Wednesday, September 23, 2015

They just keep getting better and better!!! Sept.21, 2015

Hello everyone! Elder Farnsworth and I had a super good week!! They just keep getting better and better!! AMAZING

On Tuesday Farney and I went on trade offs with our zone leaders. I went to Destin (party central) with my boy Elder Jones... Such a boss!! We had an unreeeallll day!! We met one of their investigators at Starbucks. He orders us this drink and we had no idea if it had coffee or not haha! We looked at each other like what the heck do we do hah! I was like... just pretend to drink it hah! After a little bit the guy we were with was like "guys... it doesn't have coffee in it... stop pretending to drink it" hahahah! We were so embarrassed but it was so dang funny! We went to a less active ladies house and come to find out she is going totally blind. Elder Jones and I gave her a blessing and then taught her and her nonmember friend. Oh wow... the spirit was so strong in that house. I don't think I have felt it that strong in a while. It was so awesome. So we knocked on this door later in the day and this guy starts yelling at us telling us that we are soliciting haha we told him that God is free and then he slams the door and we stood on the porch and just laughed. It was great. And then later that night we get stopped by the police while walking to an appointment... haha that was super funny as well!!

"Old things are done away and all things have become new." "Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold, I am the light which ye shall hold up.."

So there is a fair coming up here in Fort Walton and we got permission to set up a "meet the Mormons" booth during it! It is going to be so fun!! We are going to have tvs set up playing videos and all kinds of good stuff! We also will have a sign that says "FREE LEMONADE AND BOOK OF MORMON" haha! We also finally talked to Brian B. and he was finally sober enough to understand our lesson hah!

Saturday was the big baptism day!! I got the priviledge to baptize Aleisha Lee Toe'a Siaki King... yeah that was hard to remember haha! It was so cool though!!

Yeah so it was a good week! We taught about 10 investigator lessons so the work is going pretty good!! Love you all and hope you have a great week!! 

Love, Elder Baldwin

Baptism of Aleisha

My area

Bang!!! Sept. 14, 2015

"In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves." - Spencer W. Kimball. What an amazing quote. How true is that?

On Tuesday we got a referral from our ward mission leader. It is this man named Joe and he lives in this little community full of people that suffer from depression and what not. So we went over and met him and talked to him for a little bit. As we were talking to him like 3 or 4 other people came and just sat in on our conversation. Farnsworth and I were like shoot... might as well teach these people some gospel truths hah! It was funny! But so good!

On Wednesday we went over to Alfred P's because he said he had a gift he wanted to give us. he straight gave us 20$ each... He seriously would not let us give it back to him. he was determined that we keep it. He said that he only does this to people that make a huge impact in his life. It was so amazing considering that he doesn't have very much money at all. That man will always have a special place in my heart.

Friday was a good day! We taught Brian B. the Word of Wisdom again haha! And yes... he was drunk again hah! AHH! We met with our main man David O. and filled out his paperwork to get approved by the first presidency to get baptized!! We also mailed it in! We are so anxious to hear back!!

Sunday was good! So when we walked outside to go to ward council the weather was 65 degress with no humidity. Our minds were blown. We seriously didn't know what to do haha! I seriously forgot what no humidity feels like! Feels amazing!! David O. was our only investigator who showed up to church :/. Its okay though!!

I hope you all have a great week!! Just remember to lose yourself in the service. GOD SPEED!

Love, Elder Baldwin

Elder Farnsworth and I in our matching pink ties

Elder Farnsworth caught me taking a quick nap

Go Hard or Go Harder! Sept.7, 2015

Are you all ready for the best story ever?? 

So on Tuesday, Elder Farnsworth and I were in Walmart picking up a few items for our apartment when we get this phone call. This man that called us has a name of David O. He got our number from I guess he was chatting with people on the site and they gave him our number. So David gets to telling us his life story and here it is: "I was a Protestant Minister for pretty much my whole teenage years. The whole time i was preaching... It felt incomplete. Well, later down the road I went through a bad divorce and got in with drug gangs and became a raging alcoholic. I was sentenced to 9 years in prison after running into the law. While I was in jail, I came across the teachings from the prophet John Taylor book. I read it multiple times. I got in contact with a bishop from Tallahassee that came and visited me weekly. One of our visits, he gave me a Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price and The Doctrine and Convenants. I read it 8 times through. I also came across all of the Work and the Glory books. I read all 8 of those books. I know a lot about the Mormon faith and you two won't be needing to convert me... I am already converting me. HOW MIND BLOWING IS THAT!!! So we met with David the following day and he seriously knows more about the church than Farnsworth and I together. haha! HE WAS TEACHING US! So we set a baptismal date with him on September 26th. Super cool. He then mentions to us that he is still on probation until November. We told our Zone Leaders to see if we can still baptize him and they told us that we have to fill out a form with him and send it in to the first presidency to get it approved. He came to church yesterday and absolutely fell in love. Hopefully the first presidency approves!! WOOWW!!!! OBEDIENCE PAYS OFF PEOPLE!!!! Miracles are real and Heavenly Father is preparing the best of his children for this gospel. It is truly amazing how it works. I love it so much. It just comes to show that this really is HIS work. We are out here being his mouthpiece... Its just our job to open our mouths and be in the right place at the right time. Thats what went on this week. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you all!!
Love, Elder

