiving, I tried my hardest to make a voice recording, but my mind kept rambling on into nonsense. I will compose myself and send one next week.
 
Wow, Thanksgiving has gone and went on now its Dec...WHAT  THE!! Hey is Eric Taylor home from his mission yet?? (rambling on into nonsense?)
 
So for Thanksgiving, we went to Christopher Tungs house, he is pretty crazy....he is like 45 and the craziest. He gets really depressed and stressed over lttle weird things. His house got struck by lighting and that sent him into months of sadness. BUT he's all good now and he tells us our fortune. So when we went over their, it was the first time that he had used his oven in 10 years. He cooked for us, and he never cooks, and I was so happy I got to spend Thanksgiving with someone that doesn't have anyone else to spend it with. It really was heart warming.
 
So, we found out some awesome news....2 awesome new's. So Liu DX got baptized 3 or 4 weeks ago, and now his wife wants to be bapized! So we have been teaching them together and it has been so good because not only does she understand super well, Liu DX, who has known about the church for maybe 3 or 4 months, is teaching right along with us!! I was talking about the atonement and how it allows us to return to Heavenly Father, and I finsihed talking and Liu DX said " ahh don't forget, it also overcame physical death that we could have ressurected bodies." AHHH I was so pumped on that. 
 
Also, so Samson and Tiffany, also an awesome pair of investigators. We were teaching Samson the law of chastity (this is the one we were scared for because they were co-habitating) TURNS OUT they are already married!! They legally sealed the deal in China at the beggining of the year, but they never had the marriage party with all the friends, and apparently that's when people think you are married in China so that's why they don't tell people they are married. So we just have to clear that with President and they should get baptized too!!
 
ALSO, the teacher we TA for at the Chinese School every Saturday, her daughter moved here from China. And last Saturday the teacher pulled me aside and said, "I think religion is good for my daughter, I want her to be baptized." !! So it's just miracles, it is a work of miracles!!!
 
Wow, I feel so blessed right now, it's weird, during the experience you don't understand how amazing it is. And as I look back it's just so awesome!! I know I haven't done anything to help these people, it has all been the Lord and his Spirit and his true gospel.
 
Also, I have been meaning to tell you, my companion. Elder Bowman, his familly lives in Alpine, maybe you should drop by.
 
Love you all.
 
Dad; sunsets here are pretty good, I'll snap some pics if I'm near the ocean
 
Mom: Wo hui wei ni zuo qidao
 
Tori: ahhhhhh! I don't know!!! Let me think about it !!
 
Love you all,
Elder Burr

Sunday, December 1, 2013

xili

(post-dated 11-18-2013)
Ahh, I missed last week!! Veterans Day is shutting down all the libraries. Well we had the Baptism for Liu Batal. He pulled up in his brand new whip ( Kia Soul), we are trying to convince him now to hurry up and have a baby with his wife so he can get residency and a real job so he can come to church on Sunday, but citizenship means taxes so..... DUDE Chad Lewis fireside, he came to our branch and snapped a pic of us together check your smart phones mom and dad and told him to shoot you a picture message. He spoke in Chinese at the Visitors Center, it was a  good one, we had two families come, 1 who are investigating and 1 who we are trying to get started.
 
We are now a companionship, Elder Bergeson's 2 years are up and now it is just Elder Bowman and I. He is so funny, he gets under so much stress and paces with his fist clenched. Real though, I will record a video one time.
 
We got 2 new chinese Elders and they split UCLA and USC into two areas, they said we will have a total of 10 Chinnese elders by Feb.
 
AMANDA thank you so much for the books, I have been slamming Phase 1, my goal is to du wan and du bei by the end of next transfer, your characters looked so good on the package and a rofllolzed at the toothpaste! Hei ren!! so racisit! thanks for the stickers, one of the baptisms in the branch in like 2009, the guy started investigating because he read the sticker on an elders scriptues, I put it on my  Jing wen de he zi and flash it all the time. If you need anything in 'merice just tell me, I will look for a sweet kolby bryans jersey to send you ..BALLIN
 
DAD Sick beard!! dont get kidnapped by the cartel....or lamanites...but if you do get kidnapped by lamanites ( like limhis people) just give them some drugged up wine, they fall for it everytime!!
 
