Baptism of Jonas

 

Hello friends and family back home!  This last week we have seen some successes – the best was the baptism of my 10 year-old friend, Jonas!  He is really smart and had a desire to be baptized so we taught him the lessons and he came to church regularly and he has now been baptized.  It was really cool.  We are also working with a set of twins who are also 10 years old and they want to be baptized so please keep them in your prayers.

baptism of Jonas - my little buddy!

baptism of Jonas – my little buddy!

I am getting excited ako sa next week for the Mother’s Day Skype call!  On that day we are going to be traveling to another City for a Zone activity, so there should be better high-speed internet connections and the call should go smoothly.  For the Zone activity we are going to go to a beach and shoot Airsoft guns at each other so that should be fun!

My companion, who is a new missionary, is doing well so far.  He gets really tired and he has a hard time physically speaking so we are working around that.  His condition is that when he talks, he can’t tell how fast or slow, soft or loud, deep or high he is talking.  So it is sort of a pitch and tone deafness that he has.  We’re working to overcome it though and I was thinking that I should have studied linguistics before the mission huh!!???

Well, that’s about it for this week – we are working hard and staying safe!

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

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Missionary Life Continues

Participating in a service project - cleaning out a gutter!

Participating in a service project – cleaning out a gutter!

Hello everyone!  This last week was pretty good!  We had an investigator pass his baptismal interview this week and I’m baptizing him on Saturday!  He’s 11 years old and his name is Jonas.  His mother is a member but less active in the church and so he looks to us like his big brothers!  It’s way cool.  He takes care of himself pretty much and he thinks its hilarious when I speak English.

We’ve been getting member referrals like CRAZY!  We got six new investigators this week from member referrals so I have really come to realize the power of the members- they are amazing!!

My companion is still pretty new to the whole missionary thing.  We are starting the second transfer cycle of his training and it’s going well.  We continue to work on our cultural differences, which is a big part of being a missionary in a foreign country.  We get along great and I am very thankful for him!  My apartment is pretty small, but we have air conditioning in our bedroom, which is a luxury!

The Atimonan Pier.

The Atimonan Pier.

I’m not going to lie, the language is still troubling me!  I am able to communicate fine, but it’s just learning the vocabulary that slaying me right now.  If anyone has any pointers of super handy suggestions in this area, my ears are always open!
Well I’ll sign off for now, but i want you all to know how much I love you!  Keep doing the work of the Lord, too!  Continue to be happy.  The gospel is for everyone, even though it feels like folks might reject it you gotta keep truckin’ along!  I miss home, but the Philippines is starting to feel like home (except that it is dang flippin’ hot all the time)!

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

Typical section of highway through Atimonan.

Typical section of highway through Atimonan.

 

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Serving in the Lord’s Vineyard

 

Hello everyone, I am still living the dream in Atimonan!  I am doing pretty good here and learning to let things go and depend more on the Savior, which sounds easy but can be difficult at times.

I am always humbled by the members here in this area.  The reality is that it takes sacrifice for anyone to be an active member of the church, wherever they are in the world. In Atimonan, most of the members are pretty well off compared to what I’ve seen in other areas and so even though they do make sacrifices, they have such a firm testimony of the gospel that it seems like nothing to them.  The Glorioso family is so great!  They feed us all the time, their son is a return missionary who works with us all the time, they have a daughter who is preparing to serve a mission, and there are two or three other little kids that just make us happy.

Other members in this area just show us how we need to live in order to become Christlike. No matter what their trials or hardships are, they are at church smiling on Sundays.  Some drive tricycles for a living, which yields minimum income, but they sacrifice on Sunday not just to come to church, but to keep the Sabbath Day holy and take a true day of rest.  I’ve been learning a lot about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for all of us and the role of the sacrament.  I gave a workshop at district meeting about the sacrament – check out D&C 76:50-69 where it teaches us that in order to become perfect, we need to take the sacrament in order to have the spirit with us.