Me and Elder Farnsworth

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Staying in Ft. Walton Aug. 31, 2015

We got transfer calls last night and Elder Farnsworth and I are staying here in Fort Walton Beach!!!! Such a relief when we heard that because we are having an absolute blast here!! It is the best!! 

So we found a new investigator on Tuesday. His name is Mike L. We think he is Autistic but we just aren't sure yet  We have taught him the restoration and the plan of salvation.  Its amazing!! We also met John the Baptist on Tuesday. We were just walking down the main street in the city and this dude comes up to us and asks if we know who he is... we didn't. He then yells I am Flipping JOHN THE BAPTIST. (except he didn't say flipping). He also claimed he was the Angel of Gabriel and the Angel of Death... It was so funny because he started yelling to all the Anti Christs in the world. haha! It was amazing!! I love my mission. 

So Brian B., another investigator, is doing pretty good. We had 2 lessons with him this week. He mentioned to us that he wants to get baptized. Super cool. He is having a really hard time with keeping commitments though.. but we are working with him and he is making big improvements. It is so awesome to see people change their lives because of the gospel. It is fun to see little miracles like that each and every day. 

I found some amazing quotes that I think everyone would like. Here they are: 
"Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to make"
"you don't know how strong you are until strong is the only thing you have left"

Elder Black came on a trade off with me on Friday! It was such a fun day! I love him so much!!! We went to the store and bought selfie sticks hahah! We took so many dang photos!! At 7pm, Jay C. took us to the local high school football game. It was fun! Made me miss it for sure!! And people here in the south really love marching bands hahah! 

On Saturday I gave everyone hair cuts haha! I am starting to give them fades and they are looking so dang good! Saturday night, Spanish had a baptism. It was super cool! Baptisms are just the absolute best!! Seeing that smile as they come up out of the water is just explainable. Trenidy Thomas took us to his house after for dinner and guess who was there.... Elder Miller. My trainer. It was so fun to see him and catch up!! He is doing so good in the real world again hah!! 

Sunday was a very interesting day in 2nd wards sacrament meeting. So this lady was giving her talk and started crying. this like 90 year old lady that was sitting in the front row throws a whole box of tissues at her hahah! Oh my gosh i was laughing so dang hard it was crazyyy!!!! I love my mission!! Eduardo that got baptized on Saturday was confirmed during 1st wards sacrament. I got to be a part of the confirmation. Good stuff. 

I am still loving every second of it out here!! So I have thought to myself recently.. "man i need a baptism" and then I was like... really... is that all you want? It's not about numbers out here and that is what I love. I love meeting new people and just planting that little seed in them. I have grown so much from realizing that already. It has taught me to really love everyone that I have come in contact with. it is truly a blessing to be out here on a mission. 

I hope all you have a great week!! Ill talk to you next monday!! 
Love, Elder Baldwin

We found the "Mystery Machine"!!!

Shortest Week Ever! Aug. 25, 2015

Hello everyone!! 

So last Monday I came down with strep throat... Worst day ever. AHHH!! I went home and fell asleep at like 6pm... I couldnt sleep through the night... I just felt absolutely terrible. I was out the whole entire week. I decided to finally man up and go to work on Friday. I finally realized that I couldn't be laying down in bed when there are people out there that need the gospel... Not Cool Elder Baldwin!!! So I got up and went and did some work! I didn't feel good at all but by the end of the day... I felt perfectly fine. Such a blessing. 

We had our district meeting Friday instead of Tuesday because of how sick I was on tuesday. Trenidy Thomas (member from 1st ward) came in and gave the lesson. He absolutely killed it! It was such an amazing lesson! Basically he taught that before telling others about their faults and wrong doings... check yourself. How true is that statement. Most always, we look for the faults of other people before we look for the faults in our self. Something to really think about.

On Saturday, Farnsworth and I went over to the Stevens house and helped Tim Stevens with yard work. We were seriously dripping sweat within 20 minutes of working. I drank like 20 water bottles... no lie! It was unreal! Burning those calories baby!!! haha! It was so good though! We got so much done and the yard looks amazing... of course ;) It was a great time! I love performing service for people! Especially after being down and sick... I was so anxious to get out and provide service again! I am getting addicted to it!!

