In Summary

Buen día, mis queridos,

Another normal week has passed. The routine of the mission carries on, and if one wishes to maintain himself excited for each new day, he needs to find new people to teach, prepare himself to be able to teach to their needs, and love not only what he does, but whom he serves. As the Savior so boldly questioned us last week through His apostles, do we love Him? I promise that I do and testify of His reality, but even so, I have much to do to be able to more fully demonstrate my loyalty to Him.

Those loyal to the Savior will not wait on the fence while they decide if they are going to follow His commandments and His Gospel. They will act. They will follow His invitation to find out for themselves if this Gospel is true or not. I pray that the world can find more faith and fight against the evil one with more courage in the coming weeks, months and years.

Something that’s left me thinking lately have been the rejections we’ve been receiving. In Spanish, the word ¨Señor¨ means Mister, but it also means Lord. Time after time this week we’ve clapped a house only to see the owner pop out his or her head and say, ¨No, Señor.¨ Every time I hear it, I imagine the people saying the same thing to the Savior himself. I can’t imagine myself doing the same and it leaves me honestly somewhat heartbroken, because they don’t recognize just exactly who they are rejecting. Are we, at times, rejecting the Savior by hesitating or doubting before fulfilling His will?

 

I love this work. I love the perfect man that I serve. Do you?

Have a great week and count your blessings.

Always,

Elder Steven Reid Walker

Misión Argentina Resistencia

Entre Rios 435

3500 Resistencia, Chaco

Argentina

 

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Pumped Up

Sooo good news and bad news. Bad news is Angel and Virgilia are avoiding us and we haven’t seen them in a week. A member family is planning on visiting them today or tomorrow, but they’ve told us they’d visit them for some time now and the weather hasn’t been very permissive. The good news is conference was wonderful, exciting, and a culminating success to encourage me to push myself a little harder, to focus more on my own personal conversion, my own discipleship, my love for the Savior and my dedication to make use of the Atonement to cleanse myself daily. On top of that, yesterday we found a family of seven and it was the father who let us in and received the message with enthusiasm. Let me fill you in on everything.

Number one. Luke and I are already in contact and I’ve told him he needs to be on his mission before the end of next summer. I know that the excitement is strong and emotions are high, but as we heard so well in this conference, nothing is better than seeking the Lord’s will through prayer and having the faith and determinations to follow it. If the Lord tells him that he’s needed now, he’s to get to it. I personally will be praying that he goes speaking Spanish. I can’t change the Lord’s will concerning that, but I can lend him my opinion 🙂

I loved the themes of this conference. It’s honestly a crucial moment in my life and I feel the end of the mission around the corner, but I still feel somewhat ignorant and happily concentrated on the here and now and as Presidents Uctdorf and Monson said, I’m trying to enjoy the little moments – take in the daily blessings – and not waiting for or hoping for the end to be able to enjoy fully what I’m living now. I am living the life of a man of God. I fear not any man. My testimony is mine and my conversion is sure. I feel true, God-inspired confidence and happiness as I testify of Christ before men and I recognize that I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, rather I feel as Peter that woe is me if I preach it not. My prayers are focused on helping me find more pleasure in spiritual things and less intrigue concerning things of the world. Up to this point its working out pretty well. How awesome is it, right? The creator of all things loves us so much that he’s willing to give his time to listen to us. I love my Father in Heaven.

Gustavo and Ester Ayala are the parents of a nice big family we found yesterday. They live right across the street from a girl that was baptized earlier this year but played around on the internet, found anti-mormon material, and let her testimony slip away. She wasn’t truly converted to the Gospel it appears. Anyways, one of the mission truths is that the Lord prepares people so that they are easy to access. Someone is always prepared to receive the gospel near a member, no matter how active they are in the church. Such was the case with the Ayala family yesterday. We went looking for someone else and we found them. Priesthood is desperately needed if there is to be a stake in Corrientes, so I’ve been focusing my prayers on that subject, knowing that the Lord would guide us to receptive men. It turns out that three years ago, Gustavo and his family were listening to the sister missionaries in another branch, but when they moved here, they lost contact with them. Gustavo told us that he’s been without work for some time and feel the deep need to find the truth – to find it so that his family can be happier and be more united. Sound like something the restored gospel can fix? See correct answer below.

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I know the Lord is preparing millions around the world. It isn’t just for excited teens that the prophet has changed the age limit, it’s because there are more people ready and in need of the restored gospel and we don’t have enough missionaries. Prepare yourselves, this is a time of missions.

