Monday, December 23, 2013

I think this year the song "I Saw Three Ships" is going to take on a whole new meaning! - 12/23/13

Merry Christmas from the ocean!
 I really don´t know how much time I will have to write today, but I'm going to write as much as possible!

I really cannot believe that it is almost Christmas. Christmas is less than 2 days away. Christmas in Peru is soooooooooooo much different than in the United States. First off, it's 20,000,000,000,000,000,000 degrees out here. Definitely going to be dreaming of a white Christmas, but I really don't think I'm going to be seeing much snow. It's going to be different, but it's going to be good. It will be my first Christmas on the beach. Pretty cool, no? I'm super excited for Christmas morning. I think this year the song "I Saw Three Ships" is going to take on a whole new meaning! My first Christmas where I will really be able to see three ships come sailing in. Right now there are soooooooooooooooooo many boats here. They are all here so that all the fishers can be here with their families for Christmas! Super cool! Another thing that they do to celebrate Christmas here in Peru is that they eat fruitcake. Not even joking. In the states fruitcake is a joke. Here "paneton" is the real deal. Christmas isn't Christmas here without fruitcake! And the worst part about it is that it is nasty! Mainly just because I hate raisins. But it's okay though. I really am loving my time here. I'm going to have one of the best Christmas days ever!

This last week went pretty well. It was a little hard to teach people because everyone is super busy getting ready for Christmas. But we were able to have some really great lessons! One of the lessons we had was not so great though. We were teaching this less active member about the plan of salvation. We were teaching her about the fall of Adam and she told us that if Adam hadn't partaken of the forbidden fruit he still would have been able to have kids. We tried to explain it to her forever! It was honestly so frustrating! We finally just had to end the lesson and challenge her to pray about it and really ask if what the scriptures and the prophets teach is correct or not!

Tuesday we had a baptism! We really didn't have to do much for this baptism though! It was the baptism of a super cool kid who is 15 years old. He has been attending church for the past 3 months and finally decided to be baptized! It was soooooo cool watching his dad baptize him. I still think the best part about every baptism is watching the person come up out of the water and seeing the giant smile on their face. I am so grateful to be a missionary. As missionaries we really do have a front row seat to miracles happening in people's lives every day! 

Wednesday was the championship soccer game of a tournament here in Peru. La U. Really I hate the team just because their name literally translates to "The U". Supposedly they won this tournament and that makes them the best team in Peru. After the game hundreds of people mobbed together and marched through the streets chanting and singing and swinging their shirts over their head. It was pretty cool watching it from the safety of a member’s house. I definitely don´t want to be out in the crowd! It's going to be so crazy here in July during the World Cup. I can't even imagine what the missionaries in Brazil are going to do!

Thursday our zone had our interviews with President Rowley! President Rowley is the best! It was fun seeing the assistants there too! I had become really good friends with Elder B in Piura so it was fun to see him! I can't wait for the Christmas devotional we have on Christmas Eve when we get to see a third of the mission! I'm sure that will be fun!

Thursday afternoon we had a lesson with Hermana G. She is a super amazing person. She is a mother of 5 children and 2 of them are twins. The twins are only 1 year old. We ended up finding her on the list of potential investigators. We have been teaching her for the past few weeks and she really likes the gospel. She said to us on Thursday that she really believes that this church is true! That was one of the coolest things to hear as a missionary! I'm super excited. The one problem is that she isn't married, but she is currently in the process of getting everything together that she needs so she can be married! Her family is the best!

Friday was the Christmas concert in Paita. It was a concert by a youth orchestra from Piura. It was super fun. It was DEFINITELY a youth orchestra though. But overall it was really fun. President Rowley and his wife came. Our zone sang Silent Night at the end of the concert in Spanish and English. That was super duper cool. After the concert they served hot chocolate and fruitcake. I don´t know about you, but when it is a million degrees outside I want cold chocolate milk, not hot chocolate! And fruitcake is never good. I ate it with a smile though!

Saturday we went "Caroling" with our zone. There are tons of little parks here and so we went from park to park singing Christmas songs and we ended up getting tons of references from it! Even though this Christmas is going to be hard being away from family, I am super excited for it!