MOM Thank you so much for the conversion story, people always ask me so many questions about you and I never know what to say ( uhhh from hong kong, tun mun, last name lai) but now i can totally go off and brag about you. So many Chinese people say, " you are young, and you have had so much time to believe in God, I am too old and have not believed for so long, I cant change" They can change!!!
 
TORI Good luck w/ the kids at home! thanks for the dear Elder! I eat alot of beef noodle at this place called Sues Kitchen,  its pretty authentic. but i have not gotton to the mighty wings yet!! Did you ever finnish those online classes??
 
Everyday every hour we are doing Mathew 10:7,8 and as you go preach saying The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
 
Sometimes I get pretty down on the mission. But like dad said, you have to start everyday like its a new one. I have to always remember that I have been called to do these things!! ^^^^ < those are arrows pointing to the scripture. Not only that, but the Lord wants to give me these blessings too. I love you guys!
 
Elder Burr

Family!!

First things first! We are having Thanksgiving with a 40 something-year-old, millionaire bachelor, who is also A FORTUNE TELLER!!! So I need to know the hour I was born so I can figure out how many gold, metal, water, wood, and fire is in my future (??????) 

Ahh, the first holiday away ( yeah, forget you Halloween). Just like Dad said, I'll be saying " ahh man, what is it like to be out for Thanksgiving? and BAM its here ".  I'll wonder what is it like to be out here 6 months and BAM its here. Time flies. Really, we do not have enough time in the day. Maybe because we are in the car all day. I hate being in the car, it is like an invisibility shield, you can't talk with anyone. BUT I get to listen to Amanda's CDs ( THANK YOU!! SO MUCH. wo hen ganji) 

So, the thing I have to be so impressed with is our investigators Samson and Tiffany. Tiffany was the one that original made them come to a Christian church and Samson was like " yeah whatever, I'll go along with it." But he is totally starting to change, last Sunday, Tiffany was sick so Samson came by himself, and the next time we met, Tiffany was said, "I thought he was joking when he left the house and said he was going to Church, but he came back and he said it felt so good!!" And then that week we taught them "Keep the Sabbath Day Holy" and that jazz. And that Sunday he got slammed with a work emergency and he couldn't go to the first 2 hours of Church. BUT THEY CAME TO THE LAST HOUR and when they got there he told me " yeah, Tiffany didn't want to come because she thought we were too late, but I said WE HAVE TO GO ITS A COMMANDMENT!!! awesome!! It just stinks they are co-habitation.....but they should get married.

That is cool that Mexico was awesome, back to the USA. The government being in the tank has been a strange blessing to us. All the funding got cut from the Adult Schools in the area so they all shut down, now the ESL students there have to come to our free English class!!! I'm scared though, since Los Angeles is always looking for reasons to riot. English Class is probably the best part of the week. Gu TaiTai is straight out of China and she is so sweet and kind, she lost her mind with excitement when she learned the word 'yep' haha but dang, if we don't get more investigators from English Class, Pres is going to shut us down ;' (    

I guess that means more advertisements and more prayer. ALSO we went to the LA temple, that one is sweet. The inside is wild. Whenever we tell people about the temple they will be like " oh, that big building with all that grass" people in LA downtown never see grass. Hey, may I recommend going to the Visitors Center in Salt Lake City. They really are sacred places, people are converted and receive a change of heart from those places. 

Well love you all so much!! 

Elder Burr....out
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

" you boys out here castrating??"

The subject is what a guy said to us at a park, he had very clean nostrils for how weird the rest of him was.

Aaah! All of your spirits are so strong! I can feel it through the keys of the message board. Thanks Dad for the letter and thanks Grandma! Congrats on the 50 years!  I will for sure miss being the MC at the Christmas Party. Thanks for creating that position for me, it really took the sting off the realization I had that I had swindled away my time and not procured any talents!!

