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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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sacramento - Week 42

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).

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November 12, 2013 

I just love Folsom. The end. 
It has been a great first week. Sister Ward and I are super busy. We have two investigators with baptismal dates. They're from a part-member family (the Frankenstein’s). They are the sweetest girls in the world. They're family is incredible, and I feel like a big reason I was sent here was to be able to serve them and learn from them. There are these moments on your mission where you realize someone is just for you, and this family is just for me. 
We added a new investigator this week name Maleficent and she is incredible. She is so open and the product of member missionary work. She met a member who worked at a doctor's office she has been attending for 8 years. For 8 years this member saw her at her appointments and they became great friends. After 8 years this member was getting ready to move and decided to invite Maleficent to learn more about the church. She accepted and teased him for not asking her sooner. She is facing lots of obstacles, but is facing them with an open mind and faith. Members are the BEST missionaries. Also, she just bought a ukulele so I was able to tune it for her and teach a few chords. No coincidences. 
Here in Folsom 4th ward they have a special Sunday school class called the MMTC (Member Missionary Training Center). They are using a book called, "The Power of Everyday Missionaries". It is amazing! I highly recommend it. It's a short, powerful book about how to share the gospel easy and naturally with our friends and family. We are challenging members to take this to heart and set goals to share the gospel. It's been awesome to see the results. When we try, the Lord leads, guides, and gives us success. Read it! Use it! Love it! 
I taught gospel principles this week for the first time. Welcome to the ward. Please teach this class. So I found myself in a class with people I didn't know, without my companion because she was helping teach the MMTC. I prayed deep within myself that I could facilitate an environment so the spirit could work, and I testify that God is a God of miracles. The class was on Repentance, and so the Lord led a discussion on the atonement and the purpose of repentance through me. The spirit brought to mind a quote I had read in "Adjusting to missionary life" (my favorite mission resource). It goes something like this, "Repentance isn't the backup plan. Repentance is God's plan of happiness for every person."
My goal was to help the class understand and view repentance not as a backup plan or a scary thing but as an amazing gift and the singular way we can be changed into what God needs us to be. The spirit was so strong. It was amazing to me. Brother and Sister Frankenstein were there and I watched both of their faces as they realized that they really could repent and start over and do things right. Sister Frankenstein was crying, and I was so grateful that the Lord sent me here. 
We had a lesson with the Frankenstein’s that afternoon after church. We talked about the Plan of Salvation. A few weeks ago they wouldn't let anyone from the church into their house. Now, they want to be sealed as a family. They're coming to church and their daughters are going to be baptized. Best part, their dad is working so that he can baptize them. Miracles happen. I think of all the home and visiting teachers over the years that tried and felt like they failed to help this family. All of the prayers from their families that seemed to be going unanswered. Never give up. God is real and he is always listening and working and planning. In His own time He helps us make the right choices. 
For more about my area: It's hilly and mostly suburbs. Lots of families. The ward is medium sized with not nearly as many less actives as my last area. We have a Blue Chevy Cruz that I love, but we bike too. We live with a member, she's very sweet! The Elders in 5th ward live in our area with a member as well so it's fun to see them all the time. Elder Hemingway is from San Antonio and Elder Seaman is his companion. It's great to serve with my favorite Tennessee kid again. We have another set of sisters in our zone that are on bikes. One of my Zone Leaders I served with in Carmichael and then there are two other Elders I served with in El Dorado here too. Reunited and it feels so good! I just love my missionaries. The work is going really well in this zone and we are hoping to break the high water mark for baptisms this month or next. 
Funny moment from my week: We were in district meeting and we were setting goals for the next couple of months. We have a goal to have a white Christmas where every companionship will baptize. When asked what we should do for January there was some debate on whether or not we should have a goal for everyone to baptize again. As usual, I think I'm funny so I said, "We may not have a white January but we can at least have a dingy cream."
No better way to introduce new missionaries to Sister Burchett than that.
Several of them told me on Pday "That's when I knew we could be friends." Moral of the story - just be yourself. Somebody is bound to love it. 
I'm so grateful to be here in Folsom at this time. I just love it and we are working hard and seeing miracles. 
Love y'all! 

Sister Burchett

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