Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 The End of the year and no time to write

I am so sorry. I have ten minutes to write haha. I had such a great time talking to you guys in Skype and laughing and all that good stuff. It was really great :) I am happy to see that there is finally snow! Better late than never eh?  

I can`t believe that it is almost the end of the year and that we are going to be in 2015! That seems so crazy to me! It`s almost Heather`s birthday! I can`t believe that she is going to be puede ser! It`s so weird that she will almost be 17 when I come home and that Cod will be out on his mission...that is going to be so weird. Oh Heath, I am sending you a little letter and a "lame" birthday present...but it was made with love so I hope that you enjoy it :) I don`t know when it will get to you...hopefully in time for your birthday....I had to give it to a member to mail for me since there isn`t a place to mail things here in my area. they have to be sent from Cholula or Puebla or something like that haha. 

How`s grandma doing? And aunt Cindy? Did they have a good Christmas? How are Cindy`s kids doing and Uncle Ben? I keep them in my prayers and fast for them too sometimes....I hope that everything will be ok....

um...I can`t think of any short experiences that I can share this week since I need to go haha but I will share more next week and the letter next week will be better. Mom, I will try to take more pictures with the members and the investigators that I have so that you can all see who they are :) Sorry that this is so lame but I have to be obedient!  I love you all a lot!! 

Love always,
Hermana Walker :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22.2014 It's Almost Christmas!

Hey! So Christmas is this week and that is pretty doesn't feel like Christmas because there is no snow here and I can´t listen to Christmas music all day everyday on the radio and I didn´t buy any Christmas Presents for you guys...only for my companion haha and she doesn´t know it´s for her but she knows what it is...that´s kind of the problem that happens when you have to be together all day everyday and you have to be able to see and hear one another all the time haha. It makes surprises rather difficult. 

I loved your pictures of the ginger-bread houses and of our house :) they all looked super awesome! Next year I am going to win again ;) haha well maybe not because Elder Sampson won´t be there to help me maybe it won´t look quite as good ;) but if I have Heather on my team then it´s very possible that I can still win ;) 

I got grandma´s package and the package from you guys too. But I think I already told you that I received yours... But thank you so much! I really appreciated it :) 

Today we are going to do our first intercambios with the other sisters in our zone. They live really close to us haha so it isn´t going to feel very different haha. I really hope that I can help the sister that I am going to be compaqnions with for 24 hours :) This is the most important part...that I can help them. 

How is grandma doing? and aunt Cindy? I am praying and fasting for them a lot.... I am really sorry. We came late and I have no time to write more but I love you all and I hope that your Christmas is really amazing! I can´t wait to talk to you in Skype!! I will be talking to you on the 24th :) I don´t know what time yet...but probably around 4 here...which I think is like 3 over there. Ok well anyway. I need to go. Love you!!!

Love always,

Hermana Walker  

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 Sister Leaders and Dare to Be Different; Dare to Be Bold!

Alright so, as the subject line says, we have no time to write this week. Our day was super crazy and we just barely made it to the cyber and it is like 5:44 so yeah this is going to be short and probably really lame...and haha it totally doesn`t help that I really need to use the rest room because I drank a lot of water right before we came here haha but yeah whatever, these things aren`t important haha.

Alright so, guess what? We are Hermanas Lideres! Whoo! It feels really weird because I don`t feel ready haha but yeah...we get to do all the intercambios with the sisters in our zone and we get to give little classes or lessons in the zone conferences and all that fun stuff. It`s a little bit stressful but I know that I can do all things through the Lord Jesus Christ and I know that Heavenly Father and the Savior have faith and trust in me to complete this calling so I will press forward with faith and with happiness and of course with a constant prayer because I need all the help that I can get. 

Hermana Lara goes home in January...she is almost done with her mission...and I will have 6 months in this area by the time the next changes meeting happens and so it is very likely that I will have changes...that means that two new missionaries are going to come to la Joya...this is a little scary because they aren`t going to know who anyone is haha...que dificil...

We are going to have a zone conference thing for Christmas this wednesday and since we are leaders we need to be in charge of planning with the other two sisters of the zone Nealtican and the four elders (our zone leaders and the zone leaders of the Nealtican. Elder Thomas was my district leader here in la joya but now he is the zone leader in la nealtican so it is kind of funny because our two zones are going to be doing the activities together so it is kind of like he is still part of La joya haha. Elder Cuasace, the new District leader for us, is training and his son is from Tamaulipas (the part of mexico that Hna Lara is from). 

Alright, I am so sorry but I need to go now....I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week! I hope that you also all get the chance to watch the video He is the Gift in youtube and that you can share this special Christmas Spirit that we have with other people. 

Really quick:

I read an article in the Liahona the other week and read a story that really impacted me. It was a talk by L tom Perry I think, but he related a story that was told by President...oh no, I can`t remember...One of the first prophets of the Church haha, I will check later if you want to know who it was haha. Anyway, he related a story about one of his neighbors who is really well off with work and is really kind and all that but he isn`t a member. The man concluded that he could see no difference between the way he lived and the way his mormon neighbors lived and so he thought that they were just as good as the mormons and that there was no difference between him and them. The President, who I can`t remember his name, said that this is no compliment to him. I can`t remember his quote word for word but he basically said that if the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn`t make him a better man than he hasn`t developed as he should and that there is need for reform in Israel. Directly after this story President L Tom Perry said that we need to be bold and dare to be different. That we need to live temple recommend lives and always be worthy of the temple recommend. He also said that we need to not be afraid of offending people by standing up for and living temple recommend lives. 

This really impacted me and it is something that I need to be better at because sometimes I have fears of offending people and I am not as bold in my testimony of the Savior as I should be. I really hope to change in my time in the mission and become a different person so that I truly served a mission where I changed my nature and not just my character. I hope that we can all live temple recommend lives and really live how Jesus Christ would have us live. It´s important to remember that this life really is super important because every action that we make has a consequence, whether good or bad, temporal or spiritual, for time or for eternity. I hope that we can all work on being better and changing our nature and not just our characteristics. 

I love you all! I am sorry this is so lame....but have a great week!!

