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, February 23, 2014

Sacramento - Week 54

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).

“Singing in the Rain”
February 3, 2014


Please pray for rain and snow in the mountains here in California. We need it! We are in a mega drought and have been fasting and praying for rain, but a few more prayers can't hurt!

We had an awesome week and did see a few rain showers. Of course, the day that Sister Zenger and I decided to bike, it rained! I hadn't ridden my bike in the rain before and it was such an adventure! Sister Zenger and I decided to sing any and all hymns that even remotely had to do with rain. All we could think of was "As the Dew Distills from Heaven" and we didn't even know that one. And so we switched to songs about Sunshine!
It was way too much fun.

Best news of the week....the Frankenstein’s had their baptismal interviews! We had the best lesson with their family where Brother Frankenstein practiced baptizing both the girls. It was amazing to see the whole family get excited and light up. Their 6 year old, was so excited he wanted to practice too! Then, when we had the closing prayer, Brother Frankenstein asked me to say it, but the six year old asked if he could. He said, "Heavenly Father, we're thankful that we could have the missionaries and J over. Please bless that we will be ok, that J will be ok, and that the missionaries will be ok.....and bless that we will all be ok. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." It was amazing. It was the first time he had prayed. I am so grateful to be a missionary and for this wonderful family who has changed my life. We're having a baptism in 2 weeks and the temple is next! How the gospel of Jesus Christ truly does bless families!

I heard from Mary Poppins a couple of weeks ago (my first convert). She is doing great! Her Husband is the Assistant Scoutmaster and she is a visiting teacher. She sounded so happy! I saw her missionaries at the temple and they said, "Mary Poppins says hi, and they are doing great!" There is nothing better than seeing someone stay strong. She is coming up on her year mark in May so hopefully they will be going to the temple shortly thereafter!

I heard the most touching story in Relief Society yesterday and I wanted to share it with all y'all. A woman in our ward had a son who had a really bad heart problem. By the time he was in his twenties he had had 2 heart transplants. He was married with 2 children. It came time for him to need another transplant, but he decided not to take it. He told his wife that he felt that he would be taking someone else's heart. He had already had 2 and had been lucky enough to meet her and have children, and now he felt like it was someone else's turn. So they just spent time together as a family until he passed away.

I was thinking about that story a lot and about sacrifice and the Savior's sacrifice for us. Christ always says, "Give ye to me". He wants everything. He wants our sins, our struggles, our sorrows, our joys, our families, our lives, and our hearts.

"Give ye to me". He wants to remove the hard things and share in the good things. He wants to be our friend. He sacrificed everything so that He could be! He can be our very best friend if we will turn to Him and let Him be. He asks that we change. He asks that we try to better tomorrow than we were today. He asks that we let yesterday change us for the better and then forget about it and move on. He wants us to be refined! How glorious is that?!!!! We can become something better, all because He sacrificed for us!

So take advantage of the sacrifice. Don't give up! Press forward in faith and remember the price has already been paid.


Sister Burchett

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