Thursday, December 17, 2015

Audio Clip: My Week Dec 7th

To listen, go to the following link and look in the My Week Dec 7th folder.

My Companion Went Home!!!!!!

Soooo family,

We had transfers!!! My companion finished her mission. Her family is here in Argentina. Soooo fun! I can't wait for you guys to get here! My new companion is.............. Hermana Bitton again!!! hahahha Can you believe it!!! She was my companion in Allen. We were together 8 weeks! And the thing that is even crazier is that she has already served in the area where we are now!! Yeah super crazy! I am super excited. I can just avoid the whole akward new companion get to know you thing. So that is good. It's like being with family for Christmas;) 

This week was super special. My companion and I had a baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was soooo cool. We were talking to this lady about how her son could get baptised, if he wanted. And the little boy said I will have to think about it. So then we were thinking he would get baptized in a couple of weeks.  Then on Tuesday we got a phone call while we were in a lesson and the Mom said that her son wanted to get baptized on Friday!!!!! So we were like UMMMMM OKAY :) :)         So we went to the house and brought the Primary President and planned the baptism. 
It was such a beautiful service.  After the little boy  got baptized he told his Mom that he felt super good and happy and that he wanted to share his testimony in front of everyone.  He got up there and said, "I know the church is true.  I know that God loves us." He just started to cry! It was sooo cute! I seriously loved it! The Spirit was sooo strong. The family is totally starting to come back to church! 

2 Big Miracles!!! 
So, right before the 6:00 baptism (remember we only had 1 day to plan) at 5:30 we still had not found baptism clothes. We had called everyone and all the wards here and nobody had baptism clothes. So we said a prayer and went to the baptism with my white shirt!!! It would just be a dress on this little boy. (very trashy lookin) Then we get there and there was a member there who had brought clothes. But she had brought men's white clothes. They were huge! The little boy arrived and the Mom, Grandma and Aunt were smarty pants. They used like one pin and fixed the clothes to fit the little boy and you didn't even notice the clothes were for a grown man!!! Soooo cool.  God seriously can do anything!!!!
Next Miracles
So, Saturday! We had to go to this member's house who lived 22 kilometros (14 miles) away from the city. We had to take the bus to get to their house and do a service project, but because it was Saturday, the bus wasn't coming back until 9 at night and we had to be back at 7.  So we tried to find people that could take us back in a car. But no one could so we called members for bikes!!! hahah We found 2 bikes and 2 helmets. My helmet had little cartoons from a little five year old. hahah.   We took the bikes in the bus so then the bus driver looks at us and asks, "Are you guys coming back on bikes?"  We were like ummm yeah... hahaha. He said "that is dumb."  So we were like, "nah we can do it!!" Well, this 14 miles was in the middle of the desert and all up hill and tons of wind! We made it 7 kilometros and we were dying. We had been riding for 1 hour and we hadn't even hit the half way mark. We said a prayer and put our fingers up like a hitch hiker.  Just after that a truck pulled by..... yeah.... but guess what?....... It was a member!!!  He took us into town! It saved our lives- huge miracle.
So my comp and I had 4 investigators that came to church yesterday. That morning we had gone to look for our investigators to take to church and everyone was sleeping.  I was sooooo angry!!!! Then we got to church and guess what little miracle God gave us?! The pastor's kids that we are teaching came to church because we went to their church!  They were only staying for the classes so I was soo sad and I told the 18 year old girl to stay. She asked her brother to stay, but he didn't want to so she stayed with us. Then she told us she doesn't go to church with her family because she doesn't feel anything in church. Then in Sacrament meeting she cried!!!! She totally felt the Spirit. It was the primary program. Seriously sooo crazy, and the people sing sooo bad but still the Spirit was sooo strong. We are going to baptize the pastor's daughter!! 

Anyways, got to go. Word of advise that I am learning this week: put God first!!! You should put more time in the scriptures than in wordly things.  (Get out of the magazines and into the scriptures). Satan is sooo strong right now and we have to hold on tight to the iron rod!  Family, I love you sooo much and I don't want you guys to  get too casual in righteousness! Besitos 

Hermana Bailey

Beautiful People!!!

Wow family, I still have 5 more months so let's not get trunky ;) When I have one more week left we will know I will be home soon hahaha. But having my companion going home is actually kinda hard for me... but I love what I am doing. And Mom, having you come would not cut into my mission because you would come at the end of my mission and be there for the final dinner and the other missionaries. And other missionaries are going to have their family come. And President said it is awesome to have the parents come.  But the only thing I am worried about is getting you guys here because you don't speak Spanish hahaha. But maybe you can go with the parents of Hermana Van Boreum or you can bring Uncle Ron- haha I know he would love to come. Or just go with it - you will figure it out. But I really do want you guys to come! I totally will plan it:) You can get to know my converts!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Serenity, Hope and Tanden and Jackson are all sooooo cute. Wow this world is sooo full of beautiful people. I am just loving my mish sooo much. I love the cute people here. Last week we were contacting a lady in the street and this little boy came up to us. He is probably 7 and then his 2 little friends came up too and they were like, "Can you give us a picture of Jesus?" We were trying to help this woman because she was telling us her life problems. Then like 10 LITTLE KIDS came over and were just surrounding us and then the lady left and the little kids were asking us all these questions and we told them why we have Christmas and gave them stickers. It was sooooo fun!!!! I seriously loved it!!! The kids notice something different with us. It is sooooo coool!!! 