Love always,
Hermana Walker


Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 Faith and the Lord's Time


Well, yesterday was the big day when the Elders call us in the middle of the night to tell us if we have changes....and....only one person had changes (that they told us about) in the District. That person is Elder Thomas, our district leader. He had been here in La Joya for 6 months and is really happy to be leaving haha. Don´t take it the wrong way because La Joya is one of the best areas! The ward is amazing and so is the food and every missionary that comes here gets super fat and it`s all super awesome! (except for the getting fat part..I am really not a fan haha) But yeah, I think it is just rough because it is hard to be in the same area for 6 months...that´s a long time. That´s a third of the mission for the sisters. Well anyway, he is leaving and his comp, Elder Cuacase, is going to be a Father! He gets to train a newbie :) Elder Thomas told us that we don`t have changes (which we were really happy about because Hermana Lara and I love each other and have a lot of fun together and we love this area) but....he told us that we have assignment changes...uh-oh....I don`t really know what that means but there are only so many assignments that the sisters can have....compañera menor, compañera mayor and...hermanas lideres.... So yeah we are going to the changes meeting on Tuesday to see what`s going to happen. If we really are going to be sister leaders...I am a little scared because I still am pretty new here in the field and feel like I don`t know what I am doing sometimes (mostly with Spanish haha) but I am also really excited :) I will tell you all next week what happens with the changes :)

Well, yeah so that is something exciting :) Now I will talk a little bit about the work here in La Joya! We don`t have a ton of investigators (mostly a ton of less-actives) and the investigators that we do have aren`t really progressing much so it is a little bit disappointing....We have Joaquin who is progressing a little but that is about it. We put a baptismal date with him for the 17th of January and we are praying and hoping that he will be able to come to church 4 consecutive times and get married to his "wife" before then so that he can be baptized. I know it doesn`t seem like a whole lot of time to get married and to come to church all those Domingos but we have faith and hope and we know that the Lord can do all things! We are going to put a date with three or four other of our investigators that we feel are most likely to accept one and invite them, like always, to come to church. In the morning we were talking and finishing up a little bit of our weekly planning and we decided to say a prayer before so that Heavenly Father can help us and guide us to know what would be the best goals to put for the following week. I was kind of lacking faith because I just thought that it didn`t really matter if we prayed before or not because we were just going to do some logical thinking and put our numbers in the agenda. I think I was also just feeling tired and wanting to hurry and finish it so that also contributed to my sour view on the whole thing...I know, horrible... but we said the prayer to start, well Hermana Lara said it because I didn`t really feel like it haha. But while she was saying the prayer out loud, I was praying with my heart and in my mind that Heavenly Father could take away these negative feelings because I didn`t understand why I was having them. I asked him to help me have more faith and more faith and more faith because I was lacking. During this prayer, I was reminded of the video where Jesus Christ is out healing a bunch of people and then a man comes up to him with his sick son in his arms and asks Jesus to heal him. Jesus asked the man if he believed his son could be healed. The man answered "yes." But Jesus looked at him doubtfully and after a slight pause the man changed his answer and said "Lord, help thou my unbelief." I felt like the father in these moments because I was lacking faith. I had faith but not enough. So I asked the Lord to make up for the difference that I was lacking and asked him to help me have more faith that we would know what do to. In the prayer that Hermana Lara said, she asked that we would be able to know what to do with our investigators. Well, after the prayer, we started thining and filling in numbers (our goals for the week) and a thought came to my mind that we should just straight out tell our investigators that if they can`t come to church and keep the commitments that we invite them to do, that we need to let them go because they aren`t progressing. 

If the investigators aren´t progressing, then they aren`t learning or growing spiritually and we as misisonaries aren`t progressing either because we are spending all our time on these people who only like to talk to us as friends and not act in faith. We know that the Lord is preparing the field and that it is ready for the harvest, we just need to work hard and thrust in our sickle with all our might so that we can recieve the fruits of our labors. We know that this isn`t our time, it´s the Lord´s time and if we are just sitting there teaching the same investigators over and over and they never do anything to progress, we are wasting the Lord´s time and we aren`t fulfilling our purpose as full-time missionaries. I explained all this to Hermana Lara and she told me that this thought that I had just shared was the answer to our prayer and that it came through me. 

It was an answer that came really quickly and it helped strengthen my faith because I was able to see that it was true, that the Lord answered our prayer through me and that becuase of this thought, we were able to know what we need to do with our investigators if they aren`t progressing. It helped me know that the Lord really does answer our prayers and He tries and tests us so that we will come before him in prayer, asking for his help and for his strength. It was something really cool to witness and be a part of. 

This was one of the spiritual experiences that I had this week :) I had more too but I don`t have time to write about all of them right now haha :) I love you all so much and I hope that you have a fantastic week! :) 

Alright, I love you all! I hope that Grandma Carole and aunt Cindy are doing alright...I pray for them every night...

Have a great week and send me pics of the house with the lights and of fun activities in the snow if we have snow there... ;) 

Love always,
Hermana Walker :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 Joaquin, Pelusa, and Christmas

Hello everyone!

I can not believe that it is December did this happen!? I am turning 6 months old in my mission this month on Christmas...that is so crazy to me. My comp goes home next the 6th of January I think. Ah! All of this is so crazy. I am going to be freaking out so much the rest of my mission because the time flies by! I feel like I`ve only been gone for like 2 months or something like that. I feel so fresh as a missionary-like I still have no idea what I am doing sometimes and a lot of times still I don`t know what people are saying...yeah, I feel like I just barely got here haha. 

Well anyway, so yeah I`m not really sure how I got so mixed up with the whole Thanksgiving thing...I blame my District Leader because he made me self doubt... but whatever, ni modos. It passed and I didn`t do anything haha. How boring ;) But for next year, it really is the fourth of the month? I just want to make sure I actually know when we celebrate this holiday so I can sound intelligent when others ask me about it ;) 

Um, so we have a new investigator named Joaquin and he is really great! He has sooo many questions and we love it!!! And I love that he likes to stay with one topic and actually stay on topic because it makes teaching with the Spirit so much easier! So much easier! There are people here (practically every single person that I have met) that talk and talk and talk and they talk about random things that have nothing to do with the lesson topic and it is super hard to teach them with the Spirit because we are bouncing around all over the place.... but yeah, he is great. He really wants to learn more about our religion and he accepted the invitation to come to church but his wife`s family came unexpectedly on Sunday and so they couldn`t come to church because they had to prepare the comida for her family and all that. But it´s ok. He will be able to come to church this coming sunday I`m sure :) It`ll be great :)

Hermana Mariana (a less active) moved to like cholula and didn`t even tell us so that was really sad.We were trying to reactivate her and we were teaching her husband who isn`t a member...but now we lost them both since they aren`t in our area. I found out that they moved because we did intercambios and I went with one of the Hermana leaders to their area and we were walking in the street and I ran into Mariana and she told me that she moved. She asked me about her dog Pelusa (the one that we "adopted" because she followed us everywhere) and I told her that Pelusa was still with us and all that and she asked me if we could keep her until Saturday when she could come and pick her up and I told her sure and it was all good.

