Josh and Dianna Barton

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Married November 19th, 2005



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Mission to Micronesia

Josh completed an LDS Mission to Micronesia where he had an interesting experience. The picture shown above is on his mission mounted on a water buffalo. Here is a sample of one of his letters sent while on his mission.

Letter from Elder Josh Barton 9-22-99

Elder Barton
P.O. box 613
Kolonia, FM 96941

Kasezeltlia! From Pohnpei - It’s your favorite nephew/cousin Elder Barton from the middle of Micronesia. How are you all doing? Long time no talk so I’ll catch you up on the past 10 months of my life.

I started my mission on the U.S. owned island of Guam, and served there for five months. I taught the gospel in English and loved every minute of my time there. It’s a pretty hard place for missionary work and I had no Baptisms, but I did manage to convert myself. My time there was really important for my personal growth and testimony.

The Micronesia Guam Mission is particularly challenging because it’s made up of 9 different islands - all with different languages and cultures. So one day in May I was teaching in English and I got transferred the island of Pohnpei, an island 1000 miles southwest of Guam, equidistant from the Philippines and Hawaii. It was quite a culture shock to come here and feel like I was starting over all again, but I love it here!

I’ve had to learn the Pohnpeian language and it’s probably been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but through diligence and (more importantly), help form the Lord, I’ve been able to learn and communicate with the people here.

The Lord truly makes up the difference in our lives when we do all that we can first. It has been a real testimony builder to me.

I’m currently in the most remote and primitive area in the mission. Let me give you a picture of what it is like - dirt roads, tin houses, naked people everywhere, and for 2 1/2 months I had no water, so I had to shower in a waterfall ( I actually liked that). It’s quite an experience to be out here and I love it!

My mission has been the greatest thing for me and although it hasn’t always been peachy, it has been the best decision I’ve made in my life.

I hope this letter finds you all in good spirits and health. Write back when you can and let me know what up.

Thanks for the support you’ve always given me and the strength you are to my family. Give them a call, it’s crazy we don’t get together or talk more than we do.

Koht en ket rehmnail kitaillito tu. (God be with you till we meet again)!

Limpraic Sang

Elder Barton