Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dec 17

Hi Mom!
 We don't have tons of time today.  There is a lot that needs to be done this week.  We did have a week full of miracles though. 
So as you all know, Jon is progressing towards baptism.  We taught him the word of wisdom, and committed the whole family to live it.  Jon has been addicted to coffee for years and drinks about 72 oz a day.  The beauty of knowing that Joseph Smith is a prophet, is knowing that all the commandments are true.  He understood the law on both a temporal and spiritual level.  He stopped drinking coffee on 12/11/13, and has committed himself to be off of all caffeine by the new year because he doesn't want to have any addictions in his life.  So last Wednesday we went over, and were nervous if they had been living the law.  Everyone has been clean!  Neil even signed his last can of chew for us and Jon signed his last can of coffee!!!  That family is a miracle!  
I have been holding off on a lot of the details because not everything was set in stone yet due to some minor details....  So in order for Jon to be baptized, he has to be living the law of chastity.  So us, being the kind missionaries that we are, helped him and Julie set a date to get married.  They are getting married on New Years Eve!!!  President Kirk is going to be marrying them, and everyone has been running around frantically trying to pull everything together in time.  Jon is going to be baptized on the following Saturday on January 4th.  He is so excited!  Jon and Julie has asked us to speak at the wedding.  I never thought that I would be able to fall in love with a family the way I have with all of them.  They take really good care of us, and every time we go to teach a lesson, it feels a bit like home.  I love them so much! Tomorrow, we are going with the whole family to tour The Johnson Farm and Kirtland. 
The changes that they have all made in order to make and keep their covenants is a testimony to me of how important this gospel is.  I know that we are on the Lord's errand here to help people find the happiness it brings.  I love being a missionary.   
I love you all!  Talk to you soon, can't wait!
 Love, Sister Bakker

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