Monday, June 15, 2015

Beginning to feel like summer...

Another week and it is starting to feel like summer.... Which means it fiesta time here, everyone here has a fiesta party every day and it is all day long!!!

Wednesday we knocked on doors since no one was home or on the streets. Knocking doors is kind of fun, you never know who is going to be on the other side. We met 2 maids, a Joavah Witness, and a man who has been to SLC Church headquarters but doesn't want to hear more. That was rejection. I never thought rejection could have been harsher and truly hurt, but it didn't. Maybe if I did that every day it would hurt. What really hurt’s to me is when we have to drop investigators because they aren't going to church or reading the book of Mormon. Knowing the message we have and the things that we are teaching will change their life for the better. Plus after teaching and getting to know them for so long, then having to tell them we can't pass by any more. This really breaks my heart. I have come to love them so much!!

This past week I shared a message with a family preparing to go to the temple and I felt it was powerful moment!! A lot of the time I have no idea what I am saying words just leave my mouth. This time was no exception but it was the spirit speaking. We talked about how each of us has our goals to get eternal life How going to the temple will help them. It just put life into perspective. We only have a short amount of time on this life then we will return to live with God but we have to make goals to obtain that if that’s what we want. The Temple is always a good goal. 
Members are awesome!! This past week we got to help a member wash her clothes!! Saturdays in America = yard work. Saturdays in Cabo Verde = wash clothes. Both are hard work!!! I have no arm muscles. Lots of fun!! 

The language... 
Imagine going and learning English in Mexico. That is how I feel. Everyone speaks creole and you have no idea what they are saying. So then you just say I know the church will bless your lives. Then they say something else and you then invite them to church. Everyone says one day you will just wake up and understand creole. I am still waiting for that day. As for my Portuguese it is coming along. I really have to speak in simple terms because no one understands it. Which is good and bad I can teach great but I will not leave my mission knowing a lot of Portuguese. This just makes me study harder.

Funny story my comp and I invited this crazy guy to church. We met him on the street and talked to him for 30 minutes. We have no idea what he said. Sunday comes and he shows up!! What?!?!  Okay... 1st he doesn't live in our area so it isn't our investigator; 2nd he isn't full there in the head. He then followed us around and after church he followed us to our meeting. Then an Elder stepped in and helped him leave. It made for a very entertaining Sunday.

Well until next week.

Lots of Love!!
Sister Burke

1 comment:

  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Cape Verde? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Cape Verde in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely