Saturday, August 30, 2014

Work For It

Well honestly I am sitting here at my desk, thinking of what to write, and ALL week is just mushed into my head and I cant remember much of what we have done... but I will do my best to give you summary of the week:)

Last Saturday after I wrote we headed to a mexican restaurant to celebrate one of the AP´s birthdays (Elder Webb). It was decent and we got a nice feel for mexico (glad I am serving in Guatemala though). We all woke up Monday morning with diarrhea so we probably wont be going back to eat there any time soon.

Sunday started off rough, but we finished well. We went to a couple appointments in the afternoon that we had set up with some contacts earlier in the week. One lady completely rejected me at the door and said, "I am thankful that you guys are here sharing a message, but.... we´re catholics."
Now this is a common saying here, so I politely told her, "Well the message we share is for everyone, and it isn't something that you have heard before. Can we share it with you and your family?" I was just smiling when i responded...
She went to go talk with her husband and then invited us in. This family is SO awesome. We taught the restoration and they had some many questions and loved the thought of a prophet restoring the church. They really need the support and have the desire to learn more. Sadly though.. he works until 5ish and that is when she heads off to the university to study at night time, so they are never home together, and with our tight schedule as secretaries, we didnt know what to do. She then said, "Well if we pick a day, I could just not to go to class because I want to hear more of you message."

This lady named Elisa went from trying to reject us and scaring us away, to be willing to ditch class for a day just to learn more from us. THEY felt the spirit and recognized it. Please pray for this family:)

Wednesday and Thursday this week we had Elder Duncan (Area President) in town. Wednesday was a conference with half the mission, and Thursday with the other half. We had a lot to do and prepare for, but everything turned out great!

Wednesday was super crazy because we had to wake up at 330 to take a missionary to the airport, then at 6 we headed to the office with the other secretaries and the assistants to pick up packages and 72 hour kits that we had to hand out during the conference.
I was super tired most of the meeting but I learned a lot from Elder Duncan.
We talked about faith, obedience, and the importance of setting goals and then reaching them.
Something that he said that I really liked was "Are you satisfied with the miracles you've seen in your mission, or do you want more?"

We cant just do the same thing over and over and expect different results. We must change, and keep working to see miracles and help others.

We are working hard here in the area, and slowly seeing results and blessings.
When I first got to the office our area was doing great and we had a bunch of progressing investigators.
Once it got closer to the arrival of President Caffaro I think that my former companion and I were so focused on the office, we sorta relaxed in the area. Now that things are back to normal and Pte Caffaro has taken control of things, we are trying to bounce back in our area.
Slowly but surely we are finding new people to teach, helping the recent converts, and reactiving less-actives.

I learned a lot this week, and I am super happy. Please pray for our area.

I love you all, have an amazing week.

elder nathan russell walton

At the Mexican Restaurant with their serious faces

Sports this Morning 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rippin a Piece of my Heart Out

Yes, that subject of the email is super sad.... but it is true.
Elder White went home this week............ and I had to take him to the airport.
To add salt to the wound, Sister Sanchez went home, she was in Monjas with us, and I took her to the airport as well.
Well you know what they say, "Sucks to suck".

Just kidding that was the saddest paragraph I have written in a long time, haha it was good to see them go home happy! They were both amazing missionaries and Elder White is my brother. I guess I can call him Nick now... haha hey family, just a reminder, go to his homecoming tomorrow please! I will tell him to call you today though.

Well this week has gone very well. We have found some new people to teach, which is nice. I basically stop teaching people after the second lesson if they dont like the idea of baptism or if they wont go to church, so we have been without good investigators for awhile now, BUT the Lord always blesses us with great experiences.

This week I decided I was going to contact differently, and I talked to everyone about authority. On Thursday we did divisions so my ZL Elder Villarreal came to my area and I told him that we were only going to talk to people about authority and priesthood. In the little time we had to contact before we went to our appointments, we set up 8 appointments for this weekend... and we only contacted for about 25 minutes, and we were knocking doors.

When we talk about the restoration, the chosen understand and they get curious.

This week we talked about the Great Apostasy a lot and I love teaching that part of the restoration.
The Jews and fariseos rejected and killed the Son of God. His authority was lost when the apostles as well were rejected and killed. Why would God keep his church here on earth established if the people didn't accept it?
The world entered into an estate of spiritual darkness, but God loves us, so he waited, and then called on a young boy to be a prophet. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and when the people here say the worst things they can think about concerning the church, there is nothing I love better than testifying in the street. Usually they don't have a response afterwards.

