Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 74, Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

Even though everyone.....EVERYONE is bugging me about finishing my mission I'm making the most out of the month I have left. I love the mission and being a missionary and I don't want it to end ever! I love the gospel and I love seeing the miracles of god everyday.

We received a reference from Leonida's named Papo. We taught him and his family and friend named Lolo. They are all super awesome and we can tell that they want to make positive changes.

We found a lady named Tonilla and she loves to learn as well. She told us that her dad is scary and hates missionaries so that if he ever comes home when we are teaching her to be prepared. Haha The other day he came home when we were talking to her and he just walked in and ignored us and didn't say anything. She whispered....¨Come back next week!¨ haha little blessing.

Wednesday as we were walking down the road a man yelled hello. We went over and he asked for a Book of Mormon. It turns out that he is a inactive member from Santo Domingo who was once on the high council. He got divorced and got together with someone else and now is living a whole different life. He said that it is his time to come back and that he is sick of feeling so guilty and sad from his choices. We came back and talked to his girlfriend and she told us that she wants to help him to change and wants him to go back to church and is willing to go with him and support him! She is awesome and I want to help them both! 

That night when we got home cockroaches had invaded our house! They aren't my friends so I kicked them out...with a was a good game of shuffle board! ha!

Thursday we woke up early to go to Santiago for zone conference. We met with a lot of zones and had the chance to hear from Elder Fortuna, a member of the 70! He was super funny and I learned a lot about faith and repentance. I learned that in order to do God's work, and find people who are prepared to hear the gospel, we have to be prepared ourselves. We are here inviting people to come to Christ but if we aren't with Christ or doing His will then we can't invite them to COME to Christ we are just inviting them to GO to Christ and that's not the same. 

We also had a really great lesson with a member and her inactive husband. We talked about Lehi's dream of the iron rod, or the word of God. 1 Nephi 15:23-25 The story teaches that if we hold tight to the words of God we won't go astray. 

Saturday we were both so tired and hot so we decided to play a contacting game. "Who can find the best contact with the most potential." My comp found a guy wearing a sombrero and selling ice-cream who gave us free ice-cream. The Lord really blesses us when we are diligent and do his work in the hot and rain. We also taught Yessica about the 10 commandments. She makes me so happy. Her desire to learn and understand is so great and I love seeing her progress.

I'm stressing about leaving this area better than I received it. I want to receive emails every week with baptism photos after I leave. I love the people here and I know that if I prepare myself that the Lord will let me be his hands! I love this gospel  and  I love being a missionary.

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

Hermana Bake

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 73, Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

Lunes our branch president had another sick child in the hospital. This has been a regular thing and so we decided to have a family home evening with them in the hospital. Then we headed over the family Bonilla's house and brought ice-cream for Neroliza's Birthday. 

Martes we had the best lesson ever with Yessica. We taught about faith, repentance, baptism, the holy ghost and enduring to the end. She had a lot of great questions and she really has the desire to learn and change. I had planned to invite her to be baptized, but for some reason I was really nervous. I don't know why because it is something we do all the time and really it is just for other's happiness, but I kept putting it off. Finally, at the end I felt the words being pushed out of my mouth! It was super weird and hard to explain. But, I invited her to be baptized and she said yes! She said that she wasn't going to mess with us and she wanted us to know that baptism is something serious to her. 

We also prepared Jose Miguel for his baptism Saturday. He is the funniest kid and cracks me up. It is incredible how the gospel can be understood by the smallest of kids.

In our district meeting. We said good bye to Elder Caicedo, Hermana Escoto, Hermana Valdez and another mini missionary. At the meeting Elder Morales (An elder from my MTC group) taught us a lesson that helped me a lot. He said "Cuando hay amor en nuerstos corazones el temor se va" which means when there is love in our hearts the fear goes away. Its very true and I have tried to apply that in my mission. We have the truth and I am here to help others to have, hear, and understand this gospel.

Miercoles we had transfers! I said goodbye to one of my bestfriends who I only knew for 2 weeks! I am going to miss Hermana Valdez. I am glad for the time we had to learn from each other and serve together in Sabaneta. I'm grateful for her sacrifice and willingness to go on a mini mission and help so many people including me.

