Monday, December 30, 2013

The Gospel Rapper

It was so great to be able to talk with you guys on Christmas, I loved it SOOOOOOO much!! Don't worry, I thanked Sister S. like a billion times! :-) My favorite gift was the DVD with Christmas wishes from everyone, it was AMAZING!! I absolutely love my sweater too, I wear it like everyday! (even though it is like 75-80 degrees outside!) :)

I wear my awesome Superman PJs to bed each night, and I've almost listened to all the John Bytheway talks and I love them! I also got a sweet package from the Allen's, it was so great!!  I'd love it if you could send me more cool talks or music. 


For the rest of Christmas day we spent some time trying to see people, but most of them were not home and stuff. We had dinner at a member's home and we had a really great time. Now I don't have pictures for you at the moment, but don't worry I'll be sending some I swear! :) We played games and were able to teach them a little message it was great! 


The rest of the week was super awesome! We had our Book of Mormon study class that has been gaining popularity, and we had a lesson with an investigator and we set a baptism date for him! Now I can't say anymore than that because he has asked us to keep it to ourselves for now, but we will be meeting with him more and more to get him ready! 


We also were asked by our Gospel Rapper neighbor J to go to the surprise birthday for his girlfriend! (they live together and have a 2 year old son) He had all his friends from his church there and we were able to talk with them about our church. Also something cool that happened was that one J's friends was talking to J's dad about N. (J's son) N just went through surgery on his intestines, and they were talking about how miraculous his recovery was and how bad his condition was and stuff. Now I had given a blessing to N a few weeks earlier, and what these guys were describing of what happened, is exactly what I had said in the blessing weeks earlier! How cool is that?!? :D 


We had a mission conference today, we had Elder Richards of the Seventy there and he talked a lot about teaching simply. It was super awesome! I love you and miss you all! Have a Happy New Year!




Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from Elder Barker!!

It's been a good week. It's really nice and warm here, no snow. :( However, Elder Hall and I went up into the Mountains the other day and there was snow! I was so happy



                        

We are going to go up there again on Christmas Day to visit a member of the ward! Yay!! I'm excited! The rest of what I've got to say will wait for Christmas! :P haha you'll just have to wait! ;) love you all, can't wait til Wednesday! Merry Christmas!

Love,

Elder Barker :D

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmastime in San Bernardino

My new companion is Elder Hall, he is from Arizona. He has been out one transfer more than I have.

I'm still in the Northpark ward, things are pretty much the same except that we have sisters in the ward now too. It has been a little interesting trying to help everyone to adjust to the singles ward, but I feel that the Lord is helping me do what I need to do. 

I received my Christmas package and I loved it! I put up the little tree in the middle of our apartment and put the presents around it. I was thinking maybe I would open them while we Skype so I can get that Barker Family Christmas feel! :)




This week we had a wedding in the ward, we got to help out at the reception and stuff and that was fun. I was able to ordain V to be a priest on Sunday as well. It was awesome! 

Sorry it's a short letter this week, but I love you guys and I can't wait to talk with you in just over a week!

Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, December 9, 2013

Awesome week for a Baptism!

This week was so awesome, we spent most of the week saying goodbye to all the people in the ward for Elder Palmer. I'm a little sad he's leaving but I'm excited for him. He heads home tomorrow morning.

We also had Vince's Baptism! It was so awesome! He is such a stud! He went out and bought himself new clothes to wear and a nice vest and tie to go with that. He took out his earrings that he had been wearing for a long time all on his own and hasn't put them back in since! He seems so happy now! Elder Palmer baptized him, and I confirmed him! It was probably one of the most nerve-wracking things that I have ever done! But it was awesome!

Elder Barker, Vince, Elder Palmer & Elder Bushman
(Elder Bushman is Elder Palmer's former companion and had also taught
the gospel to V, it was cool that he was able to come for the Baptism.)

With the holidays coming up the work seems to be slowing down, but we still have a few people to teach. This next transfer I will be staying in the singles ward, my companion's name is Elder Hall, and I meet him for the first time on Wednesday. It will be an experience for me because I'm STILL getting used to the area! It is a big honking area, maybe you might want to send me out a GPS or something so I can find my way around! ;)



Elder Barker, Elder Palmer, K, & A
I got my camera cord and McKenna's letter so I will send her a letter home soon!:) I'm super excited for Christmas and being able to talk to all you guys! I love you all a lot!

Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, December 2, 2013

Teaching by the Spirit

My Thanksgiving was so good! It went as follows, eat yummy dinner... talk with members...leave. Go to another house just to say Hi...they feed us another yummy dinner. Leave and go to another house, and rinse and repeat. :-) We had FIVE dinners! I think I gained like 20 pounds! 

We had a lesson with V and he is on track for Baptism! He says he wants me to confirm him! I'm so excited about that!!
       
The day before Thanksgiving last week, I went on a companion exchange with a Spanish Elder, and you see I speak no Spanish! So I spent a lot of my day sitting there nodding and stuff. It was a really cool experience though! 

We were contacting people in a store parking lot last week and this guy came up to us. He was really nice, and wanted to know kinda what drove us to do missionary work, and he commended us for being out in San Bernardino at night. But then he went on and told us that since he was right in his own beliefs that we were going to hell and that we were dragging others down to hell. He was a super nice guy, but still there really isn't any good way you can take that. 

It makes me happy for the way missionaries work. We don't try to force our ideas on people, we invite them to find out for themselves if what we say is true. We as missionaries know it is true, but nothing we say or do really matters if a person doesn't believe. If a missionary is out here to prove everyone else wrong, then he (or she) is out here for the wrong reasons and things are going to be harder for them. As long as we help them to feel the spirit, then the spirit will tell them what is right and what is not. The spirit is the true teacher in this work.

After this guy left, I was very troubled by what he had said. I read my scriptures, prayed for understanding and guidance, and went to sleep. That day, I had received some letters from some friends. In these letters I was reminded of who I really am, and why I am out here. I'm helping others come to a knowledge that they have a loving Heavenly Father. I see the peace and joy that this brings into peoples lives! So my challenge to all those who really want to know if this is the truth. Don't take anyone's word for it, not even the missionaries. My challenge is to go and ASK GOD HIMSELF. It is promised that He will answer you, and it is my promise that He always keeps His promises!
Redlands Temple


I love you all and I and I can't wait for Christmas!! I loved the short video clip of Kameron! :-) That's so cool about Aaron's engagement, tell him "Hi" and "Congrats" from me!

Oh by the way, I looked at family search, and well dad's side of the family doesn't seem to exist anymore! What's up with that? Talk to you all again soon!

Love,

Elder Barker