Wednesday, November 27, 2013


I had a bunch of almost ridiculously exaggerated highs and lows this week.  To be brief, as we were expecting Transfer Calls, we learned that our Zone Leaders were in a car accident.  Nothing too dangerous, but they both went to the hospital for check-ups (and now they wear neck braces, ha!).  

Maybe because of that, Verona was left out of transfer calls on Monday.  Thanksfully, Anziano Modugno gave the Assistants a call to let them know we didn't know anything yet.  So Tuesday night, after I had given up hope of any changes this next transfer, I got a call... from President Dibb.

"Elder Burton, we'd like you to train this transfer."

"...Oh!  Uh... okay, P-President."

Needless to say, I'm a bit nervous.  A lot nervous.  But I'm also excited.  This'll be a really cool experience by any standard.  I have a lot to learn, and this'll be a new way to do it.

I guess I don't have a lot to say this week.  My mind's already pretty focused on next week.  I'm headed to Milan tomorrow morning to pick up my verdino (greenie).  I'm sure my next email will be pretty full of... new experiences.  And pictures.  Heheh.

I'll miss Anziano Petterborg a lot.  He's been my favorite companion so far.  A real friend.

Lots of love!  Sorry, I'm pretty distracted.  I guess that's imaginable.

Anziano Burton

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


What happened this week... C received the Aaronic Priesthood.  The other elders I live with have been working with a less active family who are now preparing to have the father baptize the 11-year old daughter this week.  I got to visit them yesterday with Anziano Modugno during a companionship exchange.  What an amazing spirit there is in their home right now.  They are all so happy.  The gospel brings real joy.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

That's What Progress Is

We had a great week.  Our list of investigators is growing, along with our list of potential investigators.  That means more lessons, more meaningful studies, more joy in the work.  I'm excited.  Andiamo.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


I'm using a keyboard without a mostly-broken spacebar.  Ha!

I love you, too, Nan!  (That's what I call my grandma, for those of you who aren't Nan.)  Thank you for being such a wonderful grandmother to me, a loving mother to my mom, and a great example for all of your posterity.  I'm so grateful for all of your good choices.  They led straight to me, after all!  Hope you're doing great.  Love your hair.

Happy anniversary month to Oma and Papa Tom!  Fifty years is a quite a bit more than my two. That's a real commitment there, and another wonderful example for me.  I'm figuring out that my life has been full of good examples.  I hope I get to be one for somebody else one day.  Maybe an adorable blonde daughter or something.