Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 14. 2015

Hey everyone! 

I can't believe i'ts almost Christmas! My companions and I are so pumped! I really need to write out a plan before I write you guys because I forget everything that has happened in the week!

We are going to the temple tomorrow so that is AWESOME! I love the temple! Something else is that we had 4 people who we are preparing to be baptized this Sunday! Petrona, Olga, Ventura, and Sonia! All are like 50 year old women but I'll take it! I love them all soo much! They have changed their lives so much since I have come to know them and it feels so good to be able to see them taking the step of baptism! 

Our mission president, President Markham, came to our church this last Sunday and it was awesome! I teach the Gospel Principles class because our members are terrible with their callings and our Gospel Principles teacher told us one time that she doesn't like to do it so she won't do it... So I give the classes and I taught my mission president about faith in Jesus Christ. haha 

I absolutely love the gospel. I have experienced a real change in my heart while I have been here on the mission. I am so grateful to be here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love the mission. I love the Atonement that Christ suffered for all of us. It really is something personal. I have come to know of it, and have come to know my Savior while I have been here. I invite all of you to study to Atonement. It's really something that you can apply into your life. You will find more love for life and happiness when you come to understand and apply the Atonement. I invite you all to look and search for the happiness and peace that only our Savior can provide.  He suffered all of your sins, sicknesses, pains, and afflictions. HE ALREADY SUFFERED IT ALL. He is now ready to help. He is asking us to put our confidence in him, and he will carry us. He will support us. I know and testify that the Atonement was paid. It was paid that we may enjoy this life, because really we are meant to enjoy it. Pray, Repent, Study the Scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon), Go to Church and take the sacrament and think about what the sacrament really means, Choose the right, and share the light of the Gospel with all that will hear you or who can see you. You will see miracles in your life and be much happier. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! Thanks for all the help and support that you give me!
"Volcanoes are pretty awesome.  Earthquakes are awesome too."

Packer Wilkes!


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015

 Hey!!

First off, I will be writing Monday this next week because we are going to the Temple Tuesday! So send emails Sunday night! 

This week has been solid! We baptized! Elda Vargas was baptized and nothing has ever felt soooo good! I got to baptize her and it was awesome.
Something that happened yesterday was that it was the day of the devil. It was really weird. Everyone bought big devil dolls and lit them on fire at 6 o'clock. I felt like I was walking through a military war zone at 6. Everyone was firing off fireworks and lighting everything on fire and were even shooting guns. They celebrate it to kill the inner devil but really it's just an excuse to destroy everything for nothing. ha
This week our ward actually did their home teaching. Normally our attendance is 70 but this week it was 178. Dang its crazy. In the mission I have seen so many go to church from just one visit. I honestly believe it's really hard to baptize in this area because God doesn't have trust that the ward will be able to keep these people who we are baptizing. We upped the attendance and we were able to baptize. I don't believe that was a coincidence.
Dang, teaching with a trio is soooo hard! Our mini-missionary is really shy to just come out and say something! It's okay though. We are doing good here in Palin.

With much love,
Elder Buhrley





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Hey!

This week was another week in the mission! I'm learning so much here in the mission! I'M LOVIN' IT:)


So we got rejected this week again. To start this week I told my companion we were going to give everything this week. We gave everything that we had. I've never worked harder in my whole life. We sacrificed everything. To our dismay, we still got rejected. It's really easy to get down when you are getting rejected the way that we are getting rejected. At times I wanted to break. Thursday we woke up at 4, skipped lunch, ran to every house, and still couldn't find anyone,  And then that night, after getting rejected by the whole city of Palin, we showed up at a church meeting and the Relief Society President just started going off on us.  I've learned a lot about humility here on the mission. Getting criticized by an old lady who had no right or just cause to give us any criticism after my companion and I just pushed ourselves to the limit the whole week really made me notice that I have grown here. I love the mission.

God has been pushing my companion and me. We are being put through a fire. We studied suffering, affliction and patience in one of our studies. My companion and I have really been putting our minds on suffering with patience that we may see miracles. The sons of Mosiah baptized thousands because they suffered with patience, Alma 26. My companion and I are taking this time to purify ourselves. Its been so great. I feel the power of the atonement in my life. I am leaning on it right now. We are getting rejected but my companion and I are still dancing in the street. I love the mission.  

