Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016

Hey Familia!
Okay so this week was awesome!!! God is answering every one of our prayers! Last week was a hard week with poco success. But this week was awesome! 

We started out the week with no one that was going to get baptized. We were hoping this 17 year old girl would get baptized. We tried to find her on Monday but she wasn't home. Then Tuesday we went and she said she didn't want to get baptized anymore. This was because her sister is having a baby and she was going to be the godmother. In the Catholic church you can't be a godmother if you have been baptized in another religion. I was sooo sad. I told her how I had to leave Jackson because I knew that I had to put God first and she said she was going to pray about it. Then the next day! I don't know if I have ever prayed so hard hahaha. The Elders went and they taught her and she signed her baptism registros!!! And she still was wondering if that is what she should do. Then they sang a hymn and she said that the Spirit was sooo strong she felt hot. And she knew that it was from God. She accepted to be baptized on Saturday!! We taught her the Word of Wisdom and she said that she drinks a lot of tea. But that she would stop because she knows what she felt was from God! Sooo cool. She got baptized and when she left from the water she started to cry! It was sooo cool. The Spirit was soo strong. 

Then on Friday Milton and Malen got married! Malen invited us. That was cool! Malen is the one that got mad at me if you remember that story. But they got married. Now we just need to help her husband get baptized. 

Then in church yesterday our ward almost completed the goal of 120 in church. We got up to 114! It was soooo cool. God is working big miracles here. 

Tell Serenity that having you gone is good practice for her mission. And she has Kami and Katie there. Tell her that you guys will be fine. I live here and people here are super nice. 

Brayden, Sorry to hear about your girlfriend.  That's okay because when I get home we can hang out!! hahaha

Hope! You are sooo cute. I like your devotional pictures.

Mom, My comp. likes the blue ring! Bring a picture of Christ that shows Him in the red robe like the one that is next to our front door. The one with a face serious. And bring 10 other pictures, and a little bag of cheap CTR rings. 

I am great! I feel really weird.  I remember before I left home I was really anxious, excited and sad.  I feel the exact same right now. I wake up super anxious. I feel sick sometimes - I don't want to leave! But at the same time I am soooo excited. It is super weird.  I can't explain it. 

Do you have more questions before your viaje?
Love you all. Thanks for helping me!
Hermana Bailey

Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 21, 2016

Hey family!!!!
So time is just going by fast. Everyone just says "enjoy it, you're going to miss it."  Why is it that we always look for what is next coming in our lives when we have everything we ever need?  I bet God gets sooo frustrated with us as humans hahah.

My companion and I are working sooo hard. But our numbers don't really show our eforts. We aren't teaching very much... But we had a crazy thing that happened with the family that almost got married who got mad and said not to come to their house anymore. Well they are getting married this Friday and they came to church this Sunday!!!! Sooo I talked to them and they were all nice so maybe we will go visit them this week. But I am pretty scared to go see them because of everything that happened. But the Bishop wants us to go so I will just have to swallow my pride and go. 

This last week I got to go to my first area in Cultral Co because the Hermanas there were having a hard time finding new investigators. So we went and I introduced them to my investigators. That was sooo fun to see them and they remembered me and they were sooo happy to see me.  

I am soooo excited for you guys to come here. Our little trip is going to be soooo great! Don't be scared! The worst thing that could happen is that we will get lost. hahahah Nah that won't even happen. 

I am learning a lot in my studies about faith and why it is important to ask even if it is not the will of God. Look at when Christ was suffering in Gethsemane. He asked that God would take away his pain. But I still don't understand why we have to ask. But I am learning that we need to keep asking. Just asking is an act of faith.

Last week the couple we were teaching (that were going to get baptized this Saturday) didn't want to get married and now they are avoiding us... So that made me sad. I cried and cried and prayed that God would help us find someone else and right afterward we found an old investigator named Camila. She is super great and cute and is going to get baptized 2 de abril!!!! So that will be fun. That would be cool if you guys could go to a baptism when you get here.... hmmm I will have to work extra hard hahaha. 

