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, April 19, 2014

Sacramento - Week 61

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).


“Give ‘em Heaven!”
March 24, 2014

Hello everyone! 
It has been an AMAZING week in Northland Ward! Probably the busiest week of my mission and it was absolutely fantastic! We added 7 new investigators, 4 of which are from a family! 
The Weasley’s are a huge miracle. Mrs. Weasley’s husband is in prison and she has 6 kids, 4 of which are baptismal age. We had already added Mrs. Weasley as an investigator last week, but we added her older kids this week. They are all so excited to come to church! They don't have a car and when we invited them to church they said, "Of course we will be coming! How long will it take us to walk there?"
For the record, it would take them YEARS to walk to the chapel. It's kind of out in the boondocks.
We tried to explain that to them and said we would get them a ride. "Oh no," Mrs. Weasley said, "We don't want to be a burden. Just tell us when we need to leave and we will be there. It doesn't matter how far."
 I was so touched by her willingness to come to church. Most people we have to drag and pull and bribe and convince to come to church for the first time, but here was a family with kids ages 14, 13, 11, 8, 6, and 4, willing to walk, no matter how far, to be able to attend church as a family. Now THAT is faith. THAT is willingness to follow the Lord. I can't wait to meet with this sweet family again this week and teach them more about the gospel. 
Another miracle that happened this week, happened on a little street called "Merced". We were on a neighboring street contacting a potential. We street contacted some men playing dominoes on their front porch. They were blaring, "Sweet Home Alabama", so of course I had to compliment them on their song choice. After chatting with us for a few minutes and making it very clear that they weren't interested (because they were Catholic....we baptize Catholics too!) one man said, "You should try Merced. They'll be nice to you there."
So off we went.
We decided we would contact everyone on Merced. The first group of people we came to was a Hispanic family having a HUGE fiesta in their front yard. I contacted a few of the teenagers who were playing football in the street.
Not interested.
Next we passed a man tearing apart a garage. We started contacting him and turns out he was from Rockwall! So we started talking about Texas, about his family, about religion, and how he met his wife, and we find out that his wife was from Utah, and he thinks she was baptized as a kid. They now have two little boys and are looking for a church. We asked if we could send the missionaries by in his area and he was so excited! We got all of his information and sent his referral to the Elders in Modesto. If we had never gone down Merced, we never would have found him. Miracles. 
The title of the email is a quote from one of the members of the Stake Presidency here. We had a welcome dinner at his house and after the closing prayer he yelled, "Give 'em Heaven! It's much better than giving them the other place." It's become our new slogan. 
Funny story for the week: For Pday we played soccer aka futbol with a bunch of the Spanish missionaries investigators. I know it is really surprising to those who know me, but soccer really isn't my sport. So I was out there doing my best to not be in the way, when Sister Roberts yelled, "Come on Sister Burchett! You're from Texas! Show 'em how they do it there."
To which I replied, "Um....we play the other kind of football there!"
The Spanish missionaries got my pun. Sister Roberts didn't. That's ok. God thinks I'm funny. 
Hope y'all have a wonderful week. Look for miracles, play some futbol, and if a Catholic man tells you to go for a walk down a certain street, I highly recommend it.
Sister Burchett

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