Monday, October 28, 2013

First Transfer

This week we met with some of our investigators, things are going slowly but we taught some good lessons. We've also been teaching a lot of our neighbors so that has been really cool.

Elder Walker from the Seventy came this week to do a mission tour with us on Tuesday and that was fun, it was a real highlight for the week. By the way, Sister Van Cott stopped me and said that she got a very nice note from my sweet mother! Ahhhh! :D What exactly did you say to her?!

I got my transfer call, I'm being transferred! I'm going to the San Bernardino YSA ward! The single people!! I'm a little sad that I'm leaving this area because I'll miss the people here but I'm excited for something new too. 
My next area is a car area because the YSA area covers two cities. My new companion's name is Elder Palmer, he will be going home after this transfer so after that I get another companion. Wow! 3 transfers and 3 companions!

Have you guys been getting a lot of talks about the importance of member missionary work? We just had stake conference and that was what the whole adult session of conference was about! Missionary work is changing a lot, it may sound weird but in the places where the members are actively engaged in missionary work, the missionaries in those wards are teaching 20 to 30 lessons a week compared to the 4 that we just taught this week. It makes all the difference. 

I did get my Halloween package and we had lots of fun with those glasses you sent, I got some great pictures! I'm doing well, love you all!


Elder Barker

Elder Barker and Elder Summerhays
Elder Summerhays and Elder Taylor

Monday, October 21, 2013

Miracles in the Lord's Work

Lots of miracles happened this week! The Lord has been putting so many people in our way, it is great! Something that I have learned is that when you let the Lord control His work, miracles WILL happen! 

We met a woman named J. and we were talking with her about the plan of salvation and we gave her a Book of Mormon. She opened it and was super excited for some reason. She told us that she couldn't read without her glasses, but she sat there and read the first verse of 1st Nephi! It was crazy, she was able to read it clear as day without her glasses! 

We have a lot more people to teach now but the hard part is actually getting to teach them. It seems like every time we set up an appointment it falls through but we are still trying our best and we know it will work out. 

One of our newest investigators is a woman who was a referral given to us by some other Elders. Elder Taylor and I went to try to meet her. She is a white woman living with a black man and apparently because of this they have been the victims of some severe hate crimes! Someone burned down her shed with some puppies in it, can you believe that?? Their house was broken into and trashed too, it has just been awful! Her faith has been faltering because of this. Her boyfriend asked us missionaries to talk with her to "get her right with God". She is a really sweet lady and we talked a lot about God's love for us, and how she can get closer to her Heavenly Father.  We have an appointment with her this week so we will see how it goes. 

Love and miss everyone!

Elder Barker

                  A few pictures he sent...

Sister Wengreen and Sister Mickelson

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Short but sweet...

Sorry I couldn't email yesterday. It was Columbus Day so the library was closed. That also means I don't have a lot of time this week to do emails. :( However, I'm going to be sending you guys a letter with my SD card and the stories of what has happened this week.  Yes, I got your package thank you for that! :) Keep sending me stuff! :D Oh and thanks for getting those addresses for me!  I'm doing really good!!  I can't believe I've been out for almost two months! It is crazy!! Anyway look for that letter, I'll try to send it today or tomorrow! :) 

Love Ya,

Elder Barker

P.S. Oh ya and tell KC I've been writing in my journal. :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Conference was Amazing!!

Yes, I got your greenie package and it made me laugh! Then I went and downed all of the food in like ten seconds. I might be fat when I come home. :)  I had a great Birthday! We went over to the Mission Presidents house for our P-Day activity. We were able to relax and play some pool and stuff. Then Sister Van Cott made me brownies! Then they all sang to me and we had brownies and ice cream. It was Great!! Then there is my package... It was AWESOME! :D haha I loved the legos from the Allens! And all of the birthday cards! :) I also got one from the Searles, that was totally great!! They all sent me cool missionary pictures that were so funny.  Kameron sent me an Arrested Development themed paper that was super funny, and Shaury got me popcorn!

Elder Taylor and Elder Barker, goofing off for the camera

Redlands Temple

"Super" Elder Barker on P-day, ready for a hike
I want to share a funny story that happened this week. A few days ago me and Elder Taylor were trying to find the house of someone who was supposed to live in our area. So we were searching on this street called the Terrace, and we couldn't find the house number. It was 505 the Terrace, so after searching for like 30 minutes we sat down on a bench and looked across the street. Guess what, we found 505 the Terrace. The best part is... 505 the Terrace is a lamp post! It made me laugh so hard.

The Lamp post

(Momma's note:  I'm thinking the address on the lamp post is for the house behind it but hey, maybe it is just for the lamp post... Haha)

So conference was so amazing! It was exactly what I needed. I was spiritually revived after it. I loved Elder Holland's talk the most. His and President Monson's talks were my absolute favorites! I had felt I needed extra strength and prayed earnestly and when I watched Conference, well I really can't describe what happened. A very intense feeling of love and peace came over me as I sat there and listened to the member of the Seventy who was speaking. So intense it brought tears to my eyes and I came to a knowledge that my Father in Heaven not only loves me very deeply, but that he knows me and my fears and he is always there for me in my time of need. I know without a shadow of a doubt I am out here doing the Lords work. and that this is His work! He guides me in my everyday life to help strengthen not only those around me, but me as well. I testify of this in the name of the Savior Jesus Christ Amen.

Love you and miss you lots!!

Elder Barker