Things are great in Bonaire! Loving it here and it's really good to be back. I missed the people here a lot and it's been so fun to be back with them! Still doing a lot of contacting, but things are going good and we have a couple cool people to teach so it's going well. We taught investigators Adi and Irene on Monday and brought Brother Mens with us and that was a really cool experience. It was so cool to see how much Brother Mens has grown and he did so awesome in the lesson! He testified how he came to know that the Book of Mormon is true and shared some spiritual experiences that he's had. He killed it! Those investigators are doing pretty well, and we just have to get them to church now! Step by step, but they are coming along and they are reading so they're going in the right direction! One of the coolest experiences that we had this week was when we were going to teach President and Sister DePalm. We were there and had dinner with them and were about to start the lesson when their neighbor (who is Dutch) came outside and asked if he could sit with us! Miracle!!! When I was here the first time in Bonaire, I had been trying to meet him so hard and went by like 7 times with no success or he just ignored us, but this time he asked if he could sit with us. How cool is that?! We had a really good lesson on God and he asked us questions about why we were on missions and how President and Sister DePalm became members (they are also both returned missionaries). His name is Martin and he was really cool and we just had a super spiritual experience with him that was awesome. Things here are great and I love the members!
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Hey everyone! I'm back in Bonaire again! Who would've guessed that? I sure didn't but I'm loving it!
It's been a crazy week! I still had the shock that I was going back to Bonaire and it honestly did not seem real at all until the day that I left. I was with Elder Rasmusson for two days so I had to give him a crash course run down of the area and of everything that was happening so hopefully he's doing alright! He's back with Elder Lewis who was in the area before me, so I'm sure that things are going to go great. Then I left Friday morning and had to wake up at 2 in the morning for that and I got to see Elder Lewis at the airport and talk for him a bit which was awesome. I love Elder Lewis! We just have to stop playing tag now already and actually serve in the same country together! My flight got delayed like 5 times on Friday so I was supposed to get into Bonaire at 10 in the morning, but didn't end up getting there until 7 at night so that was a fun day at the airport. Spending 15 hours at an airport isn't really what I imagined a mission would be like, but I have one of the craziest missions ever so it's pretty normal now! I also figured out that every single time that I have been transferred on my mission, it has been to a different country! That's also pretty insane! But it is honestly so great to be back. We had church yesterday and seeing all the members again and seeing how excited they were to see me, made everything worth it. Seeing the Mens family, the Albus's, Zuster Noij, Genesis and Omar and so many other people just made my day and made me so happy! Church was great and the branch and the group are combined now, so it was packed in there! Great talks on missionary work and on the Sabbath Day. Also, on Saturday we helped out the branch with a branch activity of a car wash and barbecue! It was pretty fun and good to spend some time with the members again. Also for a spiritual experience, we went out contacting yesterday and one of the first people we talked to seemed super open to our message and he used to live in the Netherlands. The miracles are real already and I am super excited! Bring it on Bonaire!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Hey everyone! life is crazy and missions are awesome!So I was staying but President Egbert literally just called me and said that he feels inspired to have me go back to Bonaire! So I won't be here anymore! We had an awesome week this past week and had some really cool experiences so things are going great! We did service twice this week, once for Steve and Jolande and once for Broeder Bakker. With Steve and Jolanda we helped them make Podociri (Asai in English) which involved cleaning it, putting it into a machine,cleaning a bunch of things and getting some of it for ourselves! It's a superfood and is super good for you and just is pretty awesome! For Broeder Bakker, we helped him clean up some cars that he is going to work on and it went pretty well. He also made us some iguana which was my first time and it was super good! Tastes a lot like chicken but I might like iguana a little better haha. Steve and Jolanda also fed us which involved, roti and massala, chicken, deer and alligator so there was also some firsts for me! All was super good and some good memories as well! For spiritual experiences, there were also so many this week! We got to use our contact area a lot this week and saw some cool miracles from being there. Our investigators Miguel and Meredise are doing really well and are still reading out of the Book of Mormon every day, but sadly didn't make it to church which was a little disappointing. We saw one of our investigators Katie who felt the Spirit a lot as we were talking about the Book of Mormon and promised to read and pray about it so we are pumped for her. Sunday overall was just great! Not too many people came to church since it was pouring for most of the morning, but the meeting was so good! Zuster Libretto bore her testimony and was about to end it but the Spirit prompted her to say something and she talked about the need to be spiritually fed every day from reading the Book of Mormon and it was so cool! The Spirit was really strong and just confirmed the things that she said. As I went up to bear my testimony, I was talking about the small and simple things that help us to have great spiritual experiences every day and as I was talking, the Spirit taught me and guided my words and I learned another Spiritual truth. When Joseph Smith experienced the First Vision, he was reading from the scriptures and he prayed. From those small and simple things, he had one of the greatest spiritual experiences ever! We too can have great spiritual experiences from the small and simple things that we do each day.Love you all and life is crazy! Missions are the best! Have a wonderful week! Lobi!--~Elder Burr