Sunday, June 10, 2018

Email June 10, 2018


Email June 10, 2018 – Elder Jackson Burton

Hey Everyone!
                  This week was transfer week! I'm still in Ebetsu, but both Elder Hastings and Elder Morwood transferred and I have a new companion! His name is Elder Ramsey, he's from Seattle, he's 20 years old, he's half Japanese, he's a really nice guy. I'm excited for this transfer, I think we're going to see a lot of miracles. This is my first time being in an apartment with just two elders, so it's a little different but I like it. This last week we had a lesson with an investigator we met on the street the week before, it went really well! He had a lot of good questions and a sincere desire to learn, and I think he definitely  felt the Spirit. We also have an appointment on Thursday with an investigator we taught a couple weeks ago, I think I mentioned him, I'm excited for that, we're planning on inviting him to be baptized so we'll see how it goes! We also have a member coming who is a returned missionary so that should help a lot. There's so much power in member missionary work! We also found an older man yesterday who met with the missionaries when he was in junior high! Nothing ever came of it then but because they left a good impression on him he was willing to listen to us, wants to come to English class, and invited us to come back. Just goes to show you never know what kind of an influence you have on people, and even 50 years later isn't too late! God knows all His children and He knows when they're ready. I know He is guiding and directing this work. I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Burton

Monday, June 4, 2018

P-Day Photos

District activity in Iwamizawa

Email June 4, 2018


Email May 4th – Elder Jackson Kunzler Burton

Hey Everyone!
                  This week was so great! We had so many miracles! On Monday night, we went to visit an investigator, and on the way we just happened to run into an investigator from another area, so we said hi and talked for a couple minutes before going to our appointment. Then when we were teaching the investigator, we were in a food court, and that same member happened to walk in! She came and told her conversion story and testified of the Book of Mormon and it really touched the investigator. He was also really surprised when he found out we and the member had never met before that day. It's really cool how you can become friends with someone so quickly. On Tuesday I went on exchanges in Iwamizawa with Elder West, we both got to Japan at the same time so that was fun. On Friday we had two lessons, the first was with a lady who had a member friend and went to the Sapporo temple open house with her, and her friend came to the lesson and so it was great. Her friend is also somewhat less active so hopefully being a part of helping a friend come unto Christ will help her as well. Then that evening we had a lesson with a college student that went really well. We also had a member at that lesson, a recent convert who is an awesome missionary and way nice, she's the one who let me borrow a bike. At that lesson, after we gave him a Book of Mormon, the investigator told us about a dream he had the night before where his grandma who had passed away gave him a book, and he was super surprised when we gave him a book because it was about the same size and color. So he's really excited to read and pray about it, such a big miracle. We also found on Saturday a man who wants to meet, he said he's met missionaries a few times before and it's because of them that he believes God! And he wants to meet and learn more, so we have an appointment for next week. God is blessing the work so much! I know this is His work and He is hastening it in Japan! I've really gained a testimony of member missionary work this week! There's so much power when members participate and work to bring God's children to Him. I'm so grateful to be in Japan at this amazing time! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Burton

Monday, May 28, 2018

Photos From Japan

Email May 28, 2018


Email May 28, 2018 – Elder Jackson Kunzler Burton

Hey Everyone!
     This week week has gone by so fast! To start off we had zone conference which was awesome! They focused a lot on working with members which is so important! It's through the members that the missionary work in Japan is going to skyrocket. And that applies everywhere, I hope all of you back home are trying hard to be the best member missionaries you can be, I didn't do very well before my mission but now I understand a lot better how important it is. Another thing that was emphasized at zone conference is being creative and using the talents God has given you. If everyone does the same thing, only a few people will actually be successful at it; we all have unique talents and abilities to further God's work and he expects us to use them! So we're going to try to be more creative in our missionary work.        After zone conference I went on exchanges with my district leader Elder Blackley in Iwamizawa. It was awesome, we taught a kids English class which was so fun, and we taught an investigator or had identical twin one year old daughters! They were so cute! Japanese kids are the cutest in the world.
                  Later in the week we had a lesson with a catholic investigator that went really well. He was actually converted to Christianity by LDS missionaries like 30 years ago but because his wife was Catholic he became Catholic too. But we've been trying to get him to read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and he finally read not only that but the Restoration and the Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlets too! So we had a really good lesson on the restoration, the Spirit was really strong, and now he just has to pray to know for himself. We're meeting again this week, I'm excited. We also got an appointment set up with a family that we housed into a few weeks ago, so I'm excited to see how that goes, and we have an appointment with a college student that same day so that should be good. We've been seeing a lot of miracles and blessings lately. I know God is watching and helping this work, I have such a strong testimony of that. Oh, and one more huge blessing, we sent my bike back to the company and they said they'd send me a new one so I don't have to buy a new bike! Huge blessing! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Burton