Monday, May 8, 2017

I lack the words to describe how grateful I am for the opportunity I had to serve a mission, and for all the friends I've made, people I've met, places I've been, areas I've seen, miracles I've witnessed, and all the growth that has taken place. I truly have been blessed, and I look forward to the future growth at home. I am so thankful for all of you and hope to keep in contact. 

   This past week I was on my final exchange, we blitzed the area (both sets of elders work in one area) We had service throughout the day until dinner (The family who invited us to dinner only invited 4 Elders, and we had 6 all together ) So we decided that Elder Childs and I would continue our exchange, and skip out on dinner. When we arrived at dinner Elder Childs and I went knocking doors in our service clothes offering service to any who might need it. We knocked a large stretch of houses with no luck, when we approached the final house of the stretch the other Elders drove up to pick us up. I almost skipped the last house thinking it would just be the same as every house, after all We have knocked many neighborhoods, houses, even small businesses in our area and had'nt had any luck teaching lessons. NO ONE WOULD LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE THE ENTIRE TIME WE WERE IN THE AREA. We had a lot of luck with service but no one would listen to the message we have to share, so why now? I was just going to be stubborn, but Something inside my mind said "WHAT IF ITS DIFFERENT" WHAT IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN THERE THAT WILL LISTEN". Throughout my mission when I knocked doors I hated skipping houses because of that reason, it just didn't feel right to skip houses. I believe the spirit used my OCD of knocking every door to urge me to knock the last house, and reminded me that EVERYONE needs the opportunity to hear the message of the the restoration of Jesus Christ's original Church. When we knocked on the door A man named Steve answered the door, I introduced myself and asked what his name was, he told me and immediately I forgot his name. Though my memory failed me we continued to talk, he recognized that we were missionaries and said "OH Elders! Im a member of your church! He told us about his mission and about his services in the armed forces. He also told us about how the missionaries always seem to find him while looking for service! As e continued talking I asked for his name again, so he told me, and a few minutes later I felt that I forgot his name or I was going to say the wrong name, at this time I looked across the street and saw the other 4 Elders and thought, "one of them is bound to ask for his name" so I motioned them to come over. All 4 of them popped out of the car and came up to the doorstep. (Not a single person asked for his name) Steve noticed that we had packed our car like a clown car. We did due to the circumstances we were faced with. We all joked that we were skinny enough to squeeze. Somewhere during the time of our conversation Steve's daughter poked her head out and said "HEY BOYS!" and went back in and Steve's wife Ashley came out and joined! She is super sweet! A few moments after the other missionaries came Steve invited us in where we met his kids, Acaisha and Ambrose. Acaisha loves anything musical, and loves dancing! Ambrose is a genius :) He loves anything and everything that has to do with Science. 

  After meeting the family we all sat down and continued to speak, we spoke about church and invited them to come and meet the ward!  So this passed Sunday they came to church and enjoyed it! Ashley and Ambrose are working towards baptism on may 27th and eventually everyone of them getting sealed together as a family in the temple. I ask that you pray for each one of them that they may be strengthened and protected. They have been such a blessing to me and my testimony of God's love for all. I know that everything that day happened for a reason and that it was all part of God's plan for us. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve in Indiana and especially the areas I have had the pleasure to serve in. I couldn't of asked for a better area to finish my mission in, and a better family to meet before I go. Behind the last door is a beautiful family with infinite potential. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, I know He lives, I am thankful for Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice that he made for us all. Allowing us to enter back into the Presence of our Heavenly father. I testify that Jesus Christ and God love us no matter what and they are waiting for us to turn to them and to follow. Remember that the First great truth is that God loves us. I Love you all.
Elder Burnett Signing off.

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