Monday, July 17, 2017

DID YOU THINK TO PRAY...FOR DONUTS?

Hello!! 
Happy Monday!! 
Hope you all had a great week! 
Thanks for all the emails and sweet comments:) 
ya'll are pretty great. 

This week was super fun. We started with exchanges in Greencastle with Sister Giles and Sister Smith. I LOVED being back in the country again-it's always fun and theirs nothing like those cornfields :) haha. There was a MASSIVE storm that day, and a huge tree fell right on top of someone's parked van and smashed it. We decided to knock on their door and it was actually a really cool experience. The guy had a great attitude! Crazy what happens when you get to "find by accident" haha

On Wednesday as we met up with M_____ for his lesson, the Spanish elders were meeting for their district meeting. M_____ is El Salvadorian, and fluent in Spanish...and wanted to join their meeting...so we did! haha He got to get an inside look at a missionary meeting, and even contributed. It was awesome and he said he really enjoyed it. He even kept their commitment to find people to teach haha go M_____. Later that week we got to teach him and B____ together about Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy...I swear they were teaching us. I love these recent converts so much!

We got an awesome opportunity to help one of the elders investigators, H___, at institute. She had so many genuine questions and kept getting reallyyyy excited about what we were learning. It was just really exciting to me and I LOVED her excitement for the gospel. It make me feel like that too H___!!:)

One morning I woke up, to find a big "18" on the wall made of 18 pictures of my whole mission. Okay 1. I LOVE MY COMPANION. 2...SINCE WHEN HAVE I BEEN OUT THAT LONG? The rest of the day was filled with realllyyy strange interactions, getting bashed and rejected, finding no one to teach and STILL having the greatest day ever. And I was able to reflect about just how much I love being a missionary, and how grateful I am that I will always get to be a missionary. And how wonderful the past 18 months have been. Everything good that has come, has not come by me...that is for certain...so I am so grateful! And Heavenly Father sent us a grace moment, we got to help two struggling ladies-right before we were about to head home- and just like He always does, He sends little reminders of His love, and that He is totally aware. 

STORY TIME. We were driving to attend a baptism, when all the sudden the craving comes...BAM...for...donuts. No joke. I told Sister Gray and she agreed and jokingly said that she was going to say a prayer for donuts. WELL GUESS WHAT WAS AT THE BAPTISM....You betcha. Donuts. We laughed and laughed and laughed. But yet again...I promise, Heavenly Father hears every prayer and cares about all our little things too. It was a great reminder, that if He cares that much, are we asking him for things we need? Are we counseling with him in all our doings? "Did you think to pray?" :) Thanks Pops, Love ya too! 

God loves you. He also loves those around you....so hey, go lend a helping hand:) I promise it will make you happier than ever to serve those around you. :) and what goes around comes around. 
AH gotta run, but hey you rock! xoxo

Love, Sister Burgon*





Monday, July 10, 2017

[ R E M E M B E R ]

Helllllllooooooooo:) 
Hope you all had an awesome 4th of July...my British companion and I had a fun time going all out for this semi-ironic holiday...considering the circumstances...haha Love my comp...she has some Murica pride-Go Sista Gray! [?][?] Our branch President even had us over for Fish 'n Chips, and we got to drive through the cities fireworks on our ride home-t'was a holiday well spent.





A big highlight for me this week was going on exchanges with Sister Womack. This is her first transfer on the mission and she is a KILLER MISSIONARY. There's truly nothing like being companions with new missionaries...even if its only for a day. She has such a powerful spirit and testimony and we got to teach a lot of people together on campus! SO FUN!! We talked about the fact that now we are here serving, it's important to find our reason to stay. It was our goal for the day, and Heavenly Father surely answered our prayers. Just being with her made me remember so many memories throughout the course of my mission, and it was such a tender mercy from the spirit to touch my heart with. I LOVE MY MISSION. Truly nothing- N O T H I N G like it.  happy day :) 


We also got to have interviews with President Carlson whom I just love!!! He's the best and it is always so good to talk to him and receive guidance, council, and encouragement from him. The next day was MLC...which surprisingly, we got asked to give a training at!! We trained on How to be Effective "Planners"...and talked about how to use every element of our planner to help in the work. T'was fun- and Heavenly Father sure sends inspiration when you seek it :) 


As we've been meeting met with the recent converts in this area, I've been so incredibly touched at their stories-their testimonies, and hearing first hand how the Lord has worked with them side-by-side in their life. And how the Gospel truly brings happiness. It is a testimony builder to ME-I sure know that God is aware of each and every one of us, and He has a perfect plan. 

