Email February 24, 2014 - B.O.B.
Elder Kenneth Wm. Burton
Bunch of Burtons
"It is impossible for us to fail when we do our best when we are on the Lord’s errand."
—M. Russell Ballard
I don't know if anyone has seen it yet, but the church has made an addition to Family Search. It looks like they bought a third party company called Puzzile that allows you to be able to track your family even easier. One thing that was cool was you can go back to one of your ancestors and see all of their decendence, allowing you to be able to see all of your cusins and recent relatives.
A few weeks ago on splits we were knocking doors and this lady said she was busy, but said we could try stopping by again. We stopped by twice sence then and both times the same woman answered but said she was busy, and sugested stopping by before 18.00 (6:00 pm). We stoped by again Saturday morning, her husband answered and let us in. We then taught a short lesson on the Restoration. It went great! Per the dad, spent most of the lesson keeping the two kids out of trouble, but the mom Maryanne was really interested. She said she liked everything we said, she is from Brazil and was raised Catholic, but she doesnt agree with all the Catholic beliefs. We set up another lesson and she seems really excited to read the Book of Mormon. Elder Hinrichs and I came out of the lesson with smiles spread across our faces. We're teaching a family!
Elder Hinrichs mentioned the other day about a survey or something that he had seen that had concluded that in order to achieve a profesional level in something you need to have 10,000 hours of experience. You would need to practice something two hours a day for almost 14 years in order to reach a profesional/ mastered level in a skill. I would need to speak/ practice danish 16 hours a day in order to reach a native/ mastered level of danish. Knowledge cannot be recieved standing still, it must be saught after. "Walk long enough in the hills and you will find the tiger." -Chinese Proverb, you'll never find the tiger waiting at the bottom, you need to make an effort.
One comfort is said well in D&C 123:17 "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." If we cheerfully do everything we can, God will take care of the rest.
Meeting new people is always so much fun! Especially when people start asking about your family. It goes something like this.
New friend- "Do you have any siblings?"
Me - "Ya... I have an older sister, she's on a mission right now in South Korea"
New friend- "Oh wow Korea thats exciting"
Me- "I also have seven younger brothers."
Then their mouths drop open and you can see them doing the math.
New friend- "Nine!"
Most families here are about two or three kids. Five is a huge family. Nine is amaizing. And then my mom gets all kinds of compliments.
I learned something terrible the other day. Nutella is a German brand, that means its pronounced (new-tella) not (nut-ella) after all. :(
You know Soap works a lot better than fabric soffener, my white collars are actually getting cleaned. And Elder Hinrichs white shirts have turned white again. They were starting to get an orangey brown tinge to them. We discovered its a lot like the church. Most people dont realize what there using isnt actually soap, or that their not going to the true church. It makes your cloths smell good so it must be working right? Until you find the Gospel of Jesus Christ and your garments are washed white again.
We stopped by a Danish Folkekirke (danish church) today because we heard there was a king buried inside that you can see. You couldnt see the king himself, but he did have a cool grave. and coffin I'll include some photos. We counted about 50 other people also with graves in this church.
I wish you all an amaizing week! For those of you who want to get good at something consider the 10,000 hour idea, Im not saying to do something for 10,000 hours but it does go to show that in order to get good at something you need to do it a lot. You cant just hope the tiger comes to you.
Elder Kenneth Burton