Don't worry about the date for the sealing in Chile. It won't be sent in stone until a week before sooo we probably won't go.

Yesterday we shared a spècial presentation in church with the adultos and youth! It turned out awesome. The Spirit was soooo strong and we gave every member a tarjeta to share with their friends with the church's new video of Easter. They are going to invite their friends to an activity in the church on Saturday. And we also are in charge of the Sacrament meeting on Sunday. I have to play the piano all the time!!! I really am not good. hahaha But it is all we've got. Tell the kids to practice the PIANO. It is something you need to know BRAYDEN!! hahahah But really, learn it. 

Anyways I am great.  Keep praying that we can have 8 baptisms this week! That is our BIG Goal!!! 
Love you all,
Hermana Bailey

> hey mom!!! Can you buy A CTR Ring- a really cute one for my companion? She would love that. And maybe some cheap CTR rings to give away. And I love the idea of the pictures of Christ to give my converts. I want one of when Jesus is getting baptized by John the Baptist. I think it's the one that is in the Oaker Mountain Temple. It is the newer one. That would be cool to give to one of my investigators. And one of the Buenos Aires temple would be awesome for Matias and Joy. And other pictures of Christ are awesome. Any cool things that you see, buy them. People here will love everything. Do you have any other questions for packing?  Do I need to register for classes at BYU or no? Love you

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 14, 2016

Last conference with the leaders of the mission :(

Okay Family!!!
This week was super awesome!! I learned a lot. My companion is super awesome. She works soooo hard. I am losing weight!!! Luckily!! hahahah Everyone is saying "Wow Hermana, you're getting skinny!!! That's awesome!! Super great! ahahaha 

Anyway, we are trying to baptize 8 people before I go home. I have to do that to reach the goal I set at Christmas! We are working sooo hard. We have a couple that is really close to getting baptized. They just need to get married. Yesterday they said they were going to go to church but then they sent us a message that said they couldn't because their kid was sick. And so we just went to their house anyway to take them to church and they came out!!! And they got ready and went to church!!! It was a miracle. This always happens. Something good is about to happen and then satan just puts something in the way!!  That is when we have to act in faith and not give up. Ugh it is sooo draining. 

I don't have a lot of time but the time in the mission is just passing by sooo fast. Luckily my companion is really focused in the work and it helps me keep pushing and to not give up. Last week people from Buenos Aires came to Zapala and filmed us in our ward because we are having soooo much success.  They are going to use this video and share it all over to help the church! So I will be famous in the church!!! hahahah cool huh. This all happened the first day with my comp. hahahah. Welcome to Zapala Hermana Dandaluz. We work sooo well here that we get to teach people all over the church what we are doing!!! Coool huh? 

Anyway, so that is about all. I love you all. Send all your questions to the office.   Or maybe Uncle Ron can make phone calls?? Sorry or the office can. In the worst case we will just worry about it when your get here. Anyways, keep working hard.
Love you,
Hermana Bailey

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Last Transfer!!!!

Hola Familia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sooo today we had transfers. Hermana Bitton is getting on a plane to go home!!! 
I have 6 more weeks and I am finishing my mish with a Latina!! I'm super excited! I told Presidente that I wanted a Latina to help me with my Spanish and he sent me one! She is from Paraguay and her name is Hermana Dandaluz. She is soooo cute. I know her already so that makes thing easier. She has 10 months in the mission and she is super sweet and super spiritual. We were talking about why she came on the mission and it gave me the chills. She talked about how our future children are really strong spirits that God has chosen and we have to be strong spirits to raise them in this horrible world. I am sooooo excited to apply everything I am learning into the real life. 

I am super glad that your kidney stone is not going to prevent you from coming! I am soooo excited. There is a family that we reactivated and they are progressing a ton. The wife just got called as the 2nd counselor in the Young Women. They are going to get sealed as a family in April in Chile and we could go with them if you want. I would love to go!!!! How would you feel about driving to Chile? It could be 6 hours. I think it will be super special to see this family and support them, but how do you feel? Would that be a possibility? I feel like we will be traveling a lot. 