Anyways, so much going on and I need to write in my journal becuase I have not been very good at that. 

For Hope--My house has stairs and no comfy furniture haha.  I will send a picture of my kitchen. :)

Love you all.
 For the Christmas call umm I can do it any day of the week of Christmas so you let me know when you want to do it and I will try and talk to those memebers..

Oh and cool spiritual thought: So yesterday in church I was kinda frustrated with the members. It was Fast Sunday and they were just up there complaining about their problems and just other things were bothering me because people are just not even to the level of spirituality the way that God wants them to be.  I was sooo frustrated and I realized that He still loves his children sooo much even though we are sooo imperfect and that he is so merciful. I love God soooo much. My mish is really helping me understand God on a whole different level.  ANYWAYS I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT NAVIDAD AND KEEP BEING RIGHTEOUS. ITHINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO THIS WEEK IS READ YOUR SCRIPTURES. GOD IS SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FRILLS AND GIFTS! BUT YOU CAN GIVE GIFTS TO SHOW LOVE BUT ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE FAMILY. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Miracle of the Day Audio Clip

To listen: Click on the link below and then on the file in the Miracle of the Day folder.

Miracle of the Day

November 30, 2015

Hey family! 
So glad you got my voice recording! I am doing good. My companion is going home in 2 weeks so that has been kinda hard. I am really trying to stay focused, but it is really hard because I feel like I should be going home with her! hahaha But not even close! 5 more months! hahaha

But that is okay because We HAD A BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooo happy. It is a guy named Gustavo. He has been ready to get baptized for 5 months. But because of complications with his divorce he couldn't get baptized because he had a girlfriend and so he technically was committing adultery. So he couldn't ever get baptised, but then Presidente came with us to the lesson and gave us the OK and he got baptized. 

I loved the pictures. Serenity and Hope are sooooo big. They are not little girls anymore! 

Thanksgiving wasn't a hard day for me luckily! Holidays are usually hard, but this one wasn't. We ate soup at night. Soooo good. Hahaha nothing too special.  And it isn't a holiday here so it was just a normal day. 
Mom you should invite the missionaries over for Christmas because as of right now we don't have anywhere to go for Christmas so that is kinda sad... But maybe they are going to do something with all the missionaries idk. 

Anyways,  this week we taught 21 lessons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah that was a goal for like 5 months and weeee did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was 9:30 last night and we were short one lesson. We only had a short amount of time and we didn't have a lesson planned or anything. We went to an investigator's house. She said she didn't have time for us at that moment so we just shared something with her outside and asked him if we could say a prayer!!! And he said okay hahahahah.  So we just did a lesson outside at the very last second we could.  Such a miracle. 

Hey is it too late for me to apply to BYU Provo??? I don't know what I am going to do after just thinking of my options. 

This week we didn't have 1 investigator go to church! So frustrating I feel like we seriously are trying so hard! I don't know how to help people get a desire to go to church! 

Hey look at the pictures from my comp. She said she was going to send them.  homboy is huge!!! It took 2 elders to baptize him and he had to do it on his knees and they seriously had all 4 hands pushing him under the water!  
The pictures are of a birthday party yesterday of a member! And my shoe!!!! yeah it totally broke! I will send a picture of that. We got real creative. We took the wrap from my water bottle (only thing we had in the street) and wrapped it around my shoe so it would stay on. But don't worry Mom. I have 3 other shoes. Just funny #missionarylife. 

Love you all. I hope you have a good week and yes!!! keep reading the scriptures. When you do that everything else falls into place. Oh and yes Mom.  I would love your car.  heheheh Besides that I am broke!!!!!!! hahaha 
Have you bought tickets to come to Argentina??  Do you have questions? 
Love you tons and hope you have a good week!
Hermana Bailey

Monday, November 23, 2015

Audio Clip

Okay I don't have a lot of time so I hope this audio message gets to you guys. It explains my week. Thanks for the advice Mom.  I will have to try it.
I love you all so much.  I am super happy. The weather here is nice. Mom in a package yes just send it to the office. Send me some more stickers and Jolly Ranchers and some yummy smelling lotion :) But don't send a package huge because we do have to pay to receive it. Don't worry too much but I just told you that so you won't send a huge one! That will be the best Christmas present. This week was sooo awesome.  Anyways, love you tons and hope all is well.      
            Here is the link to the audio files.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 16, 2015

My new area is a lot like Cultral Co where I started my mission.   I don't know if you can see my house in Google map. It is nice. I have a laundry machine!!! Huge miracle!!!!  The place is 2 stories and super hot upstairs! But I am loving the heat!! Enserio! It is the best. There is a LOT of wind!!!! So it doesn't ever get way way hot.  But it is hot.

My companion is fun.  But she is kinda mean... hahaha I just dont let things she says get to me.  We do get along.  We laugh a lot and she teaches the gospel really well and she is helping me with my Spanish a lot.  And she cooks really well so we are doing great.  Don't worry about me.  Her parents are coming to get her here in Argentina and she told me she wished she had extended her mission. I was thinking about it. I love the mission, but I think I will just go home when it is time. I was debating the fact all week but I think that I am just going to come home when it is time.  

