January 20, 2015

hey all!!

sounds like a successful weekend πŸ™‚ love the sound of that and i sure do smile when i think of bryson’s laugh!!

a couple of weeks we went to the dialysis center and i almost lost it. but it worked out. i made sure that we left quickly and i grabbed my companion’s arm and she stabilized me. then she laughed at me and then i sat down for a little bit while she laughed at me some more and i made her drive home. jaja

to answer your question i never did buy a bike. i haven’t had the need yet. our spanish areas have been pretty big so a car has been a huge blessing. i have been on bike for a couple of exchanges so that’s been fun! i sure wish we had bikes but our car is nice too πŸ™‚

with the holiday yesterday, the library was closed which means we get an hour today so i’m gonna keep this short but i have so many experiences this past week that i want to tell you!

remember that i told you about maria and gustavo? they are a family that we are teaching and they told us that they aren’t interested in changing but that they like us coming by and sharing our message with them. well, we set up an appointment and we went hoping to teach about the holy ghost. we started and they told us that they had spent all morning watching mormon messages!! this is coming from a man who is always trying to change the subject by getting us to eat, so to see that was pretty neat πŸ™‚
they are pretty open with us and told us that it makes them nervous to have us come over sometimes because they feel that they are going to get baptized one day. we smile and laugh about it but i know it’s because they know. and they know that we know that they know.

there was one day this past week we were out street contacting and there weren’t many people out or answering their doors so we called a potential investigator. his name is jose and he was a little creeped out that we had his number but agreed to have us come and visit. we tried to invite one of the hermanas from the branch to come with us so that we could enter his apartment but that was a whole other adventure. (remind me to tell that to you one day) but set up something for sunday night. hermana milian came with us and we had a lesson with him. it was super powerful. he had so many great questions! i love questions and i think they are super important. questions pull us out of apostasy. so that was a really neat experience this week.

i gotta go but i have so much more to say and i wasn’t really to give you the details i wanted to but just know things are going well here and i hope that you keep working hard too πŸ™‚ i love you i love you i love you!!

much love,
hermana bain

January 12, 2015

heyyyy all πŸ˜‰

right now we’re teaching a woman named maria. she’s super awesome! i might have told you a little bit about her but since i can’t remember i’ll just tell you again. she’s been going through dialysis and is losing her eye sight. her daughter is a member who is moving to utah this week πŸ˜‰ love her! well, we’ve been teaching her and she’s agreed to let us read the book of mormon to her. she’s told us that she would be baptized if her husband supported her. he’s catholic. super catholic. but we’re hoping that she’ll be the one to help him have more interest. we’re trying to help her have more spiritual experiences and that she’ll share them with her husband. as people, we are always changing and our agency molds us. the gospel teaches us how to use our agency and develop celestial habits and changes πŸ™‚

we are also teaching a family of 3 from guadalajara. i might have mentioned them as well. but. we have a lesson tonight and we’re planning on teaching them the restoration. i’m super pumped for this lesson. the mom is actually a member but it’s been 30+ years and considers herself catholic. they are just super genuine people and i sure do love them πŸ™‚

i’ll tell you more about the others next week! those were just the ones that were on my mind today.

thanks for that awesome inspirational thought! i actually really want to share that with a less active family that we are working with. this past week we were able to see a lot of our less actives, which was really nice but none of them seem to be ready to do anything. they usually just flat out tell us that they don’t want to go to church. that they are comfortable. that they would rather not get involved with all those imperfect members or even think about having a responsibility in the church.
it’s surprising how many of them don’t really remember their baptisms either. and they can’t say specifically why they were baptized. this past week i felt very grateful for you and dad and that you taught me about baptism and then continued to teach me long afterwards so that i better understood the promises that i had made. almost all of the members in the branch are converts and i have been so blessed to be strengthened by their testimonies of the restored gospel, and for some, even their lack of testimony has helped me strengthen my own; but when i first started sharing the gospel as a missionary i almost felt less than a member because i was “raised in the church” and people have told me that i don’t know what i’m talking about because i was brainwashed. and there are a lot of things that i don’t know or that i don’t understand 100%. but. there are things that i do know.
i know that God is good. i know that he lives and that he is love. i know that families are a source of strength and support that bring happiness and purpose. they are eternal. i know that because God wants us to be happy he has given us prophets to guide us and remind us of the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. i know that Christ set up his church upon prophets, apostles, and the priesthood. and that he leads his church today. at one point the world was dark. people stopped asking questions. but i know that joseph smith reach for the heavens and asked a question. a simple question. a question that reminds me every single day that God answers prayers.
and because God answers prayers i can believe that the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is the only church with the restored priesthood. i can believe that the book of mormon is true. and i can believe that our less actives and investigators and every breathing soul can believe in what i believe too.
and i am so grateful.

