Sunday, November 15, 2009

Letter from Elder Burns 11/15/2009

Dear, family
There are a few things about my new companion that I like. He is an extremely good teacher and a very hard working missionary, and I am striving my best every day to learn to love him.
What's happened with Cheng is that he hasn't been able to make it to church because he has school exams and stuff that happen on Sunday, so what we did is we had to move the date to the 5th of December so that he could come to church a few more times before getting baptized. He just needs to gain the desire to come to church more.
I will get to go to the temple when we have Christmas conference. It will be awesome but its too far to travel from here.
One really cool experience that I had this week was of course to baptize Michael, and that was so exciting!!!!!!
What was really cool is me and Elder Lord where walking out of an appointment with an investigator that really wants to get baptized, but he wont be able to until January because of criminal stuff. We where walking away when this guy walked past and said "Hey, elders. How are you?" We were caught a little of guard, and we found out that he had been associated with the church for a couple of years, but had just moved into the area and hadn't seen missionaries for a few years.
He had been taught everything for about eight months and he wanted to get baptized but the only thing that was holding him back was that he couldn't quit smoking. So we told him that we could help him stop smoking and we would come around and teach him. He has been off smoking for 6 days now, and still going strong. We are teaching him as often as possible. He wants to be baptized in 3 weeks, so that's way awesome. The Lord prepares people all around us, we just need to find them.
One more thing - continue on to read in chapter 3 of second Nephi as well. It's very powerful and I love it.
That is so awesome that you are losing so much weight and making that commitment.
I have lost another 5 lbs this week, so I'm continuing to lose weight and it's awesome.
I love you guys so much. I'm going to email pictures as well really quick.