I am in another city today with some hermanas. We are doing exchanges de campanions so I forgot my camera. Sorry, I will send pictures next week. 

I love the members here. They are sooo nice. So much love!! I love our investigators. I am learning so much! I have seen Gods hand in so many things. It is soo fun to hear of things that go on outside of our lessons. It's hard to explain, but God is in complete control. He is preparing everything. We as missionaries do nothing, I feel like. Sometimes it frustrates me because I see everything that I want to have happen and I can't force people to do things!  We have a goal as a mission to teach 21 lessons in a week and normally we teach 13 but this week we taught 18!!!! Almost! We will get it for sure this week. 

Saturday we were walking to contact someone and my companion said lets try this less active and try and teach his non member wife. So we went over there and the wife was outside, pregnant and weeding this yard FULL of weeds. We said, "Hey can we help?" At first she was like "no!"   I really wanted to help her so I was just praying super hard that she would let us help. Then she said we could pass. Then we started to help her and her husband weed their yard! I am sooo grateful that you taught me some serious yard work.  I like cleared the whole yard! hahaha They were all laughing about how well I worked!!! I love yard work!  Keep making the little ones work because they will use this skill forever! And make them practice piano! I am sooo regretting my choice to not practice because Sacrament meeting is really embarrassing sometimes! 

Sorry, I know I am writting super bad! I just don't have a lot of time to fix my mistakes.  I hope you can undserstand what I am trying to say. 

So then, after cleaning the yard they invited us to their house yesterday to eat something so we brought stuff to make banana bread! (people don't eat that here). They had 2 friends over. We taught them all the restoration and related it to the banana bread and it was sooo spiritual. I knew they felt the Spirit. We asked if we could pass by to their house and teach them another day and the lady was mean. She said no!!!! My companion and I did not know what to say. We just looked and had nothing to say.   Then my companion just bore her testimony and started to cry! It was sad, but God has everything in his hands. 

The thing I am struggling with this week is that we spend like 2 hours at lunch and the rule is we can't be at lunch longer than 1 hour!  The members here are super laid back and start cooking when we get to their house! I feel bad to tell them that we can't be there longer than 1 hour because they are being so nice to make us lunch.  idk... I hope that made sense. Any advise??? 

My companion is great but she is more laid back like Hermana Miller so it doesn't really bother her. But I know we could be working harder than we are... any advise? Anyways, sorry if I was negative! We really had a great week.

I love you so much! (hehehe and make Brayden go on dates with other girls before he gets too serious with this girl! hahaha) 
Just so you know I told all the women in the ward here what you did and they loved it!!! They hopefully will learn from your efforts! 

Love, Hermana Bailey

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pictures of Leader Conference and zone conference from Mission Blog

November 9, 2015

Shopping cart we took to our pension because we didn't want to carry all our bags... haha Don't worry, we brought it back. 

Hey family! 

I hope all is well! I am doing great here in my new area. It is super hot.  I am getting sunburned and all! Por Fin!!!! 
We are teaching a lot of people right now. We have a guy that we are teaching that is like a member.  He knows everything about the gospel but can't get baptized. It is a long story.. So he got divorced and he signed the papers and his wife signed the papers but they are waiting for the judge to sign the papers and it is taking forever. He was living with this other girl because they can't get married.  I had the strong feeling to tell them that if they want God to help the judge to sign the papers that they had to obey the law of chastity and can't live together.. sooo they aren't living together anymore! Which is super awesome but they are still a couple like boyfriend and girlfriend.  I just want him to get baptized but because he is still (technically married) he can't get baptized.  Even though they are not doing anything bad.  Does that make sense because I am soooo frustrated. But that is okay. We are fasting that the judge will sign the papers and all will be well. 

Here in my new area the people are sooo nice. I can't even handle it. Of course the ward has some problems. We had ward counsel yesterday.  I just wanted to tell the Relief Society Presidente to stop complaining and help the members!!! Ugh I feel sooo helpless as a missionary sometimes. Because the ward needs some serious help but as missionaries we shouldn't do the job of the Relief Society President or Bishop.  Dad, in your opinion what is a good ward counsel and what do the missionaries do that is helpful?  I feel like I just go there and leave the exact same way I left. I love this area but now that I am in a poor area again it is like teaching people to not be lazy... kinda frustrating... It's like that thing that says the people take the people out of the slums but God takes the slums out of the people and then they take themselves out of the slums! So true.  This people really need God's help to take themselves out of the slums. We are teaching this one family. The Dad does drugs and he wants to change but the poor wife doesn't think he can so we are working with them a lot right now. 

I gave a talk in church yesterday. There was no electricity so I pretty much had to yell so that everyone could hear me. hahahah. This ward here is huge. It's a ward of like 80 or 90 -super awesome. We had a conference with President last week. It was sooo good. On our way home my companion and I tried to share the video of the restoration on the bus of 50 people but it didn't work so we ended up showing a mormon message instead. That was fun. Then my comp got way sick and threw up in the bus all over. It was disgusting!!! Hahhaha it was like chocolate.  And right before she threw up I was telling this man about the restoration and how this gospel brings happiness and then my comp threw up right next to him on the floor. It was soooooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways that was about my week. Pray that we will baptize a lot this week and that we will be able to teach this conference of missionaries really good. :) hahaha and heads up Brayden- start learning piano... I have to play the piano in the ward here again... um yeah super embarassing... hehe love you all 
Hermana Bailey

P.S. Dad, Do you think I should extend? What's your opinion on that? I feel like I am just getting the hang of things and I hate to think of the mission ending. But I also have 6 more months so what's your opinion?

