Thursday, March 24, 2016

First Baptism of My Mission

Hello Family and Friends!!  I just wanted to write a quick letter home and thank everyone for all the love and support that you have all given me.  I have been doing so much better lately!!  Right now we have some of the best investigators in the mission!!  That's because all of them have a baptism date!!  I have attached some pictures that I have taken recently.  The first two are of my zone from a zone meeting. 
Me at Zone Conference
My Zone
I have more great news to share!!  We had the first baptism of my mission last Sunday!!  Elder Lolo did the honors and it was such an exciting moment!!  Her name is Shelly Ganz, and she is pictured below with her husband and son.  I have also added some pictures of some of the great friends and other missionaries that are in my mission district. 
Sister Ganz with her family at her baptism
Missionaries from my district (Elder Lolo on left)

Missionaries from my district (Elder Lolo on left)
Lately I have really been missing my siblings, especially my brothers.  How are Josh and Ben doing with their grades?  Do Evelyn and Abby get along and play together?

I wanted to say that I am so sorry that you had to hear about all of the problems that I was having obeying the mission rules.  I could not hide them any more.  Elder Lolo told me that I should tell you.  Elder Lolo has been a great help to me.  I would not be where I am without him.  Sometimes I fell really bad because I can't help him like he helps me.  He does so much for me, and it's really hard to repay him for that. 
Thanks again for all the love and support.
Love Elder Alex Butler



Monday, March 14, 2016

Obeying the Rules

I just wanted to write you all and give an accounting of how I am doing.  I have been doing even better since the last time I wrote you.  I had been having some trouble with obeying the mission rules.  I just wanted you to know that I am doing a lot better and that I have put those things away.  I have received lots of help from the Mission President, and from my companion Elder Lolo. 

This point in my mission is the greatest time that I have had since I have been out because I am finally being obedient to the mission rules.  Because of this I am now seeing a lot of successes.  We now have 4 investigators, and all 4 of them have baptism dates!!  They are all progressing very nicely.  I just wanted you to know that your prayers and your money are not going to waste, that your son is having successes here out in the Midwest.  The most success has bee with myself, that I have changed, and have turned to the work with full vigor.  I am now just reaping the success of other missionaries and the blessings that were in store for me and for others. 

I love you guys so much and I wish the best for you and it makes me smile when I hear good from you.

Love Elder Alex Butler
Elder Lolo


Friday, March 11, 2016

Testimony Building Experiences

Dear Family and Friends

I just wanted to write a letter home because family has been on my mind.  I just got this new typewriter and wanted to write some letters home.  How are things at home?  How is Mom's new job.  I can't wait to hear some cool stories about the prison.  Is all well?  Things out here are very good.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures I sent a few weeks ago.  I am trying to get in the habit of taking pictures everywhere I go so that I can send them to you.  I also bought a new selfie stick.  I am coping better with my anxiety.  I am taking steps to overcome that and I have come a long way, but I still have some more work to do.  Please keep me and all the other missionaries serving in your prayers. 

There have been a few experiences that I've had in the past few weeks that have strengthened my testimony, and I want to share them with you.  This past week, we had an experience with a recent convert.  He was baptized just this last December.  He is a great kid and we love to hang out with hi.  He comes out with us Every Friday.  This last Sunday, there was something wrong with him.  I could tell from the way that he talked with us, and later we got word that he was having a trial of his faith.  Elder Lolo and I prayed for him night and day.  We fasted for him two times over the course of the week.  Then I had a dream about him.  I dreamt that we were with him in the car, and we were laughing and having a good time together.  In the dream I looked at him and asked "What are you thinking about?".  He looked at me and said that he was wondering if he had to serve a mission like us.  I told him that it was totally up to him.  He then told me that the reason he had been having a problem was because his mother was giving him a hard time about serving a Mormon mission.  I told him that all was well, and that he did not have to serve a mission if he didn't want to, but that if he did then The Lord would bless him.  That is the end of my dream.  the really cool thing here is that today we took him out like we normally would.  Elder Lolo and I were amazed at how much more relaxed he was.  We asked him what had happened and he said "Oh, it was nothing."  Because of this experience I now have a renewed testimony of prayer and fasting.  I know that if we pray and ask God for anything in faith it will be given us.

I also had a another great experience recently.  We were helping a lady move, and she only had 3 days to do it.  I have been going through my own problems, mainly back and feet problems, but we went to help.  When we got there, hardly anything was packed and she was a frantic mess, all over the place.  At that moment I knew what I had to do to help her.  She needed order, and someone that could give orders, that had a clear head and knew what he was doing, so I took it upon myself to do that.  As I began to help her al the things that were bothering me left my mind and I was able to help her.  We got it done in 2 days.  At the end of this experience I came out healed from the things that were bothering me and came out a better person.  I know that as we help people we will be spiritually healed in return.  This was a great experience for me because I learned that if I put others ahead of myself and my own selfish wants and desires I can help others and be blessed in return.  Through helping her in her own stressful time, my own stress was healed. 

Now for a report on my mission.  I currently have 0 baptisms, 3 investigators, and all 3 of them with a baptism date.  I see a lot of potential with these people.  Despite issues that I've had, they have been blessed by The Lord, and I have been blessed by The Lord that I am able to teach them.  I will let you know of the dates as soon as they are finalized. 

Love Elder Butler

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Moving Along

Hello Family and Friends,
Things have been progressing well for me here on my mission.  I got the package Mom and Dad sent last week and I love the Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champions shirt!!  Thanks.  Elder Lolo and I have been teaching a lot and we have 3 investigators who are progressing towards baptism!!  It is very exciting.  Last week was pretty tough.  Both myself and Elder Lolo spent much of the sick, so we weren't able to get out and work as much as we would have liked.  It is hard to spend so much time in the apartment. 
I really like the area that I am in a lot.  The people are great and we get fed a lot. If there is no one signed up, there is always someone we can call that is willing to feed us. Me and Elder Lolo get along very well. I'm trying to hang in there.  I want you to know that I feel your prayers every day though.
Last P-Day we helped a family move.  I have sent a few pictures of our fun day helping them.  I love you all and thanks for all of your prayers and support.