Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mission (NOT) Impossible

So I have decided that mission life is like being a spy. I feel like 007 but I would be 009 my comp is 008 and of course James Bond can be 007 and my comp is always slightly better than me so she can be 008. I am chill with 009. No one beats James Bond. But really think about it. We have a president who can call us at any point and tell us we need to be half way across the country in like 4 hours and he gives us all assignments. Also no one knows our true identity. Like first name what is that? We totally have official badges that we wear at ALL times. Also when someone is missing we know freakishly well how to find them in just a matter of a few days. No joke we are secret agents here NO BIG DEAL!!!!!!

So this week was really cool we are teaching this couple right now that is no joke Ana and Antonio in like 10 years. They literally have the same story! Their names are Fatima and Lopes. I love them so much!!

We had transfers this week. What the? Where is the time going?! Sadly sister Mendes left. I am still here in Póvoa! I am now with Sister Alexander! SHE IS SO COOL!! She is 23 and from the beautiful land of Canada! BUT plot twist her partents are from El Salvador! who saw that one coming?! not me that is for sure! I feel so cultured now a days. Capo Verdo, Canada, and El Salvador! It's like I don't even know what America is any more!! WAHOOOOO!!

I hope you all know how much I love you! I am really grateful for all the support coming from home! You all mean a lot to me! Thank you so much for all you do for me! I hope that you guys all have a great week and that you always remember to watch where you step cause stepping in doggy poop is the worst! Love you all!

Agent 009
(Sister Bakker)

Sempre em frente‏

 Hey fam!!!
So this week was great!! sorry I did not write much last week! So we went to the Açores! It was awesome!! I loved it so much!!! The sisters there are super cool!!! We saw tons of cool miracles! Also our new President (Presidente Tavares) is sooo cool! He is from Brazil and so ready to help our mission! I really like him a lot! He is super different than President Fluckiger But I love them both equally.

Today we went to the aquariam in Lisboa. That was super cool. They have a fish there that looks like a giant cancer. That was funny! 

Life here is really great! We are working really hard! I love it so much! I am pretty sure I am going to be that missionary that just awkwardly stays on the mission. Sorry fam. I am here to stay! But really though, I love you all! Thanks for all you do for me!! Have a great week! Ficam bem la em casa! E uma boa semana para vocês!!!

Sister Alyssa Bakker!
This member had me try on his glasses and said I look like an old black man in them!

my companion had to go to the doctor

Penguins!  Need I say more?

On the train on the way from the aquarium

Hump Day

So I have no time this week! sorry! But we went to the Açores for 3 days! and I turned 9 months old! wahooo hump day!!!!! Love you all! Have a good week! Hope the 4th of July was good!

Sister Bakker

For hump day--9 months--

S Bakker and S Mendes on the plane to the Acores

July 4th

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mission Split & Hump Day!

Waffles for S Mendes one year mark!

Divisions with S Cullimore

Lunch at the Patriarch's home.
Hey there family! mais uma vez Sister Bakker is sending y'all a letter!

This week was great! I got to do a division with sister Cullimore! My trainer and we actually stayed in Povoa so it was just like old times! It was really really cool! It was such a cool blessing to get to serve with her and see the changes in both of us! This week we saw so many great things happen! I love the mission so much! This week I was feeling very very african. And so I decided to bring out my white side a little and so we had American day. I made chicken fingers and fries. For dinner and for breakfast we ate waffles. It was awesome! It was awesome! my comp was so confused when I tried to explain why it was called a chicken finger. Ya translate that into Portuguese (dedo do pé de frango) she was not super stoked about eating it. Haha it was pretty funny! I just kept telling her, "confia em mim! vais gostar!" and she was all like "uhhh sister es uma loca!" ohh good times on the mission! I really really love sister mendes! We party hard here in Póvoa!

So tomorrow we are off the the Açores! I am so exicted! We are going to be with the sister in Angra for a day and then the sisters in Ponta del Gada! I am stoked! I will take pics don't worry I rock the Island life!

Vida Boa here in Portugal! Our new President gets here this week. I am really exicted and nervous and I like don't want to say good bye to President Fluckiger but also I want to meet President Tavares so bad! I am having mixed feelings right now. Its complicated... But it will be cool! The mission is 100% split as of the first of July 1st. which is also my Hump Day. Wow big week here in the Portugal Lisbon mission! Lots is happening! Wish us luck!!

So I will end with a little advise. If you are scared of snakes don't walk through big fields at night time. Last night we were late getting home. Well the fastest way is on this big long road with 2 big hugs fields on both sides. So we are literally running on this pitch black road when one of the street lights turns on and there is a big old (dead) snake in the road! My comp almost died! She is like super mega scared of snakes haha. I played around with it a little and freaked her out a little more and then we carried on. But ya my advise for all of you. Avoid dark roads during snake season. you never know what is wait for you there!

Love you all! The Chruch is true! Fica bem! Fica firm na igreja e sempre lembrar que Deus esta em nossa lado quando precisamos um amigo! Eu amo esta igreja e eu amo meu Salvador! Eu sei que esta obra é o obra do Senhor!