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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 65 - Miracles and Rain!


So this week has been full of miracles all over the zone, we have been doing 6-9 exchanges with a bunch of the companionships in the zone just trying to help them find people to teach and so far we have seen a lot of miracles. On one exchange we ran into a couple from Maine who had never heard of the church in their lives (that never happens in Utah) and we actually had to introduce ourselves as missionaries. Anyway, they are super golden and they said that they have been looking for this in their lives for years. So they are now being taught by the other Elders in our zone. We also ran into a guy in our own area that just got out of jail who has wanted to be baptized for years, he just needs approval from President Allred and then we can perform the baptism. So we are super excited to see more and more miracles happen this week to prepare for this upcoming month.

Oh! It finally rained here for the first time in months! I was so excited, it made me think of home and it felt awesome, I'll show you some pictures of what it looked like right before we got dumped on. I was on exchanges with Elder Reilly at the time.

Anyway, p-days have gotten super busy, so that is all for now, but thanks everyone for your support. Remember to read, pray and go to church! Those are honestly the biggest things we can do to retain our testimonies :) I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Elder Walker

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 63 - Goodbye River Heights

Hello everyone!

So, transfers were a bit surprising. I got a call from President Allred last night right before bed. He's asked me to serve as a Zone Leader in a different zone. So I am not going to be finishing Elder
Johnson's training :/ I really wanted to stay in River Heights for a few more transfers. I'm a bit nervous about being a zone leader but it'll be a new experience.

We had a good week, we were able to have a lesson in the Monson home this past week and it was great, he told us a lot of inside stories about President Monson. They are a great family. We were also able to have another lesson with Sister Palte, from Zimbabwe and I think she is really starting to understand the Holy Ghost. It's interesting, we tell her facts about the gospel that we already expected previous missionaries to have taught, but she'll get excited and say she's never known that before. Each visit she says, "You're converting me slowly chaps." She's a lot of fun and we enjoy teaching her. We are
doing service for her tomorrow, as we had transfers postponed to Wednesday.

On Sunday we showed up after a missionary homecoming. An Elder Giddings that had served in the Oregon Salem Mission. I was talking with a member when all of a sudden a man walked up to me looking confused and in shock and then he gave me a big hug. It took me a second to figure out who it was. It was Elder Watson, or I guess Brother Watson now. He was the Elder that was serving in Dayton when I left on my mission. Actually, he spoke with me when I gave my "farewell" talk in sacrament meeting. It was great to see him again, he had been home from his mission for 5 days.

Anyway, we have some stuff to get done before transfers so I will leave off here. I just want you all to know that I have a testimony of our savior Jesus Christ and in his atonement, and I know that this is
his work. The priesthood has been restored to the earth and will never be taken away again. I know that we have a living prophet that leads and guides the church and as we follow his counsel we will not be lead astray.

I love you all and I appreciate your support, have a great week!

Elder Walker

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 62 - Extend an Invitation

Hello everyone!

This week has been a bit better now that Elder Johnson is back on his feet. We have been able to see a lot of miracles. One of them was this, we got a referral from the temple for someone that wanted a
blessing, so we went to the address and knocked on the door, and the person who opened it was like, "Oh Hi! Are you here for the person that wants to be baptized?" So yeah, we have a solid new investigator. Her name is Abby and she is really sincere. So we are really excited
to teach her.

On the flip side, we had a not so good week. On Wednesday I was doing some exchanges with a companionship in the District, when all of a sudden, I got a call from the AP's telling me to pack up my stuff, that I was getting a new companion. Didn't get an explanation until later that evening after we had switched and the other Elder told me what had happened between him and his companion, who was now with Elder Johnson. Anyway, at first, we were told that it would be like this until the end of the transfer, but the Elders seemed to learn their lesson after a few days, so the President allowed us to put them together again in their own area. So far so good.

So yeah, things are going well. We have a lesson with Taylor this Wednesday in President Monson's brother's home with him and his wife. We will be watching 'On the Lord's Errand' so she will be able to get some insider info from Scott Monson. (I may have already mentioned this activity a few weeks ago, but it got pushed back, so now hopefully it will happen)

Anyway, I'm really glad that Elder Johnson is feeling better, he was down for a while. I can't believe it's already the end of another transfer. This is our last week. Tonight we are going out to Texas
Roadhouse for Elder Smith's birthday dinner, the Smiths were nice enough to invite us, we love them :)
So all is well, I'm grateful for the support you all give me. This is a great opportunity and responsibility that we all have, to help friends, family and those we meet every day, come unto Christ. I encourage all of you to reach out to someone you know, invite them to church events, activities, sacrament meetings. Invite friends to come and hear you speak in church. I promise that as you open your mouths and simply invite, you will see the miracles that come from sharing the gospel.

I love you all, have a great week!

Elder Walker