On Key

Hiya hiya! It has been way too long! So much has happened in these ten days. Let’s see, where do I start.
 
First off, it was transfer week again! Elder Taotua is outta here! Sadly… I’m going to miss serving with him…But I will still see him around. Oh, so that I don’t confuse anyone (you know who you are haha), I am still in Telford. My address hasn’t changed just yet. Haha anyways, my new companion is also a new missionary! His name is Elder Maljanen! From Finland! It was a great experience to be able to find out that I would be given the opportunity to train him! Of course it was a bit scary since I was being trained myself just 5 days ago, but I do know that I won’t have to do it alone as long as I spend a little extra time praying!
 
In terms of awkward situations, last week, Elder Taotua and I decided that we would try something new. We decided that we would sing to atleast three people for one day. That day, I should’ve known that it would come back to bite me. But, of course, at the time it sounded fun so we looked for any opportunity to do so. that opportunity came as we knocked the door of a home that had “Happy Birthday” on the door. A lady opened and immediately told us she was not interested, so we offered to sing Happy Birthday. She happily accepted and ran to get her 9 year old boy, Alex. Once he got to the door, I looked to Elder Taotua for support. He then said something along the lines of “I don’t know that song.” Instantly, I believed him. Why? I have no idea. Maybe it was because he was from New Zealand and I wasn’t sure if they sang it there. Whatever the reason, I realized that I would have to sing alone. So, I did! Once I finished I heard a roar of claps. I peaked around the corner into the home, and there were approximately 30 people staring back at me. Awkward. Oh yes. We got out of there quick.
 
Now as I look back at this, I can’t help but think of the happiness that that boy felt. Though I felt humiliated and awkward, I am sure he felt quite good. I am sure that no matter how terrible or off key the singing would have been, he would have been so happy. This is why the savior teaches us to become as little children. In fact we learn in the Book of Mormon that “the Lord will receive those who repent and come unto him as little children” (3 Nephi 9:22). Let us all seek to become like this little boy by being grateful and happy no matter how off key life may sometimes seem. By so doing, we can experience grater happiness and joy. I love you all!
 
With love,
 
Elder Walker

Miracles

Hiya hiya hiya!
Another great week in Telford! Things are picking up a lot and Elder Taotua and I have been pretty busy. This past week we saw many miracles and changes take place in the lives of others and it was refreshing! This week, I also had the oppourtunity to teach a chinese man who barely spoke English. Talk about fun! Even though we couldn’t quite communicate as effectively as we would have hoped, we were still both able to feel the spirit of God and that was enough.
Recently, its been warming up a bit! I don’t know why or how, but I have actually been able to feel my toes! Maybe I’m just getting used to it, or maybe I’m getting a bit fat… Either way, I’m just glad I’m not so cold! Now of course I have to talk about food at some point. And its on my mind a lot because I always seem to be hungry, but especially right now. Lucky for me, we are having a feast today! Oh yes, at a chinese buffet. Other than that, have finally decided what my favorite thing to eat here in England is. And I think it would have to be Sister Platt’s cinnamon rolls. I don’t know why she makes them so often or why they are so good, but I love them. And I love her. If you read last week’s post, I spoke about Elder Platt! Well, Sister Platt is his wife. And she is the kindest lady ever!
Miracles, miracles, miracles. They happen everyday. Last night we had the priviledge of going out teaching with one of the members in our ward. He is 17 and is really excited to be able to go on a mission next year. Though he is not yet a missionary and though he may not know all the details of every doctrine, he taught me a lot. Even though he had never been out with the missionaries before, he was fearless! As I was wondering to myself how he was so unafraid to share the gospel he said something along the lines of, “I love this feeling of the spirit. It makes me feel confident.”
At the time, I didn’t think much of his statement, but today as I continued my study of the Bible, I came across a scripture in 2 Timothy 1:7 that reads: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.”
How powerful is that scripture?! This is definitely what that young man was feeling and I know that as he continues to seek to be righteous that he will share the gospel with many and as a result change many lives. Let us all seek the spirit of power, love and a sound mind as we seek to overcome our fears and doubts in any aspect of our lives. I promise, all decisions are much, much easier when you seek help from God!
Well, I ran out of time! Its time to go feast! Love you all! Bye!
With love,
Elder Walker

I Love My Saviour!

Hiya hiya hiya!
 
Another week has passed already! It is all going by so quickly! But, I hope you all had a safe Halloween and got lots of candy because I didn’t get any! 😀 But that’s ok. I don’t really need it. Today here in England is a holiday though! It’s called Guy Fawkes Day! Supposedly it’s about some man who tried to burn some famous building or something a long time ago. So, they burn straw effiges of him! Pretty harsh! But, everyone here loves it! Since a couple days before Halloween fireworks have been going off every night. It’s a pretty festive time for the British!
 
Other than holidays and what not I am still learning the British ways of living and what not. My pronounciation of words is beginning to be a bit confused. I’m not sure if I am saying it the way an American would or the way a Brit would.. I’m probably somewhere in between. Not only is my speech getting all weird, but I can’t even remember what side of the car I am supposed to get in! Most the time I just have to guess… All in all its becoming more and more like home!
 
In the area I am in at the moment, there is another set of missionaries serving here as well. They are a senior couple! In other words, they are an older couple who have decided to go on a mission together. Their names are Elder and Sister Platt. They are originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and they are hilarious! Elder Platt is nearly 80, but he has the energy and humour of a teenager! I love him! He randomly cracks jokes when we least expect it. Not only is he funny, but he is one of the most patient, loving, and honest man I have ever met. As a district we recently played the game known as “2 truths and 1 lie.” Which is when you give three statements about yourself and everyone has to guess which one is the lie. We all went around having a good time then it was Elder Platt’s turn. He made his three statements then we all started to guess which one was a lie. After much confusion we came to realize that they were all true. His response? “I can not tell a lie.” Haha, he is a great example to myself.
 
This great example of honesty and other characteristics is the result of Elder Platt’s life-long commitment to follow the Saviour and to strive to be like him. Elder Platt has chosen to follow the Apostle Paul’s direction in 1 Timothy 4:12, which reads:
 
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
 
My friends, I know that as we strive to emulate the Saviour and learn of his ways, that we will be able to be examples to those around us. I know that The Bible brings us much knowledge and wisdom about Christ and his teachings, but I also know that The Book of Mormon is an additional witness that Jesus is the Christ and can draw us closer to the Saviour than any other book.
 
If any of you have any doubts as to what the Book of Mormon says or what “Mormons” are really all about, I invite you to read the Book of Mormon to truly find out, for yourself what it says. Furthermore, if you have sincere questions, ask the missionaries! They can help!
 
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I want you all to know that I love my Saviour. I love doing His work. I love wearing His name on my chest and I strive to always be an example to those around me. Let all of us who love the Saviour also seek to be like Him and in doing so, be a shining light and example to others.
 
With love,
Elder Walker