Monday, September 30, 2013

2nd week in the field. #ifinallygotmybike!! #ithurtsmybutt!

I finally got my bike!! It is so nice but it hurts my butt! The weather has been cooling off a little bit, but it still is like sunny and 85!! 

The members are really nice and we are fed dinner every night by someone in the ward. We are trying to visit as many of the members as we can. We are trying to get them more involved in the missionary effort. We are not supposed to be tracting anymore so it is up to the members to find people for us to teach. Me and my companion Elder Taylor have been trying to talk to everyone on the streets trying to make contacts. Some guy honked at us and flipped us off so that was kinda exciting. 


We have been meeting with recent converts. D. was baptized on the first of September and he is such an awesome guy. He is a big fan of comic books and he likes history. Imagine me, but 40 and black. He is super funny and loves to learn. E. and her husband were baptized a few months back. She has breast cancer and has had a really hard life. But you would never know it if you met her. Her faith and view on the gospel is inspiring. She also has a great sense of humor and is great to get along with. She called me a really great teacher! :D 


As for L, we were able to teach her the first lesson. It was hard because things kept coming up so we ended up just teaching her right there on her front porch. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she said she would read and pray about it so we will see what happens. I've met some interesting people out and about in our neighborhood but more on that another time. :) 


I love you and miss you all!! Can't wait to get your birthday package! :) And this mystery Package?


(He's referring to a package I told him about that is coming from some friends... The Searle's, I just told him a surprise was on it's way. Hehe)


    ** HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY ELDER BARKER!!!!!! **



Is it a cake or a donut?



Superman Legos, from the Allen's.

   
Your bestest missionary son!

Love,

Elder Barker



Monday, September 23, 2013

Redlands

Dear Family and Friends,

It is good to hear from you! So to start off I haven't gotten my bike yet. It might have been sent to the wrong place. So if you can check that out for me that would be awesome. I haven't gotten any packages yet so at least I have something to look forward to. :)


My first area has been great so far. When we got here we met the mission president. President Van Cott is super cool and his wife is super funny. She reminds me of you momma! :-) 

Arriving in Redlands
My companion is Elder Taylor from Sandy, Utah and has been out for about 16 months. We get along great and he is super funny.. I got that wish, YES! (He had wished for a companion with a sense of humor). 

The ward I'm serving in is the Redlands Pioneer ward. We don't have any investigators just yet but we have a few people who have invited us back. One person is a single mom that lives in our area. She doesn't live with her kids but she is trying to be able to send the out here. She seems to be the most interested in the gospel of all the people I've met so hopefully it goes well. Other than L. we have been meeting with less active members. One of these guys is Bro. G.. He is a 56 year old who is just barely starting to come back to church. He is so awesome!  He is a cyclist so he has been helping me fix the bike I'm riding since I don't have my own. 

The people in this ward are so cool and they take care of us. A bunch of them like Firefly and Arrested Development. So awesome. The apartment we live is isn't the nicest but hey we have fun. Me and Elder Taylor and our roommates, Elder Weaver and Elder Summerhays get along well. 

Today is my first P day and we went on a hike for a zone activity, I really enjoyed that. Say Hi to everyone for me, and to write to me too! :)
  
Love,


Elder Barker

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great MTC Experiences

My loving family, :)

I'm doing great! Just to let you know what has been going on. I've been made district leader of my small district at the MTC! 


Tomorrow I get a chance to go through the temple, I know it will be great. 

I got your box of sunshine! It was awesome! Send me more! Getting mail here is like the most awesome thing ever! Also, I think you should send me a CD Player with some speakers and some music. Seriously DO IT! Songs I want are Come Thou Fount and Praise to the Man. :)

So, some info for Alyssa and Skylar. I'm staying in the main MTC dorms (Sorry Alyssa), but it has been great. We put some fun stuff the departing Elders left us in the vents for the new district to find. ;-P


I had my first TRC investigator experience. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. His name was Jorge and we really connected. However it would have been great to see Alyssa or Skylar as my investigator. :)


I love you all, I can't wait to hear from you all next.


Love,


Your Missionary

Elder Barker

P.S. I also gave my first blessing the other day! It was amazing!

 Elder Barker,Elder Griffin,Elder Sharp, and Elder Wise

Monday, September 9, 2013

Letter for Mom :)

I don't know why he hasn't been able to email yet but I got another letter in the mail today. Love it!!

Dear Momma,

Thanks for your letters, I really love them. I want you to know that even though I'm far away I'm always in reach. So don't worry about me. Even though you will. I hope you've been sleeping! ;-) 

Know that whenever you want to talk to me, just write. You can write me every day if you want, I won't mind. :) 

I can't wait to see what type of goodies you'll be sending me. So send lots! And tell everyone you know to send me lots! I want to hear from lots of people! 

I love you momma and think of you often.

Your missionary,

Elder Barker


My Room

Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Letter from the MTC

Today we got a letter in the mail from Sam, made my whole day! We haven't received any emails yet so I was super excited when I picked up the mail!! :):):):) 

Dear Family,


So my first day at the MTC was good. I met my companion. His name is Elder Griffin. He is cool. Kinda a bit like me but not as much.


I saw that you packed my red blanket! That was a nice surprise! :)

Ammon showed me around so it was kinda cool. I've seen quite a few people from school and other places so it has helped me to feel at home. 

Oh, tell Skylar that I checked the vents and all I found was a peanut butter bar! 

They have us just jump right in, so I know I'll be busy. Everyone is super nice, but I hate being "the new guy". 

I'm rooming with other guys going to my mission and they are pretty awesome. I know I'll have a good time here.

I love you guys very much, and I miss ya already. Talk to you later! :)

Love, your missionary


Elder Barker

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Entering the MTC

He's officially a missionary and entered the MTC today, it was a special treat that his cousin Ammon was there to greet us. Can't wait for his first letter! 

Breakfast at Ihop

Elder Barker & Momma - Provo Temple

Elder Barker & Dad

Elder Barker & Family

Momma, Elder Barker, Dad

We were blessed to be able to have Elder Barker's cousin greet us at the MTC. Elder A. Barker is headed to Japan in October.