The Work is Progressing in the Cavite Mission!

Hey everyone – sorry it has been a while since I have written a blog post!  So much happens from one week to the next that when I finally get a chance to sit down and write about it, it all seems like a blur!

Checking out a game of pool!

Checking out a game of pool!

This week was insane!  We found 21 new investigators and FINALLY had some actually come to church and commit to baptism!  I was sitting in Sacrament Meeting and while pondering my own life, I tried pondering on the lives of our investigators and I thought about my gratitude to Heavenly Father for delivering them to church. Two of the teenage girls WALKED for almost one hour to get to church!  I was surprised as all get out to see them there and I felt the love of the Lord in my heart.

Also, we received and contacted a person who is a referral from a member of the local ward that we attend.  He has been searching for the truth for a looonnnggg time. He is a world history teacher and they just finished studying ancient american civilizations…… WHAT??? (hahaha) So we taught him the Book of Mormon in the context of history!  It was awesome.. that is my favorite subject to learn about so it felt amazing to draw connections with him.  Within the first week of him being an investigator he WENT TO CHURCH!  He has a baptismal date on October 11th so I am just feeling blessed.  Please keep him in your prayers that he can make the commitments he needs to in order to be baptized.


This is a South Korean guy who married a local girl.  The language barrier is intense!

This is a South Korean guy who married a local girl. The language barrier is intense!  The blurry dude on the left is my companion, Elder Caliguiran.

I’m thankful for all of you and the support and encouragement you give me.  I miss home and am excited to hear about the 2014 T-Bird’s season!  But I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now and know that I am doing what I should be doing right now in my life.  I pray for you often!Love,

Elder Hunter Burbidge

Going Strong in San Gabriel

Elder Hunter Burbidge and friend in Kawit

Elder Hunter Burbidge and friend in Kawit

Hi All!

So, I don’t even know where to start this week with a blog post! So much is happening…maybe i’ll just focus on one thing that happened!
In my district this week we had a baptism in the area of some other missionaries. I invited all of the missionaries in the district to bring an investigator. Usually, maybe 1 or 2 companionships in a district will have investigators come, but this time we had 4 companionships with an investigator there! It was an extreme blessing. The ward was very supportive of the baptism.  AND to top it all off our mission president, President Tye, and his wife showed up to it as well!  It was a good experience to have so many missionaries, investigators, ward members, and the mission president there!
It has warmed up a little more here, so i’m sweating quite a bit again… that’s not good (haha)!  I hope all is well in Washington and in the States! I know that this work is true and that this is the Lord’s work on the earth.  I’m so thankful for my mission and for what I’m learning. Be good!
Elder Hunter Burbidge

Typhoon Glenda Aftermath!

Howdy Ho All!

Well, I just found out that Tyler has been transferred so I’m bummed that he isn’t next to me anymore!!!!  Ugh!  Haha, but things are going really well here in San Gabriel. I really, really, really want to send pictures this week but the computer says that there is a chance of a virus if I plug in my thumb drive.  But my area is really pretty – it has some countryside to it as well as some urban areas.  When I first walked through part of my area I kind of felt like “this is what i thought it would be like when i found out i was going to the Philippines”. It has these really cool big ravines with huge stair cases going up and down them with houses lining the side and big palm trees and bushes everywhere. it’s really green and has a river running through the bottom. The sun sets just over the facing mountain and it’s really pretty.

Yesterday we went adventuring and found a back trail shortcut.  It has a view that you can see Batangas, which is a mountain/mountain range that is like two hours away.  But it was crazy to see that far!  It’s so rare to see that far here in the Philippines because of all the houses, hills, smoke, and stuff like that.  But it was really pretty. It reminded me of home when I could see Mt. Rainier every day driving home from school.

As far as how the language is coming along – It depends on the day!  Sometimes I feel like I can hold my own, and then other days people tell me that I suck at it.  That’s the hard thing here – is that people will tell you straight up.  But I’ve had people say both things.  I have a zone leader right now who is super good at it (as well as two other languages) and it seems like all he does is memorize.. so i’m going to give that a try! 

My roommate and companion situation is going really well right now.  Me and my companion support each other and understand each other pretty well.  My roommates are pretty chill as well.  I have 12 missionaries in my district so it is a pretty big responsibility with reporting and stuff, but it is also fun when we get all together for district meetings and activities.

