Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 Every Member a Missionary!

This week has been good all less active work is strange if we get a referral we send it to the other missionaries in the ward there are 6 missionaries in the 2 ward I am serving in we all cover both wards. So this week has been good and I love my mission!!!! I am almost a year out that is super sad to think about!!!! Mom I am SOOOOOOO happy that I get to share the gospel with others. I know God lives. Me and my companion Elder Warr say this transfer the story of the transfer will be prayer we must pray and communicate with God seek to grow our relationship with him. 

Now my companion he is super cool he is half African American and half white. He is 5 foot 4 and 120 pounds he is a tough little guy!!!!! He loves to clean he works really hard and we both like to get things done relying wholly on the lord and God to give us strength and the spirit so that we may know what to do to best help the work in our area.

There are around 800 less actives in both wards combined so that is 400 per ward that we have to go out and find to see if they are still there and if they are interested if we get a not interested we will take Jeffery R Holland’s advice and "be a little persistent, don't take no for an answer! My wife has an Avon lady who is more persistent than you and she's just selling mascara!"

Now is the time for missionaries and members to work together. President Kimball said it how many times: "every member a missionary"

David A Bednar said "we as members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are full time finders the full time missionaries are full time teachers" the age of tracking is over the time for members to go find is here, the time for missionaries to teach and baptize throughout their whole mission is here. Members do the finding and missionaries do the teaching. 

Love Ya.
Elder Walker

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 Transfers!!!

Hey y'all guess what?!?!?!!?? I got transferred guess where?!?!?

I'll tell you a little background story so my mission president calls me into his office and says "elder Walker I need leaders I am not talking about zone leaders of district leaders because they are easy to find I need individual leaders elders who can go to ANY area that I call them and they will do miracles and wonders there in helping grow the missionary work. You are one of those elders. I need you to be able to go from area to area." The next thing he said was crazy "get ready for your next assignment the lord has something big for you and your companion to do." Then the climax "you will be opening up an area where you will be doing 100% less active work! If you get a referral you ship then off the other missionaries the only teaching of investigators you will do is if a part member family is less active."

So guess what I get to do. Start up an area doing strictly less active work guess how I felt? Hahahaha I felt completely inadequate but I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I will be given strength. And I will be guided by the Holy Ghost as I work hard and as I am obedient. I know God lives and loves us. This is his church. I have been called on my mission to bring the lost sheep into the fold. The lord has prepared a way for every soul to come back to him.

My companion said one crazy thing "the story of this transfer will be prayer!" And how that rings true, so true. We ALWAYS start studies with a prayer we'll ever since the transfer began we have continually been fed what we need to do to have success. All y'all back home who are less active and who will possibly read his know that I will get home and do all within my power and call upon the powers of heaven to help you in your lives and to bring you back to the fold of God.

Have a great week and go out and find lost sheep.

Elder Walker

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 Prayer and the Atonement

My ipad screen is broken - great way to start off right? No hahaha. Not funny.

The atonement is the single most important act from the beginning of time through the never ending eternities. So it is the most important and perhaps one of the least understood principles of the gospel. The atonement of Jesus Christ is beautiful. Through the atonement we BECOME. We BECOME a new person in and through Jesus Christ. We can't just change our behavior rather we need to change our nature as we do so our behavior changes and our will changes. Our will turns to gods will and we BECOME very powerful and fruitful in our lives.

So if you are going through a hard time ask God in prayer for the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement. it isn't just their for sinners, it is there for all of us. So you know we are put through challenges for our growth I'll give you an example Saturday I was going through a rough time I asked the lord "Heavenly Father, please give me the strength to endure what you want me to do! I don't know why I was called here to serve in this specific area." Well I got an answer to that prayer a missionary I live with who is not my companion stopped me and we went into his study room where he sat me down and read from the D&C which said I have called you to this place to save souls and bring them unto me. So why am I here? So simple I am here in Mesa to save souls to do my best to help others come unto Christ or to return and I can do that through strength given to me by God.

So in prayer if you are going through a hard time don't pray for God to take the situation away. Instead use the atonement let it help you in your life. Pray for the strength to get through your challenges. Life isn't gonna be all sunshine and lollipops, but it can be. Through the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement of Jesus Christ your life can be so simple and your burdens can be light.

I'll end with a scripture: Mosiah 24:13 "And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort."

So lift up your heads and be of good comfort. I love you.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016 Easter

Creation is father to the Fall; and by the Fall came mortality and death; and by Christ came immortality and eternal life. If there had been no Fall of Adam, by which cometh death, there could have been no Atonement of Christ, by which cometh life (Bruce R. McConkie).

So there we see how important the fall of Adam and Eve really is.  You know they were innocent not knowing right from wrong, therefore they could not have kids because they didn't know how to. So when they partook they were given knowledge so they made mortality possible!!! Ahhhh mind blown!!!!!  Because they partook of the fruit they made it possible for all of us including Christ to come to earth and because Christ came he preformed the atonement where he suffered for our sins. Making it possible to return to live with God again.

So Easter is coming up don't think of flowers candy and the Easter bunny. Think of Christ and all he did for you.

I'll write more next week. Serve others - think of who you could serve and serve them. like Pokemon trainer says on super smash brothers brawl, "go for it!"

Elder Walker