But something horribly horribly sad happened yesterday. We aren`t allowed to have pets and all that so we asked our neighbor Juanita if she could keep Pelusa until Saturday since we aren`t allowed to have animals. She told us yes and she gave Pelusa a bath yesterday and cleaned her up a bit and killed her pulgas and all that and gave her some food too. Well, like an hour later or so, Pelusa was really really sick. She couldn`t walk very well and she couldn`t breath well either. I felt so bad for her and I just thought that maybe she ate something bad or something like that and she was having stomach problems. Well I went over to her because she was right there by our front door and I was petting her head and talking to her for a bit before we left to go visit a family. We went over to talk to Juanita and tell her that Pelusa was sick and then left to go work. Well, when we came back, Pelusa was lying there on the ground and hermano Juan thought that she was sleeping...but she had passed away.... I cried and cried and cried. It was so sad. She was like part of my family and I felt so bad because she just randomly got so sick and I couldn`t do anything to help her. She was so cute and she was like a "guardian angel" for me and Hermana Kraczek, as her dad once wrote her. We had so many memories with her and I just felt so sad. I was up crying until 12:00 last night over that dog... Yeah, I know it sounds ridiculous. I don`t even understand why it was so hard for me but I can see the image of her lying there on the ground in my mind and I always start`s giong to be so rough when Sophie passes away...I`m going to be a wreck. So if it happens when I am out here, don`t tell me....cuz I will bawl my eyes out. Well, en todos modos I`m really grateful that Heavenly Father allowed me to have the experiences that I was able to have with Pelusa. I don`t know what happens to dogs and animals when they die as far as the Plan of Salvation is concerned but I hope that they have the chance to live again and to be happy and I know that she is happier because she isn`t suffering from illness or starvation or anything like that.

Whew, alright, enough about that. Haha, I talked more about her than anything else in this email...que chistoso. ;) on a happier note....

Are you all excited about Christmas? I know that I am! :) Christmas is the best time of the year because we get to think about the Savior all the time and there is a special Spirit during this time of the year. Everyone is happier and wants to do good and there is beautiful music to listen to and everything is just great! I am especially excited for the new video (short clip) of Christ and how he is the gift of Christmas. The church is putting it out and they bought a part of youtube to display the video and also the big screen in time square and they made these really beautiful cards for missionaries to pass out to people so that they can get online and view the video. It is a video like the easter one that the church put out with music and typed words, no talking. It is super powerful and you can really feel the Spirit when you watch it :) I`m really excited :) I hope that you can all remember that Christ truly is the reason for the season and that he is the greatest gift that we could ever recieve because he is the Savior and REdeemer of the world and that He makes all things possible. I am so grateful for my Savior and I know that He lives and that He is always there by my side through the thick and the thin. I love the hymn "I know that my Redeemer lives" because the words are so powerful and so true. It is a perfect testimony of Him. He truly is my kind, wise heavenly friend that helps me conquer all things and helps me endure to the end with ease. I challenge you all to try to make this Christmas something really special and really spiritual-centered more in the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that if you do this it will invite a different and even more powerful spirit in your lives and that you will have the best Christmas memories if Christ is at the center of it. 

Sorry I have no time, we are going to play basketball in the capilla and we are 20 minutes late.... I love you all!!

Hermana Walker 


Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 Mission Activity and Cow Brains!

OOH! so we had a mission activity this passed Saturday at the Church. We invited our investigators and a lot of less actives but...yeah only members came so it was more like a ward party haha. But it was still really fun. Hermana Lara and I made book marks that had the infinity sign on one side and the words "Por toda la eternidad" and then on the other side was a scripture in Matthew 16:18-19 that talks about what so ever is sealed here on the earth is also sealed in the Heavens and we wrote "Las familias pueden ser eternas" underneath the scripture. We passed these out in the beginning of the activity because we started out with a little message about eternal families and then we broke out for the activities which were: basketball and soccer (which sadly we couldn`t play because we are missionaries and it wasn`t monday...) and juegos del mesa! Which we could play :) (board games). We played chutes and ladders and chinese checkers and uno :) after we all ate fruit outside and everyone seemed to have a great time so that`s good :) It was a great activity :) I got a really great picture of Hna Marce...haha I laughed SO hard!!! I was crying! :) I`m going to send some pics from the activity warned...I am really chubby and it makes me so sad! My face is all nice and chubby so that`s really awesome ;) But whatever, I have been called to a mission with like the best food in Mexico and you do not bajar de peso aqui...only if you get sick from the food or you are a missionary with really good genes... Well anyway, it was a great activity and we had a pretty good turn out, even if they were all members :) 

Oh haha I have something else to tell you all....So one day I was starving and we have no food in the house. But we live right in front of like a "center" were there are basketball courts and stuff (it`s right in front of the catholic church) and people set up their little stand things and sell stuff. Well, this day, there was a lady and she was selling some taquitos and so we went over and asked what was in them and how much they were. I didn`t understand what she said they were made of and my comp didn`t say anything so I thought, alright cool, it isn`t anything gross. And I bought two little taquitos. And I ate them. They tasted a tiny bit burned but nothing else was wrong with them and yeah I ate em. Well, later on in the evening, Hermana Lara says to me, "Oh yeah Hermana, I forgot to tell you what was in hose taquitos. It was cesos" To which I replied "Que es eso" (insert question mark) "Cerebrum de vaca." ...That`s right. I ate cow brain! haha whooo! Que rico no (mark) it was pretty funny haha :) 

Well anyway, I am now going to close because I am running out of time. Here is my mensaje espiritual en "spanglish" ;)

Here it spanglish... :)

Hoy en la mañana yo estaba leyendo en la nueva testamento en Mateo y no me acuerdo exactamente estuvo pero creo que es algo como capitulo 8 y 9... pero bueno no importa. La importante es que yo leí sobre algunos de los milagros que hizo Jesucristo y siempre hay una pattern. El siempre dijo que "según su fe, se sano". Siempre siempre. Y en estas momentos en la mañana I was hit by la poder de esta cosa. La fe es tan importante y bien poderoso que puede sanar los enfermos y the deaf and the blind. It can raise people from the dead and heal a woman of an enfermedad de sangre solo por tocando la ropa de Cristo en fe. Que maravillosa! 

Tambien me encanta la parte con la...pues no me acuerdo como se llama pero un hombre approached Jesus and told him that his servant was ill and asked if Christ could heal him. Of course the Savior said yes but the response of the man was incredible. He said that he was unworthy to have the Lord Jesus Christ enter his home and that if the Savior would just say that his servant would be healed that that would be sufficient and the servant would no longer be ill. It says in the scriptures that Jesus marvelled. He marvelled! I was blown away by that line because in my mind the Savior doesn`t marvel at things because he is perfect and already knows the will of God and can perform miracles and all that so when I read that the Savior marvelled at the faith of this man I was blown away. The savior said that he hadn`t seen faith like this in all of Jerusalem (I think it was Jerusalem). Anyway, when I read that it hit me that faith is so strong and so powerful and that I really need to pray and ask for more faith...on a daily basis.... The Savior told the man that it would be done even as he had said because of his faith. And his servant was healed within that very hour. It´s incredible! 

