WEEK 23: Dear World

Dear world,

Our Heavenly Father loves you more than you can comprehend.

I wish that you could just see a glimpse at how much your life would change if you accepted the Gospel.

There is an answer to your pain.

Online work has given me such a global perspective, it's absolutely fascinating to talk to people from all around the world, many of which are coming from very different backgrounds and life stories. Rototuna itself is also quite diverse, and I love it. One moment we're making Chicken Curry in a Maori home for all the children and I'm sweating because it's SO HOT, and then we're ducking under sprinklers and pushing past bamboo to get to the door of a young Japanese girl who we introduce the Book of Mormon to on her doorstep, And then we're driving up through the farms to a brick house on top of a hill overlooking the city where a relief society activity is happening. It's fantastic. That's just a taste of Rototuna.

I want to change these weekly emails... for several reasons. One, I don't have very much time, haha. Two, I feel that you (anyone reading my random ramblings) would benefit more from a short spiritual thought than from what I did in the week. Three, and most importantly, it's not about me. I will still include some experiences, but the focus will be more on a thought.


Do you actually put into action all those things you hear at church?

You know what I mean: "Love one another, Faith without works is dead, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, if ye love me, keep my commandments...etc.

I feel that sometimes we just say it. I know I have been guilty of this. I challenge you to take one of those favorite sayings and IMPLEMENT it. Grab one of those things that is always said and figure out a way to best apply it in your life, right now. I promise you won't regret it :)

Now, you might be thinking, "Great, she's going to go all preachy on us now!" Well, not exactly. I'm just going to share more thoughts instead of things we did. But, after all, I AM a missionary. I teach.

Aroha nui,

Sister Barker


                                                   The Huks climb... So many stairs I tell you

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