"Let my servant William go and proclaim my everlasting gospel with a loud voice, and with great joy.............."
Doctrine & Covenants 124:88

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Family,

Loved the pics! Thank you for sending them. A good looking family. Could you ask the teenage boys to stop growing so much. Jesse? Carson? Bridger? Those aren´t the little boys that I remember. 

So, I´m short on time today, but I´m loving life. I can´t think of a better place or way to end my mission. We´re having great success. The Lord is really blessing us and great things are happening in our ward. The attendance got up to 110 this last weekend, which is great for this ward!

This weekend was election week in Brasil. It´s mandatory to vote here and everyone has to go on the same day, Sunday. So, there were some investigators that tried using that as an excuse, but we still got a good number of people to go to sacrament meeting. 

President Dalton announced a mission tour that Interlagos will have on the 26th and 27th of November. The Area President of Brasil, Claudio R.M. Costa is coming. How cruel. And on that same weekend, in this stake, another general authority is coming to call the new stake president. Bad timing.

We had success in reactivation this last week, which was great. A woman that hasn´t gone to church in three years. We visited her on Saturday night, and she went to church Sunday morning with her husband and kids that aren´t members. Her name is Simone, and she said that the kids said that they have to go to church EVERY week now. We were very happy to see them there, and the son and husband accepted baptismal dates in November!

This is such a great work. Love you all.

Have a great week!

 Elder Barker
Temple trip with recent converts and investigators

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dear family,

How are all of you? Sounds like the regional conference was pretty cool. Getting ready for Halloween festivities? I´m doing fantastic in my new area. I´m in Vila Natal (Christmas Village) with E. Fisher. We live with the Stake President, he´s also a great guy. I couldn´t ask for anything more. I can´t think of a better way to finish my mission. We´re already having a lot of success together.

 Elder Fisher is from Houston, Texas, but he actually lived in Evanston when he was really little. He says he has family there, Van Langens? I didn´t recognize the name, but maybe you will. He´s very talented, he plays piano and sang in the BYU men´s choir. We get along really well. 

 Yesterday, we had a surprise at sacrament meeting. Paulo, a guy that we taught one time showed up at church all on his own. His brother (Moisés)  is a member, but didn´t go on Sunday. So, Paulo went walking by himself. He´s only 18, but he´s really intelligent. He used to go to a different church, but said he prayed last night and felt that he should go. He loved church, went to an FHE last night and we have another appointment with him tonight. He said that he´s had trouble with the word of wisdom lately and that he had been feeling guilty. But he felt a feeling of peace and tranquility at the church. He gladly accepted a baptismal date. We´re going to teach the rest of his family tonight, including Moisés.

I could go on and on about the great people that we´re teaching, but it´s sufficient to say that the Lord is preparing His children. The elect of the Lord really recognize us as representatives of Jesus Christ. I could do this for the rest of my life. I love this work. 

 Heavenly Father loves all of His children. It truly is incredible.

 The work goes on!

 Love, Elder Barker
Elder Fisher

Baptism, last area


Dear Family,

 How was the wedding? I´m so happy that everything went well. Sounds like mom worked pretty hard. Now tell all the cousins to wait until I get home to get married! Monte. Happy birthday to Josh and Jen and Beau! Hope they all have fantastic birthdays. That´s crazy that Megan is already home and reported. I love our family.

So, this week is the start of my last transfer. I don´t think I´ll be finishing my mission here in the office. I´ll most likely be heading to a new area for these last weeks. I am very excited!

I really, really love this work. We had some great meetings yesterday. We´re teaching a young couple that is living together, but they´re not legally married. Their names are Rafael and Camila. The class was about the law of chastity and the sacrament talks were great. After the meeting Camila said, "So, to get baptized we need to get married first?" I said yes and she replied, "Then we´re going to get married." 

It was really cool because they have so many questions and doubts and weren´t really sure if they wanted to get married. The church meetings were perfect for their needs. I am so happy for them.

I love our savior Jesus Christ. I know that this work is true. Joseph Smith really was a prophet. 


