Hello everyone! This week has been interesting! We now have 4 missionaries living in our apartment. My companion and I, a missionary from the closed Tacloban mission, and Elder Lyon from my MTC district! It has been fun having him around and I’m excited to see how much we both grow!
Other than that, a lot of the same! I’m learning a lot from those that we teach and from the members that are in our ward. It is so hard to see investigators struggle with things like coming to church or the Word of Wisdom. We are trying our hardest to teach them what they need to know, but ultimately, it is up to them because they have their free agency.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m excited to eat rice, fish, and ham while you all are eating turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, the list goes on and on and on and on and on… right? Anyway, don’t have too much fun without me, but have a great Thanksgiving! It makes me miss home a lot, but I’m excited to continue with my mission! I got pretty emotional hearing about Austin (editors note: Austin Jensen is the 20 year old, autistic son of our friends Steve and Janna Jensen who unexpectedly passed away last week)… That’s tough, but if I’ve gained a testimony about anything while I’ve been here, it is about the eternal nature of families. I love it that God loves us so much that He provided us to be happy for all of eternity. It is so flippin’ great. It is still regularly sticky, hot, and not too breezy here. That’s okay though, the people here make up for it. They are so kind and loving, so mom, don’t worry too much about that. I ate fish heads today by the way!
I don’t have much time this week, but I want you all to know that I’m happy and safe here! I’m really learning to enjoy the moments that I’m given and to make the most out of every situation. I’ve seen people change and I know that we can all become better people in this life! I love all of you!
Elder Tyler Burbidge