Hey guys! Hope all of y’alls weeks went well. My week was pretty good. We're still working as hard as we possibly can, trying our best to follow what the Spirit tell us to do to help this area progress. The problem is that practically the only people we ever can contact are motodopes and guards. All the motodopes live in different areas and all the guards guard at their locations 24/7. They literally work 24/7. They let us come back and teach them but its so hard to help progress or get anywhere. The good people we've taught have dropped us and don't want to meet anymore. But that’s ok, sometimes that’s the way it goes. People have their agency. This week we did get a ton of referrals, which we believe is a direct relation to the contacting we've been doing. Though our contacting hasn't been turning out new investigators like we want it to, it shows our desire to help the area grow to Heavenly Father. I've seen time and time again on my mission that the more effort you put into contacting, the more referrals you magically receive from members and other missionaries.
It's way fun being with Elder Khiev and Elder Try. Those guys are a walking comedy routine. I die laughing everyday at their back-and-forth dialogue. They tease each other nonstop.
I feel so much gratitude for Heavenly Father helping me learn Khmae. It's so so so weird to me thinking that just 2 short years ago I didn't know a lick. And now, because of God's mercy, I'm fluent and can express myself however I want in Khmae. Isn't God amazing? He doesn't choose the learned and wise and mighty to be His missionaries, He chooses 20 year-olds! He doesn't pick exclusively Harvard Linguistics Ph. D. candidates, He picks run-of-the-mill kids, and they become so fluent in their respective languages at such a speed that institutions around the world ask the Church what in the world they are doing to teach us these languages. I'll give first-hand testimony that it has very little to do with the curriculum at the MTC, where we are taught our languages from 6-9 weeks. It has everything to do with God and the gift of tongues, which He wants to grant to all those who ask for it sincerely and with worthiness.
I always love the question that the people of Ammonihah sardonically ask as Alma preaches:
"Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?"
Don't the people of the world nowadays ask somewhat of the same thing. "Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than [twenty year-olds] among this people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?"
A wonderful God! A powerful God! A God who knows that His work is true and that it will fill the earth. A God who uses weak and simple instruments to show that He is the source of this power, that He is the source of this success! All He requires of us weak and simple servants is a desire to serve Him, and then He calls us to the work. He says "sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." I think the prophecy from D&C is being fulfilled before our eyes: "First let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon." How cool is it that the sun never sets on the army of the Lord, which goes forth preaching His gospel in nations throughout the earth, declaring that God lives and His truth is restored! This gospel is true. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It can sanctify all of us if we'll let it.
Love Elder Burger
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