Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 75

Hi everyone!! I'm glad to hear that everyone had a good week. Even though it was a little bit of an easier week and not as crazy, it sounds like everyone had a good week! I love the fact that even though Jace and Gage broke their arms they keep skating!! hahaha I love my family! Everyone looks great! Haley sent me a picture of the family that you guys put on Instagram and I loved it! You all look so happy. 

This week was amazing! I got to go back to some old areas, and on Sunday I was in Molino (the area that i just left)... so I got to see everyone again! ...and I got to see the family Avila (a family me and Elder Lopez baptized) get called to be ward missionaries, and the president of the Gospel Principles class! I loved seeing them! They said it was a great surprise that they weren't planning on having! They are amazing. I just loved seeing so many people in church that I got to teach and now I get to see them passing and blessing the sacrament, teaching classes, and playing a part in the work of salvation! This is one of the reasons I love doing what I am doing... I get to learn so much! ...and help lots of people! ...and God has helped me sooo much... more than I can even describe!! I would never have been able to do this with out his help. I just try to study as much as I can, and rely 100% on the Spirit because without either one of those I couldn't do this! 

I hope everyone is doing great! I haven't gotten the package yet, but I'm sure it will come soon! I haven't gotten a camera yet, but I'll go look for one today so I can start to take pictures again:) 

To answer your question... yes I can drive now! I have been driving these last couple of days, and let me tell you that people here CANNOT DRIVE!!! haha but its fun;) 

Thanks for the email and I'll talk to you all soon! Have a great week. adios!!

elder baker

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 74--(Cont.) I share this with you because it was one of those moments that, as your mom, made my heart very happy!


I know your time will be short today… As you always have lots to do! There is something that I have been thinking about that I wanted to share with you. 

I'm sure you vividly recall the day we went to see Dr. Udall, after you had broken your collar bone the second time. You were so sad. It broke my heart. You looked at me with tears running down your face and asked me why this stuff keeps happening to you. Do you remember that? Do you remember what I told you?? 

I told you that the only thing I knew was that there was no doubt in my mind you were destined for amazing things. And maybe, in some small way, all of these trials and difficulties were going to help prepare you for those things. They would help define you and make you the person you need to be to fulfill the role your Father in Heaven has in store for you. That was when I explained, to you, the analogy of learning to dance in the rain… Instead of waiting for the storm to pass.

As we look back on your mission so far – – and you think about the missionaries whose lives you have touched… Your companion whose mother had died… The elder that you just met at the zone conference… and countless others...I believe your experiences have helped you better relate to the individuals who have needed you.  

Does that make sense? 

I love you so much and couldn't be more proud of you.  Not because you are an AP--but, because you live your life in a way that you are worthy to be one.  

I miss you.  Every day.

Your Reply~

You are right!  My life has literally led me to this point perfectly... and I am so thankful for it!  

Week 74

Hi everyone!! Well, this week was super crazy... but I loved it. We definitely worked pretty hard and the week went by super fast. ALL week I was working in other parts of the mission and I didnt even see my house! I'll send you a pic of me and my comp before we left for the week! President bought us air beds so we take them with us everywhere we go. 

At the beginning of the week me and Elder Griffin left to go visit together in zones called Juayua and Nahuizalco. Tuesday we started off going to their zone meeting and teaching a little bit... and then after that we left to visit with lots of different missionaries and their investigators trying to put baptism dates. It was an amazing experience. I had a missionary tell me that he was having a hard time because his grandpa had just died, but that the zone meeting me and elder griffin gave helped him a lot because he hadn't felt the spirit so strong since he was in the MTC... and it made him feel better. 

After working in those two zones we went back to Santa Ana and met up with Elder Contreras and Elder Juarez... then me and Elder Contreras left to go work with missionaries and some other different zones until today! 

Today we got back to the mission office and we were in meetings all morning with pres and now I am writing you guys:) So it was a busy week, but I loved it! I am learning lots. Sometimes I still feel like I can be doing so much better! But, I'm loving the experience. Today I will be getting my licence so this week I will have a car:) That will make things easier... because traveling on the bus with lots of stuff is hard. ANYWAYS thats a little bit about my week. 

I am glad you guys had a good week! I can't believe how much fun it looks like you all had!! Except all of the injuries... haha but, I love you all so much and thanks for all of the support. adios!!
elder baker

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week 73

Hello!! Well, I am glad to hear that everyone had a good week. It looks like everyone had fun in the snow and they all look good in the new snow clothes. 

I had a pretty crazy week... just lots of new things that I have never done before!! To answer your questions... yes we live with the AP's... really what we are is 4 AP's! What the asignation is called is "travel assistants", but its been lots of fun!! Today we have been in meetings all day, us 4 and president planning out the week and talking about the mission and stuff... and thats what we do every Monday!  Then the rest of the week we will be out in different areas until next Monday! We sleep in the missionaries houses, where we are working during the day, then in the morning we study with them and then go on to the next area... and that is pretty much how it works! 

Right now they are getting my papers ready to be able to drive in El Salvador.Me and Elder Griffin are going to be the elders thats can drive so we will have a car! I am really liking the experience and I am learning lots! It is going to be really cool:) 

This week we worked in a couple of different areas and I got to meet new people and work with some other missionaries! I keep praying for the strength and the spirit to be able to do a good job at what I am doing! But, that is pretty much it for the week! Thanks for the emails:) I love you all so much!! Have a great week. adios!
elder baker

Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 72

Hello!! Well, this week was a great one... and sadly my last one here in Molino. We found out that I have changes! It's going to be hard leaving behind so many great people. I have come to love this area sooo much. It is for sure my favorite area that I have had in the mission so far!! 

But, I am also excited for what the Lord has in store for me. Sunday afternoon we had a meeting with Pres. Spjut and afterards he pulled me and Elder Lopez aside and told us we would be having changes. He said it was a secret and we couldn't tell anybody... but, he wanted us to know so that I can get ready and Elder Lopez can help me get ready to be one of the "training leaders" of the mission.  When I started my mission there were two training leaders and then they took them away... until now. A training leader just means that there will be like 4 APs... and what me and my new comp will do is just go on divisions with the entire mission helping them with their teaching, putting baptism dates, and helping them study and plan better! So it will be intresting to see how it goes... but I know the Lord will help me! When I first got here I looked up the the APs and training leaders like the greatest missionaries ever!! I don't even feel close to that! Another thing that is pretty cool is that I will basically have Elder Griffin as a comp again!! Haha so that will be fun! 

Anyways, I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing good and that you are all excited to go snowboarding. I'm so jealous of you all because I LOVE the Double B's.. but I guess I will be ok:) 

I can't believe that it is 2015!! I hope you all had fun! It sounds like everyone had a good new years:) Oh and I can not belive that Fred has a year in the mission!!!! It went by soooo fast... its crazy to me that it feels like it went by so fast but SO much has happened... and talking to you all made me realize how much older everyone looks and how much time has gone by!! 

Well I love you all so much... Next week when we email I will have my new comp... but I won't have an area...because its pretty much the entire mission! Haha but i love you all so much and thanks for everything:) adios
elder baker