Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 25, 2012

She's doing great! Here's her letter from Friday:

Dear Wonderful family of mine!

HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY NICOLE! i promise i was thinking of you on your birthday. i'm going to track jon down on monday to get your address! sure love you!

This week has been so great! Relief Society was amazing and President Rasband (yes, as in president of the quorem of the 70s) came for our devotional this week. He talked a lot about the temple. it was so so neat! It made me pay much more attention to specific parts of the temple. We went to the temple this morning. i loved it! There is something so special about the spirit in the temple, almost a heaven on earth. it is neat to know that everyone around me has made the same committments to the gospel that i have.

So, our investigators that are actually our teachers are definitely progressing :) We also went to the TRC three times. Our last visit was with a woman named hailey. She really is catholic but was excited to listen to us. It was nice to teach someone that isn't just acting like they don't already know what we are telling them. She asked some really good questions. I hope we get the chance to meet with her next week. We talked about the atonement. One of my favorite things about being here in the MTC is the incredible resources i have. The teachers, the branch president, zone leaders, district leader, worskshop teacher (especially jon) all work so hard to help us. Although i have no clue who specifically i will get to teach i KNOW that people are waiting for the gospel and i'm excited to work to find them. The gospel of Jesus Christ can bless EVERYONE'S lives. No matter who you are, the personalization of the principles of the gospel WILL bless you! That is why it is so important to take the message of Christ's restored church to everyone. I was advised by one teacher to study and teach the simple things of the gospel. This, according to Wilford Woodruff, was the key to his success. He said pick out the simple things of the gospel then study those simple principles deeply through study. For example, Faith is so simple but we can study it deeply by reading all about it and applying it to our lives. until it is applied, we will never truly gain a testimony nor understanding of it! I hope you all know that i have a personal testimony the Jesus Christ and His atonement. An elder in my district apparently had some problems. I don't understand the details but he met with many leaders many times. He later bore his testimony of the atonement and shared that he didn't expect to still be here. From day one to now, the atonement was a key part in his progression. He is a great teacher now and someone i greatly respect! Like him, the atonement has been a key toi helping me become a better teacher, companion, friend, listener...everything really! All progression in the gospel goes back to the enabling and redeeming power of the atonement! I love my Savior!

Real quick, companion stuff has changed again! Sister Celis and Sister Gomez are my offical companions now. Sister King has a new companion Sister Santos. I'm sad to leave sister King but excited to be with Sister Gomez and Celis. It has gone well but they are both native speakers so sometimes i feel stupid or left out because i don''t understand their spanish. i tell people that i don''t really speak spanish, i just pretend like i do. Sometimes that is really true...especially with jokes.

Thank you, Rachel Miner, Alison Mills, Jake, Janae, Granpa B, Karee, Jeff perry, and Bishop and Sister Bruno for the letters.

Hoorah for Israel and All my love!

Hermana Burrup

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dos Burrups

Our lucky brother Jon works at the MTC.  He teaches workshops so Laurel gets to see him sometimes.  No fair, right? But how awesome that she's able to see him, not many missionaries in the MTC get to see family :) Isn't she beautiful with that tag on?  

ONE week down TWO more to go until she's off to Vegas!

Monday, May 21, 2012

MAY 19

Laurel is in the MTC!  She's loving it, which is what we all expected of her :)  We'll be posting her emails so you friends and family can stay updated on her awesome experiences.  

Quick summary:
Moved to Advanced Spanish (of course!) so she leaves in 3 weeks
Saw her brother Jon who was teaching a workshop
Fire alarm went off first night
Bed bugs, so she washed all her clothes and got a new free dress!
Loves DearElder letters, so keep 'em coming
P-day is on Friday

Here she is at 4am ready to go to the airport!  Beautiful Hermana Misionera!
If you want to read the entire it is!

My wonderful Family!
The first few days have been wonderful! The delayed flight really wasn't a problem just a little inconvenient. I am so glad that i had the chance to see Nicole too! I really have been blessed by my family my entire life and i'm sure my appreciation for you will only increase with my time in the field. Well, to begin, Bro. Black taught my first workshop that was supposed to be with Jon but it all worked out because Jon found me. I'm so glad he did. Several people have already started asking if i'm related to a teacher here. i always answer with a proud "YES!" i also have seen an Elder and Sister Tingey at least 3 times. It is so nice to see familiar faces! My companions are awesome. the first is sister King and she is great! incredibly optimistic, humble, and patient. I love her!  We only had 1 day together because after some testing i AM leaving in 3 weeks! My new mailbox # is 225.  i'm pretty excited about it and i love my new companions as well. Sister Gomez and sister Celis. The 4 of us are in the same room so it worked out perfectly! They powerful missionaries already.  Sister Gomez is a convert and Sister Celis will be serving in my same mission! sister King will be in the DR but we all want to keep in least as much as is reasonable for missionaries. So, a few funny stories to tell from the last few days. For starters, janae, do you remember talking about fire alarms? Well, they evacuated the building the very first night because of the fire alarm. I'm glad i had modest pjs! :) Also, mom, do you remember the bed bugs talk? Well, there were bed bugs in our room! Because of them, we missed over half of our training/teaching yesterday because we had to wash ALL of our clothes on hot hot hot. anything that couldn't be washed on hot (almost everything) had to be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning requires a label on every article so we don't have any clothes right now. It's a but of a bummer except that the branch bought us each a dress and they are really nice. I probably don't need more clothes but you all know me. i never turn down free things especially when i need them!
Also, thank you Steve, Janae, Kirsten, Christian, and Mom (and stephanie chase) for the Dear Elders. It was wonderful to hear from you. christian, you can still get excited to tell me things via letters. I know it's harder and i understand that you are busy but know that i'm praying for you and i hope your game goes/went well. keep me updated for next week!  Steve, thank you for your advice to enjoy the moments. i got that on the frustrating bed bug day so it was perfect timing! Dad and janae, thank you for your letters in the airport. There is nothing better than Dad's advice and Janae's confidence. I love you all!
Well, with my remaining time, i want to share my testimony of the Savior and his role in our life. the Atonement is key to every point of our progression! Without out, we cannot distance ourselves from our sins or sin in general nor can we develop godlike and Christlike characteristics. It is absolutely vital to every day and every moment of our lives if we are fully utilizing His atonement. He is the ultimate example of how we should live our lives. They have told us several times that exact obedience brings miracles. i've been trying hard to be4 worthy of those miracle through my obedience. I'm so grateful for the Savior and His example just as i am grateful for each of your examples! thank you again! i love you all!
Hermana Burrup
ps - Pday is actually friday just not this week because it is the first

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's here!

May 16th has finally come.  I'm so excited to serve the Lord and the people in Nevada, California, and Arizona.  I'm excited for this great opportunity and for all that the Lord will teach me.  I hope I can be the Lord's instrument as I follow the spirit and work hard to find those who are prepared to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  I have a testimony of my Savior and His love for each of God's children.

For those who want to know what it is I'm teaching people, check out  I feel with all my heart that this message is true.