Email May 25th, 2015 – Elder Kenneth Wm. Burton
Bunch of Burtons
We found ourselves walking home the other day with a bag full of tobacco and pipes... We visited Mitch and were walking somewhere with him when he mentioned, "I've been thinking about baptism. I can't smoke or drink coffee if I get baptized can I?", "No, Mitch, you cant". He then set up an appointment with us for the next morning so that we could go back, and he gave us all of his smoking stuff. The coffee comes next. He is super motivated right now though for his baptismal date. He's studying daily and is doing everything he can to stop his addictions.
I believe last week I mentioned our plan to begin cleaning the streets of Horsens. We spent a couple hours last Tuesday walking down one street and filled 20 garbage bags. Much more than we expected. We're going to try and change it up somehow next time so that we can talk to more people while serving. A lot of people saw us out of their car windows, but not many were walking on the sidewalks, it's been pretty rainy this last week.
How does one evolve deliberately? We hear the word slothful in the scriptures. I feel that is the opposite, not caring where one goes, just letting things happen. Going with the flow, letting ones environment control them. You end up laying in the dust, not amounting to anything. But hey, at least its comfortable. Moroni exhorts us to rise from the dust in verse 31, to deliberately evolve and move forward. He then explains how in verse 32. "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ ye can in no wise deny the power of God."
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal.
Chart and compass came from thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
Thanks for all the photos! Looks like there has been a ton happening back home. I can't believe Ike is graduated!
Love you all,