Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So after 30 hours of traveling we landed in the BEAUTIFUL land of Uruguay. It is seriously so pretty!!!

I met my trainer, Hermana Lopez, she is from Guatemala. She's the best! The lord really knew what he was doing when he put us as companions. We went to our house.....or Shack. At first I was thought of it as only a shack but after visiting members it is a nice house! It has tile and I am so grateful for every part of it.

In Uruguay they eat a small breakfast, HUGE LUNCH, and drink matte the rest of the day. Everyone has matte all the time! MATTE, MATTE, MATTE... POR DIAS! As missionaries we are not allowed to have it though.

The food is a lot! They get offended if you don't eat it. So everyone should just expect to see me 50 pounds heavier when I come home and I don't care. The people see missionaries as hero's and so to show appreciation they feed you. It's not the best food.......I pray at every meal for Heavenly Father to help me. It works every time! AND they have mayonnaise with EVERYTHING. I'm not kidding! EVERYTHING. They also have a lot of soda. NO ME GUSTA. I haven't had soda in weeks. Any kind of soda you can think of, they have it! They never give you just water... It's soda with water. 

Here they also don't have doors. They have sheets so you stand in their yard (as a million dogs bark at you) and clap. I was clapping one day and I felt something fall on my arm and head. IT WAS BIRD POOP. That's how my day went, that day. But I washed it off and kept working. 

I don't understand really anything. haha Its hard, really hard. Pray for my language! I usually always hear MOOOOOOO after I tell people my name and CASINOS! When I say where I''m from. My bishop served a mission in Las Vegas. I'm not alone!

I LOVE THE PEOPLE! We teach these little girls and they are 8.9. and 10. They love Heavenly Father so much! Their families don't listen to us but they don't care if their daughter do and get baptized. They want to get baptized so bad but because they are young we have to teach them for 3 more months. The first day I met them they pulled out their report cards and were telling us that since we have been teaching them and they have been praying the have seen their grades improve. They know it's because of Heavenly Father. THESE ARE LITTLE KIDS! The next day we had planned to teach them about the word of wisdom and why we don't drink coffee, alcohol, do drugs, ect. and when we walked up one of the girls had a cup of coffee.....OF COURSE. As we taught right in the middle of the lesson she dumped it out into the dirt. Another girl went into the kitchen, grabbed a tea bag, and poured it onto the ground. NO MORE! They said. How faithful! 

There's another house I went to where they have 13 kids and it's about the size of my room at home. One of the older kids just got baptized last Friday. THEY ARE SO HAPPY! We played a game and in the game you have to refer to each person as a number you give them. I don't remember any of their names but I remember their numbers! haha Everytime I see them I just say "HOLA NUMERO CINCO!" Or HOLA NUMERO TRES!" They think it's so funny. And they always try to help me with my Spanish.

Lastly, I'm not gonna lie. I have never felt so homesick in my life than I did the first couple of days! The only way I know how to describe it is when you go on a hike and part of you just wants to turn around at the start and just go home but you really want to get to the end cause you know how great it will feel! It's so hard. The food, the language, the people, the poverty, but I love it more each day.

Yesterday I was at church and I fought tears all day because I couldn't understand anything! I sat in sacrament and memorized words. Then when we went to go teach lessons NO ONE was home or they were all watching the FUTBOL game. I was really wanting to go teach the members cause that always makes me feel better but that just wasn't happening. Then when we did teach all I did was sit there and then when Hermana Lopez would look at me I would bear my testimony in what little Spanish I knew. Finally we were going to the last house of the day. It was the wards old bishop who was bishop for 5 years and is now inactive. (inactive members are a huge problem here) Craziest thing happened. It was a MIRACLE. I understood everything! I understood!!!!!!! I knew exactly what to say when it was my turn to speak. After I spoke I then asked Hermano Lopez if he would come to church with me on Sunday. He said YES! 

That moment made all my struggles I've had here worth it! It was a MIRACLE! If you are obedient and trust in the lord through difficult times. He will help you. It's hard but I smile through it because I trust that eventually I learn the language, love the food, and call this my home. 


Friday, November 22, 2013


This is the email we received from the mission home. We also received a personal phone call from Sister Smith letting us know that Kaylee arrived safe.