I am so grateful to be a missionary, especially at this time of the year. I know the church is true. At this time of the year I am especially grateful for my loving Savior. I know he lives. And I know that he died for every one of us. I am so grateful for this time of year when we can reflect on his birth and his marvelous life. I know this church is true. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this gospel with others!

Thanks for all of the love and support! I really hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Paita PerĂº!

Love, Elder Baker

P.S. Sounds like Kaysville is super pretty with all of the snow! I hope that you have a great Christmas this week! I would love to have a day skiing in snow. It would be pretty hard to ski here. I can´t wait to talk to you on Wednesday! It's going to be the best! Love you! Merry Christmas!

Lauren, So your members shower you with presents? I have received a total of 0 presents here. But it honestly doesn't make me sad. Because these people don't even have the money to buy their kids presents. I really hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Christmas in the mission is going to be the best! Thanks for being such a great example to me! Love you tons! Merry Christmas!

Summer here is going to be a killer! jaja literally.. - 12/16/13

One more week in Paita. I have almost been here in Paita for a month now. Crazy right? This last week was a pretty decent week. Not overly amazing, but not bad at all. And it's definitely starting to warm up. I cannot wait for January and February. Summer here is going to be a killer! jaja literally..

Tuesday morning we had our district meeting which went pretty well. I really love district meetings. My district is really cool. There are 2 other gringos in my district so it is kind of fun. They are super cool. My whole district is really cool. I really love being here in Paita. After the district meeting we went and had a practice with our whole zone practicing what we are going to be doing for the Christmas conference on the 24th in Piura. I'm so excited for the Christmas Conference. It's going to be sweet! We are singing this really cool version of Silent Night in English and Spanish. It's super cool. I love music. Music brings the spirit so strongly into my life. Thank you so much for the music you sent me. It honestly helps so much. With everything. When I am sad. When I am homesick. When I am happy. When I am frustrated. It always helps. Music is the best. Especially music this time of year about our Savior.

Wednesday was a super duper duper hot day here in the mission. We went out at 10:00 am and sweated like crazy all the way until lunch. It was ridiculously hot. Super pretty day though. I am so grateful to be here on the ocean. It's so pretty. I honestly feel so blessed to be here in this area! After lunch we went to visit some people in the area called Nueva Esperanza in our branch. It's in the upper part of Paita and is super far away, so we don't go there very much, but we ended up going to visit some members there. I'm grateful that most of my time is in the lower part of Paita. The upper part of Paita is completely dirt. And TONS of wind. All of the 18 other missionaries in our zone are in the upper part except us. We're so blessed. Wednesday night we had a Family Home Evening with a less active family and the leaders of the branch. It was super great. I really think it helped inspire Hermano L to prepare to receive the Melchizedek priesthood. He realizes the importance and knows how much of a blessing he can be to his family! It was a super great night!

Thursday we went and had a service activity in the morning. We went and painted Hermana C's house. Hermana C is our pensionista. She is the coolest lady ever! And her house is super cool overlooking the ocean. The only problem was that it was a ugly green color. But we ended up painting it turquoise. It looks pretty cool now. It was kind of hard to paint though, because part of it is super duper high. We ended up having to tape paint brushes and paint rollers to the end of these long poles and paint on the top of a ladder to get it done. We finally got it done though and it looks so much better! It was a pretty fun morning. After that we went and had a ton of appointments that afternoon. We were literally running from one appointment to the next because we didn't have enough time. I was so tired that night. It was a great day though!
Painting our Pensionista's House
Friday was day 150 of the mission. Can you believe that? 150 amazingly hard and challenging and so worth it days. The mission is the best. We had weekly planning in the morning then went to teach a lesson to a 15 year old that lives here in Paita. His whole family was baptized earlier this year, but he didn´t want to get baptized with them, because he felt like he didn't have a testimony of the gospel which is a valid reason to not want to be baptized. He has been coming to church almost every Sunday for a while now with his family and has now decided that he has gained a testimony and wants to be baptized. He has had all the missionary lessons before so we went over to review with him to make sure he remembers everything. He remembered everything! He knows the lessons better than we do! jaja not really, but he knew almost everything! He is ready to come with us to visit investigators! He is a super great kid. He's going to be such a strength to this ward and to his family! I'm super happy for him!

