Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's Christmastime 2014

On Monday, December 22, 2014 2:28 PM, Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hello Everyone!

I just want to tell you all how much I love an appreciate you. This Christmas season is really helping me to see the opportunity and importance of sharing the gift of our Savior with others around us.

Last Friday we had a Zone Christmas Devotional with President and Sister Passey and they gave us the best gift possible. They gave us each our own copy of the Book of Mormon. They invited us to read it between now and Easter and to look for direction and inspiration on a theme or topic. I felt prompted to study faith and obedience. Just within the introduction and the testimonies, I have learned a lot. They told us that as we study the Book of Mormon with a question or topic in mind, then we will have the Spirit teach us. And taking this challenge in this short time will open up the opportunity for a closer relationship with the Savior.

I am so excited for this challenge and to learn in such a cool way. I truly love the Passeys and am grateful for them in my life.

I am excited to spend this Christmas serving the Lord. I know it may be slower, I know it may be hard this week. But any time in the Lord's service is the right time. And He will be right there with us.

I would invite each of you to read 1 Nephi 11 this week and focus on the love of God, the gift we receive in our Savior Jesus Christ. And as you do, re-watch He Is the Gift. Or watch it for the first time. It is amazing.

Again I love you all. Merry Christmas. 

Sister Walter 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sierra Vista/training

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:33 PM, Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hello all!
How can it almost be the end of another year? Wasn't it just last year and right now I was rushing to finish three 20 page papers at the same time and now I am sitting at the library rushing to finish e-mails to family and trying to express how much I love this place and opportunity I have to serve? (award for longest and most grammatically incorrect sentence?)
I made it through the transfer to stay in Sierra Vista again. I will have been here for a little over 6 months when I am done. Sister Goodwin just got here today and she is SO STELLAR! We talked the whole way back from Tucson and I just love her. I am amazed at how much she has learned in her life and I am so excited to learn from her. She has been out for 5 weeks and I will get to finish training her. But I feel like she will train me! That's the way this goes right? The Lord makes us out of who we are with?!
Anyway, I want to write more but I am out of time. Just know I am well and I love you all so much. Know that I love this gospel so much and that each day getting to learn His ways truly helps me learn more of Him. That the ways we treat those around us reflect how we feel about the Savior and how we have taken Him into our Spirit. And that when we want to retreat in, think about turning outward in service because that is what He would do and we want to try and be like Him no matter how hard. Because He loves us. And succors us. And helps us. We need to let Him.
Sister Walter

Monday, December 8, 2014

Faith-works=dead and baptisms

Hi Everyone!
I always expected to love people with my whole heart. I never expected to be loved with theirs.
My companion and I were talking about the love that we feel from this family that three of the kids are getting baptized on Friday night. I've been working with them since August. They've had Sisters since February. And Sister rockwood has felt their love in just 4 short weeks. But I have never known such deep love to develop in my heart for so many people. It is crazy how much you can feel the Lord's love for those around you, if you take the time, slow down and choose to feel. What surprised me is how much I feel love from other people. I never expected to be loved so much in return. It is a gift that can only come from the Spirit being present and as we let Him in.
This week I have been studying faith and spent a few days in Ether 12. Its come across a few times throughout my life that faith - works = dead. Never understood it until last week. Faith is a principle of action and leads us to repentance which is change. To come closer to God. Faith is active. Without acting in faith God cannot manifest His power and bring miracles. I'm still working a lot of it out. But I am trying to understand it better to help this family we are working with. I'm super excited though!
Sorry for the short e-mail this week. Just know I love you all and I hope you all have a great week. Know that I feel yourlove in its many forms and am grateful for all you have taught me in life. I hope you take time to do the daily things that help keep you strong. Things that are so important. Praying personally and in your families. Reading your scriptures personally and as a family and having family home evening. They are so important. I have seen them change lives and felt them change mine.
Love you!
Sister Walter

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 1, 2014

(Picture to come-if I, Katie's Mom, can figure out how to get it! lol)

What? Crazy! I LOVE that it is December right now. I can't believe that this time has just flown by and we are sitting here at this time, right now. What? For those of you who know me super well...you know that I LOVE Christmas. I will start listening to Christmas music in October...and just being so happy and giddy come December! Maybe Sister Rockwood and I got in the car this morning and turned on the Christmas music super loud because we were so excited!
Anyway, I just want to share a few thoughts with you all. This week was honestly a bit slow because of Thanksgiving. Who would of thought that people don't want strangers in their home around the holidays? :) I honestly didn't until I experienced this week. But we pressed forward and saw some mighty miracles of some doors being opened and seeing people who we haven't seen in quite some time.
On Saturday night we were heading to an appointment with Bro D and when we got there the man had forgotten but we rescheduled for tonight. But as we drove away to head to another area, we thought just one more door. And when we did we found this unknown name on the ward directory who the Sisters had been meeting with previously. His wife wondered why they just disappeared and invited us in. Rebuilding that connection was priceless. And this one more door turned into reconnecting with someone who is searching for a church. The Lord cares for His children and will get us to them!
As we learn in Moses 1:39; it is God's purpose and plan for us to return to Him. He won't make it so we can't. There is always a way. This is His work and glory.
Challenge for you all. :) Please take a few minutes to watch this video: christmas.mormon.org. It is called He is the Gift and share it on your social media site! The Church is trying to share this with everyone this season to remind them of the matchless of gift of our Savior and Redeemer. This gift is the only one that matters. There were pass along card that came in your December Ensign, share one. Send it in your Christmas Cards.

Love you all!
Sister Walter