Sunday was good! I gave a talk in 2nd ward. I was told that I was the youth speaker so i only had to speak for 5 minutes... haha. SO before the mission it seemed like giving a talk for 5 minutes took forever. On the mission.... It feels like 30 seconds. I had so much to say hah! I talked on Faith in the Book of Mormon. I basically went over Alma chapter 32 about planting that seed of faith in our hearts and how we have to continually nourish it. So during 1st ward... there was a ceiling leak from the A/C unit and in the middle of sacrament the ceiling came crashing down!! It was the craziest most funniest thing I have ever witnessed hahah! The whole congregation like yelled hahah! Water went everryyywhheerrree!!! It was so funny! I couldn't stop laughing oh my gosh!!! 

Yesterday was a super good day! We had a Half Mission Conference. It was held at our building here in Fort Walton. Farnsworth and I had to go to the church at 7 to meet President Smith and the AP's to set up for it. About 105 missionaries were in attendance to hear Elder Neilson and Elder Stenfield of the Quorum of the 70 speak to us and train us. Such good training went on. It was such an awesome experience! The Spirit was so strong in there!! So the authorities decided to choose Mine and Farnsworths appartment to inspect after our conference... So the authorities, their wives, President and Sister Smith, and us missionaries were squeezed into our tiny apartment haha! It was funny! We passed inspection hah! Our apartment is 10x more blessed now cuz general authorities were in there ;) SO that is why our Pday is today instead of yesterday! It was a great day!!

I hope everyone is still doing well!! I love you all and miss you all so so much!!

Love, Elder Baldwin

Half Mission Conference Aug. 24, 2015

Elder & Sister Nielson, Elders Farnsworth & Baldwin, Elder & Sister Stenfield

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another week gone by Aug.17, 2015

Hello Familia!

So last Tuesday was solid. We had District meeting. We talked about the importance of extending commitments and what commitments we are keeping ourselves. I ended up Giving Elder Black a haircut. I am the go to guy from cutting hair now... I guess I got to by my own set of clippers haha! We had interviews with President Smith later that day. So I walk into my interview and he looks at my shoes and tells me I need to polish them. He then randomly pulls out Minc Oil from his backpack and starts polishing them for me. He makes me polish my right shoe while he did the left. So here we are during an interview polishing my shoes... It was so stinking funny!! He is such a stud though!!! 

We met with Jay C. for the first time in a while on Wednesday. We got to talking about how is "search" is going. He told us that the mormons are still his #1! haha So sick!

Thursday night a single elderly lady from 1st ward took us out to dinner. During dinner she was asking Farney and I what we wanted to do when we got home (even though that is so far for me). After I tell her my plans she says "Now Elder Baldwin, you are an astonishing good looking man, girls are going to be flocking to you when you get home. I know that you will be very successful in what ever career you choose because people will just want to be around your good looks." Uggghhh thanks Sister Loquercio hahahah!!! It was so awkward. Farsnworth was just dying laughing... It was interesting haha! I LOVVVEEEE MY MISSIONNNN!!!!

Thursday night I had a dream that I got called up to the MLB to the Angels. My first at bat I hit a single up the middle. Next batter hit a double off the wall, so I moved to third. I ended up scoring... So sick. So I was playing 3rd on defense. First ball hit to me, I made the routine out. Next ball hit to me.... i made an error. Then I woke up. Worst way to end a dream ever!!! We had a lesson with Brian B. on Firday. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and we actually extended the baptismal invitation. HE ACCPETED IT!! It was so cool!! We have some more lessons to teach him but we are working on setting a date with him right now!!

Saturday was crazy. This member that has been struggling with a lot of things calls us and tells us that he is commit suicide. Oh heck no.... not on my watch. We make him meet us at the church building. he shows us the rope that he is going to hang himself with. i took it from him and put it in my backpack. We went into the building and had such a spiritual experience. It was an aggressive lesson for sure. I can tell that it slapped him in the face... He didn't know what to say and he was embarrassed for his actions. We left the building laughing and joking with him. Definitely thankful that he had the courage to call us. It was so crazy. 

On Sunday we went to go pick up Brian B. for church.. he didnt show up.. AHHH such a bummer! I brought clothes for him to wear because he asked me too and he didnt show up... Ah i was so bummed out! But it is okay!!! After church we went across the street from the church to the Grave families place. Such an awesome Southern Hospitality family. Tim Graves is the biggest Nascar fan... he had the race on and he made us watch it with him haha! NOONE INTERRUPTS THE RACE he says hahah! 

This morning we went out to the beach to go fishing with Dave Liufau and his brothers that are visiting him. It was super sick! This crazy storm came in and hit us. Lightning was striking like 50 feet away from us... ughhh it was time to go hahah!! SO cool though!!!

Well it was a good week! Hope all is well with everyone!! Love you all!! Remember, we are never alone in any situation. There is always ONE being who knows exactly what we are going through. Its just up to our courage, faith, and humility to go to him. 

