Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Salvation vs Exaltation

This week has been pretty good with exchanges to the the Mansion, interviews with President and hugs from a General Authority.

The AP's in our mission live in Brampton in an apartment known as the Mansion, It's literally a house with a basement, ground floor and upstairs. 4 bedroom 2 bath.. Its ridiculous. Super fun there.

The next day we had interviews! I don't have much to say about them except that they were good.

We have a General Authority, Elder Pearson of the 70, touring our mission and he came to do a stake conference in our stake! So we were able to see him shake his hand and what not. He is a super good speaker. We were able to hear him speak 3 times this weekend and we have 3 more meetings with him tomorrow and Wednesday so its gonna be a good week!
He accidentally left all his notes in the stake center along with his Ipad and Book of Mormon. By the time we found it he was already an hour away staying at the mission home. Our president had us drive it all the way to him last night....... ha we dropped it off, he gave us a big GA hug.

2 of my favorite quotes from Elder Pearson:

"Salvation is a personal matter, Exaltation is a family matter."

"You get what you consistently focus on"

hope you all have a good week!!

Elder Jack Bakker
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We found Elder Pearson's Book of Mormon!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Kenya to Korea

Its getting cold. Last winter on the mish

At the beginning of the week we thought we were gonna just kill this week because we found 2 super solid potentials day 1 and boosted our confidence and what not, but of course some things are just too good to be true... ha 1 fake number and the other never responded.....

Not too much happened until the weekend after that.

The weekend came and I was able to go on exchange with a Visa waiting Spanish elder here named Elder Contreras! He has been out for a couple weeks and he is waiting to go to the Dominican Republic. Pretty sweet day to be honest. We went to this little Latino store near our apartment and got some Mexican coke and pupusas! Super good ha none of the people in this place spoke English and we got them and just sat done at one of these like common tables where everyone sits together and he just started talked to everyone! Super cool. I was just sitting there spitting my high school Spanish that I've completely forgotten and all I could remember to say was como estas and y tu and contigo and nosotros estamos aqui. Was kinda a bummer because they don't get as excited as Persians do when a white person tries to speak their language...

After that we exchanged back and Elder Cook and I had to do a bunch of paperwork for the stake called MCC reports and holy cow that took about 4 hours.... that was a rough night.

The highlight of the week was probably Sunday! We had about 5 investigators planning on coming to church and they all cancelled except for 1 who we haven't even met yet... he was just a referral from the sisters that we called and invited. We get to church and he calls us half way through sacrament meeting and says that he is coming. So we are just pumped that we have someone coming to church but about an hour after he called us we were well into gospel principles and he still isn't there. I honestly thought this guy was just playing with us or something but about 5 minutes before the class ends he calls us again and say that he is here. So we walk outside looking for him and he is just standing in front of the church, this like 6' guy that just moved here from Kenya. His name is Yang and he walked an hour and twenty minutes to get to the church! He is a cool guy, he was really appreciative that we invited him to church and got him a ride home and everything.
Then that night we were able to meet with another new investigator! Her name is Selena and she moved here from Korea about 3 months ago. She met with my comp, Elder Cook, and the Chinese Elder, Elder Tang, for a passoff lesson while Elder Myers and I, the other Chinese elder, went contacting.
Seriously so cool how diverse Ontario is! I love it.

hope you all have a happy Halloween!--

Elder Jack Bakker
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Kitchener YSA Pumpkin Patch

All is good here in the Kitchen

We had a pretty sweet time this week!

Started off by teaching Tishawa and Tamrah at the university. They are baptized Catholic and both are from Jamaica. They are pretty quiet people but they are homies. Like they would be the kind of people you would want to bring around with your friends just to crack jokes and whatnot.

Right before that lesson though a guy walked by and I could just tell he was Persian. So we stopped him and started talking. I whipped out a quick "farsi baledam" and it was game over, taught him a restoration lesson and got his number... it was awesome!

We have an investigator here, and I'm sorry.... he is Persian so I can't give any details......., but we were able to teach him and he is seriously the nicest guy ever. He has a crazy back story too. In short he was in a rebel group since he was like 10 and has been shot about 4 times..... we were able to teach him this week and help him out with his questions as well as helping him come closer to the Savior.

Also serving in YSA is awesome cause you get to bring your investigators to all the fun FHE activities and go to institute and what not. This week we went to a pumpkin patch and helped the people pick a bunch of pumpkins they were getting ready to sell.

I love Kitchener, honestly soo fun.

Hope you all have a good week!


Elder Jack Bakker
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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!

Elder Jack Bakker
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Thursday, October 12, 2017



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

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!

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 :)



Elder Jack Bakker
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