Thursday, January 28, 2016

Missionary life

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hey hey family and friends!! 

Another week at the grind. :) But really, though some days may feel long it was a glorious day, and I sure shooting loved every moment we chose to be guided by the Spirit. 

So where to begin! We were able to take some time last week and set up some service for this week. We will be working with Habitat for Humanity in their customer service area. I am super stoked for that! Last week with our service we were able to work with the Bishop's storehouse and the Community Food Bank distribution center in Tucson. That was pretty awesome! It feels so good to serve! 

We were able to also see Amy again this past week. Wednesday we met with her and she again shared her dislike of how she was treated at church but she was also insistent that this wasn't for anyone else but her and God and she would persist. Inspiring. We shared the Restoration with her and a copy of the Book of Mormon and with a few choice :) words to describe her reaction to the First Vision, she wanted to meet again. She could feel it was good. And she was committed to coming to church again on Sunday. She came on Sunday and was greeted by a few members who were reminded of those who come in feeling a little lonelier and may be new. And she shared how much she has enjoyed the feeling of our first meeting and the lesson. We will be seeing her on Friday

We also had some amazing contact with some of the Recent Converts in the ward this past week. Secret is probably my favorite experience. She is where the poster "Born Again" comes from. She described the good feeling of her baptism and the desire to make sure she is in such a good place each Sunday so she is able and worthy to take the Sacrament. How often do we try and prepare spiritually for this most sacred ordinance? She was inspiring to me as was this poster in her home. The coming off of an old self and the appearance of a clearer, newer self, more willing to be devoted to the Lord. 

Sunday we had a super cool opportunity to Go contacting in Udall Park. We were just walking around without direction and just passing by people. And I felt that we weren't acting. We stopped, prayed and I asked Sister Condie which way she felt prompted to go. She said right. So we moved. As we turned right we saw some men taking down the soccer nets after some games. We helped them take everything down and talked with them about who we are and what we do while we were serving. They were amazing people! They have a faith. But were super impressed that we would be willing to come by and help in skirts. :) I've learned you can do almost anything in a skirt. We then gave them our phone number to call and let us know if they needed help next week and we would love to come and help. 

Wednesday morning we participated in a world wide training broadcast from SLC. I have to admit family and friend. It was a special occasion. There was nothing earth-shattering announced. There was no magic way or technique they told us to be able to find, teach or help people enter into covenants with the Lord. They only reminded us of Preach My Gospel, our Purpose as Missionaries and what we need to be doing. Which is testifying of Christ. Teaching by the Spirit and power of the Holy Ghost and reading from PMG and the Book of Mormon daily. I am so grateful for their counsel. Because it reinforces the things President and Sister Passey have been inviting us to do for the last 18 months. 

I am grateful for the changes that the Lord has worked in me and still will. I would like to leave with you this testimony which has become my own. I bear testimony, as one of His duly ordained disciples--that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son. 

I love you all so very much. may we all love more fully this week. And with a heart wide open to let the Spirit in and help you see others as the Father does. 

muchlove,
Sister Walte

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Honest Day's Work

Date: Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Hey hey!

Hope y'all got last weeks news. It went through looking like a forward
instead of having the date like this. :) Anyways the gist was, week
was busy and so good! Met great people. Two amazing people I knew when
I served in Cienega Ward were baptized and we ended up suuuuuuuper
tired come Monday because of so much things. It was good. Grateful to
be working because I have gained an appreciation for an honest day's
work.

