Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REKD

So this week was sweet.
But it started off pretty rough.
Right after I sent off my email last week we went to Costco and hooked ourselves up for about a month with food and whatnot. Then right after that we went to play ball. About 10 minutes into playing with the other elders in my zone I went up for a ball and come down on my foot wrong and ended up spraining my ankle pretty bad..... likely I tore some ligaments but I really don't know. I'm in a boot right now and its a bit rough.

Other than that it has been a pretty good week! I was able to see 2 people that served at the same time as Alyssa in Portugal!!!! They are both in my YSA branch.
One of them is Jacob Belo. He gave a us a referral so we went over to his house for dinner and invited some guy over. His words "I know nothing about him other than he has been to Utah and is somewhere between 27-25" ha turned out to be 38.  He absolutely loved Utah though and wants to move there. Such a funny guy.

Well I have to get off now. But I hope you have a good week!
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Elder Jack Bakker
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

YSA

heyyyyyy

There's been a whole lot of change the last couple days!

For the past 14-15 months (10 transfers) I have been going back and forth between 2 areas in 1 zone. spent 9 of those months in Don Valley and 6 in Richmond Hill. All in the North York Zone.
This past week was transfers and so Elder Dixon and I got a call pretty early in the night and were told that we were both getting transfered and that Elder Dixon will go to Don Valley again as a District Leader and I will go to Kitchener YSA as a Zone Leader.

My new comp is Elder Cook from Highland, UT. I sat next to him on the plane coming into Toronto and I thought that I would probably never serve with him, but here I am!

Super excited to be here in the YSA. We went and contacted around the university yesterday and it is so stinkin easy to talk to people that are around my own age in English!
I'm excited to be here!!

have a good week!--

Elder Jack Bakker
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Friday, October 6, 2017

15+ Women and a 50+ lbs Pot of Rice

Heyo
Hows life?
Things are good here.

Just wanted to start out by saying conference was killer. How but Tad R. Callister laying down the facts of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon? Can't argue with that.

Second of all just wanted to tell you a quick story:
Right after conference we felt inspired to go drop by a potential investigator but unfortunately he moved. bummer.
That's not all though. The lord sent us there for another reason. We left his front door and noticed about 15+ people in the drive way next door, so us being missionaries and all just invited ourselves over! lol.
But we went over and offered our help with whatever was happening. They were all surrounding this giant pot on top of a propane stove. They opened it up and started just dumping in buckets of rice and ended up having us move this giant pot that was 50+ lbs of rice. They were all freaking out that we spoke Farsi and gave us a nice portion of the rice and a Persian dish called ghormeh sabzi. Goodness, so good! We were able to give out multiple cards. They were super nice but super Muslim so they weren't too keen to talk about Jesus Christ right then. Good times.

Have a good week!
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Elder Jack Bakker

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Monday, September 18, 2017

My Comp got Beat Up

How's everything going?

All is well here just living the life in Richmond Hill Ontario!

Not much to report on this week unfortunately ....

The week started out good. I went on exchange with Elder Martin. Something that I absolutely love about serving in the most diverse city in the world is being able to teach the whole world without leaving the city. Elder Martin is my zone leader and he is a Mandarin speaking missionary. So for the entirety of the day he was teaching me how to contact people in Mandarin. Holy cow it is so easy to get people to stop and talk to you when you are white but speak their language, even if all you can do is say "hello, how are you?". We went about the day and I can now introduce myself as a missionary from the church. WOOHOO.

The other plus to this week was watching my companion Elder Dixon get punched, picked up and thrown around. Our investigator was a professional fighter in Iran and he was giving us some pointers. He also serenaded us with a song. What a guy! :)

Well sorry for the short letter but I hope you all have a good week :)


bubye

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Elder Jack Bakker
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Pokemon Go Revisited

How goes
Things are good here! Life is fun and Elder Dixon and I are pushing along!

There is really only one thing I want to talk about.
POKEMON GO.
Right before I left for the mission PokemonGo came out and it was massively popular and I remember looking around and just thinking about being a missionary and having every single person in the city out on the streets every single day. Then I left and I think while I was in the MTC Pokemon Go took a hard left turn and ended. I got out into the mission field and my trainers would tell me about the glory days of contacting people constantly that were playing Pokemon Go in the park and whatnot and I was just a dreamer.
FAST FORWARD ONE YEAR
We were visiting a member and we walk out of his building and we look down the road a little and I just thought of Schmidt, "youths".   There were like 15 people all gathered together on this street corner and we went over to talk to them only to find them fighting each other at a POKEMON GO GYM it lives. I know that technology is a scary thing but if used correctly it can work wonders, Pokemon go is one of those addicting games that lets missionaries spread the word even more.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

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Elder Jack Bakker
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Diversity

Things are going great up here!!

Not much time to talk again, sorry I'm terrible at emailing.

But we have some highlights!
We had a sweet lesson on Sunday with a couple here at the chapel and we were able to have our friend in Taiwan Skype in and give his testimony on tithing! Hahaha when I started my mission I honestly didn't expect to have member present lessons from across the globe. Truly blessed to serve here!

Today we had lunch for an elders birthday at an all you can eat sushi place here (which apparently is a huge thing in Canada, 17-20$ for as much sushi as you want) and the other elders were going off on how they have found success contacting Born Again Christians, Catholics, and all these different christian faiths, and I just realized how interesting it is that we are all serving in the same city but I have literally no experience with those kind of lessons. I have been teaching primarily Muslims for the past year, and it is a totally different ball game. I feel seriously blessed to be able to live and serve in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Have a good week!!!
Sushi


ارشد جک باکر

Elder Jack Bakker

Thursday, August 31, 2017

No Barriers!

Heyo!!

This week was in the top 3 of my mission.

We did some stuff at the beginning of this week, honestly can't remember what happened.... sorry......
But towards the end is when everything actually happened. So I'll give you an update from Saturday on.

To start off our day we had a great meeting with our Taiwanese friends as we saw our investigator be baptized!!!!!!! It was so good! We went in just expecting to witness it and say congrats and what not but, no, we ended up translating the meeting for him over Skype. A missionary there translated from Mandarin to English and we translated from English to Farsi. Then when he gave his testimony we did the same thing only vice versa, Farsi to English to Mandarin. It was sooooo gooooooood!!!!!

Then after that we had an awesome had an awesome English class party and we celebrated our students "graduation"! They brought in all these different Chinese food dishes and it was super good.

Then after that we went to a BBQ with our investigators and the ward! Super good, the ward loves the couples we are teaching right now and they are being accepted super well.

The next day we enjoyed a wonderful Sabbath.







Have a good week!--

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Elder Jack Bakker