Dear Baca Family,

We would like to inform you of the arrival of your daughter to the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. She arrived here safe and sound yesterday morning and met President and Sister Smith. She will receive some training in the mission home to help her get to know the mission and feel comfortable in Uruguay. The missionaries will have lunch with the Smith Family and, afterwards, she will meet her trainer and leave for her new area. It is such an exciting time for her, and we wanted to share it with you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get in contact with us. We thank you for all you have done as parents to help your daughter reach this point in her life.  We have attached a photo of your daughter with President and Sister Smith and her Trainer. Sister Baca will be serving with Sister Lopez in the Zone of Cerro.  Thank you so much for your support.


Elder Randall!

Elder Randall from Vegas!

Adios Zivic!

Chow Hermano Zivic!

Saying goodbye to Hermano Zivic this morning

How I feel at the end of the day. 

Mckean's camera snipes

More camera snipes

Elder Finlay and I arguing over flowers.  

Uruguay > Mexico

This is Elder Jacob Arslainian. We went to elementary school together in Idaho and we just happened to enter the MTC on the same day and meet again in the MTC. Cool story bro.

This is Elder Jacob Arslainian. We went to elementary school together in Idaho and we just happened to enter the MTC on the same day and meet again in the MTC. Cool story bro.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I'm going CrAzY!!!! 

Our sorting game...

Modesty Meetings! The elders flyer is a joke!

These elders left for Armenia and The Republic of Georgia! They don't even have a Book Of Mormon in Georgian language... 

Oh Elder Finlay.....

He has a matching tie to the scarf too...

Elder Barela knows I love sour candy and he comes and gives me a pack of sour patch kids every night...

Elder Finlays profile picture on He's a riot...

A fourth of my zone!

Temple Day


I'm Hermana Paris!

Our branch leader brought his grand kids. We were so excited!



Temple Day

Temple Day

My awesome zone leaders

Temple Day

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 I'm almost done with the MTC!!!!!!!! 3 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We leave Monday and I have completely accepted the fact that my Spanish isn't perfect, I won't understand anyone for a while, I'm going to be sound gringo and be looked at as a native, and I LOVE Uruguay already! ESTA BIEN!

   This week a district in my zone got to fly to Vegas for a day and go to the Mexican Consulate for their visas. SO JELLY. I think if I had the opportunity to leave the MTC for a day I would not come back. Ask anyone here..........I'm going crazy. We all are.

   Our district is singing for the musical number on Sunday, because it's our last Sunday. We have no idea what to sing so we have decided we are putting on a musical and changing the words to Les Mis. We spent a good while laughing about it as we sang to each other the other day. Just kidding, but we really don't know what we're going to sing and we all sound bad. I don't think we have ever sang an opening song in class and been serious about it. HOW ARE WE GOING TO SING IN FRONT OF OUR ZONE haha

   I am so sad to leave my district! I can't say that enough about them. 7 of us will be in Uruguay together and one elder is going to Indianapolis. BEST zone in the MTC. We get work done and have a good time.We play this spanish game and It's been interesting to see how much we really do know.

   Speaking of my district there's an elder who has been having a hard time. A couple of us have spent a lot of time talking for him and we have all been praying for him to get through this. Pray for Elder Mckean por favor! He needs it!

   Our zone is huge now! Last Wednesday we got 4 new district! I didn't know half the people on Sunday. It's never been this big. The other day a new elder came into our classroom and said

Him: " Hermana Baca how do you say cliff in Spanish?"
Me:  " No se." ( that's I don't know in Spanish)
Him: " No really"
Me: " No, I really don't know. I've only been learning Spanish for 4 weeks."
Him: " Oh, you look like you would know Spanish"

WHO'S HE CALLING BROWNIE!?!?!?!? Not every dark person knows Spanish. It was hilarious.

