Monday, March 31, 2014

This is going to be quick! 

1. I go hiking everyday in my area. LOTS OF HILLS:

2. I went to Brazil today. 

3. We decorate our tree with garbage so all the stray dogs won´t eat it.

4. Saying goodbye to the members in San Fernando was VERY hard. I miss  them everyday.

5. I live in a house with 4 sisters and one of them is from LAS VEGAS. WOOH!

6. I still miss my trainer so, so, so, so, so, so, so very much. Hermana Lopez is the best missionary ever!

7. I LOVE MY COMPANION. Hermana Jordan is exactly what I needed. Really, EXACTLY what I needed. 

8. Lastly, and most importantly. WE HAVE GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND!!!!  It´s better than Christmas. 

We have lots of people to invite to listen to a prophet speak. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet for these days. We need to invite people to listen to his words. If theirs anyone you can count on to convert someone, I know you can count on the prophet. haha I love this gospel and I feel the spirit more and more everyday. I know TODAY IS THE DAY the lord is hastening his work and we have WORK to do. I love and miss you all!

Love, Hermana Baca

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I´m going to BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok not exactly, but My next area is on the border of Brazil. I am excited, sad, nervous, or in other words a hot mess with my feelings about my next area. When the AP´s called I cried.I LOVE SAN FERNANADO, but I know it´s time to leave. Here I gained about 15 pounds.... Yes, that´s a 1 and a 5. That´s what I call 15 pounds in blessings.

My new companion is Hermana Jordan from the states. I was told that the house I will be living in is the ¨Mansion¨ of the mission and 6 sisters live together. I am also very excited to be going North where it´s hot and doesn´t get very cold during the winter. The only worry I have is, because it borders Brazil people speak Portuguese or a mix Spanish and Portuguese. I just got the hang of Spanish and now I get to go learn a language I´ve never even studied! Although I´m nervous, I am so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to learn 2 languages.

We had a really great week! One day we had members with us for EVERY lesson and they were all priesthood holders. This ward is really growing and learning how to work with the missionaries.

Love you and miss you all!

Love, Hermana Baca

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This week I got to have a sleepover! Ok... not exactly. We did divisions for a day and I got to work in a different area where 4 sisters live in 1 house. How fun! Hermana Nielson an dI did a lot of walking. In their area people aren´t as open to listening to us. Needless to say I got a lot of sun, mosquito bites, and blisters that day.

That day I was studying the story of Jesus and the lost lamb in the bible. Jesus had 10 lambs and even though he had 100 to watch out for he noticed 1 was missing. If it were me, the natural man in me would have come out and said ¨I have 99 others, 1 less won´t matter.¨To him, it DID matter. So he went and looked. I imagine in his search it wasn´t easy. Maybe he too got a lot of sun, mosquito bites, and blisters. He kept searching though, because like the scripture says ¨Every soul is great in the sight of God.¨

So, if he cares, I care. Maybe more often than not we spend our days doing more walking than teaching. During these times is when I learn to put off the natural man in me and learn to love like he does. Everyday i feel a little more of the same love he has as I keep working with a sunburn on my face, itchy legs, and throbbing blisters.

I learn so much about my Savior each and everyday day. I am so grateful for the trust the Lord has in me to so such an important work. I know I´m doing the work of salvation. I know that I am set apart as a representative of him by the authority of God to go and find his sheep. I try everyday to live worthy of that title and work as he would.

I love you and miss you all!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I have exciting news! One night before going to bed Hermana Cisnero asked me if I could please stop talking in my sleep so she could get some sleep. I then asked her if she could understand anything I said, thinking it had to have been in English, and she told me it was all in Spanish and she could understand everything I said.

This week has been a roller coaster of learning. It´s been hard, but that´s good I have learned a lot and I am still learning. Hermana Cisnero is a GREAT teacher. She is so good at teaching during the lessons that sometimes I want to just sit and listen too. In fact, it´s great that I have her as a companion, because this is an area I struggle with. I want to teach with clarity, but having to translate every sentence makes it´s 10 times harder.