Love, Elder Baldwin

Me fishing this morning on Pday

Mellow Week Aug. 10, 2015

hello there! Another week and more blessings!!!

My heart just has been full of love and gratitude this week. I love my mission so so much. I never want to come home ;)... sorry mom. There was just something about this week. I was just so at peace and so calm. It was amazing. i loved it.

On Tuesday morning, or really good friend Trenidy Thomas took us to the beach to go running. I ran about a mile and a half and just died... I sat at the shore break and just couldn't breathe haha it was miserable!!! i had the weirdest dream that night. I got home from my mission but I couldn't remember anything from it. i kept asking if i had served a full two years because nothing was coming to my mind about a mission... It was s o weird hahah! on Wednesday night we and the Spanish elders taught English class at the church! It was hilarious! So one of the teachers that is a member started teaching the class how to say "He smoked the weed in his house" I was like nooooo this is not happening right now!! It was so stinking funny! i dont know what gave him the idea to teach Mexicans how to say that in english!!  Not good!

On Thursday I had an awesome personal study. I read from mosiah 15 to Mosiah 22. Such solid chapters. in Chapter 17, Abinadi is burned to death for his "false" teachings. While he was being put into the pit to be burned he told the king that he was about to shed innocent blood. Everything that Abinadi taught, he testified of it's truth and he was not going to take back what he had taught. his foundation was set in Christ and he was immmovable. Such a stud!! Farnsworth's year mark was Thursday so we burned some stuff on our porch at night haha it was tiiigghhhtt!

Friday morning we helped this non member Bill help move. it was cool cuz he collected everything sports! he had a Pete Rose Authentic jersey that was signed.... It was too sick! I almost stole it for you Dad!! ahha! Trenidy picked us up later that day for dinner back at his house!! He made us spaghetti with ribs as the meat... it was bomb!! We had such a solid lesson with him! I lvoe the guy so so much! 

Saturday we had trade offs with the zone leaders. It was super good! Everyone keeps telling me i am going zone leader next transfer... NOOO!! 

Oh man its so rough being over two wards!! Everyone thinks that missionaries are indestructible!! Its quite sressful! So 2nd ward didnt have a gospel principles teacher... In the middle of 1st ward PEC meeting members of 2nd ward pull me out and expect me to drop what I am doing to go teach... I told them i was in the middle of a meeting. Oh they got sooo dang mad! And then i start feling super bad and guilty... it was a mess. the Stevens family finally got back in town! they went on a 4 week vacation! Missed them so much! We went to their place after church and they showed us the billion photos they took haha! looked fun! 

I am so happy today is PDay though!! i love pdays! haha
Hope everyone is doing good! Love you all so so much! 
Elder Baldwin

Share a Coke with your BRO

Trade off with the Zone Leaders

Amazing Week Aug. 3, 2015

This week was amazing!!! Elder Farnsworth and I killed it! It was so much fun!!!

On Tuesday we got invited as a district to go sing at another nursing home hah! The old people just love us so much!!!! We went and tried to contact potential investigators later that day. We came across this 16 year old girl named Chyann ... SHe answered the door and she was so high! hahah it was so funny! She was so awkward though! We went contacting later that night at a trailer park. Thats Farnsworth and I's gold mine... trailer Park.. we try to hit one every night haha! While we were biking this dude pulls over and yells at me "hey man who gives a *** about our Lord and Savior?" I said "Oh man you need Jesus" He said "NO I DONT" and drove away... sad man..

Wednesday we had a lesson with Allen. The lesson was going so solid. It was so solid that I felt impressed to invite him to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and be baptized... he straight up said "No"..... It was awkward hahahah! it was awesome!!!! We had a lesson with this mid 20's man named Willy. He is straight a thug. he would give Farnsowrht and I this death stare for like a minute straight! It was sketchy!!!

"there are two kinds of people in this world. Those who are acted upon and those who act." I read that during studies one morning. So we got a refferal for this man named David B.. We taught him the first two lessons... After the plan of salvation lesson we asked him how everything was sounding.. he said "you know, it sounds like the things i heard when I was bap[tized." Farney looked at me and we just laughed. The dude was already a member!! We were teaching him like he was an investigator! Bummer!!!!

On Saturday we were supposed to have a lesson with this man Bryan that we met in a trailer park. We biked all the way to his place for him to cancel on us. He told us "man, I dont feel like talking about Jesus while tipping back on some beer is okay" hahah it was so funny! he was so drunk it was great!!!! 

Our investgator Nicole B. showed up to church yesterday! heather R. showed up also!! So cool!!! 

I hope everyone has a great week!!!

