Missouri, Independence Mission

Missouri, Independence Mission

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More visitors...

I think Courtney's companions must think it's just nuts that she sees so many people that she knows. It must have been the summer to visit Independence and Courtney just happened to be in the Visitor Center. The Ortons are in our ward and Brother Orton is in our bishopric.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Week 19-Basically everything missionaries do, is socially unacceptable -Sis. Moss

All the Independence and Liberty VC sisters on transfer day.

Sister Hansen and I taking selfies while we packed for transfers

Rough day taking a break in the guides room during lunch!  Sister Hunt, Hermana Lamb in the back, Hermana Delgado on the couch and me!

We survived transfers! Sister Hunt and I are still together in the same 
ward and we're pretty excited about it:) Our zone has some new
goals to really get the work moving this transfer and the main goal is
daily contacting! So daily contacting is anyone who you talk to that
you weren't planning on; example, someone working in the garden as you
walk by, or someone walking their dog. The point of this is to really
just getting us talking with everyone! Each day we make a goal and
basically Sister Hunt and I have decided we're not going home until we
get that goal every day!

The first day we set our goal we only set a goal of 1 because we had
to contact a referral and had to be in the visitors’ center in a half
hour, so we had like no time! But after getting the door slammed in
our face, pretty common in the daily missionary life:) we had some
extra time so we knew we could do it! We tried to talk with a woman
but she was not having it...she still counted though because we tried
to talk. So we decided we needed to go back to be on time to the VC
and even though it wasn't really successful, we got our goal so it's
okay, then we turn around and there's a man walking right by us!!

So I called out "hey, how are ya??" And he looked over and said in
broken English, "sorry I don't speak English well." And I got the
biggest smile on my face and said, "esta bien, yo hablo espanol!"
(It's okay, I speak Spanish!) to make a long story short we had such a
good conversation and he wanted to know what we believed so we're
going to back and see him soon. But we wouldn't have talked to him if
we weren't trying to get our goal! I know the lord is really directing
us even in these little things:)

And this is also one of the examples of how missionaries are socially
unacceptable..haha the sisters and I were talking this week about how
if you think about it, it's not normal to knock on random doors, find
people in parking lots to talk to, dress up every day when it's
sweltering hot and humid and talk about Jesus to everyone!! It's really
not a normal thing, but I love doing it!:) haha it takes me out of my
comfort zone which is good, because there's no growth in a comfort

And in case anyone out there doesn't know, general conference is
coming up next week!!!:) (basically like the super bowl for
missionaries;) ) We get to hear from modern day prophets the things
that our Heavenly Father wants us to know right now, isn't that an
incredible blessing?? So just like we prepare for the super bowl by
stocking up on food, family, friends and fan gear, we should be
preparing for general conference! We can prepare by thinking about
questions that we need answers to and pray for those questions to be
answered. I know as we prepare and pray for those questions, they will
be answered.

I know Jesus Christ is our savior, that the bible and Book of Mormon
together help us to know his will for us, along with modem prophets,
and if we pray to him he will answer the questions we have though the
Holy Ghost. I love this work, and I love all of you!! Hope all is
All is well here, and God is good!

Love Hermana/Sister Baggett
Sister Hunt and I at the Gilbert and Whitney Store which was the first Bishop's Storehouse

A daily occurrence in Independence. Just ride your lawn mower to the gas station...or down the street...or really wherever you want!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A sweet note from a visitor.

You don't know me, but we were lucky enough to meet your sweet daughter at the visitor center in Independence Missouri today. She gave me enough info so I found you on Facebook. I thought I would share the picture we got of her. She spoke at length of her love for the Savior and how much she loves what she is doing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week 18- Prayer is a conversation

I'm doing so well out here and our investigators are great!! We have 2
investigators right now that are progressing. one is praying to know
what day she should prepare for to get baptized which we are so
excited about:) The other we just met! She just walked into church
with her daughter who is a less active but wants to return to church!
We had a lesson with her and she really wants to know more. We are
meeting with her tomorrow and are planning to invite her to be
baptized as well! She has such a great desire and is the sweetest

I love helping people to understand more about god's love for them,
and I love being able to see the change in their face as they
understand more.  They look happier and brighter and I know that it's
the spirit of the gospel in their lives.  It's such a blessing for me
to be involved in this incredible work:)

Transfers are this week though, which no one likes, so my pday may
change to Monday or Thursday we'll have to see:) change is hard but if
I've learned anything about being on the mission, uncomfortable is
key:) we don't learn in our comfort zone, so I'm learning so much
because I'm so uncomfortable always!:)
The Willis House Sisters.  All the sisters we live with, had a rainbow day!  Also a shoutout to my sister because I know she'll love the tutu I'm wearing!

On a spiritual note I have learned so much about prayer this week.
Prayer is just a conversation with God, telling him how we feel, what
we think, what we did, and just all of it.  When we have a real
conversation people we don't just talk all the time.  We listen too.
That's what we need to do with prayers! Don't just talk and move on
with your day. Talk and then listen, and I promise he will answer.  I
know this church is true and that God really does listen to and answer
our prayers if we are willing to listen. So this week I challenge you
to evaluate your prayers, make them more genuine, more of a
conversation, and I know you will be able to build your relationship
with God.

Thanks for all your love and support! I love you all! Have a great
week and remember, all is well and God is good:)

Love Hermana/Sister Baggett
Oh my goodness mom I just got my quilt and I cried hahahaha. It's seriously the cutest idea!!! All the sisters loved it and I'm going to have them sign it and take it into the VC and have all the senior couples sign it too!!! Thanks so much for always thinking of me:) I
love you so much mom!!:) Also, I thought I said thank you for the clothes you sent but I must have forgotten! They all fit really well and they're so cute:) Thank you thank you thank you! You're the best mom:) I hope you have a great week!!:)
One of the members in our ward rescued this little baby squirrel when it fell out of it's tree.  It's so tiny!

