Monday, April 18, 2016

Our house flooded, so that was fun

This week was pretty good. Kinda busy. We are starting to get to know the leaders a little bit better. We had a meeting with the bishop to get to know him a little bit and to talk about his vision for the ward. 

Since we're in a trio it's pretty easy to do divisions.  We've been trying to work with the youth and go on splits a lot with them. on sunday 

Our house flooded, so that was fun.  It rained a lot and we live on the second floor. The back patio had a little drain that was clogged and everything here is tile, so there's no escape for the water. The patio turned into a pool and it came through the house.  It made a pretty awesome slip in slide all throughout the house!

 This week we found a couple of new people that have potential. One sister, named Janet, was a contact that we had who lived next to a less active member.  When we were looking for his house, we knocked on the wrong door, and met her instead.  She accepted us to listen. It was pretty cool.  She pays a lot of attention to what we teach and really wants to learn.  We shared about the restoracion and invited her to read the Book of Mormon.  When we asked her why she accepted to read it she said, "So I can learn about the gospel and tell all those bozos that have it all wrong!" Ha, it was funny in Spanish... We are praying that she will remember to read and pray before the next visit.

We printed out a huge map of our area and we're putting colored pins on the wall to mark all the people we are teaching.  Now Elder Selman and I can get to know the area faster.  

I feel like we do a lot of errands and fill out a ton of forms and stuff.  Sadly, that means we don't proselyte quite as much.  So when we actually get to work, we really focus and work hard.  

We do a lot of stuff to help the other missionaries here, but the majority of that stuff is just problems that they have and that's not really stuff you want to hear about...

Here in Colombia the youth get into a ton of trouble because they grow up without some basic morals that we have given to us on a plate.  They get a bad example from their parents and don't understand how a family should work or the importance of education.  I have met several girls that have had babies at 15 years old.  Lots of kids that do drugs from a really young age.  Many start living with the opposite sex when they get tired of their parents and then end up ditching their spouse after they get bored.  There are some really sad situations and some really simple solutions. 

Being from Idaho we have a lot of these answers given to us on a platter.  Having things like the teachings of For the Strength for Youth can pretty much prevent any bad decision we can make.  The Strength of Youth is scripture. It is modern day commandments, spelled out in black and white.  Sometimes we just don't get that.  We are so lucky to have it. 

You've gotta help me with some questions here.  I'm sorry, the letters are getting kinda hard to write.  I feel like the whole personal time thing sort of disappeared this transfer.  I hope you're doing good. 

Love you!

Elder Burk

Futbol this week
Me cutting Elder Selman's hair on the roof of our house. 

hey mason! now the man cave has just become the cave. because mom told me that it can be the "girl cave" so me mallory did the girl cave.  But then dad told us that it had to be just "the cave."  
Me and kyra made a play for activity days. We did the three little missionaries and the big bad person!  
Mom told me that you were a zone leader, what do you for that?????????????? I got to see a movie called the jungle book, it was awesome!!!!!  So, how are you??????? 

biny anne

Hey Brinley!  
That's awesome that you are using the cave!  It doesn't sound like Braden or Spencer are gonna use it.  What else do you do for activity days? Being a zone leader doesn't mean anything important.  It just means we do a couple of extra stuff during the week.  The Jungle Book movie sounds great!  This week it rained a lot and the back patio had a sock covering the drain so it got all filled up with water then filled our house with water so that was kinda different!  We had a pretty sweet slip-n-slide in the hallway when we got home! 
I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for writing to me. 

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