John Camp and I

Had to mark my territory on the desk in our apartment

Miracle of the Week July 27,2015

So we got this refferal from our zone leaders for this girl named Heather on Friday. So I gave her a call that day and she answers and we talk for a little bit. She starts texting us like crazy about the Book of Mormon... We were like dang this lady is legit!! She was asking us what scriptures we would have her read so we gave her a ton haha! She then asks us "so when is church?" Oh my gosh Farnsworth and I seriosuly started dancing when we got that message haaha! We gave her the address to the church and she replies with "wow thats only 3 minutes away so there is no excuse to me not going" OHHH MYYY GOSHHHHH!!!! PUMPED!! She showed up to church Sunday... I introduced Heather to the relief society president and she took her around! We met with Heather after church for like an hour and it was so solid!! i loved it so much! It was so powerful! She is definitely going to come back so I can't wait to see how it goes!! I love my mission so much its unreal!!!! 

New Companion July 27, 2015

So i got my new companion! Elder Drew Farnsworth from Mesa Arizona! He is such a stud! I love him so much! We have been doing work already in these past few days together!! We have 3 new investigators and 7 new potential investigators! It's so amazing!! I love it!!!

At transfers President Smith makes me stand up in front of the whole mission and calls me out about my hair hahah! My hair has gotten lighter out here on the mission! He was like elder whats wrong with your hair? I was like Its vitamin D! hahah! he laughed so hard and then had me sit down! It was too funny but so embarrassing!!!

On Thursday we did weekly planning and I had to do it by myslef because Farnsworth doesnt know the area. It was so hard but it was so solid! its crazy that i am over this area already after one transfer! Its super fun though because i get to call the shots ;) 

On Friday we biked like 3 or 4 miles to a return appointment from last week. We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up a lesson for that day. Well we bike to his house and he wasn't there... sweet. I called him but he didnt answer and hasn't called back so i am bummed about that. Dave, in the 1st ward from Anaheim CA, came up to me during volleyball later that night and gives me this big leather Angels A patch! Its the sickest thing ever! I love it so much! I was pumped and still am about it haha!

On Saturday we helped our investigator Nicole move from her little town home to an actual home! Her husband is currently deployed so we did work!!! She was too excited and so great full for our help! She was surprised that we actually do the service we talk oh so much about!! It impressed her a ton! We had a Book of Mormon refferal for this black man named Bernard. he is a boss!!! We were teachiong him in his garage and it was so flipping hot and humid it felt as if we were in a sauna... I felt sweat dripping down my legs.. ahh it was terrible but the spirit was so strong!! We committed him to read Moroni's promise and to find out for himself if the Book is true! 

So we were supposed to have 4 investigators show up for church yesterday... Only one showed up haha. Kind of a big bummer but its okay!! We went and tried to see a guy we contacted on the street last Sunday but he wasn't home, but his niece was! She actually used to take the discussions and SHE set a return appointment with us! Super cool!

Spanish elders spent the night at our place last night and it was a party... of course. We woke up this morning and got some serious pumping done... we are all huge right now! Looking like studs! 

Hope you all have a great week! Love you all!
Elder Baldwin

Zone day at the Beach

Me and the Angels "A" patch

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 20, 2015

So we got a call late last night saying that Elders Kalama, and Inbody are getting transferred... and since Elder Miller is going home... I am taking over the area here in Fort Walton Beach.. Crazy because I have only been out for 6 weeks and I am already in charge of an area! I find out who my new companion is this Wednesday so I am super excited and nervous!! I hope he is cool or else I am coming home ;) just kidding!!
Recently I have been getting up at like 6 and getting a solid workout in.. I have seen the biggest change in my days! Its amazing! I just have felt more in tune with the spirit because of how awake I am!

We had an appointment with a less active member Billy...  We went to Buffalo Wild Wings with Brother Brill after for dinner! Super fun!!

Friday we had trade offs with the Spanish elders. Kalama came with miller and I and inbody went to the Spanish side. During personal studies I read the talk "Becoming men and women of integrity" by Tad R. Callister. Such a boss talk!! Everyone should definitely read it!! Kalama Miller and I went to this lady Marsha's house who we had previously met tracting. She would talk and say "You know what God is telling me right now" He is saying: Marsha, everything these boys are teaching is false... I don't need another book to expand the gospel." We were like whhhhaatttt!! The whole conversation she claims God was speaking to her about our "false teachings"... I wanted to be like yeah sorry but that's your self conscience talking hah! She is crazy but I love her!! We thought she was a potential Gator... but nope ha!

We had another BBQ with Wayne and Lima.. They cook the most food ever haha! It was so fun though! The park was super cool but it was infested with bugs which was annoying as heck!!!

Church was good yesterday. Jay met us in the parking lot before church and told us that he is going to go to a different church because he is trying to find the right one for him... It was sad to hear but its okay! He will be back! That's a fact!!! We went tracting and we talked to this catholic lady and she said that we wish we believed in Jesus Christ... I said " Ma'm look whos name is bold on our name tag" She said "Oh" hahah it was funny!