In regards to the typhoon, here are my answers to your questions, in order:

Q:  Were you scared?  A:  Obviously NOT!!! I love storms! haha there was one wind that freaked me out though… it was way fast and loud. but we were safe and sound inside!

Q:  When did you hear about it that it was coming and from who?  A:  We heard about it from a lot of people. The first time I heard about a big storm coming was like a week before when dad told me about one and then I asked the computer shop owner and she verified it.  But for the actual storm, we heard from some members, and also heard about it on the radio on the minibus.

Q:  Was it sort of routine for people around there?  A:  They didn’t seem like they were too scared for it or anything, ya know if something like that happened in Washington/USA it would be like the St. George power outage if you catch my drift…canned food and gatorade! (Editor’s note:  this is a reference to a trip we took with Grandma & Grandpa Burbidge where we lost power in Southern Utah and had to evacuate from our hotel room.  Grandma Burbidge immediately took the boys to the closest grocery store to stock up on essentials!)

Q:  What was the aftermath where you were at?  Was there flooding and/or people walking around in waist high water?  A:  The water rose a little in to the street about 5-6 inches at most, but that was maybe for 3 hours after the storm and then it went away. the hard part was being transferred right after it and getting to an area with no water and electricity or 72 hour kit.  All of the water stations were closed because they didn’t even have water, and the convenience stores were running out of food and stuff.  But we made it! Haha, I was starting to freak out a little, but we got through it!

Q:  Was it still warm air temperature during the storm?  A:  It actually got pretty cold… (for the Philippines) maybe 55-60 degrees F? The wind was pretty cool as well, so it felt good!

Q:  Did you see anything flying through the air?  A:  Just a roof…. haha just kidding.. a lot of leaves, and some branches… a roof got half way torn off, but it wasn’t flying through the air or anything.

Q:  Anything else weird or funny from the storm?  A:  It was funny to see the people and the dogs walk out in the storm.. also I think I already told you about the sling shot and fish?  We had a sling shot that one of my roommates had and we were trying to shoot the fish with the slingshot.  The fish came into the street from the river… we didn’t get anything but it was definitely something I’ll never forget! haha.

Well, that is about it for now!  Love you all,

Elder Hunter Burbidge

Recovering from Typhoon Glenda

Hello everyone!

I have been transferred to my third city in the Philippines and am now serving in the San Gabriel Ward near the city of General Mariano Alvarez.  Apparently it is only one bus-ride away from Tyler’s area!!! I see the writing “Calamba” on the jeepneys here.. haha – so close but so far away!

The storm (Typhoon Glenda) was pretty fun!  We didn’t go out, but we watched from the windows of our house.  When it hit us we woke up at 3:30 a.m. and the wind was tearing through the streets outside and whipping the palm trees like small toys.  It didn’t flood bad, maybe 6-7 inches or so, but it was in the streets and it came from the river so there were fish swimming around in there and stuff so we starting shooting them with my friend’s (Elder Anderson from Mt. Pleasant, UT) slingshot…it was great.  Our power was out in Kawit, but we had running water still.  When I got to San Gabriel, there was no 72 hour kit so no food, drinking water, electricity…and even more importantly…NO INVESTIGATORS!!

The reason for no teaching pool is a mystery to me but we are going to start working hard and change that around!  I’m still a District Leader and my companion is Filippino and is named Elder Caliguiran.  I can tell we are going to work well together.  He hasn’t quite yet finished his training so still is pretty new to the mission.  I’m going to attach a couple of photos from my old area and new town.

I am safe and doing well so just want you all to know I love you and appreciate all of the support.


Elder Hunter Burbidge

Out in a filed near Kawit.

Out in a filed near Kawit.

My new roomates and companion.  Elder Caligurian is on the far right.

My new roomates and companion. Elder Caliguiran is on the far right.



Aftermath of Typhoon Glenda

Editor’s Note:  The following is a excerpt from Hunter’s mission president’s blog.  We are appreciative that the missionaries are safe and continue to pray for their well being.

Destruction from Typhoon Glenda

Destruction from Typhoon Glenda

Batangas Bridge

The Batangas Bridge near Hunter’s mission got destroyed!

Missionaries are still safe and doing great. Their attitude and optimism far exceed my own! You have raised amazing and wonderful adults!