After getting rejected all week we had 9 investigators in the church this Sunday. It felt soo good!!

I don't want to sound sad because I'm not. I am loving the mission. Other stuff that's going on is that we received a mini-missionary! So not only am I teaching my companion a lot I am basically training a missionary! So... it's going to be fun! 

Elder Duran and I are trying to get skinny before Christmas! We are only buying good stuff. A papaya is only a dollar here. We bought all this fruit in the pic for like 8 dollars!

I love the food here. We ate armadillo the other day. (shelled animal, I don't know how to spell) and we ate rabbit too. It's sooooo good. A member is going to make iguana for us. The food is so crazy but so good.  
Well.. that was my email... 

LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!

Elder Buhrley


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 18, 2015

A wonderful person in Guatemala sent this link to Caitlyn.  It's our Elder Buhrley in Palin.  It's great to see his smile and hear his voice.  We're so grateful he has the opportunity to serve the Lord.


November 24, 2015

HEY EVERYONE!

I am still in Palin! I am still with Elder Duran! I am soo happy to be with Elder Duran and to also be able to be here for NAVIDAD! CHRISTMAS!!

This week has been a really hard one. We got rejected by everyone! The only cool thing that happened was that we were in a little commercial thing. My mom has the video if you guys want to see it.   (This is Mom.  You can see the video here.)

I really dont have much to write. I sat in the sacrament meeting this Sunday absolutely defeated... I sat there in absolute despair just praying about what the heck more I could do. Nothing hurts more when you work you heart out and there are no fruits. We had 14 people who told us FOR SURE they were going to be at church.. and then passing them and they all had the stupidest excuses! AHHH it's so rough. I was completely defeated. I was praying, I wanted to receive my answers. 

"Where do you want me to go?! I'll go there! just tell me where! What am I doing wrong?! I'll fix it just please tell me! Why cant we see success?! What do I need to do Father?!" 

And then the Spirit just spoke peace to my soul. I felt terrible but it was all swallowed up in the Spirit. I felt peace. I know that what I had done this last week was acceptable in God's eyes. I know and testify that the Holy Ghost is the Great Comforter. He comes when we invite him. He is there when you need him. Christ really suffered everything: pains, sins, adversities, problems, absolutely everything. He suffered what you are suffering. He overcame what you are suffering. He knows how to comfort you. He will send the Holy Ghost and he will comfort you when you feel absolutely terrible. He will help you overcome your adversities.I know this is true. When you can't stand, kneel. Pray with all the power of your soul and you will receive what you are looking.

Ever since then I have finding a lot of ways to better myself as a missionary. My companion and I are already seeing miracles this week. We go through the hard because God is preparing us for the good. I don't know what will happen this week. I hope we will be able to see the good, but if we are rejected again... it's all good. There are some things that only God can control. 
Pics- My companion got a Christmas package and it had Christmas lights and a big Rudolf poster! We have our Christmas hats and our ties and are so pumped for Christmas!

This is my new district! I have the most time in the mission in my district which is soo weird! I feel like I entered yesterday! 

I love you guys so much! Thanks for all the support! 

Elder Buhrley

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015

Hey Everyone,

Dang I cannot believe I am writing again!

This change is coming to an end and we will receive a call tomorrow to see if I am leaving Palin or if I will be here to complete 6 months here in Palin! I am feeling like I am leaving but I guess we will see!

This change flew by soooo fast. I didn't feel it at all. I learned so many things in these past 6 weeks. This only thing I regret is that we didn't baptize anyone this change... Man that hurts. It gets so discouraging when you work your hardest and it's not working out. Frustrating. I am so ready for this next change. Start over again new. 

