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



Monday, January 12, 2015

reality smegallity

January 5, 2015

So, I am realizing I might have 4 transfers left....I am pretty bad at this whole math thing. It is 7 months, which feels like a long time, but 4 transfers just seem so short. It’s giving me a little anxiety. I have just not completed so many goals that I have set for myself, I have not even completed the goal of learning how to set goals!!!!

But anyway, it is a new transfer and I am recommitting myself....again. So, it all starts with diligence in learning the language and diligence in learning the doctrine. So when it comes to language, it is a mad-dash to learning as many vocab words on these last transfers AND trying my best to learn characters. I have started to memorize the radicals and it is pretty good, I hope by the end of this transfer to be able to read the missionary handbook.

SO, it was really cool, we had an investigator Huang Qian that was really liking what we were teaching her, but she just couldn't give up her church. She just liked it too much. BUT during Winter break, she skipped out for two weeks and instead of going to church she googled our church! She then went to her Pastor and asked, "What’s the great apostasy? Do you have the Priesthood? " And the pastor wouldn't give her a straight answer and just kept saying we were a cult (when will they realize that never works?) and eventually Huang Qian just got super frustrated and left. hahah and then when she was done telling the story she said, "I think my church is false" hah we told her, "That's what we have been saying!!!!" She still feels she is not ready to be baptized though.....

So transfers came and went again. I am staying in the same area again with the same companion again. It pretty cool, I have served in all the areas possible for a Chinese Elder. I really want to go explore Pepperdine University though, see if I can find some Chinesers at that place. Malibu area is the only place we don't ever go, who knows, they could have a whole trove of Chinese people waiting to receive the good word.

Pray for Tracy and Wu Si Yuan, I fear their spiritual train may be slowing down a little bit. ahhh You just get so worried when people don't meet with you. Sometimes I feel like an obsessive girlfriend. Man, if I ever dated an obsessive Jehovah Witness, that would be a crazy time.

So we also taught a family that was brainwashed by the JW'ss!!!! I know it is never good to bash other churches, but for some reason I always find myself wanting to slam JW' doctrine. This is a great opportunity to learn love unfeigned to your fellowman. It really is sad though, so many people believe in the Bible, but they still have so much confusion. Like Elder Holland said “They think they can find common ground with the Bible, but really, it’s a battle ground."  I truly am grateful for the Book of Mormon and modern-day revelation that bring so much clarity. They bring an anchor of faith so we are not tossed to and fro with every piece of new doctrine (I think I am splicing scriptures right now) but really it is such a huge blessing. I take so many revealed doctrines for granted. Take original sin for example. I am so happy that I have the knowledge that I wasn't born into sin. That I am responsible for my own actions and my own path in life. It just makes me feel so much happier knowing it like that.

I hope that Hong Kong was cool! Are you guys back yet? Did you got to Taiwan? Send some pics of China’s biggest island (sorry Amanda, I am being influenced by the mainlanders!!!!) I hope Tori is incubating well.

Oh yeah, I am so so, so very grateful for the chance I had to make 2014 the year of missionary work!!!

Well, that's it. I love you guys, be safe, be diligent, be valiant, and just try your best to be excellent in all you do.

Elder Burr

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