Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Still in Ducos

These last two weeks have been a little crazy! Thursday a few weeks back I got to go on an exchange with one of our zone leaders Elder Ursenbach which was awesome! It was really cool to see the perspective from someone who has been in this mission for much longer than I. We also found out all the transfer info and I'll be staying in Ducos with Elder Conger! I was kinda relieved when I found out I was staying here. There is still work to be done! 

Last Saturday was a pretty normal day. We did get stuck at this one ladies door though for like 50 minutes. She talked about anything and everything without even talking a breath....literally. Some French people talk while there are breathing in so it's never ending haha. We tried to leave multiple times but she just kept talking and talking!

Last Monday was the first day of the new transfer! We got two new zone leaders in our district. Elder Minor and Elder Kessler. They are both pretty cool! We also ran into a guy named Jean from Australia but lives in New Cal. Apparently he loves to take any opportunity to speak English so we have a 45 minute discussion in English which was suuuuper weird. He kept going on and on about how he loves what we do as missionaries but he also kept saying he'd be a terrible Mormon haha. He also said we didn't quite measure up to how good German Amish people were. It was pretty hilarious. He was super cool though. Later in the day we went contacting in the neighborhood that we live in. After an hour or so of not really getting to contact anyone we ran into this guy named Luigi. He started out yelling at us in Italian but then realized we didn't actually speak Italian....In a French speaking country haha. He switched to French and talked to us for some 40 minutes about how youth now a days don't do anything and he really liked how we were "workers" and "doers" essentially. His Italian accent on his French was super weird too. I couldn't understand anything for the first 5 to 10 minutes and neither could Elder Conger. Turns out he was super catholic and he was flying back to Italy that night! We are hoping he meets up with some missionaries in Italy haha. That Monday night we had a dinner with a really funny Tahitian family who is partially active, Inactive and non member. The mom is the only active member and she did NOT hesitate to point out her family members about being inactive in front of us haha. They were all super cool though.

It also turns out that one of our less actives that we visit passed away this week. She was quite old and was too sick to go to church. It still really caught us off guard though. It was kinda interesting though because apparently she passed the morning after she had received the sacrament for the first time in a LONG time.

This most recent Friday we got to go to the wards sports activity which was much much needed for me. First time I've really played basketball in 3 months!!!

Yesterday Elder Conger assigned me to give the district training for our district meeting! I still don't know how I feel about giving all these missionary trainings in French but I'm sure its helping me one way or another haha. We also ran into these 2 younger girls on the street who turned out to be Jehovahs Witness missionaries. They were super nice and from some reason they wanted to share something with us. They also gave a strange pamphlet about dealing with depression which I didn't really know how to take haha. All in all a strange but good couple of weeks!

Avec amour,
-Elder Burbank

Sorry I didn't really take any pictures this week!!! Ill try to get some next week.

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