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



Monday, March 17, 2014

What’s that movie with the white haired guy and Julia Andrews???

RUNAWAY BRIDE!!!!!! AHHHHH! -  more like runaway baptism. Worst P-Day of my life (so far). First Elder Yang gave me this haircut (see pictures) and then we visited Wu Ji's apartment because he skipped out on church Sunday.

So here is what happened. The lights were on so we knew that he was there, we knocked like three times and waited for 10 minutes and we didn’t get any answer. But we knew he was inside. So, being the fool that I am, I saw that the door was not closed all the way, so I decided to knock a fourth time, really hard, and see if the door would swing ajar. It worked, and next thing I know Wu Ji is standing in front of us in his boxer shorts. It was pretty funny and we all laughed it off and just let it go that he was ignoring us not 30 seconds ago.

But then Wu Ji went on to tell us that he just can’t stop working on Sunday. Now that alone isn’t that big of a problem, but he just expressed to us that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father can’t help him if he is hungry, or they can’t help him keep his apartment, that they just can’t help him in these areas, so that make work more important. Now you see, that right there is a problem!! Because the only thing I ever, ever want to teach an investigator is that we need to humble ourselves before the Lord and realize that we just cannot do it on our own BUT that we have a loving Heavenly Father we can trust in, we can follow his plan, and he will provide.

Long story short, we asked him if he still wanted to be baptized, and he said he would be there on Sunday. He was not there on Sunday, we called it off at like 9pm Sunday night, and it was the worst experience having to call all the members. I never want to cancel a baptism again. We haven’t heard from Wu ji since that Monday, it’s a pretty weird situation. Man, I feel like this Letter is getting depressing, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT SOME HAPPY STUFF BECAUSE MISSIONS ARE FULL OF IT!!!

So we have a land-lady, her name is Rosa and she speaks Spanish. But as missionaries, we need to open our mouths and talk to everyone and love everyone. Not just Chinese people, or Asian looking people (I still can’t tell the difference) but everyone. So we started chatting, and giving them cookies when members gave us cookies. And they started to warm up to us, and then eventually they told us they were members of the church, but they have been less active for 15 or something years, but seeing us (the missionaries) again inspired them to make church a part of their life again. And Rosa and her husband and their younger daughter and her son (who are super cool) went to church. And we saw Rosa after church and she said it was so amazing. She said she has been suffering with like an eye diseases for a while and it was pretty painful, but she went to church and all she felt was peace and calm and her eye didn’t bother her. And she told us that the Spanish sisters were going over to her house this Wed. AND she told us she has a Chinese friend she wants us to meet and teach about Jesus Christ. So that’s super awesome! That really got me through this week. 

It just goes to show, small and simple acts of good are amazing tools for the Lord to work with. Just like PMG says, if we pray for opportunities to do good AND pray that we will recognize those opportunities AND that we pray will have the strength to follow the promptings, we will be led to people that are ready to hear the gospel. I know that I have so much fear. Fear that I will not know what to say, or how to answer a question. But I know that through going out of our way to help somebody, we teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not in some fancy word play, but through our actions. Through our action we stand as Witnesses of God, we fulfill our baptismal covenant to stand as witness of the God at all times.

I am so grateful God has given us opportunities to fall, so we can know exactly what it feels like to fail and be down trodden and when we see another person in the same situation, we will know we have to be there for them, we have to help them. I know this Gospel is true, and that people and families need it!

Love you guys so much, sorry if this letter was weird.

Elder Burr
My haircut

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