Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Date: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Hello Family and Friend!
I don't know how many of you still receive this. Or began receiving this...it'd be cool to know. :) Just for funs. But this week brought more changes and miracles for us here in Vail.
Sister Dominguez and I received 4 new investigators this past week and everyone was a blessing from the Lord. They are because the message of the gospel has touched someone elses life and they shared. And one is because we were brave and opened our mouth to a stranger walking into his home. Miracles. The Lord will see His work roll forth.
The changes. Sister Dominguez is getting transferred! WHAT?! Crazy I know...especially since I have only been here for 3 weeks and am still learning so much. But I have faith that the Lord will keep His work progressing as my new companion and I keep working.
She is going back to a Spanish area and becoming a sister Training Leader. Lots of growth and opportunities to become like the Savior in this leadership role for her. :) She will succeed beautifully.
I...are you ready for this. Am training. A brand new missionary from the MTC. I may have laughed when President Passey told me/asked me on the phone. But I feel this is an answer to prayers and what the Lord has in store for the area to grow. Lots more growing for Sister Walter is coming. And more relying on the Lord. Especially since both of us will be SO new to this area. ADVENTURE TIME. :) With the Lord laboring right by our side.
This week we will see miracles.
I love you all!
Monday, July 13, 2015
On Monday, July 13, 2015 7:49 PM, Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.
Hello Family and Friends!
I love you all!
This week has been full of such miracles. We have an investigator named Eve here who I am coming to love very much. She is just having this spiritual awakening. Eve is really in tune with the message of the Restoration and as we have invited her to read from the Book of Mormon and she does, she tells us that it makes her want to learn more. This past week we met with her twice. And when we went backit wasn't a good day for her. She told us how everything kept going wrong but she knew, and her husband even knew it was Satan trying to dissuade her from this new path. So that is why she kept us coming over. She knew she needed us in her home to learn. I truly love that testimony that Eve has of opposition and the hope she is gaining of repentance as she is making changes and feeling different.
We did a lot of finding this week and were able to see the Lord place us in the lives of many different people. We definitely planted a lot of seeds and I learned so much from Hna Dominguez's desire to share her testimony. She is such a light. We even had a few other miracles with teaching the most important thing and with helping a less-active young woman see her vision for herself to return to the temple. A truly miraculous week.
This area is really blessed with the hand of the Lord. It is like in Jacob 5 when the servants are laboring right next to the Lord of the vineyard. I think it is verse 72. :)
This is really so hard. But the best thing because this work helps me become closer to the Savior.
On Monday, July 6, 2015 4:59 PM, Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.
ELEVEN MONTHS! Holy Moly! How has the time flown? I feel so different in my relationship with the gospel yet like the same person at times. I don't know, all I do know is that I love the Lord.
So this is a bit longer because I just had a crazy experience that I am so excited about but want to share with you all but don't quite know how to articulate. :)
So today for p-day we went to a trampoline place called Get Air. And while we were there I jumped on the trampoline, ran around, talked to the other missionaries and just sat and watched. But at one point there is this obstacle course. And I wasn't going to do it. But one Elder challenged me. I got a little stubborn and said okay. The obstacle course had a thing you climb under, a wall to climb over, a rope wall and pads to fall on. But the two scariest things were the rock wall and the fireman pole.
We got to the rock wall and his companion had gone to the top to help if I needed it. He scurried up and they were coaching me. (all of a sudden I wished we had gone back on my birthday last year.) You lift yourself with your legs but not your arms. I got super close. And was pretty scared when my one leg was slipping. All of a sudden both Elders were at the top helping me with the footholds. "To the right, do you feel that one? Okay, now the left, you have to go up a bit higher..." and so on. And when I got to the top they wanted to help me. So one took one hand and it was pretty scary to let go. And his companion grabbed the other. And they helped me feel secure as I pushed with my legs. I made it safely as I just kept saying the whole time hanging on to the wall, I can do hard things.
Then it came time for the pole. I didn't think this through. I stood up there, watched the Elder as he coached me. I was just so tired. My arms felt weak. I felt incapable. But there was no way of getting out of this place except down the pole. He went down. Then came back up. His companion came back up and they just were like, lets do it together. And went down, cheered me on. And my companion cheered me on. She came up. And went down. And another Sister came up. I was watching these people come in and out and walk through showing me how but it didn't mean anything. I kept reaching for the pole with both hands and they kept telling me I was so close and then pulling back because I was scared and felt weak. But the Elder just sang the Iron Rod.
I know it sounds cheesy. But these big life lesson moments were hitting me. I keep reaching and pulling away from the word, or from God. I don't embrace it with everything I have and then let go of the fears. There is just something deep inside of me that hasn't accepted it all with the entirety of my soul. But it is changing. I feel it. I am accepting the atonement in my heart and I feel the warmth of it.
So as I finally told the second Sister to grab the pole and go with me I felt some pole burn, but also everything went away. I came to at the end and felt a complete release.
I walked away from the wall and began to draw the religious and life parallels. I saw that the people walking through and trying to show me and tell me are all the people in my life telling me what to do. So what do I learn from each of them? What do I take? What do I give? Am I a taker? How many people come in and out and who do I truly love and learn the most from? And what gets me the farthest? It was interesting to see that the person who got me the farthest was an Elder friend. But what got me down was the symbolic moment at the pole thinking about all the things I need to let go of. And that what got me the farthest was trusting in the Lord as I let go of things. I hold on and care about the Lord but do I cleave? Am I glued? Hold on to the Lord and His word and let go of everything else. I let go of some stuff up there. It was kind of Spiritual. And who knew you could learn so much from a rock wall and a pole! :)
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