Elder Barker

 P.S.- We made an awesome video for the transfer, I´ll try to send it to you.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Before I forget...


 Well, I can´t believe I´m having to do this. It wasn´t too long ago that I was selling lemonade in the street with my little blonde, kid sister. I´m very happy for the two of you and I´m happy to have a new brother in the family. Welcome to the family, Brad! Yankees shirt and all.

I love you Kenzee and I´m very proud of you. Can´t wait to see you here in a couple of weeks. 

So, a good memory about Kenzee... First of all, she´s had many, many pets. Hermit crabs, kittens, fish, rabbits and guinea pigs. Sadly, she never had much luck with any of them. None of those pets reached the average life expectancy for their type. I remember one summer day, it was very, very hot. Kenzee didn´t have much to do, so she decided to take her guinea pig, Harry on a walk around the neighborhood in an old red wagon. It must have been more than 100 degrees. Poor thing. About a half an hour later, Kenzee returned. Harry did not make the trip. And so it was with Snuggles, Jo, Shy Anne, and many others. So Brad, a voice of warning. Protect your dog!

I really love you Kenz. I hope you can feel that. I couldn´t be happier that you will be sealed in the House of the Lord. I know that you will receive many, many blessings because of that choice. I know that families can be together forever. The blessings of the gospel are true.

I´ll be seeing you soon! 

Dear Family,

 Weekly Report. General Conference was awesome. I especially liked Elder Godoy´s talk in Portuguese. All of the talks were very, very good. We are so blessed to have a living prophet on the earth. Everything is great here, this is the last week of the transfer. We´ve got one meeting with new missionaries on Wednesday and that´s it. Sounds like the deer hunt was a success. How are the preparations for the wedding? I´m very happy for Brad and Kenzee. Hope everyone has a great week. I have one request. I want to see pictures and videos of everything and everyone, okay? How´s Megan doing? The 93 club is going to be back together, just without me. I´ll be home soon enough. 

Well, I love you all. I don´t have too much to report on. I really liked Elder Scott´s talk. We can all do the simple things. Read, Pray, FHE and Go to the temple. We will have the Lord´s protection. Our leaders are called of God and this work is true!

 Elder Barker


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dear Family,
I´m sorry that I wasn´t able to send email this week. We were running all over the place. I´m watching conference here at the stake center and it´s right by the office, so we thought we would send a quick message. If I know my family... Dad went deer hunting today with the boys? Hope everyone is still getting a dose of conference. I´m loving it. We´re three hours ahead so the priesthood session will be 9 at night. President is going to let us watch it and then sleep in until 8! I´m excited to sleep in ;) The work is going well. I´ll be sending another email on Monday, but I can´t believe Kenzee will be getting married in one week.
This is a picture of my birthday cake. Speaking of birthdays, how was it for Zoe? Did she get all she wanted? I love her! Tell Roy happy birthday too!
Love you all!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Hey mom, we don´t have time to send email right now, but I´ll write later today... or maybe another day. I love you!
Office Elders

Dearest Will,

Another week is here and we enjoy the blessings of life and the gospel.  This week was especially memorable with Mackenzee going through the temple to receive your personal temple ordinances.  It was awesome.  I felt the same way I felt when you went to the temple, total happiness and joy.  As parents all we really want for our kids is what the gospel can give.  No other worldly success can compare to being with your family in the temple as a parent.  I am so pleased and happy that both of my children have made these choices in their lives.  I am so blessed.

 After the sessions at the Jordan River Temple the girls went to Kristens house for the shower, Dad and Chris went to Cabellas, and I took a 3 hour nap on Jims bed while watching golf.  I have been pretty stressed and busy latlely and to take a undisturbed nap with the windo open and the rain coming down was heavenly.

Today was a good day.  We had 3 missionary farewells and I reorganized the High Priest Group Leadership in Yellow Creek Ward.  Tonight me and the boys went to a bishops fireside at Bishop Wellings house and I talked with the youth about preparing for missions and making the decisions now to follow Jesus in our lives.  It was a good night.

