Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Hey mom!
Marion is Marion. Haha its hard to describe unless you experience it. The southern drawl is nearly impossible to understand if you aren't used to it. I’m going to have to take a few videos of the people I’m meeting here, you wouldn’t believe it unless you heard it. Its a lot like that Appalachian speech video we looked at before my mission. Plum this and plum that.
Oh and there’s this lady named Donna A in the branch and she is an old southern black woman and let me tell you, her fried chicken is out of this world good! She feeds us like twice a week and its an experience. She also makes a killer apple butter, biscuits, ribs, baked macaroni and cheese... out of this world I’m telling you! She is very secretive about all of her recipes but I'm getting them out of her one at a time. I got the macaroni and cheese recipe last night.
As far as our investigators go we have Laura H who was actually found here by Elder Christensen, my trainer, and has been taught by the missionaries since. She had a baptismal date of June 22nd but is still struggling with smoking. We are getting closer and closer though. Another investigator we have Is Donna's ex-husband Herbert S, but everyone just calls him "Slater". He was in a bar fight in his younger days and lost his leg and was shot in the back multiple times... on a brighter note he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith. He doesn’t want to be pushed or commit to a baptismal date or coming to church so that’s a struggle we are working with. Lots of prayer to try and figure out the deeper concerns there.  Over all it's awesome here, but there’s sure a lot of work to be done and not a whole lot of support from the branch but we are doing our best and hopefully we will be bale to find some real success here in helping the saints in Marion Virginia!
love you 
elder bakker

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