Monday, January 6, 2014

Jan 6


Today we have literally no time.  We are actually being quarantined to our apartments for the next couple of days.  The temperature is supposed to hit record lows these next couple of days.  Apparently a few minutes of exposure to the cold can cause serious frostbite.  Welcome to OHIO!  Ha!  It is unfortunate because we had so many great appointments set up for the next few days. 
Jon and Julie's Wedding

So this last week we received a random media referral from a lady.  We stopped by, and it turns out it is a lady who hasn't been to church in about 50 years, but is a member.  She referred herself, and told us it was time to come back to church.  How easy does it get?  She came to church and everything, and there was no need for us to resolve concerns.  Sometimes as a missionary you work your tail off all day, everyday, and see no success from the things you are doing (like going door to door).  As long as you are doing everything you can, the Lord will give you success.  Often times, that success comes in ways that you never thought it would, or expected.  It is a strange concept, but I have seen it time and time again. 
The wedding went  great.  As you know, I was the designated photographer.  Some things never change I guess, missionary or not. The ceremony was really very nice.  President Kirk married them, and Jon's parents came into town for the wedding and the baptism!  It was really nice to meet them, and they seemed to have a great time.  Jon's baptism was incredible!  So many people from the ward came out to support him, and the spirit was really strong.  Sister Olson and I gave an impromptu gospel message after the baptism.  Turns out all that experience from debate is paying off everyday! 
Jon's baptism
Sister Olson has really grown into her role as a missionary, and it showed so much on Saturday night.  I am lucky to have her as a companion.  Jon concluded the evening with a powerful testimony.  Everyone was so impressed by him, and everyone has so many questions on how he is progressing now.  I feel very blessed to be able to have been here for his conversion. 
I know that Heavenly Father loves us so much, and that he wants us to be happy.  I know that true and complete happiness comes from living the gospel.  The night of Jon's baptism, he told Sister Olson and I that he wished he had grown up in the church.  I didn't understand before what I had growing up, but I am so grateful to have been born into a family that loves the church.  I love you all!  Stay warm out in Utah. 


Sister Bakker

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