Sunday, August 3, 2008

Three weeks today. Don't worry, I won't hurt myself playing volleyball. I'm not quite as intense as most of the other people. Hermana Lisiate is way into sports though, and she was so sad she couldn't play anymore! I just try to keep track of the elders that like to dive a lot or who will go for the ball without calling it. Our district is pretty good about not doing that, but some of the hungarian zone you've gotta watch out for. Elder Smeltzer really likes to dive, but it's really funny, in the dolphin show sense of the word.I am learnign how to overhand serve right now too. I can get it over the net (In bounds) aboiut 65% of the time, getting better though. Lorin: That's good voting went uneventfully, even though you were bored. Good to hear you cleaned your kitchen too. I miss having a kitchen actually. Keep up the awesome work, I know your companion will be good. If he's not you'll whip him in to shape. The Cambodian mission terminology is awesome. Te Amo! (I love you!) It's good to hear Joe got married. Oh, darn. I didn't get to do yard work all day with you. Your trip up the canyon sounds cool though, espescially the weasel. We have so many sparrows here you could probably support a population of weasels if they were feisty ones. That's about all the animal life there is here, though I did see one robin in the courtyard the day after it rained. When the Joseph Smith movie we were watching got out on Sunday Hermana Crowley and I just went and stood in the rain for ten minutes because we were in class the day before when it was raining really hard. Yes, I got the bank card and the pin number for it. I'm going to check the balance on it either tomorrow or the next day. The tape player is cool. Did you record the 'Sounds of Glory' cd on one of them? I asked if we had that CD in a letter but it was probably mushed in with a bunch of other stuff. Is that the CD with the 'hal-e-hal-eluia' song in it? I like that CD. I love getting the packages: the flag won for coolest thing mailed by family so far. Anyway, my time is almost up (<1 min) so I'm off for now. I'm drawing a letter up with the rest of the stuff in it for you and Lorin. Love you always!Hermana Erika Baird

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008


So I think that because of all the noise most of you are avoiding our house. I think you are smart to do so. The ceiling is now all the way torn down and the Master bath is completely torn down. I have to ask my self on a regular basis if I am crazy or if I just have a little too much energy I don't know what to do with. Here are a couple of pictures so that you can avoid the house and still see what is going on. We have to deal with the sewer pipes this week and then we can put the ceiling back up. We will have gained about 12" in the dining room and 20" in the kitchen. After the ceiling is up we move on to the floor. That we will do at the same time with the bathroom floors. It will be a tile extraviganza. Not fun but in the end should really change the look and feel of our home. If any one is board you can help us on any given day. We need help sheet rocking, wiring lights, with tiles, and of course with painting. Not that we expect it but if you want to pitch in give us a call and we will give you an approx date.
We talked to Lorin today and he is doing great. Teaches about 8 discussions per day and rides his bike 30- 40 minutes between each one. He bore a great testimony to the kids and talked alot about the people there. He has really grown to love them. He is doing the right thing and he knows it.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Deja Vu

After 27 years the call comes again. This time it is My daughter Erika who is going on a mission to Uruguay. She leaves on July 9th. Give her a call on her cell if you want.


Sunday, March 16, 2008


This link will take you to the home page that talks about the play and the cast. It's the same kind of play you would pay 50-75

This like will take you to the page where you can listen to the score. After you get to the page go to the bottom where the songs are listed. Before each number is a small orage circle. Double click on it and it should play on your computer. Numbers 6,8,9 are some of my favorites. If you come and watch it live you will not be sorry. All the cast members, even the ones from Broadway are donating the money raised from the ticket sales to the Utah Food Bank.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Dear Family of Elder Baird,

Yesterday was transfer day. Elder Baird went from one extreme to the other in the course of one short day. We picked him up at his Sen Sok house about 11:00. Many many people were sad to see him go. We got his luggage and his bike loaded in and on the car. Then we took him and his companion to Phnom Penh for a steak dinner to thank him and to celebrate the transfer. Next we all went to the Mission home / Mission office. There he met his new companion. They loaded his stuff onto a gongbay or tuk tuk ( little cart pulled by a motorcycle) and they went to the bus station. From there he and his companion would have taken a 5 hour bus ride across most of Cambodia. They would have traveled through some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. Upon arrival in Siem Reap he would be taken to his new house. It is a new house!!! Four Elders live there. That area has only been open since last April. The house is new and pretty, spacious and clean - quite a switch from a smaller place with intermittent electricity and water. The Elders in Siem Reap are the best of the best. His Zone leader - Elder Masters - used to be an Assistant to the President. He is a remarkable missionary. Tomorrow Elder Baird will attend Church in the newest branch in the mission. The Branch president is a Senior missionary couple - Elder. The first counselor is a Khmer friend of ours and the second counselor was a young Elder - full-time missionary just a few months ago!

Even though that Branch is only about 10 months old it has an average attendance of about 100 each week. It is a fantastic place to be a missionary. The city is beautiful with many many lovely hotels and restaurants. It definitely caters to tourism. I was there just last Monday with one of our sons. The Ankor Wat Temple and the hundreds of other ancient temples and ruins attract visitors from all around the world. As you can probably tell, we really like Siem Reap and we also really like Elder Baird!! Attached are photos to tell "the rest of the story". If you have any questions just e-mail.

Sister Jean Lyman and Elder John Lyman

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bronte Cuts off her hair

Well it has been along time in the growing but it is long enough to donate once again. Bronte and her two friends went and cut their hair this week. They will give it to a company that makes wigs for people with cancer.

Good job "B"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hi from Cambodia. We continue to be so proud of Elder Baird, happy for his successes and impressed with his diligence. Enjoy the attached photos of the events of today. One photo shows the family who was baptized in front of their house, the rest of the photos are at the Church.

Elder and Sister Lyman