Transfer from Bariloche

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Sorry I didn't write yesterday.  We had transfers and so I was in the bus all day getting transfered to my new area. I was sad to leave Bariloche. You were right.  I learned to love the pèople just like I learned to love the people in Allen.  I got up to say my last testimony in Sacrament meeting and I started to cry right off the bat... I really grew to love the people so much.  It was soo cute-so many members got up and thanked me for my trabajo. The whole meeting wasn't about me, but I did definitely feel the love that the members have for me. They cried and I cried. I really feel like I gave my all in Bariloche. I left with no regrets. Hermana Worth and I had an investigator in church every Sunday besides the last Sunday!!! But we had 60 members come to church which was a really good outcome. We went around to all the houses of people I cared about and took pictures. It was such a fun day. 
After Sacrament meeting a member came up to me. He is the Patriarch and he came up to me and he said, "when you were giving your testimony I had the strongest impression to give you this reference. She is a friend of ours and lives in Zapala." He didn't give me very much information. But he just said "I know that with your faith you will be able to find her." It was sooo spiritual.  Then all these members started to come up to me and give me final hugs.  He looked at me and said that God was pleased with my work in Bariloche. 

I am really liking my new area. It is just like a normal city in Argentina. I am back in the poor area but I love it!!! I feel like a missionary. The people are so nice. They will listen to us!!!  haha- Our first contact this morning I was thinking,  "we have to talk fast before they run away..." haha but my companion was really tranquila and I was thinking, "What is she doing?!! We need to talk fast." But it turned out the lady was super nice and we have a lesson with her tomorrow. The people here are a lot more nice. But the down side to this area is they are more lazy and we have to try and change their human behavior... haha. But I am super excited about this area. I am the Hermana Lider here with Hermana Terry. She goes home this transfer so we are going to work sooo hard together right before she goes home.  Her blog is (

MOM I am soooooooo proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU TOTALLY invited him to meet the missionaries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!  Don't be nervous! This is his salvation you are offering him... don't be scared for one second!!! Just be your happy self. During dinner don't feel like you HAVE to talk about the gospel. Let the elders create a good friendly relationship but after dinner the elders will bring the Spirit and you can just testify!!!! I am soooo proud. If the lesson doesn't go good, don't even feel bad. God has a plan for the boy and He knows exactly what He needs to have happen. You are sooo awesome. Did you call the elders??? 

Oh I almost forgot - this week my comp. and I got to go to another Christian church... hahah So we were contacting and we found this man and his cute little family and he said if we would go to the church with him and his family then he would listen to what we had to say... So we called President and he said yes, sooooo we went!!! It was sooo cool. We had to wear these veils and the men and women were seperated and they were yelling Jesus gloria gloria. Then we knelt down and prayed and then we left. The next day we taught his family. The Spirit was there in all and he said he believed that Joseph was a prophet but then denied that our church was true... Then the Spirit left because it got to the point where we were just trying to prove whose church was true. We didn't fight, but it wasn't getting anywhere so we just said "sorry we have to leave, can we leave you with a prayer?" and he said, "yes but we will pray my way." and he made us put veils on our heads... ugh me and my companion were so mad!!! hahaha but over all it was a fun experience. 

Anyways, I love you so much.   Brayden, Congrats on basketball. Your girl is a cutey!!!!! details!!! Please!!! Anyways love you all. Oh and I love the costumes. Soooo cute and creative!!! Anyways home, you all have a good week! 

Hermana Bailey 
Happy birthday Mom!!!
The thing I love about Mom is that she is always concerned about others.  When I am having a hard time in the mission she always knows even when I don't tell her. And she receives revelation for me!!! Even though I am forever away! Tell her happy old birthday.  Mom your only half dead;) hahahah nah still living. love you lots!!! Have a happy birthday.  I am so proud to call you my Mom!!! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

Oh family your are all so cute! 
We came to a ciber that is a little more cheap and so I couldn't hear your videos ;( But that is okay! I will listen to them next week. I saw Hope poke Serentiy in the video! Hahaha Hopey, be nice!!! Kami I love your clothes you guys are soooo cute. Did you go to a party? You are all so skinny! 

Can you send me a picture when I entered the MTC? The day I completed 1 year in the mission I wore the same clothes that I wore when I entered the MTC! I can't zip it up all the way now haha but I just put my shirt over the skirt and no one knows! hahaha 

The weather here is getting nice. Yeah mom there are lots of flowers and green. There are some days that are colder but never freezing.  I can leave the house with 1 warm jacket instead of 2!!! 

This week went by soooo fast! I went to do exchanges with some of the sisters this week. That was fun.  Then we were teaching the family from Venezuela.  There were at least 11 adults- kinda scary. We went in the house when the whole family was together again and I always feel bad that we are interrupting  their family time.  And it is hard to teach them all at once, but we went in there and read out of the Book of Mormon with them! They love us! They gave us chocolate de Venezuela! It is crazy the authority and the trust that people put in us. They think that we know everything. Not even close! hahaha But I loved to teach that family. They are sooo dear to my heart. 

