Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Storage shopping

On Monday, October 27, 2014 1:23 PM, Katherine Walter <> wrote:

Is it already the end of October?
So this transfer and Month have absolutely flown by!

So this first part is for my Mom and Dad. But I just wanted to let you know that I am taken care of. :) There is a Sister in the ward who gives the most wonderful "mom" hugs and she is just so loving. You would really like her Mom. And there is another Sister who helps us out with some necessities when we need them, she is kind of like you with the Elders (go shop my storage ;) ). It is truly a blessing to be a part of this ward.
We had Zone conference on Friday and were able to see Meet the Mormons! ...half of it :) There was a mix up on the start time of the conference. Our whole zone was told 10 am and the others were told 9 am...whoops. :) But it was still amazing, and I can't wait to be able to see the first half some day after my mission.
The conference was also about conversion. About us seeking Christ and coming closer to Him. And how once we are converted we need to strengthen our brethren. The talk was called Be Ye Converted by Sis Oscarson. I hope you get a chance to read it. I'd love to hear some of your conversion stories afterwards-Some ways you have come to know Christ more personally.
We have a family that we are teaching, Brother and Sister M. The wife and their children are working toward baptism in December and I am hoping that I will get to stay one more transfer and get to be here for that! It would be amazing to be able to see Brother M baptize his family. They are all working so hard, and I love them so much.
We are teaching a few other members and have some great goals for this week! We have faith that the Lord with help us as we ACT on them and on His direction.
I love you all!!
Sister Walter

PS If you have written me a paper letter, and I have not gotten back to you, I just learned there is a Sister Walker in the mission who has been getting some of my mail, and we are trying to get them from her to me this week. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall begins

October 21, 2014
Hi Everybody,

Is it already over halfway through October!? 
I can't believe we are already in the 4th week of my second transfer. Missionary time is so weird. But I wouldn't trade any of it. We had some really great time this past week and some really great learning experiences as well. 
I have come to see, understand and love more than ever the role that the Lord intended agency to play in our lives. Back about the time of General Conference there were a few people who we work with that when we would visit with them there was something that was different. And this feeling kept increasing in a non-positive way through yesterday. We have prayed, included appropriate others in our concerns and have fasted because these people are so precious to us and to the Lord. Although yesterday when we visited the Spirit was more present, we were more prepared and things seemed better there was an overarching lesson of agency playing out for me. We love these people. The Lord loves them. We have watched through tough decisions and happy times. And as much as we may want to choose for them so they can have such happiness all the time, that isn't what we are here for.

The missionary purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them...
We invite and help. We don't coerce, force...we invite, help, love and seek to minister in the way the Lord would to leave them in a better way than when we first were with them. 
This work is about building faith. Through invitations, love and helping people will want to come closer to Christ. We may never see the fruits of what we do. But these people, once they know how much we care for them and want to help, will choose as they know the truth of God. 
I love you all.

I hope you have a great week!
Have you been able to see Meet the Mormons?! We get to at Zone Conference on Friday! So excited!!
Sister Walter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pictures tell the story this week.

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:01 PM, Katherine Walter <> wrote:

1: Gila Valley Temple!
2: Sister Cook and I after the temple!
3: Border Patrol Blimp...yikes!
4: Cookie I made for a lady we are teaching who turned 80 :) She loved it
1: General Conference goodies for some kids we teach that we made!
2: Sister Cook, me and our mini missionary Sister M! She was with us for a week and it was so wonderful to have her serve with us and try out the mission life. it was amazing to see how she grew over that week. :) 
3: Umm...sorry Dad. So we got these bows bc they are AWESOME! :) And we look so good wearing them. UofA Wildcats! 
I love you all so much! I hope you have an amazing week! 
Catch you next Monday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get to stay in Sierra Vista 6 more weeks!

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:44 PM, Katherine Walter <> wrote:

Hi friends and family,
I officially survived my first transfer! And the Lord has decided to keep my in Sierra Vista with Sister Cook. I really love it here and have started to come in to my own with relationships with investigators, families we are working with, members of the ward we work with and others. Truly this is a blessed work. That is probably the hardest work I have ever done but is the best thing I have done with my life.
I have used a lot from conflict resolution lately which I wish I could tell Eben and David about. :) I think they would love the stories. Get a big kick out of how things work in a mission culture.
There have been so many great moments from this last week. I would say the greatest has to be seeing Bro G getting baptized on Saturday. We had been teaching him since I got to the area and he has just been so excited the whole time. Really such a pure soul. To see him get baptized and then receive the gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday was such a privilege. He is one that when he would answer questions or share his testimony I would feel blessed to be in his presence. I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for him.
Also, Sister Cook and I just had some good experiences of having planned for the day and then feeling directed in a different direction so we would take that direction and know that is where we needed to be. There has been a time or two where we have tried to control our days but when we sincerely ask the Lord what He needs us to do that day, He takes us there and prepares our spirits through what we may have studied that morning or heard through church talks or some conference talk I turned on that morning while we were getting ready. It is a gift to seek to do the Lord's will.
I am amazed by the capacity to love and try to love in the Lord's way. Even when I am hearing or seeing something that absolutely breaks my heart I truly am loving the person there more than I may have before. The Lord has a way to extend and grow our capacities in ways that sometimes hurt us a lot and I learned that this week. But then he tells us how much we are the only that could have handled that situation so it had to be that way.
I don't know if that made sense, I just know that God lives that that He truly is our loving Father. He has provided us with the gospel of Jesus Christ to help bind our wounds both physical and spiritual. I know that we have a living prophets today who lead our church and we get to HEAR from them this weekend! Yay!! :)
I love you all and pray you have a great week.
God bless.