Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Wow! Mountain Vista, CO state Champs three years in a row! That must have made Dalby pretty happy. I have been pretty healthy lately. I have maintained about the same weight since the MTC. 

That's cool that you got an email from Elder Hatch. He was AP until last week. He is now in St. Vincent. He is a stellar missionary. 

Thanks for ordering more shirts for me. My shirts are just stained with things. I have tried to bleach, shout and dish soap them, but some of the stains just aren't coming out. Thanks for getting those for me mom! 

Have you found the black flash drive? Elder Rowley and I are running out of music options so we have broken out the Josh Groban Christmas songs. has been good lately. 

Our most progressing investigators are now a young woman named Shantell (17), and a young man named Josiah (16). Shantell and Josiah ask a lot of great questions in the lessons and are reading and praying. The only problem is that they didn't come to church this past week. It's been tough getting any investigators to church lately. The ward is currently looking for a place to build a new chapel since the one we currently go to is kind of far away. The Singh family that was once so progressive, have slowed down a lot. We think that they got some anti-mormon stuff. The Assistants are going over tonight to check things out. I bet they will resolve things. The Ramroops are doing ok. We went over there last week for dinner and taught them more about faith in Christ. The dad is in the hospital again though, so he needs many prayers. It's been a good week though. 

Sundays have become so much more meaningful since general conference and all those talks about the sacrament. As I pay close attention during the sacrament, I just feel so rejuvenated.  

Love you! Hurrah for Israel! 

Love, Elder Parker

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Our investigators are doing well. The Hindu family is doing well. We have taught them about faith in Christ and we are going to go see them again on Thursday. They love the missionaries and we will also be doing some service for them on Friday while the dad is still recovering from another surgery. It's been kind of difficult getting people to progress lately. We have been doing a lot of finding, searching for those who truly are the elect. I know they're out there, we just need to find them. We did not get to the beach today. We had breakfast at the Francom's apartment. They are a super cool senior couple. Sunday was great. Since conference I have been trying to make Sundays more meaningful and yesterday I was able to do that. Before church I was feeling a bit down, and frustrated with myself. As I went to church and partook of the sacrament, I was able to let my frustrations go and find comfort from the Lord. It made me think back to Sundays at home, where I would feel the spirit very strongly on Sundays. I don't think that I recognized it then, but I do now. I could use some new shirts. I tried to buy some here, but their generalized sizes don't fit too well. My neck is a 15 1/2 M sport or fitted shirt. I might need some new garments, but other than that I think that I have everything.  

This week in church, the lesson was about families and I thought about how I should thank you for all the things that you have taught me and the love you have shown me. I reflected back on how way back when we lived in Utah you would play cars with me, then about how to be patient with Sarah, Gabby and Ben, and how to work hard, especially by getting me into running.

Love, Elder Parker

10.20.2014 (picture)

 Lennox decided to be in the picture. He comes to church every Sunday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The Hindu family is temporarily halted because the dad was back in the Hospital this weekend. We went and visited him on Sunday after church though and he was very glad to see us. The Singh Family is doing great. Elder Hatch and I had a great lesson about pre-mortality with them and we set a baptismal date for the family on November 8th! We had everybody draw out what happened in pre earth life and they enjoyed the lesson and the spirit was felt very strongly. I remember leaving feeling so happy because this family was experiencing the incredible and often indescribable feelings that the light of the gospel brings. The mom and dad came to church on Sunday even though Donny, the father, was sick. The kids stayed at their grandparents for that evening. I can't wait to teach them again. 
I bet "Meet the Mormons" is awesome. I've been able to watch a preview of it and it looked like a great opportunity to do missionary work. I haven't been to the beach here yet. We might be going this next week. 
I had a cool experience with prayer this past week. I came home from a lesson feeling like my teaching was not as good as it once was. That evening as I was praying on top of my bunk bed, I asked Heavenly Father what I was doing wrong. I immediately received an answer. "Forget yourself". This experience also reminded me of the promise all throughout the scriptures where it teaches that if we ask, we shall receive. What a great promise that is!  
I miss you guys, but I know I need to be out here. 
Love you!   

Monday, October 6, 2014

10.6.2014 (picture)

This is the Port of Spain building in between sessions. I guess napping after the morning sessions is a tradition even down here. I am also developing a love for currie.


This week was good. We had a few interesting lessons. We taught a guy that looks like an Indian war chief, and he taught us all about human organs, among other things. We had some great lessons too. There are 2 families that we are currently teaching. One is a Hindu family that came to church and loved it, and the other is a member-referred family that is more than happy about meeting with the missionaries. We watched conference at the 2 church buildings in Arima and in Port of Spain. The power went out for the first Saturday session in the middle of Elder Christopherson's talk, but we got to watch the rest of them without any hiccups. I learned a lot during conference. Some things that I learned that really stood out to me about families is daily scripture reading, daily family prayer, making the sacrament meaningful, family home evening and temple attendance all protect us from the adverse effects that the world can have on our families if we aren't in the right "current". We also watched priesthood session at Elder Ray's apartment, with some of the other Elders and President Mehr. I can't believe that Zach is already out. Sarah said that Andrew and Carson came back and Andrew is pretty fast. At the Sunday morning session of conference there was this crazy vagrant that has been coming to church for years named Lennox. He has no teeth, is in his 50's and is way crazy. It wasn't a lesson, but it sure was interesting. Ha Ha.

Love you lots! 

Elder Parker