Date

December 5, 2016

Area

Canyon Springs/Bulverde

Companion

Elder Dunford

Happy December!

Happy December! Can you believe it is here already? With December the winter weather has finally come and I hope it stays. I'm not sure if I've mentioned but we've been without a car the last 2 weeks. It has been raining nonstop for the past 3 days so it has been interesting to say the least. Though things have stayed good. Let me tell you about a couple of  people we are teaching. I have served in a couple areas that have been very affluent. This is one of them. One of the members in one of our wards runs the largest food
bank in San Antonio. He is on a first hand basis with Coach
Popavich (not sure how to spell it), Tony Parker, and many other Spurs. He even has an I'm a Mormon Message. This past week we received a referral in the neighborhood this member lives in. We were excited. You'd think you were visiting the president because of the laborious process you
go through just trying to get into this place. Once we were
able to get to the referred home we were invited right in. Their home is absolutely incredible. It is one of the multi million dollar homes you would see on HGTV. Yet these people are some of the most humble people I've ever met. They are of true Mexican culture. Part of that is "Mi casa es su casa" or my home is your home. They told us when we come over just to walk in. And they fed us as soon as we got there. It was a dish called Ayuca. Jose, the father, told us we would probably never find it anywhere else because it is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that few know how to prepare. It was very tasty. When we sat down with
them they told us about why they were requesting the visit.
The man we are now teaching is named Fernando. He is 38 and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But he is still so humble. I imagine that would be a hard thing to swallow and understand. He has given himself
to God's will and trusts he will be okay. They asked that we
give him a blessing so we did. He wasn't feeling the best so we planned to come back another day. We did and taught him the restoration. He was completely receptive and told us he would be at church. As we sat in church with him yesterday and sang the closing him tears started to
run down his face and he told us "I'll be back next week."
He was so touched by the spirit as were we as we learned and sang of truths together. He as been such an example to me thus far in trusting our Father and being of faith.
Last night we watched the Christmas devotional with a less
active member. I was thinking of many people, Fernando being one, as I listened to what was talked about. Elder Christensen had a comment that I found enlightening. In essence he talked about Christ's birth not being the beginning nor his death being the end. As I reflected on
that while thinking about Fernando I had such a gratitude
for the gift of resurrection. I can't wait to teach him about that. I hope we can all emulate Christ this holiday season and reflect on the many gifts we receive from him.

Elder Baker




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