Have an inspiring thought? Email our man at cameron.burgess@myldsmail.net

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When the necessary becomes frustrating.



Hello Friends and Family!!

I hope you had a great week; I know mine was interesting to say the least.

So Monday I drove a Ranger to Pretoria. It's a big vehicle compared to my little Hyundai i20! But it was really cool! I did however get lost in Pretoria. I made a wrong turn and ended up in an area called Sunnyside. Luckily (and prayerfully) we made it to the mission office. 

It was great because some elders from Namibia (my companion included) flew in. I was able to reconnect with my old friends Elder Voyles and Elder Reber over a game of pool. But on Tuesday we eventually made our way back to Gabs. We crossed over late and stayed the night in Broadhurst's flat. The following morning I had to go back to immigration (yay.. .) and wait, yet again. We went in and waited until they finally said that we should come back after lunch... so we did. 

But they still didn't have our extensions. We went back Thursday, still nothing, that is, until right before closing. I get called up and a supervisor was there. She then started explaining that our way of going about things isn't right... it became apparent to us that the agreement made concerning our stay in Botswana, was not discussed with the bottom of the chain. I was however able to get a few days, until September 20th. We're waiting to find out what will be happening, but there's a chance that I may be evacuating the country... We'll see!

It's been great fun with Elder Malemo again though! Although we didn't get to Moleps until late Friday night, we still had a nice couple of days. Today we went and hiked a hill with our district and went to lunch after.

Overall, my life is going alright. It's been hard not being able to do proper missionary work for such a long time but these things are kind of necessary. Other than frustration of waiting at immigration and having a cold, I'm doing great! I can't complain! The gospel is true and I'm here to proclaim it!

- Elder Burgess


Reunited and it feels so good!!


District hike!


2017 Ford Ranger!



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Flashback.



Hello to you all!

I hope you're doing well this fine day. I must say, I have news for you.

So this past week was alright. I was only in my area for two days and I'm leaving again today, I went home, and transfer news came... allow me to explain.

So Monday we went into Gabs for interviews. Then on Tuesday we had Zone Conference. Zone Conference was quite nice. We talked about Christ-like attributes. One of which is patience... mine was tested this week.

So then on Wednesday we had exchanges and I was with Elder Mills, the newest elder to the mission. It was great fun and good. Thursday rolled around and I (and four other Americans) had to be to the immigration department at 8 in the morning to apply for a visa extension to stay in Botswana. Well first we went to the American Embassy to certify copies of our passports, but that department didn't open until 1:30... So we had lunch and waited. We went back and entered the Embassy. As we're entering the waiting room, a video advertising things in American was playing. Just as we're entering, it's playing about Utah.... The timing was impeccable...

Finally we got out of there and over to immigration, only to discover that the finger print machine was offline. They told us, "come back tomorrow". So I ventured with some other elders to Mochudi so they could get a change of clothes. We then had dinner at Pizza Hut (not quite the same as home, but still the same company and good), and slept.

Friday rolls around and in the A.M. we were back at immigration. BUT the machine was still down. We then had to wait until 12 or so, where one elder was able to do his prints but the lady then said she had to go on lunch... so we waited... again.

The good news, everything is taken care of. Elder Motaleng and I got back to Moleps late on Friday and worked Saturday and Sunday. Saturday Sister Melney accepted to be baptized and we got transfer news.

Transfer news... *drum roll*..... I'm staying and Elder Motaleng is going to Kanye. My new companion is none other than my old friend, Elder Malemo. That's right, exactly one year after being companions in Lenyenye we're going to be back together and he's finishing with me this transfer. I'm quite excited!!

Sunday Elder Motaleng was saying goodbye to people and I received interesting news. The Assistants to the President called me and told me I'd be driving some elders to Pretoria today. So I'll be taking a 2017 Ford Ranger from Gabs to Pretoria... Booya!!

Oh what a week... I love you all and I know the church is true.

- Elder Burgess




Elder Motaleng and I for the last time.



Elder Mills and I. We're 3rd cousins, once removed. However, we met in Africa! Crazy story. 


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A bit short.



Dear Friends and Family!

I wanted to write and say I love you all!!

This past week was a decent one. Not too many new things though. We have a new Investigator, Sister Melny. She's a friend to a very enthusiastic member, Sister Dorothy. She's decided this is the church she needs. She's loving what we're sharing and comes to church, it's great! 

This is a bit short, yes, I'm sure you noticed. The reason being because we have to drive to Gabs for interviews with our Mission President. Tomorrow is Zone Conference and Saturday is transfer news. So I promise that this next week there will be a large email with photos!

Love you all!

- Elder Burgess



Monday, August 21, 2017

real change = true happiness



Hello friends and family!!

