Elder Burbidge Checks in from Starfish!

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The Philippine sky at night!

This photo of the night sky was taken in a place called “Starfish”.  I embellished it a little bit with my camera settings but this is pretty much how beautiful it was!!  My companion, Elder Doloritos, is featured in the photo!

First I just want to start off by saying that miracles are possible and prayers are answered. This week we had a pretty amazing experience. We have still been really struggling lately in finding new people to teach who accept our message.  We decided that we would go teach one of the members here that lives pretty far away. We were planning on teaching her a simple lesson and then asking for a referral for someone that she thought would like to listen to us. Well, when we got there she introduced us to a 17 year old young man that had just been hired as a cleaner at her house. We started talking to him a little bit and come to find out he had been taught by the missionaries a lot in a different area and then he had to move! So, long story short, he is super receptive and ready for the gospel.

I’m still in my first area of Tanza!  I didn’t get transferred so I probably will next time, but you never really know. Wherever the Lord wants to put me, I’ll be there! I’m starting to realize that His plan for me (and all of us), is HIS plan.  It’s our plan because it’s made for us, but He created our plan for each one of us.  He will tell us the answers if we ask in prayer, and we will know our plan if we are humble enough and ready to receive it.  If you have a question about life, pray about it.  It doesn’t matter who you are.  He will answer.

I’m becoming more and more comfortable in the Philippines, the culture is easier to handle now and I’m even enjoying a lot of things about it (except for laundry). I ate this stuff called “Blooded Pork” on Friday and it’s maybe one of my favorite things ever. It’s fun to try new things! As long as you’re careful..

Blooded pork

“Diniguan” as how Chabacanos pronounce it or Dinuguan is a Filipino savory stew of blood and meat simmered in a rich, spicy gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili, and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the Filipino word dugo meaning “blood”.

I hope all is well back home! Congrats to the Seahawks for winning the Superbowl.. That’s awesome! Have a good week everybody.

-Elder Hunter Burbidge

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