Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 62, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic


Martes was a great day. We Visited Modesto and Vanessa and had an awesome lesson with them. They are both super smart, love learning, and they have the desire to be baptized. They just need to go to church!

Then we visited Carlos and set a baptism date with him. We asked him what he thought about July 8th and he said that the 9th is better! hahaa He goes to church and knows that he is ready to be baptized. I'm excited for him and excited to see how he will continue to progress in the church. He really has potential to do great things for this ward. At the end of the lesson an old investigator came up to us and asked to join us. We continued to talk to him and he said that he wants to take the lessons again! I'm excited to work with him!

Miercoles  we had another awesome lesson with Eddy. He continues to be a rock star and continues to be more excided about his baptism. That night we got a call from our leaders saying that we need to go to Santiago the next day so that my companion can go to Santo Domingo for her visa. I wasn't too happy about having to stay in Santiago and leave our area but yet there was nothing that we could do.

Jueves we left super early to go to Santiago. We got there at lunch time and met up with the other missionaries going to Santo Domingo. I got put with my trainer Hermana Sandoval and we left to go back to her area and work. It reminded me of the good old times in Bonao and it was fun to work with her again. We met a ton of new people and taught some awesome lessons. We met a little girl and her mom and friend. The little girl kept raising her hand and telling us cute little things like ¨God is real¨ ¨God loves us all¨ But my favorite thing that she said was ¨If you believe in God, nothing is impossible¨ That really struck me and I thought about that a lot. If we believe in God we don't need to worry, we don't need to fret, we don't need to be sad. Everything is possible thanks to his son Jesus Christ. God loves us and wants the best for us. We just need to remember that nothing is impossible!

Viernes we continued to contact and teach. I met an old man named Ramon who was super nice. He loves the Bible and has many verses memorized. He was just so happy and loves life. I couldn't help but just smile at him and be so happy for him as he continues to learn more about the gospel.
We also taught a contact named Esmiralda. Her brother also joined us and we had a great lesson about the restoration of the gospel. We stop for a few minutes to watch base ball as we walked past. There was a ton of young men from the united states here for a camp and was fun to talk to them. 
Our companions finally got back from Santo Domingo and we switched back and headed home. We got back at 9:00 just in time to go to bed!

It was hard to be out of our area for 2 days but I was glad to have this time with Hermana Sandoval and help her area. I'm glad for the people that I met and for the time I was able to serve in Santiago and continue to learn myself.

Sabado my companion was sick, so that meant another day without working in our area. I was pretty bummed, but I got a lot done. I had a lot of time to study and reorganize my life. I also deep cleaned the house and the area book. I looked though the old investigators who had potential and tried contacting a few to see if we could continue to teach them. 

Domingo Christina, Eddy, Carlos, Yermi and Ivanni all came to church.
They are all so awesome. They all have gone to church so many times and are all getting baptized! 

After church we ate with a family in our ward. As we were walking back I had a strong prompting to go pass a recent convert's house who didn't go to church that day. As we walked up to her door we saw her walking into the bathroom to throw up! Her little boy was there and told us to come in. Rosi was super sick and was throwing up ever 2 minutes and her little boy had an infection in his throat and a fever! Rosi said that she was praying for help and then we walked up to her house! We called the bishop and relief society president and they helped us out. I'm so grateful for the gospel and for the church and the members. They are awesome and I know that everything in the church is inspired and here to help us, children of God, return to Him one day.


Hermana Bake 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 61, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

MOM and DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you both and happy Fathers Day Daddy!!!!! I love you both and I am so grateful for you! You are the best parents that I could ever have. Thanks to you I am here on a mission.

Alma 29:9 and 13-16
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

13 Yea, and that same God did establish his church among them; yea, and that same God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people, and hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full.

14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.

16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away, even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.

I love being a missionary and I love the gospel! I love seeing people find the gospel and see them change for good. This week was super awesome, just like every week!