Something that's going on is that my companion and I are doing a commercial about the church and about the missionaries here in Palin. The ward mission leader works for a local TV station and he called us  and said that he wants everyone to know the missionaries and the church. So Elder Duran and I are going to have an interview with him and be able to share testimony; it will be kind of cool. We will be famous. haha

Spiritual thought... I have been really studying the doctrine of conversion lately. It's really an incredible thing. It doesn't happen over night. It doesn't happen in a grand spiritual experience either. Like Alma, he saw an angel, but wasn't converted until he prayed much and fasted much to know through the Holy Ghost. Paul from the Bible saw the resurrected Christ but when he explains to the Corinthianss he says that only through the Holy Ghost you may know. It's so true. Conversion takes place though and only through the Holy Ghost. I have felt the power of the conversion power, in myself and also in my investigators and converts. We are working with a guy and he has smoked for over 55 years and is now almost there to stopping completely. When I found him he was smoking multiple packs a day and yesterday he smoked a half but then he threw it out his window. I see the conversion process in him. He is soo close to being baptized! Also his wife! I am excited for them. I invite you all to strengthen the conversion of yourself. As with the people of King Benjamin, you will not have a desire to sin. The desire of sin is swallowed up in the desire to follow Christ and being closer to him. Alma 22:15-"I will give up all of my sins to know the(God)." To be more converted we must give up all of our sins. Through repentance we can come to know our Savior and have a personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ. 

Wel.. I love you guys so much!!! Thanks for all the support!

Elder Buhrley


PS  We played ping pong. The last place I played was in the Criddle house :.....(

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015

HEYY!

I always sit down at the computer and forget what happened this past week. Ha

We had a really good week. We saw some really cool miracles and we sacrificed to see miracles. We worked out heart out and got rejected again but it's all good because we found the people that the Lord has been preparing.

We have some people who are progressing but THEY DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH! We had 11 people who told us to pass by their house so we could go to church together but ALL of them had an excuse... I was so torn in church. If you don't go to church you can't get baptized! It was a really rough Sunday because only 2 of our investigators went.. It really hurts to be working your tail off and not being able to see the fruits of your labor. Sunday was a rough one..

We had a few people set to get baptized this week but can't do it now because they didn't go to church. It's been really hard to baptize in these last few weeks.

One thing that happened was that we went to Walmart for a zone p-day. You read that right. We got pumped up as a zone to go visit a Walmart. It was my first time stepping foot in a Walmart in over 9 months. It was cool to see some of the food that I ate so often before the mission. ha

We had a lesson with a pastor of a Evangelical church. He was crazy! He wanted to Bible bash at first and I have learned that you don't want to do that. Bible bashing really is just your opinion of what the scripture means against how he interpreted the scripture. I just told him, "If you want to Bible bash, we will leave right now. It will waste our time and yours. We have a message to share, if you want to listen, we will stay." He told us he would listen so we shared a little with him. He then went on to tell us that he had fasted for 37 days and saw God and Christ one day and that he is a prophet. So that was a cool lesson. I'm finding a lot of people like that now a days. ha

Spiritual thought. If we aren't enjoying the gospel its because we aren't living it, or living it but not living it correctly. God made a plan and His plan is perfect. The goal of this plan is happiness. That's Gods desire for us. The plan is His Gospel. We need to follow the plan in order to find the happiness! Follow the plan that our Father in Heaven has for us and you will find happiness! You need to follow it with you heart. There are many people who go to church but don't go to bring themselves closer to Christ. Many people read the scriptures but don't meditate in the scriptures. I invite you all to find the joy in the gospel!

I love you guys so much! Here is a photo of one of the 4 volcanoes that we can see from our house that was spitting lava the other night!

Love you all,

Elder Buhrley


 

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 3, 2015

Dang this week was one heck of one!

Happy Halloween! The Guatemalans don't celebrate Halloween so that was a bummer.. Man I love Halloween! They celebrate the Day of the Dead, which is just a big excuse to get drunk, just like any other celebration here. But we got to take the young men to the cemetery this Saturday to look for their ancestors for baptisms for the dead so that wasn't too bad.

Man this last week was soo hard! My companion and I (Elder Duran) have been working our butts off. We are waking up extra early to get out of the house extra early to find people. We have been killing ourselves, but we are getting rejected! As President Markham tells me, "Elder Buhrley, get used to rejection because you will be getting rejected by all the girls after the mission too!" haha but really it was a really rough week. It gets frustrating when you are working so hard and then you can't see any fruit from your labors. But we suffered with patience and we saw some awesome miracles! We didn't find hardly anyone until Saturday but on Saturday found a ton of new investigators! My companion and I were dancing our way home that night.  Haha, it felt soooo good! But the Day of the Dead was Sunday, so everyone thought it was a good excuse to not go to church. Only half of the attendees went that normally go.... 