The highlight of Saturday was during personal study when I read the talk called "Put Your Trust in the Lord" by Elder Ballard from this past general conference about the importance of spreading the gospel. That was a super great motivation for me. There is nothing better that I could be doing right now than sharing the gospel. I know that what he said is true. If we put our trust in the Lord, He will bless us with all the things we need to be successful at sharing the gospel. The Lord is hastening the work. This church truly needs everyone to reach out a hand and help share this gospel with someone else! I am so grateful to be here on the mission!

Sunday morning we went to church and about 8:45 President Rowley showed up with his wife. President had some interviews in Paita in the afternoon so he decided to come visit our branch for the morning. President loves Puerto Paita. We truly have one of the prettiest areas in the mission. An ocean front chapel. Not many members of the church have that! All of Sunday went great. I love being a missionary. It's hard and challenging, but the blessings are worth more than anything!

Today for P day we didn't do much. We went and hiked to a cool spot to take pictures this morning, but other than that we just kind of stayed in our apartment and relaxed. Mainly just because my companion doesn't feel really well today. It's been a great day though!

Thanks for all of the love and support! Love you guys! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Love, Elder Baker

Sounds like it's pretty cold there. How about I give you about 30 degrees of warmth from Paita. Then it will be better for both of us!

I really think I've gained 15 pounds here. The food is great! And I love fish! So I love Paita! Cause it's a fishing town!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Going to obey. Obedience is better than sacrifice. - 12/9/13

Giant Christmas tree on the beach
Monday. Monday. Monday. Mondays are good days. But then again, pretty much every day on the mission is a great day. There have been so many great things this past week. One of them being that I haven't been sick at all this past week. I've kind of gotten used to getting sick here.  Sick equals diarrhea. Or however you spell that horrible thing. It comes and it goes. I don't take any medicine. I just drink lots of water and it passes. One of the joys of South America! :) It's never super bad, but there is almost always one day a week where I don't feel completely perfect. This week was a great week though!

Tuesday morning Elder C and I went over to the house of Hermana E, who was baptized last Saturday, to paint the main room in her house. Painting is pretty fun. I really actually like painting. Getting ready to paint, however, is the worst. Honestly it took like 3 hours to get the walls ready to paint. All the old paint was chipping off, so we had to sand pretty much the whole room. As we sanded, the walls slowly changed from purple, to green, to blue, to orange, back to purple, and to pink. It's pretty normal here though. People paint their houses a different color every year. Gotta keep it interesting! Painting ended up going really fast. And it didn't look too bad either!
Painting is pretty fun!

Tuesday our pensionista made us pancakes. Pancakes! She has been cooking for missionaries for almost 20 years and she says that she knows gringos love pancakes. She is the best. She always asks what kind of food we want. Fish, chicken, beef, intestines, huevera, pizza, lasagna. You name it, she´ll make it for you. She always says to us, "The missionaries need to be happy. And if the missionaries have to eat food every day that they don't like, they aren't going to be happy." haha. She's the best!

Wednesday was a great day. We went running on the beach. I always love starting the morning with running. Mainly just because it makes me feel like I'm doing something for myself. Honestly, I'm getting chubby. And I don't like it. Definitely a great motivator to do your exercises though! One of the best parts of Wednesday night was the Family Home Evening we had with Hermana Esmeralda, and 5 people from the ward. We watched the Joseph Smith Restoration video. It was a super great thing. After the video we had a testimony meeting. It was so cool hearing everyone's testimonies about Joseph Smith and the Restoration, especially the testimony of Hermana Esmeralda. She is honestly one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. She's awesome. She is going to be a great member of the church and a huge strength for the branch here in Puerto Paita.

Thursday we had a zone meeting. I love getting together with other missionaries. Missions are the greatest. In the meeting we talked about the importance of goals. Honestly if we didn't set goals as a missionary, we wouldn't get much work done. We talked about how we can set more effective goals. President Rowley wants us to start using a 3 step system where we set long term goals, and then break it up in to weekly goals and then break up the weekly goal into what you need to do every day to reach this goal. It will be really good. We had some news at the end of the meeting. We are no longer allowed to use backpacks in this mission. Pretty big bummer for me. I honestly love my backpack. I'll be fine though. Going to obey. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Also, we are not allowed to use skinny ties any more. Luckily that only applies to 1 of my ties. The others are all okay. It made me think about the pictures of the ties dad used on his mission. None of them would be approved now!