De esta hora de estudios yo tuve en la mañana yo aprendí que milagros no produce la fe, pero la gran fe produce los milagros. Como representantes de Jesucristo, es muy importante que siempre tenemos fe, gran fe, la fe a hacer milagros en el nombre de Jesucristo, la fe a cambiar vidas y invitar otros a venir a Cristo y ser perfectos en él. La fe es algo muy sencillo y difícil en la mismo momento pero es muy importante porque es la primer principio del Evangelio de Jesucristo. Se que la fe es poder. Se que sin fe no tenemos nada y no vamos a recibir bendiciones ni ver milagros en nuestra vida. Estoy muy agradecida por la oportunidad tengo a orar y pedir por más fe porque no estoy perfecta y tengo mis dudas y faltas pero Jesucristo puede ayudarme a tener la fe suficiente a hacer milagros en su nombre como su representante por la próximo 13 meces. Esta llamamiento que tenemos es muy hermoso y tan importante. Nunca vamos a tener esta mismo oportunidad ni experiencias y yo creo que nunca vamos a crecer más cerca de nuestro Padre Celestial en nuestra vida de en estas momentos aquí en la misión.

Se que no es facil pero es totally worth it! Nothing worth having is ever easy and salvation never was easy, as President Holland once said. 

Solo quiero compartirles una escritura que me gusta mucho y que me ayuda mucho. Esta en Isaías 48:10 y dice, "He aquí te he purificado, y no como a plata; te he escogido en el horno de la aflicción." 

Se que esto es verdad y muy importante a recordar porque Dios tiene un plan más grande para nosotros que podemos ver en cualquier momento y aveces pasamos pruebas muy fuertes y no entendimos porque pero él esta purificando nos en el horno de aflicción para que podemos ser como él quiere y podemos ser más fuertes en el futuro. 

I love you all and hope your thanksgiving was fantastic and that you all got really fat off of delicious food! Hope you have a great week and prepare for Christmas with your mind and hearts centered on the true meaning (as cliche as that sounds...) You all are amazing and I keep you in my heart and in my prayers!

Love always,
Hermana Walker :)

Hermana Lara and I in front of a note written by Sebas (one of the investigators that told us he wasn`t interested... :,( )

Me and a little boy...ah! que triste! no me acuerdo su nombre... but we`re doing bunny ears :)         

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 Planting Seeds

Hello everyone!

Well, it has already been another crazy is that!? And...I forgot my agenda in my other bag so...I am going to have a little bit of a hard time remembering what happened this week.... but oh well, here it goes :)

Um, well today we went to a meeting with the ward council to talk about the missionary activity that we are doing as a ward and guess what? IT WAS AT FIVE O`CLOCK IN THE MORNING!!! When the alarm went off...yeah...Hermana Lara and I did not want to get out of bed. But, we did and we even got dressed and all that but didn`t do our make up haha, are you kidding me? It`s five in the morning...on P-day...I am not puttin on make up. Anyway, we walked to the church (well kind of jogged because we were a little late..) and sat in the meeting and talked about the activity and the new plan that our Mission President received as revelation for our mission so that the ward council can know what we need to do and they can be a part of it, like be more involved in missionary work. Anyway, so that was fun. And the Elders came too but they came in their pajamas and all lame ;) After the meeting we were able to sleep for an hour and a half because we woke up an hour and a half earlier, and it is P-day, but I couldn`t sleep for more than like 15-20 minutes because there were things going on in the world since people were awake and chuggin along and there was so much light coming in from the windows that I just couldn`t basically it was a huge waste of my time since I didn`t accomplish anything...but whatever, Hermana Lara slept beautifully and was able to regain some strength and energy so this is bueno :) 

Um, after that we just cleaned our house and stuff and then we went over to Hermana Marce`s house since she invited us to eat and make desserts :) I taught them how to make cake mix cookies but they turned out weird since the oven is super weird and doesn`t have numbers so I couldn`t tell what the temperature was and I actually don`t remember the measurements of the oil or the amount of eggs exactly so that was a guess...and Marce doen`t have pans for cookies for the oven haha so..yeah but they turned out ok :) Only a little bit flat :) we also made a dessert of lemon and cream and stuff and cookies. It sounds weird how I just described it haha, like, eww, I don`t want to eat that... but it is actually really good :) So yeah that was fun :) But we were there for a while because Marce hadn`t finished making the food yet and we couldn`t leave without eating because that would be rude and she would probably get then we ruched over here to write and here I am typing the weekly email :) 

(I am so sorry this is so boring!!) 

Anyway, So it was really exciting yesterday at church because Diliana and her family came to church!!!! Diliana is a less active who is pregnant right now and tells us that she is always tired and can never wake up on time to come to church so she obvioulsy doesn`t come...but she totally came this week and she brought her three kids and her husband (who isn`t a member, who we are teaching) so we had a less active and an investigator in the reunion sacramental. It was pretty cool :) Diliana`s brother is also less active and he came with them as well so yeah it was super cool :) 

Oh man, I have some sad we went and visited a man named Sebastian and his daughter and we taught them once earlier in the week and they accepted a time and date for us to return so they were counted as new investigators so that was super awesome and we were really excited! But...then Sebas called us one morning and told us that he wasn`t interested anymore and that there is only one true way-the way of the Catholics. Hermana Lara was the one that spoke to him and she handled it really well but when we hung up with him we were really sad because we lost the opportunity to teach two new people and help them bring salvation to their souls. It was a little bit crushing. Especially because right after that we went with Ofelia (a reference from a member in the other ward) and she told us that she respects us and our beliefs but that they don`t correspond with what she was taught or with what she feels is right and so then we lost another one...and that one was really hard and really sad because there we were with scriptures open, sitting at her table inside her house and she was telling us very directly to our faces that she wasn`t interested. It was so so sad... But you know what? These things happen and this is the mission. They just weren`t fully prepared by the Lord and it isn`t their time, but they know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is out there, they know a little bit more about our beliefs and when they are ready, they know where to find it. Sometimes as missionaries, we find people that need seeds planted and so we go and do, we plant. But the majority of our time as missionaries is spent finding and teaching those who are prepared by the Lord to accept the Savior and the message that we, as His servants, bring. We just have to keep on going in the faith and keep trying and then the Lord will bless us. 