God puts us though suffering and hard times to learn. I've learned this on my mission. We go through suffering to be worthy of the blessings. You can read in the Bible or the Book of Mormon and the joy always comes AFTER the pain or suffering. Like with Alma the son and how he received forgiveness of his sins. He never feels so much pain and anguish, then after he never felt so much joy. God puts us through the hard as he is preparing the good. 

Also some stuff has been going on in the district. I love my district! They are all soo awesome! I have a pair of Elders and Hermanas (Sisters). One of the sister's grandma, whom she lived with before the mission, passed away. Man that was so hard! She is soo awesome, though, so she has been using it to push herself even harder. Sometimes is hard to get along because of pride. It really sucks. We are doing divisions today and I am going to really show em how to love their companions. That's one thing that I am learning here. GOTTA LOVE YOUR COMPANION:) 

I love my companion. Elder Duran. He is soo awesome. We laugh so much and are working really hard. I am loving this change! 

I found Egg Nog. Wow I was so pumped. That stuff sent me way back to the days at home!

I love you guys so much! Thanks for all the support!

Elder Buhrley

October 27, 2015

Hi Everyone,

This week went by so fast and I really don't have much to say.

This was a solid week and we worked really hard. It was a lot of fun and I am learning a lot everyday. Really, we are seeing miracles everyday. They are simple but so sweet. I love the mission field so much.

Man I really don't know what to say, we are just working hard but the people of Guatemala didn't go to church this last Sunday because they all voted for president.. stupid Jimmy Morales. So we didn't get all of our investigators to church.. That always kills.

On to the more spiritual stuff I guess..

I absolutely love the mission. I can't explain the changes I have made here in Guatemala. I love challenging people for baptism. We do it in every first visit and it's such an awesome experience. I came here on the mission to convert others but really I have found that I am converting myself. With every baptismal challenge, I put myself in my investigators shoes, and I am challenging myself. I look in their eyes and it reminds me a lot of myself. I was baptized when I was 8 but I wasn't converted until many years after. Once in my life I was just like them, and it doesn't matter who it is, a drunk, single mother of 5, a kid whose both parents have died, I feel an absolute connection to them all. With every baptism, I feel like I'm rebaptizing myself. I absolutely love the mission. I remember the beginning of my mission, lying down at night and thinking, "I don't know the language, no one wants to hear us, going home doesn't sound like the worst thing in the world." Something has really changed. I feel so changed through the Atonement. I love my Savior. If anyone is thinking about serving, just do it. But for all of you, remember that the gospel is something we can use to grow. Christ gave and suffered the Atonement so that we can change and become better. 

The Gospel is Joy. Alma 5:26-"And now behold, say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, would ask, can ye feel so now?" This scripture hit me hard the other day. Are we feeling the song of redeeming love? Are we changed by it?

Sorry this email was lame! I love you all!!

Elder Buhrley!

From letter to family: 
I'm healthy, I don't need anything. I feel soo good. haha Don't worry about me. I am all good!

Gosh I love you guys so much! Halloween! I will miss it soo much. I will be knocking doors in the rain. It's raining so much here and it just destroys. haha We are suffering but we are doing it with patience because God will bless. I am so stoked for the month. 

District leader. I was up til 11:30 the other night doing dats. haha I get to call my district every night and give them all advice and see how they are working. I get to direct the district meeting. I am always talking with the zone leaders. Really it's not that big of a deal. It's something fun. I enjoy being able to grow closer with my district. 

I love you guys. I don't have much to say. Enjoy halloween. I miss you guys a lot. I hope all is well. Only 2 months til christmas and we will talk! haha

October 20, 2015

Hey everyone!


This week has been crazy! I recieved my new companion, Elder Duran, who is from Honduras and just left his training. It's been so much fun to be with him. He is CRAZY but awesome! haha We are working on a few things! I love my companion!

This week was really weird. I got called as a district leader. It's been a big jump from being the junior companion to being a district leader. I am learning so much! It's such a great opportunity to be able to serve my district. DISTRITO PALIN!! haha today I got to direct my first district meeting! It was a lot of fun! 

