Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Letter from Elder Burns, Nov 1, 2009

I'm sorry that my letters arent very specific. I am always happy. I really enjoy what I am doing.  I am continuing to learn more and more about the gospel, and I am able to teach really well now.

Our area is doing really well me and Elder Kingi's numbers seem to surpass everyone else's in the mission. We always have the most lessons with a member present and we visit tons of less actives. This week we had 4 investigators at church and the less actives that we went and visited came to church as well. I continue to see the Lord's hand in changing the lives of these wonderful people.

My studies now days consist of preach my gospel lessons and lesson plans and I am reading the entire book of mormon and highlighting every reference to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I just started 4 days ago and I'm already through chapter 20.  It's awesome and I should finish by the end of the year.

Me and Elder Kingi are getting along wonderfully - we have our moments but we get over them quickly and dont really have any problems. We are learning how to teach better every day.

I haven't had the chance to play the piano yet, but I'm sure I will sometime on my mission.  The days just fly by. I can't believe I have been out over a month already! I'm almost finished with my first transfer and then the next one will only be 4 weeks.

Every day I wake up at 6:30 and exercise and then at 7,  I shower and then I eat breakfast.  Then at 8, I start personal study, and at 9 we start companion study.  At ten we usually start the day with some finding gq/tracting, then we take a 30 min lunch break at 1:00 and at 1:30 we go out until about 6:00 for dinner.  Sometimes we don't take dinner until 9:00, when we have planning and then we usually just go to bed after planning.  And that'ss the wonderful life of a missionary!!!

I do have more pictures to send you I just forgot to bring my camera with me to do email today which kinda sucks.  They dont celebrate halloween in Australia, but we still did we went to an all you can eat buffet to celebrate it cost about 20 bucks it was amazing though.  I love the food here we eat lots of meat mostly chicken lamb chops and pork chops, and a fair amount of sausages lol but ya I am loving it.

Me and my companion are both doing the weight loss but what sucks is he doesn't have any to lose, but it's still going well

I have gotten letters from the Thomas family. Also from Josh Stock,  and one from Jake Bean.

I love getting the mailed letters as well because then I have a hard copy to keep forever and its very nice I have recieved them it takes about 2 weeks for the letters to get here.

HMM what do i want for christmas A couple of preparation day T-Shirts and a really nice Belt because the ones I have are already falling apart.  Get the belt in sizes 36 to 40. send me a case of mountain dew lol its too expensive here.  I would have to say that my favorite candy bar has got to be the snickers bar.

I havent gotten a letter from a couple of people but its not that big of a deal.  I am so happy that I made the choice to come on a mission.  This has already been one of the best experiences of my entire life and I am so thankful to have you as my parents you have helped and guided me to this point. I have also enjoyed everything that the family has taught me.

Everything is going well Michael Gould is still planning to be baptized on the 14th of November the same day as Jessica's marriage lol. Last night I committed for another investigator to get baptized it was so awesome! I committed him to be baptized on the 21st of november which is awesome!!!!

One more thing is if you could send me a copy of my yearbook!!!!!!

That would be awesome and by the way my bike is paid for the used one was in almost perfect condition so I just got that one.

I had to use 60 dollars for the doctor visit so that is where that went.

Send me Pictures of the family.