 After the fireside we came home and watched Brooklyn 99 with the family. (new fall episodes)  Now everyone is in bed.  Janet and Mackenzee are sending out wedding announcements and I am talking to my first born son.  My Will.

Any way the next few weeks will be exciting.  We have conference, deer hunting, Kenzee’s Wedding etc.  October is going to fly by.  Jeff Lee is home in 19 days.  Crazy.

 Well son,  we love to hear of your mission experiences and the lives you are changing.  Love the people continually and God will do the rest.

 I love you son.  Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hey family! Thank you so much for the messages and the video. Zoe is so grown up. Still a cutie-pie. President told me to reply to you. It´s been chaos here in the office today. We had a transfer and we´re preparing meetings for the rest of the week. 13 zones and 240 missionaries. I haven´t had time to breathe, but I´m loving it. I got my package yesterday! I loved it. I can´t believe you sent waffle crisps. You should have seen my joy.Thank you so much! Don´t worry, I made my birthday cake last week and I´m going to buy a pizza tonight. There are some members that did some stuff for me too. So, I´m doing great!

Pres. wanted me to tell you that he had everyone at the transfer sing to me and everyone in the office did, too. He wanted me to report to you ;)

I have the best family in the world!

Well I sure love ya, sorry I don´t have more time. I´ll talk to you on Monday to let you know how everything went.

Love you all!

 Elder Barker



Hello sister, Good Night!
My name is Kemely and we ward Campo de Fora / Sao Paulo / Brazil. We just have a party for Elder Barker, and he gave us his e-mail we send a little pictures that are attached but forgot to tell her sister's name.
His son has followed our family since my baptism. Congratulations to your son, he is very special to our family and today he had the privilege to talk to you this made him very happy.
Congratulations to all.
 A big hug,
 Kemely e Eduardo

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dear Family,

Boommmm Diiiiaaaaa! How is my lovely family? I´m doing great, it really is a wonderful life. I just don´t know how it passes so fast. Tomorrow I´ll be 21. That´s so old. Oh well.

So, I spoke in church yesterday. It was a really edifying experience. I learned a lot. And it was very interesting that I learned more giving the talk than I did in the preparation. The Spirit testified of simple truths and lessons. I spoke about feeding the Lord´s sheep. I was able to share some personal experiences that I had in Wyoming that many Brasilians never have. I talked a little bit about the ranch and taking care of the animals, I also shared some personal experiences I had had doing home teaching with Dad and Grandpa. I talked about Bev and Howard and about some of my friends that were baptized in high school. I´ll never forget those moments. I learned valuable lessons.

Josefina was baptized this weekend. She is such a sweet, humble lady. She´s a widow and has a son that doesn´t take very good care of her. He´s more interested in drugs and his girlfriend. It really is a sad situation, but she is so faithful. After the first time she went to church she said her feet weren´t touching the ground. She returned home flying. She said she´ll NEVER leave this church. It was so good to hear her testimony. 

We´re also teaching an English teacher that has gone to church a few times. His name is Nelson. He´s a great guy, but is having a hard time leaving his other church. Sometimes we teach in English, it´s very strange and a lot harder than you would think. We left a bunch of English Liahona´s for him to give to his students and he´s given us a bunch of referrals. The work is going great.

We have the multi-zone meetings this week, should be fun. Pres. Dalton is going to train us on goals. (A training that he gave in his business career many times and in many countries)



Etched in Stone

Always Reviewing


Supreme Being

 Dreams in Portuguese is Sonhos. We created a new one for Portuguese ;) It´s pretty cool.

Well I love you all and hope you have an incredible week.

 Elder Barker

September 15, 2014

Dear Family,

 I had another fantastic week. Thanks for the emails and pictures! I still didn´t get that package yet, but no worries, I´m sure it´ll get here. Wow, I´m getting old. The temple dedication sounds like quite the deal, I´m jealous. Thanks for news update, I loved it! Sounds like everyone is doing well.

