Missouri, Independence Mission

Missouri, Independence Mission

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 34 -Winter came to Kansas!

Winter decided to come to Kansas! I've heard at home it's been pretty cold for past couple months already, but we had a 60-degree Christmas! It was pretty weird, but now the temperatures are really dropping! We wear 2 pairs of tights or leggings to fight the 10-degree weather hahaha but luckily we're blessed with a car so we don't have any reason to complain!
We had an amazing miracle at church yesterday when we had 5 investigators come!:) Church is the hardest commitment to help people keep and often we had tons of people who say they're coming and then none of them show up. Heart breaker every Sunday! But this week was awesome!:) A family of 3 came and they're on date to be baptized next Saturday! Also a mom and her daughter were there!
It was a miracle by itself that the mom came with her daughter because missionaries have been teaching her for over a year and this was the first time she actually came to church! But we know the spirit has been softening her heart this whole time and now she's ready:) I was most grateful for the members who introduced themselves to the investigators and made them feel so welcome! That welcoming combined with the spirit is what made them want to come back next week.
So if you ever see anyone you don't recognize at church, introduce yourself! They may just be visiting for a speaker or they're on vacation or recently moved into the ward but it doesn't matter who they are, make them feel welcome to come to your ward! That's whatChrist would be doing if he were here:)
I don't have many other stories from this week but it was a great one:) the work continues to more forward and I can't express how blessed I feel to be a part of it. I learn so much from the people I'm surrounded by. Whether they're members, less actives, investigators,other missionaries or even just people I meet on the street, there is something to learn from them. A little challenge for everyone this week is to open your eyes and realize all of the people that are around you, learn something from them!
I love you all and like always am so grateful for all the support I have. Although the world may seem like a dark and awful place sometimes, when I remember my family and friends and the gospel it just feels like love and hope. Remember that when things get hard!Love you all, all is well and God is good:)Love Hermana/Sister Baggett

Teaching Hermana Cuevas how to eat Oreos like an American...with a fork. Ha-ha

And this is a jeopardy game we made to help our investigators prepare for baptism! We're teaching a lot of kids and it's hard for them to focus during lessons some times, so after we teach them all the lessons we can see how much they remember while we play! Mom will be proud of how creative I got with this one;)
So in Mexico there's a tradition that on January 6th, everyone gets together and eats this bread called "Rosca de Reyes", which is this big circle bread with like cinnamon and fruit stuff on it and then inside the bread there are little baby Jesus's in it. Everyone eats some and if you get one of the babies then you're in charge of making the tamales for another party that's on February 2nd! Basically to me it sounds like excuses to have parties..hahaha Mexicans love their parties!:) but we had some of the bread with our recent converts and Sister Cuevas and I both ended up with the babies...awkward...hahaha we don't know how to make tamales...so they're going to make them for us anyway! Blessings of being a missionary!:)

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