Martes we talked with Francia again and also met her brother. I'm pretty sad because no matter what we do she doesn't want to act on her faith. Faith really is an action and if we are not willing to act then nothing is ever going to happen. They know what they need to do and know that the gospel will bless their lives. As missionaries we are here to invite people to act and help them prepare to be baptized, but we can not obligate them to do anything. I pray that we have planted enough faith in them that they will accept the gospel one day. The Lord knows best and has plans for them.

Miercoles we had TRANSFERS!!!!! and guess what!!!!!! I'm still in Puerto Plata with Hermana Letinu. The Elders in our ward also stayed the same. There is someone here that needs my help and I am excited to find them and continue to work hard here in Puerto Plata. We woke up at 5am to say goodbye to the missionaries who were leaving and then we stayed with Hermana Walker who was waiting for her new companion. Then we went out with a member named Patria and she introduced us to her friend and her husband who we have started to teach and who have so much faith.

Jueves we started to teach another reference from a member in Santo Domingo who we met in the streets. His nieces and nephew live in our area and so we have started to teach them. They are 13,18 and 24 and I am so excited to teach them more. They are all super smart and are willing to learn. 

Viernes we finally got to teach Yermi and Vladimir again. They called us randomly and said that they were home and had time so we practically sprinted to their house even though we had other plans. Yermi is sooooo ready to be baptized and just needs to say yes! I have faith that this next week she will be able to set a date to be baptized.

Sabado was the baptism of the Gil family! The mom and 3 kids got baptized and have been actively engaged in the ward. The members love them and they love the gospel! I'm happy for them and was so happy to see this whole family accept the gospel and receive this happiness in their lives.

Domingo was a good day. Church was awesome. Christie is the cutest new member and the family Gil was welcomed so warmly by the members! I love the church! Then Christie asked if she could help us with our lessons. She was so excited to help us and would not stop talking about her mission in 4 years! 

We talked with Eddy as well. We talked about baptism and the plan of God and our purpose here on earth and then invited him to be baptized again. With enthusiasm he said ¨YES YES!!!! For sure! I don't have a doubt!¨  I am super excited for him! He is going to the Youth Conference and has just accepted the church with a open heart! Hermana Letinu and I called him our child. He is 16 and lives alone and is just perfect and so well behaved and I just want the best for this child! July 1st is going to be an awesome day!

Today we went up to teleferico the cable car again with the new people in our zone. It was pretty fun. I will never get sick of the view.

I found a quote that I want you all to remember and put into practice. ¨I realized that sometimes we have to sacrifice or give up the person we want to be or thought we should be in order to become the person the Lord needs us to be.¨  Trust in the Lord. He has a plan for us. Sometimes it isn't what we want, but it is what we need! Trust in him and follow HIS plan. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 60 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Lunes was such an awesome day. Pday ended and we headed to teach Christie and Michael. We talked to them about tithing and the law of chastity. They practically taught us and bore testimony to us about the importance of these commandments. Then we asked them what they felt like they were missing before their baptism. We knew they were ready and didn't know what more to do to help them to realize that. We talked about testimonies and faith. Christie had worked on her personal progress the day before and had learned a lot about faith. She told us that she doesn't know everything but that she has faith and that faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things. She then informed us that she was going to be baptized Saturday! She was so excited and kept saying that she felt so happy and so good about her decision. Michael said that he still needs more time but that he will be baptized. 

When we ended to lesson and were walking away Hermana Letinu and I both looked at each other. I asked her what she had fasted for the day before. Normally on fast Sundays we fast together or talk about it but last Sunday we both just fasted on our own. She told me that she had fasted for Christie to be baptized. I started to cry. We didn't plan on having a baptism this week but for some reason i felt that I needed to fast to have a baptism this week. I had a lot of faith but didn't know who would be baptized. Hector an older man (my grandpa from Bonao) called and told me that he finally is getting baptized and wanted me to come. I really wanted to but didn't make plans to go to his baptism because i had faith that we were going to have a baptism here in Puerto Plata. I'm so happy for Hector and im glad that i was able to find him and teach him in Bonao. I'm grateful for the missionaries who continued to teach him and finally helped him to be baptized. But I'm so grateful that Christie was able to feel prompted to follow Christ and be baptized.