We are also teaching that lady and her dauhter still- the ones that said they were praying that God could send them someone and then we arrived!  God is so awesome! They are still progressing. The 15 year old daughter is sooo cute. She said the prayer in our lesson and she cried and at the end told us, "It's just when you guys are here I just feel so many emotions."  It was awesome! She is so in tune with the Spirit. 

Then in the night our lider de distrito called us and told us that we have been working super hard and that we should be able to see the fruits of our labors through baptism and he said to pray that God will provide someone to be baptized this weekend before transfers! (which I hate because when we rush people to get baptised I get so discouraged when people don't want to get baptized). So I prefer to help others come unto Christ and eventually, when God knows they are ready, He will help them have the desire! But I need to be a little more focused on baptizing I guess! 

I am doing good! I have been thinking about home a little more!! Super frustrating because my time is coming to an end here and I need to enjoy every second while I can! 

We have seen so many miracles and I just love being so close to the Spirit all the time and being so focused on everything that the Lord does for us! I hope you have a great week!  You asked about our vacation when I get home.  I think for a family vacacion a cruise would be awesome! Lets go somewhere where I can use my Spanish! But the truth is I would be just happy in our house! That would be the best vacation for me!!! hahaha 

Tell Alicia congratulations. Tell Brayden that he should do whatever makes him the happiest! Anyways, love you all. Besitos!!

Hermana Bailey

Friday, October 23, 2015

1 Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I was planning on celebrating my one year next week but hey, I got all your cute videos and so I will celebrate today!!! 

Woot woot 1 year!!

I can't believe it! I was looking at pictures yesterday from when I got into the MTC!! It makes me realize that my mission will finish sooner than I want it to! I have gained about 20 pounds and I can speak Spanish and I have a stronger testimony and appreciation for my Savior Jesus Christ! I don't have the same dreams that I had before I left!  Before, I wanted to travel and do something unusual with my life. Now I just want to be with my family, strong in the gospel!!! I love this gospel and my eyes have been so opened to everything I have been given, but mas que nada (more than anything) to how wonderful the gospel is and how necessary it is.  I think I have grown as much in this year as I have in my whole life!!!  So I was looking at those pictures and just remembering how wonderful it was... hahah but I would never want to live it again hahahah!!! I don't regret it but it was sure hard! 

This week was kinda hard but soooo awesome! We were contacting all day and we didn't even teach one lesson one day!!! I was sooo frustrated!  Then we were really focusing on the members like our Presidente asked us. And a family in the ward took us on a trip around Bariloche on Monday and they like love us now.  Then we are planning a movie night (Do You Know the Mormons) on Friday so we were helping the members give those invitations to their friends and they are super excited. They are like inviting all their friends! Then we found 10 new investigators!! It was a ton!!! I was sooo grateful! 

Then a bigger miracle happened.  Last week we were contacting in the streets (normally we don't have a ton of success) and we found this woman with her 15 year old daughter and she said "Yeah, you can come and teach us."  So we called them on Thursday and they said we could come by on Saturday! We went on Saturday and she said "I let you guys come over because I was never baptized in a church but I always felt the need so I baptized my daughter in the Catholic church but I would like to see what you guys believe..." PERFECT!!! So we taught the restoration!!! The Spirit was sooo strong. They said they felt strong emotions!! ( I don't know how to explain it in English.) And the mom started to cry at the end and said, "I just hit a really hard point in my life and I was praying to God to help me and I told Him that I need SOMEONE who could help me! And just after that you found us in the street!"  And she said, "I think this is what I need!" Then the next day they came to church!!! That never happens! It is usually really hard to get investigators to church!    But the members were all sooo weird!! Hahaha I don't know why. We always have investigators in church but this time the members like came up to us right in front of them and asked if they were investigators and I was like dying inside (like "don't say that in front of them-just say hi to them!!!") hahaha and one old lady comes to the investigator and says "I know that if you accept this in your life it will be the best decision of your life and you will never regret it!!!"  Hahaha soo awkward.  I feel so protective of our investigators. hahaha It's like I am a mom that is protecting the chicklets!!! hahaha But they said they loved it!! That was the highlight of the week! So many more miracles but I will have to write them in a paper letter and send them.

I just love the miracles in the mission. I really can see God's hand in my life everyday. I love my companion. She is super great! We laugh a ton! And it is finally getting warmer!!! Yesterday I was out all day in short sleeves!!! In the night it was a little chilly but it was sooo pretty!! I love the sunny weather. 

Anyways, thanks for doing the challenge. Mom you rock!!! I am soo proud of you.  You did your part and God is proud and he will have confidence the next opportunity and there will be someone else! I know it is hard in Utah! But hey just look at the neighbors. You have like 5 people on our street who need the missionaries!

Anyways, thanks for the videos. I love you all soooooo much.  I cried a little when I saw the video of everyone! Not because I am sad but I just love you all sooooo MUCH! 
Hey dad, a question! We have an investigator who is super great but she works on Sundays almost every Sunday! Do we baptize her or keep trying to tell her to find a different job? I am sooo confused what the church's stand on the Sabbath day. That is something I struggle with.