So this is the last week with the tripanionship, the native is going home which means we are screwed. Between my comp and I, we have so little understanding of Chinese and since we are in like a mixing pot of Asians, we hear a ton of accents from all over so unless you are way solid you can’t really understand people. But I know that language isn’t a barrier for the Lord! We have a baptism this Saturday; it is the first one for the branch in 2 years! I hope it starts a revival ( Bently.....) with the members. I have a testimony that lessons with members are how we will help people understand. I am a freaking hun xie ar ( half blood, that’s what they call me) from Utah, all the members are converts from Taiwan or China, they are so amazing in lesson when they bear testimony that they didn’t know everything before they were baptized, but they had faith that they would learn and that God would help them. I love the branch. I love you guys!! I freakin love this scripture, I share it as much as I can. 

Mormon 7:7 and he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his Kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above.........in a state of happiness which hath no end

I can’t believe I get to give people this, every single day. 

Thanks you all for the words of encouragement, it means the world. I know the world won’t give us more until he is satisfied with what we have done with what he has already given us! We have a baptism this Saturday with Betal. He is so golden, straight out of the heart of China and he is loving having a Heavenly Father, he met the branch pretty much for the first time this Sunday, and when he got up to say a little about him he said something like, " if I had any question I would pray, if I felt bad I would pray, if I realized I had been blessed I would pray, pray pray pray and every time I felt God answer me." He is the best; I will send a pic of him next time. 

Samson and Tiffany also came to Church, they are also straight out of China, they are awesome, we just need to meet with them more often and I know we can help them understand what this church really is, it’s THE church!!!

Thank you mom so much for the study stuff, I am going to use the picture Book of Mormon to teach a little girl named I'Po.

Have fun in Mexicococ, or South America, or both!!! Drink lots of jaritos.

Be Safe and I love you all

Elder Burr
this is Tom, Tom is cool, Tom brings his friend to English Class, I like Tom


Monday, October 28, 2013

Peninsula Branch

Week 3, dad you would just be getting to Hong Kong if I were you and you were me and I would use your body to get to the top!!
Thank you family so much for getting me the language study materials!!! I have to eat and sleep Chinese if I want to keep it in my brain!!
 The Chinese program is still green, we are trying to figure out how to get the IN on the Asian community. I feel like a cop. We drive around all drive, on the prowl for Chinese people. We have been hitting up orchestra shin digs and Chinese school, things Chinese people love. they love working their kids to the bone, that's half the problem right there. We never have time to meet with them cause they are working or taking their kid to soccer/acting/violin/dance/math. But man, there is this Church called The Bread of Life, and it is the great and abominable church that Nephi saw. A ton of Asians go to it, and they have like an Anti-Mormon class and sermons. We were teaching a lady the was baptized into that church, and they other ladies found out and they just fed all this stuff to her aaah!! Im going over to ask her to hem my pants and we will see how it goes. BUT we had an awesome lesson the Jehovah Witness. Its amazing what people can learn from the spirit. I have been trying to make myself small and let the Lord and the Spirit teach.
Like we were teaching the JW Queenie, we just tried to be as simple as possible, and she totally got it. She was like, " yeah, that makes sense, Gods power was gone from the Earth and he needed to restore it."
but with teaching ahhh, I really need to change how I teach. D&C 50:15-22 slapped me in the face!! Pretty much, I need to stop thinking that a perfectly fabricated lesson, with the right words at the right time and the right whatever will convince someone that it is all true, this "step aside spirit, I can handle this," mentality will never work. Ahh I need to make myself as small as possible and let these wonderful people build a relationship with Heavenly Father and Christ.
It is crazy, the thing I love the most about the mission is also causing me the most grief. When we meet a family, I can see it so clearly, I can see what the Gospel will do for their lives, how much joy and peace and comfort and direction they will feel on a daily basis, I can see the love they have for their families already, and how much peace it will bring to them when they truly on their bones believe that they will live with them forever. I love it!!
But then, the plummet of my soul happens. They don't show up to church, they don't keep their commitments, we cant meet with them more than once a week, and they don't progress. aahhhh, but I am the clay in my masters hand ( Elder Gowdy told me this) and the more I am pounded the softer I become and the easier it is for Him to mold me into what he wants me to be. I lobe you all, I am having the time of my life in the Los Angeles California Mission!!
Bu ZL
Dragon Ally
My el ninos
the lake friends and all, can we pull out a win, only Colby Bryan can tell us that!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tsai Niao


Tsai Niao (vegetable bird) that is the term for greenies in the Chinese District,

