Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1st e-mail from Colorado!

So, you heard correctly, I am in the Pueblo Mesa ward. It's a WHOLE NEW WORLD DOWN HERE. My companion is named Sister Mackenzie. But I'll call her Sister Mack for short in the letter. SHE IS AWESOME! She only has 3 transfers left, so she's pretty experienced. I will be spending the next two transfers with her here in Pueblo because they do 12 week trainings. We live in the most ghetto apartment. You have to like drive down an ally to get to where we live. We don't have a dining room table or anything. We have a front room with couches and we both have a desk. We then have the kitchen, and it's so oldschool. You should see the inside of our fridge. It has this little door you open for the tiniest freezer, and the fridge is pretty little too. Haha. Then we have two bedrooms. One room doesn't have beds, just a closet and dresser and mirror and its where i keep my stuff. THe other room we sleep in and Sis Mack gets ready in there. Our bathroom is so old school too. Like it's unreal. There's also moths EVERYWHERE. I tripped over the toilet the other day trying to kill one but it ended up just scaring me to death. We also get cockroaches. It's disgusting. We had one the other night and we both just stood still. We don't have bug killer so instead we grabbed the hairspray and shout and tried to spray it to death. Unfortunatly that didn't work and the roach started running everywhere. SO SCARY! There was shout all over our wood floors in the kitchen hahah. Finally my comp just the killed the sucker. Then it took like five minutes to clean it up. It was pretty funny. We were laughing way hard. We live on the north side of Pueble and our Zone leaders are in our ward. THey just live up the street and there apartment is way nicer. But whatever! We cover north, east, south and county of Pueblo. It's crazy the amount of poverty everyone lives in down here. THe East side is unreal. It's so sad. Everyone is poor. Everyone has health issues. The church is far away and no one wants to drive that far because they don't have the money. Lots of people are on drugs. Like I said, a whole new world and very humbling. I was so blessed to grow up the way I did and in the home that we have.

Our goal is to really help this ward  have more active people to help us teach people. Over the last couple days, the relief society president(she's awesome) gave us like a five page list of women who are inactive or less active. We've been going to all the houses and trying to visit with them and seeing why they haven't been coming. So many of the houses don't exist anymore. Lots of the people have moved. Some have died. While we are out finding people we do tracting as well. Knocking of doors is rough. So many people don't want to talk.

We are teaching a family right now. THey have a baptismal date for the 12 of May! They are an awesome family. It's a mom, dad, and son. So we are so excited for them. We are also teaching this lady named Maria! Our lesson on prayer with her was awesome. I bore my testimony on overcoming struggles and she just looked at me and said, " who are you?!"  She has never been to church but we got her to come Sunday! :) 

It's been an awesome week so far. It's really challening. I'm tired all the time but the Lord gives us strength when we are really doing hard work! I love this Gospel. I love bearing testimony of the truths. I love letting people know that they have a Savior, and that life can be better! I know I need to be in Pueblo. My comp and I get along so good! She is from Canada, and she's just hilarious. We laugh all the time, yet still work hard. She teaches amazing and has great love for people so we have been doing pretty good at teaching together! I'm excited to serve with her for the next 12 weeks!!

Once agan. Love you.

-Sister Baker