Elder Burdge: “A Simple Truth” 3/3/14

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I realize more and more every day that the world is simply confused.
We have come across many people this past week, some searching for
truth and others shut to any belief that is not their own, all of whom
were unaware of a simple truth.

“The prophet, Enoch, was shown the works of God and as he saw such, he witnessed the Father weeping… “

God is the Eternal Father. He created us not simply into the bodies we
now possess, but in truth we dwelt with Him before this life. Our
Father is not a Being that cannot be understood nor is He without
body, parts, or passions. His passion is “to bring to pass the
immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). In the premortal
realm He made this passion known and created a plan whereby we could
all receive such “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from
ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel
shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10). He desires
nothing more than our salvation and our return to His presence. The
prophet, Enoch, was shown the works of God and as he saw such, he
witnessed the Father weeping. He asked “How canst thou weep?” Enoch
speaks of the innumerable creations of God and is puzzled that such an
Almighty Being could weep because of man (Moses 7:29-31). The Eternal
Father replies:

“Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own
hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge…[and] agency; And unto
thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should
love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but
behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood.”
(Moses 7:32-33)

When sin enters into our lives, when we choose to hate one another,
when we turn away from God, He weeps. The Most Supreme Being of All is
forever concerned and invested with our salvation and eternal
progression that it pains Him unspeakably when we choose adversely. He
is understood in knowledge, power, glory, and wrath all throughout the
Bible, but what He wanted us to understand most all of is His love for
each and every one of us. And so He gave His Son.

The mission of Jesus Christ was all encompassing and nearly
unfathomable to the mortal mind. Studying His sacrifice and example I
am dumbfounded time and again by the insights I receive through the
Spirit. In the Garden of Gethsemane the Beloved Son of the Father
suffered “pains and afflictions of every kind.” On the cross He gave
his life and gloriously He resurrected from the tomb “that he may
loose the bands of death which bind his people.” He did all of this
“that he might blot out [our] transgressions according to the power of
his deliverance” (Alma 7:11-13). However, all of these parts of the
Atonement would have been for naught if it had not been for the
example which He gave all throughout His life.

Click here to watch a short film about the life and teachings of Christ

Click here to watch a short film about the life and teachings of Christ

Such an example fulfills more than I can begin to describe. Because of
how Jesus the Christ lived, we are able to comprehend a portion of
Heavenly Father’s love for all of us. John 3:16 “For God so loved the
world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlating life.” Not only does the
saccrifice and suffering of Christ allow us to see that God loves us,
but the Redeemer spent His entire time demonstrating compassion and
charity to every person willing to accept Him. Jesus of Nazereth
commanded his disciples saying “love one another, as I have loved you”
(John 15:12). If we emulate the life of Chirst we will be able to more
fully understand our Father in Heaven. Through His perfect life we
know how we must live also. An atonement cannot be utilized unless
repentance takes place. It is not enough to be saved through grace or
solely through forgiveness. Our will is required for salvation. We
must daily, even hourly, seek to change our lives and strive to follow
the example that has been put in place for us.

Love,
Elder Burdge

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Elder Ammon Burdge 10/16 “I’m not sure what to say besides I made it!”

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Mom and Ammon

Ammon boarded the plane this morning and arrived in Mexico this afternoon. I wasn’t there, but I know saying “Good-bye” for two years has been bittersweet for everyone. Here are some pictures Mom posted from the airport and Ammon’s email from this afternoon:

Saying goodbye to Helaman

Saying goodbye to Helaman

I’m not sure what to say besides I made it! It has been an incredible day. When I landed in Phoenix I found four other elders at the gate. Two of them, Elder Snow and Elder Olsen will be serving in the Texas San Antonio Mission.

We had a few hours until our flight to Mexico City so we searched for a cheap place to eat. When we sat down to eat this guy approached the five of us. I thought he was going to harass us or something. Instead, we found out that he is a member of the church! He started telling us stories about his mission and giving us advice on learning Spanish. We then left to catch our flight where we met four more elders and a sister. On the flight, the lady who sat next to me was also a member; I just cannot catch a break.

Finally we arrived in Mexico after a long flight. The city is extremely dense and colorful; they paint all of the buildings different colors. The Missionary Training Center is beautiful. It is an ninety acre compound and looks much different than its surroundings.

I have not met my companion yet but he is Elder Hendricks. Because my name is closest to A in the alphabet, I will be the Senior Companion for three weeks. I am in the same branch, district, and classroom as Elder Snow.

I hope that’s enough to suffice. I will leave you with a scripture from the 30th chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon.

Ammon and Helaman

Ammon and Helaman

Verse 40 and 41 read: “And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only.¬†But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true; and ye also have all things as a testimony unto you that they are true; and will ye deny them? Believest thou that these things are true?”

I know, as Alma knows, that these things are true. Every part of this world is a testimony of a divine creator. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ atoned for all of our sins.

Hurrah for Israel,

Elder Burdge

I had to post this picture ~ Sariah

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Meet Pete – The Black Moor fish

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Pete the black moor fishPete is a black moor fish and he’s supposed to grow to be 8 inches long. With the stress of moving to our new apartment though, Pete got sick. The poor fish had parasites on him, and one started looking like “Hole in head”. We gave him medicine, and also found out that his tank was WAY too small. Apparently goldfish need at least 29 gallons of water to swim in– and well, our Pete was living in only 3 gallons. The pet store said his small tank might have been related to why he was sick, so we started looking for a bigger one.

