A Day in the Life: Sister Baker
Name: Sister Jessica Baker
Home: Cambridge, ON
Pre-mission occupation: live-in nanny
What I love about Edmonton: The diversity. I love seeing all of the cultures here, there's a ton of cultures and backgrounds back home, but they're different from the ones here. I love being able to talk to people from all sorts of countries and walks of life.
My most memorable moment in Edmonton: Oh man, my whole mission has just been an incredible experience, to choose a single moment is so so difficult. To date, it's probably the day I got to witness someone who had become very dear to me step into the waters of baptism.
When I opened my mission call: To be honest, when I found out that I was called to Edmonton, I was really disappointed. I was hoping to go to a foreign country, maybe even speaking another language. But as soon as I got to Edmonton, I knew it was exactly where I was meant to go. Heavenly Father knows us so well, and He knows where we are needed.
Why I serve: Well honestly, I grew up in a home where we practiced no religion, I didn't even really have much of a belief in God, but when I was introduced to the Gospel in elementary school I knew it was true. I loved the principles and values of the restored gospel and I felt the love that came from my Heavenly Father, and all of the people around me. I want those who are lost and in the dark to know that there's more to life, to feel the happiness I feel. Most importantly I serve because I love the people I meet. I can feel the love that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father has for them. And I want them to feel that too.
Favourite Gospel Principle: Well it's not a single principle per se, but I really have come to love and understand the plan of Salvation which outlines specifically where we come from, why we are here, and where we are going. I love how logical it is and how simple it is. It is the first lesson the missionaries ever taught me and I can remember it so clearly. I know that families have the opportunity to be together forever and that death is not the end. I know that I can return to my Father in Heaven.
My favourite verse of scripture: Joshua 1:9
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
I know that I don't need to be afraid of the future, or of the past, or of decisions, or of anything at all. I know that God is leading me and protecting me. Always.
You'd be surprised to find in my purse: Nothing is too too surprising, I guess a lighter. I just have always had a lighter in all of my purses. I'm not all that sure why, emergencies I guess! You never know when you'll be stranded in the wilderness and you need to make a fire. I've also heard of it used as a conversation starter though. If anyone asks to use a lighter for a cigarette you let them use yours, and then talk about trying to quit. The church has an awesome addiction recovery program, and an awesome stop smoking program. :)
Typical day on my mission: Well, if I'm doing it right, then it looks like pages 14 and 15 of the missionary's white handbook.