Sunday, February 24, 2013

A letter sent to Mom- February 18,2013

The following letter was sent to my mom about my brother. The letter is from a sister in their ward:
Your son is amazing! We have him come over for dinner. He is  so sweet. We are so blessed to have gotten to know him.  He gave my husband a blessing and my husband was so touched by it. My husband was just baptized in October. He brought over his Valentine's food you sent him so we could fix it for him and his companion. What a sweetheart. We love him so much!  Please let me know if we can do anything for him. We have them over for dinner a lot. Do you have a favorite dinner recipe I could make him and surprise him with? Thank you for your wonderful son. Take care.

Hello from Tacoma!

Letter Home- February 4, 2013

This week definitely has been a busy week – but, like you say, busy is good! Tuesday was transfer day. Elder Larson and I had the great opportunity of driving down to the airport and picking up the brand new missionaries. We are projected to raise our number of missionaries from 180 to 250 in the next few months. Isn't that so exciting! I couldn't believe that just 4 months ago I was in their shoes meeting President Weaver for the first time and feeling completely overwhelmed. We drove them all to the 12th and Pearl building here in Tacoma (our building) and proceeded to prepare for transfer meeting. Man, that was such a crazy day. I saw a lot of good friends go home and it was amazing to see how the past two years had impacted their lives. So many of them noted how they wished they were in the new missionaries' shoes: starting this whole journey all over again... I'm not sure if I'm at that point in my mission yet, but I hope one day I will get there. 

We spent a lot of time working in the office this week and getting everything situated from transfers. We had to update the transfer board, work on a few excel files, update imos..... just a lof of time consuming projects that have to get done right away. Also, every Sunday night we record the key indicators for the mission from all the districts and send out the facts. FUN STUFF! Really, I actually enjoy doing all that work :)

Wow, so Japanese grandma and uncle are coming down to visit this week. Ha, I didn't realize that this was the week that they were planning on visiting! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? Well, have fun without me.... Lol, JK. I really wish that I could be there to see them. I really wish that I could just hop on a plane and visit for the weekend, but it's just not possible. So, be sure to take a lot of pics and maybe even some videos! Eat enough Salt Lick and Hula-Hut for me. Mmmm, that's one thing I haven't had in so long... BBQ. People up here hear that I'm from Texas and make pulled pork sandwich’s for me thinking that it reminds me of home, but that just doesn't compare to some good ribs and brisket. I sure did not realize that BBQ meant something different depending on where you live.

I bought a gym membership this week! Don't worry, the Y gives discounts to missionaries ($20 a month). So I'll be going there a few times a week trying to get back in shape. Everyone keeps feeding us junk food and sweets, which I really appreciate, but sometimes all I really crave is for someone to give me a carrot.... mmmm.

Alright, well Elder Larson and I have another busy week ahead of us knocking on doors and spreading the only true and perfect gospel of Jesus Christ in Tacoma. This past week we found a few people that are interested in learning more about the gospel and hopefully we will be able to put them on date soon. I love you and I'll talk to you soon :)

-Elder Burton