Monday, November 7, 2016

Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao!

Hey everyone! Hope you're all doing great! Things are going well in one of the craziest missions in the world! I was in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao this week which is a pretty normal week for me here in the islands. Pretty crazy huh? 

It's been a pretty good week this past week. I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Elder Munoz and Elder Sarmiento in Aruba and that was a great experience. They are doing awesome and it was great to learn from them and also super great to be able to help them to be more effective missionaries. The best part of going on exchanges with other missionaries in my opinion, is in serving them and finding ways to lift them up and show them what they can do to find more success. Great experience and I was impressed with them. It was another hard week investigator wise since we didn't get to teach any new people at all, even though we had a bunch of appointments set up. They all ended up canceling or were no shows when we showed up so that was a little tough, but people have their agency and we can never take that away from them. We had two really good lessons with the Mens family this week and the helped us learn how we can more effectively talk to Dutch people. We also talked to them a lot about the Plan of Salvation, and seeing their understanding was so cool. They are so strong and they've only been members for about 5 months and it's just so cool to see and be a part of. We also had a really good lesson with President DePalm and his wife and they are some of the most humble people that I've ever met before in my life. Such a great couple and are truly doing their best to help this branch out. One last great lesson that we had was with Omar who wanted to learn how to strengthen his testimony and we talked about reading the Book of Mormon every day. We shared 1 Nephi 8 with him and talked about the key to getting the fruit of the tree of life was in reading the Book of Mormon daily and "continually holding" onto it. Super cool lesson and he is a stud! My testimony grew a lot on patience this week in reading D&C 24:8 which talks about being patient in afflictions, because we're going to have a lot of them but if we endure it well, God well bless us abundantly with blessing. Be patient, especially here in Bonaire where the work is a lot slower and sometimes it seems like we're not doing much good even though we're trying our best. Be patient and realize that as long as we're trying our best, that's all that the Lord can ask of us. That was a cool experience for me! Things are going well here and the miracles are so apparent!

Thank you everyone for your support and love because it is really appreciated. Remember that God loves you, cares about you and is your biggest fan cheering there on the sidelines. So grateful for that knowledge that we have. Love you all and have a great week! God bless!

~Elder Burr
Elder Sheppard was out!!! At coordination with the branch mission leader!

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