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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Week 86 - Preston Life

Hey everyone!

Sorry I didn't write last week, I have repented and will now try to do better! We have been able to see a lot of awesome miracles this week, hopefully I don't leave any of them out.

So Valentine's Day was pretty awesome. For dinner we went down to Smithfield on our way to Hyde Park and ate dinner with a family that Elder Remfrey had taught. They were awesome and they cooked crawfish for us. It was my first time eating crawfish, but it turned out to be pretty good, it was more interesting than anything haha. Afterwards, we did a blitz for the Hyde Park sister's area because they have been struggling with finding new people to teach. So Elder Remfrey and I
had a list of people that they wanted us to contact. First door we knocked on, there was a family that was working on reactivating, the mom was not a member and she told us that she wanted to be baptized. That was a really cool miracle and the sisters were super happy! Oh, also, I got to stop by and visit the Wamsleys, my first senior couple on the mission! It was awesome, they are doing well and they are going to take us out to lunch sometime so that we can catch up more.

This week we also were able to go with the Wards to teach their investigator Anthony. The lesson that we taught was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a great lesson, and the spirit was so strong. We
didn't know Anthony, but we were able to follow the spirit and discern a lot of his needs and concerns, which allowed us to help resolve them. At the end of the lesson we invited him to be baptized on the 11th of March and he accepted! We are excited for him, and also for the Wards. It was cool because it was yet another testimony builder that the spirit really is the teacher, not us!

Thursday was a sad day. It was Elder Sloan's last day in the mission, so we took him out to lunch at New York Deli. I'm going to miss that guy, he helped a lot of people out here in the Logan Mission. Now he's back in Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada. Later that day, we went and did a blitz for the Preston South Stake Elders, they have also been struggling with finding people to teach. Elder Remfrey and I didn't end up finding anybody on our list, but we found a dog that was massive and his head was bigger than mine. Of course Elder Remfrey made me take a picture with my head right next to it. The blitz was a success though! Two companionships were able to find the South Elders
a few people to work with, so it ended up being a great night. Oh, I also nailed a deer with a paintball slingshot while we were driving out to Mink Creek, but that's not really important haha.

Friday we had exchanges with the Smithfield Central Elders. I took Elder Hansen with me and we worked the Preston 3rd Ward, which is our focus ward. We had a few cool miracles in the trailer Court while we were knocking doors. First, we ran into a really nice guy who wasn't a member, his name is Joe. We talked with him for a bit, and he said that we could come back this week, so that's what we are going to do. We are hoping that it goes well and that he wants to hear more.
Second, after that, we ran into a non-member that wasn't so nice. He was actually pretty rude to us, but we asked him if we could do anything and he said we could shovel his backyard. So we went out back and got to work. After about 45 min he came out and apologized and said that we really didn't need to, he just asked us to because every other set of missionaries that ever stopped by always offered to help, but they never would and so he just thought that we would be the same way. So he softened up quite a bit and we were able to talk to him about his family. He has 7 kids and it turned out that he is originally from Oregon. He and his family aren't members and long story short, he is talking with his wife to see if she'd be alright with us coming over to teach them! The blessings of doing service!

On Saturday, we got to go down to Smithfield and witness the baptism of a girl that Elder Remfrey had taught while he was there. It was a very well attended baptism and the service was amazing. Elder Remfrey was super excited. Afterwards we ate dinner and then we dropped in on the Wests, who are from my home ward. It was super good to see them and I was glad to find out that brother West was in fact not dead (long story) which was awesome! Then we drove out to Mink Creek and
jump started our investigator's truck.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to speak in the Clifton 2nd Ward, and we enjoyed it a lot. After sacrament meeting, a woman came up to me and asked where in Oregon I was from. I told her Amity and she got excited. She went on to tell me that she was a convert and that some of her non-member relatives lived in Amity. I asked who and it turned out to be the Davis family. Their son Dallin was one of my friends throughout high school and for a while I spent a good bit of time trying to get him to take the missionary discussions. She said she was going to contact them and tell them about me, so hopefully that opens some new opportunities for them!

We also found out yesterday that Ashley Willard got her call to Brazil for her mission! The Willard family will now have two missionaries out at the same time! Please pray for them :) They are an awesome family and they have helped Elder Remfrey and I feel at home while serving here in Preston (I know, not as crazy as Brazil). Anyway, congrats Ashley!

So yeah, that is what happened this week, it's been a good one! Thank you all for your support and prayers. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Elder Walker

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