Sabado was Christies big day. She passed her interview with flying colors. She would not stop talking about her mission and how she was going to go out and help us everyday and help all of her friends and her family to get baptized. She is such a great example to her family and friends.

Domingo we had Christina and her sons, Yermi and Vladimir, Carlos Miguel, Eddy and Damauris all come to church. Eddy continues to surprise me and continues to be awesome. I'm excited to see him grow more and progress in the gospel. This next transfer they are all going to be baptized and I really want to be here to see them and share this moment with them, but ill go were the Lord needs me and am excited to see what more he has in store for the next transfer. 

today all the missionaries met up at the church to play sports and write in journals. It was fun to see some of them getting calls from president saying that they are going to train or be a zone leader and be district leaders! It was sad saying good bye to them, but I know they will all do great in there new areas. The work of the Lord continues to grow.

I love this chance to be a missionary! I love the gospel and I love all of you!
Have a great week!

Hermana Bake

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 59, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

 I want to give you all an update on my awesome friends and family here in Puerto Plata who we are working with.

Modesto, Vanessa and Dudani: So we started off teaching Modesto when I first got here to Puerto Plata. He has slowly been progressing and really studying and searching for his answers. Just recently we have started teaching his daughter Vanessa and his granddaughter Dudani. They are super sweet and I love them! Vanessa was excited about church and is progressing super fast. She has really helped her dad to progress and take that step of faith! Sunday they both came to church and loved it. Vanessa was a little hungry at the end so we stole crackers from the primary so that she could stay all 3 hours!

Yermi and Vladimir are the cutest couple ever! Vladimir is a great help in the lessons and has the strongest testimony ever. Yermi knows the church is true and wants to be baptized but wants to be more involved in the activities. She knows, and we know, that she just needs to take that little step of faith and get baptized.

Karalina is an older lady who we contacted the other day. It turns out that part of her brain ruptured and so it takes her longer to do things. We have been doing a lot of service for her and just love her. Her husband has warmed up to us too and we are planning to teach him too. She has a nephew who is on a mission right now in Chili and has a ton of family who are members. She is super cute and is awesome at reading and doing her homework that we leave with her.

Cilia is an old investigator who we were prompted to go back and teach and the lesson that we had with her was super great, so we will see.

Eddy continues to be a rock star. He has such a strong desire to learn and is progressing super fast! Sunday he showed up to church in his Sunday clothes and without his boot! The doctors said that he can play soccer in 2 months! I'm happy for him. He loved church and is making friends too!

Micheal and Christie are both progressing and love church! They live far away and both walked to church by themselves Sunday! Micheal was originally going to go out of town but decided not to so that he could go to church! They are both still scared to be baptized but we are still working hard with them! Sunday Christie kept talking about her future and her serving a mission etc. She will not stop talking about personal progress and always wants help with it! Micheal also said that he wants to serve a mission too! Ahhh they just need to be baptized! I love them both!

Osvaldo, Carmen, Harold and Damauris are a new family! We met them and the wife was getting ready to go to church but decided to stay and talk with us and then made dinner for us too! They have 4 kids but 2 live with them! They all know a lot about the gospel and all want to continue to learn! They accepted the Book of Mormon and were grateful for it! I love them and I am so excited to keep working with them!

Transfers are coming up next week and I'm a little sad. I think I might be transferred, but I know that God knows best and that the people here will continue to grow and progress in the gospel! I love them all and know that the gospel will bless their lives!

I love you all and hope you have a great week! Till next week! Stay safe and stay strong!

