Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7

Andrew with the B family's pet squirrel. 
On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Robert Bakker wrote:
Hey hey!
so cool experience happened about 5 min ago. we are walking into the library to come do our emails and this guy stops us and asks if we are missionaries from the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, I was like uh yes! and what can we do for you? ha ha anyways turns out he is moving into our area and just met the missionaries in his old area a few days before and went to church yesterday and everything. Ha God led him right to us and now we are meeting with him tomorrow afternoon! stoked! he says he has a lot of questions and my response was "good!, we have a lot of answers!" haha so that was pretty cool! So a little bit about our investigators: 
Jeanne H - bap. date: Feb.2- 63 and excited to learn
Mckenzie P- bap. date: Feb. 2- 27 and Jeanne's daughter equally excited and both are progressing awesome 
Robert B- won’t join the church till he finishes the book of mormon, luckily he's already in Helaman and is loving it. he comes to church every week too. His date to finish the BOM is Feb. 3 so hopefully he will be baptized the next week!
Maria- WofW problem, but read the BOM and has a testimony of it. she really wants to join the church and be baptized, so we are going to help her over come smoking and then she and her 2 kids are going to be baptized!
Dwight and Jane S- Parents of a really solid family in our ward raised baptized but they have made leaps and bounds since they started learning! they are even going to throw Elder Christensen a birthday party on his birthday(jan.14) they are practically our surrogate grandparents!
Matt- just met him excited to learn and i don’t know much else... haha but super cool
We are also teaching some Church of Christ people which are super hard because they don’t believe in personal revelation... most of the doctrine is the same but they got off somewhere... super knowledgeable on the Bible and super nice but very stubborn. interesting thing about Church of Christ, it was started by sidney rigdon after he left the church and before he came back... haha so thats kinda funny. 
anyways the work is going super well and we have like 9 possible baptisms in the future here in this area, and it hasn’t seen a baptism in a solid year. so, super exciting. We work hard and the ward and bishop love us, they can see us working hard and how our efforts are being blessed. so they are super helpful to us when they can be! our meal calendar is always full so thats awesome! also there is a new book by Elder Bednar called "Act in Doctrine" and it talks a lot about the talk he gave in the mtc that you can’t find anywhere else called Character of Christ. the talk totally changed my life and the way I want to treat people. I highly recommend reading it. And there are is a two book series my mission president approved for me called "Verse by Verse The Book of Mormon" vol. 1 & 2 by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner on deseret book. its super awesome and if y'all are feeling nice you could send that haha. I have grown a new found love for the Book of Mormon. It really has the converting power and is a treasure given to us by our heavenly father. The Book of Mormon is true and you can grow nearer to god by reading it than any other book. I love you all and continue to pray for you everyday. 
Also there's this family in the ward, the L's, the dad is a total foody i feel right at home there. he was raised in so. cal. and told me where to get a solid taco. He gave me some horse radish mustard from Buffalo NY it is sooooo good! its like sacred to him and he gave me a bottle because he trusted my pure desire for good food haha I'll have to send a picture of it or something. He would love the mustard from Philleeps haha its awesome. well duty calls love y'all keep up the good work on the other side! haha 
Love Elder Bakker
oh got in the newspaper... check out tennessee news sentinel .com or whatever and try and find the article! ill send a couple copies of the paper home as well! there are pictures
**I found the article and this is the link if anyone wants to check it out.  There are about 8 pictures of Andrew and his companion.

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