Missouri, Independence Mission

Missouri, Independence Mission

Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 67 - Happy Monday from Liberty Missouri

Happy Monday from Liberty MO! We're back to Monday pday for the next little while and I have a new companion after transfers, Sister Morgan!:) I have actually been serving around her my whole mission and we were already super good friends so this transfer is going to be stellar!:)

I still can't believe we're companions.  So crazy!!

To finish off last week, with sister Peterson and Sister Schiess first, it was a miracle of finding!! We have been working hard to find new people to teach. Tracking isn't successful in this area like it has been in others so we sometimes track but our biggest focus is families where every family member is not a member, because they can hear the testimonies of their family members and all come and support each other in the gospel. It's pretty powerful! So we used this focus this week and had some incredible miracles!
There is an active member who just had 4 of her grandkids come live with her. The oldest is 14, down to 9 and we were just talking with them about prayer and how God loves us. The 14 year old granddaughter has been leaning towards being being an atheist and our goal was to be able to help her feel that God loves her and that he's real. At the end of the lesson we asked them, "why do we pray, what is the point of praying?" And after a minute to think, she spoke up and said, "because he's listening, and he loves us." They all said they would start saying a prayer together as a family every night:) they are in the area we were only covering for the week in Sister Peterson's area so we won't be able to continue teaching them personally but I'm excited to hear the updates on them!!
And we made this super great plan of how to help the Ward to invite their friends to come closer to Christ! They all have friends who they talk with about he church and share their testimonies. They have the desire to invite them to do more but aren't really in the acting stage yet. So we're starting up a 40 days fast! We will have families or individuals sign up for each day, and every day for 40 days someone in the Ward will be fasting for a specific goal they have to help their friends or family. We announced it and sent the calendar around to the classes yesterday and already 30 of the 40 days are filled and we don't even start until next week!:) and something else that's amazing about it, many of them are youth fasting for their friends and missionary experiences. I am so excited to see this build the Ward to a whole new level!:)
And one more miracle to close the day! Sister Morgan and I were leaving dinner the other night and right across the street from our dinner is a less active member who wants to come back to church that we have been trying to visit but she is never home because she works full time, has 2 boys and is going to school. But we walk of dinner and whose car is in the driveway!? HERS. So we go knock on her door and had such a good visit with her. We didn't need to say much, and she opened up with many of her concerns and her desires and what she has been going though. Then she told us that her son had turned 8 a couple months ago and she wanted to prepare him to be baptized. So the elders are going to meet with the family and this little boy to prepare him to be baptized:)
Something I have gained a stronger testimony of this week is the amazing power of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Every day we receive little thoughts and feelings that guide us to know what to say, where to be and who to help. Sometimes we may think they're just our thoughts, but every good thing comes from God! I think we would be pretty shocked to see just how often we are guided and how God really is in every detail of all we do.

Keep the faith and fight the fight! All is well and God is good:)  Love Hermana/Sister Courtney Baggett

Farewell to our dear sisters with a fun little jail tradition :)

A little bit of evaluation for you!  On the left was February 2015 while we were volunteering at the MTC before we were missionaries.  On the right is August 2016!
A good ole transfer selfie.  How many can we get in??
And here is our jail crew now!  Sisters Peterson, GC, Me, Morgan, Erazo, Guerreo, Hixon and Anderson.

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