   Our district has had a lot of fun messing around with the new missionaries. We can tell them anything and they'll believe us. Last week the Sister Training Leaders held a meeting for all the sisters to attend about modesty and so we could meet each other. They decided to post a flyer in all our classrooms so we would all know. BOY DID THE ELDERS LOVE THAT! They decided that they needed to make flyers and hold a modesty meeting as well. They made ALMOST identical flyers and posted it next to all the flyers the sisters had made. It was one big joke and Elder Dietrich was going to act like " Rex Tae Kwon Do" from Napoleon Dynamite and he made a name badge that said " Elder Rex Modesty" He practiced what he was going to say in front of our district and it was GOLDEN. I laughed so hard! 

   The best part about this was we were in class and their " Modesty Convention" ( As they called it). Was going to start in 20 minutes and the new elders walked in and asked " Elders, we're about to go get our suit coats in the apartment for the meeting, but do you think we should bring something to write on too just in case?" We tried to keep serious, but as soon as they left we were laughing hysterically and our teacher was like " What meeting?". Pictures of the flyers to be attached.

   Our district also decided one day that we would sort each other into Harry Potter houses. We had a sorting session. The Elders left the room and we decided what houses to put them in and then we left the room and they put us into houses. Our houses could not be more accurate. I'm in slytherin.....they all think I'm too sarcastic. Pictures to come of our sortings. #nerds

  HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK: Elder L. Tom Perry came and spoke to us for the Tuesday night devotional. I had no idea something happened in the Philippines until everyone who spoke said something about it! He told some pretty neat stories of missionaries there. ALL the missionaries are fine. Coincidence.... I think not. This is the Lords work.


   Here in the MTC our teachers pretend to be investigators and we teach them lessons in Spanish for practice. It sounds weird, but even though I know it's my teacher it feels so real! They pick investigators they taught on their missions so it's easier to act like them. I truly feel the lord gives them acting powers or something during these lessons. 

   We have been teaching a guy named " Constantio" for the last few weeks. This past week we reached the baptism date we set for him and finished teaching our investigator. We were the only ones to do this with Constantino. How COOL! And I learned so many things from this.

   The next day it was time to teach Constantino, but my companion and I had finished teaching him. I asked Hermano Bullock if he could give us a new investigator that was similar to what we would experience in Uruguay. He decided to gives us a guy he taught named Silvio. 

   Silvio's parents died when he was 14, he lived with his older brother who he never saw, he worked all day, and didn't even know who God was.

   It was hard to be positive during the lesson. I loved Silvio just talking to him. I just wanted to teach him EVERYTHING and let him know how loved he was. This was someone who felt like NO ONE loved him. And you could see it in his demeanor and everything. 

   After the lesson Hermano Bulluck went out of acting mode and said " you did well! I could tell it was hard for both of you but you did SO well." Hermana Reed said: " I felt so sad the entire time! Are we really going to be teaching people like that?" Hermano Bullock said " All the time."

   We left that lesson with the spirit so STRONG.

   The people in Uruguay have nothing. They need this gospel because so many times you'll hear stories like Silvio's there and then they hear this message and their lives are changed. They go from nothing to happiness! And you don't even need material things to change their lives. 

  I can't wait to go to Uruguay. I love these people so much. I love this gospel so much! Why wouldn't I want to share this message and give up a year and a half of my life to share it. It's not a sacrifice to give up my time it's a blessing.

Love you and miss you all! Adios!

Love, Hermana Baca

Monday, November 11, 2013


Welcome to the MTC West Campus!

If you haven't watched The Phone Call" on or in seminary GO WATCH IT NOW!!!It's hilarious...

At the Temple this morning.

My laminated scripture key side 1

My laminated scripture key side 2

Oh GOSH!!!

I wear a coat ALL the time



Elders have a good time stealing cameras here!!!

Hermano Whitaker served in the same mission as my brother! Costa Rica 

This is Elder Tayson (the one from my story)

Action shots are the BEST!!! I literally have a coat on ALL THE TIME!!!!

Elder Dietrich loves to snap pics.

More of Elder Dietrich's action shots.

Action shots

My running buddies!

New District

New District 

What I have to deal with everyday!!!

Elder Harker's a weirdo


So on Halloween Hermana Sorenson and I dressed up as nerds. The only ones on campus dressed up!

Halloween costume...ignore Elder Dietrich

Halloween Nerds!!!


Halloween costume...ignore Elder Dietrich

Halloween Nerds!!!