today was transfer calls and hermana pirir and i dodged the bullet! only 2 more transfers so it’s pretty likely that i’ll die here in monroe but that’s something to be very grateful for πŸ™‚ it’s going to be a good transfer. i can feel it.

well all, make it a good week πŸ™‚ and i hope that you’re looking for more ways to strengthen your testimony of the restored gospel. i love this gospel. and i love you. see you all when the razor gets dull.

πŸ™‚ much love,
hermana bain

[Razor Explanation]

“Dad will probably tell you this, but I thought it was funny.Β  He said today that you are one razor blade away from coming home.Β  Dad uses his razor blades for a certain period of time and apparently you are due home about when his current razor blade will need to be changed.Β  So when people ask how much longer you have on your mission, I can answer “she is one razor blade away.”

January 5, 2015

hey all!

i love beginnings πŸ™‚ there’s just a good vibe being able to set goals and having that inspiration and determination to do better and be better and i absolutely love that scripture (luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.) as a guide to setting goals for this new year! as missionaries we weren’t able to stay up and to be honest we went to bed early πŸ™‚ it was actually really nice! but anyway, setting goals is super important but i think there’s an art to it. being specific and also setting that goal prayerfully is key.

this past week we were able to find a ton of new people to teach. and what really got us excited was that we were teaching families this week πŸ™‚ nothin’ better! so we’re looking forward to this week and helping them all progress together!
one of the families that we are working with is actually a part member family. the mom has a desire to follow the example of her oldest daughter and be baptized. the daughter was baptized a year ago and is actually moving to orem next week πŸ™‚ but the dad has a few more doubts. he’s “catholic”. and doesn’t really have any questions. or desire. but i know that through the Spirit, people can change. i know because i change everyday. change is good πŸ™‚

this coming week, we have a zone meeting so we’ve been working on the pre assignment. it’s to read joseph smith history 1:1-26 and then write down our testimony of the restoration. it’s funny because i feel we do this everyday but it’s insane how much i have been learning! so that’s my challenge this week: to study and strengthen your testimony of the restoration.

i love you so much πŸ™‚ to the moon and back πŸ™‚
be awesome this week!!
much love,
hermana bain

December 29, 2014

hi all!

it was super fun to have the family there in the call! i’m glad that you guys had fun and that i got to talk to you πŸ™‚ i am so blessed to have such an amazing family. and thank you thank you thank you for the packages! i really appreciate it. this is one happy missionary!

that’s a good reminder about the cpr (church, prayer, read scriptures). we use that as well but in spanish it’s oil. orar. iglesia. leer las escrituras. oil is nice and handy to keep things running smoothly and on track. so i love that english and spanish work well together πŸ™‚

we had a lesson with the family that i told you about in the call -they came to the christmas party with the branch. we actually went to invite them to a fireside but we ended up staying and talking to them about their doubts of the gospel. it was really neat because they were so open with us. the mom and her brother are actually members who were baptized years ago in mexico and they all remember the baptism πŸ™‚ they were telling us that they didn’t really know what they were doing but they were baptized because they liked the elders and had had good experiences with mormons. i believe that they were introduced to missionaries for a reason and that those good influences in their lives have opened the door way down the road for them. and now we’re ready to help them with some cpr which will help them to true conversion.

