Monday, June 27, 2016
Email June 27th, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Goodbye to the Thurgoods
It´s been another great week! And kind of a sad one two because it was our last week with President Thurgood and his wife. They leave tomorrow and we will recieve our new president, President Calquin, from Chili. On Wednesday, president and his wife came to our zone to say goodbye. We took pictures with them, they bore to us their testimonies, and that was it. President just made it sweet and simple which was good. But I´m really gonna miss them, they have both taught me so much that I will take with me for the rest of my life. They are two of the most humble people I have met, and so strong in the faith and knowledge of the gospel. Both the missionaries and the people of argentina have been greatly blessed by their service.
We will meet President Calquin on wednesday when they come to our zone for a mini zone conference. It should be awesome, I´m super excited to get to know him and work with him. It´s pretty cool that I am able to have one year with both of my presidents. I have and will learn a ton from two great men.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Email June 20, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Bailing Elders out of jail...
Well I have to say that this was one of the more interesting weekends of my life. On saturday moring during personal study we received a call from an elder in our zone. In a paniked voice he quickly explained to us that the sister missionaries in their ward had been robbed, his companion arrested, and that he was now alone with the hermanas in his apartment. Without asking many questions we hopped on the bikes and rode over to where they were. In short this is what they told us:
That morning the sisters had been out exersizing and ran into a drunk guy at a bus stop. He pulled out a gun and began to rob them. One of the sisters saw an opportunity and stole the gun from the robber and they began to run. Luckily the robber was drunk and couldn´t keep up with them. The sisters ran to the apartment of the elders in their ward but on the way a lady saw them runing with a gun and called the police. While the elders called president and tried to calm down the sisters they suddenly heard a lound bang on the door. They imediatly jumped to the conclusion that it was the robber and the elderes went into protective mode. One of them grabbed the gun that the sisters had taken from the robber and opened the door to find about 15 police officers pointing thier guns right at him. Of course the police officers saw the gun in the elders hand and went kinda crazy. They threw him to the ground annd hancuffed him and eveyone else in the apartment. When they realized that the missionaries weren´t actually dangerous they let them all go except for the elder who had had the gun. They arrested him and took him to the police station, leaving his companion with the sisters.
Thats when we got the call. We then spent the rest of the day calming them all down and bailing the one elder out of jail. And that was our Saturday. I definitly wasn´t expecting that when I woke up that morning. It was pretty crazy.
Other than that it was a pretty normal week. We found one new investigator named Tamara who is the friend of a recent convert. She´s super cool and has a lot of desire to learn about the church because her friend has told her a lot about it. Right now she´s not sure if she beleives in God but she wants to which is a good start. We´ll see how things go.
So that was my week. Thanks for everything, I hope everyone has a great week!!
Les quiero, Elder Burton
Monday, June 13, 2016
Email June 13, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Temple visit with the zone!
Another great week here in Banfeild! This week we had the awesome oportunity to have a our last zone conference with President Thurgood and his wife. And we did it in the temple! It was so nice to be able to attend a temple session and feel the incredible spirit in that beautiful place. There is no bettter way to feel close to God and Crist than going to the temple. We all left recharged with energy to work hard and find the people who are waiting to recieve the gospel.
We found a few new investigatores this week that are awesome! One couple, Isabel and Carlos, are super awesome. They have taken the lessons before and remember a ton. They hav read the whole book of mormon and really like it. The only hard part with them is that Carlos loves to talk. Thats pretty normal here, but he kinda takes it to a whole new level. So we just have to teahc them really slowly cause we can´t fit to much in every lesson. But they´re great, it´ll be good to work with them.
I don´t really have much to write today, it was a week full of miles in the street talking to lots of new people. Should result for a good week this week, we´ll see how things go. Thanks for all of your support and prayers, I love you all. Have a good week!
Les quiero, Elder Burton
Monday, June 6, 2016
Email June 6, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
New area, new people
I´ve now had one week here in Banfield 2b and wow, it is so different than any area that I´ve had so far. But it´s awesome, I love it! As I said before, this area is the richest, nicest area in the mission. That being said, it´s totally different. In my last area we averaged probably fifteen lessons a week more or less. This week we had three lessons. Pretty big difference, but it´s cool cause it means we contact a ton more people. And here you have to contact really well cause the people are really well educated and have pretty deep questions and comments sometimes. It´s pretty fun :)
One of the weirdest parts about this area is that everyone thinks that we are robbers, it´s kinda sad haha. Last night we were knocking a few doors looking for an old investigator and one of the people we talked to got super suspicious and started following us. We´re pretty sure he called the police. Kinda crazy :)
The other day we were walking down the street and we saw a house with a sign in front that said "happiness" in english. We decided that was a good sign and so we rang the door bell. A lady came out and recognized us imediately as mormons and told us that she has a instagram friend who is from Utah and told her a little bit about the mormons. She let us come in for a drink and we talked for a bit. She was super nice but unfortunately said she doesn´t beleive in anything and doesn´t want to talk about religion. But we might end up going by again sometime to try to teach her and her family something. Just a good person who needs the gospel and doesnt know it.
It was a weird, super different week, but it was awesome! I´m excited to be here and learn from this área. Should be super fun. Thanks for everything, I hope everyone has a great week!
Les quiero, Elder Burton