Monday, November 25, 2013

Pinewood Derby. Frustrations. Blessings.

This week has been a really slow one. :( Most of our appointments canceled and we barely got in to teach a lesson. 

And then there was the weather! A SUPER CRAZY rainstorm came through here and it poured for like 3 days straight! It was like the other storm we had when I was in Redlands. Some of the streets here were totally flooded! We went up to the campus to contact people, but most of the people we got numbers for won't even answer so it is frustrating.

But I've also seen some miracles happen this week. We gave a blessing to the 2 year old son of one of our investigators, his name is N and he is super cute! He had to have surgery on his intestines because he was born with a birth defect. We told his mom and dad about blessings and they wanted us to give him one, so we did. Afterwards his mom was saying how she could feel the power of God in their home. So we are hoping that they will be more interested in learning about the gospel. We have an appointment tomorrow, so we will see.

Things are going good with Vince, he is on track. He had to work this past Sunday but he went to the 9:00 AM service all by himself!

We also were able to take two recent converts to the temple to do baptisms for the first time AND we were able to participate as well! We only did some confirmations but it was really cool to be able to use my priesthood in that way while on my mission. I have some pictures from that day but I will have to get those to you next week. :)

Thanksgiving will be nice, it is a normal day pretty much for us but we have been invited to like 3 Thanksgiving dinners. So...don't be surprised if they have to roll me off the plane when I come home!!!  

Elder Palmer studying... must be why he's the zone leader! :)
Elder Barker...snoozing? Haha
I have a lot of pictures for you today from our Pinewood Derby, it was great! 

Mine & Kendra's cars...which super hero will prevail?
Me & Kendra
And the winner is...Elder Barker!! YES!!

I got an email from Alyssa this week, I am sooooo jealous!!!! I can't believe she met Patrick Stewart and didn't even get me an autograph!! :P 

I also heard from Ryan, Abby, Andria and Kate this week, it was great to hear from them!

Give everyone my love! Happy Thanksgiving!!!! I can hardly wait for Christmas so that I can call home!!!! :)


Elder Barker

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Baptism date, delicious food, and don't knock the ding dongs!

It was so nice to see the pictures of McKenna opening her birthday present! I'm glad that she liked it! 

Life in the singles ward is going good, some exciting news is that one of our investigators Vince, has a baptismal date for Dec 7th! He is super solid so I am excited! Elder Palmer and I want to have 2 baptisms this transfer, so there is one! Yay! 

We haven't had any new investigators though, but we are trying. We go up onto the campus of Cal State each week and try to contact people. We get a lot of contacts and set up return appointments, but when it comes time for the appointment they text us saying "I don't feel very comfortable meeting with you guys." WHY?? It is frustrating! However, we have been meeting with some less actives and we still have other investigators that we are seeing.

It is a lot of fun to go to all of the singles activities like FHE (Family Home Evening). We are doing a no rules Pinewood Derby race. I'm making a car and I'm going to put rockets on the back or something. We also taught a mission prep class the other night that was really fun! 

I don't have any pictures this week, I forgot to take some. But I will take plenty this week to make up for it! Don't knock my ding dong picture!! I was soooooo excited to be able to eat a ding dong again that I just had to document it!
(He sent these pictures home on his SD card)

I get fed well every night and I'm getting to know the people in the ward. Last night we had Pupusas and they were awesome! Think Mexican pancakes stuffed with meat, cheese and deliciousness!

I am really excited to hear about Patrick's mission call to Portugal, that's so cool!! 

I was able to get in to see the orthodontist to get a new top retainer made and I go back to pick it up in 2 weeks. :)

Could you send me Colten's address? And you should tell Corbyn that I sent him an email and he should write me back ASAP!! :)

Love you all lots, tell everyone that I say "Hi!" ((Psychic Hug)) ;)


Elder Barker

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ups and Downs

Surprise!!! I'm emailing today! :) (It's Veteran's Day, and we didn't think we'd hear anything today, so it is a nice surprise!) I realized that it is McKenna's birthday in a few days so I got her a little something, I should get it in the mail today. She will flip, I hope! :)My toe is doing absolutely wonderful, it doesn't hurt at all. I had my follow up appointment and the Dr said there will be no problems. Yay!

Things are good but I have some bad news about our Chinese investigators, they called us Monday night and told us that they talked with their parents back in China and their parents won't let them continue to learn from us. So they dropped us. :( It made us really sad but the rest of the week was good. 

We have one investigator named Vince who is so close to getting baptized, all he needs to do is get Sundays off from work so he can come to church. We fasted with him the other day and we will see what happens when he talks to his boss. Other than that, not a lot has changed. My companion is a really cool guy, he is from Arizona. He is a zone leader, so that makes me...almost a zone leader. ;-) Haha He has been in this ward for 10 1/2 months! That is a long time! We get along great. :)

Elder Palmer, Elder Barker
I love and miss you all and can't wait to talk to you all on Christmas!


Elder Barker

Monday, November 4, 2013

Serving the Singles

Man, do I have some pictures for you! Serving in the Singles ward has been super fun, we have been really really busy!! We get to drive a truck because our area covers two stakes, we also get to go to all of the activities like institute and Family Home Evening. There was an Institute Halloween party my first day here and everyone dressed up, I got a picture with Luigi. Haha Guess what I was?? ...A missionary! :)
Of course he found Luigi... :)
On Halloween I made a makeshift costume out of stuff I had laying around. It was cool! 

They feed us good here just like my last area, so don't worry about that! :) The singles in the ward sign up to feed us and sometimes we go with other missionaries who cover the family wards and eat with the singles families. 

Like I said, we have been really busy. We are teaching like 7 people right now, it is great! We taught 17 total lessons this past week! :D But my favorite thing that happened this week is that we are teaching two girls from China.We found them out contacting on the campus of Cal State and they are so awesome! We had a lesson with them on how God is our loving Heavenly Father, and how they can talk to him through prayer. They had never heard of Jesus Christ or God really at all. They both said their first prayer! Ah, it was so cool! We got Chinese Book of Mormon's to give to them in our next lesson which should be tomorrow. I'm super excited!!

Something that wasn't so fun but was cool is that I got an ingrown toenail removed this week. :( I cut my toe moving another Elder's bed and it got infected and all ingrown, it was gross! (Momma's note: I'll spare everyone the photo... ) So I called the mission nurse who called a Dr, who then called a foot specialist who happens to be a member and I was able to get in to see him that same day. He removed a huge chunk of my toenail which was actually stuck inside of my toe! It is healing up nice and feels so much better so I'm happy! I have a follow up appointment with the Dr. on Thursday. 

I did send Patrick an email, so I'll try to see if I can get to him through Andria or something. And it's so cool that Ryan and those guys showed up on Halloween, that makes me very happy! I also got McKenna's letter and it was super awesome! 

Things have been going good for me and I've been making sure to write in my journal everyday! My companion is a zone leader and we try to stay as busy as possible, he is going home after this transfer. 
My companion, Elder Palmer.
Well, I love and miss you all.


Elder Barker