Monday, September 24, 2012

Moving out of MTC

Elder Burton will be leaving for Washington tomorrow, September 25th. These last 3 weeks in the MTC have flown by! I will post his new address on the sidebar.

MTC Laundry Adventure

Hey, so I was just doing my laundry and I stepped away from the washer for like 5 minutes and someone took my whites. I've checked all the dryers and everything for them but can't find them. I've been looking for the past 1.5 hours. I'm super stressed and don't know what to do. All my shirts and garments are gone. I've already contacted the front desk, but they can't really do anything. Laundry here sucks. I'll let you know if they turn up.

An email from Elder Burton 1 hour later...

The gospel is TRUE! All of my clothes just turned up. No worries. Can you let mom know too so she doesn't worry??? Thanks, and sorry for the extra stress :P

MTC- Week 2

Mom and Dad,

This week has been absolutely incredible! We've been teaching some crazy hard investigators, but we finally got one to commit to baptism! Everything here about the MTC is amazing. The food, the Sunday walks, the missionaries. It's hard to believe I'm going to be leaving the MTC in just about a week to enter the mission field, BUT I can't wait :P This week my companion and I set a goal to feel a true love for our investigators, just as our Father in Heaven would. It's been a difficult attribute to work on since I'm naturally a judgmental person, but doing so has really improved my outlook on missionary work and life in general. Everyone deserves the opportunity to listen to the gospel and choose for themselves if this is the true church. I am so happy to be a part of that process.

My whole district also joined the choir this past week. Seriously one of the best choices I have made. Nothing helps me feel the Spirit more than listening to uplifting music! We are gonna be part of the MTC fireside this week, so look for me in the choir! I'll be sitting on the left (or I guess the right from your point of view) So yeahhhh.... Ok, I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week! I'll talk to you soon :) Oh and keep the letters coming! They seriously make my day :P

-Elder Burton

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Letter to Home- Week 1 MTC

September 10, 2012

Family and Friends,

The MTC has been a crazy experience so far. The first few days were pretty hectic, like super crazy and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and watch a movie. Too bad there is no time for naps or movie watching-haha. It was pretty hard getting over the initial shock of being here, but it's all good now! I don't even think about you guys that much! Ha, umm that was mean. It's just that we are so focused on learning the gospel there isn't really any time to do or think about anything else. I guess that's good though, no homesickness, no reasons to worry. 

We actually got to teach our first (fake) investigator this past week. That was an insane experience. It's impossible not to feel the spirit here and to not follow it's promptings. I seriously love this place.

Just so you know, my district is made up of the best guys possible. We all get along super well, which can make it kinda hectic, but whatever. At least we don't hate each other! :) My companion, Elder Ingram is a great guy and really makes it easy to be here and focus on the spirit. He gives me so much strength and helped make this process a lot easier. 

Sorry, I don't have much time to talk, but I want you all to know I love you and miss you. Thanks for all the prayers! Keep 'em coming ;)

Much love,
Elder Burton

My brother- the missionary

Hello family and friends! My brother, Elder Mathew Burton, left for the MTC on September 5, 2012. He has been called to serve a 2 year mission in the Tacoma, Washington Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This blog will be used to record his journey and growth as he serves the people he encounters in Washington.

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