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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Stake Conference



We had the amazing experience of having Elder Perrin Walker from the seventies join us for our Stake Conference. He asked to stay in our home on Saturday night. I wish I could send a piece of the feelings he brought into our home and into our conference to all of you.

I have to admit to being a bit nervous about him staying here. Like what do you do when you come home from the Saturday night session? I figured he would be tired but no, we stayed up for hours talking and having a plate of cheese, crackers, and fruit. He was so gracious.

Here are a few things I learned about church service:

1. There are no limits to what is expected of us where service is concerned. Elder Walker practices law full time and then leaves just about every Friday - Sunday to do stake conferences and other assignments for the church.

2. It takes a really good wife to stand behind her husband when they are asked to serve. Elder Walker spoke so highly of his wife. It was just touching to listen to him re-count tales of their marriage and of raising their family together. I have some work to do..............

3. Serving in the church does not save you from having trials. I already knew this but to listen to Elder Walkers life stories had a tremendous impact on me. They are a regular family with regular distractions and trials. They had a baby die 10 hours after birth. It was a remarkable story that he told us and so spiritual. Was it easy for them? No. Did they suffer? Yes. Did it strengthen their convictions? Yes. Did it strengthen their family and marriage? Yes. Has it given him an added measure of compassion as he serve. Yes. They had a 24 year old daughter die a few years back in an auto accident. Also very difficult but to listen to him tell us what he's learned and how he's grown...........amazing. This is a regular family that has chosen to serve and do what they are asked to do and they have risen to the challenge.

4. I learned that the leaders of the church really do see us as individual stakes, wards, branches, and families. Elder Walker shared the process he went thru as he traveled to our stake and how he spent hours just trying to focus in on the needs of our little stake here in Klamath Falls. It was evident that he had done this by his talks and certainly by our chat with him. He shared with Paul some really special feelings he had coming over the mountain pass that has really affected Paul and me. Again, amazing. He was really here to serve our stake and the individuals in it. He had a profound love when he arrived. It was evident.


What a privelege and honor to be taught by this man of God. I know my life has been 'changed for the better'.

6 comments:

Karli said...

That is wonderful Suzanne. Nick and I love Elder Walker dearly. We were in the Singles Ward with his daughter who was killed in the auto accident, and his family is truly amazing. He also came to our stake conference here in Hillsboro a few months ago, and you're right... he brought the exact messages we needed to hear. How wonderful that you got to have him in your home and experience his sweet spirit.

suzanne said...

Small world isn't it? I'm glad you have been able to rub elbows with him!

Summer said...

What a neat experience to have him your home! He sounds like an incredible man, and it's always so reassuring to know that we are all thought of so individually. I'm excited to hear more about the things he said to Dad!

Summer said...

And PS - You are an amazing stake presidents wife. Don't be so hard on yourself!

nic and allison said...

Woo hoo for Elder Walker! Sad we missed Sunday's session. He was wonderful to listen to!

mom-jayne said...

I can't wait to hear all about it from you and Paul when we come next month. I hope you'll feel like sharing!! What an incredible experience...