it’s very easy to love this people. and i’m grateful for the experiences that i am having with them. and i am always grateful for the unlimited tacos we get every single day. i honestly can’t remember the last time we made dinner for ourselves. people just give us tacos and water throughout the whole day. a very generous people πŸ™‚

happy new year this week! crazy huh?! i can’t believe that it’s gone…just goes too quick. hermana pirir and i were talking about how much we look forward to the christmas call home and then it’s here before we know it and gone even sooner! but it was so great to see everyone and talk with you all! it hit me how much i really miss you guys! but i do have to admit that after talking to you i felt this urgency and excitement to work smarter and to work even harder! i realized how important my family is to me and how important this mission is to me πŸ™‚ thanks for encouraging and inspiring me!!

this is going to be a good year. it just has a good ring to it ya know? 2015. and thanks for the advice! i’m going to set some goals and then write them done. i definitely know how important that is to write down those goals and then follow up!

to answer your question about some of the skills that i have learned on my mission, i would have to start by saying that i honestly don’t know where to start! any skill that i had before was strengthened and the things that i have learned so far seem to be immeasurable. i did have the opportunity to have an interview with my mission president, President Bonham. i really respect him. not only is he one of the best mission presidents (i’m not just saying that because i’m bias -i know that i totally am, but a visiting authority from the quorum of the seventy told us as well) but i really do think of him as one of my heroes. he has taught me so many life changing lessons. anyway, in the interview i asked a couple of questions and he gave some super advice but at the end he told me that i have grown a ton in the last year. i was thrown off guard, not expecting it, but it was really neat to hear my mission president tell me that i am more confident and happy. πŸ˜€

i do think that my mission has taught me better communication skills (including listening), goal setting, integrity (doing what i say i would do), and has given me a stronger desire to seek truth. i mean, what the gospel is designed to do is take our abilities and then amplify them through the atonement of Jesus Christ so i feel i have grown in all aspects of my life. i know i’m not perfect,i have many faults and weaknesses but now i’m more aware and i know who can help me. but i feel healthier physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.Β  i am even a better driver! i’m telling you, missions are incredible.

i think that my mission has also given me the tools that i need and the basic foundation for the future i’m striving for. it’s given me that vision. anyway, i hope that kinda answers your question πŸ™‚ i figure that there could even be things that i don’t realize i’ve learned and that it’ll come in handy later down the road. we’re always learning right?

i hope you’re enjoying your christmas break and that everyone is having a good time! life is so good and it’s meant to be enjoyed just like you testified.
keep being awesome!
much love,

hermana bain

December 22, 2014

hey all!

hey, guess what?! i got to stay in my area! one of the areas in an english ward was closed so that now only elders serve in that ward and one sister went with another sister who sent her companion home at the same time and then the other sister came with me! hermana pirir!! she is from guatemala and her family is living in las vegas right now. she’s been in the states for about 3 years and her english is perfect πŸ™‚ so i went from learning mexican spanish to spanish spoken in guatemala πŸ™‚ she is awesome! she’s been serving for about 5 months and is on fire! i just love this girl πŸ™‚

we were able to go to the branch christmas party this past saturday. so. much. fun. there are members who rather go to the branch parties than to their own ward christmas party πŸ™‚ we’re talking big news. we started teaching a new family from guadalajara mexico -super awesome- turns out the mom was baptized some 30 years ago and they had been thinking about the elders who used to come by but hadn’t been in a while when some crazy sisters knocked on their door. we invited them to the activity and had a neat lesson with them. i love serving the hispanic community because they typically have an understanding and a faith in Christ already. so when we told them about the nativity and the tamales they were on board! they also brought their family which was super cool! we also had a ton of less active families there with us. so great πŸ™‚

well we’ve been talking a lot about christmas and like you mentioned we do get to focus on the true meaning of christmas and i love that we are able to grasp the beauty of this season and share it with others! the birth of the Savior was prophesied years before and was talked about years after and was recorded in what we have as sacred scripture now. and i believe that it’s because the birth, life, and atonement of Jesus Christ changed the course of fallen man and provides each of us the opportunity to set our eternal destiny. He impacts everything that we do and enables us to do what we can. Christ was foreordained, and having this time to reflect and act upon the gift He has given us, the gift that He is, has brought an overwhelming feeling of gratitude.

