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)
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Sacramento - Week 31

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).

“The Eyes of the Beholder”
Monday August 26, 2013

Hello everyone!
I feel like my email is going to be scattered this week because I don't have much time and so much happened I don't know where to begin or end so here it goes and hang on for the ride!
We taught an amazing lesson to our new investigator Tinker Bell this week. We found her as we were trying to contact another potential investigator. She saw my ‘Jesus Loves Me’ License plate on my bike and said, "Oh! Jesus does love you!"
I said "He loves you too!"
We started talking and she just unloaded all of the things going on in her life and we were able to pray with her right in the parking lot of the complex. She was having trouble starting her car and needed to take her dog to the vet so we prayed that it would work the next day. And guess what? It did! We have a return appointment this week and we are so excited to see her. Miracles happen! What's important to us is important to God. 
There is this joke in the mission about people asking how long you've been out and no matter long you have been here you say, "I'm in the middle of my mission." But I realized the other day that I AM in the middle of my mission. How did that happen?! 
We took our recently re-activated member Sharpay to the temple the other day. She is getting ready to go to the temple for the first time. Why hasn't she been? Because she is black and has a weave and she can't get her hair wet in chlorine! So we called the temple to find out if she could wear a white cap to protect it. The temple President called us back and said they had to call the temple department to find out because they had no idea. 24 hours later we had the ok and now she is pumped to go! We are so excited for her. 
Funny story from this week: I was on exchange with sister Loli and we were teaching this 50 year old gangster named The Rock. Mid lesson he just looks at me and says "You have nice eyes."
"Thanks...." I said and then went back to explaining about Prayer. It was nice to be complimented but we were cracking up. I told him later that my eyes were nice because I had the spirit with me and he could have it too once he was baptized. That's the beautiful thing about the gospel. Everything ties into baptism. 
I love riding my bike because you have time to ponder whatever you want while you ride between appointments. I always end up humming a hymn or singing the words in my head. This week I keep having Be Still My Soul on replay. The Savior promised us peace, not peace like the world gives us, but HIS peace. They say that -  

Grace is God's acceptance of you.
Faith is your acceptance of God's acceptance of you.
Peace is your acceptance of you.

We need all three to be happy. They work together and when we know our Father in Heaven accepts us and we accept ourselves, we can have true joy in our lives and not be worried about what life is throwing at us. 
Sorry this one is so short! Just know that the Lord loves each one of us and miracles are happening all around us. We just have to be looking for them. 
Until next week! 
Sister Burchett

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