WEEK 37: Anxiously engaged

Dear everyone,

Kia Ora and Arohanui!

Can I just say thank you? I am quite surprised at how much support has come from your emails and thoughts. Thank you for encouraging me, and writing me emails even when I don't always write back, haha :) I am truly grateful for your kind words.

It's been a while since I've written, and it's been a whirlwind too. The Lord's work is certainly hastening. I feel such a responsibility and a joyful weight on my shoulders of people to teach and things to understand. I have a new companion as you may have seen in the pictures! Her name is Sister Isabell and she is from Gravette, Arkansas. Because her last name is pretty and sounds like her first name... people we have started to meet think that Barker is my first name... haha!! She served for a transfer in Virginia because she was waiting for her visa, and then she came right here to Rototuna with me! 

Noah, a twelve year old boy we are teaching, has brought me back to some of the first genuine spiritual experiences I've had. I remember vividly praying and truly speaking with my Heavenly Father. When we went to his house for a lesson, we asked him how his prayers were going and he said, "I prayed eight times today, and every time after I felt like I need to keep going to church." I loved that :)

The New Zealand fog is settling in, and every morning we drive through the mist either to the online teaching center or to visit someone. It is cold and you can barely see in front of you. I've pondered that driving through it must be what the people we are teaching feel like. They know there is a road that we are telling them to follow, and they are unsure if it is going to work out. But we have to tell them, in essence, "You have to turn on your headlights, you have to press on the gas, you have to follow the map." It takes Faith, and it is so rewarding when they take those first few steps. This scripture is such a good one:

20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with steadfastness in Christ, having perfect
 brightness of hopeand love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward,  feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father:
 Ye shall have eternal life . 2 Nephi 31:20

I hope you all ponder how you are continually pressing forward this week! Stay Anxiously Engaged!

Keep doing all the good things!


Sister Barker 

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