Elder Nathan Walker - Utah Logan Mission - 179 East 800 North - Logan, UT 84321

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week 21 - New Companion Elder Fortuna (No group email this week - so here's mine)

Hey, Mom

Sorry , I had a group email all typed up last night so that I could send it, but when we got to the church it was all deleted and the draft was empty.  So I figured I'd get your email done first, just in case I run out of time.  I've been having a good week.  Thank you for the Birthday gifts, I have enjoyed them a bunch.  I got the German chocolate cake which was nice.  Did you have Elder Child drop that off?  (Nope!  A wonderful missionary mom, Sister Kelly, from Logan made that for you!)  I hope things are going well back home.  We have had two investigators start taking anti classes, so sadly, they have dropped us.  We still have two, but one is now out of town, so we will be trying to find more.  I know that the Lord hs something planned though, so I am trusting him.  Tell everyone thankyou for the birthday video.  I'll attach my birthday video from Thursday night.

My son is doing well, he likes to write stories and he is from Mesa Arizona.  His name is Elder Fortuna.  I am doing my best to get him all trained up.  I miss you mom, I hope you know I love you.  Have a great week, I'm still praying for you every night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 20 - I'm Getting a Greenie!

Hey everyone!!

So, exciting news!!  I'm training!  I get my greenie tomorrow morning.  I hope he's great.  Elder Jerdon is leaving, but he's moving an area over so he's still in my District.  Elder Wible's transfer is going to be a little rough.  He called me last night to talk about it.  He is excited, but this will be be his his hardest transfer.  I cheered him up by telling him I was wearing silk suit pajamas and a turkey hat.  That helped him out a bit.  I'm going to keep in better touch with him so that he can stay positive.

This week has been pretty good.  I'm excited to have a new companion. We are all at the stake center playing games as a District for the last time.  I am still District Leader, so not much has changed.

I hope everyone is doing well.  I'm praying for all of you.

Elder Walker

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Week 19 - Let It Snow!

It snowed!!  Finally!!

Hey everyone, I hope everything is going well back home, I miss all of you.  I've had a great week, we've been able to teach a lot more lessons and the people we are meeting are amazing.

I do have bad news however...Our investigator Mario, well he got kicked out of his apartment on Friday, and his fellowship last saw him  when he dropped him off at a fruit stand in Brigham City....So, yeah...Kinda out of our area.  So we lost our investigator.  But he still wants to get baptized so we're sending his record to the other Elders.

On a good note, today we got to go to the temple.  It was great and I got a lot of my questions answered.  As a result today was really busy, so that's why I'm emailing so late.

Hope everything is going well!

Elder Walker

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Week 18 - Miracles Come From Diligence

Hey everyone, I hope everything is going well back home.  Sorry I didn't write yesterday, they randomly switched our P-Day to Wednesday because we had a visit from Elder Ringwood of the Seventy yesterday.  That wasn't my favorite, kinda ruined my email plans :/  But aside from that fact it was a great visit.  Elder Ringwood talked a lot about keeping all of our many commandments and we had a great discussion as a group of missionaries.  It got really heartfelt at times and I'm sure all of us in the room were tearing up near the end.  He truly cared about us, I could tell by the spirit he brought.

The last topic of discussion was brought up by Elder Atkinson.  We were discussing with Elder Ringwood and we had been reading Moroni 7 where it talks about the miracles we get if we have strong enough faith.  He said that he didn't always see miracles, even if he was diligent, so that he felt like he needed to do better in some way, and wanted to know how.  Elder Ringwood said, we've been reading about all the promised blessings that we receive if we are faithful and diligent and do all we can do.  God always keeps his promises.  If we are diligent, at the end of the day you can pray and say, "Heavenly Father, we've done absolutely everything that we could think of to find people today.  We've talked to everyone and made all the visits we could fit into our schedule.  I know, that a miracle happened today...And I don't care if I ever see it."

We don't always see the miracles that come from our diligence.  Some take years to be completed.  But because we know that our Heavenly Father does not break his promises, if we do our part, we know that there was a miracle.  It may not have been a full completed miracle, but we know that we started one somewhere.  We need to have the faith that a miracle did happen.   We need to have faith to not care if we ever see the end result of it or not.  He put it much better, but I just thought I'd share it because it was really heartfelt and made me tear up.

Anyway, the week went great.  We were able to teach more lessons and I'm finally getting used to being District Leader.  We went out to lunch with another companionship in our District.  We ate at Angie's and we flipped two lids and cleaned the sink.  I'll attach some photos of the two lids we devoured, but I don't have a picture of the sink, so I'll go ahead and explain that part of it.  They bring out a kitchen sink that is filled with ice cream, bananas and all sorts of toppings and it's huge.  The ice cream is at least a foot tall and maybe a foot and a half in length.  Massive....We prayed in the middle of the meal that we would be able to finish, and miraculously, we did.  I'm proud, yet not proud at the same time...

Wendell is Awesome!  He's so solid.  He's the investigator that just moved into our area.  He is a football coach and his baptism is set for the 21st of November. His two brothers have basically shunned him and have told him he's a disgrace to the family by joining with those white Mormons, and so he spent a lot of time crying and we didn't get to the lesson, but we were able to console him.  He said it doesn't change his decision, he can't go against the answer he got from God, he just wishes that his family would support him.  But anyway, he's going to have the entire football team sing Army of Helaman at his baptism, the non-member players say they'll do it too.  And the entire cheerleading team will be there.  Not to mention all the ward members that will be there.  We won't be able to fit them all in the relief society room.  It's awesome.  I'm so happy for him!

So yeah, I've had a great week, my testimony is growing so much.  I love you all and I hope things are going well for all of you.  You're in my prayers.

Elder Walker