week 26 . six month mark...wuhhhhh?!?!?


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Yoo Hoo Family!!

Hello all!!!!!!! This week was absolutely AMAZING!!! So many miracles it is THE BEST being a missionary!!

There were many highlights this week and I may share them out of order, but here it goes haha. 

SMOKIE CAME TO CHURCH!!!!! Smokie is the less active that we have been meeting with for a couple weeks now. He is blind, so he hasn't been keeping up on reading his Book of Mormon, so we go and read a chapter with him two to three times a week. He was really unsure about coming back to church, and when we called him Sunday morning to remind him he was like "wow you really have a lot of faith don't you" and then he said he would try haha. When we got to church at 9:20 (church starts at 10) he was already there!!!!!!!!! And everyone from the branch was so happy to see him, everyone loves Smokie! 

On Thursday it was my six month mark... WUHHHHHH?!?!?! And Sister Van Der Leek and I got to change a tire haha. The treading on one of our tires was just really bad and we have to wait for money to get put into our accounts before we can go get new tires put on so we changed it to the spare for the time being which has WAYYYY better treading. But we were at the church when we talked to the office elders about it on the phone and there is not a good place for us to change it back home because the ground is not as flat, so we decided to just do it at the church in our proselyting clothes. [mom note: proselyting clothes just means they were in their church clothes] Our clothes were clean when we finished but my arms were covered in grease haha.

We found so many amazing people this week!!!! A lot of people that seem sincerely interested. We had one lesson with a man named Raymond this week and HE CAME TO CHURCH on Sunday!!!!!! We also had our investigator Ewellington at church. He came late because he lives further out on the island and it is hard to catch a jitney (taxi) from that far out. But he is going to push to be on time next week!!

There are so many miracles always in missionary work and I am so thankful for that! I am so lucky to have this opportunity to grow closer to my Savior and to help others too!

I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week!


Sister Baker

week 25 . everything he ever did was for others


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Yoo Hoo Family!!!

HELLO EVERYONE!!! Hope you all had a wonderful week! Love and miss you as always!

This week was great! Lots of hard work. Lots and lots of walking in the sun to find new people because our teaching pool needs a boost. We walked for lots of hours in the sun and my farmers tan is looking great. We found some people that we are really hoping will have solid potential. Prayer has been our friend this week for sure!

We had some really great lessons this week, we are really just working to help those that are ready to take that last big leap before baptism. There are stumbling blocks in the way for these people and it is so hard because we cannot take the leap for them, but sometimes I just want to be able to haha. But, I know that if I put my trust in the Lord that He will help me and that He will help them as well. 

I think the big focus this week is to help them feel the spirit and recognize that that is what they are feeling so that they can build the relationship on their own.

This week I have been reading a lot out of Jesus the Christ and I was watching some of the Bible videos and it really helped me to remember how thankful I am for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us. He truly is so remarkable! And everything that He ever did was for others, never for His own personal gain. He continually served and loved and was just a friend to those in need. I am always striving to become more Christlike because I know that is what Heavenly Father wants of me. I know that as I do this, I will be able to be a successful tool in His hands.

I am so thankful for this gospel and ALL that it has done for me. I am thankful for all of the amazing love and support I feel from everyone. I am SOOOO thankful for the prayers. It means the WORLD!


Have a fantastic week!


Sister Baker

week 24 . i love service


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yoo hoo family!

Ahhhhhh! The weeks are going way too fast I cannot handle it! But I absolutely love missionary work and I am so thankful for all of the miracles that we are able to experience on this AMAZING little island!

This week we had more lessons with Daphne and she is as amazing as ever! She is taking huge steps to live this gospel and I know that she will be so blessed because of it. Please, keep her in your prayers. SHE IS SO PREPARED!!!!

Also, I sent some pictures of Sister Van Der Leek and I helping paint a boat (I hope that they went through). The guy that we helped is named Perry and he is amazing! He was born and raised in Turks, so he speaks English (which is THE BEST!) and he is so friendly. He would always say hello to us when we got to the area where he lives because we always park our car near his house. But, he was never very interested in learning more about the gospel. A couple weeks back we saw him working on his boat and we offered to help if he needed it. He called us up this week and asked if we could help him paint and we were SO EXCITED because service is THE BEST!!!! So we went and helped him paint and somehow the gospel just magically came up in our conversation with him (hehe) and we asked if we could teach him and he was totally willing... AND HE CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY which is HUGE!!! He really liked it and he seems sincerely interested in learning more. I LOVE SERVICE!!!!

