Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013

Email December 30, 2013

Elder Kenneth Wm. Burton
Christmas Week

Bunch Of Burtons

Its so weird to think Christmas (Julefest) is already past, its weird to not have any snow.

So in Danmark they celebrate christmas on Christmas eve. My Christmas whent something like this...

We woke up at 6.30 like normal and I dropped and started a few pushups for my daily workout then went over to the pullup bar before I noticed that Ældste Hinrichs was at his desk opening a carboard box. "OH YA! Its Christmas!" so instead of working out I got to snack on treats for the whole morning! I also made an awesome Christmas breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns and bacon.

In the afternoon we went Christmas caroling with the district, and visited with a few potentials. The first thing a lot of Danish people do when you get let into there house is they go to the kitchen and make you a drink. From Coke to herbal teas (kind of gross) to this one drink were our investigator Lang took out a bottle of bluebeary syrup poored a little it two glasses, filled the rest with water and mixed it with a chopstick. It actually wasnt bad.

That evening we were invited to the Grant's hjem (home) for dinner. It was amaizing! We had like four different types of danish meats and three types of potatoes. Danes eat lots of meat and potatoes. The Åndenstie (duck, but I think I spelled it wrong) was amaizing. For desert at Christmas Danes do a tradition of eating rice pudding. They put one huge bowl on the table and somewhere in the bowl is a full almond. Whoever gets the almond without and keeps it hidden receives a small gift.

The Christmas tree stands in the middle of the room, that way on Christmas you can dance around the tree singing Christmas songs. With every verse change you change the direction.

December 16, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

Email December 23, 2013

Bunch of Burtons!

Ahh so much to write so little time...

First impressions-

It feels like im in Disney land half the time. The way the Buildings look, the smells, the people walking and biking everywhere.

Danish pastries are amaizing!

Sorry if everything is spelled wrong, im using a Danish keyboard and the spell check is Danish so its a Little confusing. And it keeps capitalizing random Words.

Photos - December 23, 2013

Elder Burton and all the new missionaries meet with the Denmark Copenhagen Mission President - Brother Sederholm and his wife

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013

Email received December 8, 2013 (December 9th in Korea)

Sister Alexandra Burton (1/2)

Wow, crazy right? All downhill from here :)
But, ah, I got a call on Tuesday and I'm NOT training.  My trainee couldn't get her visa and well...she's stuck in America for another six weeks.  Poor girl!  She's probably so disappointed.  I don't know if I'll still get to train her or not...we'll have to see next transfer!

But now I'm serving with the lovely Sister Simpson!  She got to Korea only a transfer behind me, so its pretty fun.  Knew her in the MTC and my first district. 
I'll send some adventures in a letter... :)

Love you!!!


Friday, December 6, 2013

November 25, 2013

This is an english class flyer that the missionaries hand out in the Korea Busan Mission.  The young elder  pictured is Elder Brendan Memmott, a young man that returned from his mission early this year and is now engaged to marry Alex's good friend Kelsie Lawrence.

November 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

Email from Elder Kenneth Wm. Burton


Thanks for the Emails and letters! Especially all the ones I get from my brothers..... :) 
(that's a hint by the way)

We got our first real snow last night, it actually stuck! I cant believe time is going by so fast, less than two weeks left and I'll be in Denmark. We should be getting our flight plans this Friday! Its crazy to think about, we only have like seven days of class left here in the MTC. I think it kind of shocked us all when we first realized that and we have been making new goals to try and progress faster in the language. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall 2013

Sister Burton eating at a Korean Costco with her companions

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 12, 2013

B. O. B.
I cant believe its only been a week here in the MTC! Even after the first day it had felt like we had already been here for weeks. In the last week we have learned so much and progressed so far. I can already say a full prayer in Danish! And we have given three lessons to our progressing investigator, all in Danish. 

When I was dropped off I ran right into AEldste Brindley from when I flew down to California. He was the one we saw at the temple before I was dropped off. It was nice already knowing someone within the first 30 seconds of getting here. We where guided around, got our badges and all our supplies, dropped our bags off at our rooms, then we headed straight for class. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Special Visitor From Korea

October 28, 2013

The branch mission leader in Shinjeong came to dinner at our home while visiting Utah on a business trip.  His name is Pahk Jay Yorl.  He told us to call him Jay.  He hand delivered letters to us from Alex!  He brought with him Gil, the man who baptized him when he served a mission to Korea.  Such an amazing night!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pictures sent 8-4-2013

The Utahn Trio in Ulsan - Sister Smith, Sister Burgoyne, Sister Burton

July 29, 2013

Mon. July 29, 2013
Hello, everybody!  So, I don't have any paper with me but I couldn't bear NOT to send a letter this week (especially with on hour & a half bus ride looming ahead).  So, I've scrounged around in my bag and found some random scraps to write on.  This bit was once a Korean tithing donation envelope, but now as you can see, it makes beautiful stationary.  You might be wondering WHY I have no paper??  Because (not thinking) I packed it all up and shipped it ahead of me with my books and clothes and other things.  I never knew that you could send luggage through the post office-do people do that in America??  Anyway, so my paper lies in wait for me in (sheen jung) which is right smack in the center of the city Ulsan - ring a bell?  Yep, I was here a few weeks ago to visit a very special family.  I never would have guessed (but my old companion did!) that I would be back so soon and here to stay!  The "Ulsan family" does not live directly in our area, but there are no sisters in(that area) so we're kind of in charge of that area too... there are no coincidences! Hopefully we'll be able to meet with them again soon.  Keep praying that we will be able to teach them!!  I am now serving in a TRIO with not just two other americans, but two other Utahites as well.  Sister Burgoyne from SLC and Sister Smith from South Jordan.  Sister Burgoyne entered the MTC at the same time that I did, but she arrived in Korea 4 weeks later because she had to get her tonsils taken out.  Sister Smith is in her 5th transfer, so she was trained for two transfers (like me) and than SHE trained a Korean companion for 2 (which means she's awesome) and now here we are all!  The LANGUAGE is certainly going to be an adventure for us all, but we know we can do it because God wouldn't put us here if we couldn't!  I am so excited for what we will learn and do as we all serve with each other.  Leaving Gupo was a tearful event, and I will miss (Esuebean) tremendously, but I feel such a peace and excitement because I know this is where I'm supposed to be next!  I am grateful to know this and feel this because not everyone does.  It was super hard on my companion.  But her new companion - Sister Ellingson(!!!) will take good care of her I know! What a small world it is :).  Now, I promised to send the story of my violin but I never did.  Thank you Sam, for reminding me today!  Its crazy that was exactly six weeks ago.  This transfer went by so quickly.  So six weeks ago, after transfer meeting, Sister (Esuebean) and I ventured off to Haeundae to visit a violin shop owned-->