Good morning from Lucena City folks! It’s a breezy, sunny, hot, sticky, late-October Monday here and things are going well! It is interesting to know that life is going on like normal back at home and that things are so different here! I had a strange thought this morning- I’m on my mission and I only get one chance to have this type of experience. I’ve already been out on my mission technically for two months and it feels like I’m still trying to understand that I’m here! It makes me think that I only have 20 or so months left and it freaks me out because I feel like I’m running out of time! I know that doesn’t make sense, but oh well.
Like I said, things are going well here! We are struggling a lot with getting our investigators to come to church, as they need to attend four weeks in a row before they can be baptized. I get pretty down about it sometimes, but then I remember that there are reasons behind everything and that EVERYTHING is planned out that way for a reason.
Other than that, the language is coming along better than I thought it would. I’m definitely not even close to satisfied with my language skills, but I’m becoming more confident in just going with what comes to my head. Instead of worrying about what people may think of me when I speak, I just do it whether it is right or wrong. I know that they’ll understand one way or another, and If I don’t speak, how can I share what I know???
I’m starting to get more comfortable here. I love taking cold showers out of a bucket. Doing laundry is a challenge, but it keeps me busy. P-days are pretty stressful, but I understand why we only get one day to do these things! The work is so important and the people here and all over the world need to hear it. It seems really overwhelming and I feel insignificant at times, but all we can do is keep going and press forward.
Thanks for all of your love and support!
Elder Tyler Burbidge