Monday, March 27, 2017

Hey Family!
This week has been great! I had changes and I left the offices of the mission! My new area is called Asuncion mite the the departamento of jutiapa. So I am back outside of the capital!! I am training a new missionary named elder Banegas from San Pedro Sula Honduras. He is a great missionary and He has great desires to work hard! We reopened an area which means that we are starting from Scratch. our area is in a zone where I was zone leader Before and i had the opportunity to visit Asuncion mita. I am doing great and we are very excited for this Coming Transfer Cycle. I love you and I am Thankful for your Prayers! 

Sorry for the short email. My computer just shut off...By the way i am in a small town where the Internet is a little unreliable! Love you!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hi Brother Baldwin, 
My name is Elder Larimer and I was your son`s companion for the past 3 months.  He just had changes this week.  But I just wanted to let you know that Elder Baldwin is doing very well here in Guatemala.  He was a very patient, compassionate companion and I enjoyed the time that I was with him.  You and your wife must have done a fine job raising him and he always spoke very highly of you.  One of the things I most learned from Elder Baldwin was to seek the guidance of the Spirit in our labors.  I know he will do a great job in his new area.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dear Baldwin Family,

We are pleased to inform you that your son, Elder Baldwin, has been called to serve as trainer to Elder Banegas here in the Guatemala City South Mission. We are confident that your son will excel in fulfilling the duties of this important calling.
In this mission, the highest honor and most sacred responsibility is that of a trainer.  We depend on our trainers to teach new missionaries total obedience to the commandments and the mission rules, diligence, and enthusiasm for the work.  Your son has displayed these and many other fine qualities which qualify him for this sacred trust to help set the stage for the rest of this new missionary's mission.
Your son will find this new calling as trainer to be challenging but very rewarding.  As he trains with dedication, he will be assisting in the rolling forth of the Lord's great latter-day work.
Thank you for sharing your fine son with us.  We appreciate his willingness to serve the Lord in Guatemala.


E.J. Caffaro
Mission President

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This was the highlight of Erin's trip she texted me this, Randy is the boy in the first picture with Erin holding him. You learned this early on in your mission how happiness is independent of circumstance:

"his boys name was randy he was probably 4 he was such a little sassy kid πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚but he was so cute he rode up my back most of the time and kept saying vamos vamos haha he was so cute. he hugged me goodbye 10 times and wanted to cuddle with me before we left he was so sweet. such a humbling experience

just got done playing with kids from a little school. we played soccer in this field everyone here is so happy. it's crazy to see how happy people are here when they live in such poor conditions. every kid had such cute smiles"

Hurrah for Veronica! What about the rest of the Morales family? The Nicaraguan woman sounds great! You are right service is the key: people want to help and be helped. 

Going on a hike today with some ladies in the ward at the Chuckawala trail and then lunch, it should be fun. Went Hiking with Jodi last Saturday and Lori Talbot Tuesday to Snow Canyon. 

Xxoxoxoxo πŸ’ŸπŸ€πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ€πŸ’Ÿ

This week we have been very blessed. I am very excited for our areas! we have been very excited in our area because there are so many people that are ready to progress and so many that are A punto de bautizarse. The family morales, the rest of the family Barrientos, and two new families that are just starting to know the gospel! The familia Lopez and the Familia Yatch. They are both young families that we recently starting visiting! The familia lopez came to church this past Sunday are preparing to be baptized this coming April. You are right! As we visit the people it is easy to see how their life begin to change. That for me has been one of the most humbling and gratifying thing about being a missionary! I love it and i am so grateful to be where I am.

This coming week we have cambios. (transfers) President has talked with me about a few possibilities but is very likely that I am going to train in a new area this next change! I am excited and the work is going great! There is so much to do here and we are doing great! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This week we have been very blessed in our area the Villa! This past week the familia Morales came to church this week once again. We do splits with the members each Sunday and run around knocking on doors to invite everyone to church! This past week I recruited two families that have cars to pass by investigators and bring them to church! It was a great Opportunity and the members told us afterwards that they are willing to do the same each week in the future! We are really grateful or them.

 This week we had a cool experience with and investigator named Janette. She is a Woman that is from Nicaragua. We contacted her a little while ago and she told us that her son from from Nicaragua is a recently returned missionary. She Started to get to know the church In Nicaragua but when she came to Guatemala she lost contact. She is really open about the church but she was really nervous about accepting our visit because her current husband is a Member of a different congregation. The first few times we passed by to visit her she ended up canceling but one day we passed by while she was working shoveling dirt on her Patio. In stead of trying to share a lesson we just offered to help her in her project and she gladly accepted our help. We were able to know her much more through the service and she started to tell us about her family. Yesterday we stopped by again to visit her formally and this time she welcomed us and and is working towards attending church this coming Sunday with here daughter and young son. I have a testimony of service. It is real and is a means by which Heavenly Father has given us to share the Gospel.

Veronica, a member of the Morales family, is scheduled to her baptismal service tomorrow! we are really excited for her! She has progressed very quickly and has a desire to change! I will send you pictures this coming week!

We have changes (transfers) coming up and it is likely that this will be my last week in the Villa. We Are doing great and are striving to end this transfer strongly. 

I hope that you all have a great Week!
Elder Baldwin

It is spring break right now starting now and Erin is in Costa Rica right now. I spoke with Mr. McConnell last night on the bus before she got on and I looked him in the eye and said "you're responsible for erin for these 10 days, please keep her safe she had a blessing right before she left. So she is all set to go. Please  make sure she stays with you at all times, I laughed and said I trust you and he laughed and said she'll be fine.i am  so glad that he is her group leader and that he holds the priesthood.  Mr McConnell went on a South American mission did you know that?  I sent erin with 3 Spanish Books of Mormon so she can place them.

Jodi Rasmussen is here for only and Sunday. She finally made it down to see us. Last night she took me out to dinner to ribbon chop for my belated birthday  and today we are going to snow canyon on the hike i told you about. I will send them again just in case- some of the hike is like going into a slot canyon in Zion, really pretty.

Jackson is here with his fiancΓ© Maddi and his friends on a lay over from San Diego. They are heading back up today.

I love you and will be researching the 2 schools Utah state and uvu, send you information next week.

How did the familia Morales baptism go?

Xxoxoxolove mom,❤️❤️❤️

Sunday, March 5, 2017

This week has been a great week! I am thankful! This past week we have been working really hard and we have had some great experiences. To start off this week we had a great experience with a new family that we found on Monday. We had gone to look for some investigators named the Family Barrientos. They were not home so we decided to go look for another contact that we had made a few days before. On the way out of the alley where we were, we saw a family sweeping up around their patio and porch so we stopped to talk with them and they allowed us to Sweep for them. Afterward we offered to share our message with them and they shuffled us into their door (actually  it was a house where 10 or more families live) their names are Monica and Edgar. We sat down and they asked us why we don’t drink coffee and a few other questions that are pretty common. We taught them the message of the restoration after and having a hymn Saying a prayer and they sat with wide eyes and listened eagerly. They have a ton of questions! At the end of the of the message Monica asks us what the process she would have to take to join the church. As missionaries we love that Question more than anything else! Monica and Edgar are preparing to come to church tomorrow and we are also working on helping them progress towards baptism in April.Tomorrow we will have a baptismal service for Margarito, who is the father of the Barrientos family. His daughter Dulce might also be baptized with him but if not we hope that she will be baptized this coming week! We have been super blessed and we are working hard to also help the Familia Morales be baptized this coming week! I hope that you all have a great week I love you guys!

Elder Baldwin