Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Transfers

Nov 23 (1 day ago)
November 23
Hi Loved Ones!

Happy Birthday Will! Happy belated Birthday Jordan!

I made it to three years this past Thursday and it felt so good. :)
Can't beLieve that milestone was hit. But in a way I totally can! God
is a God of miracles and this is just one of SO many that He is able
to do as I sought to be closer to Him through the atonement of Jesus
Christ and then apply it. Miracles. Faith. All good.

So the goods...transfers are tomorrow and Sister Harrington is leaving
to spend her last transfer in North Tucson. I am staying at least one
more transfer here in Pomerene and St. David. Sister Jones is coming
to serve with me here. I've heard great things about her so I am
looking forward to it. I don't know if y'all remember me writing home
about Sister Stebar. She is the Sister I just finished training 6
weeks ago. She is going to the Casas Adobes Ward in Central Tucson.
Leaving the countryside for the big city. :)

This past week was good! We saw some miracles. We met with a new
person on Tuesday who wants to learn more about the gospel. Which was
pretty exciting for us! We also went out this really long road, saw a
ghost town/western movie set and massive saguaros. Best part...the
family at the end of the drive. Saturday morning we got to help put up
this massive, life size nativity with one of the best families ever.
:) Really! Super helps that I adore playing with the kids. But this
family makes up half the town so so many people were there. It was
glorious! We were told it is such a great missionary opportunity to
bring people to it and walk them through and experience the scene and
reverence of Christ's birth. So excited for Christmas! Oh! And I
learned how to build a wall!!! Which is perfect since I decided a few
weeks ago that o want to design and build my own home...or one with
someone else. Haha. But really! From laying the frame, nail gun use,
putting boards on...it was magical! The only bummer was leaving before
he taught us to weld. But next time! So much I want to learn to do! We
just had a normal missionary week had some highs and did have some
lows. So grateful for the chance to choose to be grateful.

Speaking of gratitude. I would like to take a chance to let y'all know
that gratitude that grows in my heart for each of you comes from the
knowledge that we will see each other again. That our Heavenly Father
placed us in each other's path for a very specific purpose. That His
plan is divine and we get to choose to trust His knowledge. That so
much peace and happiness can be found in the simplicity of the gospel
of Jesus Christ. I love each and every one of you so profoundly. I
wish I could comprehend it sometimes. :) I know though that because of
that love, I will always be here. I will always be cheering you on and
waiting to give you the big hug. Letting you know you did a good, very
hard thing. :)

lovefromAZ

Sister Walter

Obedience


Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM


Hi Friends and Family,

Lots of thoughts. Lots of good things this past week. Lots and lots of love for each one of you. I do love you so very much. So as much as I want to tell you about everything this past week I want to focus on three conversations I had. One with my Mission President's wife, one with Andrew and another with a man named Matt. 

This conversation with Sister Passey went through many subjects over the course of a short period of time. But she was training me on Sister Training Leader duties. And we found ourselves talking about being happy, having charity, getting along and having joy. How those are the greatest desires I have in serving the Sisters I working with. Then I mentioned it being a pipe dream in some cases. But she offered a perspective that struck me that if we are all obedient we'd get along. Usually hearing the O word, I would cringe but over the past two-3 months I have began to desire that more in my life. And I have seen how people I didn't get along with, I love now. There was profound truth and we then talked about the change of heart that comes when we understand why we are obedient and all of those good things. Still a great work in progress but a good thought. 

Andrew is someone we met that night. He is not a member and has some bitter feelings towards God. As we talked to him and began to understand how he got to this place we were better able to love him. Share Heavenly Father's love for him. And be quite blunt and honest with him about the truths of certain things. There is just power in getting to know someone, really, personally. And then having the courage to ask the hard questions. 