Mom, I haven’t touched a bike in two years, I travel in car only when I have enough money for a taxi, the only bus I ride is the bus that takes me about four blocks from the chapel, my area has three paved streets – the rest are of dirt, mud or sand, Iguanas, sickly dogs, and maltreated horses are all over the place, the devil runs wild here but we soon will tame him. We’re on he Lord’s side.

Also, ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡FELICITACIONES A DOUG Y MARISSA!!!!!!! What a surprise. I claim the rights to be the twin’s favorite cousin. (My brother and sister-in-law are expecting twins!)

I’m decided on International Relations. The math will try me, but I’m a child of God and with diligent effort and His help, He’ll help me learn what is needed.

Have an awesome week and be sure to do the Lord’s will.

Elder Steven Reid Walker

Our Conference this past weekend. Take a look or listen if you’re interested!:
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Little Time

So I have ten minutes to write as we haven’t had the best luck finding a cyber that is open this afternoon. It’s another saint’s or virgin’s holiday and the city shuts down for religious holidays. Anyways, in short, Angel and Virgilia got married Tuesday and are set to get baptized this Saturday. Should be fantastic. The other branch has a baptism too so we’re uniting our efforts, combining the baptismal service, and we’re going to have a branch missionary activity after. We planned it all out last night with our mission leaders and the four elders from the other branch. We’re going to be sharing testimonies from the returned missionaries of the branches, the youth that are going to be entering the MTC are going to share their testimonies as well, we’re going to practice a few situations where the members can share the gospel, and watch a few video clips from the district (the missionary training DVD’s) and the new videos by the church of the life of Jesus Christ. We just printed a ton of invitations and it’s for that reason that we’re running late today.

In other news, all is well. My toe that I self operated is healing nice and quick, I’m leaning a bit towards the International Relations major and liking the idea of being able to make use of this new language talent that the mission has given me. Honestly, the mission open up minds and doors. To anyone that reads this that is contemplating leaving on the mission, it’s the best life preparatory course that one can choose to take.

Be good, take care of yourselves, and listen to your parents, no matter your age.

Always,

Elder Steven Reid Walker

Misión Argentina Resistencia

Entre Rios 435

3500 Resistencia, Chaco

Argentina

PS Steven’s 21st BIRTHDAY is October 28th!! If you’d like to send a card to him, it’s probably best to do it at the beginning of October! The price for a stamp to Argentina is about 98 cents. THANKS FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! xoxo Marsi

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Family

What a trip. It’s true then, isn’t it? Luke is in BYU-I for real, I’m in another continent and the year is already ending. The temperatures are rising as we are set to enter Spring with a lovely average of 28-30ºC leaving us nice and sweaty as we preach the gospel of our Lord below the Argentine sun. It’s a beautiful thing, this work. It hurts me to see people reject the gospel for fear of not being able to live it fully. The fear of failure is the greatest fear of all. It haunted me for many a moon, but as I’ve learned to trust more in the Lord and recognize my potential as a child of God, I’ve been able to overcome my fears a bit and strive to do my best, trusting that He can help me with the rest. Oh that all people could come to that realization. Feelings of insecurity, loneliness, and low self-esteem would be eliminated from our lives. Nevertheless, agency has been established since before the creation of this world, and men are free to choose their own happiness. Like you, Mom, I am grateful for having been born in the covenant and for being able to receive my own testimony. What a gift it is.

It has been a fairly normal week. Angel and Virgilia are going to let us know tonight if they are good to go with an appointment to get married tomorrow. They came to church Sunday walking and loved it. They’re moving along just dandily. I self-operated an ingrown toenail with a razor blade and it’s healing just fine as well 🙂 There are pictures, but those can wait for a later date.

I remembered McKay’s birthday but forgot that I hadn’t sent him a shout out. So here it is: “CUMPLEAÑOS FELIZ, CUMPLEAÑOS FELIZ, QUE LOS CUMPLA MCKAY STEED WALKER, CUMPLEAÑOS FELIZ.” Kid, you’re a little giant and I love you. Take care of yourself, take care of your testimony, and love our family. You’re the man of the house now. Time to be the example.

I don’t know what to major in. The truth is I’ve been thinking quite a bit about studying law or business management. What I don’t know is what I would have to study to be a lawyer or what undergraduate program is best to follow. Help me out please.

I can’t believe there’s so little time left. I’m going to live it up to the max.

You’re all in my prayers, take care my friends.

Elder Steven Reid Walker

 
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Here We Go Again

Another week passes by too quickly and the spirit is burning strong in our bosoms. What a weekend we’ve had here. To sum it all up, we had a cultural celebration, a temple dedication, and an incredible experience with new investigators to pump us up and get us on a spiritual high heading into the new week.

