Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hermana Baeza 4/22/13 ( I'm....so....tired....! )

Hey ya'll! :)

Thank you Elder Reid for the letter I got this week! I love being able to stay in contact with the missionaries I served with in the MTC! Hearing their success stories and seeing the growth in them has been so much fun. Okay, funny story. We went to visit a part member family and as we were walking up to the house, this dog (who usually is locked behind the gate apparently) comes running behind us barking like crazy and salivating (sp?) like there's no tomorrow. I asked Sister Mellor, "um...does he normally come out?" and she told me that he never does haha. We didn't know whether to keep walking or to just stand still but then one of the youngest daughters of the family came out and she pointed her finger at the dog and with a very, cute but firm voice yelled, "SHUT UP" in Spanish at the dog. Haha! We were dying because she's like, probably a third of my height but she was way more brave then me.
 
I am so excited to be able to serve in a new area with a new companion! I do miss Sister Morgan as my companion but I know that she is most likely doing great with her new companion. She honestly taught me so much and I feel like she really prepared me for this new leadership calling and for this new area. We had a great week! Together we were able to teach a lot of lessons and it made me so exhausted haha I loved it! I don't think I've ever been so tired in my entire mission! The second we got in the car to begin this new transfer together I asked Sister Mellor, "How many appointments do we have?" and she responded, "One at 4, 6, 7, 8 with a dinner appointment at 5!...WHAT!? I was shocked. It's been so much fun being able to teach a lot of people these past 5 days. However, it has been a struggle having to do it all in spanish. It's funny, I secretly always wanted to serve in Spanish again (obviously because God called me to teach the gospel in that language) but I forgot how hard it was until I got back into a Spanish area. I felt like memories from my first two transfers were coming back and haunting me haha. However, I feel like I'm trying to be more patient with myself. Granted, I've already cried 4 out of the 5 days of this transfer haha but it's going to be a humbly experience and I not only need but WANT that! I want to work my hardest my last few months and just get completely lost in the work. Sister Mellor and I are trying to speak Spanish 24/7 and...it's going good. I use a lot of spanglish but I have been praying so hard to be able to learn the language through the spirit. Tomorrow we are going to start doing exchanges for the first time! I found out last week that Sister Mellor also has never been a sister trainer so this is completely new to the both of us. However, it's going to be so good! It's going to be a ton of work and we won't be able to work with each other as much but I know that we will receive blessings as we serve the sisters that are assigned to us. I'm excited for this week. We set really high numbers but we KNOW we can do it! Plus, we need to accomplish them in order to accomplish our transfer goal. We have a baptism this Sunday for a lady named Alicia. She is soooo awesome and so ready for the gospel! I've never been a part of a baptism where I wasn't the one who started teaching the investigator the lessons but in the short amount of time that I've been able to get to know her, she has been a great example to me and I'm so excited to see her enter into the water of baptisms!
 
We had a great training in district meeting about "defining words." How many times do we use the word 'Atonement' or 'gospel' or 'prophet' and just assume that people know what we are talking about? I do all the time haha. It really motivated me to actually know the words that I use so when someone asks me, "what does it mean when it says a broken heart and a contrite spirit?"...I know what to say.
 
We had a tender mercy over the weekend where we were walking to our car to leave for an appointment and a man stops us and asks if we were Mormon. We told him we were and he shows us a picture of missionaries in front of the Christus at the VC. We first thought that maybe one of the elders dropped it by accident but then realized that was HIM in the picture with Elder Casper and Elder Gunnels, two elders from my old area! We were then so stunned and asked him if he was still meeting with missionaries. He told us he was which was so awesome. It was a picture of him, his family and the elders that I'm assumming that started to teach him. When we said our goodbyes, he went back to his car and placed the picture on his dashboard. So cute! I took a picture with him so that I could show it to Elder Casper at Zone conference in a few weeks.
 
It's been a hard few days but I really am excited to be here. I need to have more confidence in myself with Spanish. I found a letter that Spencer (Elder Vance) wrote me at the very beginning of my mission. There's one line that he wrote that has just never left my mind and he said, "I don't ever want to hear you say that you lost your testimony in something ever again." I remember how during that time I felt like I couldn't share my testimony clearly to the people because I couldn't speak Spanish. However, in preach my gospel under the Gifts of Tounge section I was reminded that it really doesn't matter how good my Spanish is. What matters is that speak and teach with the spirit because he's going to be the one teaching them. I only help him by just simply opening my mouth with faith that what I'll say is something that they need to hear. My Spanish is a lot better then I think it is but...lets be honest, we are our worst critics! I just need to keep praying and to keep practicing and keep making mistakes because that's the only way I'll learn. Our first day running together for morning exercises I about died haha. Sister Mellor is a fast runner and it's impossible to keep up with her. Mind you we were also running up some stikin high hills which I haven't done since...ever. I was thinking about the little toy train that said, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" the whole time as I was running. I was praying to Heavenly Father that He would give me the strength that I need in order to get to the top of the hill. I then started to repeat again, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." It was then that I realized what I was saying and immediately corrected myself saying, "I know I can, I know I can, I KNOW I can!" With God we can litterally do anything. He's willing to help if we are willing to believe in ourselves. I need to believe in myself more. See, this transfer has already been a humbling experience and it's only day 5ish! Yeah!
 
I love this work. There is nothing better then doing missionary work. Today we went to Ross and I tried on a dress (for fun because it's P-day...haha) and I felt SO AWKWARD! I felt like a tom-boy because forced to wear a dress and just laughed at myself the entire time. I like to think I'm not an awkward missionary but...I feel like this is all I really know how to do confidently. I love my life as a missionary! It's the greatest thing ever! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Please try to give the missioanries in your ward referrals!! They need people to teach and the converts who will stay strong in the church are those who were referred by members. Look at my family, there is no way we could of done everything we've been able to do without the Barkdull family and the other families that were a part of our conversion. Member missionary work is sooooooooo vital! Catch the wave ;) I love you all!
 
Love,
Hermana Baeza
 
1. Alicia! She's going to be baptized on Sunday!
2. the guy that stopped us at our car!
3. kind of investigators...they came to a ward activity! he's soooo funny haha best voicemails ever!




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