I also did my first baptismal interviews! They were with the sisters of Cathy (I baptized her last month). There are 3 of them so I got to interview them and that was fun. They worship me! haha I think it's because I'm white, but I'll take it! They wanted my companion and me to baptize them so that was fun to dunk them all! 

We had a kid who was set to be baptized this Sunday but after a lesson with his dad, where we asked for permission, he won't be getting baptized until he is is 18.. Gosh it was so hard. The dad is like half pastor at an Evangelist church, and my companion started to bring up doctrine and started talking about the priesthood with him.. I wanted to slap my companion at that moment.. Never bring up doctrine with Evangelists, they are really hard hearted about their beliefs. It doesn't matter if the Bible says the opposite, they won't except it and it just makes them mad. It was such a hard experience because Anthony, the kid, who is 15, was crying after the lesson. I felt like I had failed him. Man it was a rough one...

Spiritual thought. Our mission President has often said, "Get down on your knees and pray, if you can't feel the Holy Ghost then you stay on your knees and pray until you can feel the Holy Ghost fill you." I love thinking about praying like that. Prayer is not a checklist. Prayer is something spiritual. You are literally talking to your Father in Heaven. You need to feel it, and if you don't feel it, stay there on your knees and pour out your soul unto you can feel it. 

I love you guys so much! Thanks for all the help and support! Enjoy your lives but always remember to put God first in all things! LOTS OF LOVE!

Elder Buhrley




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

Hi All!
I'm staying in Palin for another change! My companion is leaving.. That's going to suck. I love him a lot. He is a stud. He likes to work hard and that's something special! 

This last week was a week of miracles. Elder Giron and I have been working really hard in our area and we haven't had all that many baptisms. We just took pride in the fact that we were planting a ton of seeds for the near future. Until Thursday we didn't have plans of baptizing anyone this Sunday. We passed by Karla, who is a 9 yr old who has more than enough attendances. We began teaching her and the mom asked us, "Can she be baptized this Sunday?" We haven't even started the 5 steps! So we taught her a little and she was baptized this past Sunday. 

Then we were having our meeting with our ward mission leader and his nephew walks in. His nephew (12yrs old) has more than enough attendances and was almost baptized before but for some reason just didn't follow through with it. Elder Diaz (District leader) playfully started asking him interview questions, and this kid was responding perfectly. He had had a spiritual experience earlier that day and after talking for a little bit with him he decided that he wanted to get baptized the following day. WOW, IT WAS INCREDIBLE. God really threw us a bone because of the work that we have been doing! 
This week was awesome. We had a family attend church and they fit in like they were members. They told us they felt great in the church and I'm so excited to pass by today to teach them something new.

Story! So this past week Elder Giron and I went to go eat lunch and when we were about the enter into the house one of our recent converts (Irma) walked out or her house (neighbor) and she was crying. I asked her if there was anything we could do for her and she just pointed to her car. Her mother, another recent convert, was lying in the front seat. Her mom has been sick for a long time and was absolutely dead asleep in the front seat. Irma asked if I could carry her in the house. As missionaries we can't carry people so I called President Markham and he said, DO IT. ha So I took her in my arms and carried her a little ways into the house on to a bed. We gave Irma some words of comfort and left. Not 10 minutes later the members where we were eating told us that the mother of Irma died. Soo crazy! I carried a practically dead woman in my arms! Only in Guatemala.
I already wrote a ton so I wont add a spiritual thought. ha Love you all so much!!!

Elder Buhrley






Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October 6, 2015

 This week has been a good one! I really feel like I'm just going to say things that I have said before. but here we go!

We have a lot of people who are progressing! It's such a blessing! This Thursday we had lessons with 3 people in a row who had received an answer from God that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. That means that there will be baptisms here shortly! I loved how Alba, an investigator, explained it. She said, "It was a feeling that I have never felt before, but it felt so familiar to me. I loved it, I cried. I really want to go to church."  It's the best seeing these people, my friends, receive a spiritual witness that this is true! I love it so much!

