Monday, August 27, 2012

8/27/2012 This past week was awesome!

 This past week was awesome! We got to go to the Gila Valley Temple on Thursday with the zone. And that took a lot of the day away because it is a couple of hours from our area. But we all had a great time! And in the area where the temple is there are a lot of members; and a lot of the businesses there are owned by them so we got to go for lunch and get half off. But the temple trip was awesome!

That is cool that Ed is starting at B&B. Let me know if you need any help with setting up email and all that.. ;)

This week we got a couple new investigators that seem pretty solid. In fact one just showed up at church yesterday and we got him a baptismal date. The work has been hard but good. And I have been getting along with a lot of the missionaries.

But other than the temple trip and the new investigators, this week has been pretty average. And it sounds like you guys are doing just fine. I hope you guys are taking every opportunity to share the gospel. The church is so different once you see it through someone else's eyes.

We hope all goes well for you this week! I will be here in Tucson if you need me!

Thanks for all you do!

Elder Barlocker II

Monday, August 20, 2012

This week has been long… 8/20/2012

I don't need sunscreen, I just use sunglasses!
I did get that package on Friday, we were at the mission office and went through the mail.

This week has been long, but it was fun. Our mornings are always filled with something it seemed like so we didn't always study as much. But we took time to do that later in the day. We did get one new investigator this week but he seems not to be all there, so we will see what happens. But all of our other investigators are doing great! We still cannot find the one that walked out on church last week though... And we are having fun with the work!

I forgot to mention last week that we got into a car-share! So now we have the car every other day. It is a little '08 Ford Fusion and the missionaries before that haven't been taking too good of car for it. But it is fun to drive. I am the preferred driver if we need to get somewhere fast; but not to brag or anything, I am also the most careful driver. One of the E's in my district that we share the car with should not be driving at all! But it makes things a lot easier to do.

And one night we had dinner with an older couple named the Taylors. They said that he had a brother in Riverton, I asked if he knew Dan and Sherron, but he didn't. Does Dan have an uncle or something in Riverton?

Nothing big has happened this week though. It has just been another great week! We didn't have any gross meals luckily. But I am now starting to like a lot of things I didn't before; like now I eat mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and all that. The only thing I still do not eat is pickles... But I am getting fed well here.

So I do not have too much more time and I still have to email President, so I will get to that and attaching some pictures.

With all the LOVE in the world,
Elder Barlocker II

P.S. Does Marci have my room yet? Just wondering...

Zone Bowling!

Elder Frazen on the organ

Our most solid investigator!
Little Lizard outside our door 

Storm Brewing

Monday, August 13, 2012

Interesting Week, & Interesting FOOD!!! 8/13/2012

August 13, 2012
This week has been an interesting week. We had a great time and had some interesting meals. But the work is going good.

First off I have to tell you guys about a meal I had this week. So we go over to this members home for dinner, we have some interesting meals with her. But this time she made some meatloaf. Whenever I go over there to eat, I pray that I can eat the food and keep it down. But this time was a lot better then other times. But I did notice Elder Mckenna slowed down a bit. When she left to go and get the ice cream, he pointed to something on his plate; it was a pile of maggots! They were everywhere in the food, but luckily there were dead. Still, that made me almost die! So on the way home we got a 44oz. of coke each and drank it to kill off anything that could be alive in us! It was pretty gross, and she has signed up a couple more times for the month. Let’s just say we are going to have a lot of meetings during those days. We didn’t get sick or anything from it but it was a good scare.

Speaking about food  I can tell I am being fed well. I can actually gain weight! I forgot to say that within the first month of being away from home I gained 10 pounds and am now up to 150 pounds! That is only a 15 pound gain, but it is a big change from being 135 for a year or two.

Other than that and doing close to 1000 push-ups this week, it has been pretty normal. We had an investigator walk out on church yesterday. He got offended somehow in a class. But hopefully we can get him back on track and straighten everything out. But all of our other investigators have been pretty solid. And we have been having a great time doing the work of the Lord. But I see more and more every day how satan can influence the lives of the people we try to bring into Gods church.

I am trying my hardest and having fun at the same time, so don’t worry about me too much!

Thanks for always being there! I LOVE you all!!!!

Elder Barlocker II

Monday, August 6, 2012

CALMER WEEK? NO! 8/6/2012

Beetle that we see flying all around

8/6/2012   Yeah!!! I did get the little package but it was delayed because of transfers but it arrived! Thanks!

This week has been fun. Yesterday was a great Sunday, but it rained a ton so after church we didn’t do much. It rained for a couple hours on and off throughout the night. There was one strike of lightning that hit pretty close and was extremely loud! I love the rain and I love not being caught in it.

We have been getting a lot of flat tires lately. Elder Mckenna found a screw in his tire the other day. So we have been making a couple of trips to the bike store to get new tires and such. I have so many patches on my back tire it is crazy. I did get an extra tube just to be safe. One thing that I cannot find for a good price is a little bike repair/tool kit. They have some at the bike store we go to but they are way expensive. So if you guys find a cheap one that would be awesome if you could send me one!

This Sunday we only had one investigator out to church, well two but that is a whole different story. But the investigators we have are really solid. It is amazing to see how the gospel affects others. It really makes me realize how much I take for granted. We have so many blessings we don’t even know!
But I am happy the Lord has blessed me with all he has.

It is going to be weird coming home in two years because our house is a mansion compared to a lot of peoples down here. Our ghettos in Utah are their normal, at least in my area.

So, nothing too exiting this week, but a lot of good and spiritual times. I will try to take more pics and have more to tell you next time. But I want you to know that I am trying my hardest and doing my best.
I LOVE you all and appreciate all that you do for me!

With all the love in the world
Elder Barlocker II