I don’t make the rules

On Saturday we, along with about 70 other missionaries, attended a
service project called Peoria Pride. The city organized the project
where they pick one street in the city and all the volunteers work on
all the houses to make them look good. I painted all the trim on a
house. It was taking me quite a while to go up, paint, go down, move
the ladder and repeat. That is until Elder Amyda shimmied up there and
just painted with two limbs hanging off the roof. So many things that
we can learn from the Zone leader.

This week we had the baptismal interview for Joseph Y. He is a
youth of a returning less active family. We have been working with
them for a long time so we are really excited. Elder Clough will get
to come back for to the area for the baptism so that will be cool. It
will be on Sunday.

Today a sister from one of the English wards (shout out Sister Bosen- I
know you are reading this) took a few missionaries a spring training
game for the mariners. The ballpark is probably less than 5 minutes
away from our house. It was a lot of fun, despite being cold and wet.
I feel like one of the benefits to serving in Arizona should be a lack
of rain, but I don’t make the rules.

This transfer the zone already has more than one baptism per
companionship which means that sometime soon president will be taking
us to the temple. We are all super excited for that.

I’m telling you worrying about peoples’ salvation is exhausting. Why can’t they just come to church and love all the commandments already? Is it that hard!?

Thanks for all your emails! I will let you know how the baptism goes next week!

Elder Walker

 

Four 18 year olds shouldn’t live together

This week we had zone conference. My highlight was near the end when
President Griffen showed us one of the mission president’s training
videos (which featured President and Sister Smith!) It talked all
about how youth are most receptive to the gospel and how young
converts grow up to be the leaders of the church. After the video the
APs had all the missionaries that were converts share their stories.
My favorite was my zone leader’s, Elder Amyda. He talked about how he
was one of the first ones from his island off the coast of Micronesia
to accept the gospel, and how after he did he brought almost a dozen
of his friends into the church. During his mission his mom got
baptized and started one of the first Micronesian branches in the
states. All the stories got us really excited to start to work with
our youth more.

A few days ago my mom stopped by when we weren’t here and dropped off
some ice cream and cookies. Our apartment had ice cream for breakfast
this morning, and lunch…. I would make some joke about how this is
why 4 eighteen year olds shouldn’t live together but I think I can
recall doing this at home.

I didn’t take any good pictures this week so here is a picture of my
little brother. Have a great week!

 

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First Dream in Spanish

This week was the first zone meeting as a new zone. 2 of us were
missing due to illness, but if you look closely you can find all other
22.

Not much happened this week. We had a lot of lessons fall through.

For a moment I thought that I had had my first dream in Spanish. It
turns out my companion sleep talks. That was really messing with my
head.

We found out that we will be having interviews and zone conferences
every transfer. That means that we will start seeing president almost
twice as often. I think that is a good thing. I love President Griffen
but i am also excited to meet the new mission President.

We set up a solid date for Joseph to be baptized. Seems like there
isn’t anything that could stop him from being baptized the first week
in March.

If everyone could do me a favor and just pray for all the woman out
there with tyrannical husbands that actively protest to their family’s
salvation. That would be great thanks. 🙂

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“Eyelid”

We got an email last week saying that president wants every missionary
at the transfer building, not just the ones being transferred. About a
year and a half ago they stopped doing transfer meetings, that was
when everyone will come in the chapel and president would list off the
companionships. This time president said that the change was so big he
wanted everybody to hear it. We all sat in the chapel and he listed
off zones, districts and companionships. Just like a transfer meeting.
All the zones got restructured and we got new zone leaders. My new
companion is Elder Huaiquiñir. Elder Robbins left so my roomates are
Elder Towle and Queresma. Elder Huaiquiñir is from Santiago and Elder
Queresma is from Brasilia. That makes Elder Towle the only one in the
apartment that doesn’t speak Spanish. Every once in a while we have
conversations like, “what is this called?” “Eyelid” “are you kidding
me tapa de ojo?!?”

This week we had stake conference with Elder Dyche of the quorum of
the 70. Most of the talks were really focused on member missionary
work. The priesthood session felt like a district meeting. The stake
president talked about extending commitments and members being
involved in lessons. The general session had two recent converts speak
and three young men preparing to leave on missions this summer.

My companion is really happy to be in this ward, not just because it
has the only 6 Chilean families in the mission. We have been getting
lots of referrals and are benefiting a lot from working with members.
It also helps that there are Chilean families though, we visited three
yesterday and they all gave us some kind of Chilean food. We are set
for the week.

We found a few new investigators this week. Im most excited about a
lady named Jesusita. And yes, that translates to “Little-She-Jesus” I
will keep you updated on her.

I’m having a great start to the transfer! I will talk to you all next week!

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Family History is so cool!

This week the mission allowed us to bring a recent convert to the
temple to do baptisms. We worked with Jenna; a convert who was
baptized just before I came into the area, and showed her how she
could start her family history work and hopefully perform the
ordinances for some of her ancestors. A few days after we had talked
about starting work on familysearch she texted us and told us that
after she entered her grandpa all of his ancestors filled in. She was
super excited it was so cool. We went to the temple and she was
baptized for five of her ancestors one of mine and two of Clough. It
was super cool.

We got transfer emails this morning. My companion is double in
training district leader in Pheonix, he is kind of freaking out. All I
know is that I am staying here. The whole mission is meeting in the
Peoria North Stake Center and President is going to explain what is
going on. We think that all the zones are getting changed since 4 new
stakes have been created since I was born into the mission.

We have a couple good progressing investigators. I’m going to try and
get one of the kids baptized this transfer so that Elder Clough can
come back for the baptism.

I will let you all know how transfers go next Monday!

Love,

Elder Walker

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