Well since I can`t really remember much else this week and I am running out of time, I only want to share a scripture with you guys to close :) 

Alma 34:32 "Porque he aqui, esta vida es cuando el hombre debe prepararse para comparecer ante Dios; sí, el día de esta vida es el día en que el hombre debe ejecutar su obra"

Ahora es la tiempo para preparamos por la segunda venida del Señor. Esta vida que tenemos es muy muy importante y especialmente la oportunidad que tenemos para arrepentirnos. Todos hacer errores y necesitamos arrepentir para que Jesucristo puede sanarnos y ayudarnos a ser limpios. Dios nos da los instrumentos para fortalecernos y prepararnos. Ellos son la oración, las escrituras, El evangelio restaurado de Jesucristo, y más importante, su Hijo Amado, Jesucristo. Tenemos la oportunidad cada semana a asistir la capilla y tomar la santa cena para que podemos renovar nuestros convenios con él y también recordar siempre nuestro Salvador Jesucristo y los cosas que él hacia por nosotros. Yo quiero "challenge" ustedes para tratar para tener una experiencia muy espiritual en esta Domingo durante la santa cena. Tratar con todo su fuerza a pensar en Jesús y su sacrificio y orar y pensar en los maneras en que pueden mejorar sus vidas para que pueden vivir más como nuestro Padre Celestial y nuestro Salvador Jesucristo quieren. Tenemos un potencial muy especial y muy poderoso pero necesitamos pedid por ayuda para obtenerla. Se que Jesucristo vive y es mi Salvador y que no hay otra nombre en que podemos ser salvos sino por medio Jesucristo. El es la luz del mundo y mi guía para siempre. Espero que es la mismo para ustedes. Eso es mi testimonio por la semana, y lo comparto en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen. 

Have a great week! I love you all! Thank you for all your support and love and letters :) 

Love always,

Hermana Walker :) 

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 The Touch of the Master's Hand

Hola todos! Como estan? Espero que todo esta bien con ustedes y que mi español es correcto pero más probable no es correcto. 

How was your week? Are you all getting excited for Thanksgiving? I can`t believe it is already November and that Thanksgiving is approaching really fast...and that Christmas is around the corner then New Year`s then Mother`s Day, my birthday, Father´s day, independence day, then it is fall again and almost Thanksgiving again and then....I finish my mission... What the!? This can`t be real....

Well anyway, nothing super crazy happened this week and I haven`t fallen again`s been pretty boring around here ;) naw no es cierto. It`s never boring in the mission field! There is always an adventure to be had, new people to talk to and lessons to teach :)

 We had three new investigators this week and their lessons went really well. I love working with Hermana Lara!! She is super awesome!! :) Victor Cruz is still in Mexico and so we haven`t had the chance to teach him for a while or commit him to baptism...and he obviously wasn`t able to make it to we had zero investigators in sacrament meeting...and zero baptisms. But it`s ok because we were still happy and we still had a really great week! 

We had ELEVEN lessons with members present!!! That was the largest number for that category that I`ve had in my mission so far and so it felt pretty awesome to achieve that :) We also had 17 less actives in sacrament meeting on sunday which is a lot...and that felt so awesome too! Especially when I saw that Hilda came and that Elizabeth came as well because we weren`t able to see them all week and remind them to come to church but they came all on their own and it was awesome! :) It probably had something to do with the fact that this Sunday was the Primary program....haha but whatever, all that matters is that they came and it was all awesome :) 

The Primary program was so cute and I didn`t really understand what was happening for a lot of it but it is amazing that I could still feel the Spirit through their songs and sweet messages :) The Holy Ghost truly is a marvelous gift :) Did we have our primary program this Sunday as well? How did it go? (if we did have it :) ) I miss my kids...can you tell them that I miss them and that they are super awesome! And that I love them too :) 

We had one fecha bautismal this week :) Nati accepted the invitation to be baptized on the 13th of December! I hope that it doesn`t fall through and that she will be able to come to church and progress! And I really hope that we can teach with the spirit, that she will follow through with the compromisos and that she can gain a testimony of her own so that she won`t become menos activa...that would be the worst... ok not literally the worst because there are worse things, but it would be pretty sad. 

Oh! Cody, I thought of something else that you can do :) You can go visit and teach with the missionaries so you can get a feel for how it is to do the Lord´s work because...I never went with the sister missionaries and so it was a little bit of a change for me when I was thrown into the field....but even a little bit more weird because every one was speaking in Spanish and I basically had NO idea what was going on.... so yeah, you might want to try and prepare yourself at least a tiny bit so that you aren`t totally thrown for a loop like your sister... ;) 

Ok so now I will share something more spiritual and serious haha :) Last night we went and visited two families. One is less active and just a husband and wife who are older and the other is part active members and part less active. With both families we watched a short film called "The touch of the Master`s hand" but it was really cool how with each family the lesson was a little bit different. In this video, for those of you who haven`t seen it, there is an old man who is making a violin. It shows a little bit of each part and how the man makes the violin with care and love and then he plays a little bit of a song on it to make sure it works correctly and has a great sound. Then he lovingly puts it in its case. After that, it shows that a mother had purchased the violin for her son so that he could learn to play it. He tries to learn it but obvioulsy doesn`t like it and lots and lots of horrific things happen to this poor violin that cause pain to my heart when I see them...they really are so sad.... The violin is dropped several times, it is sat on by children, used as a bow with suction cup darts, and as a shield in a battle between two children. Lots of bad stuff. Finally, after severl years and several horrific instances, the violin is in an auction. It is the last thing to be auctioned off and at first nobody wants it. They bid $2 for it and the auctioneer is about to sell it when the old man who made the violin walks up ot the front, takes the violin, cleans it off a bit and begins to play a beautiful tune. After he finishes, he hands it back to the auctioneer and sits down. Suddenly everyone wants it and it auctions off for like 2 million dollars or something like that. 

After the video, we all went around the room and talked about what we learned from the video and how we could apply it to our lives. There were a few different answers but mostly it was the same (with the part active member part less active member family). It was a really beautiful family night and the Spirit was definitely there. 

I would like to just take a few moments and write to you my thoughts from the video. We can apply this video to our lives in the form of the atonement. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has things pass in their lives that are challenging but in the beginning, we were with God. He made us and he made us perfect and beautiful without blemish. But as we go through this life we get a little banged up spiritually. We get scars, we have marks, we go through horrific experiences. At some point, we are no longer clean, polished and perfectly manicured. We end up looking like a beat up old violin. But, our Heavenly Father is so loving and merciful and he gave us something so incredible. He gave us the most amazing gift we could ever ask for. His Son, Jesus Christ. He sent his son to earth to atone for our sins, to take upon him our errors and faults, our shortcomings and temptations and all manner of uncleanliness. He sent his son to do all of that for us so that we would have the chance to pray for help, to ask for forgiveness and to be washed clean with the "touch of the master`s hand". Christ`s arms are always, always open to us. We can always come unto him with our burdens and ask for relief. We can always ask for strength and beg for forgiveness. The Savior will always help us when we ask in faith and through Him we can become perfect and clean again. I want to share a scripture with you but I don`t have it memorized in english and I only have my spanish scriptures but you can look up the verses after in english or put this in google translate ;) 

D&C 45:3-5  "Escuchad al que es vuestro intercesor con el Padre, que aboga por vuestra causa ante él, diciendo: Padre, ve los padecimientos y la muerte de aquel que no pecó, en quien te complaciste; ve la sangre de tu Hijo que fue derramada, la sangre de aquel que diste para que tú mismo fueses glorificado; por tanto,Padre, perdona a estos mis hermanos que creen en mi nombre, para que vengan a mí y tengan la vida eterna."