Hermana Bake

Week 58 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Hello Family and Friends, 

This week was awesome like always! I love being a missionary and I love seeing how the gospel can bless the lives of everyone who accepts it. 

Lunes we had a great lesson with Michael and Christie! They are awesome and come to church and pray and everything. They are just missing the blessings of the Holy Ghost now! Christie is scared to be baptized just because she doesn't like commitments but we are working with her and I'm excited to see them both grow and gain the happiness that they need!

Martes we went out with Hermana Elsa Polanco again. We had a super awesome lesson with Modesto and have started to teach his daughter Vanessa as well. She is 25 years old and is studying English. It was fun and kind of hard as I tried to help her with her homework. School is going to be rough after the mission haha. We talked about baptism with Modesto and Vanessa and I was so grateful for Vanessa and her help in the lesson. She bore her testimony to her dad and it softened his heart. He accepted a date to be baptized and they both promised to go to church. 

We then passed my a less active family's house. The mom has a 20 year old sister who has a sickness that the doctors don't understand or know what it is. The doctors just told her to go home and sit in bed until she dies! I am so impressed with her and her family though. They did not take that as an answer. The less active member remembered the gospel and the priesthood in that moment and  reached out to the ward for help. The sister received a priesthood blessing and then they all met together to pray and fast! The family of the less active members aren't members and they all want to learn more about the gospel and have accepted to listen to us! I am happy and impressed with them in these times. They could blame God or be angry or sad but instead they are full of faith and hope and are looking for a better outcome with God involved.

Miercoles we had a super awesome lesson with our recent convert Pedro. Last Sunday he received the Priesthood and so we explained more about the priesthood power and about the responsibility and blessing that he has. I was able to think more about and share how the priesthood has helped me in my life. Yeah I don't hold the Priesthood but I am sooo blessed to have so many great priesthood holders in my life. Whether it was my dad when I was little and through out my life, or my brothers in my youth or my cousins, friends or other missionaries in college and on the mission. I'm grateful for them and for their help and for being worthy to hold this special Priesthood power. THANK YOU ALL. I could tell that Pedro is, and will be, a great Priesthood holder and will be able to bless the lives of his family and friends.

Viernes we left early to go teach Pedro and Francia. They always have such great questions and have such a desire to learn! We taught them about the plan of Salvation but ended up talking a lot about repentance and the Atonement. I am so amazed that every time we teach about the plan of salvation, there is something different that we focus on that helps the people who we are teaching. I continue to love the plan that our Heavenly Father has for us and I'm blessed to know my purpose.

Later that day we went to teach Yermi and Vladimir with two other members (another super cute couple). They both have served missions and so it was fun to see them testify and teach with such love and power. Yermi continues to be awesome and continues to have the desire to be baptized. 

Sabado one of the Elder's investigators got baptized! Edwin grew up in the church but was never baptized. Almost all of his family are members and are such a great support to him. Sunday we snuck into the class with the youth and saw him answering all the questions and setting such a great example for the other youth! 

Domingo was mothers day here and I ate sooooooo much chocolate and cake! Not very many members came because they were at their parent's houses to celebrate mothers day and the members who were at church who had children on missions all left early. Out of the 3 companionships in our district Hermana Letinu and I were the only ones with investigators at church and we only had one! It was tough but a good day.

We visited Eddy, who had fractured his foot playing soccer. We is doing better, just hopping around his house and studying.

Today we went to Hermana Elsas house again to celebrate Elder Dent's birthday. We played a lot of soccer and ate a lot of food🤗 On the way home we crammed eleven people in Hermana Elsa's jeep. They made me sit on the center console facing backward with my head sticking out of the sunroof! I was a little scared for my life but we made it home safe.

I loveeeee being a missionary and I loveeeeeee the gospel! I'm sooo blessed and soooo happy to be here serving the Lord! I hope you all at home are safe and happy! Pray, Read your scriptures, Repent and have faith! The Lord is real and he love us! I love you all too!

Hermana Bake