Thursday afternoon went pretty well. We ended up finding 3 new investigators. That's a lot for one day here in this area. We are super excited. I am praying that some of them will be able to progress. We are in desperate need of new investigators in this area right now.

Friday morning we had weekly planning and we set some goals for how we can find more new investigators. We are praying a lot. Going to have to act by faith, and I know that we will receive the help we need. I really love weekly planning. It's a super great time to focus individually on the needs of every single person that you are teaching. It's super great.

Not much happened on Saturday, except that we painted the front of a house of a less active family! Elder C and I are the painting pros of Puerto Paita. We painted the front of this house bright yellow. That would be kind of weird in Utah, but it is completely normal here. Everyone plasters the front of their brick house with cement and then chooses a color to paint it to make sure that it stands out from the neighbors. I love it here. It reminds me of the show Dragon Tales where everything is rainbow colored. jajajajajaja, but for real.

Sunday was a great day. Sunday morning in church we got to sing church hymns. I love Christmas music. It would be impossible to get in the Christmas spirit for me if it were not for music. I absolutely love Christmas music. I love the hymns in Spanish. They are a little bit different. Like Silent Night is Noche de Luz. (Night of light). But even though they are a little bit different, they still carry the same message of the birth of our Savior. I'm so grateful for this Christmas season!

Sunday night we went up to the upper part of Paita to watch the Christmas Devotional. It was super great. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably more than I ever have before. Even though this Christmas is going to be different, I am still looking forward to it. It is important that we remember the true meaning of Christmas. One of the best parts of the devotional was when all the little kids were singing with Elder Nelson and the little boy winked at the little girl sitting next to him. I almost died of laughter! I love Christmas. Christmas time is the best! It's pretty weird to be sweating to death the month of Christmas though! Definitely something I'm not used to!

Today for p day we went and took some pictures with our district at the giant Christmas tree at the beach. Pretty cool. My first Christmas at the beach. It's pretty cool living here in Paita. Being able to wake up every morning and sitting up in my bed looking out the window at the ocean. I'm super blessed. After we took some pictures we went and explored El Mercado. El Mercado is crazy! People running around, animals, clothes, food, raw fish. You name it, it's there. There is so much fake stuff. Soccer jerseys are super cheap.  Nike shoes. Shirts. Nike backpacks. Bomba. Not sure how you spell it, but that's how you say it. There is no such thing as original Nike here. I love Peru!
Nativity at the beach.

My district here in Puerto Paita

Thanks for all of the love and support! Love you all! I hope you all have a great Christmas!

Elder Baker

P.S. Thanks for all the notes for the Christmas tree on my wall. It's super great! I love it!
My Christmas tree in my room
 Lauren. I love reading your letters. The Lord has prepared all kinds of people to hear this message though. A missionary in my mission baptized an Evangelical pastor! Cool huh?? Well anyways. Love you! Keep up the great work!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

