Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 14 #becauseofhim

Dear Mom,

We have had a great week!  First of all, we have a new investigator officially, named Sachi.  She is 20, and is from Bahrain (over in the middle east somewhere).  Anyway, she just moved here a few months ago, and is on her own completely.  She has a house that her dad bought here in St. Marys, that she is kinda holding down the fort in until her family can all gather here in Ohio.  Two cool things about her house, 1) the bidet and 2) the cat with two extra thumbs!  Ha!  She is so sweet, and has a muslim, Buddhist, Christian background and just believes in being a good person at all times.  I love her a lot!  We got to talk about our faith, and help her see moments where she could see God's love for her in her life.  She really liked what we had to say.  She accepted the invitation to be baptized, and asked us after the lesson if she could see the church right away.  How cool is that?  So prepared!  She had to come all the way from Bahrain to hear about the gospel.

We had a great great great lesson with the F’s this week!  I love them so much!  We taught Heather the Plan of Salvation, and Dane and Robyn were able to share their favorite parts of the plan of salvation.  Dane and Robyn are going to the temple!  We talked about them coming out to visit Utah next year sometime, and Sister Chapman will come down from BYUI and we will all go together to do sessions.  How cool would that be???  Dane told us that he has this huge desire to go to Utah right now, and see more of the history.  I have never seen anyone progress on my mission as fully as they have.  They even brought their granddaughter, Emma to church with them (she is only 6 months younger than Heather), so they are both old enough to be baptized!!

Josh seems to be doing really well.  We had a mini lesson with him at his mom's old place.  He just got a promotion, and will be staying a little longer here in St. Marys.  He opened up a lot to us outside about the church.  He told us that he still believed in the church, but just hasn't been.  He really enjoyed the Easter Brunch (which I will talk about), and said it felt good to go back.  We invited him to Easter church, and he wants to come.  He even said the closing prayer.  Hopefully this is all a good sign of future progress. 

The other great part of our week was the Easter Brunch this Saturday.  We had more people come to that than we have on a good day of church.  We convinced Josh to come out, even though it was early in the morning, and we had a lot of less-actives come.  One lady, Tammy, came to the church building for the first time in maybe 10 years with her nonmember husband and son, and after she told us "it feels like coming home."  The F’s made an appearance, and they seemed as though they hadn't even missed a beat when it comes to church functions.  Everyone had a great time!!  Sister Chapman and I prepared an Easter Message on the Easter Media Initiative the church is doing.  I don't know if this is nation wide or not, so I will talk a little bit about it.  We have been asked by the Missionary Department in SLC to invite anyone and everyone to check out  This website was made by the church, and went live last Sunday.  It has a video about our Savior, and that video will be the main banner on Youtube (the silent film that shows each day that you can click on) one day this week.  They are asking us to invite everyone to put this on their social media and share it with their friends.  They also have #becauseofhim for us to use to link all these posts on social media together.  So for example I could say, "I will live with my family again #becauseofhim."  How cool is that?  Anyway, it has been a huge success so far.  If you can, maybe post that on my blog so that people can see it and it will spread.  Also, have everyone in the family do it.   We are going to take over the internet and help people remember the true meaning of Easter, and our Savior's Atonement.  So awesome!  I even got to make up pass-along cards for this one.  We have been using them like candy out here, and people are loving them!  They want to hand them out to all of their friends.     

I am so grateful for my Savior, and his sacrifice for me.  For the gift of repentance and forgiveness.  I know that they are real, and that we can be cleansed.  Happy Easter!


Sister Bakker   

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