Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Hello All!!

Merry Christmas!! I hope y'all have wonderful plans up your sleeve for
this week. :) That in the midst of the hustle of the world you find
time and get to make time for those people who matter. To set aside
the devices. To be with others. To love them. To give them one of your
greatest gifts which is your time.

This past week we were able to make tamales with a recent convert and
her husband. It was SO fun! We also made Christmas cookies with a
family who may want to hear the gospel! We were also able to see many
good people. Get to know the members in our wards better and have some
wonderful service opportunities out in the community which brought
lots of peace to my heart. We laughed with, worked alongside with and
helped bring some light to many in the area. This area is a little
part of heaven. The spirit of the people here are what helps. Because
if you look past what the usual stumbling blocks are, you see people
who want to love and be loved. Who want to share joy and feel joy. Who
really just want to help others come closer to Christ. And what better
week to do that than Christmas?

I'm so grateful to still have time to serve the Lord. To be able to
serve and serve with such leaders who help me see what Christlike
leadership is all about. I am grateful for the example of my Mission
President this past week. The wife of the couple that we lived with
passed away and as soon as he found out; he called wanting to know
what the mission could do. He ended up joining Sister Jones and I at
the services Saturday morning. For a woman he met only once. But
countless times I have seen him try his best to follow the example of
our Savior and minister. He's a pretty cool guy and I am grateful to
know him and his wife.

This week finds us with lots to do. We will be attending various
things with members and less active members. We will be moving. We
have service and a great opportunity Friday to talk with loved ones.

I truly love you all. And frequently miss our connections. But still I
am needed here :)

Merry Christmas! May the Spirit of Christ come in to your home and
heart this week and change you for the better.

Sister Walter

Monday, December 14, 2015

Almost Christmas, moving again

Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Hey Hey!

It's super cold here. And it's almost Christmas. And well...that makes
me think a lil of home honestly. Especially since it has snowed some
and it has hailed. Sounds a lot like anywhere I have lived but

So to the things. This weeks has been pretty interesting. We had a
some really good visits with the Barneys. I really love those kids and
super can tell how much their dad teaches them by how much they know!
Also it's so cute because they always talk about missing Sister Moon.
She was their favorite Sister...:) Zone Meeting this past week was
really something. We had the opportunity to teach about the Christmas
video which was new. But learning how to teach the role of the Savior
use scriptures was powerful. Sister Passey shared some counsel with us
that if we cannot teach a principle with a scripture we shouldn't
teach it. That made me think a lot. How can I improve my teaching and
prepare better? Anyway. :)

We had some neat opportunities to be out in the community sharing the
Christmas video this past week. It was really something to get to meet
so many good people who live in Benson and Pomerene.

Also, we had some things happen where we are living. The wife of the
members we have been living with passed away this past week. She had
been sick for some time. But this was a bit sooner than we all
thought. The husband is doing the best he can. His kids are starting
to come into town. And one son is moving in. I am so grateful he will
have family close by. He is just so good. With this, Sister Jones and
I get to move. Just another day in missionary life.

Happiness: Christmas is next week. :) Which means more sharing of the
message of the Savior. Such eternal joy comes from this. I love you

Sister Walter

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas is in the air!

Dec 7 (3 days ago)

Hey Everyone! 

How are you doing this week?! I hope you had a wonderful week and that you are enjoying the beginning of what will be a wonderful Christmas season! Can you feel it in the air? I know I can! 

I loved the Christmas devotional last night when they talked about hearts softening and the light in the darkness. That is such a true and good thing. I absolutely love that when you go out there s more service. There is more sacrifice. There is usually more good. And when we go out in the usually really dark Arizona night, there are soft lights now. Showing us that the Savior is that light shining in the Darkness. 

Have you had an opportunity to see the new church video yet? Check out christmas.mormon.org :) Watch the video. Feel the love that the Lord has for YOU! And then explore the website. See what the world would be like without a Savior. Can you imagine it? I know I can't. Can you imagine not being able to take anything back? Or this just being it? Heartache never going away? Us drifting farther from God...that is just a dark place. But we can come closer to Him. There is hope and this is the time for a softening to come. 

I promise that the Spirit will touch your heart and will help you. If only because I have experienced the reality of that so many times when I have felt so very far away. 

I LOVE you all. This is the Lord's work. Go share the miracle of the season. :)

Sister Walter

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Hiya Family and Friends,

This past week was pretty great! For it being a holiday week, it had to have been one of the best. Sister Jones and I hit the ground...at a slow jog. :) Jk We have just been working, trying to set appointments and meeting good people. 

We had a really cool experience at church yesterday! A girl brought her friend to church and she wants to learn more! She already has read the Book of Mormon and watched the Restoration. She just thinks its interesting and could be a good things. It is amazing the power of an invitation when we invited our friends to do things and then they choose to because they see the impact in our lives. This girl is so cool. We are pretty excited about her. :) 

As for Thanksgiving, it was pretty cool! We got to spend the day giving thank you cards to people. As well as spending time with some of the Sisters that Sister Jones and I get to support this transfer. I don't know people, I feel like this will be a good transfer. There will be some good things. :) 

I super love this area. I love the gospel so much. I am so grateful for the chance that I get to be here and it is worth every sleepless night and all the things because it is for the Lord. 


Sister Walter

Sis Passey, Andrew and Matt

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.

Sister Walter