After a lot of searching we finally found a a tank AND stand for $30!

Needless to say, Pete is very happy and his spots and hole were gone the next day! In a couple of weeks, we’ll be getting Pete a friend. ūüôā

PS: Can you spot his googly eyes?

Black Moor Pete happy in his new home

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Mark’s Morning Mourning Bash!

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BYU had some frozen rain a while back, which led to the death of Mark’s front tooth. ¬†The evils of an icy sidewalk overcame Markus Melville III that morning on the way to school. ¬†With just one innocent slip, he plunged headfirst into the depths of despair as the frigid concrete triumphantly took a whack at his beautiful right, front tooth. ¬†Needless to say, Mark did not make it school that day and found himself instead, across the street, at Cougar Dental.

After reviewing the tragedy with him weeks later, I came to find that Mark’s poor tooth had suffered the ice-storm’s worst, as it was proclaimed dead at the scene. ¬†I was crushed for our dear friend and knew that the only answer to ease his pain would have to be a funeral. ¬†A moment where we could really share in his pain and sorrow and hopefully relive the smiles of what it was like to have Mark’s tooth alive and well just weeks before.

We gathered at the home of Sir Melville one Saturday morning at what was facebookedly proclaimed: Mark’s Morning Mourning Bash; where we discussed Jan Terry and all of our favorite teeth. ¬†We then were graced with a beautiful poetic eulogy in honor of Mark’s tooth, written by Alexander Masterson (Stay tuned for the coming ode).

The mourning continued with a cereal bar of sorts including any and all dry cereals, complete with every percentage of milk.  Mark also displayed an artistic rendition of his beloved tooth friend in the form of a white piece of paper shaped to look just like his tooth.  All those in attendance included Markus Melville III himself, poet: Alexander Masterson, Kristen Jensen, NaTausha Kittler, Bryton Beesely, Cameron Haas, and of course yours truly.

 

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Monterey, C-A

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This Christmas we tried something different, we took a family trip to Monterey! I went kayaking for the first time, explored the Monterey Bay Aquarium, strolled down Cannery Row and even saw the Hobbit. ¬†The jellyfish were my favorite, both at the aquarium and in the water just below our kayaks! ¬†I didn’t bring my camera so you’ll have to take my word for it on the jellies in the ocean, but they were super cool! ¬†They were sea nettle jellies and they were orange.

My favorite part of the Hobbit was how they included the same song the dwarves sing in the original cartoon version of the film.  On the trip I had my first mani-pedicure, tried grits for the first time and apple pie with cheese on top too! -It sounds gross, but I actually liked it.  It was really great spending time with my family and living in the little town of Monterey -even if it was just for a few days.  The shops are quaint and the ocean is so close.

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Sheet Sailing

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Step 1: Select a flat, twin-sized, bed-sheet.  *tie-dye and flower patterns work best.

Step 2: Tie the bottom sheet corners around your ankles like so:

Step 3: Find some strong winds and face toward them.

Step 4: With the next big gust, jump into the air, catching the wind in your sheet like a sail.

Step 5: Feel the sensation of flying and falling at the same time.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-5, Repeating Step 2 when necessary.

Happy Sailing!

 

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I love California because…

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it’s different. the sky is blue. people run for cover when it rains. sunglasses are part of your wardrobe. people surf on a regular basis. palm trees. nugget grocery stores have 20-something varieties of bottled-water. red-winged black birds. the Davis Hotdogger has 12 different hotdogs on the menu. you wake up with the sun. it’s not strange to line-dry clothing. everyone has a chihuahua. Cake is from Sacramento. Second-Saturdays are magical. the golden gate bridge is red. everyone’s been to Disneyland. painting your toenails isn’t an option. they call elementary school half-days: minimum days. i can wear flip-flops in February. it’s leap year. gentlemen play Sunday-Cricket in the park. the vineyards are beautiful. back roads still exist. you can swim in the river by my house. you visit Seattle anytime at Starbucks. blood oranges taste like heaven. lawn-mowers hum before Spring. recycling is honestly another way of life -this is so interesting to me. citrus trees grow in your yard. people still watch redbox. Elk Grove has nice street lamps. Concerts in the Park are free. Summer is only a rainy season away. no more snow-boots. the moon seems brighter. magnolia trees are beautiful. foggy mornings. FasTrak. visiting Pacifica. San Francisco day trips. Davis is a legit college town. the Tower Bridge is gold. it doesn’t snow. i get to keep my tan. pink shorts. Joe’s Crab Shack. motorcycles. diversity. camping without a heavy sleeping bag. frogs still chirp here. sidewalk chalk stays for weeks. U-turns are frequent. people don’t signal on the freeway. traffic is insane. everything stays green. mild humidity. sprinklers. family. friends become family. El Mercado Loco. BART is not a person. it’s sunny. Giants play baseball. wild sunflowers. rose gardens. it’s exactly as John Steinbeck described it.

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