First I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Also I want to say thank you for the Christmas and Birthday wishes. I had a great Christmas and Birthday.
Martez we had our district meeting and then practiced for our talent, as a zone, for the Christmas party. We also taught Carolina who is one of our new investigators. She is super awesome and I love her and her little boys. I love the way she holds her Book of Mormon close to her heart. It makes me so happy.
Miercoles we had our Missionary Christmas party with 3 other zones. One of the zones was my old zone from Bonao. It was super fun to see them all. I also talked to 2 people from my group in the CCM who I haven't talked to in 8 months. I loved being able to talk to them in Spanish. They were all surprised which was funny. "Hermana Bake...you speak Spanish now!" The party was fun. We watched a Disney movie, preformed our talents (my zone wrote/recited a poem about the life of Christ and then sang a song) then we all ate lunch and took pictures and visited. When we got home we read the Book of Mormon with Lizbeth (who has a baptism date) and taught investigators.
Jueves we went to teach Evelyn (another new investigator). She was super cute and asked us a lot about our Mormon culture. We showed her lds.org and mormon.org and she was super excited about that.
Viernes we taught a less active friend about family history. I learned a lot while preparing. It's eye opening that we have such an important job as members to find family members who have died so that we can be connected with them forever. I'm blessed to be connected to my family forever and I'm happy I have the chance to share this message with others.
Sabado was my Birthday. I started the day by cleaning the church with the elders and then we ate cookies that Hector from Bonao sent me. We had a little party and we went to lunch. Thank you to everyone who wrote me letters on the snowflakes. Letters mean a lot.
Domingo we had an awesome church and it was fun talking to all the members after. Everyone was super happy and it made me want to be this happy every day.. It is because we are all focused on Christ. I was grateful to see my family and their smiling faces. I'm glad that I have a family who loves me and who will be with me forever. I'm glad I have this chance to teach others about this same happiness. On the way home we passed by a members house who told us that an other member's husband died that same hour. We were all sick because we had just eaten at their house 2 days before. I was super sad.
That same night President Castillo called and I about had a heart attack. Why did he want to talk to me? I've been obedient...I'm a good missionary...I'm trying my best....I know the church is true. He told me that I'm going to be training. We have transfers Wednesday and I get a new missionary. I'm super excited to have this opportunity to work with her and to help her. I'm excited to work hard and find new people!
Today we woke up and went to Esperance to play volleyball with part of the zone. It was fun to exercise and talk with all of them.
I hope you all have a great new year and stay safe! I love you all!