Even though you never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance.‏

DSCN0997[1]This is Sister Lake and I trying to look cool with our watch tan lines…. BIKING!!!

IMG_2011[1]Crazy Decor! Crazy Girl!

Hola familia!!
While biking around, Sister Jones and I passed a man named Richard that we had OYM’d just a day or two before who claimed to be Buddhist and uninterested, but with whom we ended up having a pretty good conversation. I smiled and waved really energetically upon seeing him again and his response was to call out, “Go Mormons!” after us as we biked past. It’s moments like that that make the days a little brighter.
While meeting with an amazing recent convert, Frank, who has been struggling to get to church over the past month or so, (testimony strong, but working most Sundays), we mentioned that it would be General Conference this weekend and that the prophet would speak to us. He said, “What prophet? You mean the one and only living prophet is actually going to BE there?!”. After explaining that it was a broadcast, he excitedly agreed to do everything he could to be there to listen – and he was! It was super refreshing to see someone so excited and grateful that we can receive spiritual guidance from a living prophet, just as it was in past days. He closed up his shop and came to the church to watch it – what we’ve been trying to get him to do since before I got here!
We also had another General Conference miracle – Belinda came! The mother of the family of five that Sister Trebotich and I found last week came to the Sunday morning session and seemed to really enjoy it! We are excited to follow up on it tonight and to set her with a date for baptism. And we had our first not-at-all-awkward lesson with her on Friday, so that was a plus too (it had previously been a struggle with her for some reason)!
Our miracle find this week was Joshua, a YSA who is looking for a new start. It was pretty amazing because, while looking for a less-active that our bishop had asked us to hunt down, we noticed that another LA, Walter, and his non-member girlfriend lived just one complex over, so we decided to stop by. After knocking on the door, a guy called up the stairwell at us, telling us that Walter was out and on his way back. Then he asked if we were the missionaries (always an awesome sign). He seemed excited when we replied, “Yes”, and told us that he was just going to finish smoking and then come talk to us. Turns out that he has been looking to grow closer to God and is trying to give up marijuana – two things with which, we excitedly told him, we could help. Then Walter and Sharmaine came home and we ended up having a miracle lesson with the three of them in the which Walter, though he hasn’t been to church in many, many months, bore powerful testimony of our purpose and of the happiness that comes from applying the gospel. Thrilled to continue working with him and are hoping that he will not be high for future lessons.
When following up with a little family we found a couple of weeks ago, we shared the ‘Because He Lives’ video and started talking about the Book of Mormon and how, in conjunction with the Bible, it helps others build their faith in Christ. Mona’s, the mother, response was, “Hmm…I would like to read that book!”. More musical words were not heard all week. We delightedly left her with a copy and are following up soon!
The Easter season is such a perfect time of year to reevaluate and to draw closer to our Savior. One sister (Rosemary M. Wixom?) spoke of another finding joy in the simple words of primary songs because they contain such basic, powerful truths. I had such an experience when playing piano at the Creole elders’ baptism on Saturday. The closing song was When I am Baptized, which reads,
I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again
Thank goodness for the Atonement of our Savior, through the which we can be forgiven and improve each and every day. I am so weak and there are so many areas in which I need to improve, but through Him, all of those improvements are possible. Because He lives, all of us have the opportunity to reach our potential. That is why the gospel is so vital in our lives. It is not that we are Jesus freaks, restricted by our many rules, but that we know that through trust in God and His plan, we can become everything He meant us to – and be happy. Forever.
I especially connected with Wilford W. Andersen’s talk on Saturday, in the which he spoke of a medicine man and a doctor’s interaction. The doctor asked the ill medicine man if he could teach him to dance, to which his response was, “I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music.” Such is the gospel. Sure, we can teach people to dance all day as missionaries. Some of us were taught the steps growing up in a Christ-centered home or are trying to learn or make them up ourselves. But it is not until we truly hear the music that it all makes sense. The reason for the dancing and the desire to get better and better at it all come when you seek to hear the music yourself. I pray that my future family, home, and life will be filled with the beautiful dancing and music of the Gospel! If you didn’t hear this talk, this all probably sounds really weird, so you should just go read it. That’s my commitment for the day. Seek out the music.
Sister Burdett

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