So, other than that I am just trying to remove from myself and get lost in the work!  We had a baptism this last week so that was exciting to see my companion perform that ordinance!  We taught a lot of lessons, but only a fraction of our investigators came to church this week so that was kind of a bummer.  We have some very neat people who are taking the lessons and preparing for baptism, so please keep them in your prayers.

Elder Tyler Burbidge with his companion, Elder Tumanguil, prior to a baptism.

Elder Tyler Burbidge with his companion, Elder Tumanguil, prior to a baptism.

Easter was a little bit more subdued than Christmas around here – that is for sure – but we were able to enjoy our Sunday.  I miss you all back home but am happy to be on my mission and serving in the Philippines.

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

Ready for a baptism!  Elder Burbidge is "off and running!"

Ready for a baptism! Elder Burbidge is “off and running!”

 

 

 

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Missionary Life in Atimonan

 

My companion and me near the sea.

My companion and me near the sea.

Hey everyone, this is Elder (Tyler) Burbidge checking in from the beautiful town of Atimonan still.  This week was tough because we were only in the area for two days because of various meetings we attended throughout the mission.   This area is beautiful, but it is pretty much out in the sticks so it takes a while to get anywhere!  I’m learning a lot – especially how much I need to change to qualify for salvation!  So I am striving for that and know that despite any struggles I might be having, it’s going to make me better in the end.

Beautiful Atimonan sunset!

Beautiful Atimonan sunset!

I have gained a stronger understanding that we need to apply what we learn.  I was terrible at doing that before my mission, but I am developing that trait and hopefully will get better at it as life goes on.  Things that make me happy include seeing an investigator smile, making my companion happy, getting emails from home and Hunter, and feeling the love of God.  Oh, and doing the right thing makes me happy too – so I am always striving to be obedient and make good choices.

My mission president is great – he loves the missionaries so much.  He’s such a great example of understanding how we need to be in order to obtain the blessings of heaven.  He was explaining that people just expect blessings without applying the gospel, but that is exactly what a person needs to do!  Blessings come when we act and apply the gospel in our lives – so that is one of the most valuable lessons I have learned from him.

Some of my best experiences here in Atimonan have been seeing our investigators change!  We also were able to teach a lesson on the beach to someone last week so that was pretty cool!  I also have enjoyed meeting those that are so devoted to the gospel here in this area – the members and recent converts are amazing.

I appreciate you all back home and would ask you to pray for a set of ten year-old twins that we are teaching right now so that they might receive an answer to their prayers.  We have a couple of other investigators that are trying to come closer to their Heavenly Father so pray for them as well!

I love you and appreciate all of the support from home.  I miss my family and friends but love the work I am doing.  Take care and I’ll write again soon!

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

 

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Loving Life in Atimonan

Hello all!

Magandang Hapon sa inyong lahat!  Masaya ‘ko dito sa Atimonan!  I’ll tell you, there is nothing like a nice beach-side fishing town! I wake up every morning to the smell of toasted coconut! It really is like living in paradise!  But that’s not the cool part!  The cool part is seeing the lives of people change! We will be baptizing a brother this upcoming week.  He’s been through a lot and I feel privileged to have taught him!

My “greenie” or “anak”, as we say here in the mission, is great!  He’s obedient, happy, hardworking, loving, and Filipino!  That last part comes in handy sometimes!  I’ve been doing a lot of walking!  In my first area, Lucena, we would take tricycles and jeepnies everywhere, but here we just WALK, WALK, WALK.  It’s nice because it gives us time to admire the beauty of the area.  The language is still a pill, but I can see progress!

Me and my "greenie" companion near the beach.

Me and my “greenie” companion near the beach.

 

It’s so awesome to be here right now doing this work.  Sometimes I get irritated because all we do is “teach lessons”.  But then I have to remember…that’s not what we’re doing – we’re changing lives.  It’s so amazing to see the change that comes to the lives of those who accept the message we have to share.

