Fog

Hiya peoples!
 
This week was one of those eye opening kind! The kind of week where everything sinks into a clear perspective and you finally catch a glimpse of the overall picture or lesson that is intended to be learned. It started, for me, on Wednesday! My companion and I were driving to an apointment, when suddenly, and seemingly out of no where, we found ourselves in a fog so thick that we could only see a few meters in front of us. We slowed the car to a crawl and squinted as we tried to make out the layout of the road. Not only was the fog very thick, but it was night outside which made visibility even worse. As we struggled through the dark, thick fog, I could not help but recall a story in the Book of Mormon.
 
In the first book of Nephi, the prophet Nephi has a vision in which he watches as many of his dear friends and family attempt to make a journey along a path leading to happiness and eternal life. As they travel, they too, find themselves in a dark, thick, fog. At this point they have two options. 1) To give up and wander off and become loss. 2) To press forward, clinging to the safety measures that have been provided. Some chose option 1 and ended up lost and unhappy, and others chose option 2 and ended up safe and happy. I have read or heard this story several times. But after having been in a fog so thick, new light has been shed on this scriptural example for me. The lesson is this- We will all have times when things seem dark and any hope of a happy future does not seem possible. In these moments, we may doubt ourselves, we may doubt those we love, we may even doubt God. We must avoid those feelings; however, as we seek to press forward until we pop out on the other side, unharmed, stronger, and more trusting. I promise, that if you will hold your head high and walk with courage and with faith, you will make it through. The fog can’t last forever. Just remember that.
 
I love you all!
 
Elder Walker
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Preparation

Hiya friends!

 

Just like every week, I again hope this week that you yourselves had a good week! Too much? Maybe. Anyways, this has been a busy one! We have been here and there and everywhere trying to help as many people as we can. Sometimes it seems like we accomplish so little, but then we have to sit back and take a look at what we have accomplished. In fact, I suggest to you all to take some time to do that! Some time to simply sit back and evaluate where you are in your life- what you have accomplished, what you hope to accomplish, and what you need to do for those hopes and dreams to be realised. I don’t know why this is hitting me so hard right now, but I feel that for the first time in my life, I have had my own little epiphany about what I want to do in life. Of course I have always had ideas and dreams and hope and all that good stuff, but I have never actually thought about the logistics and how these things would happen. I just kinda assumed they would… But, it does not work that way!

 

So we need to prepare. We need to prepare for the future. I know I have said this before, but when we prepare, it shows our faith that we actually believe the thing we are preparing for will happen. As a result, God can bless us with an increased ability to do that thing. So who is preparing for? For the child who still has all of his life to live? Or is it for the older man who thinks he has seen and done it all? In truth, preparation is for us all. We are never done preparing for the future because the future is and always will be there. Rather we are 8 or 80, we always have more ahead. Of course preparing for this mortal life is important, but is it not more important to remember that the entire purpose of this mortal life is to prepare us for the life after? With so much ahead of us, it seems like preparation is a key aspect of this life, and the life to come, and it is!

 

So take some time and think about areas in your life that you need to be more prepared in. By so doing, you will have more success, less unnecessary stress, and greater happiness. Its true! Also, I love you all!

 

Elder Walker

Yoohoo or the Bitter Drink?

Hello!

Well! This past week was very very good!  Of course, there are those days where it seems like EVERYTHING goes wrong, but, all in all, it was a good week! Recently in our area, our friends that are preparing for baptism have been experiencing some real opposition from places that, as missionaries, we feel so limited to help in. In these times, Elder Coleman and I have had to remember to have faith, and to remember that through faith, anything is possible. Literally anything. Along with faith though, HAS to come humility. There are times in our lives when we think we know what we want. We think we know why we want it. We think we know when we want it (usually NOW). But, the truth is, we are so narrow minded! As one apostle put it, “We see things in terms of yesterday and today, our Heavenly Father sees things in terms of forever.” Isn’t that a truth we could benefit by remembering? When we remember that our Father knows best, and when we remember that He does ALL things for OUR good, then we remember that no matter what, in the end, everything will work out.

  A dear friend of mine had some interesting thoughts to offer on this subject:

  “Christ drank the dregs of the bitter cup, but did not become bitter. Now me, I even catch a whiff of that bitter cup and I’m like “Hmm, yeah so Father I was thinking, ya know this whole drinking this thing..how about we toss it out, and pour me some Yoohoo?”

  This is like so many of us! Forgetting that everything the Father offers is always for our good. But that is why we are learning to become more like the Saviour. To trust more perfectly, to love more perfectly, to believe more perfectly. I agree with this friend of mine who continues to say that we have to learn to accept each and every trial and face them with hope and with faith. To learn to say, “come what may,” and love it.

I love you all!

Elder Walker

New Year!

Hello!
 
Can you even believe it? Is it really 2014 already? Yes, yes it really is. I know that a lot of us are still in denial, but it is true. Or maybe, some of us are grateful to attempt to start fresh in a new year and to look forward to what this year may hold. Whichever way you are thinking, it is 2014 and there is nothing we can do to change that. So, what now? Well, my guess is that 80-90% of you made New Year’s Resolutions. My next guess is that 75-85% of you have already broken your New Year’s Resolution. So, again I ask, now what? Is it time to give up and go back to bad old habits saying, “there is simply no way to change for me; there is simply no hope.” I say no! But what it IS time to do is to make some real goals. A good friend of mine sent me a quote recently that says, “a goal that is not written down is merely a wish.” So I ask, are your New Year’s Resolutions real goals? Are they really meaningful to you? And if so, are they written down somewhere? If not, it is merely wishful thinking!
 
So is that all? Write down the goal and it will happen suddenly? Is the pen to the paper the magical secret to unleashing all of our deepest desires and dreams? I only wish it were that easy. Rather, the pen to the paper is the beginning of doing. If we actually take time to write something down, then we are (at least a little) making a sacrifice, even if it is only 1 minute of time. This minor sacrifice can lead to doing more and doing more; sacrificing more and sacrificing more, until we find ourselves on the brink of achieving our goals. But what if we sacrifice so much and still do not receive our righteous goals? Is all lost? A humble man by the name of Oliver Granger found himself in this exact predicament. Some direction given to him from the Lord can apply to all of us. “When he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase.” (Doctrine and Covenants 117:13). What we sacrifice to achieve our goals is ultimately what determines our success. Sacrifice yields success. Selfishness yields sadness.
 
I love you all! Happy New Year!
 
Elder Walker