May 23, 2017


Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Elder Storey

How Sweet It Is

Hey fam!! Not tons of time today but I'll try to get out everything that I wanna get out!!

Had my first sampling of a real Taiwanese mango this week. It was like when Josh had his first sip of soda and his eyes got all big and had a sly little smile creep up on his face. Hahaha it lives up to the hype.

I also got my first flat tire! Quite an excitement. We were in a secondary area an hour bike ride away and it was night time. BUT, I said a little prayer in my heart after the first several bike shops were closed and BOOM what do ya know. Another bike shop that was ready to go and they fixed it right up. Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.

This week was another one of those where all the cool people we find and get going on the Book of Mormon and then they all of a sudden decide to stop investigating and disappear. A little disheartening at first, but that's okay cuz the field is WHITE and ready to harvest, and the Lord's elect "hear His voice and harden not their hearts". Those are the ones we're looking for. Satan can try all he wants to slow the work, whether by messing with investigators or causing us missionaries to fear and not open our mouths. I commit to kicking Satan in the face everyday. I'd invite you to do the same.

Elder Storey and I are staying together for a third!! We must be doing something right...he's been teaching me a lot lately about what he's learned from going through the Book of Mormon looking for everything about families. Family is everything. We were in a family before we came here, we're put in families here on Earth, and we will be in families in the next life. The family is the most basic social unit God could possibly put us in, and yet it is simultaneously the greatest and most exalted unit in God's eyes. Think of all the things we learn in families: to love others, to forgive others, to share with others, to cry with others, to laugh with others, etc. What an incredible blessing families are. I love my family!!

That's about what I got this week! Love ya!! Have a great week!!

Elder Barker


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