Spectacular Adventures

Last week we were graced with the opportunity to go on a spectacular
adventure. A member asked if we could give her a blessing in the
hospital. The morning of the blessing we found out that the hospital
was a good 8 miles out of the mission in downtown Phoenix. We texted
President Griffen and he said it was alright to go. On the way back we
fulfilled Elder Quaresma’s mission-long dream to go see the “tall

Ever since Elder Huaiquiñir came into the ward Chileans have been
appearing out of no where trying to feed us. Last week the Rossel and
Pacheco families fed us Pastel de Choclo and Mate, and of course,
empeñadas. This week the Diaz family fed us Pastel de Papas, and of
course, empañadas. Usually I would welcome this kind of excitement to
feed the missionaries but it really just seems like a reunion of all
the members from the ward that I don’t understand. They are super nice
though and try to slow down and use there s’ when I am around. On top
of that Ezequiel (formally Elder) Rodriguez is visiting the mission
with his family from Argentina. More people with weird accents and
fast talking.

We had a zone meeting this week that was pretty good. When they sent
out the agenda a few days before I realized they had signed me up for
the musical number. After discussing the circumstance we all decided
it would be better for the spirit of the meeting if I didn’t sing. So
Elder Queresma sang as Elder Towle and I accompanied on the uke.
Apparently we did decent because we got signed up for the zone
conference musical number this week too.

We had two non-member service projects this week. The first one was
for an investigator moving things in and out of a storage unit. It was
spring break so we were able to get all the young men to come and
help. The second was a zone service where we picked oranges from
someones orchard. It was fun.

This week was Elder Towle’s year mark so we had a bit of a
celebration. It is scary to think about that when I got here he had
only been out for 7 months.

We are working with the ward to start to implement a new ward mission
plan. We are super excited. This ward is great and there is so much
potential of working with members.

Love you all. Until next week!

Elder Walker


So Many Weeds

We had a district service on Wednesday for one of the Sisters’
investigators. We all pulled weeds for like two hours. Afterwards she
made us lunch. It’s amazing how many weeds 10 missionaries can pull out
of the rocks. I think pulling weeds about accounts for 3/4 of our
service activities.

District meeting was fun. Sister Christley gave a discussion on
improving our morning workouts. So naturally we had a push up
competition. I lost. It was a good time.

Not much happened again this week. Luckily my companion isn’t sick
anymore. So he decided to make his pelvis lopsided and misplace two
vertebrae. So he has been wobbling in and out of bed since Saturday.

Tomorrow is transfers. Our apartment is staying the same so that is
pretty cool. Elder Huaiquiñir will be my first companion that I stay
with for more than one transfer apart from my trainer. As long as we
stay healthy it should be a great transfer!

Arizona has Blue Bell!

There is not much to report on this week. Elder Huaiquiñir came down
with a cold on Tuesday and is just starting to show signs of clearing
up today. That means we have been confined to our apartment for almost
a good week. All this sickness has given me a lot more time to study.
I’ve really been reflecting on my personal relationship with God and
how I can improve it.

We had a zone activity today where we went to a park (it had grass!)
and played frisbee and soccer and had a picnic. It was a lot of fun.
We don’t often get together with the other districts because Surprise
is a good half hour from Peoria. It was a ton of fun.

Despite all that the highlight of my week has got to be ice cream.
Arizona has Blue Bell! I mentioned that it tastes like home and my
roommate was nervous, I assured him that it wasn’t a problem because
now that we have Blue Bell there is no reason to want to go home!

I did promise you all pictures from a baptism but I’m afraid the best I
can do is pictures from a baptismal interview. Long story short it is
going to have to be rescheduled. I hope that comes sooner rather than