We've been trying to use our dinner appointments more effectively by inviting people-investigators, recent converts, less actives etc, to come and its COOOOL!! This week an awesome YSA invited a friend she works with, and we got to have the neatest experience talking to her about/reading from the Book of Mormon. Crazy how powerful that can be-it just is a reflection of how truly inspired it is:) And we might get to meet up with her again-wooooot.

This week, as a part of our transfer goal to "See Christ in Me", we've been studying/strengthening our FAITH. It's sure cool to see what a difference having a "faith-filled attitude" can make, and then seeing God's hand totally take over when we ACT on that faith. With both, miracles just come rolling on in. I also appreciate the time of the "trial of our faith", I feel like this is totally necessary, and when I personally learn and grow the most. Thank goodness Heavenly Father is there the whole time, regardless. Helaman 5:47

LOVE YA- KEEP SMILING

Love, Sister Burgon*

Pix: with a few missionaries at Interviews




My life goal!!! 
Have a great week!!!!





Monday, July 3, 2017

FISHERS OF MEN....

I've always loved the idea of being "fishers of men"...but this week they found a body in the White River...right after we figured out that our random surprise-visitors at church last Sunday were actually wanted and on a homicide watch...then fishers of men took on a new meaning to me....too soon?...you're right, it was bad, sorry. 



HEY EVERYONE:) 
We had a grrrrrrreat week! 

We got to go on exchanges with Sister Burton and Forseth. I got to be with thee lovely Sister Forseth again, and there is NEVER a dull moment when we go on exchange together. These Sisters are incredible. When we were tracting, we passed an apartment complex that looked totally empty, like no one was home, BUT I had a prompting to knock a certain door...so we did. A sweet young mom, A_____, opens up, just super happy with thee CUTEST kids. We got to have an amazing conversation about how families can be together forever with the priesthood authority. She wanted us to come back for a lesson and lunch next week. As we left she told the kids, "can you remember their names? They're going to come back to visit!!". It was just incredible because we originally thought that no one was home! Heavenly Father teaches me again and again that you truly can't judge a book by its cover :) and thank goodness He does.

This week in our lesson with M_____, we learned about the Plan of Salvation, and the reaccuring theme of missionary work throughout every phase of the plan. He was happy to tell us that he had been a missionary to some friends that asked him about his religion and his faith. He said it was easy to explain because he believes it!!!! SO COOL. GO FUTURE ELDER M_____!!

exciting news...dun da daaaa!!! I finished reading the Book of Mormon again!! I just love that book so much!! I took Moroni's promise to "read, pray, ask God, and then know" if it is true. Although I felt the truth of it throughout the book as I read, I was excited to receive yet another confirmation from Heavenly Father. I asked in prayer, then later found my answer in a scripture that I was randomly lead to. It simply said, "you know that they are true". And at that moment of pure simplicity, the spirit touched my heart and I couldn't deny that I had received my confirmation to my question in prayer. I KNOW THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON IS THE WORD OF GOD. And I sure know that God answers us in powerfully simple ways. 

This tender moment became SUPER special later that day during a lesson. We were teaching a guy for the second time. He had some skepticism about the Book of Mormon and modern prophets, so we invited him to go home and to try it out for himself; to read the Book of Mormon and pray and see what he thought. He came back and said that he felt that the Book of Mormon was false after reading only one chapter of it. The experience that I had just had, came into my mind and my heart was touched. I knew it was true. With all my heart I knew it. We were able to share with him that we know it, and the spirit was extremely strong. These are the moments I will never forget. 
"Behold, I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true; wherefore you know that they are true." D&C 18:2
Love, Sister Burgon*

ps: B____ GOT BAPTIZED YAY

PIX: INDY beauty!!!!! (and one more of the crime scene)







Have a steller 4th of July y'all!!!!!!




