Thursday, August 27, 2015

Parental Pep Talk

Dear Mom and Dad,

My week was OK.  It has been really slow but we are not sure why.  Hopefully this next week will pick up. 

So did Rose's Dad louse his kids for good or what's going on with that?

I'm glad that she is with you guys, that way she still has contact with the church. What church does Jacob go to?  How old is he?

Just remember that they still have the agency to choose.  Be careful on what you limit but be an example to them just like you are and example to us, for that is the best way to communicate what is important.  If they come to love you they will emulate you. Especially her brothers, you are the true example of manhood and fatherhood,  I know that you are because you taught me how to be a man and a father.  Don't slack on prayer and on Scripture study both personal and as a group, The spirit is essential in that home, They deserve to feel the spirit while they are there. The spirit also needs to be with you because now you have to direct this new ship.  You are its captain and patriarch. Don't fail to go to church every week because you need that spiritual rest for the rest of the week, because it will be spiritually draining.  I will be praying for you, that you will have the strength that you need to bear the load that has been given to you and also that mom will be able to give nurturing where there was none for them before even though she has her current trials physically. I will also pray for my siblings, that they will be able to be a help aid you and Mother, but that they will still feel loved by you and Mom. I know that you can do it, you were sent to Colorado as saviors to these children.  God sent you there and don't forget that. I know that I had a hard time when we first moved, but over time I have only seen good come of it, and that means that it is of God.  I know this because only good things come from God. Please remind mother of that as well because I know of her homesickness, but remind her that you and her are there from God.  You were available and He used you to fulfill his purposes. It fills me with joy when I think of you, because you were righteous, and because God was able to use you.  That you made yourselves available, and because of that, the blessings that await you in the kingdom of The Father .

 Until next week
                                                                                    Elder Butler

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Working Hard and More Investigators

Dear Mom and Dad,

Things have been good for me. This past week was pretty slow but good.  Things out here have been ok in the area I'm in.  We don't have a car so we do a lot of walking.  We have been working really hard.  We have some new investigators that could come into the church, which is really exciting.  We have not had a chance to meet again with Nathaniel, but we see him this week.  They are progressing, but I think I will probably be transferred out of this area before any of them are baptized. 

Like I said last week, I have a new companion.  He is cool. I like him, he is from Utah.

How are your studies in Preach My Gospel?  I hope that you learn a lot from it, because its not just for missionaries, but its also for members.  How is the study of the Pearl of Great Price?  What have you learned from that?

Love Elder Butler

Monday, August 3, 2015

New comp, new investigators

Dear Family and Friends,
Last week on P-Day we went and visited the St. Louis Arch.  I have included some pictures.
This week has been really good.  I got a new companion named Elder Bird.  I'm in the same area, Hazelwood MO,  but we have found new people to teach.  One of them is named Nathaniel.  He is a Seventh Day Adventist.  They are similar to us but the worship on Saturdays instead of  on Sunday because that is the day that the Jews worshipped.  He is interested in why we worship on Sunday and he agreed on taking the rest of the lessons.  Please keep him in your prayers that he will be able to discern the truthfulness of what we are teaching him. 
I had a good birthday last week.  Thanks for all you do for me.
Love Elder Butler

 View of Busch Stadium from the top of the Arch (Where the St. Louis Cardinals play)

 The St. Louis Arch
 View of the Missouri from the top of the Arch
 View from the bottom of the Arch
 It must have been pink hat day
 The Arch
 Base of the Arch
 Downtown St. Louis from the Arch overlook
 Downtown from the Arch overlook