We got transfer calls
this past Saturday! So, I'm no longer serving in Port Orchard. I'm now an
Office Elder in Tacoma and I'm training! How crazy is that?! I'm pretty nervous
about this transfer, but I'm sure some amazing miracles are going to happen within
the next few weeks. It was really hard leaving the Orchard Heights area though.
I've really grown attached to the missionaries I was serving with. We
definitely had the best district in the whole mission! Our last night together
was extremely bitter-sweet for all of us. Speaking of bitter-sweet, transfer
day was incredibly emotional. A lot of really good friends gave their final
testimonies and the Spirit was incredibly strong. Everyone was crying by the
end and singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" was impossible.
I hope I never have to go through a transfer meeting like that again!
So, my new companion's
name is Elder Larson. He's from Arizona and really seems like a good missionary
already! I think he came pre-trained :) Anyway, I can already tell he's going
to be a great companion and I'm definitely going to learn a lot from him.
I love you so much and
I'll talk to you really soon :)
Elder Burton with the other trainers at a Christmas party.
This week was absolutely
incredible. This past Saturday was especially good because I had 4 people that
I've been working with get baptized! In the morning A___ and R___ D_____ (9
year old twins) got baptized. I was able to baptize A___ which was really cool.
I was talking to R___ right after his baptism and he said something that really
stuck with me. He said "I didn't know I would feel this happy after being
baptized." How awesome is that?! It's so amazing to see how little
children can even tell how the gospel can change lives and really help improve
the lives of anyone willing to come unto Christ. Their less active mother and
brother were able to make it and really loved the service. Their non-member dad
even made it! Then, on Sunday, they were confirmed members at church (the first
time they had been to church in quite a while). They all had a great time at
church and I'm sure we'll be seeing them much more. That night Elder Bell
and I traveled over to Bremerton so I could see C____ and S_______'s baptism.
They were two investigators I worked with last transfer. They have each had to
overcome so many challenges in their lives, but since hearing the sweet message
of the gospel they have made so much progress. I have never seen them as happy
as they were on the day of their baptism. I love the influence I am able to be
a part of as we teach people about our Savior!
Other than that, the
week was pretty slow. We are still giving it our all, but with the winter
drawing in everyone seems to be shutting us out. I think the lack of sun really
affects people in Washington.
Oh, so you wanted to
know some of my favorite scriptures: D&C 35:13-14 is definitely my favorite
Anyway, I love you and hope
you have a great week.
I can't believe it's
already December! 1/8 of my mission is over..... CRAZY.
As a mission, we are
currently reading D&C and hope to finish it by Joseph Smith's birthday.
It's amazing how scriptures apply to each and every one of us. In my interview
with Sister Weaver I shared a scripture that has become a new favorite
(D&C 35:13-14). It's all about why God calls us to serve missions at such a
young age and the power we can have as we share the gospel. Turns out that's
the same one she wanted to share with me! Ha, funny how that works
It's amazing how the scriptures
can solve any problem people have. If they are struggling and are having a hard
time making it out to church you might want to instigate a "Scripture of
the Day" with them. You can text them a few scriptures from the Book of
Mormon that are related and based off a subject. That way, they have the
opportunity to read just a few scriptures a day.
Tell M___ I say hi! I
really miss my second mom :) We are all going to have to party it up when I get
back :) Oh, and be sure to say hi to G___ and T_____ for me too. I appreciate
everyone back home so much more after being away from them. I miss Austin
Well, I have to go, but
I love you so much and miss you! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and
I'll talk to you soon.
Seriously, where has the
time gone! I swear it was just yesterday that I was saying goodbye and entering
the MTC. But, it's Thanksgiving! I'm really going to miss your stuffing and all
the delicious food that you cook PERFECTLY. However, we are going to a member's
house who was a chef in New York for quite a while. My expectations are
I wanted to let you know
about a cool event I got to participate in this past week. So, Wednesday night
Elder Thornton called me letting me know that there was going to be a baptism
on Saturday that I needed to go to. Of course, I asked who it was that was being
baptized and he said K_____ S______. She is this 9 year old girl in a less
active family that I had the privilege of teaching every week last transfer.
The whole S______ family was super accepting and really seemed to enjoy me
especially. The family is full of kids so I had a great time being with them
too. Anyway, Elder Thornton then told me to be sure to bring white pants. I was
like umm, wait what? Turns out K______ requested me to baptize her! CRAZY HUH?
So, Saturday came and I baptized K______. It was awesome :) The Spirit was so
strong and I could feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for K______ and
how proud he is that she made the decision to be baptized.
Anyway, I hope you have
a great Thanksgiving and that you eat wayyyyy too much :)