Other than that, I ate shark again this week, a foot-long spicy chili dog from a street stand and (drum roll please) HORSE ADOBO!!!!!!!  It was suuuuuper good.  Probably won’t eat it again though, it was a little weird.  The shark is super good though.  Oh, and pandecoco is bread filled with coconut goodness.  It’s great!

The spicy foot-long chile dog!!

The spicy foot-long chile dog!!

 

I’m happy here and I love you all!  Be happy and work hard!

Love,
Elder Tyler Burbidge
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Checking in from Atimonan

Hey Guys!

I’m just checking in from Atimonan.  I am becoming more familiar with my surroundings now that I have been here for a couple of weeks.  I’m happy here, especially when we are busy doing missionary work!  I have realized that I am in a more remote area since mail from the pouch system only gets here about twice in a six week period.  Also, the district that I am in is spread out along this coastline and the towns with missionaries are about 3-4 hours apart, so we don’t always have District Meetings because of the distances.

Speaking of missionary work, last week was really productive!  We taught something like 23 lessons and found 12 or 13 new investigators, which is awesome.  I miss Hunter a lot and am glad to get his emails.  He is a good example to me of working hard, being happy, and being in tune with the spirit.  I think I took it for granted when we were able to be together all the time growing up and in college.

The members here are great.  They really support the missionaries – especially when we are being obedient and working hard.  Apparently I am the first American missionary in the ward in many years, so I hope I can represent well!  My “greenie” companion is going to be great – he has a sincere desire to work and be here so I am excited about that.

I always appreciate emails and letters to see how everyone is doing back home.  I miss you and think of you all often, but I am glad to be where I am serving the Lord.

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

 

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Goodbye Lucena, Hello Atimonan!

Hello everyone! Well the rumors are true that I have been transferred to a new city called Atimonan in the Quezon Province! It’s pretty far out in the sticks, but it is a small, quaint beach-side town and I love it.  It’s way cool.

Elder Burbidge near the sea in Atimonan.

Elder Burbidge near the sea in Atimonan.

Map of Quezon Province showing location of Atimonan.

Map of Quezon Province showing location of Atimonan.

I’m reopening the city, which means that the two previous elders who were here have been transferred out, and my companion and I have been “shotgunned” in without any overlap. I am also training my new companion who is just fresh out of the Manila MTC, so I am looking forward to that as well.  We are going to spend our first few weeks learning the area, establishing contacts with previous investigators, and getting to know the local members of the church here.  So far, the members we have met are super awesome – I can’t wait to meet more of them!

Our preparation day (or “P-Day” as we call it) was spent mostly with deep cleaning our apartment and getting settled in after the transfer. My companion’s name is Elder Tumanguil and he is from an area called Tuguegarao City that is north of Manila on the Cayagan River.   I really like Elder Tumanguil and am learning more about his culture and how he was raised here in the Philippines.  There is a little bit of a language barrier because he doesn’t understand my English very well and I don’t understand his Tagalog quite yet!  I am confident that we will make it work though!

Lately I have been striving to overcome some adversity on my mission, such as missing home and not being up to the task of missionary life. But don’t worry about me because I’ll get over it!  Whenever I have feelings of loneliness or discouragement I just think about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and my family and it gets better.

A recent baptism at Atimonan chapel attended by Elders Burbidge and

A recent baptism at Atimonan chapel attended by Elders Burbidge and Tumanguil.

Elder Burbidge out serving in "The Field"!

Elder Burbidge out serving in “The Field”!

Well that’s about it for this post!  Thanks to all of the support back home.  I really appreciate the letters and emails.  My email and mailing address remains the same even though I have moved to a new area (the mission office gets the mail and delivers it to us regularly).

Love,

Elder Tyler N. Burbidge

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A Little Bit Rainy in Lucena

Good afternoon to you all!!! how are you doing? I hope you’re happy!! I’m happy here in the PHI. We are doing great!! I will be training another new missionary probably for the next 12 weeks. I got the assignment today! I’m excited but pretty nervous because it will probably be in a new area too! that’s alright =) I’m loving Lucena right now!

