Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Day In The Dunes & A Quadpanionship

Elder Stafford, Elder Barker, Oscar, Karen & Paula
Karen and Oscar are like a second family to me, they have a daughter named Paula that reminds me a lot of McKenna. They are are a really sweet family. Gabe is a convert in the ward and he has a really awesome back story. He is super cool and loves spending time with and getting to know the missionaries, that yogurt was really good by the way! :D Sister Broadhead is another sweet lady in the ward, She likes to feed us and her fettuccine is delicious! Also Sister VanBuskirk's pizza is so great too! Haha we had a lot of food before we left. The people in that ward are really great, I will miss them a lot. 
The Elders at 5 Guys
Elder Armstrong & Elder Barker
Elder Taylor & Elder Barker
Things here in the Pioneer ward are going well. There are a few people that remember me, so that is super cool! The weird thing is that I'm in a quadpanionship, so there are four of us together. Elder Thornton, is one of my companions, he is from North Dakota. Elder Allen is another, we get to be companions again, which is great! But he is going home really soon, and once he is gone we will be a trio. Of course Elder Aguilar is good as well! 

We are actually really busy, we will be having a baptism soon. It's a woman named Ashley. She is really cool and has has gone a long way in her teaching, she is on fire right now so it is awesome! 

Anyway, I hope you have a great week! I love you and miss you all! 

Love, Elder Barker

Monday, July 20, 2015

#LastTransfer #BackToWhereIStarted

Love it when someone sends you a picture, but even more to hear that your son is doing his best to be an amazing missionary who is touching people and bringing the spirit into their lives. 

So transfers are in... I'm being transferred back to the Pioneer ward in Redlands! I'm going back to where I started, it will be kind of weird after two years, I guess it will show me how much I've changed. 

My new companion will be Elder Aguilar. He was Elder Griffes companion in Fontana awhile back. He is from Texas and he came out with Elder Stafford. It will be sad to leave Bermuda Dunes, there are a lot of people here that I'm going to miss. So I guess I will be able to come by and visit them real soon. It is also weird that this is going to be my last transfer! Only 6 more weeks, it is nuts, I'm not sure what to think.

This week we have been getting some rain. It was a much needed break from the sun and the heat! We were actually able to go out and walk. It felt amazing!:) We were not able to meet with the Anderson's this week. We are not exactly sure what is going on with them, but we are probably going to have to hand them off to other missionaries. 

Other than that, we have met a lot of nice potential investigators this week. There will at least be a little work for Elder Stafford and his new companion. 

Anyway I'm excited for this new transfer. It will be fun! I love you and miss you all! Have a great week!

Elder Barker

Monday, July 13, 2015

Family History & Comic Books

This week was good. With the Anderson's, we are going to push their baptismal date back a little bit. We are having some interesting things happening with them, so we have to pull back a little. 

However, we had a really great lesson with them on the Plan of Salvation. We also tried to meet with Hector this week, but with no luck. A lot of people have been gone for vacations and things like that. 

We have been trying to push family history a lot so we are trying to get an event started so members can bring their friends. I even sent a letter to grandma and grandpa asking them some questions I had and stuff. 

I also had an idea of maybe starting up a comic book shop on the side or something, so we have been doing some business contacting with store owners. That is where we go "Hey, I'm interested in starting a business and have a few questions.", and hopefully we can get them to ask us questions about what we do as missionaries. :) We are trying to get creative with our search for investigators, so it is fun!

Anyway I'm doing good. I hope things are going well for you! I love you all!

Elder Barker

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hope Ya Know, We Had A Hard Time

Tell poor McKenna that I don't miss getting up and putting up the Flags! Haha What I like about the desert is that it is always nice and warm in the morning! Haha Yes we had to come in early for the Fourth, just like usual. We updated records and stuff.  

This week was really good. We have been spending some time trying to get used to the new area book app that we have. I'm super excited to have these technologies! It is weird that it is July already. Time just doesn't want to slow down I guess! 

The work has been going good. We set up for the Anderson's to come over to our Bishop's house for the Fourth of July, we also helped them move out of their house. They were looking for anything that could give them a sense of normality in their lives. They came, and we shared a message with them so that was great! 

They had a good time and the people who were there really helped them feel at home. We shared the message from Elder Cook called "Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time." One of the Bishop's sons had a friend over and the message really helped him out a lot. Hopefully we will be able to start teaching him as well. 

We also had a great experience doing some service for a random guy this week. We were visiting a member of our ward and we saw his neighbor struggling trying to remove a little palm tree from his front yard. We went over and offered to help and he let us. After a some hard work and lots of sweat..... we couldn't get it. So we got our member to come use his truck and we pulled it out that way. So we were talking to the neighbor and we just asked him if there was anyone that we could come by and share a message too, and he said we could come by next Wednesday and teach him and his daughter! So that was awesome for us! :)

This week has been filled with a lot of good things so that has made me happy!

Have a Happy Birthday, Momma! :D I love you and miss you! I hope you all have a great week!


Elder Barker