Monday, June 24, 2013

After the big mission split–still in Springville with Elder Schmidt, but our district is now tiny!!!!


I'm still in Springville with Elder Schmidt, neither of us got transferred. So it'll be another six weeks (Elder Schmidt will definitely be transferred next transfer, so I'll probably stick around for awhile here). Yeah, it was required for us to go watch the broadcast, it was pretty good.

Not a whole lot going this week- we've had a hard time getting in to teach anybody. 3/4 of the people we've been teaching are pretty flaky, and our more consistent people have had things come up so we haven't been able to meet with any of them. Summer's in full-swing so people are going on vacation, people have tons of guests staying with them, etc.

We found this one road in our area that hasn't been tracted in quite awhile so we worked on that this week. It's a really long, rural country road and we actually had some success with that. We met this lady who'd bought quite a bit of food storage supplies from a church-operated store in Portland, and she had quite a few questions about what we believed and things. She was very receptive, and we taught her on her porch. She actually invited us back this week so we're pretty stoked about that. We also had to deal with a terrible bible-bash a few houses down... These two women were near yelling at us trying to argue every little point of doctrine, but it was being talked at rather than any sort of discussion. Then they brought up how we believe that Satan is the brother of Jesus and they freaked out on us saying things like, "How dare you claim that Satan is the brother of the Son of God!". Fun stuff, you gotta' take the good with bad I guess.

We're getting kicked out of the Albert's house for like a week on Wednesday. With our temporary roommate, Addison, getting married this weekend there is going to be a lot of people staying with them for all the festivities. We're not quite sure where we're going to crash for a week but it'll either be with the assistants or with our district leader.

Nathan's lung collapsed! That's crazy, I hope he's doing alright and that it won't affect his going out on his mission. I think that would be a bit of a disappointment to him if there were complications that stopped him from going out for awhile. I'll have to write him a letter to see how he's holding up.

It's crazy with the new mission boundaries, we're on the border of Portland and Vancouver. Our district was also divided up and our district is now tiny! It's our area, our district leaders, and the assistants. We were laughing about it on the way back from the big transfer meeting because our whole district can fit in a four-door sedan now. It's good though, because they're really awesome guys. My last area in Wilsonville got split up too! The Wilsonville ward is now a bike area, and the zone leaders have taken over the Stafford ward. Every ward will have it's own missionaries by the end of the year, and about 20 wards will have two sets of missionaries. I have no idea what they expect a lot of these doubled-up missionaries to do though, so hopefully the members step up on inviting people to take the lessons, etc.

Well, that's really all I can think to write about this week. Glad to hear you're all feeling better now. I'll talk to you all next week.

Love always,

Elder Samuel A. Burge

P.S. - Thanks for the brief update on my friends. Hopefully Tyson's hand is doing alright. He's probably fine, he breaks stuff and hurts himself all the time.

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