Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Email September 13, 2017

Email September 13, 2017 – Elder Jackson Kunzler Burton
First week!

Hey everyone!

     This first week has been amazing! I love the MTC! It's funny people keep asking me and the others in my district how we're doing, making sure we're not too stressed or anything, but I'm doing great! This is the least stressed I've been in years, and it feels great. Without having any homework assignments coming up or my mission looming, now I can really just focus on learning the language and the gospel and its amazing. I've learned so much already! My branch president and his wife, President and Sister Collinsworth, really like to emphasize having the right mindset and focusing on the positive. They have lots of stories about the power that comes from it. A quote they said is, "What you focus on grows." So if you focus on negative things, even if it's things you need to stop doing, it has the opposite effect. You need to focus on the good things you should be doing, not on that bad things you shouldn't be doing. That also relates to the devotional we had last night by Patrick Kearon of the presidency of the seventy. He's that British guy who spoke in general conference about helping refugees. He gave a great talk. One of the things he said they I really liked is that you can CHOOSE to be happy. Our circumstances don't determine our happiness, we do! I sang in the choir for that devotional, and the song we sang was "Nearer my God to Thee," which is one of my favorite songs. If you read the lyrics, it's all about being strengthened and finding joy even in our trials. I know that is true. God gives us trials not to hurt us, but to strengthen and refine us, and they really can bring us joy. I've learned so any other great lessons this week too. The spirit is so strong and so constant here at the MTC and I love it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Email September 6, 2017

Email September 6, 2017 – Elder Jackson Kunzler Burton
First Day!

Hey everyone!
       First day at the MTC is pretty much over! It's been great! My
 P-day is on Wednesday so that's when I'll be emailing. The MTC is awesome!  Everyone is so friendly and helpful. We had a cool meeting where we taught investigators as a group with all the new missionaries. It was really cool, and the spirit was so strong. They just passed a microphone around to anyone who wanted to speak, and it took a while before I worked up the courage to say something,  just because there were so many people there, but I was so glad I did. It helped me get past my fear a little. I also learned how important the spirit is. It really does make up for our weaknesses. Sorry this letter is so short I don't have much time but I'm doing well! By the way I don't have many people's emails so please forward these to anyone who wants them. I love you all!


Elder Burton

Entering the Provo MTC

On September 6th the Burton family assembled to take Jackson to the Mission Training Center and begin his mission. We drove 2 cars from Ogden to the MTC and Alex met us in Provo as well. The only one we were missing was Peter who had a root canal to preform.

After a quick lunch we headed to the Provo Temple for a few pictures.

Everyone snuggled into the suburban to make the official drop off.

Jack was somehow sitting in the back corner of the car and therefore the last one to get out of the car.

One more group snapshot . . .

and hugs . . .

and off he went through the new underground parking to start his missionary service.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017


Email June 5, 2017

Email June 5, 2017 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Don´t cry for me Argentina

Well...I guess this is pretty much more days to work my heart out in this beautiful country.

Honestly I'm kinda at a loss for words, I still can't believe that I've actually reached this point. It feels pretty unreal.

I´m going to miss this place. The amazingly blue skies, the loving people. I´m going to miss speaking spanish in the streets and chasing dogs in the alleys. Working in the rain and sweating in the sun. I'm even going to miss the sight and smell of burning trash in the gutter and drunk guys yelling at us from the sidewalk. Especially I will miss testifying of my savior Jesus Christ, being one of his official representatives. Having His name upon my chest.

What better way to get to know your maker than to spend time in and with his creations. In the the service of his sons and daughters. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Photos from Buenos Aires

Elder Burton - Elder Cahoon - Elder Tenhoeve

Email May 29, 2017

Email May 29, 2017 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Another week in the life :)

First off...Happy Birthday Ken an Brig!! I hope you guys have an awesome day, make it a good one, know that I love you guys a ton.

Second off...Congrats to my brother Jack getting his call to serve a mission in Japan!! You're gonna be an awesome missionary. I´m so excited for you.

Missions really are the best. Two years with one purpose to make the world a better place by helping people come unto Christ. It really is the most noble of works and it reaps so many rewards. Something that I have learned recently is something that King Benjamin taught, that we are eternally indebted to our God. Every time that we do something to try to pay him back for the blessings that he gives us he just ends up dumping even more blessings upon our heads. And then there is the one blessing that would be impossible to ever payback, that of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that through him, we can be cleaned a perfected to one day return to his presence. How blessed we are. How blessed I am. My mission has really opened my eyes to how great God really is and how much he loves his children.  He is our Father and loves us infinitely. Of that I am certain. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jackson's Mission Call

May 25th 2017

Here comes the mail truck!

Sam gets there first.

Jackson has been called to serve in the Japan Sapporo Mission!

He will enter the Provo Mission Training Center on September 6th!

Congratulations Jackson!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Email May 22, 2017

Email May 22, 2017 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Life is good

Life is so great. How is it that I am so happy but so tired at the same time? My comp and President always make fun of me because everytime I sit in the car to go somewhere I fall right asleep. I take it as a good sign haha.

It´s bbe a good but busy week as always. This week we did interviews with four zones and my comps and I did practices with the missionaries. It all went really well. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Photo from Buenos Aires

Email May 15, 2017

Email May 15, 2017 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
New companion!

It´s been a great week!! This week was full of eventful things, first of which is that I got a new companion! I´m still with Elder Tenhoeve who has been my comp for the last almost 8 months, but now we are in a trio with an awesome missionary named Elder Cahoon! He will be my replacement once I take off, so we are just kinda showing him the ropes for now so that he knows how everything works. But he´s great, he´s from Montana and has a year and a half in the mission. We are already super good friends because he has worked with us in the offices as secretary for the last six months. I´m excited to be his comp and will be an awesome assistant! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Photos from Buenos Aires

Email May 8, 2017

Email May 8, 2017 – Elder Isaac Kenneth Burton
Crazy week

Well this week has been awesome and super crazy! We are really focusing everything in the mission right now on worthines and obedience so that we can keep improving and baptize more of these amazing argentine people. As part of that, my comp and I have been doing revisions of all the missionaries apartments, which has been a pretty interesting experience. But that´s what we did pretty much the whole week. Also we had leadership last one. I have been a part of the mission leadership council here since january of 2016, and it has been such a blessing to work with so many great missionaries and learn from them. We talked a lot about obedience, especially from the leaders. If the head is bad, the whole body follows. I´m grateful that we have good leaders in the mission that help us improve and grow through their example. I´m grateful to have the only perfect leader, our savior Jesus Christ, as the head and leader of this church. He really is the perfect example and who we should be constantly trying to emulate. If we follow his lead, we will never be lead astray and fall from the path.

I love you all, have a great week!!

Con mucho amor, Elder Burton