Thanks for telling me to ask for things when I pray because I was trying this new thing to just give thanks and not ask for anything. I feel like God was trying to tell me it's okay to ask and then he had to talk to you because I was not listening! I am soooo hard hearted sometimes.... It's a good thing I have an awesome mom who listens to the Spirit for me. hahaha. 

So I am not too worried about accepting or rejecting the acceptance to BYU Provo yet.. I don't know what I am going to do... So use your awesome connection you have. You can pick which school I go to... hahahah just kidding. But can I just wait to choose when I get home? 

This week was good, but a little bit slower with the work. I feel like my companion was ready to go home. Now I am soooo excited to finish my mish with a new Latina who has a ton of desire to work. The bishop here is super awesome. He just keeps bringing so many new miracles. We have reactivated like 4 families and now we just need to find more people. The hard part and sad story is that they closed my area in Bariloche so now there are not any missionaries there:( 

To answer you about my homecoming talk. Yes, Mother's Day would be good.  I could talk about the importance of mothers!!!! That would be awesome. But I am super happy with whatever day. That would make things crazy for you on your day soooo maybe another. Whatever

I don't know what else to say but the thing I have learned this week is that rules and commandments are sooo important and that we should never justify breaking one rule because it gets that much easier to break the next commanment. Sooo let us all be 100 percent obedient to God's commandments because it is for our benefit. 

Love you all and HOPEY, HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!!! Feliz cumple año!!! You are soooo big!!!! 9??? When I was home Serenity was 9. Everyone is soooo big.  I love you soooo much and I love your pictures. You are sooo beautiful. 

Have a great week,
Hermana Bailey 
Dad, 1 more Fast Sunday!!! 

Monday, March 7, 2016

February 29, 2016

Intercambios (Exchanges) with Hermana Parris my MTC Comp.

Hey you know what? We are so connected even though we live across the world from each other. Serenity was having a nose bleed and so was I. It is so dry and dusty here. The other day we were out working and my nose started to bleed.... we didn't have anything in my bag, not a tissue or anything except.... yes.... a tampon! So i put that in my nose... and we ran home. Well the tampon filled with blood within 10 minutes and we were still 5 min away from the apt. I had nothing so I ran home and that made it bleed worse. I got blood on my coat and all over me.... hahaha soooo embarassing. My companion was running behind me with our bags and I was running with blood everywhere.  Soooo funny. 

Then last night my right side of my back was hurting super bad like where my kidney is... (nothing serious) but it is weird because Mom you were having kidney pain and so I was too. (hahahah soooo crazy) 

Uhhhh but yeah Mom, make sure you get that fixed before coming out here because in Argentina the hospitals.... ummm yeah, not a pretty sight. Sooooo lets not take a visit to the doctors here in Argentina! 

So yesterday we were teaching an investigator and he at first was not interested. We told him that if he wants to be happy, he needs to read the Book of Mormon and he will notice a difference in his life. Later he prayed and asked God which church is true and then he had lots of desire to read the Book of Mormon.  He said when he read it he read a page that said the church is the only true church on the earth! And he said that he loves how he feels in his life and he is never going to stop reading it! And he is going to get baptized in 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOLLLLLL!  Huge miracle. 

Then yesterday we didn't have any investigator in church. Sooo we had to leave to go find the people that said they were going to come but didn't end up coming.  We went to a lady's house. She didn't really want to go but I was just praying soooo hard and she ended up coming!! Such a miracle!!! God is real we just have to believe in Him and His power.

This week I was learning a lot about enjoying the moment and not trying to take the "plant out of the dirt before it is time" hahah Elder Bednar came to BA and he talked to us as missionaries. He talked about not being too hard on ourselves and trusting in God and doing all that we can. We just asked questions and we were able to hear the answers from him and the leaders from Argentina! super cool. 

My comp. goes home in 1 week-sooo crazy!  I am just about to my last month mark and I am starting to really realize that the mish is just a short amount of time.  I dont feel ready to leave these people here in Argentina.  But we won't worry about that yet! 

I got into BYU?! That is awesome!

Love you all sooo much and hope you have a great week! 

Hermana Bailey