Dang, 2nd week, everything just moves so fast, its hard keeping it all together!!  Finding Chinese people is hard in Palos Verdes ( well, receptive Chinese people) the China Town is in the Arcadia Mission so we have to really come up with strange finding methods.  So the Chinese mission in LA is split into Chinese A and Chinese B, I am in Chinese B and we cover the southern part, while Chinese A covers the north (which has UCLA and USC which have a lot more Chinese people) Its funny, right in between the A and B is South Central where the ghetto and the shootings are, most of it is red-zoned and you can’t go there without a member, preferably a big black member.  But I would have to be transferred to A first, and that may not happen for a couple transfers. But like I said, we are really trying to get South LA Chinese to take off. We are teaching two English Classes a week, we mostly have pretty wild people show up. To find actually Chinese jiaren is the problem we are having. Because for every 20 houses is a Chinese family, so tracking is just too ineffective, ahhh its frustrating because as we drive around I see them, but street contacting is pretty ineffective too! 

Hey mom and dad, learning Chinese out here is hard because half my lessons are in English!!  Could you send me some like audio Chinese Book of Mormons I could listen to in the car, like a dictionary with the 500 most used Chinese words ( preferably pinyen not buh puh muh fuh), ( mom, don’t send stuff for writing characters, that is so far in the future!!) But anything that could help, cause AHHH I know why this is the hardest language on Earth!! But yeah, CD's of people talking in Chinese would be way awesome, cause I get a lot of “ting bu dong!” (What!?!?)

Our investigators are pretty freakin tight though, we have Queeni, she is a JW (jehovah witness) but she said that if she knew the BOM was true, she would change. We have this guy, Betal, who is working here illegally and has a crappy job that makes him work on Sunday, but the MP cleared him for baptism cause he is GOLDEN. Now he just has to get a Saturday and Sunday off. It ripped my heart out to not see any of our investigators come to Church, but we just got to continue to teach them and help them understand why Church and remembering our Savior is the most important thing they can be doing in their life. 

I love you all so much, sometimes I'll be driving late at night and ill think " are you kidding me, I’m on mission right now!!" and it’s the best feeling I have ever felt and its what keeps me going.

Bu ZL

Monday, October 14, 2013

I've flown the coop!!‏


Oh man, I don’t know how I got away with this, but somehow, I am in LA!  Dang, you guys want a run-down of my past couple days???  You do?  Alright here we go!! ( man, if I didn’t have so much playful banter in my emails, I would get done a lot faster, but then where would the spice be, ahh I’m doing it right now!)

So first celebrity sighting!! I saw Mitt Romney....but it was at SLC so doesn’t quite count yet. So, I take the plane here, right, and guess who I sit next to...I’ll tell you who, Bernadette Carovo. Who is that you ask, but my first investigator.  The entire plane ride I gave her the first lesson and she was so receptive, she said she had to hold back tears when we talked about Christ and the Atonement. ahhh I gave her a Book of Mormon, and saw her off but that’s as far as I could go because I had to give her info to the English missionaries.

So, I get to LA, and it’s sweet!  The Mission is split up into Chinese A and Chinese B. My companions and I (elder bowman and elder bergesen) are the only ones in Chinese B and only 2 elders are in Chinese A, so we only have 5 Chinese Elders for a city of 7 million people. But dang, I am in the city of Torrance and Ranchos Palos Verdes, and it is pretty ritzy. The branch is awesome, they feed as a ton of food, like 4 or 5 times a week we are out with members. Teaching has been pretty sporadic, our branch has not had a baptism in 2 years, BUT that’s all going to change!  We have to build a relationship with them so they trust us with their referrals. So far I have only taught 2 less actives and given 2 dinner thoughts and tried to contact at our English Class ( the craziest people show up to English class, this one guy brought some nice polo ralph Lauren underwear for the Elder and some old pizza hut, he also had a bald spot that he covers with this spray-paint stuff) but those are my kind of people, they get me!!!

This week we will be teaching some real investigators and I can’t wait for that. Contacting is hard though, we drive a ton. Oh yeah!! I am the main driver because Elder Bowman doesn’t have a license and Elder Bergeson got in an accident and got revoked. So just cursing around in the ford focus all day, racing lambos. Well I got to go, love you all!!
Elder Burr

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LA here I come

Cool last week!! I have to say I am really happy with the MTC experience I had, I got to see two Apostles, General Conference, priesthood session, tons of amazing devotionals, and this group from BYU called Vocal Point performed and they were so awesome and spiritual. Because they all got off their missions like three years ago, while most of the other talk givers got off their missions then fought in the Civil War. 

