Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Week 32, Narvarette, Dominican Republic


Wow how I love the mission and being a missionary. Don't get me wrong. It's not always fun and games..It's really hard but soooo awesome! I love learning and growing every day. I love helping people and teaching them how they can find the happiness that they have been missing in their lives. I love seeing them accept the gospel, and I love watching it change their lives.

We started this week with a gang riot in Navarrette. There is a gang leader that lives super close to our house, and he loves to have riots about everything. They throw trash in the streets, set tires on fire and walk about with bombs and guns. Sooo we spent the day in the house. It was a bummer but an interesting start to my time here. (Don't worry mom, they don't want trouble with us, I'm completely safe)

Miercoles I met my new district. They are all super awesome. Later, we stopped by a member's house, Katasha, who is a returned missionary and now has a husband and a cute baby boy. She gave us a pep talk and ideas about contacting. People here get to know their neighbors better than we do. Its super important that we involve members in our work. The church is true.. I know it, and God knows it, and a lot of other people know it. But the thing is not everyone knows it, and not everyone has the blessing that comes from living the gospel. That is why we are here, and that is why we ask for references of family and friends, because everyone should want their  friends and family to have this happiness!

That day we found out that our investigator, who had a baptism date, moved.

Jueves was the best Thanksgiving ever! We taught like normal, found more people to teach and then ate sachipapas which are french fries, hotdogs and sauce. hahaha it sounds gross but wow it's so American and I'm thankful for that sometimes. I mean I love rice and all but American food is good too haha.

We have a member, Lizbeth, who helps us with our lessons. She is 14 and super cute and sweet. She originally said that she could help for 2 hours but after every lesson she said that she could teach one more and then one more and then one more and one more ahaha. She was so cute and kept talking about her future mission. (Hey shout out to all the youth! GO OUT WITH THE MISSIONARIES!)

Viernes we contacted a women named Ellie and I'm super excited to teach her more. Not just because her name is Ellie but because she is a cute little mommy and she is super receptive to us. We also met a lady named Socorro who is a cute old lady. She is catholic but said that she was going to pray and if the Holy Ghost tells her to change her religion, "Then of course I'll change my religion! Im not crazy! I'm not going to disobey God!"  haha We all need faith like her.

Sabado I took my second cold bucket shower of my mission. I've been lucky because I've only needed to do it twice but its awful. How thankful I will be for warm showers that don't pelt me or barely drip down and that are freezing cold. 

Domingo, in between teaching, we ate at two different members houses with the Elders. When we told Elder Cordova about the invitations he said, "The Heavens are opening and I can see a pillar of light!" Haahaha the poor staving Elders ahaha 

Navarette is awesome. Its pretty big but not as big as Bonao. There are less cows and chickens but super awesome people. Its about 30 minutes from Santiago. We have two wards. The zone leaders and ourselves are in one ward and the Sister leaders and our District leader and his comp are in the other ward. It rains every day and floods the roads and houses but its also really green! I LOVE Navarette!

I love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Bake

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 31, Narvarette, Dominican Republic

Good Bye to Bonao

New Companions in Narvarette

Hello Everyone!!!

I feel like it has been so long since I've written because so much has happened. 

I found out last Monday that I would be transferred, but I didn't know where. On Tuesday we had our district meeting at the Decker's house, took pictures, ate lunch, and I found out that I was being transferred to Narvarette.

After lunch we went home and got ready to teach. We taught and said good bye to everyone. It was difficult. When I said goodbye to the president of the branch his sister said, "You are my friend," then the president said "mine too," and then his wife said, "mine too," and then the sister's husband said, "mine too" and then the daughter said, "mine too!" They each said it in English hahah. It was so cute. I'm going to miss them.

