Sunday, June 14, 2015

20 Years of the Best

Querida familia,

I dont know about you... but I'm feeling 20!!!

Bueno.  Mom was right.  I got transferred, and now I don't know ANYBODY. Fastastico.  Just like last year.
But so far, it's already been an amazing Bday!  My convert familia, Andy and Jacquelin, called me in the morning (don't even know how they got my number!!) and came to visit me. :D  We ate pizza and mountain dew for breakfast- I told them it was a classic american breakfast.  Plus because everyone that knows Elder Walker knows that the only thing he ever wants is a pizza.  We shared stories and jokes.  They're still active in church and Jacky is still the 2nd counseler in Relief Society.

This month also marks 2 years ago when I got my mission call.  Loco.

Now I'm in the barrio Infantas, Comas stake.  Everyone's new here in the zone, I don't know anyone....  My companion Elder Torrez is from Cochabamba Bolivia (Beni Cochabamba if you know Craig).  He's into the latest hot card game "MAGIC" and enjoys talking to himself.  But I love him to death.  Makes me laugh.  And in other good news, I'm not zone leader anymore!!!!!!  Woohooo!!  "It means no worries, for the rest of your days"!  Honestly surprised me that I'm a junior cheeseburger again.  But I feel very relieved.  I can finally worry about just baptizing familias and do all the things I couldn't do all the time that I was a leader.  I get to my house everynight waiting to call someone- but wow... theres nothing to do.....  I'm going to bed!!  Wahoo!!!  Most sleep I've gotten in my life.

I had a super spiritual experience this week.  Long story short, we were teaching our new investigator, Domingo who has 82 years old.  My companion asks him a question and out of no where Domingo starts to shake and have an epileptic attack.  WHAT?!  WHAT DO WE DO??  haha the CCM never prepared me for this.  My companion runs out to call a taxi while I try to comfort him.  In that moment of helplessness, all I could think to do was to pray.  I cried feeling unworthy and helpless, but I laid my hands on his head and gave him a health blessing through the Melchizedec Priesthood which I hold.  He went limp after I said Amen, and I thought he died.  NO I killed him!!!  I thought hahaha.  But he started to cough, still shaking, and we stuffed him in the taxi to take him to the hospital.  It wasn't immediately that he calmed down, but eventually he did.  We finally arrived and the doctors took him in.  I have never seen anything like this in my life.  But what I do know is that in my moment of weakness and despair, God heard my pray and answered my cries.  Domingo should be dead right now.  Yet by a miracle and God's tender mercies, he's not.  I saw a miracle this week.  I refuse to doubt and say it was a coincidence.  He heard me.

Today I also say goodbye to my convert Freddy.  Early tomorrow he has a flight to Puebla Norte, Mexico, where he'll serve a full time mission and save many more familias!! :D  Hes coming to spend my birthday with me and say goodbye.  He truly is my best friend in all of Peru.  If anything was worth it these 2 years, it was him.  Love you Freddy, return with honor ;)

Sorry I can't bore you all anymore with my stories, I'm getting kicked off by my meddling zone leaders hehehe.  I love you all more than you imagine.  I'll spend this birthday with my friends here in Peru, but will be thinking about you all day.  See you in 4 short months.    I still got work to do.

Con Amor,
Elder Walker


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On the Road Again June 1st

It's Ryan's 20th birthday on Monday!  If you would like to email him a happy birthday:

Or send him a snail mail card (takes an international stamp) or a package at: 
Elder Ryan Preston Walker
Perú Lima Norte Mision
Ave. Carlos Izaquirre #124
Casilla de Corrello 31-057
Lima 28, PERU

Or send via pouch mail (usa regular stamp on a written one sided 8 1/2 x 11, folded in thirds with a piece of clear tape to hold the fold)
Elder Ryan Preston Walker
Perú Lima North Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150

Querida familia,

WOW am I glad this week is over.  My companion was soo trunky over nothing, and was so sure that he was going to have a change.  HAHAHAAAA NOOOOO I HAVE A CHANGE!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  MAÑANA ME VOY!!!!!  After 2 short changes here in zona Tahuantinsuyo (lo llamamos Craphuantinsuyo), I'm out!!  Bueno.  This could be good or bad news.  I could be zone leader in another zone, or finally put back down to a junior cheeseburger, or a 0.000000001% chance of being asistente.  Come what may.  But I've got a bad feeling haha.....

I'll miss all the awesome familias I baptized here in Craphua (por fin me toco ser cosechador!!).  I can't wait till y'all come because I'm definitely taking you guys to see them.  They're awesome and enduring to the end.

Crazy that Elder Katy Perry- I mean Elder L Tom Perry passed away.  The whole mission knew about it the same day.  Don't know if they'll do anything special, I hope they do.  But I've got to update my apostol flashcard now.

Hope you all have a bodacious week and keep spreadin' that good word of the Lord!  Stay tuned for change results next week!! :D

Con Amor,
Elder Walker

Surprise May 23, 2015

Querida familia,

Surprise!  Elder Walker here.  I'm writing today and won't be on Monday because of the MISION PERU LIMA NORTE COPA MUNDIAL 2015!!!  Sgunna be sweeeet.  A huge tournament of every zone; zone against zone.  We also made soccer jerseys as a zone.  I'ts a sick black and lima green polo that says XBOX.  A little trunky, but I'll send a pic next week so you can see how bodacious it looks.

Bueno, not much to write this week.  We have the baptisms scheduled today at 6, the 67 year old sister El Saborrrr and 11 year old Jesus.  Elder Walker the baptist will baptize Jesus to fulfill all justice.  Pictures to come.
We fasted as a zone this week.  I received my witness that fasting can cure almost any problem.  I had lost hope for my zone awhile ago that the breach between a few missionaries would never heal until  the changes.  But I guess it was revelation to teach unity a zone focus and thus last Wednesday we fasted and went wonderful.  The Spirit was there, and the zone is totally focused and united again.  The breach just disappeared.  We fasted as a zone, for the zone, and for the goal of 16 baptisms.  We can do eat!!!

Got your package mom!! :D  Sadly, it got eaten alive by some latinos as soon as they gave it to me.  But I managed to save it and pretended not to see the awesome avenger shirt and decided to wait till my bday.  Or can I open it now??  But I am wearing the awesome fluffy socks ;) my toesyz have never been more cozys. :D  I cant believe I'm going to be 20.....  Goodbye joventud :,(

Love you all and hope you enjoy the cabin... schedule the next one for late October!!!  I hope you are all still looking for missionary moments and keeping the faith.  I enjoy hearing your spiritual stories or missionary moments.  Inspire me.

Con Amor,
Elder Walker