Yo se que es verdad. Se que todos los hombres, mujeres y niños quien creen en el nombre de Jesucristo pueden ser salvos y pueden obtener la vida eterna. Es una promesa de Dios y de Jesucristo. Ellos no pueden mentir. Se que por medio el Salvador Jesucristo, todos podemos ser limpios y recibir perdón de nuestros pecados. Él siempre es aquí por nosotros con sus brazos abiertos y listas para recibirnos. La expiación de Jesucristo es el don más bonita, más hermosa en todo el mundo y es la única manera en que podemos empezar otra vez con una pagina blanca. El evangelio tiene la plenitud de luz y todo felicidad y verdad para nosotros. Estoy muy agradecida por esta conocimiento que yo tengo y por la oportunidad para compartirle con mi chiquito parte del mundo aquí en México. Siempre recordar su Salvador Jesucristo y continuar en su fe y en la conocimiento tengan que él siempre esta para ustedes para ayudarles en su misión aquí en la tierra. Que tengan un bonita semana y espero que ustedes pueden trabajar con fuerza para que Dios les bendice en todas partes de su vida.

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Walker

(I hope that all of that Spanish was right or that it at least makes sense...for those of you who know spanish ;) ) 

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014 Moving forward after transfers and prayer

Um, how in the world is it already November! (my question mark key doesn`t work...I know, it`s bugging me too...) I am blown away! How can time fly by so fast! When I was little time went by sooo slowly.... and now I am getting older and it is just flying by like nothing! And the worst part is, it`s only going to get worse with age, just like everything else haha. But it`s alright, I just need to work super hard for the short amount of time I have left and I need to enjoy every moment of it! Do you realize that next month is my six month mark...!(question mark)!!(question mark)! Ah! I can`t! That is so so crazy...  This month on the 25th I am turning 5 months old...ah...

Ok well enough of that (even though that`s probably a lie because I will probably randomly freak out again later on in this email, who knows.) So, we had changes and I stayed here and that is super awesome because this area is great! The ward is huge and supportive and full of the nicest people on the planet! The food is fantastic and I know the area so that is always great (especially for someone as directionally challenged as I am...). I got a new companion and...SHE`S TOTALLY MEXICAN!! WHOOOO!!! I am really happy about that, if you couldn`t tell ;) Now my spanish can hopefully get a whole lot better! :) My comp is named Hermana Lara and she is from a part in Mexico that is really hard for me to say...and even harder to spell....but it is like, in Tampico where Elder Sampson is serving so that is pretty cool. I don`t know if it is part of the mission or not but I know that it is close to Tampico :) She is really sweet and funny. She always jokes around and despite the language barrier, we get along really well :) She has...wait for it...15 months in her mission!!! She`s practically dead ;) that`s what people say here anyway haha. She is probably going to finish her mission out here in La Joya :) Hermana Kraczek is now in an area called Atlixco in a part named Tulipanes. Apparently it is super beautiful there especially around Christmas time, and there are tons of flowers so that is pretty cool for her :) Her comp is Hermana Sanchez who actually came with me and the three other missionaries from my district. She is in my generation, whoo whoo! She speaks spanish and English fluently and she and I sat next to each other on the flight here to Mexico so that is something pretty sweet :) 

Alright so....this week was a little crazy because it was my first week "alone" like being the only one who knew who people were and where we were going so that was an adventure! But we made it through! The only bad thing was that our numbers this week were a little bit sad....but it`s ok because we can always improve and become better and the Savior can help us accomplish our goals and become the missionaries and people that He wants us to be so we don`t even have anything to worry about. This week we had an appointment with a lady that Hna Kraczek and I contacted on the street but Hermana Lara and I couln`t find her. We asked a ton of people but no one knows who she is...we didn`t know her last name so that presented a bit of a problem haha ;) but apparently she doesn`t exist.... but it worked out because we contacted like five other people while looking for her and we even knocked on a door and this cute little old lady answered and when we asked if Guadelupe lived there she actually said yes! How incredible right (insert question mark here :) ). She told us that Guadelupe was at work but that we could come in so we did, and we taught her part of the first lesson, taught her to pray, invited her to come to church with us, told her we would pass on Sunday for her, and picked up a new investigator! yep, that´s right. We are pretty awesome missionaries ;) haha yeah sorry, I am a tiny bit weird today so sorry if some of this doesn`t really make sense.... Well, we passed for her on Sunday but she wasn`t there so that was a little sad...but we have an another appointment with her on Tuesday so let`s hope she can come with us this Sunday :) 

 Oh! so something interesting...on Saturday we went to an ofrenda :) it´s like an offering that the Catholics do for the dead because it was día de muertos :) So we saw the picture of the person who died (their grandma) and there was a sign that said "Bienvenidos Abuelita Anita" with flowers all around it and crosses and stuff and there where two really huge candles by the sign too. Behind all this stuff there was a huge display of food and drinks that Anita loved while she was living and they also put out mole (mole-eh) and rice and stuff like that. There was seriously so much food! Tons of fruit and coke and candy and just a ton of food. They also have inscence burning too so that there is a...a...smell...haha I can`t think of the right word in English... oh! aroma! :) so that there is an aroma for the dead to smell and follow to their ofrenda. 

It is so interesting how there are so many different beliefs here on the earth and so many different religions... I am really grateful that we have the knowledge of the restored gospel here on the earth and that we know the plan of God; that we have the plan of Salvation and that we can live again after this life with our Father in Heaven, our Savior Jesus Christ and our families. This truly is a huge blessing that God has given us and it really does bring so much happiness in our lives! I am grateful for the chance I have to be here as a missonary, a representative of Jesus Christ, to share this message with the people here so that they can revel in this great knowledge as well and receive more peace and hope in their lives. I know that the Lord is preparing the hearts of many people right now for me and my companions to teach. I know that He has a plan for each one of us and that it is unique and  catered to our individual needs. Each plan is perfect and beautiful and designed to help us reach our full divine potential. And that is also something that is super amazing! God has given us the tools to become perfect. He had given us everything. All we need to do is ask for direction. I love the first book of Nehi in the Book of Mormon because Nephi has so much faith and it blows my mind to read about it! I really can`t wait to meet him and the other prophets of old after this life. But I love the story when he is asked by the Lord to build a ship because Nephi doesn`t ask "How am I supposed to build a ship (QM). How do I even start (QM)" He instead asks the Lord "Where do I go to find the tools to make the ship" Or something like that...I don`t remember his exact words. But basically, it is so incredible that he asks the Lord to help him make the tools so that he can then make the ship. He has no doubts in the Lord`s abilities or in the things that the Lord asked of him. We need to do the same thing. We need to ask the Lord to help us see the good in things when we are having a bad day. We need to ask him to help us see what it is that we need to learn when we don`t understand why we have the trials we have. We can also ask Him to help us achieve our divine potential so that we can be the sons and daughters that he wants us to be. It is so important to ASK the Lord, in all things. He commands us to pray always that we may conquer Satan. How incredible is that promise! If we pray everyday in the morning when we arise and in the night before we retire, and also have a prayer in our hearts and minds throughout the day, we will be able to CONQUER Satan. That is such a beautiful promise! Who wouldn`t want to conquer Satan? Who wouldn`t want the power and promise of the Lord that the Devil will have no power over us because we will be able to win every battle? 