Hermana Cisnero has been trying to help me teach better this week and with more unison in our companionship. It´s been a week of tears and practice, that´s for sure! Although, it´s been hard we have been seeing the blessings of all our hard work. The more we work together to make this better the more we see MIRACLES.

Now, we even have a ¨Miracle Street¨. On this street we have found 3 new investigators and 2 inactive members whose records are no where to be found. All within a block or so on this street. ( I´m half tempted to just keep walking up and down this street everyday haha). One miracle we saw on this street is Matias, a 20 year old boy randomly stopped us on the street, told us how he was interested in our church, and asked US for a pamphlet.

After this happened I couldn´t help, but to cry. The whole day I had been struggling. The whole day I had thoughts of how bad of a missionary I was because I couldn´t teach and work well with my companion. That day all I was doing was praying and trying SO hard to change. Even when I kept thinking ¨I don´t know why Heavenly Father trust me to do this work¨ He kindly taught me that no matter how much I think I can´t do it, he knows I can and the work still goes on. He STILL sent Matias running up to us asking for a pamphlet. haha Even, when I was walking down the street sulking about how hard it was.

Hermana Cisnero told me something this week that changed everything. She told me that I need to teach the best I can, because I´m teaching these people about their salvation. It´s not something to be taught without love. After that I look at EVERY single person I teach with SUCH a different perspective.

Hermana Cisnero is so right. We have to take this work very seriously. Every single person matters to our Heavenly Father and that´s why this work is so important. I don´t know why Heavenly Father trust 18 or 19 year olds to do such this work, but all I know is I love him so if that takes changing. my ways to teach and save the way he wants. I will keep trying the best I can.

This work is SO IMPORTANT. Sometimes it´s hard to teach people these things or sometimes to just even invite those that our close to us to listen because we fear the outcome of what they might say, but WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SALVATION HERE. So we have neighbors, friends, and family to teach. It´s hard, but the Lord trust us to do it and it´s SO rewarding when we do.

I know this is Christ church and the message we carry is the saving message for everyone. I know Heavenly Father loves me and the more I know it for myself the more I feel that same love he has for each and every one of us.

I love and miss you all!

Hermana Baca

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I´ve now been with my COMPLETELY Spanish speaking companion for almost 3 weeks now and I am understanding a ton more! In the MTC I prayed for a Latin America companion when I got to Uruguay so that I would be forced to speak more and learn faster. I got what I wanted! Hermana Lopez was from Guatemala BUT she know English.... perfectly. This last change I was more specific and now I am learning tons. Everything happens for a reason. I know Heavenly Father knew what I needed not what I wanted and I needed that English from Hermana Lopez my first few months. He knows me better than I do.

I understand more, but there are still things I have a hard time with. For example, every time my companion tells a joke. she tends to speak faster and starts laughing before the joke is over, which makes it really hard for me to understand. I just smile, laugh, and nod. I wander if she's caught on to the fact that I don´t understand 70% of her jokes. The same goes for me too though! Somethings I think are funny and while I´m laughing I´m sure she´s thinking ¨I don´t get what this American is laughing at.¨ We´re having a good time though!

This week we got to got to the temple as a zone. It was my first time here in Uruguay and my first time in Spanish! Luckily, they did have English translation if needed. I ended up asking for English near the end after I tried my hardest to do it all in Spanish. After when I was walking with President Smith he said ¨I´m sure those workers were all surprised when, you out of all the missionaries, asked for English.¨ It´s true, with my name and looks I fit right in!

Then, at lunch my companion and I were talking with one of President Smiths daughters and at the end of the conversation she asked me where I was from and when I said Las Vegas she was so surprised! She said she never would have thought I spoke English. During this temple day I learned that I am fitting in more and more with the Latin American missionaries than the American ones.

That day was so great! I love my mission president and his wife so much! HOY ES EL DIA! Remember to go out with the missionaries and help them look for those who need the gospel.

Love, Hermana Baca


Sister Kaylee June Baca

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