Hello friends!

What a week! It has been a while since I last wrote! It was a transfer week so I didn’t have a chance to email until now, but so much has happened! Bare with me while I share! Last Thursday, Elder Jose A. Teixeira of the Seventy and his wife visited us. He is a powerful man. One of those “spiritual giants.” He had a lot to say, but one thing in particular stood out to me, goals. He shared what goals truly are, the desire of our hearts. And he shared that to fail to aim for the righteous desires of our hearts is the result of a lack of faith. Are there righteous desires in YOUR heart that you need to make plans to achieve? If so, do it immediately! I promise, you will be blessed.

As I reflect on my 3 months or so in the Newcastle Ward of the Newcastle Stake, this very topic also seems to be the lesson I have learned. I have experienced first hand, the power of prayerfully setting a goal, and then faithfully acting to achieve that goal. Even when that goal is not reached, happiness can still be found. But how? To illustrate what I mean, I want to tell you a story.

Imagine a young boy. Let’s say his name is John. Now John, since the time he was a little boy, has always wanted to be an Olympian in the sport of track and field.  He put a lot of thought into the goal, made some plans, and from an early age, got to work. Many many years down the road, it seemed that that chance would finally come. Having run brilliantly for a number of years, John was in a position to make the Olympic team, and had made it to the Championship race. Focused and ready to finally achieve his life-long goal, John focused as he got on the start line. Silence. “On your mark.” “Get set.” “BOOM!” And off John went. The early parts of the race seemed to be in his favor. He was in front and towards the end, it seemed that nothing could keep him from his goal. As he neared the finish line he said to himself, “I have done it! I am going to be an Olympian!” When suddenly, seemingly out of no where, John tripped on his own shoe lace, just moments before the finish line. Unfortunately, he did not become an Olympian.

Now John has two options. He can pout and give up and feel as though his entire life was a waste, or, he can look at how far he has come. At the progress he has made. At the good he has accomplished, and find joy in his effort. Every single one of us will set goals and we will fail to reach some of those goals. Sometime, by no fault of our own. Does that mean we are failures? Of course not! Happiness is not measured in achieving goals alone, but in the progress we make as we do all we can. As we do make goals and do our best to achieve them, we will find within us our very best selves.

I love you and want you to know that God will bless you with whatever you need if you will allow Him to!

Elder Walker


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