Hello! I hope all is going well at home, and that everyone is doing well! I heard that it warmed up a little bit.....lucky! Haha was a balmy 10 degrees this morning as we got into the car, warmer than it has been, but not that warm ;) I am excited though because it is suppose to warm up a little bit in March. Last Thursday we had a pretty crazy blizzard, it snowed over a foot....and the winds were absolutely terrible. The roads are still completely covered in ice, so our car was grounded for two days. We did a lot of shoveling, and a lot of walking! On Friday we got a call from one of our friends in the ward (Sister Olsen) who was working at the ymca. She told us that this elderly guy had called in and asked if there were any kids around who could come shovel his driveway. Of course we called him and asked if we could help. He was very grateful for the help, he reminded me a lot of great-grandpa Baker. Our car was still grounded, but we walked the three miles to his house (carrying shovels ;) ) and then spent 2 hours shoveling the heavy snow! Haha it was our workout for the week, i'm still a little bit sore. People driving by us gave us really weird looks, but that's alright, we just laughed and carried on! On Saturday we had an investigator get baptized! He is a refugee from a very poor part of Vietnam. He never was able to go to school, or receive an education of any sort. He doesn't speak English at all, and doesn't even really speak Vietnamese, just a dialect. It has been amazing to see how the Lord is preparing everyone. We have been able to communicate with him somehow. Through the Spirit. Anyways, Saturday was crazy. Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. The Brother being Baptized had to work, and didn't get off until after the baptism, so we had to postpone it, our car got stuck because there was so much snow, and we hadn't driven it since wed.....after 45 minutes of cleaning it off, there was so much snow around it that it couldn't move! Our appointments all fell through,it was just sort of a crazy day! Oh, and the funniest part, usually the baptismal font takes 2 1/2 hours to fill up. We went to the church and started it, the went to eat dinner, and came back an hour later. The font was nearly overflowing....and it was ice cold! We had to drain a little bit of the water, but the drain was on the bottom of the font, under all the water. It was exciting ;) But it was a crazy day. Satan really was trying to not let us go through with the baptism! Somehow, we made it though. The baptism was an incredibly spiritual experience. To see this brother who doesn't really understand us, but somehow understands the gospel, to see his incredibly strong faith in the Lord was amazing. The whole situation remindes me of a quote by Elder Holland. Something about how there are two teams, and we know which team is going to win, we just have to decide which jersey we are going to wear. Isn't it true though? We know that the Lord's team will win, it is up to us to decide to be in His team! And besides the fact, being on His team, will bring us happiness and joy. Everyday I see the great difference in people who live the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in people who don't. I think it is so very important that we are truly living the gospel. Not just that we are members, but that we are striving each day to increase our faith, and continue to repent and change daily. That we are keeping all the covenants we have made, and striving to have the Spirit with us at all times in all things and in all places. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy, and no one is perfect, but as long as we are always progressing, I believe that will be enough. That remindes me of a quote a super awesome sister shared with me ;) Fall 7 times, get up 8. The 8th time is the most important! The time when we are exhausted and tired and just want to go sleep, and maybe have some chocolate is the time we have to get up again and carry on! Crazy stuff. Anyways, I hope all is going well at home, and that you guys are enjoying the warm weather while it is there! I love you all, and miss you!!!!
I hope and pray you have a great week :)
Sister Christina Trickler
p.s. thanks so so so much for the jam....it is the best thing in the world! That and the letters are wonderful, thanks :)