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Theodore M. Burton

Theodore Moyle Burton (March 27, 1907 – December 22, 1989) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and one of the main leaders of the Genealogical Department of the church in the 1960s. Under his direction the department expanded its operations, largely through the opening of many more Family History Centers.

Burton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1927 to 1930 he served as a missionary in the Swiss-German Mission of the LDS Church. As a youth, Burton became the first Eagle Scout in the Pioneer Stake of the LDS Church.

In 1933 he married Minnie Susan Preece. In 1934, Burton received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Utah, where he became a Sigma Chi. He worked for the treasury attache at the U.S. embassies in both Vienna and Berlin. He later taught at Carbon College and Utah State Agricultural College. He returned to Purdue University where he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1951. He returned to Utah State, but in 1957 was called as president of the West German Mission of the church.

In 1960, Burton was called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served in this position until it was disbanded in 1976; he and the other Assistants were subsumed by the First Quorum of the Seventy. During the 1950s, Burton had served as bishop of the Logan 4th Ward prior to becoming a mission president.Burton served as president of the European Mission of the church and later as the Area Supervisor in Europe.

As director of the Genealogical Department, Burton initiated the translation of materials into languages other than English. He held the title of executive director of the Genealogical Department from 1972 to 1978. He also negotiated the contracting out of microfilming work to a private company in 1967 and then its later resumption as a function of the church department.

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Some of their strengths

Theodore M. Burton has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Brave, Independent, Energetic, Passionate, Sophisticated, Organized, and Kind.

Independent and Brave

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Theodore M. Burton is someone who is an independent, brave, and honest person who approaches life with energy, intuition, passion, and generosity. A person who really cares about helping others make the most of what they have.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Theodore M. Burton well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Theodore M. Burton as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Vigorous and Friendly

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Theodore M. Burton is someone who has a vigor and energy that applies itself to all life's activities and endeavors, and a knack for forming family-like structures, groups, and communities.

They are also someone who is balanced, stable, and energetic, who likes the idea of home and family, and who is very comfortable being the person in charge.

Independent and Dynamic

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Theodore M. Burton tends to be someone who is independent, dynamic, and courageous. Who can be positive, energetic, self-reliant, and adventurous, and who can make friends easily.

Some of Theodore M. Burton's challenges

While Theodore M. Burton has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Theodore M. Burton can be Impulsive, Short-tempered, Aggressive, Difficult, Perfectionist, Domineering, and Impatient.

Short-tempered and Impulsive

One of Theodore M. Burton's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as short-tempered and impulsive.

Theodore M. Burton must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive, and can be excessive and unrealistic.

Domineering and Impatient

Theodore M. Burton is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Aggressive and Domineering

Finally, Theodore M. Burton also can be aggressive, impatient, impulsive, and short-tempered.

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