Date

February 29, 2016

Area

Leon Springs/Fair Oaks

Companion

Elder Arciniaga

A little bit different....

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great week! The past week was a
little bit different for me. Elder Arciniaga was sick for a few days
so I spent 2 days with Elder Hyde, one of our zone leaders and a day
with his companion Elder Dailey. They are both Spanish speaking so I
had some pretty cool experiences.

On Thursday we had a lesson with a young part member family. The
husband,, Cody, didn't grow up with religion or even a faith in God.
And as of now his faith in a God is very little. He isn't sure if
there is one or not. As we taught him the spirit was present and much
stronger than normal. As I testified of our Heavenly Father I started
to tear up for only about the second time here on my mission. His
desire to know is there. And his faith is present yet little and not
deeply rooted. He easily gets discouraged because he sees his wife and
others like us with such a faith and a love for God. We shared with
him out of Alma 32 about the seed of faith and also read the parable
of the sower in Luke 8. I pray that he exercises the seed of faith he
has.

On Friday Elder Hyde and I went up north and at one point went into
Cordillera. We stopped by a few less actives who lived in there. One
opened the door and let us right in. He has a beautiful home. We got
in and got to know him a little bit. He has traveled all around the
world. He said when his younger on his bucket list was to visit all 50
states but he was able to do that pretty quickly. So then he added to
is it all 7 continents which he and his wife just checked off number 7
with Antarctica. He showed us pictures and it was so amazingly
beautiful. They looked fake. He told us his conversion story which was
pretty amazing. He was baptized in the Philippines while serving in
the military. After talking to him he said it is a goal of his to make
it back to church this year. He was at church yesterday. It was so
exciting to see. After we ate dinner up near Sisterdale we drove about
an hour down to the middle of San Antonio. The Spanish elders cover
the whole stake so we were about as far southeast as we go. Elder Hyde
had a lesson with a man named Carlos Jose. The whole thing was in
Spanish but it was so cool to sit in on. I could understand quite a
bit more than I expected to. This was the first lesson he has had with
missionaries but he has been to church the last 3 weeks. He told us
his story is just like Joseph Smith's. He has been church hopping for
the last couple months. He found the LDS church and has been there
since. He doesn't understand a thing because he has been in an English
ward but he said he can feel in his heart it is true. He asked when he
could be baptized. Even though I couldn't understand all of it I could
feel the spirit in his home as well. At the end he offered us coffee
and we politely said no. Then he asked elder Hyde if we drink coffee
and he told him no.. He said "La Iglesia?" And elder Hyde explained
that it is a commandment that we abstain from it. He said okay let me
finish this tub. Elder Hyde told him okay but you throw the full one
away. He said AHH idk I get headaches! But then agreed.Yesterday we
called him and he said hermanos, my head hurts. He has already
stopped! It was an amazing miracle to witness. We stayed the night in
San Antonio with elder hanks and villeda. The next day was a good one
as well with another great Spanish lesson and a few people we stopped
by in Leon springs. There were some pretty cool stories from that but
you'll have to read my journal to get those.

I love my Savior and I am thankful to be a part of his work! I love
y'all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Baker




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