 So... this week was pretty normal. We had some meetings, and we´re just preparing everything for some conferences next week. We´ll also be getting six new Americans next week. I have to go to the Federal Police to renew my visa on Wednesday, seems like yesterday that I was there, but I guess it´s been a year and a half already. 

 I like this scripture. It´s 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

There are so many things going on in life, but we´re never distressed, in despair, forsaken or destroyed. We are God´s people and He loves us. He is on our side. I love the gospel and I´m grateful for the chance to serve. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

 Elder Barker


September 8, 2014

Dear Family,

 Spring is arriving, the weather is getting warmer, and there are more kites in the sky. They fly a lot of kites here, it´s pretty impressive. Wow, I was surprised to hear about those weddings. Good for them. And everything is getting prepared for Gizmo. Can´t believe she´s all grown up.

 So, miracles of the week.

 We did a contact in the street with a man named Luiz. He went to church and really liked it. He even got up to bear his testimony. I was a little bit worried to be honest. You never know what investigators or recent converts will say at the pulpit. But he got up and said, "I know that this church is true. I´ve been to others and I was baptized in a different church. But I want to be a part of this church. I want to stay." It was really cool. He said that he got an answer from God through small things. The only part that was a little bit different was that he said Gloria a Deus! at the end instead of in the name of Jesus Christ. It was surprising, but very, very cool. He will be baptized next week. 

 We also had recent converts bear testimony about overcoming addictions and repentance. The spirit testified very strongly when they told of their personal experiences.

 I love this gospel. And I love the work of Salvation. The Lord is so wise in his purposes. As we work in the work of salvation we´re really changing our own lives. He´s molding and changing our lives as we are in His service. I´m loving my mission and my area. A lot of great things are happening.

 Love you all!

Elder Barker
Elder Barker and President Dalton



September 1, 2014

Hey Mom!

Hope you had a great birthday. So, President doesn´t do that call for anyone else, he was willing to do it for me, but I couldn´t tell anyone else. He said that he left a message. Hope you liked it! So, I would love to live in that house, I think it would be awesome. Elder Cole really liked the idea too, but some of the Elders say that it isn´t good to live off campus as a freshman or sophomore. But, I trust the Hamblins. What do Josh and Hailey think of it?

For me, it´s great and Pres. already did the endorsement, he said that he endorsed me full-heartedly :). I´ll send the pictures again, and I still didn´t get the package, but I´ll keep an eye out. Thankk youuu!

Love you!

Dear Family,

 Another great week has begun! We had a great week and good things are happening in the mission. I ate at Fogo de Chão today. It was the fanciest place I´ve been to eat maybe in my whole life. I didn´t know what half of the stuff was. It´s a buffet but they bring the meat around like at Braza Grill and Tucanos. They even had free mouth wash in the bathroom. Sweet.

Last night we went to a musical fireside in a ward called Jardim Ângela. It was one of the best firesides I´ve ever seen. There is a lot of talent down here in São Paulo. It certainly brought a strong spirit to all that were there.

Well, congrats to the Red Devils on the win in Cheyenne. Keep up the good work.

A new transfer is starting and I´m really excited. It´s been fun preparing everything for this week. A lot of meetings and new things happening.

 So, I have to tell you about Renato and Laura. They are a great couple and have two kids, Agatha (6) and Vinicius (5). Well on Saturday, a half an hour before the baptism Laura wanted to give up and leave it for another day. She didn´t really have a reason for wanting to quit, I think she was just nervous and unsure about the future. Well, we talked with them and told them they were ready and bore our testimonies and told them that we loved them and just when I thought there was nothing more we could do, there was a pause, and Laura started crying. She said, "Why wait?" "I stopped smoking for this. I went to church for this. This is what I want." It was incredible. It was a pretty chilly night and the water heater broke (again) but that didn´t stop them. It was a very special experience. We´re going to take them to the temple garden this week.

I love the gospel and know that families can be together forever.

Have a great week and month of September!

 Elder Barker