Rockin’ the Mission Like a Hurricane!

Hello all you guys!  Things are going pretty well this week. We received a text this past week from President Tye that a typhoon was going to affect our part of the Philippines. It’s called Typhoon Ruby here in the Philippines (or known internationally as Typhoon Hagupit – which means “to thrash, or whip”. But I think everything will be okay.  Me and my companion have been talking about it quite a bit trying to put different scenarios into reality and trying to solve it before it happens, SO everything will be okay 🙂  It sounds like a lot of the storm is actually going to hit nearer to Samar again – the same place that Typhoon Hayan hit last year… which is really sad to think.  It would be like two Hurricane Katrina’s hitting New Orleans two years in a row.  I have some previous companions from that area and their families are in the path of the hurricane.  I’m thankful we don’t live in a storm ridden area!

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The streets around Elder Burbidge’s mission area experienced flooding from Typhoon Ruby!

So I guess I’ll tell you a little about my life here this past week.  It was really good. I’m happy.  We had an MLC or Mission Leader Conference on Thursday where it was Christmas themed at the mission home.  We had honey ham with FUNERAL POTATOES and the raspberry, pretzel salad stuff mom is really good at making.  We learned a lot about accountability and my companion and I taught about keeping your line in the water – a term coined by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.  We shared about how in diligence, obedience, and using time wisely, we won’t get distracted from other simple small things that are usually difficult for missionaries to overcome.  It felt good to get a better understanding of that as we studied and prepared for it. 

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Elder Burbidge and fellow missionaries getting mail at the mission home.

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The Mission Leader Conference (MLC).

Mom, I’m positive we’ll be okay for the storm. It sounds like it’s close to us, but President Tye , and i’m sure that President Mangum (Tyler’s mission president) has made preparations according to direct revelation. We’ll all be okay 🙂 

I don’t have much time left, but just let everybody know that I love them.  Read the Book of Mormon with a question. You learn more!  Remember reverence is key in all that we do so that we can have peace in our life through the Spirit. 

Love,

Elder Hunter Burbidge 

UPDATE FROM SISTER TYE AFTER THE TYPHOON:
According to this new report, the Typhoon is directly on top of us – but we are only seeing rain, and lots of it. We realize that parents are seeing the worst of this storm on the news reports, but know that all of Cavite mission is doing great. We brought the Cavite Zone into the mission home for the night because they are close to the coast and in a low area. They will be returned tomorrow morning since the storm did not do the damage here that we were expecting.
Typhoon Ruby Path 2

The Cavite Mission is right under the green splotch in the chart above.

I have no doubt that this is because of all the prayers and fasting! I mean, just look at that picture. It is right on top of us and yet we are safe and protected. Tomorrow we will know more as we take the Cavite zone back to their apartments. President Tye made calls this evening and all apartments are dry and have electricity. We are truly blessed.
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