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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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sacramento - Week 41

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).

“Back Up the Hill a Bit”
November 5, 2013

Well, another transfer is upon us. I got my call last night, and I am headed to.......
I'll be serving in the Folsom 4th ward with Sister Ward. I was roommates in the MTC with Sister Ward so it will be fun to be together again. It's a new zone and a new area and a lot of new missionaries so I'm excited for the adventure. I am not excited to pack or to say goodbye to all the people I love here in Carmichael. Maybe I can just sneak out in the dead of night and no one will know.....Nope, they'd know, and they'd hunt me down. 
So…this week in La Sierra. First off, our miracle! We have been working with a less active part member family for the past couple of weeks. They live next door to our ward missionaries. Convenient! Well, last week the mom knocked on our ward missionaries door to tell them her 9 year old daughter wants to be baptized. We taught them about the Restoration of the gospel last night and they were so excited! Our goal is to prepare Little Mermaid (the 9 year old) for baptism and get Ursula (the mom) active again. Hopefully we can start teaching her dad too. And by we I mean Sister Kagie and Sister Parkinson. I'll be shooting prayers their way! 
Our Halloween Costumes
The rebellious house who refused to decorate for Halloween
and decorated for Christmas instead.
Halloween was a good time. I dressed up as Sister Kagie, and Sister Kagie dressed up as me. We watched Ephraim's Rescue, which was so great, and then had an awesome training. I just love missionaries. Always have, and always will. They're just amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I am one ;) 
We got paid the best compliment this week. We had dinner with Brother and Sister Mater, the most amazing older couple. They have served 5 missions between them. They're just the coolest. They told us that after being out of town for a few weeks, they came home and didn't recognize half of the ward! "There were so many families there we didn't know anymore, and we've been here almost 50 years!"
That means we are doing our job. 
We were out trying to visit people on Wednesday and we were catching absolutely nobody at home. The Lord sent us a tender mercy in the form of 3 kids from our ward biking home from school. They saw us and yelled, "MISSIONARIES!!!!!!" like we were the most important people they had ever seen. I told them we were just heading down to their street and we would follow them. We must have been quite the sight - 5 bikers all in a line - and they were so proud to escort us. We got to their street and said goodbye and went to try and see a less active. And they were.....not home! So we said a prayer to know what we should do because something was not working. And God said....NOTHING. I'll attach the pictures of the experience below. So, we carried on with our plans hoping at some point God would lead us to where we needed to be. 
And then I got us lost. I turned down the wrong street. When I noticed we weren't in the right place, I stopped in front of a house to pull out our map. I read the name of the street we were on, and vaguely remembered reading that someone on the ward list lived on that street. I grabbed the list and found the name I had thought of, and guess where we were parked? Right outside their house. I took that to be a sign, and so we knocked. We discovered the nicest part member family and they talked with us for nearly an hour. We left with a return appointment and a request for home teachers. It was a miracle, and we prayed a mighty prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father for directing us even when we didn't know He was. 
Another tender mercy this week. One of our members called us and just left a voicemail thanking us for all that we had done for the ward. It was beautiful. Gratitude is one of God's greatest miracles. 
We had a 5th roommate this week! Sister Sharp came back from having a surgery and she needed some recovery time so she worked at the mission office and stayed with us. She is the sweetest thing and has taught me a lot about overcoming challenges just in her short time here. When President Skywalker found out we had 5 single beds all crammed into one room, he nearly died. But we explained that we loved it! 
A member nicknamed me "Sister Sunshine" this week. It was the nicest thing anyone had ever said to me. A smile is truly the most beautiful thing you can wear! 
The Great Wall of Carmichael
We did service for a non-member this week named Joan of Arc. Her husband has been terminally ill for nearly 5 years. He was coming home for hospice care and so we were helping clear out a room for him. She was so grateful, and we set up a return appointment to come back and leave the Savior's Peace and Blessing on her home. We got a text late last night that her husband had passed away. So, Sister Kagie and Sister Parkinson are going over tomorrow to see Joan of Arc and leave the blessing. I'm so grateful for the knowledge and power that the Plan of Salvation brings into our lives. We know that death is but a temporary separation and in reality, a gift from God. Only through death can we be resurrected in a perfected state. And so we can face death with hope and peace. We have a woman in our ward who is such an example of this to me. She was given 6 months to live about 7 months ago. She is just a spitfire! She's gone downhill this week but she sent word to the ward that "Alive or dead, everyday I'm still happy, one way or another." She knows the power of the plan. 
I also grew in my testimony of the power of music this week. There's a brother in the ward who is a composer and all around music guru. I was absolutely flattered when he asked us to stay after church for a few minutes so he could talk to us about music and I could sing a few hymns. He told us the story behind the hymns before we sang them and they meant so much more. Nothing brings the spirit and testifies like music, especially the hymns! 
This week, my deaf roommate told me "You're so loud that even I can hear you, and I'm DEAF!!!!" It was sadly true. I woke her up. She was deaf and sleeping, and I woke her up. How is that even possible?!
Well y'all, I think that's about it for this week. As usual, I feel like I'm leaving here just as all the work we have put in is paying off, but I know that I'm going where the Lord needs me and wants me and there are people waiting for me there. The Lord has a very real work for all of us to do. Our job is simply to listen to what He tells us, and do it. Do great things this week! 
Sister Burchett

Our lovely zone!

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