Well it was a good week! I hope you all are doing very good!!!
Love, Elder BALDWIN

Trade offs with Elder Kalama

Big fat blister--EEEWWW!!!

July 13th

Wassup Wassup family!!

So I had my first Zone Training on Tuesday out in NiceVille. Super fun time even though it was 3 hours long haha!! 

On Wednesday I had lunch with Stephanie Given's (from Los Alamitos) parents that live in my area!! Love them so much already! We talked so much! We definitely lost track of time which kind of was bad but it is okay!! haha! We had a solid lesson with Jay later that day! We meet with him every other day now because he handed his company to one of hind friends so he can meet with us more often! Good stuff!! We had dinner at recently baptized Yogi's  house. He cooked us this Deer stew and oh man it was so bomb!! I have to say... It did destroy my stomach haha! 

So on Thursday we were driving around contacting the less actives near our dinner appointments house and we spotted a 6 ft chicken! YES A 6FT CHICKEN! Sickest thing ever! So we went right up the door and knocked to ask if we could take a photo... sadly the lady could care less about what we had to share haha but its okay cuz we got a sick photo!! The chickens name is Rex Goliath haha! SO sick!! 

Friday, I had a super good personal study. I watched The Prophet of the Restoration and then the story of John Tanner. John Tanner is a boss!!!! We went and sung at the old peoples home again and its super cool because some of them are remembering the songs that we sing so they sing along!! We went over to Jays again and taught him the proper prayer technique and then made him pray in front of us haha! AND HE DID!! He said that thats the first time he has prayed out loud! COOL STUFF! We had dinner at the Alba's house and Bro Alba and his son Dawson came and picked us up. I sat in the back next to Dawson in his car seat and he was eating Dorritos... He decides to use my shirt as his napkin so I had Dorritos all over my shirt hahah that little punk!!! 

SO elder kalama crashed his bike and has a hairline fracture in his shoulder hahah! So funny! So he tried to hit this jump on the sidewalk and fell and then his companion falls over him hahahah!! Just a big pile up!!

Jay and his wife Angelica showed up to sacrament meeting and it was so good for them!!! Lima and Wayne showed up to church and I was pumped as ever!! I had to teach Gospel Principles by myself which was very interesting because I got a days notice haha! Good thing the class was participating a lot!! Jay and Angelica had us over for dinner. We had bomb street tacos. We taught them the Restoration and it was so solid. The family was digging it so so hard!!! Baptism is definitely in their heads after the lesson so we are solo happy and excited for them!! 

Well, Thats all for this week!! I love you all and wish you the best for this week!
Love always, Elder Baldwin

6ft Chicken--Rex Goliath

Elder Miller

4th of July Week

Wassup Everybody! Happy 4th of July!!
First off, Thank you for the emails and love! I feel everyones support everyday!! On Tuesday, we went over to Jays place. He bought us 24 tacos to eat and those things absolutely destroyed us... haha! We had a solid lesson with him. We challenged him to gain a testimony for himself. Jay was talking for like an hour on how impressed he is that us missionaries give up so much to serve! He looks to me and says "especially you, someone who is disgustingly good looking and could get any girl that he wants." I was like ughhhhh.... Man crush on me for sure haha.
Wednesday felt like a PDAY, which probably isn't good to say but... We started the day by moving a less active family and the we drove to Destin for Millers doctors appointment. On the way back we finally picked up my bike from the Zone Leaders! I CALL HER MY HORSE CUZ SHE IS NIIICCCEEEEE. We also stopped by Ross on the way home and man that place just eats up my money somehow... haha. Later in the afternoon we went and visited a recent convert. her name is Hannah and while we were over there talking to here and her sister, the sister just straight up asks us if she can sing to us.... It was hilarious cuz here is this random girl belting gospel music! Good times. So Elder Kalama shared a very cool story with me, Here it is : So this guy was giving his farewell talk and in the talk he was telling a story of a dream he had about the pre existence. And in that dream he had met a friend. Tjis friend and Him were just clicking on everything. They grew to become best friends. So while talking to each other, and angel comes up to them and hands them each a letter. The friend opens his letter and it reads that he will be born into poverty, no gospel, a very difficult life, and he will be born in Costa Rica. The guy opens his letter and it tells him that he will be born into the Gospel and that life would be pretty simple for him. He looks to his friend and says "I will come find you". So this young man received his mission call to Costa Rica and being out for about a month or so he writes his bishop in 4 simple words saying "I found my friend". SO powerful!!
The 4th was a rough day for sure! I just missed the family so so much!! Wayne and Lima the Polynesians who play volleyball and basketball with us invited us to their bbq. When we were walking up their whole family started screaming at us because they didn't think we were going to show up haha! Man did they feed us... holy cow... Before Prayer, Lima circled the whole family up and told us missionaries that we are now part of their family... DOPE!!! Lima is tight!! He is less active. he came up and apologized and told us he is trying his very hardest! No judgment here brotha!! Lima showed up to church the next day and I got the biggest smile as he walked in. He doesn't even remember the last time he went to church. He liked his wards testimony meeting so much that he asked to stay for the next wards... SO we did. During their testimony meeting he gets up to the pulpit and bears his testimony!!!! I WAS SO PUMPED!!!!!!!
This morning we woke up at 4am because Wayne and Lima took us fishing haha! It was tight for sure!! It was so sick being out there fishing with the sunrise!! It sucked though because It totally reminded me of waking up early to go surfing... oh well haha! Momma Stevens took us to her gymnastics gym just a couple hours of go and my body is so messed up!! My joints are all out of whack but its all good!!

