Monday, May 25, 2015

I Won That Battle

Well folks I would like to say hello yet again! I feel like it was yesterday that I last wrote you guys! TIME FLYS! hope that you all had a great Memorial Day. You may be surprised to know that Memorial day is not a thing here in good old Portugal. Shocker. But ya today is great! We went to Lagos and I totally bargained with some gypsies for a dress and some cool elephant pants. Love them. I am feeling like a true hippie now a days. I also might dye my hair. haha. I am kidding I am kidding! (or am I...)

This week was great! I got to go on a division with my trainer sister Cullimore! That was so great! I really love her a lot! Ana and Antonio are also still doing great! We are so excited for them to get married this Friday! Wahoo! I love them so much and so grateful for the opportunity that I have had to see their faith grow as they prepare to be baptized and receive the holy ghost!

I would like to end this short letter with a little bit of advise from sister bakker. When bartering with Gypsies also say you have no money. Next thing you know, you are walking away with a free pair of awesome pants with elephants on them! wahoo!! Lovin life! #wonthatbattle

Love you all! have a great memorial day!
Sister Bakker

Monday, May 18, 2015

The World is Ending

Sister Steagull and Sister Bakker at Sagres

Dearest Familia Bakker!

How are you all doing? This week was great! Ana and Antonio are doing great still! they came to district conference for the algarve yesterday! They loved it! and they met the mission president and his wife and ana made sure to tell them how greatful she was for the church! I love them so much!

Today we went to Sagres! It is no joke like the end of the world! like top 10 coolest things i have ever seen! Our ward mission leader took us and then took us to eat after! It was so great!

Sorry I have like no time today! but I love you all!

Sister Bakker

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Really Love My Mom!

Tan lines from sandals in the sun!
Well I got to talk to you all yesterday! That was great!! I really love you guys a whole lot! It was so great to have all 6 of us on the computer at the same time! It was cool to see you all!

I really don´t have a lot to say this week. We are still here in good old Portimão! Lovin it! Ana and Antonio are getting married this months! I am really excited for them! I cannot wait to see them get married and then enter the waters of baptism! They are so great! They are already looking forward to the day that they can go to the temple!

This week nothing to great happened. It is officially HOT in the Algarve! like no joke we speed walk from one building to the other just to try to stay in the shade as much as we can. It is really great!

Hope that you all have a great week! Love you all! Hope that Mothers day was GREAT!!!! LOVE YOU LOTS MOM!!! Thank you for all that you guys do for me!

Love you always!
Lyssa uhhhh... i mean Sister Bakker

May the Fourth be With You!

Well hello there!

I don't really have a lot to say this week. Hmmm this week was good. we crushed it! I love this area a lot! The Sisters of Portimão are just rockin it over here! Haha! Ana and Antonio are doing great! they totally payed their fast offerings yesterday and were fasting. Ya they are not even baptized yet and they are like ready to pay tithing and they have a room in there house dedicated to like scripture studying now. I really love them a lot!

I just want to say how much I love you all! I hope all is well with you! And on this lovely day, I say MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!

Happy star wars day. But even more importantly HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!

Love always,
Sister Bakker

The Life of a Sister Missionary is a Good One!

Quirida Família!!!

Olá de Portimão!! This week was pretty cool! We had transfers this week and you guessed it I am still in Portimão! Yay!! I am so excited to still be here! I love this area so much! And I am still training sister Steagall! Wahoo!! I am super super happy about that! My whole district (all 4 of us) stayed to same! I am really excited about that! This transfer is going to be amazing!

I want to share a really cool story with you guys. I don't know if you remember when I told you about that lady that we contacted on the road that was rude to us but gave our card to her dad who is a member and he ended up coming to church. Well when he came he brought his brother. We tried to go pass by his brothers house and talk to him but he refused to answer his door. So we decided to knock someone the doors in his building. Well we knocked one and no one answered and so we went to the next door and this really funny guy named Antonio answered. He was really nice but he stuck that classic Portuguese finger in the air and waved it around saving "Sou Catolica e não quero mudar nada." For all you English speakers that means, I am Catholic and I don't want to change anything. Well we invited him to watch the Easter video and asked if we could come back and talk to him about it. We left and a few days later came back. He told us he had watched the video and that his wife and he loved it and that his wife, Ana, wanted to know what church it was that gave them the card. He told her that he would ask when we came back. He then told us that we needed come back at a certain time to find her in the house. So we did and she wasn't there still but as we were going to leave she walked out of the elevator. We talked to her a little and invited them to church. They had all sorts of excuses of why they could not come but they said they would try. Well Sunday rolled around and they came in! They loved it too! We have been teaching them now for 3 weeks and they are so excited to be baptized! They love the church and the Book of Mormon so much! It is so incredible! They only thing is that they are not married, but hey, it looks like now I will get to see my 3rd wedding here on the mission! Wahoo! And to think that this all happened because we talked to one person on the road that did not want anything to do with the church. WOW!! God really does work in amazing ways! and He really does lead you to his children who are ready to receive the gospel!

I love the mission and I love all of you guys! Thank you for all you do for me! Hope that all is well with you!

Love you all!

uhh I mean Sister Bakker
Antonio, Ana, S Bakker