Hermana Maxfield is my new companion. She is from the same group as Hermana Lynch, Hermana Shaw and Hermana Letinu! haaha its funny that I have had so many of the sisters from this group. She is super cute. She is 20 years old and is from Arizona. She reminds me a lot of Anders and just makes me laugh all the time. She is so goofy and super sweet.

We had an awesome lesson with China and read more of the Book of Mormon with her. She remembered everything from the other chapters and is falling in love with the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ. China is the lady who had a stroke and can't move half of her body, but she has so much faith. She went to church last week and went to church this week! 

Jueves we stayed inside all day because of the hurricane. It rained a hard and there was a lot of wind, but we were safe. I called all my converts in Puerto Plata and they said that they had some damage but not too much. We cleaned the house, read, studied, planned, and played dominos all day. We were super blessed and protected. Thank you for all your love and prayers.

Sabado Jose Miguel was baptized! He was super excited and super happy to finally be baptized. 

We continue to work hard, and pray hard, to find the people here who are ready and prepared to accept the gospel. I am excited to see these people progress and learn more and more about the gospel and about God's plan. 

Happy to share the gospel,
Happy to serve the Lord

Hermana Bake

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurrican Irma

Hello Family and Friends,

We have had a crazy few days here in the DR. I'm sure many of you have heard about hurricane Irma that is in the Caribbean islands and southern USA. I pray for everyone in its path. The DR was effected but not hit directly. We just saw a lot of ran and wind. I was super blessed here in Sabaneta. We are under strict watch from our leaders and the leaders from the church. I know they are doing everything that they can so that we are safe. I'm grateful for them and grateful to my Heavenly Father for keeping us safe. I continue to pray for those who are affected or might be. Thank you for all your love and prayers. I hope you all have a safe week!

The Lord protects his children as we do what we are told. He loves us and I have full faith in his plan. 

Hermana Bake

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 72, Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

ITS SEPTEMBER!!!!! How crazy the time has gone by. This week is transfers again! I will receive my last companion in the mission! I'm excited to see who it is and I'm excited to give it everything I have. I have one more companion to help and a lot of more people to teach and help progress! 

I continue to love these people here and continue to be impressed with everyone of them. 

We had another awesome lesson with Yessica. She asked us a few questions and then said, ¨I'm starting to really like this Mormon religion! I had my doubts but I just realized that people like to make up lies.¨ She has really great questions and wants to learn. After the lesson she opened up to us and told us about some of her problems. She put her trust in us and her faith in the Lord.

Earlier in the week we went to teach my family, the family Bonilla. I love them but when we passed by the mom was grumpy and didn't want to talk to us. We called a few days later and she was still mad for some reason. We passed by to leave a note and she was at her neighbors house and wouldn't even talk to us or say hi. That night I cried like a little baby. haha But I really didn't know what had happened. We finally passed by again Sunday and the dad answered the door. He asked us where we had been and that they had missed us and told us the come by today. I'm not sure what happened but we will hopefully see today. Keep them in your prayers please.

China is an investigator who we have had for a while. She had a accident and can't move half of her body. We have been teaching her slowly but this week she asked, ¨When are you going to pick me up for church?¨ So Sunday we made the trek to pick her up. She was soo happy and even though it wasn't easy for her she loved it. Church is the best!

Alba, Mercedes, and Jose were a family who we found last week. When we passed by this week Alba´s husband, Hernan was there too. He was even more interested and was super excited to read the book of Mormon and go to church.

A member talked to us last week and wanted us the teach his niece, Rubi. She is a 15 year old girl who the missionaries were teaching but stopped because she went on vacation. We met with her yesterday and invited her to pray to receive an answer if these things are true. She said that she already received her answer and that she wants to be baptized! We put a date with her to be baptized Oct 8th! 

Miracles happen everyday. I know that this is the Lords work and that there are his children who are ready to hear the gospel. I'm grateful to have the chance to share the gospel and to help people grow closer to him! I love you all. I love hearing from you and hope you all have a great week!

Happy birthday grandpa!

Hermana Bake