We have some apartments with roof damage, and/or water. Power lines are slowly being repaired. Many missionaries are still without power and water. Everyone has purified water to drink – but some have no water to bathe. Yesterday we were able to follow through with transfers. Unshaven elders and sisters with braided or pulled up hair was a common sight. But everyone was happily hugging and sharing storm stories. The only complaint I heard was that they were bored staying inside their apartments during the storm. They are here to teach the gospel and that is what they would rather be doing. Some of the things they did while waiting out the storm was: Read and study the scriptures, write letters, clean their apartment, and write in their journals. While the electricity was still on, some watched the church videos they had in their apartment.
As of today, there are still 6 departing missionaries that have not made it home yet. Two Filipino elders leave today (Friday), and the 4 missionaries from America are scheduled to fly home on different flights, Sunday and Monday. These missionaries are now under the care of Missionary Travel and we have not seen them since Tuesday night. They are at a hotel by the airport, are being fed, and have phone cards to call home. I still wish I could go kidnap them and bring them here!
Our neighborhood is slowly being cleaned up. Some streets are still blocked with trees but guess what – our electricity was restored about 30 minutes ago. I can now do laundry!!! I have a mountain of sheets and towels that need to be washed and put away. The 29 (counting President and I) that slept here on Wednesday night will forever be another memory of our time here in the Philippines.
25 new missionaries were welcomed to Cavite Mission by spending their first night at the mission home. We had dinner, interviews, family prayer, watched 17 Miracles, and had a good breakfast. Plus a visit to the grocery store by Sister Tye to purchase more food and towels. Thank you to the Rigby’s, (one of the Sr. couples) and the Assistants who gathered and delivered mattresses to us.

Quick Hello!


I’m late with my blog post this week due to some previous issues that came up and we also had a mission activity!  I’m safe from the recent round of rain-storms that have come through here. I have also heard that there may be some storms coming up this next week as well and this last week it was pretty rainy!  I’ve never experienced anything like it before with the large amount of rain that falls in such a short amount of time, but you know me – I’m a storm chaser so I love it!

I love you all. Susunod na lang…

Elder Hunter Burbidge

Keeping the Flame Alive in Kawit

Alright folks – my parents keep wanting me to write kind of a daily log of missionary life – so here it goes!

Last Monday was our P-day (it stands for “Preparation Day”) and we had to go to the town of Maragondon for my companion’s eye because he had some sort of stye thing.  So we visited the hospital there and got some treatment for it.  We emailed home and to our mission president while we were waiting around there, and then we returned home to Kawit. We started cleaning and then realized it was getting close to time to go work so we dropped everything and got ready and went to work!

Tuesday we had a district meeting with the missionaries that I am responsible for.  I shared some principles about preparing investigators for baptism and how investigators should be ready for the actual day.  For example, what needs to happen with the font, how to schedule an interview, etc.
Wednesday was pretty normal day in the life of a missionary here.  We had spaghetti and then our roommate made chicken adobo for dinner that was pretty good.
Thursday was Zone Conference, which is with a larger area than just our district.  It is taught by the zone leaders which are the missionaries that I report to as a District Leader. There was a lot of discussion about cleanliness of apartments, and then the other part was about diligence, my favorite!!!!
Friday we had weekly planning.  It always surprises me how fast weekly planning goes!  It amazes me how fast the days seem to go by here – sometimes they all blur into one!
So we are getting a lot of new investigators to teach the gospel to, and we are trying really hard to extend serious baptismal dates to them.  The chapel that we have been waiting for in this ward still isn’t open, so we have to travel a bit to get back and forth from our living area to our work area.
Sunday we partook of the sacrament, as usual, at church.  I’ve really gained an appreciation for it here on my mission. I look forward to it each week.
I don’t have any time left, but I just want to say that I pray for you guys all the time.  Stay in the right way. I miss home very intensely at some points, and at others I feel the love of family and friends so strong.  I’m thankful for all of the lessons that my parents and others have taught me and I’m so thankful for the diligent people, members, parents, and children of God that you are.
I love you,

Missionary Work Continues in Kawit

Hi all!  For this blog post my parents encouraged me to give a day by day “highlight reel” from this last week, and I want to do that – but I can’t remember what happened which day…and each week feels like a day! So at the risk of giving you a two month discourse on what has happened in my life, I’m going to go over some highlights from the last few months and I hope that suffices for this post!

