Monday, November 28, 2016

20th Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Elder Burton!!!


Elder Tenhoeve, Pablo & Elder Burton

Email November 28, 2016 - Happy 20th Birthday Elder Burton!!!

Email November 28, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Pablos Baptism!!

Life is so good, this week was amazing. On Saturday Pablo Garces entered the waters of baptism and began his journey. What an amazing man he is, it has been incredible to see his change. When we first met him he was a man addicted to drugs, and cigarettes, barely hanging on to his life. he first time we saw him, he shed tears of sadness and despair, not knowing how to face the trails that were in front of him. This week, we shared tears of happiness as he made the best decision up till now in his life to be baptized. He really is a new man, and he is just starting on the path. He asked me to baptize him and I was honored to do so. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

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Email November 21, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Training the district leaders

Wow! What an awesome week!! Sometimes I'm just so happy and I don't even know why. And then I stop to think about the many many blessings that I have right now in my life and I fully understand it. This week was awesome!! We had the opportunity to train the district leaders of the mission and it went great. We have realized lately that it doesn't do a lot of good to sit a bunch of missionaries in a room and talk at them or even with them. Maybe you'll get some good ideas going around but in the end nobody really learns that much or puts what they learned in practice. The way to learn is by doing it. So this week for the district leader training we did just that. We taught for about an out and then we went out into the field to learn on the go. We had 4 groups of 6 to 7 missionaries working together in an area, trying to improve their skills and help the people in that area. After two hours they all came back and reported on what they did and learned. And wow, it was awesome! We ended up finding 16 new investigators, contacted more than a hundred people, placed more than 40 copies of the book of mormon, and more. All in less than two hours, in an area that has been needing some serious help. It was awesome, when they all returned we shared experiences and talked about what we learned and how we can all improve. It ended up being a very spiritual meeting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Goodbye & Hello

Goodbye Elder Maldonado - Hello Elder Tenhoeve

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Email November 15, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Goodbye Elder Maldonado

First off, don´t worry about the fact that I´m writing on tuesday, our p-day yesterday wasn´t much of a p-day because we were helping the misionaries that were ending the mission get off to the airport and everything. So we didn´t have time to write. And today we were with all the new missionaries, so now we are trying to get off a few emails now that we finished.

But wow, yesterday was weird. I said goodbye to my companion Elder Maldonado and also my trainer Elder Bahena. Two great missionaries who have become very close friends. How time flies. I´m grateful for the things that they both taught me. Now I am with my new companion Elder Tenhoeve! And wow, we are gonna have some awesome transfers together. He is from Logan, and is a ton like me. Likes mountain biking, wants to study medicine (is trying to convince me to do it at Utah State), and loves the gospel. the Lord has even already started to bles us with a few ideas that are really gonna change the mission. I´ll talk more about that in a few weeks. But yeah, it´s gonna be fun, i´m super excited to be with him.

On Sunday we traveled to the furthest área in the mission which was fun. WE had to move a few missionaries, I ended up driving for about ten hours, more than 600 kilometers. But it was fun, super pretty out there. Nothing but fields and open blue skies. I love this country.

Well, sorry I don´t have much time to write, seems like it´s always that way lately. But that´s life :) And it´s the best life :) I hope you all have a great week! I love you all.

Les quiero, Elder Burton

Monday, November 7, 2016

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Email November 7, 2016 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Here come the changes...

Well it has been another great and busy week down here in the best mission is the world! :) This week we finished up the interviews and trainings in the last two zones of the mission. They went super well! It has been a huge blessing to be able to travel around the mission getting to know so many great people and beautiful places. I have now taught a lesson with almost every missionary in the mission which is pretty cool. It has helped us a ton know how to do the transfers. Because that´s what we spent the rest of the week doing! And we are pretty much finished.

One part of the transfers that has been fun is that my companion, Elder Maldonado, is ending his mission next week! Pretty crazy, it´s kind of heard to believe that I´ve already been with him for 2 transfers. I´ve truly enjoyed my time with him and I´ve learned a ton. But now I will have the opportunity to learn from a new companion! I already know how it is, he will begin working with us tonight so that he can be trained a little bit before Elder Maldonado leaves. His name is Elder Tenhoeve, from Logan, Utah. I was his zone leader for a while and we´ve done exchanges together a few times, so I already know him pretty well. And I´m super excited, He´s an awesome missionary, I have a feeling that we are going to work very well together. I´ll send pictures next week.

Well that´s pretty much been this week. It flew by. I hope you all have a great week, thanks for everything that you do! Have fun with the elections, vote for my Mom!! :)

Les quiero, Elder Burton