love always, Elder Baldwin

4th of July loot from Mom!

4th of July BBQ at the Stevens'.

BBQ with Lima and Wayne and family

Fishing at 4am!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pictures and Sick Companion

So this week was a good one for sure! Elder Miller got super sick so Inbody and I went out and dropped him off at a members house! I had my first encounter on a basher! This dude came up to me in a restaurant and gave me a paper and said have a nice day! Right away I knew what it was. I opened up the paper and it had all these bible scriptures and then he told us to rethink what we believe... It was really funny actually.

I want everyone to read Ether 12:4-12!! It is so good!! I gave like 4 or 5 priesthood blessings this week! SO wild! I love giving those!! So Elder Erquiaga, our zone leader, came and did trade offs with Inbody and I. We did work!! We seriously talked to everybody on the street! Even the Homeless!! One was like "YEAH IVE SEEN YALL AROUND THINKING YOU ARE ALL IT! hahaha I was laughing so hard I couldn't contain myself... I probably shouldn't have been laughing but it was oh too good. Elder Inbody straight got hit by a car!! BAHAHAHAHA! Funniest day ever!!!! He is okay though.

So one our investigator is getting a divorce with his wife... It is so sad. I hate to see a family break up. Hearing everything that he told us, my motivation to have a strong, eternal relationship with my wife has grown so much. The temple is definitely the place to be!! We had Stake Conference yesterday and it was so good! "We can't walk horizontally with Heavenly father... We HAVE to go Vertical with him" Such powerful words right there. Heavenly Faher doesn't bend the rules... AT ALL... there's no getting around them. The Spanish elders had a baptism! Jesus and Julia! Super cool people and they are so solid in the gospel! Perfect definition of finding the elect!!

Okay so I have seriously gained weight since I have been out here.... I came out to Florida weighing 165... I now weigh 175... I am in some serious trouble haha! The food is just toooooo good!!! I can't help it!! I thought gaining weight was impossible for me!!

Well, that's all for this week!! Happy 4th of July!!
Love you all!
Elder Baldwin

Stevens' Family Dock.  We will be BBQing with them on July 4th

Elder Inbody and I before going to do some work!

Elder Erquiaga and I being cool!  Hahaha!

Me, Elder Erquiaga, Elder Inbody

Elders at District Meeting with matching ties.  LtoR
Elders Black, Kalama, Baldwin, Inbody, Miller

Jose took us out to dinner for Elder Black's birthday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baptism Week

Hello everyone!! This week was super good which made it go by so fast!! Crazy stuff. So on Tuesday we had our weekly district meeting and after we went to Chic Fil A for lunch. I guess on the way the sisters ran out of gas and they literally had to push the car to the gas station bahahah! They showed up to Chic Fil A so mad because we had the car the day before and forgot to fill it up hahah whoops. We had two dinner appointments that night which was so overwhelming... Might be gaining weight. 
    Wednesday was a day of straight service. This old man in our ward, Brother Webber, asked if we can hang dry wall for him in this add on to his house, so being good missionaries we did. It took us forevveerrr! We spent the whole day on it and we didn't even finish haha! I am very thankful for Dad teaching me my ways around housing construction! We had a dinner appointment at the Edmunds families house. They also live on the Bayou and its sick because the way their house is set up, they get a sick sunset every single night. READ D&C 68:2-6
    On Thursday we woke up at 5:45 to go to the church to play basketball with the spanish elders. Always a good time with the brothas. Brother Webber picked us up again around 10 or so to go work on his house more. He took us to Golden Corral for lunch. I swear that place is the place to be in the South. people are religious about their Golden Corral... Its hilarious. We had Ward Coordination later that night with 1st ward mission leader Trenidy. Super cool guy. After Coordination we stopped by the Relief Society's ice cream social and grubbed on som,e ice cream... they love us. So I have been taking some SAWWWEETTT Gopro videos so once I get them on a flash drive I will send them home!! 
    Friday was a rollercoaster day for sure. We helped move this single lady that is one of our wards from her storage unit to a new house.  Yogi Nystrom's baptism was at 5pm and it was so sick!!! He was so pumped!! First baptism and one never to forget! I am so proud of him and his decision to follow Christ. Big step for him in his life. After the baptism Elder Inbody and I went to the Alba's house on the military base for dinner. Their nonmember friend Nicole Bennet was there. She is in her early 20s, pregnant, and her husband is currently over seas in Jordan. She was born and raised Catholic but is so curious about our church and loves to learn. The spirit was so strong during our lesson with her. It is always so peaceful when I recognize it coming into the lesson. 
    Saturday Io noticed my back starting to act up again. I am kind of scared... I could hardly move and it was so painful. Just a little praying and Faith and Ill be good. One thing that is wild about being a missionary is that people will absolutely tell you EVERYTHING!! No matter what has happened in their life... they will tell you. 
    Last night we spent the night at the Spanish elders and Elder kalama cut our "wigs" as he says. Nothing like a nice fresh haircut with a part cut in. YEEEWWWWW! this morning we went to the beach and played sand volleyball!! BEaches are dope here! Only bummer is that there are no waves... but that is probably a good thing for me :)
    Well I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
    Love, Elder Baldwin