First things first, the temple in Buenos Aires was rededicated yesterday by President Eyring. We watched it from the district center (my chapel) and loved every moment. I love President Eyring, he’s a true representative of Jesus Christ. Saturday at the cultural celebration, he welcomed everyone and thanked them on behalf of President Monson and the Lord himself. He said it with such conviction, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the Savior has personally sent his regards a few days before when in talking to President Eyring. He inspires me to strengthen and personalize my relationship more with my Father in Heaven and with my Savior, Jesus Christ.

In other news, we met some incredible new people yesterday searching for a member referral. We had no idea how to get to the house, seeing that the houses don’t have solid directions (there’s just a bunch of alleys and passages that aren’t named, numbered, or even listed on the maps of the city), but we set out with faith that we would find the Lord’s chosen people. At the fist house we came across, we greeted the señora and told her who we were looking for. It happened to be her partner, and she happened to be one of the other people we were trying to find. These are the directions we were given: From the evangelical church, before getting to the Gauchito Gil (a saint), enter the alleyway, third house. Nice and vague when all the “houses” are jammed together and there’s like 5 evangelical churches and 30 Gauchitos in the street where they told us to search. Anyways, we found the house, they let us in without hesitation, and as we sat down, they asked us who we were and what congregation we represented. Now, if we were to say we represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the get go, they’d be lost and confused, so we told them we were the Mormons and then explained the true name of the church. The gentleman, named Angel, told us that he had a book that talked about a man named Mormon that he had found in the garbage six months before and that he had been reading ever since. He brought it to us, and lo and behold, it was a tattered Book of Mormon and he was already to Alma 60. He told us a little bit about what he had been able to understand, talking about Mormon and Moroni and the tale the book tells, and it surprised us to see his level of comprehension. His pastor had visited them on various occasions and had told him to burn the book, but he told us that he was never going to do it because it testified so much of Christ that he knew it couldn’t be harmful.

So, he tells us that he’s been looking for the truth for years, but has never been able to find it because everyone uses the Bible, but everyone makes their own conclusions and the only result is confusion. This is a missionary’s dream: a man who looks for truth, who doesn’t trust in the simple answers that others give him and won’t settle for less than the true church to make the decision to be baptized. Such was the conversation we had with him. He hasn’t been baptized because he hasn’t found the truth. Simply enough, we taught him the restoration, explained to him the significance of the Book of Mormon, and invited him to be baptized. At first he was hesitant, but we invited him and his wife to take a few seconds to meditate about the decision they would be taking to follow Christ upon being baptized by true priesthood authority. After about a minute, Angel, with tears in his eyes, looked up and said, “For years I have been waiting for the chance to be baptized because I couldn’t understand the difference between all the different churches. Now I understand. I’m going to be baptized in this church. I’m going to get married first and the be baptized on October 13th.” The spirit was so strong in that moment that I almost couldn’t hold in the tears. With gratitude abounding in my heart, I testified to the truth of the restoration of the Priesthood, the truth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the truth of the Book of Mormon. The Lord prepares his people to receive the fulness of His gospel. I love being a tool in his hands to bring to pass His work.

Anyways, that’s the fun for this week. My last day in the mission will be January 2nd, it seems, so we can go ahead and prepare ourselves accordingly. There is work to be done. Lots of work, haha.

Take care, loved ones.

Elder Steven Reid Walker

P.S. Here’s a little info. about Elder Eyring, one of Steven’s heroes.

President Henry B. Eyring 

President Henry B. Eyring was named First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008. Previously, he had served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Gordon B. Hinckley since October 6, 2007. He was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 1995, having previously served as a member of the Seventy since October 3, 1992.

President Eyring previously served as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from April 1985 to September 1992 and as Church Commissioner of Education from September 1980 to April 1985 and also September 1992 to January 2005.

President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971.

He holds a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Utah and master of business administration and doctor of business administration degrees from Harvard University.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 31, 1933, he has served the Church as a regional representative, a member of the general Sunday School board, and a bishop.

President Eyring is married to the former Kathleen Johnson, and they are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

The Gifts of ChristmasNovember 2011 General Conference

A WitnessOctober 2011 General Conference

Opportunities to Do GoodApril 2011 General Conference

A Living TestimonyApril 2011 General Conference

Trust in God, Then Go and DoOctober 2010 General Conference

All talks by Henry B. Eyring

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Yo Soy Elder Walker

I’m sorry for the delay in these two letters, we’ve been busy taking our second son, Luke, up to BYU Idaho! I’m home now for the rest of the year…Ahhhhhh. 