i love the gospel of Jesus Christ and that it teaches us to reach beyond ourselves and lift another. that we heal as we drive our energy outward. i love that this is a gospel of change. a gospel of unity. a gospel of love. i love that we learn by teaching others. that we are stronger as we challenge our weaknesses. i love that because of Christ we have all the answers to the test (the spirit), the study helps (prayer and scripture), the tutors (prophets, priesthood), study groups (wards), “phone a friend” (home teaching and visiting teaching), i mean…we have it all!! because our Redeemer came. because He lived for us. because He overcame all. and because He lives again, we have it all. and we can pass the test.
i love my Savior and i know that He lives. i’m grateful for His voice and for His masterful design.

i love you

feliz navidad!! hablaremos en jueves!! les amo muchisimo!!!!!

much love,
hermana bain

December 15, 2015

hi all πŸ™‚

we had more exchanges this week with the maltby ward and the sunnyside branch hermanas πŸ™‚ so fabulous. i love these sisters so much! we have a crazy week coming up too. tomorrow we have an exchange with the snohomish sisters, zone meeting on wednesday and then hermana martinez returns to mexico on thursday. so i’m not sure where that puts me. i could stay in my area and have another sister come with me. or. i could go join another companionship for the rest of the transfer. or. i could go with another sister who is also sending her companion home. point is, i don’t really know what’s going to happen but it’ll all work out ya know πŸ™‚ hermana martinez hasn’t been trunky at all so i haven’t really been thinking about her leaving. it comes up and all but i guess it really hit me this morning that she’s going home this week.

but life is good here! to be honest, i can’t think of anything else that happened or that i wanted to say. but best of luck this week πŸ™‚ it’s gonna be great!! i love you so much!

love,

hermana bain

December 9, 2014

hey all!

Elder Cardon from the seventy was here for the mission tour and half the mission went to a conference yesterday and the rest go today. we woke up super early to get to mount vernon for the conference. hermana martnez and i were able to go to the leadership meeting with the stl’s in the north and the other zone leaders. it was really neat and i learned a lot from Elder Cardon. we talked about our mission culture and what we need to do as leaders to strengthen our missionaries. it was really powerful.

then we had the conference and received instruction from President and Sister Bonham and Elder and Sister Cardon. my mind was blown and if i could feel the spirit all the time the way that i did in those meetings…there would be nothing to hold me back. but something that i learned from the spirit in that conference is that the spirit is consistent and not necessarily constant. meaning, when we earnestly seek guidance and revelation we are promised that it will come by the spirit -that promise is consistent and will come every time. of course, it’s in the Lord’s time, but it will come. but that we also need to act on our agency, using good principles and judgement, to act for ourselves and not be dependent on every little detail. the way i see it is that if we were told by the spirit what to do every single moment of every single day and we knew without a doubt that it was from the spirit we would do it out of obligation and the “guilt trip”. not so much out of our own desires or by exercising our ability to choose. anyway, i’m not too sure that makes sense the way i’m trying to say it but my point is that i learned a lot through what i felt in that conference. and my testimony grew.

best of luck with the rest of the week! i hope that everything goes smooth and well. we have a pretty busy week as well so i’m looking forward to it! i’m praying for you all!

thanks for everything you’re doing right now. you are awesome! trust me, i know πŸ˜‰

much love,
hermana bain

December 1, 2014

hey all!

we had a really great thanksgiving as well. we had our p-day and did the usual stuff and then we were able to go to our investigators home for dinner. her name is areceli and her husband is reymundo. they have three adorable kids! i played cars with them and we played rock, paper, scissors for probably 20 minutes straight. it got intense.

we ate mole and rice (the e makes a long a sound, we did not eat a mole. just sayin) and it was super delish. i loved it! then we also had been invited to angie’s home as well. we were stuffed but angie is a recent convert and the only member in her family. she’s amazing! and i love her so much πŸ™‚ but her family are not members and they’re not really interested but we wanted them to know we loved them and that we are thankful for them and they invited us so there’s no way we would turn them down. her mom is on dialysis so she’s getting used to that. she’s a wonderful woman and it’s hard to see her so sick right now. but this past week she seems to be doing a lot better.

