December 6, 2021


Santa Cruz, Bolivia


Elder Josh Haynie

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....but not

Another week down here in Bolivia. It doesn't really feel like December when it's 90 degrees and humid, but Elder Haynie and I are trying to get into the Christmas season. We have one string of blue Christmas lights up and last night we found an ornament in the road so we have that too! We get pretty excited whenever we see Christmas decorations.

This week we were out and about doing our thing in the hot sun, and out of nowhere it just started dumping rain. Completely pouring. We were too far from the house to get jackets so we just kept working. We were absolutely soaked, but we ended up having more success that day than any other this week! Sacrifice brings blessings I guess. One cool thing about having a filter bottle is when it rains u get free water! Pretty nice.

One of the awesome people we are teaching, Diana Cuba, is now on date to be baptized on the 18th. We are super excited about it! We are hoping and praying that everything will work out and the baptism can happen. She is so faithful and will be such an amazing member! The lesson on baptism was a super cool experience. Elder Haynie and I prayed real hard before and it totally paid off. At the beginning she wasn't sure if baptism was essential, and thought that we just need repentance. By the end she had such a big desire to be baptized and was smiling so much. Yesterday she told us she had a dream that one day when her baby girl, Jasmine, is old enough she will get baptized too. Personally that sounds awesome :)

One of the wards in our stake here hosted a Christmas themed talent show this week. It was so crazy and so fun. They invited all the missionaries in my district and wanted us to perform. We did a skit which threw me back to cub scout days. We also sang this song about inviting lonely missionaries to your house for Christmas. The crowd was loving it, and we're hoping it will pay off when Christmas comes around... we're pretty much famous now.

We also had the opportunity to watch (by zoom) one of our good friends, Jake, get baptized. It was such a beast baptismal service! The spirit was so strong even through zoom. Also such a cool experience getting to watch it with Elder Haynie. I'm super thankful for technology these days. At the end they had all the missionaries watching share a quick testimony of baptism. It was awesome to see all these kids that I've known for so long, who are now all over the world, all share their excitement and testimonies of the beauty and power of baptism and the Holy Ghost.

Also if you didn't watch the first presidency Christmas devotional, go watch it! Then write down 5 gifts God has given you, and think of one thing you can do this week to use those gifts to help others.

Que tengan un día bendecido!
Elder Barker

Ps go Utes!! Elder Haynie and I asked president for permission to go to the Rosebowl... we have hope


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