Monday, June 26, 2017

MEN ARE THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE JOY

Howdy fellow friends:) 
Hope you enjoyed this very fine week ... 
it's a great time to be alive ;) 

We had a good one this week. Excited to tell you about C____. Last week, an awesome YSA member brought C____ to institute. We met C____ at the end and got talking with him and even got a return appointment. SO we met with him this week and he is SOLID. He is very knowledgeable about religion, and can retain information like crazy, but is on the search for truth and a better relationship with God. We taught him the Plan of Salvation, he came to dinner with another awesome YSA, and then to institute where we learned about the Restoration. We are excited to teach him more, and he is excited too, which makes it even better :)

One day while PCing campus, we talked to this kind boy who held the door open for us. His name is J___ and he's actually 15...the kid is crazy smart...he's doing some cool program with the college right now, he's going big. BUT he was having a terrible day, as we shared the Restoration with him, his face lit up, his jaw dropped, and he just dropped his face held it in his hands in awe. I've never really seen a reaction like this before, but he kept saying how much it made his day and gave him hope that something like that could happen to him, it was very comforting. We walked away and truly reflected that THAT is what the gospel does for people...it brings complete joy and hope. 

Campus was very slow this week and we found ourselves looking for other things to do to be more effective. So we heard of a YSA that was less active that no one has ever met, that lived nearby. SO we went hunting. We miraculously caught him just 30 minutes after he got home for work. He opened up the door and immediately became our friend. We talked about his mission and even had a good conversation about where he stands with church. THE EXCITING NEWS...is that he's super open to coming back, having home teachers, and meeting with us, and even came to church this week and LOVED it. And here's the miracle part...he's moving next week!! We are suuuuuper grateful that Heavenly Father lead us to him at that exact moment, it was no coincidence. And on a slow day on campus, this was such a highlight :):) yayyy!

Z___ got to go to the Temple for the first time this week! He was glowing- I swear seeing recent converts go to the Temple for the first time will never get old. It is the neatest feeling in the world. YAY Z___!! And E____ came too-he's a pro now!!!!:)

I feel like Sister Gray kept me laughing all week long. Some days were pretty slow on campus, but we still worked hard, talked to as many as we could, and had a great time doing it. K funniest thing. At FHE, Sister Gray was on a swing having the time of her life. Then she said, "I will now do a literal reenactment of the fall of Adam and Eve"...and proceeded to land on her feet, then fall to her knees and face-plant and slide as her feet went soaring over her head in the wood-chips. The idea was to fake-fall, but my companion is cool...so she wanted to do a literal reenactment...and might I say...she did a fine job. I now have abs.
"Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free. Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!" ~d & c 128:22-23

Love, Sister Burgon*

Pix:   ​​
Pres & Sis Carlson & Kammerman!!!!!

Temple goers!!!!! 

Terre Haute Family

Proud mama and my great posterity...Imma GREAT! Grandma!!!!!!!




E____ fed us some authentic African food!!! 


saying bye to friends...










Monday, June 19, 2017

THE MIRACLES OF WEEK 6

Hey Friends!!!! 
I can't wait to tell you about this week...
hang on tight folks, it's a good one. 

I've noticed that every "week 6" of every transfer 
has so many miracles-cool stuff. 

I got my very last transfer news that I will be 
STAYING here with Sister Gray this transfer WOOOOT. 