Hey, I can get a package for Christmas!!! Some Annies mac and cheese would be a delight!!! hahaha and I have to go. Love you, 
Hermana Bailey

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hard Week-But Still Lots of Miracles

Dear Family!!!!!!!
I love the `pictures!!! Katie is soooooo pretty.  I feel so blessed to be part of such a pretty family. God truly has blessed our family, and we have to use this gift to bless the lives of others.  

So this week was interesting. We have the standard to teach 21 lessons a week (investigators only). We only got 13 and we just can't seem to get 21. It is soooo hard.  We had a meeting with the leaders in our area and the leader of the zone is super spiritual and works super hard. I asked him what are they doing to  get 21 lessons a week. He told me some things to do and I just got so frustrated because I am trying to do it and he told me everything I am already doing!! Ugh! Frustrating.
This was a week where we contacted a ton!! And the people were really mean! They would just say things and treat us like garbage. ugh I just wish they would understand what they are throwing away! 

I have seen soo many miracles this week so I made it through the really hard times. One day we were contacting all day!!! I was sooo tired and people were sooo mean! We sat down and said a prayer and I started to cry (my poor companion). She said let's go buy a chocolate and then keep contacting. So I agreed. So on the way to buy a chocolate, we found this 16 year old girl outside and we started to talk to her and we taught a lesson outside on her porch! It was such a blessing.  I was so sad. God tested me to my limit and then gave me a blessing!! I am so amazed at the person He is making me be. I can feel the Spirit guiding me all day if I am humble. 

Our president wants us to use the members!! So I am trying and I thought, "how can I help the members do missionary work? I feel bad- they have their busy schedules..." I thought, "I have to give them hope and excitement to do it...." Sooooo I need your help!!! I need you guys this week as my family and members of the church to pray and really look look look for missionary opportunities and next week tell me how you involved the missionaries and what you did so that I can tell the members that if my family, who is super busy and who lives in Utah (where most of the people are members ) can be missionaries, then the members here can do it too. Can you pray and really try to do it???? Please,  I know it was inspiration and that I need you guys to be missionaries! Invite them over for dinner with the missionaries. Invite the missionaries to go with you to do your visiting teaching to the less actives.  I don't know what you can do, but God knows. He knows you're busy, but he knows how you can do it!!!! 
Being a missionary is soooo hard! I don't think I have ever felt sooo inadequate in my life! Its like we are never perfect! haha But that is good because I am learning to rely on God 100 percent because I know I can't do this work on my own. 

So we have been teaching a family from Venezuela and there are like 13 of them. We passed by their house and the whole family was there. It was kinda awkward - it was like a family party.  I thought, oh boy, how are we going to teach them? and what do we teach them, because some of the family has already been listening to us.  But I thought "let's teach the restoration" (all are catholics). Before we taught the lesson,  we were talking and getting to know them and no one knew what to say. I was carrying the whole conversation! It was sooo great. God used my little talent to talk and laugh and help the whole family feel comfortable. My companion had just wanted to share a scripture but I started to teach the restoration and it was sooo awesome!! We were teaching this family about Joseph Smith. It was probably the best moment of my mission. They were all interested and we got 5 new investigators! I don't know If I am explaining this very good. But it was sooo cool.

Then another miracle-We were teaching this guy named Pablo. He has come to church 6 times and he is progressing but he didn't understand why baptism is sooo important.!! He had some really hard questions that we just didn't have the answer to,  we just have to trust that God told us to get baptized. And then we had a really good lesson with him. On Tuesday it hadn't gone very well. He said, "I will see you in the celestial kingdom without baptism."  But then on Friday we taught a lesson that was really spiritual and talked about the Holy Ghost and then he said he will get baptized on Oct 30th!!!!!!!!!!!! I was sooo amazed!!! It was sooo awesome just having the Spirit tell me what to teach and what scriptures to use to help him with his doubts.
My scripture this week is James 1:2-4

Oh yeah!! And we found this contact that was really creepy. It was a teenage boy that was like yeah I would love to learn more!! But it just didn't feel right. My companion was like "no, I think he is just weird." But I just didn't feel like it was a good idea. But my comp really wanted to go. So I said okay. Then we went to the area to meet him (in public safe).  And he was like, " I am close to the lake"  where there was no one and he wouldn't come and meet us in the public area.  I was like "no, we are not going over there." So we didn't and then last night he sent us messages saying how we don't practice what we teach about love... Yeah we didn't text him back but it was sooo messed up. He luckily doesn't live in Bariloche, but it still was messed up! God is protecting us!

Anyways, love you all. Sorry this letter was so random. Love you so much and miss you tons.  But hey 7 months isn't eternity.. hahaha but I am great. I just need to look for the good, Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes 
Love Hermana Bailey