When I first got to Kawit I had been given some challenges and a lot of things were happening that I didn’t understand. I turned to my roommates, my mission friends, and of course my loving family and my fellow missionary brother, Elder Tyler Burbidge for advice. I had to endure a little bit of hardship and learning curve, but I learned a lot about letting things happen the way that our Heavenly Father has planned them for us.
After a few weeks (maybe it was 2 months, i don’t know), I started seeing a lot of changes in the location where I have been serving. There had been an enormous fire that burnt down a main progressing area and forced some of our investigators to move out, stop listening due to broken lives and new priorities, and it gave us a lot of heartache to see these people suffer although they have such a great love for their Savior.
One day, out of the blue, we were given an opportunity to serve them and help them move sand to a cement mixing station inside of the burn area. Little to our knowledge, we were helping a less active member of the church who hadn’t been to church for 30 years. Just a few houses down there were members who hadn’t been to church in 15 years.  Across the path there are now progressing investigators who have accepted baptismal dates to become part of the Lord’s Kingdom here on the earth.
I’ve figured now that God really surprises us. We do not know his short term plans for us here on earth. Right now we just need to let it carry us as we do our best to follow him.
We now have a ward mission leader in the Kawit Ward and I am AMAZED at the change that I’ve seen in my mission, in this ward, and in my life while I have been assigned here. And it is in no way from my plan or from my ideas. God is changing this area. God is changing my life and my outlook on things. My perception of service has changed greatly from this experience.  One thing I can say is – Help Others!
If anyone who reads this wants to know more about, or has friends or relatives that want to know more about this wonderful plan of faith, action, and mercy that our Heavenly Father has given to us, ASK THE MISSIONARIES. I’m putting my parents on the spot too, but you can ask them about it if you aren’t comfortable reaching out to the local missionaries in your area!
I love being a missionary for this wonderful Church of Jesus Christ. He lives. He is your Savior and my Savior. He is the Son of God our Eternal Father. Come unto Him and he will pour his blessings in to your life.
Love you all!
Elder Hunter

Beautiful Sky outside my apartment!

Beautiful Sky outside my apartment!


Plugging Along in Kawit

The Salinas River near Kawit

The Salinas River near Kawit

Hey all!  It seems like I say this every week but this is going to to just be a short blog post this time!  We are striving to introduce and feel the spirit here in our apartment and things are starting to feel better.  It has been interesting to observe the blend of cultures and attitudes between missionaries from the Pacific Islands, Philippines, and me as a guy from the United States.  I am working hard and trying to improve in my leadership responsibilities.

This last week we met a man named Willy – who may have had one too many drinks when we first met him!  So we had to be careful how we taught and clarified to him!  We taught him about Joseph Smith, the restoration of the Gospel, and gave him some pamphlets.  Then we returned on Tuesday to teach him a full lesson. His nephew joined in the conversation and the next door neighbor lady came over and joined in with the group.  It is a weird group to teach because of the age range and lack of a true family connection between all of them, but they are really receptive.  The 11 year-old kid, Kim, went to stake conference with us yesterday and he’s really cool.  He wants to be a soldier when he grows up!  So if you would keep them in your prayers we will keep working and teaching them.

I guess that’s about it for now – I gotta run but please know that I love and miss you all!


Elder Hunter Charles Burbidge

Kawit toll booth

Toll booth near the coastal highway in Kawit

Mission-Wide Conference!

Howdy folks!  This last week we had a conference with all of the missionaries from my mission.  The conference was held so that we could meet and listen to Elder Craig Christensen – Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder and Sister Echo Hawk – Philippine Area Presidency.  It was really cool.

All of the missionaries in the Cavite Mission!

All of the missionaries in the Cavite Mission! Can you find me?

The week after the conference was awesome!  I went on exchanges with one of the elders in my district, Elder Haufano, who is from New Zealand. He is super humble and a great missionary.  He is one of my better friends now!  It’s always fun to feel comfortable with your companion, and I’m striving to make that work in my own companionship as well.

Sorry for the brief post but I want everyone back home to know that I love you and appreciate the support you give me with your prayers, letters, emails, and good thoughts! Keep the faith!


Elder Hunter Burbidge