Emily and Sister Van Der Leek
Also we have an investigator named Idalette who is wonderful. She came to church on Sunday as well and was there last week for General Conference. She has met with missionaries in the past, but wasn't completely ready. But now, every time we see her she has questions and she is getting more and more excited about the gospel. She is understanding what she is reading and she is understanding what the spirit is teaching her as well. Heavenly Father is remarkable!! We are working hard with Idalette because she wants to be baptized, but she isn't too sure if her husband will let her, so we are praying lots and hoping that his heart will be softened. 

All in all it was a really great week! I am so thankful to be a missionary and I love this gospel so much!

Random side notes: CONGRATS to Brynn and Zach!!! [mom note: Emily's friends that got engaged] also Happy National Siblings day to the coolest sibs in the world!!! Thanks for sending me the cheesy childhood pictures, we are a cute bunch aren't we :)



Sister Baker

Sister Van Der Leek

I think someone may be missing her kitty at home

week 23 . general conference weekend


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Yoo Hoo Family!

Okay... Conference weekend was THE BEST!! As always. [mom note: Emily is referring to General Conference. General Conference is a semiannual worldwide gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church members and anyone else interested gather to receive guidance and encouragement from Church leaders about gospel living based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. General Conference is held the first weekend in April and October.] It was so great to hear from our inspired leaders and to receive answers to questions. I loved all of the talks so much, I don't think I could pick a favorite haha. I just felt that there was a lot on families and receiving a remission of our sins. Seriously, did everyone on Saturday speak on children and families? I think so haha. And then A LOT of people referenced Isaiah 1:18 in their talks, which is a great reminder. I was definitely uplifted by the messages that were shared and I CANNOT WAIT to get the Ensign so that I can read and re-read the words of the Lord's inspired servants.

Their set up for General Conference
Sister Van Der Leek
Emily and Sister Van Der Leek
We had an AMAZING lesson this week with one of our investigators named Daphne. She is 19 and she met the elders on this island about three years ago. When we were going through a pile of records of people that had been taught in the past, we called her and she was totally willing to have us come and see her. During our first lesson with her she told us that about two weeks earlier she had made it a goal to better understand the bible. We have now had four lessons with her and we are already on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a miracle on this island because normally the fourth lesson we are either finishing the Restoration or just starting Plan of Salvation (part of that is due to the language barrier). Daphne's first language is English, but she speaks Creole as well. When we met with her on Saturday, she really opened up to us about some struggles/trials she has and the spirit was sooooo POWERFUL. She has a strong desire to change and strengthen her relationship with Jesus Christ, and I know that if she continues praying and reading and coming to church that she will receive so many blessings. She truly is prepared for this gospel!

I have been studying more in third Nephi throughout this week and I really love the chapters where Christ is among the Nephites, teaching them and blessing them. I just read it and think about how amazing it must have been to sit and learn from Jesus Christ and how wonderful it will be for us to have that opportunity in the future! We are so blessed though to be living in this dispensation to have all of the opportunities that we have been given. Like General Conference!! Can we just talk about how amazing technology is that we are all able to hear from the prophet all over the world! 

I am so thankful for this gospel! I am so lucky to have the good influence of my friends and family that has helped me to hold my standards and to get me to where I am today. I love being a missionary with all my heart!

The pictures of Sister Van Der Leek and I with the lap top is our zone meeting. We do District and Zone meeting over skype at the church. On Wednesday when we got to the church the power had been shut off because no one payed the bill. We had to try and find a members house to go to for Zone Meeting and EVERYONE was working. Then we realized that the Otin family has a nanny that watches their two boys, so we called and asked if there was any way we could use their computer. We got to their house and knocked on the door and we could hear the nanny inside but no one answered, so we knocked again. The nanny came and opened the door and we heard water. We walked in and the smoke alarm had a large amount of water leaking from it so I grabbed a bucket and a mop and helped get that figured out and then we got on the computer and were able to be there for the last couple hours of Zone Meeting which was SOO GOOOD! [mom note: unfortunately the pictures she is referring to didn't come through. She has been having problems with her camera and we haven't been getting all her pictures]

Well, I love you all a whole lot and I am so thankful for all of the love and support! I think about you often :). LOVE YOU!!!!!!! 

Sister Baker

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