week 13 . transfers


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Hello dear family! Sorry for emailing so late. I told mom this already, but we had a zone Pday [mom note: when a group of missionaries get together for an activity] today in Negril. We were going to the beach to play volleyball so we left bright and early so we could avoid being in too much sun. When we got out there the beach was wayyy too crowded so we went down the road a little ways and played basketball instead. It was a lot of fun! The other sisters in our zone didn't come out because it is a pretty far drive for the Ochi [mom note: short for Ocho Rios] sisters and the Sav [mom note: short for Savanna-la-Mar] sisters don't have a van and I don't think they wanted to taxi. They were greatly missed haha, but Sister Bogle and I had a grand ole' time blocking each other and attempting to shoot baskets. 

Transfer calls came this week and I am staying in MoBay!!!! I am super excited because I absolutely looooovee this area and all of the people so much, but I am so sad that Sister Bogle is leaving me. She is being transfered to Hopeton, and I know that she is going to do amazing things in that area!!! My new companion will be Sister Clyde. I don't know anything about her, but I will be picking her up on Wednesday and I'll get to know her then :). We are no longer having transfer meetings because there is a new head in the missionary department and he has said that transfer meetings are not an authorized meeting, so on Wednesday Elder Lafayette will be driving to pick up/drop off people until we get to his new area and then I will take over the dropping off/picking up of missionaries in the near by areas and that includes picking up my companion. 

In the pictures I sent this week, Sister Bogle, Antoinette and I went to the bush to do some service on Jimmy's farm. Jimmy is Jimroy and Juniors dad. So we helped him plant some corn and he showed us all around his farm, it was really pretty and I loved all the green everywhere!

This week was really good. We celebrated Sister Bogle's birthday on Thursday [mom note: in Jamaica it is tradition to "flour" someone on their birthday] We also got to see a lot of people with the members, which is the best!!!  I love when the members are willing to come out with us because they have very powerful testimonies and they are just amazing examples to those we are teaching.

I am so thankful for the Holy Ghost! Sister Bogle and I have been really focussed on the Holy Ghost this week and how important he is in this whole process. They talked about it a lot in the missionary broadcast as well that we got to see this week. They had a worldwide broadcast for all the missionaries and there was so many amazing things shared, I learned a lot and don't think I was able to write as much of it down as I would have liked to remember haha. It was really cool because they had some speakers and then throughout the broadcast they would switch over to a room that had about 12 to 14 missionaries in it and they would be with different "speakers"/teachers (David A. Bednar, Bonnie L. Oscarson, L. Whitney Clayton and I think a couple more) and they would have lessons and the missionaries would share their input. I learned a lot from those missionaries as well. Also, one of the missionaries looked sooooo familiar while I was watching it and when they showed her up close I realized that it was Jaimee Law! Small world haha. [mom note: a childhood friend of Emily's]

Well, I LOVE YOU ALLLLL SO VERY MUCH!!!! Have a wonderful week!! Talk to you soon!!

Sister Baker

p.s. please send me pics of Meg's coming home [mom note: Em's sister returning from her mission in Brazil. Video of her return home below] don't worry about me getting trunky or anything haha, I wanna see her.  LOVE YOU!!!!!

week 12 . moving on up


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Yoo Hoo family!

Sorry for being a little later than usual. We spent all morning getting everything packed to switch apartments with the elders. We were switching everything from our apartments and getting everything clean before they moved in and they were getting everything clean before we moved in. Elder Hall and Elder Ludlow spent the morning back and forth between the apartments with the van carrying everything in and Elder Larson and Elder Lafayette were deep cleaning their apartment before we move in haha. Elders Larson and Lafayette worked VERY hard to get it clean for us haha (elders have been living in that apartment for a while!) Sister Bogle and I helped Elders Hall and Ludlow and then got our apartment clean. When we got that done we went and grabbed lunch for everyone. It was a very productive morning haha.

Our original apartment had warm water and AC haha. We never used the AC though. It had screens on the windows too. But the new apartment has like 5 rooms (including kitchen and bedroom) There are no screens on the windows which means lizards in the apartment woot woot! haha, but now we are living in our area which is really nice!

This week has been good. Jayden was baptized yesterday!!! He is Antoinette's son and he has such a powerful testimony especially for a nine year old! He knows so much about the gospel and he has been asking us about his baptism for at least the past month haha. He was a little bit nervous about the water, but everything went well and he was so happy!! AND... HIS MOM GAVE A TALK AT HIS BAPTISM!!!! She spoke on baptism and it was the best! The spirit was sooooo strong! 

Emily, Sister Bogle, Elder Ludlow and Jayden 

We have a few new investigators who are really interested in the gospel and we are praying that they will continue to have the desire to learn and that they will come to church. Yesterday we had Maxine, Jimroy, Narine and Teja at church which was awesome because they got to see Jayden's confirmation and Teja and Jimroy actually got to see his baptism that morning as well.

Maxine is in her 50s and she lived in the states for about 30 years. She has a strong desire to understand the gospel but she has a hard time reading and comprehending. But she has been praying about it and we are praying as well that she will continue to progress and really be able to understand the lessons. 

Narine is 19, she was taught by missionaries early last year, but she wasn't fully keeping commitments. We called her last week and have had a few lessons with her. She had a baby at the end of 2015 and she really wants to let the gospel into her life. It was so wonderful to see her at church on Sunday and a lot of the members remembered her and were very welcoming and loving towards her. It is so great to see the members welcoming these investigators in and making them feel at home.

Jimroy is seriously so amazing! We called him on Sunday morning to check if he and Junior were up and getting ready to come to church. He told us Junior wasn't coming because he didn't have fare, but he told us he had saved his lunch money to make sure he had fare for church. And he was there an hour early for Jayden's baptism! He is such a leader in his family and he will be an amazing missionary to those in his community!

I love Montego Bay so much and I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people that I have been able to meet. I don't know if I will be leaving this upcoming transfer next week (the call comes on Saturday), but I know that no matter where I go, Montego Bay will always have a special place in my heart as my birthplace haha. [mom note: Missionaries have transfers every 6 weeks. Sometimes they stay in their area with their current companion, sometimes they stay but get a new companion and sometimes they get transfered to a new area with a new companion. The upcoming transfer is next Wednesday]

Love you lots familia!!!! Thanks for everything!

Sister Baker

Sister Bogle and Emily

Sister Bogle

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