I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been called to serve in the Sacramento California Mission! This is my blog where you can follow my adventures for the next 18 months (January, 2013-June, 2014)
Did you know that Sacramento was the original place of the California Gold Rush? I'm so excited! See ya'll in 18 months, I'm going for spiritual Gold!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sacramento - Week 8

Due to the new security measures requested by the Mission leaders, the names of all investigators and people that Sarah comes into contact with will be replaced with the name of a well-known character from a children’s movie. This will keep the identities of people safe as well as make it easier to keep everyone straight. The name given is in NO WAY intended to reflect the personality, looks, or circumstances of the individual(s).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hi y'all!
We just got back from the mountains for P-day and it was LOVELY! I'll talk more about that in next week's letter though because I need to cover last week's P-day in this one. 
I was a lucky duck this week to get emails from my two favorite Germans. Shout out to Elder Borcherding and Elder Stapleton! I'd just like to say that it is true friendship that after nearly two years, they are still reading my letters. Bless their hearts and all GetSomes everywhere! 
Team 1 searching out a clue
Ok, from the beginning last P-day we had the whole zone out to the house to have a scriptures scavenger/Easter egg hunt, throw tomahawks, play volleyball, and have an impromptu water balloon fight. It was a blast and it was wonderful to have some down time. P-days are awesome because we get to go a little crazy and bond as missionaries and then I am always so ready and able to get back to work! As part of our scavenger hunt, we had a scripture about a goat and then we duct taped the next Easter egg with the next clue inside to one of Sister Doolittle's goats horns. Right before the missionaries were about to find that clue, Sister Doolittle came running to tell us that the goats had gotten out and were close to the road. I ran off to help her and so did all the other missionaries. I have never seen a group of the Lord's servants herding goats before, and it was a sight to see! We chased them away from the road, through the pasture, over the creek, and rounded them up back into the paddock. Then the missionaries had to chase down their goat and get their egg. It was so funny! Also, I discovered I am a decent tomahawk thrower. I stuck 2 out of 3 my first time. Add it to my list of talents ;) 
Hiding place on the Water Wheel!
Clever hiding place
Sister Doolittle's goats come in handy in missionary work too. We were teaching a less active part member family and I got to teach about God's love for each one of us. Christ is often referred to as the Good Shepherd. His sheep know His voice and He knows them. When Sister Doolittle walks out to the field, she calls "Come on, boys!" and the goats come right away. She knows each of them and they know her. I told this family about how I love to watch Sister Doolittle each morning with the goats because it reminds me of the Savior. He is ALWAYS calling to us by name and saying, "Come follow me." The only hold up in becoming one fold is us. We're the ones who refuse to put our trust in His hands, hands that were pierced for us, that have our names written upon them in the scars that remain on His perfect body as a testimony of His love. 
On Tuesday, we had a miracle. I can't remember if I told this story last week or not, but here is a recap. Basically, one Brother told us last Sunday that he felt prompted to test his faith. "Come to my house Tuesday at 7pm and I will have someone there for you to teach." Tuesday he called us and let us know that he had invited his neighbor from across the street to come over and guess where the Brother's son would be going on his mission. He told us to come over and guess too and then he would ask us to give a lesson. So, we showed up at 7 not knowing exactly what we were getting into, but excited to actually teach a sit down lesson (in reality, we teach people not lessons so we were excited to sit down and teach a real life person who had nowhere to run because they were at a friends house haha) The neighbor showed up and he brought his two teenage sons with him! We started talking to him and then the Brother said, "Sisters, how about you give us a little taste of what my son will be doing for the next 2 years?" So, we taught them the Restoration and it was AWESOME!!!!! The Spirit was so strong and they were giving full attention to everything we were saying. You could tell the spirit was teaching them. There are a thousand things we could have done better, but the most important thing was that the Spirit was there. We'll see what happens with them, but it was a miracle no matter the outcome. 
On Wednesday we delivered our reminders for the Open House. Our reminders were 6 balloons with scriptures inside that they were supposed to pop each day. The minivan was full of missionaries and balloons. It was awesome. Then we went to Girls Camp Kickoff and they had us talk to the girls. The theme for their camp is Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go" So we talked about how one of the places you can go is on a mission and how we got to where we were. It was great to be there with all the Young Women. 
Last night, we got a call from our investigator Daphne about 9pm that she thought she needed to go to the ER because she was having some really bad back pain and couldn't really walk. She doesn't have ANYONE but us and doesn't really trust anyone but us either. So we called President and got permission for Sister Loli to go with Sister Doolittle and take her to the ER. On the way, they stopped at the church and miraculously the Stake President who is the one who referred her to us was still there and gave her a blessing. If they hadn't gotten to the church at EXACTLY that time, President would have still been in a meeting or would have left for home. She felt immediately better and had a wonderful experience. She is doing ok now and hopefully will continue to progress. We want to take her to the temple for a temple tour this weekend (where they walk around the outside of the temple and talk all about what happens inside). 
I'm gonna send some pictures now, but know that I have a testimony of this gospel, that this is Christ's restored church on the earth today. Miracles are everywhere. God knows and loves us. Stay strong and carry on! 
Sister Burchett
Studying out in the Sunshine
So bright we need shades!

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