This week we had an awesome experience with the sister of a recent convert. She has a two little daughters, and she sells fruits and vegetables so we always see her when we pass by in the street. Almost once or twice a week I ask her to let us share a message with her family, but she always says the same thing, "No, my husband wont let us, and I am not very interested anyways".
This week Elder Villarreal (ZL) and I got talking with her and she explained how she likes the idea of our church, but that she is catholic. I reminded her how through the true gospel, families can be together forever. She commented how she likes the idea, but she doesn't believe it because in her church she has learned that after we die, we forget everything, and that we wont even recognize our family.
This is where in gets good. Elder Villarreal started telling her that that is the saddest belief ever. How could a Loving God do something like that to us? Why would he put us here on earth to suffer, love, care for others, and then have it end when we die? God has a plan. We talked about how sad it would be if she couldnt see her daughters again, how here on earth we must repent otherwise we will not be able to enter into God´s presence. He is merciful though, and He loves us. We talked about sin, the atonement, repentance, families, the final judgement, and many other critical things; the plan of salvation is true and she felt it. After we talked with her 10 minutes about the subject she turned to me and said "I can feel what you say is true, your words convince me." I then told her, "We dont want our words to convince you, that is God´s job, pray to Him, ask Him, He will answer you."
She then was speechless, looked at us and said "I cant learn more, because my husband wont allow it."

I know that we are helping this family, we will help this family. I could honestly care less if I dont baptize a single person again on my mission, if i can continue helping others for the next 10 months, that is fine with me.

Love you all, I wish I could write this better in english... I struggle.
Have an amazing week!

Love elder nathan russell walton
Elder Walton and Elder White One Last Time on the Mission

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Restoration

This week went very well. My companion and I last Sunday returned home and talked 12 until at night about HOW we could find new investigators and get our area back on its feet. This week we have taught The Restoration 13 times.... to investigators, less-actives, and members. Even if we had taught it before to investigators, we taught it again.

I can honestly testify that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored.
In D&C 123 : 12 it says...

 12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it

We must make this message known. We must share it with all.

This Church was restored by a prophet called of God. Prophets are also seers, and revelators, therefore, in order to be a prophet one must receive revelations and have fruits from their works.

The Book of Mormon is the most perfect book that we have on this earth, and as my first convert always said "It is the THIRD testament of Jesus Christ".

We had the idea of only teaching this lesson so that we could help investigators progress, help members work with us, and so that we could receive referrals and lets just say, it has worked.
This week has gone really well and I feel so blessed to be able to be a missionary called of God.

We also had the opportunity to visit the temple this week as a zone, it was so amazing and I hadn't gone since last February when I had 8 months, I now have 14 months. I love been able to enter into the House of the Lord and feel His presence.

Besides all the spiritual lessons this week, nothing too exciting has happened here in the office. My new companion is catching on quickly and that makes my job so much easier.

Hope you all have an amazing week, and remember that this is the only true church, and if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work.

Something my comp said to me this week that i loved was:
"Number of baptisms does not mean number of converts, you must TEACH in order to RETAIN"

Love you all! I am super happy and loving the mission, I don't want this to ever end!

Elder Nathan Russell Walton

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sleep Deprived

True or false, Elder Walton is sleep-deprived, true.

This week was changes (transfers) week, which involves lots of meetings, lots of problems, and lots of CHANGES. No that Pte Caffaro is here he has come in with a lot of new ideas, which means we must change a lot of things here in the office and do as he says. I have learned so much and I feel so blessed to be here in the office with the new mission President. I have seen him in action, and it is amazing.

Something very unexpected happened this week. My companion Elder Rosales had changes after being here in the office for only 6 weeks. On Monday the day before transfers Pte Caffaro pulled me into his office and explained the situation. He told me how he didn't want to put more weight on my shoulders by changing my comp AGAIN here in the office, and having to train someone AGAIN, but he told me that he trusted me, and feels like it was necessary. Elder Rosales was a great comp, he learned a lot here, but the Lord said it was time to put him somewhere else I guess.

As for my new companion, his name is Elder Coronado and he is from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
I feel so blessed to be able to have companions from all over the world (Honduras, DR, Guate, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc) , and I have been able to learn so many different cultures and meet new people. My new comp is fairly new in the mission, but is fantastic here in the office. He has the desire to help the mission as much as he can, which makes it so much easier on me. He is super energetic and a hard worker. He tests my patience a little with the many questions he always has, but I know that he just wants to do his best.