We also got to do my favorite type of service a lot this week, CHOP WOOD! haha We chopped a whole lot of wood. I am getting real good. ;) 

Conference was in Spanish! Gosh it's so hard to understand! The apostles are always talking in phrases and words that don't translate well to Spanish! They use words I have never heard! haha but it was awesome. It's just not the same as in English, but it was a really spiritual experience and I loved it!

We have changes here on the 14th. I have a good feeling that I will be leaving, but who knows! If I leave it will be really sad because I'll  be leaving so many baptisms! and I love the members here. The mission is a blast. I'm getting refined and purified everyday and it feels so good.

EVERYONE! Push yourselves into positions where you feel awkward! You will grow! God pushes us so that we can grow, and it feels weird and we don't want to do it but its for our good! The diamond is made through pressure, and sometimes we got to push ourselves to have this pressure! 

I love you guys. Thanks for everything!


September 29, 2015


I always have these great thoughts about what I'm going to say but when I start typing literally nothing comes to my mind...
This week was awesome. We are seeing a lot of miracles and I am so grateful for it. We had a meeting with the assistants as a zone and they gave us a real heart breaker. We are underachieving as a mission and the assistants let us know. It really lit a fire underneath me. I take great pride in my mission and this hit me hard. So after this meeting my companion and I have been killing ourselves and it's never felt so good. 

We are seeing a lot of miracles. We had a lesson with and investigator names Felipe. He is a stud who has real intention to know how he can be closer to God. We brought the spirit really hard with him and answer every question that he had and taught about the restoration of the gospel. At the end of the lesson he told us, "When you guys are here I can feel the presence of God. I had previous plan for this Sunday but I will do everything I can to change them so I can go to Church with you guys." It felt so good hearing him say that. I love him.

We have a solid family in our ward and they had a cousin move in with them, his name is Selvin. We started the lesson with him and it was pretty obvious that he didn't want to listen but we just brought the spirit. At the beginning of the lesson he was lying sideways and was on his phone but then we just asked him to listen for 10 minutes and we promised he wouldn't regret it. I love seeing the look in the eyes of someone when they are feeling the holy ghost. He didn't want to listen at the beginning, but at the end of the lesson we challenged him to get baptized this 11th of October and he said that he would prepare. I love the holy ghost. It's incredible.

We had a camp fire! It was an awesome activity! Elder Giron and I chopped wood up, (Its the type of service we do here for literally everyone, I love chopping wood) and we had a campfire! We had almost all of our recent converts there so that was awesome! It was a bunch of fun. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! Thanks for everything! Know that I love you all individually! I know that the gospel is true. If you are having doubts, get down on your knees and ask God himself and I can promise you that if you do it with faith you will receive an answer. The Holy Ghost will testify to your heart that it is true. The Holy Ghost gives knowledge that man can not give. LOVE YOU ALL!

Elder Buhrley





September 22, 2015

 Hello everyone...

I really don't have much to write this week. We didn't have any baptisms so that was a bummer but we do have one set for this week. We are just preparing our investigators right now. We have a ton with a date of baptism so we are preparing them for their dates! We have some really great investigators and it's such a blessing to be able to be here to help them. It's amazing to be able to look at the change in someone. It's incredible!

As a mission we are reading the Book of Mormon in 90 days. It's crazy but it's so much fun. I just finished the Book of Mormon for the 3rd time here in the mission and with every verse read I'm learning more about God, Our savior Jesus Christ, and what I need to do to grow closer to them. The Book of Mormon is so powerful. In the introduction it says, The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel restored. Which means that if we read that book, and follow it, we will have eternal life. There is no other book that I know of that has that promise. I challenge for everything to read the Book of Mormon daily. You will see and feel a difference within yourself. Read, Meditate, and Pray. Its powerful.