Friday Morning Training Meeting (FMTM) we did the Mormon Walking Trail around Independence Square with all the sisters.  This is the temple lot across the street, where we started the walking trail at. There is a group from the Church of Christ thatmeets there every single morning from about 5:30am to around 10am to pray for the second coming. 
We had an adventure when one of the sisters burnt a bag of popcorn in the guides room and set the fire alarm off.  We lost all our guests and smelt like burnt popcorn all day.  So...needless to say, popcorn is no longer allowed at the visitor center for us.

Celebrating Sister Hafoka's birthday with our "cookie log"

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week 17-10 minutes may change your life!

Just Sister Hunt and I.

Exchanges with the beautiful Sister Prior.

Hello every one!!

This week I have really seen how happy being a servant of the Lord
makes me. It's kind of a weird thing, we wake up so early, we don't
take naps (which are my favorite at home), we study for 4 hours a day,
we are talking to people all day long, going and going for 16 hours a
day, non stop. Then we hit the pillow, the alarm goes off again in the
morning and we go again, every day of the week with no breaks,
holidays or weekends. It’s seriously so crazy and doesn't really
make sense, but I have never been so happy in my life.

This gospel really is full of hope and love and joy, that's all it is!
I wish that all the people that we try to talk to, and all the people
in the world really, would just put their judgments away for just 10
minutes. Just give me 10 minutes to explain why I think I’m the
happiest person in the world. To tell them that I know with my whole
heart that Jesus is the Christ, He is our Savior and he loves us so
much. That our Heavenly Father knows us personally, that he listens
when you pray. Think about that, the creator of the universe listens
to my simple, weak prayer. And I know if He listens to mine, He
listens to yours. And guess what? Because they love us so much they
have given us a plan to help us be happy, it's called the plan of
happiness! Through this plan of happiness we get to live with our
Father in Heaven, our Savior Jesus Christ and our families forever.
FOREVER. How happy is that? Don't you want that? Just 10 minutes of
listening with no judgments might open a whole new world and change
your whole life, it's changed mine.

I'm here on a mission because of this happiness that I feel. It's not
happiness that will be short lived, or fade away or be outdated, it
will be forever.  My goal is to touch everyone's life with this
happiness for good, to show them what kind of happiness living the
gospel of Jesus Christ can bring. So my little challenge for this week
for y'all is to put this to the test! I don't expect you all to just
believe my testimony, I want you all to have your own. Live these
principles because you want to, not because you have to. Pray, don't
just read but study the scriptures, go to church, seek for service,
really try to be like the savior. When you actually live the gospel,
the gospel will change your life. Just try it--Moroni 10:3-5.

I love you all and the missionary work here is great here I love it
all! I'll tell you all more about it next week, but I felt this
thought was more important for now:) I hope all is well at home! Thank
you for all your prayers and know I pray for your safety and success
every day! And even when days are hard, remember, all is well and God
is good!

Love Hermana/Sister Baggett
Having fun with the Sisters.

My wonderful zone and President Medina!

There's a Courtney Road here!
This is basically what Missouri looks like!!

The sisters in the Willis House.  I used to live in the Doll House but I moved a few streets over to the Willis House and there are 4 companionships and I love it!!  Sister Hafoka, Hixon, Hansen, me, Morgan and Day.

Sister Hunt, me and Sister Moss

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 16-Open your mouth and be a member missionary!

Hello everyone!
This week was great great great with so many miracles!!
Our stake this month has a goal and it's called new member September!! This goal is that our stake has 20 baptisms this month, that means 2 baptisms for each ward. We have been working so hard to find people that are being prepared to be baptized, and the Lord is blessing us and our ward so much for our efforts! Example: We got a call from a member in our ward that said he would be bringing in a friend to the visitors center for us to teach. The investigator literally just walked in the door for us to teach! There is so much power in the members doing missionary work!! And they are so much more likely to stay in the church after baptism if they have a friend at the church!
That's what we want, people who can come to church and feel like they are at home, that they are welcome there. So your challenge for this week is to be a good member missionary!! Welcome people you haven't seen before at church and talk with your friends about the gospel! It sometimes feels weird to talk about church with people, but it has changed your life, and made you happier (at least it has for me:) So, don't you want to help your friends be happier too?:) it really can change lives!! So don't be afraid, just open your mouth:)
We have had awesome miracles all week and it has just strengthened my testimony so much of the simple truth that this really is the Lord's work and he knows the best way to do it.  If we trust him and let him lead us, we will be successful.
To quote one of my favorite hymns (hymn 97)
     "I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that thou
     Shouldst lead me on.
     I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
     Lead thou me on!"
I usually like to plan everything, but like this verse says, the
Lord's way is so much better, and he will lead us if we trust him.
So trust the Lord, and remember, all is well and God is good:)
Love you all! Thanks for all your prayers!!
Love Hermana/Sister Baggett

"Ask the missionaries, they can help you!!" Haha sister Morgan and I matching at the visitors center! I found out through another sisters blog that last week was "Spirit Week" at the VC.  (Throwback to High School).  They had different activities each day and one was "matching day".  Each day they also studied a similar topic.  Hence the matching outfits!

Some more sisters at the VC! (Right to left: sisters hunt, Rowley, Helmbold, Crockett and me!

Sister Wilky and I! She's adorable:)