Friday, July 26, 2013

"I love my companion." July 22, 2013

Hello everyone!!
Thank you for the letters I received this week: Sister Vance and Park Williams (BAHHH YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED!). I love getting letters and seeing how much everyone is changing. Okay...also heard that Suz Neal and Katie Hagen are ENGAGED! And getting MARRIED next month!!??!? I talked to Sarah during church after relief society and she gave me the scoop haha. Congrats to you both! 

This week was so, so good. A lot better then last week haha. I think I'm finally adjusted to the VC again and all the tender mercies that occurred for me this week is what definitely helped that transition. First off though...we got a new CAR! Haha! When we realized our car was missing and that we had different keys...we quickly went to see what it was. Best part is?...IT SMELLS LIKE NEW CAR!!!! :) haha we feel like little princesses in our brand new car! So like I mentioned before, I had a lot of tender mercies. I'm going to make a list of them:

1. Dylan and Andrew came to the VC to see me!!!! It was so awesome to see Dylan as a recently brand new member of the church! Andrew is such a great friend and fellow-shipper for Dylan. I truly feel like it made it easier for him to convert to the true gospel because his FRIEND introduced him to the church years prior. Sure, my phone calls helped him to actually start reading the Book of Mormon again but really, it was all because of the support from Andrew. Dylan has already gone to the temple to do baptisms for the dead and is really interested in doing his family history! He's so cool!!
2. I got to see Emilio again!!!!! :) He's still in the process of beginning his mission papers but I know that with time it will come and he'll be leaving soon! It's crazy to think that almost a year ago we found him. Time flies! Mom, I told him to add you on FB and email write him back!!!! :)
3. I SAW ELDER NOEL!!! Now, you may be asking who Elder Noel is but he was an elder that served in our home ward back in...2011! He was companions with Elder Holmes and we took them out to Gay Nineties once! Him and Elder Holmes were the first missionaries that my family invited into our home after a while when they weren't super active with the church. I really feel like it was them that opened my parents hearts again and they tried so hard to help them with their needs. When I saw him, I started to cry haha and I told him how appreciative I was for his service in being a part of helping my family come back to the church. Seeing him (and his WIFE!) was such a tender mercy that day. 
4. We were able to give a tour to Carmen, Cynthia and Jose yesterday!!! The kids brought me a snoopy dog with this HUGE fake flower haha! They are so cute. Carmen invited her boyfriend, her son Chris who we started to teach my last week in the area and then her sister with her husband and children. It was so good to see them and Carmen looked so beautiful! She seriously glows with the spirit and has changed so much since our first day meeting her. 

I could go on and on with all of the little tender mercies that happened to me this week but I'm grateful for every single one I got to experience. I love VC. I always have and always will. It's adjustment to come back. Every sister that leaves the VC and comes back goes through this same feeling and haha I just needed to go through it myself. That was all. 

My companion, Sister Quinonez, is amazing. I love her so much! I couldn't of asked for a more perfect companion for my last transfer. She reminds me a lot of myself when I started but...she reminds me to laugh which is exactly what I need. She truly has a desire to become a successful missionary and I love that she really trusts me in showing her that. I've never had a companion who I could call a "loser" and she takes it as a huge compliment haha! She really is like my little sister. She helps me so much, more then she really knows. Yesterday we had a moment where she said she was going to miss me when I leave. I think it finally hit her as well that by me leaving, that means she will have to take charge of the area. That may of caused some freak outs on her end lol but...I'm ready to help her! It's a blessing that I'm so busy this transfer. Everyone keeps reminding me I'm going home but haha I'm so busy that I just don't have time to even think about it! 

I love this work. So much. What I also love is my family. Thank you mommy and daddy for all of your support. I know that me going on a mission wasn't something you wanted me to do at the time but I know that you wouldn't want me anywhere else but here in Los Angeles. You both have helped me in so many ways and have truly prepared me for this last transfer. I just wanted to let you know how much I love you and how grateful I really am for this work. I love you so much! 

Hermana Baeza

1. Elder Noel!!
2. our morning hike this morning in malibu!!!! big deal.
3. andrew and dylan!!!

this is the new mission blog i guess??

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