Email September 29th 2014 – Elder Kenneth Wm. Burton
Bunch of Burtons
Ahhh! Alex! Your first P-Day back home! So weird to think! And just in time for General Conference!
All the missionaries on Sjaelland are going to the church building in Copenhagen for the weekend to watch Conference. I'm so excited! It feels like its been hardly any time sence the last session back in April.
Alma16:16 And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming—
I'm excited to start preparing to receive the words of the Savior that will be given to us through his Prophet and Apostles. This is a great opportunity we have to learn and to increase our faith. We have a few investigators who are interested in watching conference as well, so that's exciting.
If we had not had our service cloths with us when we did I am positive he would have turned down our offer to help like everyone else does. But because we were prepared and had followed the prompting we were able to come into contact with a couple who otherwise may not have accepted the missionaries. We're going to be going back the next time we're in the area and help some more, they have quite a bit of work their doing on the house before they move in, and Henning said they would love some more help.
So sort of ish sad news. We stopped by Ditte and she answered saying her son Frederik wasn't home so we wouldn't be able to go in. But then she came out and told us that her and Frederik had talked about it and have decided they will not join our church. But... we are always welcome to come by and talk, both about life and faith. The good news is their answer can easily change. As they learn more and come to better understand the gospel they will recognize the joy they feel when we meet with them is the Holy Ghost. From what I can see the main challenge is that they are not wanting to change, Frederik likes hanging out and drinking with his friends and knows he would have to change if he accepted the gospel. He has such great questions. We met with the two of them last night and taught the plan of salvation and you could really see Frederik thinking it through.
Our friend Robert is having the same challenge right now. The only thing that's keeping him from progressing is a fear to change. He hasn't yet prayed because he's worried that he might actually get an answer and then have to do something about it. "Faith is not so much something we believe; Faith is something we live." -Joseph B. Wirthlin. Getting out of our comfortable patch of soil is hard and scary. But the joys that come from the growth of it are amazing! Acting on our beliefs pushes and build our capacity of joy. The scriptures warn so often against hypocracy, If you believe something but don't act on it your only being a hypocrite.
"True happiness is not getting something. True happiness is becoming something." - Marvin J. Ashton.
Our area is being kind of cleaned out right now in a way. The three new key indicators we're using, the three things Elder Textara has asked us to do, have helped to weed out those who are less positive. People who are not as positive as they had seemed when we were meeting with them only once a week. Our pool of people to work with has shrunk down quite a bit so now we're doing a lot more finding to fill it back up. This time with more solid investigators. We're focusing a lot in our companionship on teaching while we find. We had started falling into a rut of the same short contacting approaches that no one listened to. We're trying to keep ourselves "eternally uncomfortable" in our finding so that we're never trapping ourselves in a rut. The great thing about the gospel is we can repent and reach for Christs hand to be lifted out of the canyon we've dug ourselves into.
Good luck this week! "Keep going and the Lord will help you."-D. Todd Christofferson
-Elder Ken Burton