Saturday, December 24, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Grande Prairie!

Hello friends and family!

First off, thanks for still loving me and being patient with me while I was the worst emailer the past few weeks! All the apologies! Let me try to attempt to catch you up to speed!

Last week I was transferred to Grande Prairie, the most north I've ever been.... ever! Last weekend it was -40, but this weekend it was 2, so it got a lot better! I'm serving in the Bear Creek Ward as an
STL (Sister Training Leader). It has been such a blast to be in another leadership position, I think one of my favourite things is counseling with other mission leaders and President Pattison to try to figure out the best solutions and game plans for the mission. My companion is Sister Priestley. She is from Preston, Idaho. She came out with me in August of last year but we've never met until now! She is a farm girl and a dancer and she's just awesome! I'm excited to serve with her this transfer!

 A lot has happened this past week! Since I was transferred to Grande Prairie, I've been in Edmonton almost as much, between conferences and meeting and such! This past week I got to go to BC for the first time! We had to go pick up some Sisters in Ft. St. John that got in a car accident. The drive, though pitch black, was beautiful! Then we had sleepovers until last night! Haha! We drove down to Edmonton on Thursday and in the 5 hours it takes to drive there my companion taught me how to solve a Rubik's cube! Man, that was fun! That night we had a MLC meeting and it was a blast. One Elder made a comment on one role play about how he is trying to eliminate the words "just" and
"maybe" from his vocabulary. We are not "just" missionaries, we are servants of God. We don't want people to "maybe" do something. We need to be bold! It was pretty powerful. I also got to be companions with sister To for a role play! Man, I miss her! Anyways, then we had a sleepover with Sister Bischoff at the Sherwood Park pad!

 With Christmas approaching, we had our mission Christmas Conference! Well, it was broken into two because there's so many of us! But ours was on Friday. It was so much fun and so sweet! The Pattisons really want the best for us! We got to sing a bunch of things and listen to some awesome inspirational messages! We also got to do a cute gift exchange. I got camouflaged toilet paper curtesy of one of my zone leaders -.- haha! We listed to an awesome Pentatonix worthy performance of "Mary, Did You Know" from some of the missionaries too! We got lots of chocolate and a cute little turkey dinner while we watched more talent! The Pattisons put together a really sweet slideshow
from back home with all of our little Christmas baby pictures in it! (You may recognize Elder Acorda from back home in good old Ontario!)

Anyways, after the conference we got to go to the temple as a zone! Man, it's been a while! I seriously love the temple! It's so peaceful and I always learn so much! Anyways, then we stayed another night in Sherwood.

Saturday we drove the 5 hours back up to Grande Prairie and then we got to see a bunch of people and go to the Wapiti ward Christmas party! It was a blast! We had some investigators go too and it was just awesome!

Then we had church on Sunday and Sunday night we had a combined ward musical fireside and all of us missionaries sang a song called "Dona Nobis Pacim." we sang it at Christmas Conference in a round!

I'm still loving the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative! Hopefully we will be going to a soup kitchen on Christmas Day to help out! I'm excited!

Love you all and I hope that you just have a fabulous Christmas! ❤️❤️

Stay rad!

Sister Baker 🇨🇦🍁

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