Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sept 19

Hey Yall!

    This week has flown by so fast! It’s been hot and humid and all sorts of sweaty. We had our zone conference on Tuesday in Lawton. That was so good! President Mansell taught us about change and how we can allow ourselves to change. Then he also taught us about personalities and how to adapt our teaching to different personality types. I think that it was very interesting and not really a common thing to talk about but also very helpful!
   The rest of the week was really good though. Lots of miracles and lots of work to be done! We are building up our teaching pool more and more every day. It’s awesome to see how the Lord directs us in all that we do! We also get lots of referrals from members and the church headquarters. That makes it nice and easy for us too! It’s amazing to see how these people are so prepared and willing to accept the gospel!
   We got the cops called on us Wednesday. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
   Then on Saturday we were invited to go to the Shepard Air Force Base Air Show! We have a member of the ward here that is a pilot and was flying in it! Also the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds were flying in it too! For all yall who don’t know who the Thunderbirds are, they are a United States Air Force Team of some of the best pilots in the country. They fly the F16 fighter jet and do all sorts of crazy stuff! Really amazing maneuvers and tricks. Some things that are really scary too haha. But that was super awesome to see. Those jets are so loud it’s not even funny! It was super cool to see that and be there as a part of it! There were plenty of people to talk to as well! It was so cool! 
   Then we got to go to the sister’s baptism that night! They have been working with a guy named Erick and he was baptized after a year and a half of meeting with the missionaries! That was a really neat experience for sure! All is well here and the work is hastening! We are super busy and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. Sorry if these emails are lame but I can just tell you in person in a few weeks (: Love yall!

Elder Walker

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 12th

Hey yall!

   I dont have too much time to write today but I will do my best to fill yall in! This week has been amazing! So many miracles! Its amazing to see how the Lord blesses us when we are obedient. It seems as though almost every person we talked to this week was interested and wanted us to come back! We have had so many return appointments and people asking us to come over and teach them more about our Savior Jesus Christ. 
   I dont know what it is about Texas but its pretty awesome! Even though the people here are super prideful about bein in Texas is all good (: They are humble when it comes to learning the Gospel. Texas pride is a real thing! 
   God is good and we are blessed! Elder Larsen is a stud and we are killin it! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. I hope that yall never become content and that you are always growing. Once we become content, thats when Satan makes the attack on us. If you arent growing, you are digressing. There is never any comfort in the growth zone so keep on growing! I love yall and hope that yall have a wonderful week! 

Elder Shane Walker
September 6th

Hey yall! 

   This week has been a wild one! Its been hot, humid, and fun! We have been so blessed this last week. Opening a new area is unlike anything I've ever done before. Its super hard because neither of us know where we are goin at all. We pretty much have to start from scratch! But its good because we pay more attention now! 
   My comp Elder Larsen is a stud so that helps too! He is a hard worker and I'm pretty sure that he came pre-trained. I'm not doin much trainin at all because he already knows and does it all! But anyhow, I don't think that I have ever seen this many miracles happening everyday. I have seen so many miracles on my mission but never this frequently! It is amazing! Its so great to be a part of something like this. 
   We have been focusing a lot lately on prayer and the preparation and work that goes into it! So many times we take prayer for granted. We have the chance to communicate with God! Our Father in Heaven. We cannot take this sacred privilage for granted! Its such a blessing to be able to talk to Him in that way. It states in the Bible Dictionary about prayer:

"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."

   We cannot forget this relationship! It is so important that we put in the effort so that our prayer is not wasted. Heavenly Father wants to help and bless us in every way that he can.
Anyhow, just a thought yall. All is well here and we are so blessed! See yall in a month!

Love yall!
Elder Walker 
PS we got our new address! Its:

504 Kemp Blvd. #247
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
August 29th

Howdy yall!

   Well here I am in Wichita Falls Texas! I never thought that I would serve here! Its been an amazing week full of miracles, craziness, gettin really lost, and fun times! 
   My new companion is Porter Larsen from Linden Utah and he has been out for about 2 months. He is a diabetic so that's a new experience for me. Yall know that I don't do needles so maybe the Lord is tryin to teach my somethin! But he is a cool guy. Its been a bit of an adjustment because I haven't trained for a year and I'm used to havin a Zone Leader companion that knows pretty well what hes doin. I am finishing Elder Larsen's training so I have to remind myself that he is still green around the gills. But he is learning! He is so much further ahead of where I was at towards the beginning of my mission! Its a blessing to be his companion. 
   At transfers on Wednesday I got to see a lot of missionaries that I know! All the ones that I came out with were there! So we got a picture of that! Then also I got to see Sister Haley Bash who is a good friend that I knew before the mission! That was so cool! And of Course a picture with President Mansell (: Fun stuff!  
   But were thrown right into the middle of all this craziness. There are now 3 companionships in this ward and there was 2 before. There is so much work to do around here! Its amazing! The 2nd night we were here (Thursday) we had a referral that we went to go see. She had requested a large print bible. The Other elders dropped us off and we said that we would get home from there. We gave her the Bible and a Book of Mormon and she said that she would love for us to come back next week! So that was super awesome! Then we talked to a lady right outside of her apartment building who used to investigate the church a few years ago. She also said that we could come back next week! Super awesome!! Then we got super lost tryin to go home. So we ended up having to call some other missionaries to come rescue us. It was pretty funny! We even had to hop over a train to get to where they were gonna pick us up! It was a fun night! But things are great here. The other missionaries that we are serving with are awesome. Elder Anderson and Elder Loos, and Sister Woolner and Sister Medeiras. They are solid! We are blessed! 
   On Friday we volunteered at the annual Hotter N' Hell Hundred bike race that they have here. We helped with the registration! It was a blast! And we even met a few members that came from other parts of the country! We even had our Zone Leaders ( I love not being a zone leader by the way! ) ride in the race in full pros! They were also interviewed live after the race was over! Such a cool experience! We got to talk to so many people there! We even got a free tshirt for volunteering (: Its hot and humid down here and life couldn't be better! I have every bit of trust and faith that President Mansell knows where the Lord needs his missionaries to be serving. We are so blessed and happy to be here! I pray that yall have a wonderful week and know that I love you and appreciate your love and support so much! I couldn't do it without yall! Love yall and dont forget where your blessings come from! 

Elder Walker Texas Ranger (:

My New temporary Address is:

3001 Kemp Blvd. #1313
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Elder Walker