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 55

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 Wall”
February 10, 2014

Hello one and all! 
Happy Early Valentine's Day! It's the month of love. I know somewhere someone is rolling their eyes at that statement, but let me defend Valentine's Day for a brief moment in the context of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
The Savior said that the first and greatest commandment is to ‘love the Lord thy God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself’ (Matthew 22:37-39). We are commanded to love with perfect love! Are we always perfect at this? I know I'm not. So why not have a holiday that reminds us how important it is to love one another!
Sure. it's been commercialized and stereotyped and made (for some) a mushy-gushy ooey-gooey day of the year, but if we remember the true meaning of Valentine's Day, a time where we remember the perfect love of Christ and our goal to one day love as He does, it can be a beautiful time. So remind those you love how important they are to you, and remember the ultimate gift of love given from our Savior to us....His atonement! 
This week, it poured!
We were so grateful for the rain and it gave us a great opportunity to get creative. We looked like wet cats, and no one really wanted to talk to us, but we did have little miracles and a lot of good laughs! We met a woman named Ella Enchanted who told us that her granddaughter is dying of cancer and asked us to pray for her. We told her we would and explained about the prayer roll at the temple and she asked us to put her name there as well. We testified of Christ and prayed with her and we're going back to see her this week. 
We met another man named Gaston who enlightened us on how we all need to align our spirits and our energy in order to recognize truth. We taught him about the Holy Ghost and how it testifies to our spirits of truth. You really can turn anything into a gospel conversation. We invited him to our ward activity on Saturday night and we hope he comes.
We are having a huge game night and Sister Zenger and I have invited every person we meet. I keep telling everyone, "And if you bring but one non-member to your game night, how great shall be your joy!" We're excited to see who comes! 
We added a miracle new investigator this week. And by we, I actually mean our Mia Maid President, because it was all her! She has been coming out with us to lessons since November and has been seeing how amazing missionary work really is! We got a call from her this week saying that her friend wanted to learn more about the gospel, was coming to church on Sunday, and wanted to have a lesson with us on Saturday. Jaws dropped. We were so proud! And amazed! And grateful! And excited! I testify that sharing the gospel brings us such great joy! 
I was reading about Ammon this week and I have to say he is one of the greatest examples of joy in the scriptures! So many times he talks about how his heart was swollen with joy, so great was his joy, he was overpowered by his joy. At least twice we have recorded instances of Ammon passing out because he was so filled with joy! HOW GREAT JOY THAT MUST BE!!!!!!!!! The Book of Mormon teaches that "Men are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). One easy way to joy is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our brothers and sisters. Missionary work is the "easy button" to joy.
Testify of truth = joy!       "That was easy!" 
The title of my email this week is referencing a video that our Bishop shared with us in Ward Council called "The Wall". It's a boy talking about trials and walls in our lives and how Christ overcomes them all. It's amazing! He says, "God makes a mess into a message, a test into a testimony." How true that is! In all things, our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are the answer. The Savior is THE way, THE truth, THE life. He is the one and only, and He loves us perfectly. I know this is true! 
Have a wonderful week and remember to love and have joy! 

Sister Burchett

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