I'm so happy and can't wait to work harder than ever:)

Let's start with the Miracle girl!!! This week we met with C____ every single day except for Wednesday! We managed to finish teaching her everything, and she showed up prepared by the Lord each time to hear it, accept it, and live it. (in fact, some things she had decided to live MONTHS ago....) She even has been talking to her coworkers about Christ and they decided to start a bible study! They work for a company called "Cutco", so they named their bible study "Cutco in Christ" hahahaha Her baptism went INCREDIBLE and so smoothly (except she almost had a cold font...silly us...elders to the rescue). J___ gave an incredible talk on Baptism and M_____ said the most heart-felt closing prayer...and you better believe we sang 'If You Could Hie to Kolob' and it was great. Couldn't have been a happier day- she was glowing. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS GOSPEL. Words just can't really do it justice. 


Ok ok ok, so once upon a time we had THEE COOLEST investigator in Terre Haute named, K_______. She was so solid and even came and watched General Conference with us. Well all of the sudden, she completely dropped off the face of the earth. We prayed and prayed and prayed that we'd run into her on campus again and that SOMEHOW we could find her, but eventually we just had to exercise faith that the Lord had a bigger plan for her at a different time. Welllllll while shopping at Walmart on P-day, on our way out, I see this cute girl that looked so familiar...IT WAS K_______!!! I promise this was no coincidence. HOW DID WE END UP AT THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME???? It was meant to be! I'm so grateful! We got to talk and even made plans to meet up again! Stay tuned....good things coming! crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy

We got to be in a trio this week...well for a day! Sister Ostermiller was heading home and we got to be the ones to take her to the airport!! She stayed overnight and we stayed up 2 am...because low and behold...she found a bed bug...so we washed ALLLLL of her clothes. hahaha But it was so fun because we got to reminisce about mission memories and it was the best. WELP then we got up at 5 am, and made it to the airport in time, then made it OUT in time to keep our sanity (don't wanna be there yet haha) and have free parking in the economy lot WOO:) I LOVE SISTER OSTERMILLER!! GOOD JOB SISTER WELL DONE!!

I also hit my 17 months...so that was weird. All day long I found little notes written by Sister Gray that said "17 again". She thinks she's funny...and she really is haha I love my companion. It resulted in us having a paper fight, throwing around all the little notes she wrote hahaha good times!

While meeting with C____r this week, he expressed how he feels like he's "higher" spiritually now, more than ever...like he's climbing up to the peak of the mountain. But the higher he climbs, the bigger the drop he sees below him. He expressed his fear about falling harder, now that he's risen so much. We talked about it and came up with the coolest analogy that we are harnessed in with the Gospel, and CHRIST is our tether-man down below us, catching our slack and making it possible that the higher we go, we don't actually have to fall, because HE catches us each time. It was a reaaallyyy powerful thing to think about and I KNOW IT IS TRUE. 
(photo cred...mama borrowed from Google...Thanks Google!)
With a lot of preparation in the works, We finally had Zone Conference this week! It was fantastic! There's a lot of policies that will be enforced in the mission to change the culture and US for the better. We got to give a training on Obedience, Finding, and Diligence. I call it "I Can See Christ in Me". (see my blog for an explanation of the training...attached below) It was one of those moments where the spirit truly reminded me of how incredible this calling is to be a full-time missionary. I love it more than I can say! And as we forget ourselves and Work as Christ, it just gets even better. 

And just so you can have a little laugh today: This week while Street Contacting, Sister Gray and I were asked to "confess to God that we were saved".....before you know it, we were in a prayer circle hand in hand with two ladies from California reciting this....thiingg...telling God that we accept Him and now we are saved.....hahahahaha I'm still confused too :) But hey it's okay...cuz I'm saved 😜

I know God lives, I know this Gospel is true. 
I know you are loved AND YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS TOO (had to make it rhyme ha)

Love, Sister Burgon*

ps....Yummy English Breakfast courtesy of my sweet English Compie Comp!!!!





Here's what we ended up doing for our training!!
"I Can See Christ in Me"
Topic: Obedience, Finding, and Motivation

We started off by having a sister come up to the front of the room and hold this mirror in front of her face. we asked her what she saw...she said "me". Then we asked her to walk around the room to us as we said "okay sister come this way, keep the mirror up, its a hot humid day and you go tracting...who do you see?" she said "me" then Sister Gray would say at the opposite end of the room "ok sister come this way, now you are so so so so tired but you're asked to get up at 6:30, who do you see?" she said "me" then I would say across the room again "okay sister come over here you have a big street with lots of people to talk to, who do you see" she said, "me"....(something along those lines....)