something that i love about hermana martinez is that she’s so real. i love that we can be ourselves around each other and that we love one another even with all our imperfections and faults. she’s taught me so much this transfer. so i am grateful that i get to serve with her until the end of her mission. she returns to mexico in three weeks!! at least i’m assuming we’re still companions because neither of us have received a transfer call yet.

well, it’s december!! can you believe it?? i hope you have heard about “He is the gift”. if not, check out christmas.mormon.org and watch the video. it’s real short, only 2-3 minutes if that. super powerful though. the church has done some amazing things to bring the world together in celebrating Christ this season. i love it. love it. love it. love it. it’s such a beautiful time that we have really discover Jesus Christ. embrace Jesus Christ. and share the gift that He is and the light that He brings. i can’t even begin to explain how crazy fun it has been to tell people about this. it’s put a new fire in my work! so check it out, if you have, try it again and then share the love πŸ™‚ i’ll let you know how our week goes with this.

much love,

hermana bain

November 24, 2014

hey all!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!! such a great time. we have been invited to eat thanksgiving dinner with the branch president and his family. there will be some less actives there so that would be neat but we have also been invited by one of our investigators and her husband who is a potential investigator. i really hope we can eat with them! i feel different when i am with them and i just love them so much. it’s going to be a humbling experience and i can’t wait to tell you all about it!

i love that we have so much to be grateful for πŸ™‚ this week was really great and i can’t believe that it’s already the last full week of november. i feel we just started the month! but it’s going to be a super week this week.

we had exchanges with the sisters serving in the lundeen park ward, and i had a blast getting to serve with sister goode. it was too fun πŸ™‚ i need to keep this short today but i want to testify of gratitude. i’ve been learning that a grateful heart is an open heart. and an open heart receives personal revelation. so i guess you could say gratitude lights the way.
i am super grateful for the little moments where the spirit teaches me and corrects me so that i can better live in harmony with my Savior Jesus Christ. i am grateful for the atonement of Christ which allows me to repent and change. change is beautiful. i am grateful for the efforts that the church is making to spread the gospel and bring others to Christ. i am grateful for the priesthood and ordinances that allows us to progress. i am grateful for rainy days and apple cider. i am thankful for my super awesome companion and the things that she has been teaching me. i am thankful for a supportive family and the many faithful prayers. i am grateful for the book of mormon. i am grateful for the courageous acts that our investigators are making each day to increase their faith in Jesus Christ. i am thankful that He lives.

have a great time with the family this week! enjoy thanksgiving and let everyone know that i sure do love them too.