 Back porch at the Edmunds house looking over the Bayou

 Tracting Selfie

 Chilling at the Beach

White Sandy Beaches 

Sand  Volleyball

 Yogi's Baptism

Me and Elder Inbody

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

First week iin Florida

First off... Florida is absolutely beautiful!!! On Wednesday I arrived in Florida at about 2:30pm and right away President Smith made us get to work. He gave all the missionaries that flew in a pass along card and told us that we cant leave the airport until we hand one out hahah! First person that I saw I attacked and BAM first pass along card handed out. It was funny. Presid3ent Smith is an absolute stud. I already feel like one of his kids and it is the most comforting thing ever. That night we slept at the mission home and in the middle of the night there was the worst thunder storm ever. the house was literally shaking hahah it was so wild!!
    So I am in a trio companionship right now with Elder Inbody and Elder Miller. Elder Miller is my trainer and he is from Tennessee and he has an amazing story behind him. Elder Inbody is from Cypress CA and we figured out that we have multiple mutual friends! They are two legit and awesome missionaries so I am pumped. Our apartment is the smallest thing I have ever seen. It is a kitchen/living room, a tiny bathroom, and a tiny bedroom hahahah! But who cares at this point. My area is amazing! Its called Fort Walton Beach (Zion). Its this small beach city and the people here are legit.
    On Thursday we did some tracting and got some doors slammed on our face haha! It was great! I was actually laughing a little bit because of the look people had on their faces when we said who we were hahaha! We stopped by the Tess and Yogi's house that night. Tess got baptized a few weeks ago and Yogi is getting baptized this Friday!! He asked me to say the closing prayer so that's cool that I get to be a part of it!! They are such great people. Yogi tells us all the time that if we need a ride or anything to call him because since he retired he has been so bored! hahaha!
    Friday was a bomb day for sure! At 10am we went to the old peoples home with our district and sang them hymns.. The Spanish elders in my district are studs. Elder Kalama is from Hawaii and is the funniest dude ever and Elder Black is a big goof. Those two make it funny and interesting for sure. We went to this  man's house later that night. His name is Alfred and he legitly looks like Yoda hahaha! He is the nicest, most innocent man ever. I call him Bossman cuz he just is. He is also so obsessed with David Bowie hahaha, pictures everywhere in his tiny little house. We all bore our testimony to him about the Holy Ghost and the BOM because he was having struggles with studying and stuff like that. He said that he is super thankful for us. We also met with a dude name John ....  He  and his partner are trying to adopt a little boy from Afghanistan... .
     Sunday was awesome. A couple of our investigaors showed up to church and it was so sick to see them walk in. We got pumped when we saw them because they told us that they didn't think  that they were going to make it. We are over two wards... 2nd and 1st wards. Great wards with great families. One investigator, Jay is awesome. He used to be an alcoholic and he has some  moments that are sketchy. He is married to a woman from Mexico. At dinner one night he told me that I was a very good looking guy and asked if I was a model bahahaha... Great guy though. Sunday night we had dinner at the Stevens house and they have the sickest house on the Bayou which is like a bigger version of a canal... Sickest set up ever.. Super good family that made us feel right at home. I Love them and will spend a lot of time there. I call sister stevens Mamma Stevens cuz she is. Well I think I said everything hahaha!
Love always,
Elder Baldweezy

Elders Miller and Inbody

Me, Elder Miller (front) and Elder Inbody (back)  Love being in a trio!

Our little apartment

 Elder Inbody thinks we are buds!!  hahaha!!!

Elder Miller shreds!!!

A little legless lizard I found!