BUT here's the thing....on the back of her mirror that she was holding up the whole time, there was a picture of Christ that all the other sisters in the room could see, but not her. We asked the sisters in the room, "okay but sisters, who do YOU see?" and they all said "Jesus Christ"

....she was super surprised and took the mirror down only to see Christ on the back of the mirror. We talked about how we wear the name of Jesus Christ and literally represent HIM in our areas. And how others around us see Christ as we teach them, find them, and serve them. Its when we are focused on US that we don't want to be obedient, go finding, and be motivated. WE get in the way!! But if we are focused on Christ, and focus on how we represent Christ, we can find the desire to be obedient, go finding, and be motivated.....if all that makes sense:) with preach my gospel quotes, white handbook paragraphs, and this awesome quote from Bruce R McConkie (best "come-mission statement" ever!!!!)

so by the end...instead of having an open mirror for us to see ourselves in, we covered it with a picture of Jesus Christ so that we can see HIM in US too :) 

President said it was "beautiful" hahahhaaha but we're hoping it was inspiring enough for them to have a desire to change:) What do you think? :)








Monday, June 12, 2017

REAL GOALS

Sup my homies

I would like to quickly start of by saying....when you pray and fast for work so you can give it your all before you go home and stay focused....THE LORD GIVES YOU WORK LEMME TELL YA. "come home tired".....check :) hahaha ain't it great to be busy in da work. yes, yes it is. WHAT A WEEK!

This week our boys blew us away...It all started off by blitzing Greencastle with Sister Ostermiller. We got to teach their investigator on date, C___. While we were teaching him, a friend watching came over and asked what we were doing. We taught her and she said, "I believe all this is true." and wanted to learn more. woweeeee supa cool!! Then on Wednesday, M_____ WENT TO THE TEMPLE!!!!! I've never seen that kid smile more. On the way there he was talking about "car goals", but then he added, "apart from getting married in the Temple...those are REAL goals." haha Later, he got up to go get baptized and he said, "imma try not to cry" haha Can't really say how proud I am of him, the gospel is great. THEN J______ amazed us by fasting and putting a whole lot of faith into paying tithing. THEN on Sunday, Z___ got up and bore this crazy amazing testimony-his first one-ahhhhhhhhh. And to top it all off, J___ got the Priesthood and a Temple Recommend and my my my.....our boys!!!!!❤



We also got to go to Terre Haute to help Mariah get ready for her WEDDINNNNGGG... yup, we are missionaries, and we got to go to a wedding hahaha t'was fun. And I love my Terre Homies, have I said that before? Cuz I do...can ya tell?:')


In the meantime, C____ surprised and said she is fully ready and planning on getting baptized THIS SATURDAY. So here we go, we're planning a baptism in a week. And my my my is she READY. We taught her tithing and asked, "What do you understand about tithing." and she quickly responded, "oh it's ten percent of your income". (Have we taught this already??? nope....) And she's been reading and LOVING Moses, and wants 'If you could hie to Kolob' sung at her baptism. When I say this girl has been prepared...I can't actually accurately describe HOW prepared she truly is, it's incredible. 

This week, during an amaaaazing lesson about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. A YSA member said, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ is how we access the powers of His Atonement". Isn't that so simply powerful! The greatest thing we could ever imagine, Christ's Atonement, is accessed as we simply yet valiantly LIVE the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
"For he did cry from the morningeven until the going down othe sun, exhorting the peoplto believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyedsaying unto them that by faith all things are fulfileWherefore, whoso believeth iGod might with surety hope for better world, yea, even place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faithmaketh an anchor to the soulof men, which would make thesure and steadfast, always abounding in good worksbeing led to glorify God." ~Ether 12:3-4

Love, Sister Burgon*

Pix: we tried, 




 AND FAILED!!!!!!
 SOOOO BACK TO BASICS!!!!!