Monday, October 5, 2015

Conference Weekend

Hello family!!!
Well this week, just like other weeks, was a miracle. We had 4 investigators come to the conference!!!!! Tyson, don't get discouraged that you only had one friend come to conference. Every little effort in missionary work that you do is not wasted!! And hey you had 1 come!!! That is awesome. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. That is 1 soul that came!!! Woot Woot missionary work!!!! I am soooo proud!!! 
Sooo conference was awesome!! I had to watch half in Spanish because our investigators came and we had to sit with them... I didn't get as much out of the Spanish session as I did the English!! I am sooo grateful for English! I didn't think I would ever love English so much in my life! But I LOVE it!!!  My companion and I are having so much success it is crazy!!! I am just so grateful that our investigators are coming to church! 
And we had the cute family that moved to the elder's area!! We introduced them to the elders this last week and they are going to get baptised at the end of this month!! I am sooo happy for them! They are such a cute family! The husband was really open to the message but then he started working and we were just teaching the wife. Then they moved and the elders can't enter the house without the husband there. So now the Dad was forced to listen! And he is sooo excited to get baptized. I was so sad about the move at the beginning. But now I see that it was part of God's plan and that God had to use us to help the wife but God needed the elders to help the Dad so he had to have them move!!! So awesome!!! I love that God is  in charge and not me!! 
Serenity!!! If they change that sisters have to serve for 2 years that would be awesome!!!! 18 months is not enough!!! hahaha 
Things are great here. I loved conference. I learned a lot about how little by little God makes us into the person He wants us to be. I feel like I learned a lot about how we don't have to be that person, we just have to do what God wants us to. I hope that makes sense. 
We had a time change and I will be waking up at 7!!! The best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo happy!!!!!! Today I will cut my hair(just a little). I don't want to cut it. But the member wants us to teach her niece so we are going to do it so we can get to know her niece. That is the best thing about the mission, when we put other's needs before our own we feel sooo good inside!! 
I feel like Conference recharged my battery and I am ready to go again! The mission is so draining sometimes but yet soo fullfilling! I can't explain it!! hahaha But whenever I think about Christ and that I am doing this because I love Him, I am always given the strength I need to keep pushing.
I will let you know the scripture I pick next week.  I still haven't picked one!! How sad! hahaha 
Anyways, love you all. Don't miss me because I will be home faster than you want eating all the white bread (Brayden) ;)   Oh crazy, Brayden is driving on the freeway!!! Sooo big!!!! Love you all and keep pushing forward! 
Hermana Bailey

Fun Week!

Life is Good. 

So this week was super fun! My new companion is very spiritual. She has 8 months in the mission and yes she is a hermana leader with me. My other comp left to be a hermana leader in Chipoletti. It is close to Allen where I was before. I was so sad when she left. We were together for 14 weeks so that was a hard change. 
My new companion is Hermana Worth. This is her first time as a hermana leader so I am training her.  hahaha no there is nothing to train -she really is super great, a hard worker and very obedient. You should see her do her exercizes in the morning... um yeah super intense. It's good for me because maybe I can lose some weight... hahaha really though.  So my companion won't let me speak in English sooo that will help my Spanish and she always likes to sing. She has a really good voice.
So Monday my new companion arrived in Bariloche at 10pm. I just hung out with a member and went to the Bishop's house and we had family night there. It was really fun. 
Then we lost lots of investigators this week. I felt bad for my comp. Because I remember the first week in Bariloche is always hard because we walk a ton. But she will get used to it... hahaha  
This week we saw so many miracles. We had a baptism!!! Magali she is 12 and her family are members and now she is!!!

We went to Neuquen on Thursday and we had leadership conference with all the leaders (it was good).  I saw Hermana Larmouth. That was sooo fun. It is always fun to see old companions. Then we ended the conference Friday at 3pm and I wanted to go to my old area Allen to visit my old investigators and I was so excited.  We weren't leaving to Bariloche until 12pm that night so we had time to go. We got permission and everything. Then.... I lost our cell phone!!! UGh I was so mad. So we were at the bus stop just about to go to Allen and I couldn't find our phone. Then, out of luck we found 2 elders  at the bus  stop who helped us call people. I lost it in the taxi and we called the taxi place and it wasn't in the taxi and so someone stole the phone after we left! Ugh.. So we couldnt go to Allen. We ended up going to the old area of my companion because it was close to Neuquen and it was fun to be with the members. They made us food and it was really fun. Then something happened to our tickets and we couldn't leave until Saturday at 6am. We had the baptism at 5pm that day!! And I lost our phone so I didn't have numbers of members or anything and so I was super stressed. But we got a new phone in Neuquen and hoped that people remembered about the baptism.  And we got to Bariloche at 1pm. Then we cleaned the church and had the baptism... It turned out really good and we even had an investigator come to the baptism. It was sooo great. Then after the baptism we took a member to the church and showed her the church. She said she didn't want to go to church because she didn't have a skirt but... she came to church yesterday!!! And it was a huge miracle because she has work every Sunday and my companion and I fasted that she could come to church and she came to church yesterday and she liked it a lot!!!! So many miracles! Anyways I am doing great and I hope you all have a good week. 
Hermana Bailey
Harley died?!! Oh sad day

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pressing Forward!

Well Family, 
Tomorrow I will have 11 months in the mission!!! So crazy. I only have 5 more transfers. They go by so fast. I dont know how time just flies but it is going by soooo fast. Everyone tells me I am almost dead! Which is stupid because I still have 7 months which is like an eternity. 