I hope you're doing well. I'm doing great! This past week was much better for us in Molepolole. We were able to find a couple young families and one of the couples came to church! Their names are Meshack and Boitumelo. Even though the wife, Boitumelo, struggles with English she still wanted to be there. They really loved church and they had even attended a self reliance activity the day before. I'm so excited about them! And the ward was so welcoming! They were with the members chatting and joking and we didn't even have to introduce them, we literally just watched!

Molepolole is beginning to get there. We also have sister Suku who is about to be baptized. She's doing great and is answering questions in class as if she's been in the church for a while. She's loving how much she's growing and learning and so am I!!

Life has been good and there's no complaints. I've really seen and realized that this gospel is all about change. They say God is unchanging but his plan for us, his children, is all about change. The word "repentance" means to change. I know now that God doesn't want us to just change our actions or behavior but our very nature. It's only after we change our nature that we'll see happiness, true happiness, otherwise known as joy.
In the words of the Prophet Nephi, "O how great the plan of our God!" (2 Nephi 9:13) 

Best to you all!
- Elder Burgess



Cameron & his 3rd cousin, Wesley Mills.


Proof! I'm alive and well.


This is what happens when someone gives you the first hair cut they've ever done for someone else.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Serve Him by serving His people." - Thomas S. Monson



Hello World!!

Well this past week was... eh. We just had another week of not so serious people and disappointments. But! It's all good!! 

We had a fun little experience where we decided to walk from our flat to the mall here in Moleps and back, talking to people as we went. I feel we got ourselves known a bit better, but only a few people were genuinely interested. 

I don't really have too much more to say about the week, and in all honesty, I don't really remember it all that well. 

I had a great moment yesterday as we visited a family. We shared Luke 22: 24-27 and talked about serving others. We related it to the Saviors act of washing the feet of the apostles. It's become a great message for me, service. I know that the Savior's life was lived entirely in the service of others and it's one of the greatest things we can do. And just as King Benjamin said it, "when you are in the service of your fellowman, you are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 4:27).

I apologize this is short but I'm working to catch up in writing everyone. So I wish you all the best and I hope you had a great week and and that this one will be better!

- Elder Burgess




Look what I found!! A Barn Owl!! I love this bird, I apologize the picture isn't that great, I could only get so close.


We went to a small dam near by and the sights were beautiful!


Monday, August 7, 2017

His plan is perfect.



Hello Everyone!

Sorry for last week. Things got crazy and before we knew it, time was gone. I wasn't very happy and I missed hearing from you all. 

But to sum up the week before, it was good. I can't remember a ton of detail but I remember some. 

Okay I can't remember much. I might've told you, but if not, Sister Suku is on date. Suku is from Zimbabwe. She was first found by missionaries years back. She wasn't really interested but then she moved back to Zim. Her boyfriend remained behind though and the missionaries remained persistent with him. He's now a member, Brother Lawrence Ndlovu. Well, she came back and is now ready for the gospel. It'll be great because we'll be completing a family! She's great and in a matter of weeks has read from the beginning of the Book of Mormon to Mosiah.

This past week was pretty disappointing. The week started and I wasn't feeling well. I started getting better and my companion got sick. We had to take him to the doctor where we discovered he had a lung infection; ouch, I know. But then he started getting better and I got sick... again... I'm still feeling it even now. 

So to explain this week... Rough. But I had a wonderful moment with the Sebomo family. Joyce, one of the daughters, had a question from her institute studies. From Ephesians 1:4-5 we learn that those that have the gospel were foreordained to have it, so she asked if some were foreordained to not have the gospel. Upon thinking on the question, I realized how amazing God's Plan is. He has placed us where we are for a reason. We all perfectly fit right where we are and we're here with the people we are, some to help, and some to be helped by. God does love us all, and his plan is PERFECT.... I know that now.

I hope you have a wonderful week!
- Elder Burgess


Me, majestically taking in the sights of Molepolole


My new district.

  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Life on fire.



Hello people!! So this week will be a bit short.

It's been a busy week!! I've helped many people and just been running around trying to share the gospel.

We had a Zone Activity where we played sports and then a braai. The following day was Zone Conference. Zone Conference was great! A great spiritual day. I feel so inadequate to be here but the Lord sees me fit to be here... A mission is a very humbling experience.

We received transfer news also. No surprise, I'm staying in Molepolole with Elder Motaleng. Our zone is being changed up though, but not on this end.

Sunday we were privileged to be a part of a member reading for some revisions done to the Book of Mormon in Setswana. It was nice, I didn't really understand much though but that's okay. It's wonderful to see people receiving the gospel in their own language. Soon the triple combination will be in Setswana!! So exciting!!

Well here's to another transfer down! It's just crazy....
- Elder Burgess



I was the fire man. I started all the fires for the braai. Bonfires are missed, that's for sure!