How important is prayer if God, the creator of the universe, has asked that we communicate with Him? Pretty important I would say. Prayer is a commandment. I hope we never forget that. Pray everyday so that you can conquer the storms of the adversary. Your prayers are your life jackets while you are sailing your ship along the ocean of life. When the storms hit, you don`t want to take any chances. Put on your life vest every morning and never falter. Never undo those precious buckles by forgetting to pray because it will only make it that much easier for Satan to drown you when his storms beat upon you.  

I know that this is true, without a doubt. I know that prayer is power and that it works. I know the Lord answers our prayers and that everyone is important to Him. He knows us all individually because we are His. He cares about us all and cares about what we go through. Everything that happens to us, good or bad, is important to Him and He wants to help us; He wants to hear about our lives. He wants to be a part of them. "Pray always that you may conquer Satan..." Be firm in the faith everyone and continue to be awesome sons and daughters! I know that we as latter-day Saints have the power to change the world for the better and we have a calling to spread the gospel to all the world. Keep looking for all the miracles the Lord puts in your path, keep praying fervently for strength and guidance and the ability to become who the Lord wants you to be. I hope that all this made sense and that you have a fantastic week! I love you all so much and I thank you for your love and support. It means a lot :) Until next week!

Hermana Walker

Here is a photo of me and Hna Kraczek on the car ride to changes...yes, those are tears in our eyes...

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 Transfers

Hola todas!

So....we got a call last night at like 11:30-12 ish and....Hermana Kraczek is leaving.... I am so sad!! She is the best comp ever! We have had so much fun together and had so many wonderful experiences together and we are super great friends.... but I am supposed to stay here and she is supposed to go to another area because it is the will of the Lord so it isn`t really all that horrible. Especially since we both live in Utah and can totally hang out after our missions and we plan on coming here to visit again too so it will all be great but yeah, it is still pretty hard and sad. We have to go visit SO many people today and say goodbye and take lots of is going to be a crazy day because everyone here loves to talk and we have to see so many people and there are NEVER enough hours in the day to do all the things that we need to do. So yeah, this will be an adventure to say the least. We were invited to eat with three different families today so...we are going to be HUGE by the end of the night and it is going to be super awesome ;) Hermana Kraczek is lucky because maybe she will be going to an area where the food isn`t so ridiculously delicious and where the members don`t feed her so well and she might be able to lose weight...but I have to just keep getting fat... oh believe me, I am trying to be careful but it is so hard! You have to be so careful how you say things so that people don`t get offended and think that you don`t like their food... but yeah, so the changes are happening tomorrow and I will be getting a new companion...I hope that she is latina so that I can learn spanish a lot better and more correct haha because Hna Kraczek and I are both still learning and we aren`t really the best...she is a lot better than I am obviously because she has 9 months in the mission but still...we have a long ways to go and we spoke in english way more than we should have so that isn`t super great....

Anyway, so you will never guess what I ate this week. It was a chicken`s foot..yumm.... it was just sitting there in my soup all big and cooked with the skin stuff on it...and I could still move the toes and was not my most favorite thing but I still ate it haha and it wasn`t like disgusting or anything, just super super weird....

Um, ok so there is this little girl here who is like our next door neighbor and she is the cutest!!! She is only four years old but she talks so much and I totally thought she was older because she is so bubbly and intelligent and yeah, she is so cute!!! Her name is Oblish (Oh-bleesh) I don`t know how to spell it but that is how you pronounce it. She is just so cute and she and her mom came with us yesterday to our citas so that we could have a member present with us and all that and...oh my heck I can`t wait to be a mom and I really hope my kids are as cute as her! I let her play with the ring that Elder Sampson made me (by the way, Elder Sampson made me a ring ;) and sent it with a letter and all that) :) but yeah I let her play with the ring so that she wouldn`t be bored but then it was kind of bad because she thought that she got to keep it..haha but don`t worry, I got it back so it`s all good :) We had an appointment with a family that lives in another part of the pueblo that is a little further from our house (there are two here, San Gabriel and Santa Barbara) but on the way home it was really dark so the familia Hernandez (the family we had the cita with, who just barely all got baptized), the familia Franco Gomez, the friend of hermana Carolina (one of the Hernandez kids that was baptized) and...well basically we had like a parade accompanioning (um, I doubt that is right haha but oh well) us back to our house. It was kind of ridiculous.... But yeah it was so cute because Oblish reached up for my hand while we were walking home and she was talking to me and all that and it was so cute. Then I started swinging her, like: 1, 2, 3...SWING! and she thought that was so fun! she was laughing and she kept saying"Otra vez! Otra vez!" it was the cutest :) 

Ah, I have no time left so I need to go but I can`t believe that it is already almost Novemeber! Luckily they don`t celebrate Thanksgiving here so I won`t miss you guys quite as much when this day happens... :) haha ok this is random but it just barely hapened and it was really funny, well, I thought so at least. There are two Elders in the internet too right now and they are both latinos so they don`t speak english but one of the Elders just said to me "What`s up...Sistah" haha it was so funny! 

Ok, we need to go really bad now...we are late for a comida! I love you all so much and I hope that you have a really awesome week full of miracles and lots of beautiful spiritual experiences! Cuídense muchísimo!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Walker

aquí es Oblish :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 Blessings

Um...haha yeah so I have a funny story to tell you all....remember how my knees were being so amazing and they were healing so fast and I was so happy? Yeah well, you will never believe what happened today... I was walking up the one little stair that we have in our house and my shoes were really wet because our clothes were hanging up inside to dry and they had dripped water all over the yeah they were really wet and don`t have a lot of traction to begin with so...I totally slipped and smached my knee AGAIN and my arm and my knee started bleeding again and it wasn`t even healed yet so that was pretty awesome...I swear, the mission has made me the most accident prone person in the universe! This stuff would never happen (at least not this frequently) at home...I am slowly becoming a clutz...sweet. 

