Well, we just got transfer calls yesterday morning and I'll be heading over to Cherry Grove on Wednesday morning! Cherry Grove is about 3 hours north east of the city, right by Saskatchewan. It's a pretty Mormon populated town. Good new, I get to drive a truck! Bad news, I leave Kingsway, literally my home... :( A big piece of my heart will stay here. But I convinced the ward to take pictures at FHE last night. I've taken lots of farewell pictures. I'll send them all, just don't get bored of my face... :P
The crazy thing is, I knew I was going to Cherry Grove. It's exactly where I've been speculating I'll go for the past week. I just laughed when President called and told me that's where I'll go. It's crazy how the Spirit prepares us for change. I knew I was training last time too!
This weekend was incredible! It started off with breakfast with Kayla, our investigator, who's a chef. That was delicious. We got to meet her mom, step dad, and former AFY councillor who came up for her BAPTISM that night. PS... don't mind my crazy fave in those pictures, I was really excited! I relate to Kayla so much and she is such an amazing kid. I'll miss her for sure!
Before her baptism we had the mini mission, where a bunch of YSA and youth went out with missionaries to experience missionary life. I went with the Mandarin elders recent convert, Bai Quan, it was so great! But so windy that day! Then we went out to an awesome build your own burger place in town, and then headed back to the stake centre for the baptism. It's a good thing we were early because the font wasn't even started! We called so many people and then we started filling it with pots from the custodial closet because it takes an hour to fill, and we were 15 minutes before the baptism! It was crazy and such an adventure but we wouldn't have had it any other way!
Kayla has a beautiful testimony and she's so amazing, and her baptism was so refreshing. The Spirit could be felt so strongly, her mom and step father and sister all attended and they were all so supportive and sweet. Her confirmation on Sunday was just as beautiful. It was so great. I know that there was purpose in meeting and teaching such a beautiful person. I wouldn't trade it ever.
Fast and testimony Sunday, I wasn't even positive I was leaving at that point but I had a hunch. I felt really prompted to bear my testimony... bad game plan, kind of. I was pretty teary eyed. I love and know everyone in my ward. And I know Christ does too. It'll be sad to leave, but I know that Sister Gambler will take care of them all for me. :)
Sunday night we had a "Why I Believe" fireside, that was awesome. I got to give a talk on my conversion story. Then yesterday we stopped by a lot of families to say goodbye. There are pictures of us with Sister Fregene, the Svenson family and I, and the Demetrioffs and I. I love them all so much. At FHE we got sticky notes on our back and everyone wrote compliments on them. I had a lot of heartfelt goodbyes. Lots of people were hugged in heart, and I had a few thank me for helping them with this or that. I love them all so much, and I hope they realize how much they all impacted me.
Well, I need to pack... a lot! So adios!
Love you all!
Love from Sister Baker
PS. I've accumulated so much stuff, but thanks for all the packages. :)