Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Family!!  I had so much fun Skyping with all of you on Christmas!!  I love my new Legend of Zelda tie that you got me!!  Thank you to all of the family that put money in my account for Christmas and sent me gift cards too.  Also thank you for the care packages for Christmas and for my Hump Day!  I'm finally at my half way mark.  Thank you to everyone for all of your support, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to help pay for my mission.  Especially the Canon City 1st Ward.  

I bought a new camera with the money that Mom and Dad sent me for Christmas.  I will be sending some more pictures soon.  Elder Bishop and I had a really good Christmas.  We spent the day at a members house and watched Inside Out and Cinderella with the Sister Missionaries.  It was a good day.  

I'm really glad that we got to spend so much time Skyping on Christmas!!  I loved seeing everyone and especially seeing how big Abby has gotten.  She is talking so much and I can't believe that she has learned to write her name now.  I'm so excited for Mom and Dad to be going on a European vacation.  I know you aren't going until summer, but I hope you guys have a great time!!

We currently have two new investigators in my area, which is really exciting.  We haven't been able to teach them in the last week because they are both students and they both went home with their families for Christmas, but they should be back sometime this week and we will start teaching them again.  Please pray for them.  I love you all so much!!
Love Elder Butler

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Elder Butler
19 Nov. 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
Things out here are still difficult.  The work has come to a screeching halt because of the unwillingness of the people, and also because of my own mental state and the attitude I have concerning the people.  Sometimes I feel there is no hope with the people we regularly talk to.  They either avoid us, or pretend to listen but have no interest at all. 
Lately things have not been so good physically for me either because of the cold and all the walking we do.  My muscles and joints hurt and are sore.  I use the Biofreeze a lot, but the relief is only temporary. 
There are times when emotionally I have been down and haven't had a very bright outlook on things.  I am working to make positive changes.  There are times I feel unable or incapable of completing the work that has been given me. 
It's nothing to be too concerned about.  I just wanted you to know that I am having some difficulties, but I am getting help for it.  I hope that I don't worry you guys to much, even though I'm going through a tough time, promise me that you won't worry about me too much. 
I have been thinking a lot about Zackary and Rose.  I hope they are well.
I love you all very much,
Elder Butler
Happy Thanksgiving to Family and Friends,
I had a really good Thanksgiving.  We had three Thanksgiving dinners!!  One at the Melton's, one at the Garrett's, and one at the Hares's. 
Elder Coka is going home today.  I don't get my new companion until Wednesday, so i don't know who it is yet.
Elder Coka (Choka) from Albania
I am working on finding new tools that i can use to deal with stress.  I am feeling better than I did when I messaged last week.
Alex's collection of important things

We have one new investigator now. He is from Japan.  Hard work pays off!!  I'll let you know more about that when I email next Monday.

Our daily reminder "Forget Yourself and Go to Work"

Love you all,
Elder Butler