But today we had transfers and my companion Hermana Larmouth left. We were together since June! 14 weeks!  That is a long time!  We got to the point where we worked really well together, and I was so suprised she got transferred. I thought we would have one more transfer.  I cried when she left. 
I am getting a new companion today at 7 so I am just waiting right now.  I am a little nervous because I have to teach her the area and we recently found 6 more new investigators so I am going to have to try and remember everything on my own for now... (wish me luck).  hahaha. Nah, everything will be great.  I heard she is a really hard worker, a gringa that speaks really good Spanish and that she is super cute. 
Monday my companion had back problems so we spent our whole P day with hospitals. It was soooo crazy. 2 gringas that know Spanish, but when it comes to the medical field things get a lot more confusing hahaha. So we were walking all day and my poor companion got to the point that she just got sooo sad because of pain and frustration with the medical program here she broke down crying in the doctors office.. And just left crying.... Yeah, poor thing. That was a hard day for her. She is doing a lot better now. We are going to have a baptism this Saturday. My poor companion left right before the baptism. 

Well this week we went to San Martin de los Andes (so pretty) And it was sooo cool. We got there in a time that the hermanas really needed us. I was able to help a hermana feel better with things that were going on with her investigators and we put 2 new baptismal dates while I was there!!! That was awesome. The people were so nice in San Martin.  I left feeling sorry for myself and thinking, "I want that to be my area. The people were so great and my area is hard. The people are kinda mean bla bla... "  Then, that night we got a phone call from the elders saying they were giving part of our area to the elders! We lost 3 investigators and the girl that is getting baptised this week is now in the area of the elders. And we lost my favorite investigator. I was sooooo mad. I felt like someone took what little I had and gave it to someone else. I cried.. hahaha. So dumb.  
This week I have been so caught up in myself, in my success and what others think of me. I am afraid I am going to come home the same person as when I left. ... And that is not happiness, to always be thinking about myself. I am trying to really forget myself and go to work!!! 

I hope school is going well and you guys are getting excited for Halloween and your holidays.  I love you all. I will check hopefully later with my new companion to see if Mom had a chance to write me. If not, don't stress it.  I will get it next week. :) 
Love you all!
Hermana Bailey
Oh yeah how was the talk from Kinz? How is Hannah??? 

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Week of Miracles!!!!!!!!!!

Wow what a week!!!! Okay before I forget, I have not gotten any letters from Paige. So yes, can you send them? I love it when you can send them through because time on the computer is short. So sending them through dear elder is always better. 
The weather here is somedays super nice-I leave with a jacket.  Other days I leave with 3 coats and boots!!! Hahahah its just like Utah! 

Okay so this week was awesome!!!! So last week was really the trial of the faith. We lost 3 families, leaving us with only 3 investigators!!! That = lots of walking and contacting  :(  But.... we talked to everyone! I am not kidding. We contacted 102 people this week! We normally contact 60 people. Yeah... and guess how many new inestigators we have?!!!! 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE FOUND 10 NEW INVESTIGATORS!!!!! That is not normal. On average we find 2 or 3 and some weeks 0! But we found 10! How lucky. And 2 of them are good families with a mom and dad!!! Then we had 1 investigator come to church and 2 menos activos and this is their 2nd sunday in a row coming to church so if they come next week they will be active again!!!! And then they can have a calling. 

Then we were teaching this 12 year old girl named M-. She is from Cultral Co (my first area). She had to leave her family for a reason and live with her aunt. Her family are EvangĂ©licas but her aunt, the lady that she is living with now, is a member so we have been teaching her the lessons and she would always get super quiet and not talk when we talked about bautismo. She wouldn't look at us or respond to our questions!! Yeah super awkward. She didnt want to get baptized and we didn't know how to help her. So we were praying that one day she would just tell us she wanted to get baptized because we didn't want to pressure her into getting baptized. Then 2 days ago she told us she wanted to get baptized!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!! Our prayers were answered! So we are having a baptism in 2 weeks! 

Then another huge miracle- we were walking to a lesson with an investigator who is super hard. He has some really hard doubts. The truth is he is super hard to teach. We taught the word of wisdom a week ago and he told us to stop talking before he got mad... yeah a really bad lesson... but Saturday we decided to try and teach it again! Ummm... it was a miracle. It went so much better and he said he is going to quit smoking and quit all those things he has been doing. So we are helping him with this right now! 

Then we found a woman named Julia. Okay so she is so cute! The first lesson we taught her about the fact that God loves her. She cried and cried and at the end of the lesson she was sooo cute. She said a prayer and thanked God FOR SENDING US TO HER! Then she asked, "Can I take a picture of you guys?" and she sent it to her daughter.  And now we are teaching her 18 year old son too!!!! 
Yeah so many miracles right? And this is just the highlights!!! There are soooo many more! It is incredible.  I have seen some huge blessings this week. On Tuesday we went to a soup kitchen put on by the Catholic church and fed people without homes. It is incredible when different religions get together and serve. 

This week we have transfers... I don't want this transfer to end. New transfers are always a little harder... but hey we saw tons of miracles this week so I can handle a little hard. hahahah 

Love you all. Love love the fotos. Hope, your hair is sooooo long. What's going on with my harp??? Are there a lot of broken strings? Does anyone play the poor thing? hahaha Anyways, love you all. I hope you have a great week and enjoy every min. Tell Grandma and Grandpa congratulations. That is awesome. They finished strong. Tell Kinz to write me.  Big hug and kiss.... oh and Wednesday was my comps birthday. It was sooo fun. The members here are sooo awesome. They gave her cake and presents and called us... The members are sooo great here. We have such a great relationship with the members. They really are like family away from home. They know my name (super hard for them to remember). But they remember!! It is sooo awesome!!! Anyways love you all 

Hermana Bailey