Monday, June 30, 2014

#Charity #PeopleCryWhenWeSing

It sounds like McKenna had a great time at girls camp, it's so cool how they were missionaries! Really cool! So this week was really good. We were able to confirm Malik, so that was great!

I've been praying really hard to have an over all sense of charity for others and lo and behold what happens... I feel great love for others! That has increased my desire to do missionary work so much! We have spent a lot of time walking and talking to people on the streets. We hand out a lot of pass along cards as well!

Miguel and Karina are doing good. We just need to have them get married before they are baptized and I'm sure that will happen without a problem. 

We also have been focusing on service a lot as well. We went out on Saturday and cut down a lot of bamboo that was growing in this guys back yard! It was awesome!! It was like being in a bamboo forest! I loved it!



Oh, Elder Loertscher and I sang in sacrament meeting yesterday, I sang a solo! :D People were crying! :D

Well I hope that you have a good week!! I love you all!!


Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, June 23, 2014

Testimony Of Missionary Work

Elder Barker was asked to share his testimony with the Young Women of our home ward for a special girls camp this week that will center on missionary work. 

"Dear Clinton 20th Ward Young Women,

     When I was asked to say a few words about missionary work I thought to myself "This will be easy!" But, then I realized wait, this is missionary work we are talking about and that is never easy! 
     I wanted you all to know that I love being a missionary! I'm a witness to God's miracles every day! But missionary work is hard work. There is a lot that is expected of us but the cool thing is that we have the Holy Ghost with us as our third companion and I'm so grateful for that. Nothing in this work could get done without Him. 
     The Holy Ghost strengthens us. Personally it is hard for me to talk to people on the street or at their door but the Holy Ghost is able to touch their hearts.
     As missionaries, we stand out! Not everyone is nice to us and sometimes we are called upon to defend our beliefs in the face of hostility. What is important is to have a strong testimony.The best way to do that is to read from the Book of Mormon daily. I've grown to love that book so much. There is so much power in it's pages that even to walk around with it in our hands brings us strength. 
     I can promise you as you study that you will come to love the Book of Mormon and your testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith will grow. You will have a greater understanding of the scriptures and love for the gospel. Blessings will flow down upon you as you read it. 
     I leave you with my testimony that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ so that all of our lives can be blessed. 
     I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the strongest witness of the Savior that we have. It took the hopes and faith of many to bring that book to us and if we use it we will never fall. I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Barker" 

Really Good Potentials!

So we were not able to confirm Malik this week, he didn't come to church. We don't know why, but it was super sad. :( But even with that we had a really good week. We had a great lesson with our investigators Miguel and Karina. They are so awesome and are progressing super well! We taught them about prayer and why obeying the comandments is so important. They will get baptized soon, I can feel it! 

We have been street contacting a lot so that has been fun. We meet some very interesting people, but that is the best part I think. I never thought it would be fun to talk with people on the streets but it is! We get a lot of people who are not interested but we try anyway! We have picked up a lot of really good potentials, and we found six new investigators this week! That was awesome! 

It is weird to think that I won't be able to go to the family reunion and it will only be you and Dad going this year from our family! Also the fact that it is the end of June is crazy! I've almost been out for a YEAR, I can't believe it! AAAAHHH So weird how the time has gone by so fast. :) But anyway, things are going good and I love you guys! Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, June 16, 2014

Baptism!!

Things are going well! We think the bed bugs are gone, hopefully anyway!! That is crazy that Jake and Annika are getting home soon! But it's really cool!!



So this week, I have been a bit of a stress case! Baptisms can be stressful things to plan!!!! But it was really good. Malik was baptized and it was so cool to be able to baptize him! After the baptism when we were changing, I asked him, "How do you feel?" and he said to me "I have this weird feeling in my chest, it is a good feeling but it is different." Then I told him "Malik, that is the Spirit." So it was a really cool experience. 

He hasn't been confirmed yet because something came up and he wasn't able to make it to church Sunday (sickness in the family) but he should get the Holy Ghost this coming Sunday. All of our other investigators are doing so well. Miguel and Karina came to church with their kids and they loved it! I really have a good feeling about them. it will be awesome!


Well I love you all! I hope you have a good week! Tell Aaron I say congrats on his marriage!! 

Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, June 9, 2014

#MoreBikingWoes #Family #BedBugs

So business first... :P I had to spend some of my missionary money on bike tires because my other ones kinda died and I almost died (exaggeration) and it was scary! So I'm going to need some $ in my account so I can put that back into the mission (use for groceries and stuff like that) :) (Innocent face) I'm doing really good at budgeting my money and not impulsive spending, you would be proud of me! :)

I went on exchanges with Elder Frost and my bike seat broke...again...so we tried to missionary it together.:P (translation...It means to try and drill a bigger hole in the seat with a screw driver. Which didn't work too well so I ended up getting a new seat anyway.) We had a lot of fun and taught a lot of good lessons!    

Elder Barker & Elder Frost on Exchanges with matching ties.:) 
Picture courtesy Elder Langi's Mom via Elder Barker's Aunt.:D
Well first off, My Zone Leader's name is Elder Langi, not Elder Fisher. :P And yes, this week he asked me if I knew a Tim and Lisa Barker and I freaked out a little! Aparently Elder Langi sent that picture home and Aunt Lisa saw it and said "Hey I know that guy!" haha Then Elder Langi's mom told him about it and he couldn't wait to talk to me about it! We then had a great talk on how awesome Uncle Tim is and how he is the ultimate man or something like that. :-) Elder Langi says that he wants to come to one of our family reunions to meet the rest of the family! haha And then he told me that Uncle Tim moved... thanks for telling me MOM!!!!! :P haha I love you! :D 

So we have a Samuel Barker on your side of the family? Maybe I'm supposed to go back in time and become my great great great grandpa or something! Haha That is kinda weird! (Momma's note...The other Samuel Barker in my family was born in 1762 and had 12 kids... :D)

Anyway this week was a tough one, we had bed bugs so we had to move all of our stuff outside and and let them sit in the hot sun to kill them. We got new beds and we are now sleeping in the kitchen! It is kinda weird, it's a little bit like a sleep over but it should be taken care of soon!

It was a really hot week too and not many people accepted us, but weeks like this happen and we just have to pick ourselves up and keep going!

Cesar is not going to be baptized on Saturday because his Mom changed her mind and won't give him permission, but we are trying to keep his hopes up and keep going with him. He will be baptized eventually. Malik is still getting baptized on Saturday and he wants me to do it! So I'm excited! 

Give everyone my love and have a good week!
    
Love,

Elder Barker

Monday, June 2, 2014

Great Way To Start A Transfer

I love that picture of the Stripling Warriors!! It is the greatest thing I've ever seen! :D

(I sent this to Elder Barker, glad he enjoyed it. :-) )

This week has been really good! we taught a lot of lessons this week, and got 3 of our investigators to church. Miguel and Karina came to church for their first time yesterday and that was awesome because we have been trying to get them to church for forever! We had to push back Malik's baptism date til the 14th because he didn't come to church. :( But he feels he can make the 14th. He will be getting baptized with Cesar and that is good because they are friends. Cesar had his last chemo on Friday and he is super happy about that! He is so excited for his baptism! 

Oh, Junior received the priesthood yesterday, and I ordained him! It was really cool. Our next step for him is to get him to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. 

This transfer has started off super awesome so I'm excited! I'll send home pictures by mail because the computer here is being really weird today and I don't have the time to mess with it. I love YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D Hope you all have a good week!


Love,

Elder Barker