Wednesday we met up in Santiago for transfers. I got to see all my friends and I also met my new companions before we left for Navarette. Naverette is about 30 minutes from Santiago and I love it. Its a super cute area and I feel strongly that this is where I'm supposed to be. I am going to be in a trio with Hermana Bossard (from Cali) and Hermana Martinez (from the DR in the Capital) I was super scared and nervous, but I know that the Lord doesn't give us anything that we can't handle. It might be hard but never impossible. My companions are super awesome and know sooo much. Hermana Bossard has 2 more weeks in her mission and Hermana Martines has 4 more months. 

When I arrived in Naravette I learned that we have 2 investigators who aren't really progressing. We have been contacting a lot and are excited to work hard! I feel home in this area even though I'm new. I know the Lord calls us where we are needed and puts us with people who we can help, and who can help us. When we are not teaching we are talking, laughing, having a great time, and constantly learning. We have been prompted by the Spirit and led to so many great people and I have met and taught so many awesome people in just these few days here.

Sorry, I don't have much time with week. Today we spent 7 hours in the hospital. My comp is fine but had to take some tests which took forever. What a great Pday. 

Act on faith and you will receive blessings. God loves you and wants you to be happy.

Have a great week and stay safe!

Hermana Bake

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 30, Bonao Dominican Republic

I just got the news that I'm being transferred Wednesday. I'm sad, but I'm excited to meet new people and help people in a new area. I'm just sad that I'm leaving before upcoming baptisms and I don't know if I'll be able to come back! But I know that everything happens for a reason and what matters is that God has a plan for all of us and the plan is that I need to be somewhere else.

Lunes we went to Santiago and had a great time with the missionaries there. I got to see my old comp and eat lunch. We went to the mission office and said hi to the missionary couple who works in the office (the Levitts) I seriously love them. They are adorable and always love to see us. Elder Levitt gave me a little punch in the my arm and told me that they have a game with their kids and grandkids called "touched you last" where the last person the touch the other person before they leave wins. We play this same game in my family too and it made me happy. Right before I left the office I tapped Elder Levitt on the shoulder and ran out of the office with Elder Levitt sprinting after me to try to get me back. Haha. Hermana Levitt  and the other missionaries were all laughing at us.

When we got home we had family night with Esther and her kids. We sang hymns, talked about the importance of prophets and then played the game telephone. We explained that the game is like the apostasy. Without prophets the words of God get confused and changed, but we have a prophet today and he receives revelation from God to lead and guide us.
As we walk home that day we were drenched...again...in the rain (yes we had umbrellas) Umbrellas didn't do much for us. We ended up swimming back to our house in the pools of water.

Martes we taught Danelbis. We were worried about his baptism because he was having doubts about latter day prophets. But when we arrived he told us that he watched a few talks from the prophet and prayed about it and now knows that he is a servant of God and is called of God. It was a testimony to me that if we want to know the truth we can find out for ourselves. We just need faith, action and prayer.

Miercoles we taught Edwin. He is a super cool guy who is deaf. He can read lips and talk so he just repeats what he understands. It is actually fun to teach him. We taught him about prophets and the restoration of the gospel. After his lesson we were talking about sports and he said, "I'm a prophet of volleyball" haha It made us laughed so hard.

Jueves we went to La Vega to get shots. Hey mom I didn't even cry! You know I have a sketchy history with shots. I think I'm growing up! We also had a member helped us with a lesson in an area call los Solares. It is an area that doesn't have any paved roads. She was so cute trying to push her stroller over the rocks and sticks and mud etc..

We also taught Critina and her family. We asked her if she had prayed to know if Thomas S Monson is a true prophet today. She said, "Well Hermana, about that...I have a little problem.... I didn't pray about that because I forgot what his name is. I asked everyone and thought about it for a really long time but I just couldn't remember!" Ha-ha I'm glad she at least thought about praying and had the desire. I love watching her excitement about the gospel. I love watching these people change. I know its not easy to change. The culture here is so different and the norms of the gospel are not the norms of the DR, but I love seeing them understand the truth and have the desire to change and have the desire to follow Christ.