When times get tough, the tough get going. - 12/2/13

Holy Moly. It's already December. It seems like just yesterday when I was getting off of the plane in Lima at 1 in the morning. So much has happened since then. The mission is great. This week was great. Really hard as for the missionary work, but we had a baptism. And that was amazing. There isn't anything much cooler than seeing one of your investigators take the first step and being baptized. It was such a great week.
Tuesday morning we had our district meeting and then right after that we had a companionship exchange with the zone leaders. I went with Elder P to the upper part of Paita. Elder P is a super cool missionary. He was in Lopez Albujar right before I got there. So we ended up talking a ton about that ward and all the people we know there and talked about how the people he baptized are doing. It was super fun. Elder P is a super great missionary. He was made zone leader with just 10 months in the field. He's a super great leader. He understands his purpose as a missionary and he has a super great attitude about everything. I feel like I was able to learn a lot from him. We had some pretty great lessons too. That night we went back to his apartment and it just made me thankful for the apartment I have. Mainly just because his room has a rat in it that they have been trying to catch for the past few days. And their shower is broken. They have to fill up a 5 gallon bucket with water and pour water on themselves with a cup. Not gonna lie. That was my first time showering like that here in the mission. It was pretty fun. I'm experiencing new things every day.
Wednesday my companion had a training for District Leaders in Piura so I ended up spending almost all of Wednesday with Elder P in his area too. Not sure why, but Wednesday I got sick. It's pretty normal though. No fun, but something you just come to expect. It's better to leave and try to work with a fake smile, than to stay in your apartment. If it is at all possible, I am going to leave and work. Being stuck in your apartment all day is soooooooooo boring. And it's not the reason that I'm here on the mission. My companion got back at about 6 and we headed back to our apartment. 
Thursday was pretty hard. It was hard to work, because everywhere we went no one was home! We had a Thanksgiving party with President Rowley right after lunch. Well it wasn't really a Thanksgiving party. It was just a meeting with our zone. We didn't even mention that it was Thanksgiving. Completely forgot. We had a meeting and discussed how we can work better as missionaries with the leaders of our wards and branches. It was a super good meeting. Because this is super important. As President Monson said, now is the time for members and missionaries to work together. After the meeting, we went back to our areas and worked. After the meeting we got the mail that President had brought with him from Piura and I got the package with the Christmas tree and the cards. Thank you so much. I've only opened 2 of them and they have made me so happy. It makes our room look a lot happier too. Ready for Christmas! It was a hard afternoon too. Almost everywhere we went, people were busy or not home. I love working with Elder C though, because we just keep on working and don't let it get us down. When times get tough, the tough get going. Now I know I'm not tough. Far from it. But I still get going. That's the best thing to do as a missionary.

Saturday was by far the best day of the week. Because Saturday is the day that Hermana Esmeralda chose to be baptized. She has been having the missionaries teach her for a couple months and was super ready for her baptism. I have only been teaching her for 2 weeks, but you can tell how much her testimony has grown. We went to visit her almost every day this week just for a few minutes to make sure she was ready and excited and she always just had a smile on her face. She kept on saying how excited she was. Saturday Elder C and I went over to the church to clean the baptismal font because it was absolutely nasty how gross it was. It hadn't been used for months. We wanted everything to be clean and ready. We wanted to make sure that her baptism was something that she will be able to remember for the rest of her life. People started showing up to the church at like 6 and there ended up being a really good turnout. Especially from the Relief Society which we were super happy about. It's important that she feels welcome in the church. My companion and Hermana Esmeralda changed into their white clothes at like 6:30 and we took some pictures. The actual baptism was super pretty and everything went really well. As she climbed the steps out of the water she had a huge smile on her face. I was so happy for her. After they had changed back into their normal clothes, she had the opportunity to bear her testimony. Halfway through her testimony the power went out and we were in total blackness. We didn't stop the service though. We kept going and she kept on bearing her testimony. She kept on saying. "voy a seguir... voy a seguir... voy a seguir". It was such a cool experience. The spirit could be felt so strongly at her baptism. We finished up with a song and everything in the dark. It was super cool.
Today for p day we went and played soccer on the beach with our whole zone here in Puerto Paita. It was super cool. Then we went and had a much needed cleaning session in our room. Holy moly was it dirty. It's pretty spotless now though. I love having a clean room. It feels so nice.
It's good that Lauren isn't here. She would hate all the fish. Yesterday with our pensionista we had huevera de pescado. It's honestly just millions of little fish eggs. I gagged when I started to eat it, but after I got over the thought that I was eating fish eggs, it tasted pretty good!
I'm so grateful to be a missionary. I have no doubt that this church is true! Thanks for all of the love and support! Love you guys!
Elder Baker
Lauren, Sounds like you're having fun in Australia. Crazy to think it's almost Christmas no?? Time flies by out here. Thanks for your example! I'm so grateful to say that I have an awesome sister who is a missionary just like me! The church is true! NO DOUBT! Tell it! Love you!

Turns out that it's true. Heaven is a place on earth. - 11/25/13

Holy moly. We had a zone activity at the beach today. And it was amazing. It took a while though so I might not have much time to write, but I'm going to try my best.
At Crab Beach
First off. I absolutely love Paita.  haha But for real. This place is beautiful. It's so nice waking up every morning and looking out the window at the ocean! One thing I love about being by the ocean is that there is always a nice breeze to cool you off, and that there are no stupid mosquitos that you have to deal with!

