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!!
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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!

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Elder Jack Bakker
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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


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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

Tirgan Festival

As of right now, our investigators are doing amazing! If everything goes well we will have another Skype baptism in 2 weeks! Super excited for that!! And we have some other investigators that are ready to be baptized and we told them they can but it would be better and more special if they did it as a family so she is willing to wait for a bit.
Nothing new. We did get to go to the biggest Persian festival outside of Iran though! There were like 200,000 Persian people there! There was a pretty famous Iranian music artist and everything, it only happens once every 2 years. Its called Tirgan look it up! Also look up Shanbe Zade he is the artist, listen to one of his songs.

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Elder Jack Bakker

1 Year to Come

Happy Pioneer Day!

I'll be hitting my hump day on Thursday. Weird! time is flying, no way of stopping it.

This week has been great. we have a lot of great investigators coming out of the woodwork and things seem to be taking off here!
One investigator has accepted a baptismal date of August 19th! He is doing awesome and has expressed to us his desire to share the gospel with others the same way we are with him. He told us how much he disliked people talking bad about the Mormons and that we wants to learn as much as he can from us so he can go tell and show everyone else that they are wrong and that the Church Of Jesus Christ is the true church of God.
Another is having a hard time accepting that she can't be baptized right now, its a hard situation as she knows the Church is true and she has been taught everything and now is being re-taught everything. The only problem is that she doesn't have a permanent residency here in Canada or in any other country other than Iran... but she is strong and enduring and is even doing some great missionary work right now.
Our other is doing awesome! Reading 3-4 pages of the book of Mormon every night and feels amazing as he prays. And his only question right now is "why are we here." We hope to help him take off pretty soon!
We have two freshly found investigators who learned about the church through a friend in LA and now they won't go to any church other than the Mormon church. More to come on them next week.

We have been hitting the pavement hard and have been seeing miracles.

Sorry its a short email.
Have a great week!
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Elder Jack Bakker

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Montreal, Taiwan and LA


Everything is going well here! We are teaching 2 people over Skype, both of them are doing well! We are meeting with them weekly.
We also had a super cool experience yesterday! We had a good church meeting with one of our investigators who speaks no English so it was like 3 hours of translation........ pretty big headache to be honest, this was my first time doing 100% of the translation. After church we went home to do our studies but Brother Amato from our bishopric called us and told us that there was a Persian family that showed up at church! So we talked to them over the phone and hustled our behinds over to the church and talked to them! They lived in LA for about 5 months and over there they met a couple Christian Iranians and one of them was a Mormon! Apparently this guy had a huge impact on the wife. When they came here the husband offered to go to any of the other Christian churches but she said "no, I only want to go to the Mormon church." so 10 months later they found our church and now they will be coming to church with us next week!!!! super excited for that!

gotta go for now....

but things we did

biked to the lakeshore (downtown Toronto)
Skyped in Montreal and Taiwan
met the new family I told you about.

love you!!!!!!!!


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Elder Jack Bakker




 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Love the Media!

Hey all

So here's the deal. When you are teaching people from the middle east, it's pretty uncommon to receive media referrals. I have been here in Toronto for about 11 months and I have been able to get 5 or 6. And 2 of those were duds. In the last 2 weeks we have gotten 3 media referrals and we are now teaching them all. One is here in Toronto, one is in Montreal, and the other is in Taiwan. WHAT.

Other than that we have been invited by our mission president to go out of our way and talk to every single person we see. I'll tell you what, we have seen loads of blessings from it. Yesterday we talked to a guy who gave us a referral for his buddy, address and all. Then like 30 minutes later we ran into this guys buddy while he was delivering a guy a pizza and he he was super nice, gave us his number and wants to help us find more people to teach so he is going to send us a list of people that we can go contact!

We have been bouncing around from appointment to appointment all week, busy, busy!

Welp gotta get going. Hope you all have a good week!

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Elder Jack Bakker