When we got home that night I found a centipede on the floor. I scooped it up with a paper and was about to drop it off the balcony when I looed down and saw our neighbor standing right under me. I was so close to dropping the centipede on his head! Hahaha I'm so glad I looked!
Sabado was fun. We taught Christin and her family again with another member family. Their little boy (6 years old) taught the lesson about the Sabbath day. I love how to gospel is for everyone and that everyone can understand and live the gospel. I was glad for this example of a family who is strong and united and teaches their kids while they are young to follow Christ.

Domingo it rained a lot....like everyday... Which meant lots of mosquitos. We taught Cristina and her family and set a date for their wedding and baptism. It was fun to talk about their plans and help them with these two important steps in their lives. One of their kids slapped my leg really hard and said, "got it!" He was all happy and proud of himself. I just looked at him and said "Thou shalt not kill" Everyone laughed and then Cristina said "That applies to everything but mosquitos" We all agreed on that and went back to planning the wedding and baptism.

Today we woke up and cleaned. Then we went to Leonidas and played Dominos and ate food and talked. President Castillo called us and told us that my companion is going to train for her last two transfers which means I'm leaving Bonao and all my friends and family. I'm super sad that I'm leaving them but I'm excited to meet more people and serve and help wherever I go.

Doctrine and Convents 4:2 Serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. 

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!
Hermana Bake

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 29, Bonao, Dominican Republic


I will stand by you
I will help you through
and when you've done all you can do
and you cant cope,
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight and
I will never let go.
     -My Savior Jesus Christ

This week was full of good and bad, but I'm choosing to say that it was a good week! So yeah.. this week was a good week.

Lunes we visited Esther and found out that her and Luciano split which was pretty sad. She still wants to get baptized with her kids but it is just not the same without the family. 

Martes we taught a lot of people. We taught Danelbis about prayer and the scriptures. I love watching him change and accept the gospel more and more every time we talk with him. His brother came in and offered us some coffee. We said no thank you and he said, "Well I just want a little but I know that I need to start changing now so that when I'm baptized it will be easier to give it up."

We also taught Christina and her family. I love them and I love how they are always so excited to talk with us. When we visit the whole family comes in and participates in the lesson.

We then taught Esther and her kids again. She is pretty sad but says that the gospel makes her happy. 

That evening we played Russian Roulette with Doritos. I'm not sure if they have them in the USA, but here they have these little bags of Doritos with mostly cheese flavored chips but with a few spicy jalapeno flavored chips too. Hermana Butterfield and I like to play it a lot but both of us end up crying from the jalapeno flavor. ayah

Miercoles morning I was being eaten alive by mosquitos so I used the whole bottle of bug spray on my legs just before we knelt down to say a prayer before we left for the day. I put two pamphlets on the floor so that I wouldn't stick or slide on the floor. After the prayer I got up and the pamphlets were stuck to my knees. When I pulled them off Christ was tattooed onto my knees.

Saturday was also the day of service here in the DR. We woke up early and went to the other church in Boano and met other missionaries and members and community members. We went around fumigating houses, painting the streets, picking up trash and doing all kinds of things that people needed help with. It was good for us because we got to talk to a lot of people and also see their happiness from our service.

Domingo we walked to church with a bunch of investigators. I love Sundays. I love going to church and feeling the spirit and participating in the sacrament and seeing everyone so happy. It makes me happy to know that these people have the gospel in their lives. The gospel is just sooooo happy and I just want everyone to have this happiness!!!
Today we left early and headed to Santiago for Pday. As we walked to the gwgwa station we got attacked by a d

og who wanted to play with us. It wouldn't stop jumping on us and biting our skirts. We finally ran away from it with only a few bites and scratches. So now after 7 months I can finally say that I've been attacked by a dog! Haha We haven't done much yet today in Santiago but I'm excited to see my old companion and other friends here. I'll let you know what we did next week.  

Scripture of the week! 
-----2 Nephi 33:10-15------

Hey I hope you all have a great week and stay safe! The church is true! Heavenly Father loves you, Christ died for us so that we can be saved but we need to be worthy and repent and follow him! I love you all!

Hermana Bake