I'm teaching classes of English as a service opportunity and the other day when I was teaching in a member's house I realized that I really have forgotten a lot of English.. I can't speak Spanish like a pro yet, and I have forgotten my English. haha I am in an awkward place. :) 

The mission is incredible. If anyone has any thoughts about going. JUST DO IT. I promise you will every fiber of my being that you will not regret it. And for everyone else, there is missionary work to be done. We, as members in this church, have the message that is of the most worth among the children of men. We have what brings Hope, Peace, and Direction to those people who will accept it. Peace, because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Hope, because we know who our God is. We know he loves us and gave his son. We are the only church that has the fullness of the Atonement. We can change and we have hope to change to become closer to our Father in heaven. Direction. We know the plan that God has for us. The plan of salvation, the plan of happiness. It is our duty to share with every living soul this message. It's absolutely selfish to keep it to ourselves. As a missionary I'm constantly inviting and challenging people to meet expectations from God. Mission work is an expectation from God. I invite everyone to pray for opportunities to share this marvelous message. And when you have that opportunity to share, don't think twice, don't respect the views of men, share with that person. The Holy Ghost will lead you to them who are desperately seeking for this happiness. I can testify that. 

I love you all! Thanks for all the support! I am so grateful to have you guys in my life! I am so blessed! LOVE YOU!!

Elder Buhrley

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 15, 2015

Hi All!

This week was a good one! We had two baptisms planed for this last Sunday but only had one... The devil is working on Daniel. His wife just had their first baby and he is stressed out with money thoughts so he started working Sundays. But we are going to have a spiritually overwhelming lesson with him and he will change his mind:)

Perla got baptized! It was awesome! She reminds me of Gabi Isrealson so I'm always joking and teasing with her. The baptism was a  great experience and she chose me to do the honors and dunking her. Her foot came up so we did it twice. Afterwards she was like, "Two times?!" and I told her, "Don't blame me! You had so many sins that I had to dunk you twice." haha She is funny.


This last week has been a good one. We are receiving a ton of help from the members here and it's a great privilege to be here with them. I love my companion. We are complete opposites but we both love mission work so we are getting along. We both know how to get over the problems that we face in a healthy way and it makes all the difference.

I am really understanding the Holy Ghost. I talk about him almost every week, but that is because he really is everything in my life. Without the Holy Ghost a missionary is nothing. There were a lot of times this week were I stopped and listened to what he was telling me and we saw miracles because of it. We found this teenager (Mario) in our area book and we went searching for a couple of hours the other day to find him and just as we were leaving I left that I just yelled at a teenager who wasn't really close to us. I just yelled, "What's your name?" And he yelled back, "Mario". So we got to place a day to meet with him and he is was positive. It's just simple stories like that but these are the stories that build my testimony.

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Elder Buhrley



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8, 2015

HEYY!!! I'm using a terrible computer and it won't let me add a subject line.. haha Gautemala.

This week was awesome! I received Elder Giron. He is awesome. He has 15 months so it's awesome to work with someone who knows a few things. He is a complete stud and likes to work hard!

Man this week was crazy. We have 2 baptisms for this Sunday. We baptize Sunday because our investigators need 3 attendances to be baptized. So we do it after church the 3rd attendance. Get 'em in the water as soon as possible! 

We have been working really diligently this week and it's such a blessing! We are obedient and diligent and it allows us to bring the Spirit in such a powerful way. We really just have to bear our testimony with all our hearts and teach a little about baptism and our investigators accept to be baptized with a date. We have a goal to do a baptismal challenge with a date with all of our new investigators and we are seeing miracles. We have been making a lot of promises to God and we are keeping our part and he is pushing us where he wants us to go. 

I am coming to really understand a lot about the Holy Ghost. His job is to testify and confirm the truth. My companion and I are really just trying to focus on how to invite him as powerfully as possible into our lessons. Our testimony is based on a confirmation of the holy ghost. We can't describe how we know that God lives and how he loves us. We know it because the Holy Ghost has told us. We feel it. We need to really feel the gospel more. Because really it's a feeling. We need to spend our time enjoying the gospel more often. We sometimes get hung up on doctrinal stuff, but really, the gospel is not something to be understood perfectly in this life. Pay attention to your feelings more often, listen to the Holy Ghost, invite him into your life. He comes when called, but stays when appreciated. I love that saying. 

LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! TAKE CARE! BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY GRANDPA AND DAD FOR THEIR BIRTHDAYS! 

Elder Buhrley

P.S. This past Sunday was voting day. So... That was crazy. People are so stupid here about politics. So many people bombed the police station and stupid riots because their guy didn't win. I am really understanding why there are so many stupid soccer riots here. The people just want to riot.