Steven sent us this blurb before this letter last week: “Prepare yourselves for a little treat. I’ll send it in a little bit. Have a safe trip.” He then sent us a voice recording with him speaking to us for a good 8 minutes! We listened as we drove through Utah to Idaho. It was a treat indeed! He sounds so amazing and so full of the spirit. He also doesn’t sound like an American anymore! We are one happy and blessed family….thank YOU for following Steven’s Adventures in Argentina! ~Marsi 🙂

Wassup,

Haha it’s been so long since I’ve heard that word. A new elder who’s in his second transfer said it yesterday in church when a member called him and I burst out laughing. Oh, English, what a challenge you are to me. One of the elders in my branch is from Utah and hearing his accent nice and gringo throws off my native tongue at times. I don’t look forward to having to learn my language all over again.

It’s been a relatively good week. We met a lot of new people, a few families, but it’s been difficult finding them all together. Someone’s always in school, or at work, or shopping or whatever the excuse might be. We’re trying to help a few people accept commitment and get married (for whatever reason having between five and eight children together isn’t enough reason for some people to get hitched) so that they can progress and make other covenants. There’s quite a few people who have known the church for a long time and have testimonies of its truth as well, but don’t want to get married for whatever reason and it is what impedes their spiritual progress. Anyways, we’ve set a few dates, shared a few scriptures, and we’ll see if we can’t marry a few couples before month’s end.

Thursday we had a powerful zone conference. We reviewed the basics that bring us so much success and reviewed their importance, talked about the ultimate conversion of every missionary, and President even shared with us a little about elders who have left the mission recently and have put their acquired knowledge to practice. They’re getting married. There’s always a notice about an elder we all know and his engagement. I look forward to it as well, but not too soon haha. All in good time.

As the wild nature fanatic that you know I am, when I came across a few piranha recently caught and abandoned, I retrieved a few and now am in the process of cleaning their jaws to bring back some nice sharp little souvenirs.

I’m still in the dreamlike state of not really comprehending all of the events that are going on back home. Luke’s an elder and starting BYU, McKay’s in high school, Marissa’s 12 and all grown up, and when I get back I hit the ground running. I like where I am right now being nice and focused on the salvation of souls. I love what I do. Why can’t it last forever?

I talked to President Heyman and we’re going to see if the area presidency allows me to return in time to start BYU in January. More info to come on that subject in future weeks.

All is well, I am well. Tired and a little bit feverish, but all well. I love you all and thank you for everything.

Always,

Elder Steven Reid Walker

Misión Argentina Resistencia

Entre Rios 435

3500 Resistencia, Chaco

Argentina

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All is Well

Family and friends of mine,

I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since I arrived in Corrientes. Three Sundays, three P-days, three Saturdays without baptisms, and three weeks to leave on thinking. When I got, here, it was apparent that there would be work to do, but as I’ve been thinking and meditating a lot, lately, I keep being brought back to what Elder Christofferson told us in November. There is an overwhelming lack of faith in Jesus Christ in Corrientes, and the few that profess to know him well have only heard the negative rumors about the church. I feel like I’ve come to another mission, almost, as we hear about polygamy, baptisms for the dead, temple clothing, and all the other common Mormon myths all too frequently.

Honestly, it’s been the focus of my prayers lately, my desire to help all come unto Christ through faith in Him and His atonement. It’s a new challenge that requires a different approach. It requires that I teach in a different manner, testify more about the Lord himself and his teachings, and it’s really interesting. It’s not quite that the people don’t know who he is, but they don’t have any idea of what he expects of them or what he has to give them. It leaves me thinking.

I finally was able to see the video clips you sent me from Mohave. I love it, especially the first person view. It gave me a little of that vertigo that I so love haha.

My companion is a fireball. He laughs about everything, can talk about anything and you have to stop him and redirect him every now and then so we don’t get distracted, and is a great kid with sincere intentions to have success. His enthusiasm for the work makes me forget sometimes that he has so little time in the mission still. It also makes me feel that I as well am a bit younger here… haha.

I love what I’m doing. My Elder’s quorum president yesterday in our class shared with us all that his mission president had told him that the missionary life is real life. Many elders leave the mission field and think they are going back to reality, but he clarified that this is reality. The rest of the world has just lost focus.

Let us keep on working diligently in the Lord’s vineyard. “It’s getting late,” says Elder Holland. I choose to follow his counsel.

Always,

*Elder Steven Reid Walker*

Misión Argentina Resistencia

Entre Rios 435

3500 Resistencia, Chaco

Argentina

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