Thursday, May 26, 2016

Loon Lakes and Llama Meat

Hello friends and family!

I hope that you've had an awesome week! I've definitely kept busy!

On Tuesday I got to eat llama meat! That was an adventure! It just tastes like beef!

Wednesday was adventurous! We worked at the food bank like usual in the morning, then we had some spare time after driving out to Loon Lake, Saskatchewan... so they wanted to take pictures at a lake and a memorial site while we waited! They're too sweet! So there's lots of pictures this week. Haha! Sorry!

Thursday was very busy! We taught seminary, then drove to St. Paul to go to the chiropractors before our district meeting. That was my first time going.  It was interesting to be cracked and pulled at. Then at district meeting we wrote letters to ourselves when we finish our missions. That was hard! Haha! Then I had a doctor's appointment and got some good allergy medication. The smoke has been pretty bad here from the forest fires. We had the chance afterwards to go to the community centre.  We found a car full of members of the ward outside and they said that they weren't allowed to hand out backpacks they had brought for Fort Mac kids inside the building. So we went inside and cleared it all up and got the backpacks to the front desk. I hope that they all got given out to the kids. :)

On Friday we went and saw our Filipino friend in the hospital who's missing part of his skull from a car crash. He's so strong and positive! Then we went back to the food bank to keep it open 24/7 for
Fort Mac residents. That was cool.  To hear their stories is so awesome! The pastor of the food bank there let me play on his 6 string banjo and that was fun! I didn't get a picture of the banjo but there is a picture of me playing the guitar at a members home. I miss it! Haha!

Then we volunteered at the community dinner at another church, and they put me on desserts.  They all looked so good! We love the community! We received a referral (or someone who someone else thinks might be interested in learning more about the church) from a grandfather in Salt Lake City.  He asked us to stop by his grandkids, so we hope to start teaching them all soon!

On Saturday in rained! But it was so good! We got to do some crazy things! We got to go tag, vaccinate, and castrate calves at a members farm! I got to operate the needle, that was fun! Then we all bbq'd and found lots of potentials teach-ees there! An investigator came too! We call him "shirtless" Will, for obvious reasons! He started some whip cream wars with some of the people there. Sister Christensen and I found it humorous until we got whip cream on our noses too! It was fun, even when it started pouring and we got soaked! Then we went to visit a part member family who was camping nearby and lots of members ended up being there! Then we ate at the Calders, and they ended up having a big Filipino party, so that was a surprise, but fun! We advertised our new English class! Hopefully we'll be starting it up this week!

On Sunday we were asked to teach 3 primary classes and sharing time because so many people were away! It's funny though, because we had enough visitors to make up for all the people we lost! We just taught sharing time but Sister Christensen also gave a talk! It was quite fun! Then we taught a bunch on Sunday.

Yesterday was a miracle though.  We taught the most lessons I think we've ever taught in one day, and we still went to St. Paul (1 1/2 hrs away) for a chiropractor appointment. We ate dinner at another party. This time there was a family and both sets of parents came, one from El Salvador. They only spoke Spanish so we showed them "He Lives" (video) in Spanish.  We did the same thing for the Filipino party on Saturday except in Tagalog. It's such a good video and it testifies so much of the Saviour! Then they gave us chocolate cake from New York. The whole cake! And it's really good so far!

We taught a really good lesson with Will, our 60 year old body builder investigator and he's loving the word of wisdom.  We read Ether 2 and 3 with him and he loved that too! Then we helped his son, who's another investigator and who's building his own house and we read Jacob 4 with him. I love that chapter and I recommend you all to read it. The Nephites were writing this book for us.  They wanted to teach us about the Atonement and we need to utilize the Book of Mormon and make sure we're teaching others!

I read an article this week called "Preparing Gifts for Your Future Family" in the January 2014 New Era and it was just so good! So read that too if you have the chance! I hope you've all had a great week and that you'll have another good one!

 Love always,
Sister Baker ❤️

 World's largest perogy.  There's even a street named after it!

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