Tuesday was a great day. First thing in the morning we woke up and went running on the beach. At 6:30 in the morning, the only people that are there are us and the fishers going out in their boats to fish. Running was so nice. Even though it made me realize how out of shape I am, it was amazing. Tuesday morning we had a district meeting in our capilla which is right by the ocean. The people in my district are super cool. We had a great meeting about personal revelation through the Book of Mormon. I was honestly so confused with our area on Tuesday. I'm finally now starting to feel like I know my way around. There are tons of hills though. I like hills.

Wednesday. Best day of the mission. Maybe not the BEST day, but it was definitely up there. Wednesday we got to travel to Chiclayo to hear from Elder Russell M. Nelson. Such an amazing experience. We had to wake up at 4 in the morning and had to be at the bus station here in Paita at 5:15 with our whole zone to get on a bus to go to Piura. We got to Piura at about 6:30 and then hopped in a moto taxi and went to the stake center in Piura Central. That's where we met up with the entire mission and then got onto buses to go to Chiclayo. It was super fun seeing everyone from the mission. I saw a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a while. The bus ride to Chiclayo was 3 and a half hours. Pretty fun. Except for the 3 and a half hours. Buses are never fun. But it was definitely worth it. The conference with Elder Nelson was amazing. During his talk I received many answers to questions that I had. Questions that I had prayed to receive an answer about. I know that our Heavenly Father listens to our prayers. Always. And if we pray sincerely, he will answer our prayers. After the conference we got back on the buses and headed back to our mission and then to our areas. It was a really long day. I was so tired by the time we got back to our apartment but it was so worth it.
Me and my companion in Chiclayo
Thursday was a great day. I love working with my companion. He is such a happy, and hard- working kid. He is 22 years old, and was baptized when he was 19. He is the only member in his family. But he is the most hard-working kid I know. And he has such a strong testimony. He is one of the people that loves everyone. Thursday night we had a lesson with our investigator Esmeralda. She is 54 years old and her daughter is a member of the church. She has a baptismal date for this Saturday, the 30th. She is super duper excited for her baptism. And she is ready for her baptism too. All the time she bears her testimony to us and tells us how much the gospel has helped her so far in her life.

Friday night we were having a lesson with another one of our investigators. He is this 74 year old, hilarious guy. Everything he says is funny. His family is members and he has a baptismal date for the 24th of December. We were teaching him about fasting and when we told him that in the church we fast the first Sunday of every month for 2 meals, he says to us "That's easy. Sometimes I fast for a week." His family burst out in laughter and soon after he started to laugh and it was one of those moments where as hard as you are trying not to laugh, you can´t help it. He's a great guy though. One of those people that is impossible not to love.

Saturday morning I woke up sick. Being sick is no fun. Curled up on my bed is not the place I wanted to be on Saturday, but there wasn't much else I could do. We went to our Pension to eat on Saturday, and she fixed me soup, because that's the only thing that even sounded remotely good. Our pensionista here is great. Her husband is a fisher. And they love fish. I love fish too. We eat a lot of fish here. There and so many kinds of fresh fish that they sell right here in Paita. Anyway, she is great. Her house is super cool. Built into the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. Pretty great view for lunch every day.

Sunday we had sacrament meeting. It was the first time I have ever attended a branch and not a ward that I can remember. It's pretty much exactly the same except there were only like 70 people there and it only took like 3 minutes to pass the sacrament. But other than that it's pretty much the same. It was super good. One thing I love about this branch though is that the ward mission leader is super active and wants to help us out as much as he can. That is something that is going to be really nice here.

Today, we had a zone activity. Our whole zone went to a beach that is like 20 minutes away from here that is called Crab Beach. Literally there are hundreds of crabs running around. Everywhere! They are all only about 3 or 4 inches wide though. We took a ton of pictures of the ocean and climbed a bunch of rocks and played some games and played soccer on the beach. It was honestly super duper fun. Definitely something that wouldn't have even been possible in Piura. I love being here in Paita. It's such a great experience.
There were hundreds of these crabs running around!
I love being a missionary. I know that Joseph Smith helped to restore the Gospel in this dispensation. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us and answers our prayers. And I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that he died for each and every one of us. And through him, we can be cleansed of all of our sins and mistakes and be made clean. I know this church is true!

Thanks for everything! Love you guys!

Elder Baker