We are teaching a family of 4 and about three or four other people who really are excited about what we have to teach them; that is HOW TO BE HAPPY. that’s what my life is right now! Helping others be happier. I love it. It is so fulfilling and I get to do it sa ibang wika! parang mahirap yung tagalog, pero iyaw ko sa ibang paraan!

If you ever have any questions about life, check out my church. We’ve got the answers your looking for. It might feel a little weird at first, but i can tell you that the ONLY way to TRUE and EVERLASTING happiness is through this church.

I’m getting pretty tan! I’m either good at the language or I’m getting darker because all of the people in my ward call me Foreignoy! (Pinoy is a term used for Filipinos hence foreigner+pinoy=foreignoy).

I wore my rain jacket the other day! It was raining and actually a little bit cold! it felt weird covering up the white shirt and tie! gave me a taste of a Russia mission…. not really. I hope you are all happy and striving to be better people every day! NGUNNGU!

Love,

Elder Tyler Norwin Burbidge

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Lucena, Philippines February 16, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I’m doing pretty well and am really happy these days.  We had zone P-day today so it was good to see my friends from other areas in the zone.  The missionaries that were transplanted to my mission from the Tacloban mission (when it was destroyed by Typhoon Hiyan about four months ago) have now been sent back to their mission so that leaves me in a “tri-panionship” with Elder Lyon, Elder Bituan (my trainee) and myself.  I haven’t heard much about what kind of work they will be doing there but I would guess they are still going to be assisting with the work of re-building that area due to all the damage there.

My little buddy named Owen!

My little buddy named Owen!

Hunter and I have been emailing pretty good.  I would like to email chat with him but it isn’t really possible because we are on the computer at different times and it is hard to coordinate our schedules.  He sounds really good though!  He has such a funny sense of humor that I miss.  I think that is why I get along with my new companion well because he does a lot of funny things like Hunter and I used to do.

Three "generations" - Me, my trainer (Elder Ano-Os) and my trainee (Elder Bituen).

Three “generations” – Me, my trainer (Elder Ano-Os) and my trainee (Elder Bituen).

I had a really cool experience this week teaching a couple who have one child already and another on the way.   We taught them about temple marriage first, and the promised blessings of being sealed together as a family for time and all eternity.  After we had taught all of the principles I still felt like I needed to say more.  I was prompted to get the picture of Hunter out of my book of Mormon and explain to the couple who he is, what he is like, and the relationship that we share being brothers. I then explained that we are sealed together as a family with my parents.  The only way that was able to happen was because they were baptized into this church and lived worthy of a temple recommend.  The spirit was very powerful and I know everyone felt it.

Well that’s about it for now!  I hope everyone is doing well back home and please know that I keep you in my prayers always!  Following are a couple more photos of me enjoying the missionary lifestyle!

Love,

Elder Tyler Burbidge

My Ward Mission leader climbing a palm tree.

My Ward Mission leader climbing a palm tree.

 

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Starfruit Picking & “Gun-fishing”

Hello everyone!

The weeks are flying by!! This week marks six months on the mission! I can’t believe how much I’ve changed! I understand now what I need to do in this life and what I need to do to be happy. I’m glad that I get to share that with other people every single day! I’m becoming better at knowing what God wants for me and for other people. It’s awesome to see the changes that people make in their live’s to become closer to Him.  We had five investigators at church this last week, and four of them are progressing really well.  Please remember them in your prayers that they can overcome their obstacles and accept baptism.

Earlier today we went fruit picking with a member. We drank boku juice (baby coconut water), caught falling star fruit from 75 ft in the air, and watched a man “gun-fish”. I’m having fun and enjoying the work a lot. Elder Bituen, my trainee, is a very prepared, obedient, fun missionary and he is doing fantastic! I can’t wait to see how much more I can progress with the amount of time that I have left.

I love you all and hope that you are all happy! Have a great week!

Elder Tyler Norwin Burbidge

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