Well, I step onto the Front Runner at 3:30am this Wednesday, I guess I’m as prepared as I'll ever be. I am so excited to have a new start in this mission. No one knows anything about me, I can be the person I have always wanted to be. You know what I mean?? I can change my attitude and personality to that of what I have always personified. But oh man am I scared to speak the language, but hey, I can either have faith in the Lord or not. I would much rather have it me and my comp and the Lord vs THE WORLD than anything else. 

But dang, thanks to General Conference, all the members are going to be pumped out of their minds to help us, I’m super excited to have us all be untied in one heart and one mind ahhh!!!   Well, I can’t wait to start sharing the real deal stories!!

Love you all

Elder Burr 

Sister Skillings arrives at the MTC

Missionary handshake greeting
The District

Not sure what to say

Cooped up for too long

Monday, September 30, 2013

They've come a long way!

The Dynamic Duo is back together in the MTC.  We had our doubts a few years ago that they would ever make it here.  We are so impressed with and proud of both of them.
Elder Alex Burr
Elder Hayden Witt
thanks for the picture Hailey

Don't you just love phantom planet!!

First things first, who is the child actor, he played a small role in some movie I can’t peg, he had blonde shaggy surfer-dude wavy hair, blown back, dominant forehead, his small role was to annoy the main character, possible Arnold Schwaranegger I don’t know, but if you happen to see this description, tell me, because its driving me nuts!!

Anyways, haha dad I don’t know if I ever thanked you for the Dumb and Dumber quotes, haha Elder Cluff and I had a good laugh over that! I got my travel plans! I leave at 4:30am Wednesday!! My flight leaves at 8;30 and I make it in LA at 9:30am. I don’t know if I have a chance to call home, but I will get a calling card and if I can I’ll try. Ahhh the last week is so hard!! Trying to focus and not letting your language plateau have been the biggest challenge! It’s going to be hard leaving my district, I feel like since I spend 2 months of my life, where I was so exposed and emotional and have grown so much with them, it is crazy I am not going to serve my whole mission with them. I wonder what the field will be like. I’m scared to talk to real Chinese people! I'll tell you that much, I sound so weird when I talk Chinese, but hey, as my good friend Elder Schirmer told me "open your mouth and miracles will happen." Our call as Zone Leader got extended a week because we have some surprise Elders and Sisters coming in this Wednesday! What a blessing! Only 2 Elders though.... ;( and still no one going to LA. Hey, is the Chinatown in my mission? We had our last Sacrament meeting on Sunday (because of general conference) and we sang the new Sisters in Zion/Heleman’s Army song and it was crazy because we couldn’t finish the song because everyone was crying!! ahh it was just a mess, WHAT HAS THIS PLACE DONE TO ME!!! It has given me a little more facial hair though! With General Conference coming up and the rumors of women petitioning to get the priesthood and go to priesthood session, the speaker at our devotional addressed it. It make me think about how amazing sister missionaries are, how they are so hard working and how they only need a year and a half to do what take us guys 2 years. Also, that just because women don’t have the priesthood doesn’t mean they don’t HAVE the priesthood, the whole point of it is to serve others, to bless others’ lives, it does nothing for us really. I have never really had a chance to exercise my priesthood in blessing and stuff, I am excited to go out in the field and LOOK for opportunities to use this gift from God to serve others. To just use my life to serve others. It’s not even my life, its Heavenly Fathers.

I get one more P day before I leave, but every day feels like a salutation to the MTC, this stage of my mission is coming to a close, and in all reality, there are things that I wished I would have done different. I’m going to take this feeling and go into the mission field, and just try to consecrate my time and my decisions to the Lord, because then he will bless me. I hope and pray I can carry that habit into the real world, but hey that’s freakin far away so, I still have time to practice. Time is short, this is the life that matters, and I want to do it right!!! 

Love you guys!!

Elder Burr
Brother and Sister Tang
Companions
Elder Ng
Travel Plans!!