This past week went by so fast. We were able to do exchanges with the
Binghampton Sisters and I think I found one of my favorite people in
the world. Sister Orr is such a cool person. She is a good missionary.
She wants to serve and work to do what is right. She has the sense of
humor of any friend I have ever had...(is that selfish or prideful to
say?). And she has this extremely mature trust in The Lord and His
timing and will. I super admire that about her. We met some amazing
people on exchanges and I am thankful for them and the lessons I
learned from them of humility, reverence, fun and truth.
Wednesday was zone meeting and it was the first time I have had to
train in front of a group that big but I am grateful for the Spirit's
ability to calm and be the teacher. I taught about the doctrine behind
the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity, the importance of our
bodies. And for me at least I learned so much from the Elders and
Sisters who were given the space to share their testimonies and
thoughts.
Thursday I met this amazing woman named Rose from Ireland who lived
through "the troubles" and we talked about conflict resolution and the
Good Friday accords. She is something else. Her testimony of a loving
Heavenly Father is really powerful. I can't wait til we see her again.
Friday we got to go to the temple. It was special, spiritual and I
learned that Father truly does answer prayers. I am grateful for the
revelation given in D&C 6.
Saturday we had the cool opportunity to blitz an Elders area and to
meet some friendly faces. And have a security blind closed in our face
while we were knocking. :) It was so funny because it was the first
time for Sister Condie. She laughed so hard!
Yesterday was a good and busy day. I am grateful for being able to
still serve the Lord and see the Spirit work so personally in peoples
lives. We met some amazing people yesterday who have had good
experiences with members before. And in moments like that I was
grateful to those who came before. For the members who go out of their
way to talk to someone they don't know. To those who try and serve one
more person or follow one more prompting though it may feel imperfect.
Grateful because of the truth in D&C 112:11. More lessons on love.
Because we also met someone yesterday who wants to learn more, who
came to church. Has been there 3 times before and until yesterday no
one had talked to her. They had walked away from her when the
surroundings had been unfamiliar and she didn't know where to go or
what to do. But as we talked with her she said she isn't doing it to
make friends. She wants to know what we believe, about how to gain a
deeper relationship with God. She is inspiring because she felt no
love yet but still came back because she was told to look for the
people with the tags if no one else would help.
May we all be a little more kind. A little more aware and worthy or
the companionship of the Spirit to know who needs that hand of
friendship. I won't always have this tag so this goes for me too.
lovefromAZ

Sister Walter

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Teaching in Spanish!

Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Hey hey family and friends! 

I think on my last e-mail I will type each of your names out in here. Just bc I want everyone to know how much you mean to me!! :) I love you all. Thank you for the prayers or thoughts or words during the past weeks and months. I appreciate them all! 

This past week was quite amazing! We truly hit the ground running. I was able to do an exchange last Tuesday before I left Pomerene and go to some lessons and have some wonderful moments with Hermana Adams. She super inspired me as we taught someone in all spanish! Yep, she taught the lesson and I just sat there and smiled. :) We read a chapter together and that was really neat. He was so kind and even helped me when I struggled with words. I feel he will choose to learn more! 

I have to admit that I really, really miss Kristina and her people. :) But soon enough I can call her and all the good things. I truly trust the Lord's timing of transfers and know that Sister Jones and Desautels are supposed to be together to help Pomerene and Patton right now.

Then I came into YSA 2nd and Hidden Valley Wards and they are really great. We have been able to do some amazing work already within the first week of being together! We were able to see a girl named Grace who has this desire to just partake of good things. And it is really cool because she can see it according to what we learn in 2 Nephi 2, through opposition in all things. She is understanding the good and light because she has felt its opposite. 

I have met a few other amazing people and I know that more will come this week as we continue to try and do the Lord's work and His will. Tonight we will be going on exchanges and I will get to spend the next day in Binghampton ward and I am excited about that. There are some great people there I met when I was in the Campbell ward. 

We had the opportunity yesterday to have Stake Conference with Bishop Davies and it was interesting to me because the theme I heard through his talk and the sacrament we attended before was on temple worship, preparing to be worthy to be in the temple and having a more Christ centered life. I feel the theme of choosing to have faith in the Lord and His promises has been huge lately. Also to prepare myself to have the habits to be a lifelong disciple of Christ. I am grateful for a Savior who makes such things possible. 

Okay okay, picture time. :) The first picture is something that really impressed me at a funeral we attended a few weeks ago. The restoration of all things through resurrection. I can only imagine the peace of a body that is perfected. :)

The second picture is what is looks like in Pomerene. Haha we were out on Cascabel and it is pretty sparse. But I have to admit as much as I love being around things. I LOVE the open spaces out there more! 

The third picture is the best candid shot from me and the Barneys. I miss those kiddos.

The fourth is of me and the Sisters I just served around in St David. It was pouring and freezing that day! But they were fun. :) We really enjoyed our time together...at least I did! Ha

The fifth is of me and Sister Diderickson. I was crowned the Queen because I was the only Sister in the whole zone leaving. 

The Sixth is me and Sister Condie. She is super fun and super cute! A super solid missionary. It was pouring that day too and we were super cold all day long.

The next is our drive to somewhere in Hidden Valley and it was just so funny to me how there was snowy mountains...and cactus.

The next is at a baptism of someone that Sister Stebar and I started teaching in Cienega and then Sister Chandler, Mizell and Cook came and taught her next. It was pretty awesome! :) What a wonderful day. 

The final was after Stake Conference yesterday...again crazy! Snowy mountains and Palm trees!!! What? 

Anyway I love you all! I love the Lord so much. I wouldn't be able to do anything out here without Him. Not have the strength, energy or capacities to do His work. I am so grateful for Him and the enabling power of his atonement. 

lovefromAZ,

Sister Walter