Matt and I talked about grief. And the loss of ideas, dreams, people, times, places, memories and a way of life. Just grief. And the biggest impact from that conversation, through the tears, was coming to understand that the greater the capacity we have for love and have loved, the bigger our grief seems to be. But we have to continue loving to get out of grief safely or we may become changed through the experience. With this conversation I was reminded of Moroni 7 when we are counseled to pray with all the energy of hear to be filled with this love. I would add, even when it hurts. Because then the Spirit will be there to guide you through it.

I love you all.

lovefromAZ
Sister Walter

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Horses, Llamas, pigs and donkeys

Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM
Subject: Letter 11/2/2015



People I love!

How are you? Really, I ask and do want to know. I hope you all have
had such a wonderful week! We have had some great moments this week.
Yep there have been some hard times and I think if we are honest, all
missions and lives have goods and bad. Adjusting and not so much.

Had the opportunity to feel my heart grow in love this past week for
some people in our area as well as fellow missionaries. We also got to
see three tarantulas, a lizard, weed another yard. Feed horses,
llamas, pigs and donkeys. Love this place called Texas canyon. It's so
beautiful. Also we are gonna get to have zone conference this week
which I am stoked about! And that two baptisms are coming up for
people I taught or worked with in some way. Good chance to feel the
Savior.

Well. Here are some pictures! I hope y'all have a fantastic week. Know
I love y'all. I am so grateful for this gospel and the opportunity to
share my testimony with others every day. I am grateful for the wards
I get to serve and the Bishops who share such a great example and
desire of bringing everyone in. I love all these people I have met
here in Southern Arizona. So grateful enough for this chance to serve
them. Here's to serving hard and trying to make every day count.

lovefromAZ,
Sister Walter

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yvonne baptized

Nov 9 (2 days ago)
to me
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.net>
Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM
Subject: Letter 11/9/2015
To: Iris Walter <haggismacduck@gmail.com>


Hi Friends and Family!

I am so grateful this week to have been able to have served the Lord. Honestly I learned a lot about myself this past week about how selfish I still am and don't really know anything. :) But the Lord is there for that and He definitely gives us experiences to grow and become more. This past week we had the chance to see how the Lord takes us in the right way if we listen to the Spirit. It doesn't make sense...almost ever. And sometimes its hard to do. But the freedom that comes from following the Lord is better than not. 

Trust me, I have a hard time with this. I am in no way perfect. But I try. And the greatest privilege of a mission is to see others try. There is a man named Jim who tries so hard. He was recommended to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood yesterday because of how hard he tries. He is such an inspiration to me. Also my own companion has been an inspiration this past week. She tries and tries and has had some beautiful moments this past week. Where in the end the Spirit taught us both. There is a girl named Ali who is trying and desiring and acting and she is succeeding. She is such an inspiration. And just so many more Bailey, Jasper, Suzy, Alan, Glen...all of them. Choosing to try is the greatest gift. 

So the fun of the week. Got to pet a baby calf and let it suck of my hand! SO CUTE! :) Kinda love the farm things people. It is so great. Also, the teddy bear...softest teddy bear of my life! We were shopping two Mondays ago and I just RAN to it! I had to touch it...and I did. And I stood there and hugged it. And maybe I have gone back the following two weeks...and maybe I will go back again today. Mondays bring the worldly joys which really aren't that many. And it is surprisingly okay. The rest of the week is way better. 

The last picture of the sunflowers. They came from the baptism of a woman name Yvonne. My STL and I found her a little over a year ago and she was baptized in Sierra Vista on Saturday. When she asked my name I said that I knocked on her door a year ago and she just teared up and told me that I started it all. It was really humbling. We saw her maybe twice after that just on the doorstep. She was very busy. But we kept texting and inviting her to things. Through the Spirit and her readiness she got to Saturday. I learned that No Effort is Wasted. Nothing a missionary OR a member ever does is wasted. So please open your mouth and share your testimony. Invited someone to an activity. Just love someone in the way the Savior would and don't give up on them just because you want to. 

Your example, testimony...all of you is a powerful thing. 

lovefromAZ
Sister Walter