much love,

hermana bain

November 17, 2014

Makail - Rainboots

hey all!
i’ve been looking forward to reading your email all week:) it was a tough week but nothing that i couldn’t handle. it was busy! we had exchanges with the hermanas in lynnwood. hermana brunsdale came to monroe with me and i must say that she is fantastic. i really learned a ton from her! we were able to teach blanca about the book of mormon (again) and read the first part of chapter one with her. we had a member with us and he bore a powerful testimony about the importance of reading the book of mormon but actually helped out more by entertaining the kids for a while so we could teach. there was a ton of noise. so much noise. and i wasn’t quite sure what to do. i felt the need to take control of the situation but the tv wasn’t on, there wasn’t music, the kids were in the back room… there was just so much noise. but i just remember how still she was. i know that we need the book of mormon in our crazy, hectic lives. it brings peace with the worldly noise around. it was definitely special being able to read with her to help her feel more comfortable doing it. i just love her! anyway, hermana brunsdale and i role played (a practice lesson) the word of wisdom. she was the missionary and i was the investigator that we would be teaching. it was interesting because everything that we said in the role play actually happened in the lesson with this investigator. at certain points of the lesson she would turn to me and we would have eye contact and we were thinking, “did he just say that? we just role played that!”. it was great πŸ™‚ i really enjoyed that exchange with hermana brunsdale -she’s wonderful
the other exchange we had was with the sisters in snohomish. i went to their area with sister adams. she’s great! we had fun biking and i got pretty good at fixing the chain πŸ™‚ these lovely sisters are working hard at finding. sometimes it’s difficult to find people who are sincerely interested and willing to investigate but it’s important to be diligent. that’s key right there! we were able to do some service at the food bank and had lunch with the bishop and his wife to talk about the ward missionary plan of setting a specific missionary plan with each individual family. i thought that was a good idea πŸ™‚ later, we went door to door spreading the good news and we met a super neat man! his name is robert (bob). he used to investigate the church but was faced with some pretty hard core challenges and never got back in contact with the missionaries. but i believe there was a reason we found him again.
zone meeting and zone conference this past friday were great! i’m really grateful for all the instruction that was given. it always gets me pumped up! i’m also grateful it’s done en espanol because it sure helps me out πŸ˜‰ we were able to see the movie “meet the mormons” and i’m tellin ya, everyone’s gotta see it! i don’t care if someone doesn’t like the church, they should see it because it’s inspiring! very uplifting:)
we’ve had a rough week. we’ve seen some struggles in our investigators. martin, the investigator who was preparing to be baptized this coming weekend and who’s progressing the most decided to move to houston this following saturday (his scheduled baptism). he’s just picking up and leaving. so we’ve been a little unsure how to help him at the moment. it feels there’s not much we can do at this point. but this week taught me a lot and we are motivated to do better, be better, and increase our faith in Jesus Christ. i think we’re ready for some miracles.
i testify that change is possible. we choose to believe. i’m grateful for this knowledge of the restored gospel and the ability to progress and succeed. things don’t always work out as planned but that’s because the Lord is planning. maybe our plans are good and they may even get better but i promise that the Lord’s plans are always the best. in life we will always come across hardship and difficulties but they don’t have to turn into despair or discouragement. there is hope and there is light. and it is only through Jesus Christ.
i’m grateful for the examples in finding the positive things in situations that are tricky. there are some things we can’t’ change. but we can still be happy. our investigator who was supposed to be getting baptized this weekend is moving. and i find it sad that i can’t convince him to stay and still be baptized. but i know that there are obedient missionaries there so he will find the gospel again. i’m trying to persuade him to actually seek them out instead of them having to find him but if he’s ready? it was a tricky week. physically it has been freezing, mentally i’m frustrated with my spanish, emotionally i’m drained and spiritually i’m weak. but. i know that Jesus Christ lives and that the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is true and to me, nothing else matters. but i’m reminded that there’s good in all things. even though it’s been cold, it’s been sunny and at night (it gets dark around 5:30) the stars are gorgeous. i’m not fluent at spanish but i can carry a conversation, understand 98% of what they say, and i can teach them about the restored gospel. even though i had a rough week we learned a powerful lesson and i believe that we will be stronger. and even though i felt that my prayers were not being heard i cannot deny that my Heavenly Father not only heard my prayers and understood what was best, he felt my unspoken prayers and came to my aid.
and all these things were for my good.
i have said it before and i’m gonna say it again. I’m thankful for being raised in the gospel. sometimes i feel it’s a disadvantage because some people don’t take me seriously. saying i was “brain washed” as a kid. maybe i was. but i don’t really care because my Heavenly Father has helped me learn from others experiences as well as from my own. i have my own struggles and challenges but i also know that i have to rely on my Savior. i’ve been thinking about grace today and how wonderful it is. the grace of God is a beautiful thing. i want my investigators to understand and experience it.
i’m glad to hear that everyone’s doing well in school:) and that the dance was fun. i knew keith would rock the show, he’s too cool not to πŸ™‚ gosh, i miss that kid. anyway, you’ll all be in my prayers this week and i know that we will see miracles this week. i know that because we strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and this is a gospel of miracles.
i love you so much. thank you all for always bringing comfort to my heart. you all make me so happy and i think of you often. now that it’s getting a little bit more wet and cold i grabbed some rain boots from a missionaries apartment (they didn’t fit the sisters there but they were just my size!)
well i hope you make it a great week! love you to the moon and back times infinity!
much love,
hermana bain