Gut feeling

Hello!
What a good week! This week has been a week of increased faith in humanity and in God! I know, I am starting off intense this week, but I just can’t help it! Too many good things have happened that I am overly excited to tell you about, so please, please, bear with me.
So on Thursday, I went on exchange with a missionary named Elder Christiansen from Lindon, Utah. What a good man. Anyways, Elder Christiansen had an appointment to the dentist, so I tagged along. When we got there, I realized that he didn’t actually have an appointment, but that he just wanted to speak to the dentist that worked there because he had met one of her friends that said she would speak to us. This was definitely true. Upon meeting the dentist, she invited us to watch her clean a couple of mouths, to watch her do a crown, and to watch her do a regular check-up. The whole time I was so confused as to what was happening. Then, finally she asked us what school we went to. Because we were dressed up, she thought we were school kids! So, we told her we were missionaries and a good healthy conversation ensued. She had great questions and was very nice. On a side note, one of my teeth in the back has been hurting and I mentioned it to her. Instantly, she offered a free checkup and X-Ray and anything else I would need to fix it up! Faith in humanity increased! We offered to help with anything in return and she is allowing us to paint her office! What a good, healthy relationship!
Another miracle that happened this week is a continuation of one that started over 3 weeks ago. About 3 weeks ago, Elder Palmer and I were in the car driving somewhere when we passed a street named Lyndhurst Street. As we passed, I felt a strong feeling that someone there needed our help. Surely enough, just as I was opening my mouth to tell Elder Palmer the prompting I had just received, he said the same thing. So, feeling faith filled that someone was there, we went the following day. Well, surely enough on the 4th door we met Beryl. A nice old lady who has been struggling to do her Family History. So, we helped her of course and assumed that she was the lady we were looking for who needed our help. Feeling accomplished we left the street. Well, apparently, she wasn’t the only one who needed our help. A few days ago we were getting out of the car when a lady walked up to us and asked if we taught about God. We answered yes at which point she asked if we could teach her and help her to believe. We gladly accepted the invitation and asked where she lived. You guessed it, it was Lyndhurst Street! So even though we missed her the first time, God made sure that we didn’t miss her a second time. Faith in God increased!
Just pay attention to what your “gut feeling” is telling you, don’t be afraid to do the best things, and watch what kind of miracles come into your life!
I love you all!
Elder Walker

Firsts

Heya duck!
 
Weird greeting isn’t it? Tell me about it, I hear it all the time (you get used to it). Well this week had some first for me! It seems like every week does. But this one is special and would probably be a first for a lot of you. For the first time in my life, I held a chicken. Crazy? Not really. But when I add that within the same seven day span I also held someone’s pet snake and someone’s pet monkey, then it is a bit more crazy. If that was all the information I gave you then asked you to guess what country I was living in you would have probably never guessed England. A snake, a chicken and a monkey. Is this a joke? Nope. It is real life, I just thought I would share!
 
Well, there will be “first” in all of our lives. Rather it is good or bad, there will be things that happen to us that have never happened before. The good, we will take. We need as many pleasant surprises as possible. But it is the bad surprises that no one ever wants nor welcomes. What do we do since these surprises are certain to come to all of us at one point or another? What do we do when they arrive? Sometimes the load of life can get a bit heavy. Sometimes is gets much too heavy for us to bear alone. Why? Maybe it is because we take one current trial or unpleasant surprise that we have and apply it to the future. Or in other words, we look ahead and see only tiring day after tiring day carrying the same load that we are carrying now. Well, that load won’t always be as heavy as it is now. There are better days ahead. So I ask again, what do we do when they arrive? Do we look ahead at all? I say yes. We look ahead. We look ahead with faith and with hope believing in “good things to come.” We look to a day when things will be better and reflect and remember that this hope and faith in the future is only possible with Christ in our life. It is Him who helps us. He will not always take away our trials, but He will strengthen us to the point that we hardly notice they are there. Only He can give you this kind of faith and hope in the future. Only He can give you the peace your heart wants! Its true! I love you!
 
Elder Walker 

An Attitude of Gratitude!

Hello everyone!
 
Well to be honest, it has been another good week (are you surprised?)! Teaching at the school was so much fun. I loved it. The kids were actually really well behaved and had some seriously fantastic questions. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Other than teaching at a school we have taught on the streets, in the homes, in the chapel, from the car, and in just about every other setting you can imagine! Now, how can we possibly teach people in all these awkward and strange situations? By maintaining an attitude of gratitude! Let me explain.
 
Earlier in my mission, I was with my companion on the streets. We were headed to shop and watched as two other missionaries approached someone on the street. The conversation that ensued and that we witnessed was so so so very awkward. We even felt uncomfortable watching it! But then we realized that that is exactly what people think of us when we go up to someone and talk to them! Realizing this we just laughed. So let’s pause for one moment. Imagine this same scene. Awkwardly speaking to someone in an awkward setting and in an awkward situation. It seems like the natural thing to do is to complain and to be annoyed or embarrassed when we are put in such awkward situations, even if we cause them. Now imagine the same scene, except right in the middle of this awkwardness, rather than allow negative emotions to come in, you simply express gratitude. The situation changes! Well, maybe the situation doesn’t, but the way you perceive it does! Gratitude changes attitude and is the secret to mastering any uncomfortable situation in life. If you don’t believe me, try it next time YOU are in any such situation!
 
I love you all!
 
Elder Walker

Power of Words

Hello! So you might have noticed (probably not) that I missed last week for the first time in over a year! Why? Well, because I was too busy! But of course busy isn’t bad. It “keeps us out of trouble,” as the saying goes. So what’s new with me? Well, We have been seeing so many miracles it is unbelievable. People have been wanting to know what we teach more and more! Its wonderful! It has gotten so good that we will even have the opportunity to teach in a local school on Wednesday! It will be full of 16-18 years olds! And 16-18 year olds always give visitors to their school their undivded attention right?! Of course they do! Or atleast we will make it fun so that they will want to! I am excited! I’ll let you all know how it goes!
 
In other news, I have moved again! I am no longer in Liverpool. I did learn a lot of lessons there though, for which I will always be grateful. I am now in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. When I first arrived in England over a year ago, I was in Telford, a town just 40 minutes south of here. And so, I am back in the same Zone as I started! And it feels like home again. I love it already. It feels so good to see familiar faces and to see the growth others have made. My new companion is Elder Derrick Palmer from Arizona. He is sooo chilled out. It is amazing. He is teaching me how to calm down a bit, so we will see how that goes.
 
These past two weeks I have thought a lot about the words that I speak and the power that words have. For those of you who know me, know that I use sarcasm a lot. Well, sarcasm is derived from the Greek sarkazein, and means “the tearing of flesh like dogs.” That does not sound like a good thing. And its not. So, I have been working to cut out sarcasm! It is hard, but it is possible so I will continue to work on that. Sarcasm is just one example of the many ways words can be mis-used. Maybe if we understood the power words have to effect others and ourselves, we wouldn’t use them so incorrectly. “God said let there be light, and therewas light.” Think of this example. God spoke. God used words. And it was done. Another example. “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouth, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.” Simply by controlling the horses’ mouth, we control it. Simply put, words create results; both good and bad. Do you see the power of words? Do see why James said, “The tongue [can be] a fire, a world of iniquity… an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” But on the flip side, the tongue can also be a good thing. It can be used to “minister grace unto the hearers.” It can uplift and inspire. It can encourage and motivate. It can heal and soothe. It can bless. It can praise. Let us use words with care! Such as,
 
I love you!
 
Elder Walker