Wandering in the Desert

Written by admin on July 19th, 2010

¡Hola familia!

So…. you guys are on vacation. That’s great, I guess. Oh yeah, and you sent me my BYU class schedule, that’s just dandy too. Strangely, none of that stuff made me at all trunky, I really thought the BYU class schedule was going to get me but, nope, still good. I think I’m in denial. I would compare it to when Moses was leading Israel through the desert and what kept everyone going was stories of “the promised land” — a joyful place full of milk and honey where they would live happily ever after. Then they actually got there and they realized it wasn’t going to be such an easy time after all and got scared and ran away to wander 40 more years in the desert. That’s kind of how I feel about the post-mission life; it seemed like a good idea at the time and the legends say its awesome but I think I could use a little more time in the desert.

My zone seems to have sort of fallen on hard times, we didn’t have a single baptism on Saturday and we are only going to have one baptism in the zone this Saturday. I attribute it to several factors but the point is right now we are not doing so well. My sector is doing alright; we have a few solid baptismal dates coming up for the 31 of July and several other people who are coming along too. We had an awesome experience with this guy named Tomas this week as well. There is a sort of soccer type program thing for the primary aged kids in the stake here and they have two coaches–one of those coaches is Tomas. They do the practices on the church property and naturally that raised questions about the church and the other coach, who is a member, answered them and invited Tomas to church. He came and so we decided it would probably be a good idea if we teach him since he lives in our sector and all. So to make a medium-sized story shorter because I’m too lazy to write it, Tomas quickly decided that the church is true and that he should get baptized…some day. For some reason people always think they need to memorize all the scriptures or something before they get baptized. So we tried to explain to him that he just needs to obey Gods commandments in order to qualify to be baptized but he wouldn’t budge. Then I pulled out one of my favorite, “so you don’t want to get baptized, huh?” scriptures — Alma 32:16. It basically says, “More blessed is he that is baptized without being obligated to know the word before he will commit,” or something like that (you get the idea). So anyway, a strange thing happened, he agreed to get baptized! He read the scripture and said, “Hey you are right, there it is right there in the scriptures. Wow it’s like the Lord put that there just for me. Ok I will get baptized; what day did you say? The 31st right?” All I’m going to say is that almost never works. For me it was living proof of the scripture where the Lord says, “My sheep know my voice and follow me,” because, even though we couldn’t convince him, one verse from the Lord did the trick. So that was cool.

Anyway, I’m going to end this letter now. Oh yeah, this week was my last zone leader consejo. So because we are going home soon they had all the old zone leaders give their last testimony. When they announced all the names Sister Gamboa said, “Wait a minute; you can’t all go home at once!” They both seem to be a little worried since a full half of the zone leaders are going home this change. The testimony meeting was awesome. I won’t mention any names but a few elders may have shed tears. It was a good experience all in all. It’s hard to believe that I won’t be around for the next round of changes though. Ok with that, I’m going to sign off. Have a great week guys.

Te quiero,
Elder Walke

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