Hi family!!! July 9, 2013
I'm glad to hear that this past week was good, and that the Fourth was fun!
My Fourth was good, our ward had a pancake breakfast, and we went to that. Which was fun, it was outside, but it reminded me a little of the breakfast that we go to every year ;) which I missed, but I am so glad that you had a good time! We then headed up to Irvine, and had our mission conference! Fun to see that picture (I hadn't seen it yet!) But that was pretty awesome! So, we got to know the missionaries from the Anaheim part of the mission, and they got to know us. It is pretty funny though, cause Carlsbad mission is super strict, super uptight, and they are just chill. And just have the white handbook for rules (we had an extra little book). So we are all looking at each other, and we are thinking that they are so hmmm what would be a good word, lazy? And they think we are all uptight. But, we are blending, and we are just going to make our own rules, and it is pretty awesome! :) So it will be different, but a good different. Like this morning, we walked. And we didn’t feel guilty about it because we don't have to run everyday anymore. But, we will still probably run every few days, because it is good exercise.
So, then we got to meet our mission president. President Orgill. He is such a loving man, and has such an eternal perspective! He wants us not only to have good missions, but to have good lives! Which is pretty cool, I think that I am going to learn a lot from him!
We then had a dinner/bbq with members in our ward, which was fun. It wasn't quite the same, but it was fun to sit in someone's backyard and eat food that I'm used to eating every Fourth! :) We then went and saw Jennifer, a less active! :) Which was also fun. We got invited to go and watch the fireworks show. But it started at nine, and we have to be in at nine, so we were obedient, and didn’t watch the fireworks. So, it didn't really super much feel like the Fourth of July for me, which made me a little bit homesick, but, I prayed, and I'm good :)
So, this week has been...hmmm what would be a good word for it, ummm maybe crazy! Ha. But, really just a little more than the usual for a missionary. Sister Drinkwater, as a sister Trainer leader, has some sisters that were about to kill each other (ok, so maybe not quite) but long story short is that we went to Mission Viejo on Saturday to talk to the sisters. Then there was a meeting with the sisters, their district leader, their zone leaders and Sister Drinkwater. It was long, and I just studied outside the room. Then, as we are leaving (it was nearly 9:30) Sister Drinkwater says, "we are going to do an exchange right now." So, I stayed in Mission Viejo with sister Moss, and the other companion went to San Clemente, just so they could be separate. I got picked up the next morning, then had meetings and church, and it was just a crazy adventure. Sister Drinkwater offered me up as her "Isaac" she said later, when President Orgill was asking who could be emergency transferred into their area. But, thankfully, the Lord needed me here in San Clemente still, and I am very glad!
So, that was part of our week, and then yesterday was just rough. Simple as that. The adversary is working hard against us, because we have 3 possible new investigators this week, and well, Satan is very real, and he knows when good things are coming, so, all I can say is, Miracles are coming! :) And that makes me excited! :) Good things are happening here, and the work is moving forward! :)
So, today, as pday was much needed, and we are grateful! I wrote more about my week in my letter home, so you will get that hopefully soon! They do the mail the same here as in Carlsbad, which I am used to, so nothing new. But yes, I did get the mail that you sent to our mission office, which is in the stake center that the picture is in front of. :)
Ok, so our teaching, last week wasn't super high, simply because not many people like the missionaries the week of the Fourth of July, and we were out of our area in Irvine and in Mission Viejo for half of the week. But this week, we have a lot of appointments, and we hope to pick up a few new investigators that we are planning meeting with this week, and we are excited! We have an appointment with a part member family tonight, and the dad is interested in taking the lessons, so we are excited to see what happens there!
I am so grateful for the priesthood, last night we got priesthood blessings from our ward mission leader, because we were just feeling weighed down because of the adversary. But, I feel so much at peace. And I know that the Lord knows me personally, and that He has a perfect plan for me, and that all of the things that I am experiencing right now, are preparing me for things to come. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I know that God is in the details of our lives. :)
So, this week was a little rough, mostly just cause there were some loops and speed bumps in the road that we didn't expect, but life is often full of those. I am just so grateful that we have the gospel, and that we are able to know the things that the Lord would have us do, that we are able to use the atonement, so that our Savior can lift us, because I know that He can, and I know that He does! And that even when we have those hard times, the Lord loves us, and He wants us to become like he is, and I know that he has a plan for each and every one of us, and I am so grateful! :)
So, miracles are coming! The Lord is real! And I love Him! :) Have a good week! I can’t wait to hear from you again! :) I hope that you have a great week, and that you stay close to the Lord, because he is our greatest source of strength!! :) Have a good week! Say hello to everyone for me! And, tell Jared and Karen congrats and good luck! :) Have a great week! Keep Smiling! And reading my journal ;) I'm glad you got my package! :)
I love you!!!!!!!
Sister Taylor Burningham
We didn't finish our email time this morning, cause we had an appointment, and I just wanted to say that I am back to my happy self! I was kind of in a really weird mood this morning, but I got a nap, and I just feel so much better! I am so grateful for prayer and for this opportunity that I have to be on a mission! I love you guys so much! And I hope that you have a great week! I love you!!!
And, just wanted to say hi again before I emailed my mission president ;)
Sister Taylor Burningham