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


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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

Monday, August 21, 2017

6 AM Interview

Hello all!

It has been a fantastic week of miracles and progression!

In our last zone conference we talked a lot about setting goals and making plans to achieve those goals. We talked about how if we plan prayerfully and seek inspiration we will then make inspired goals instead of meaningless goals. I was on exchange with Elder Leung this week in the Cantonese area and we tried to set inspired goals instead of just going through the motions of writing a number down that sounds nice. We did so and we both felt as though we should set a goal for 5 new investigators. I thought that was a little high to be honest, but I felt that it was right and so did he so we set it. We went out into the day and did everything we could to find those people. I'll tell you what, God knows. That day we made return appointments with 5 people for the next day. A family of 4 and an individual man. It's a testimony to me of listening to the impressions of the spirit and acting in faith. I know as we do so we will see blessings and miracles.

the rest of the week has been pretty similar to weeks past and not much else to report on....

JK...
We were able to commit another family to baptism!!!! They are excited to really follow Jesus Christ and take that first step.
Our investigator in Taiwan had his baptismal interview on Sunday and he is ready to be baptized this Saturday!! Its been interesting teaching him, our time is exactly opposite of his so when he gets home from work at around 8 o'clock PM we are starting our day at 8 AM and due to that we had to come to the church at 6 AM on Sunday for his baptismal interview. Good Stuff. Love the work of salvation!

Well I hope you all have a good week!!!!

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Elder Jack Bakker

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Super Fast

No time....
sorry.
we have 2 more investigators on date!
Hope all is well things are going good here.
Have a good week!

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Elder Jack Bakker

Translator Status

This week came and went pretty quickly honestly
not much to tell.

One of our Skype translation investigators is doing awesome! He is preparing to be baptized at the end of the month! We are super excited for him and he is still as excited as ever to do some missionary work himself! He wants to share everything he knows about The Church with everyone. Especially those people moving to Turkey. He is a super cool guy. I love being able to teach him and help him progress.

The other person we are teaching over skype is moving to Toronto!!! YESSSSSS super excited to be able to meet her and teach her in person! She is doing great, and is excited to come here!

We also have started teaching a great family. Its a mom and her 2 kids. They have started coming to sports night and have really started to dive into the gospel. They are really looking to know how they can receive real answers and how they can act in faith.Ssuper excited for them.

We also have been working with a great family who is working towards going to the temple in September!!!! They are extremely excited. Since they were baptized a couple years ago they haven't been close enough to a temple to be able to attend so they are excited to go for the first time in their lives.


It is truly amazing to see the progress and dedication of this family. They have extremely strong testimonies and a true dedication to the Gospel despite the dangers of their current situation.

love you all! hope you have a great week!

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Elder Jack Bakker