Anyway, Hna. Kraczek and I were laughing so hard and we just kept saying ¨Como!?¨And stuff like that. Like, how in the world did that happen?? And then it was super awesome because right after that happened to me, Hna. Kraczek was walking to go into our study to grab something and she puched the door open really hard but then it hit the tip of an umbrella that was on the floor and swung back to it`s old spot right as she was walking to enter the room so...SMACK!! She hits the side of her face right on the door...pretty dang fuerte too, and we died laughing again! It was SO funny! I don`t know how all this stuff happens to us but I am really flad that we are able to just laugh it off and still be happy and have a good time :) And I am really glad that she laughs at this stuff like I do because there are some people in the world (a lot actually) who don`t laugh when this kind of stuff happens and if that was the case with us then there would be a lot of awkward situations...and my comp would think I was the rudest person on the planet... Thankfully that is not the case :) My comp is awesome and we laugh at a ton of the same things so it works out perfectly. The Lord is so amazing how He totally just knows who to put with who and what things need to happen to us in order for us to grow :) It is incredible!

Alright so basically, Heavenly Father is the best and He loves us so much! We are seriously blessed everyday! I don`t even know how we are so blessed and how He sends us so many miracles and blessings. Our minds are basically blown on a daily basis! First of all, we get free stuff all the time! We get free food and tons of fruit and we get free rides in combes (haha I have no clue how to spell that but basically they are little tiny buses like a van that we ride in around our area to get to places that are far or that we take when we are running late), the Lord gives us extra time somehow...yeah those are just a few. He also leads us to the people who need us most and helps us have the Spirit so that we know what to teach to help them in that moment in their lives. And I also think it is so incredible how we can love these people so much!! 

Yesterday, we were at the comida and we were teaching a little message afterwards on an attribute of Christ. We taught this active member family about hope and it turned out to be just what they needed. They are having some struggles with one of their family members and they don`t understand what is going on because she doesn`t tell them. She only tells them that she doesn`t want to go to church and that she doesn`t want to live here with them and it is really hard for the mom and the other siblings. Basically we were all crying (there were four of us) and feeling the Spirit of hope, faith and love during these moments. It was so amazing to me how I could have so much love for this family already and I haven`t even been here long! It was also amazing that I was able to understand everything that was going on in this lesson... the Lord blessed me with the gift of tongues more fully than before so that I could understand wht was happening and love this family. I seriously don`t want to leave... 

We have cambios on the 28th and I really don`t want it to happen because I don`t know if I am going to leave or stay and I don`t want to switch companions either. It`s the worst! But at the same time it is super awesome because the Lord knows what is best and He knows where we need to be and who we need to be with to grow and help others grow so I don`t know, there are good sides and bad sides to everything haha. 

But anyway, this was one of the miracles/beautiful moments/tender mercies of this week. 

Another thing that I wanted to talk a little bit more about is that the Lord blesses us with extra time a lot. It is so crazy because sometimes...more often than we should...we show up appointments late...but when this happens, the Lord blesses us with the ability to eat, talk, teach a lesson and make the member feel good and it felt like we were there for a really long time when we actually weren`t. We get out of the food and somehow we are exaclty back on schedule even if we showed up for the comida 30 minutes late AND the member didn`t even have it all ready yet either. How is this possible!? I have no idea. All I know is that the Lord loves us so much and He is so so good to us! This kind of stuff happens so much to us and we are blown away by it everytime! Also, the other day we had so many appointments and we were stressing out about how we were going to visit everyone because our members couldn`t come with us to do divisions anymore so it was just me and hna Kraczek....but somehow the Lord just blessed us so much and a lot of people weren`t home or couldn`t do it anymore so we were able to go visit everyone that we needed to and it was awesome. Also, yesterday, one of the hermanas that was supposed to do divisions with us forgot so we just had hermana Pilar to come with us but we were able to make it to almost all of our citas and it was so beautiful! We were able to help others come unto Christ and we were able to be taught by the Spirit and to feel his presence in our lessons and it was so amazing. We were also able to walk through the rain, literally through rivers of water (the streets  turn into rivers here a lot when it rains because there is a lot of water) and laugh the whole time and we just all three had an awesome time together enjoying each others company and the beauty of this earth that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with. It was a really great day yesterday. Also, the Lord helped us to really catch up on our weekly goals yesterday and even though we didn`t get all our numbers, like all our goals, we were able to get really close on a lot and make a few and so our numbers were pretty awesome this week! And the most important part is that we are improving instead of digressing so that is always awesome :) 

Well, I don`t have a lot of time left so I need to go but I am going to try and write my testimony in spanish...those of you who know spanish, please don`t judge me on mine :) haha I still have a really really long ways to go and I am still learning...a lot... :) 

Yo quiero compartir mi testimonio con ustedes sobre este Evangelio. El Evangelio de Jesucristo es la mas bonita cosa en todo mi vida. Porque yo tengo este evangelio, yo tengo una conocimiento muy maravillosa y muy bonita sobre muchas cosas. Primero, yo tengo la oportunidad para ser con mi familia para siempre. Esto es bien bonita y me da mucho esperanza por mi futuro. Se que esta vida no es la final. Hay mas después la muerte. La muerte solo es una parte del plan de nuestro Padre Celestial. Se que esta plan es perfecto y que Dios tiene una plan especifico por cada una de nosotros, solo necesitamos orar y pedir para saber que son los cosas Dios tiene para nosotros. Se que es importante para tener la fe y esperanza en Cristo y en sus promesas. Cuando tenemos estas cosas, tenemos esperanza en un mundo mejor y los bendiciones que viene por nuestro Padre Celestial. Se que Jesucristo es la mas importante persona en todo el mundo y que solo es por medio Él podemos regresar y vivir con nuestra Padre Celestial y con nuestra familia en los cielos. Se que yo puedo ser una persona perfecta por medio del Salvador Jesucristo y que yo puedo arrepentir y ser limpia de mis pecados. Jesucristo es perfecto y es una gran ejemplo por todos personas. Le amo muchísimo y estoy muy agradecida por Él y su sacrificio por mi. 

I owe the Savior my everything y sin Él no soy nada. Estoy muy agradecida por esta oportunidad que yo tengo para predicar el evangelio de Jesucristo y compartir mi testimonio y esta bonita mensaje con la gente aquí en México. Tambien, estoy agradecida que soy una miembro de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días y que soy una representante de Él por todo mi vida. Es una llamamiento tan bonito y es eterna. 

Eso es un tan tito parte de mi testimonio y lo comparto en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.

Thank you for all of your love and support and for all the things that you do for me. I love you so much and hope that you all have a really great week full of the Spirit and blessings from the Lord. Cuidase mucho! 

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Walker