We took the honorable missionaries to the airport early Thursday morning. This involved me staying up until 245 am making sure they got their luggage set and that it wasn't too heavy BEFORE we headed to the airport. At 330 we headed to the airport with 6 missionaries and helped them get their bags checked and to their gates safely. We then headed back to the mission home to pick up an Elder that we took to a bus station because he was headed home to El Salvador. I slept about 25 minutes that night.
We also went to the airport this morning to take a missionary home.
I am pretty exhausted but hey, If you have desires to serve God, ye are called to the WORK.
And WORK it is...

We have been so blessed and I am grateful to be here in the office with Elder Coronado.
Many blessings we have received, and the Lord continues to help me grow here in the office and in my area.

Well something that I learned this week was a quote I read in a Liahona that says "They are commandments, not suggestions". Isn't that so true? I used that in a lesson yesterday with a family that we are reactivating and I think they understood the message very well.
God doesn't ask us to do certain things, He commands us, and it is as simple as that.

I love you all, glad to hear you had a great trip and that you all enjoyed the Sacred Grove so much. i will definitely have to go out to visit Courtney when I get back! ROAD TRIP.

Love, Elder Nathan Russell Walton
The 3th level at the airport

New Office Crew

Teach Them to Never Be Weary of Good Works

Hellllo familia. So this week went well!

We have one problem Houston, I honestly don't have some in specific that I would like to share will you all.

We did have a great lesson yesterday with Allan who was baptized like month 2 months ago. He is the only member in his family and they don't support him at all in the church. He has struggled a bit with staying positive and moving forward without being affected by his family´s comments.

This week I was reading in Alma 37 and I found these two scriptures that not only helped him, but me as well.

33 Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart; teach them to withstand every temptation of the devil, with their faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 34 Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls

In this chapter the prophet Alma is speaking to his son Helaman about mission work and the importance of preaching the gospel.

In the verse 33 Alma hits a few topics super important. Humbleness and meekness, these attributes allow us to overcome the temptations of the devil along with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now it also mentions "lowly in heart" which is another way of saying humbleness.

In verse 34 the words hit me hard, but they hit me even harder in Spanish. "Teach them to never be weary of good works", or in other words, teach them to never get tired of doing good things to others, and at the end it says, "for such shall find rest to their souls", which means, for they that do this will find rest to their souls.

We must never get tired of doing good works, even when those that we help arent grateful, even when we don't receive the blessings the we hope for. Dont be weary of doing good things my friends.

Pretty amazing scriptures right? Alma was such an amazing prophet and well-motivated servant.

So this is the little insight that I learned from my personal study this week. Allan loved the lesson we shared with him, and it was something that he needed to hear.

Well have an amazing week. Family drive safe on your trip, and take lots of pictures!

Love, Elder Nathan Russell Walton

You Don't Need A Shirt and Tie

Hey eeeerbody.

So this letter may be shorter than normal because I honestly cant remember for the life of me what I did this week... Lets just say we have been super busy.

Sunday was Susan´s confirmation and it was awesome. She was so happy and truly has a desire to do good and share the gospel. Last Wednesday we were walking in the street and she saw us from a distance. She was with a group friends and she yelled "Hey Elders! Come here I want you to meet my friends!" Obviously we went over and when we got close to the group she pulled her friend to the side and said "She is going to church with me on Sunday! Do you guys want to visit her, I have been talking about the church and baptism a lot with her."

Thursday we did splits with the District Leader and I went to his area with him, and my companion stayed here with a new missionary. They ended up teaching Susan and her friend and my companion told me the next day how Susan taught her friend how to pray and was explaining the restoration to her after they watched the 20 minute video.

This may not sound like much of a miracle or blessing, but it is. Usually we have to beg members to give us references and convince them to go visit with us. Susan on the other hand, has truly made a covenant with the Lord, she has felt the spirit, and now desires that her friends do the same.

Continuing... this week has gone well! I have learned lots and we continue to see blessings here in our area, and even more so here in the office. I am super worn out with the office... this change has been super stressful with the change of Presidents and companions, but The Lord has blessed us immensely.
Mom you said how Dad is getting cagey because it is so hot outside, imagine me in the office!
The good thing is that we are always busy, but I hope that The Lord doesn't want me here too much longer... I just don't want to be here as long as Elder Gil (Finance Secretary) 9 months, or Elder Grant Rowberry, 9 months. HAHA! (PS this isn't a complaint :) )

Thank you for all your prayers, have a great time on your trip to Ohio family! SUPER JEALOUS!

Love, Elder Nathan Russell Walton