Wednesday, December 26, 2012

101: Juayua 9

Hello familia!


Merry Christmas!


So I guess the idea of me not calling tomorrow got kind of shot down.  Haha.  I guess I'll call.

In other news, we've survived the end of the world.


So this week has been great in a lot of ways.  All of our work with the members is paying off.  We've gotten some cool referrals.  Last week, one of the young women, M., brought her friend to church, so we contacted her family during the week.  They are way positive.  She, her mom, and her grandparents went to church this Sunday, plus another woman who was a referral from the second counselor in the stake.  So we had 5 people in church yesterday.  We went to visit them after and only the grandparents were there, but they accepted baptismal dates for the 6th of January.  They are way awesome.  The grandma brought a notebook and was taking notes during all the meetings, and after she told us she needed a hymnbook so that she could continue in the Church.   That family is way cool.


Also, on Thursday we had the mission Christmas activity.  It was a lot of fun.  We played cool games, had the talent show again (I didn't do anything this time).  But this time, what I liked most was the spiritual part.  I had to get up and share my last testimony.  Man, that was hard.  There were 17 people in all who shared their testimonies, and I was the second to last.  One by one, I saw all my friends pass by and share their testimony.  It was really hard to share my testimony, but it was sincere.  After, they had the musical program, and it was very good.  You could definitely feel the spirit a ton.  I'm not gonna lie, it really hit me that I was going home, and it was pretty rough.  Luckily, I was with all my friends who I started with...Elder Mendenhall, Elder Gealta, Elder Romero, and Elder Zepeda.   It was cool.


But don't worry, we're working our butts off, and are finding a lot of people.  We've already got two dates for JANUARY!!!!!  WWWOOOOOT!!!!


Well, I love you all, take care, and Merry Christmas.


Elder Bailey

100: Juayua 8

Hey there family,

So this week has been another week of hard work. We've been working a ton with members, and have been receiving and contacting a ton of referrals. They've had results, and we had 2 investigators in church who were referrals. They're progressing well.

It's been hard in our area. There are a lot of evangelicals, and they pretty much track us down and visit and attack anyone who we visit. We've lost a lot of positive investigators for that, even when they already have a testimony, but it is helping a ton to work with the members. We're having a lot more success in the area because of that.

This week I got to go to Nahuizalco with Elder Gottchalk and Texical with Elder Cade Larsen. They are both very good missionaries. Elder Larsen is awesome. He's working very well in his area. I was impressed.

Well, we're just getting ready for Christmas here, sharing a lot of messages about Christ and seeing the "Joy to the World" video a lot.

Look, if you really want me to call you, that's fine. But honestly, I don't really see a point. I'm going home in like 3 weeks. Just let me know next Monday.

Well, hope it's all smooooth back home. Love you all and love this work.

Take care,
Elder Bailey

Monday, December 10, 2012

99: Juayua 7

Hey there!

So this week was.....CHANGES WEEK. I received my last companion,
Elder Meza. He's from Cali [California], and his parents are both
from Nicaragua, so he speaks perfect English and Spanish. We've had a
lot of meetings this week, so we haven't had a lot of lessons, but
we've been running around asking for referrals from everyone and have
received a ton. Also, the familia M. is progressing really well.
That's the family where the dad lives in LA and is a member. He
already went back to the states, but his family is progressing. His
daughters are way smart, so we'll probably baptize them at the end of

G. is sweet. He got confirmed on Sunday, and is echadno penca.
Seriously, he is a sweet convert. His family is bugging him a lot,
but he has a good testimony. We saw the video of Joseph Smith in the
gospel principles class this Sunday, and he loved it. Then we went to
priesthood meeting and had a really cool lesson as well. So he is in
con todo.

We are trying really hard to work well with the members. And it's
working. To be completely honest, this ward works more than any other
ward I've had. The bishop is awesome, and works a ton, as well as the
members; everyone is giving referrals right now.

Well, thank you for everything, and I hope all is well.

Merry Christmas.

Elder Bailey

Monday, December 3, 2012

98: Juayua 6

Hola familia!

So, I don't have a lot of time, but this week was cool! We had a baptism. G. We had been teaching him for a very long time, but had been progressing slowly. Once he finished his studies at the university, he started really reading the BOM and started progressing. Then we taught him repentance, and he started really thinking about baptism. That was a cool lesson. One week later (last Wednesday), he accepted a date, then got baptized on Sunday. He's 21, he's really smart, and a really good guy. Definitely a powerful convert.

S M is progressing well. He accepted a date for this Sunday, and said that he wants me to baptize him. So, I'm pretty stoked for that.

We also found a new family that is way sweet. The husband is an inactive member and still has a sweet testimony. The only problem is that he lives in the states and only comes to El Salvador 3 weeks each year, and today he is returning to LA. They aren't married, so she's not going to get baptized anytime soon, but wants to keep going in the church. Her kids are awesome—seriously, they are way smart. So they can get baptized, and they want to.

Well, to be honest, I don't have a lot of time, so I'll see you later.

Elder Bailey

Monday, November 26, 2012

97: Juayua 5

Hello Everyone.

This week has been sweet.

Monday after writing we went and played soccer. I scored 3...which was honestly a miracle, because I can't play soccer at all. Don't really know how that worked out, but cool. I also taught all the Salvadoreños how to play frisbee, and we played that for a while as well. THAT WAS FUN. Seriously, I haven't played some good frisbee for some time now.

I, then, for the next three days, sent my comp on interchanges in various areas because he's been in this area for 6 months and is kind of baggy when working here. So I sent him out, and worked in my area. Wow. It was cool. I found some cool investigators.

On Tuesday, we went with the elders quorum president, Presidente S. He's this older guy who was bishop of this ward for 15 years not long ago. So we went with him to contact some inactive members. While we were on the way, he felt the impression to stop and contact at the house of one of his old friends. So we contacted him. It's another older guy named SJ. The day before, he told us he had had a vision where, basically, he realized his church was wrong, and saw two men that he had to follow. Then, the day later, we showed up. Yeah, the guy is way positive. He went to church and has basically accepted a date. We just need to help him a little with coffee.

Then we have G. We've been teaching him for a while. He has changed a ton. He is just about to accept a date.

On Thursday, we had a sweet multi zone for Thanksgiving. We taught about the BOM. The only problem is I got way sick from the Thanksgiving lunch.

Well, I hope everyone is well, I just ran out of time,

Elder Bailey

Monday, November 19, 2012

96: Juayua 4

Hey family,

So I'm kind of short on time right now, but it's all going well. This week we got to work with Elder Malmgren, the assistant. We drove around to all the areas and put dates. That was fun. Also, this was his last week, so...he's "dead" now.

On Thursday, we went to contact a referral. Man, it took like 2 hours to get there. We were hiking through pure jungle. It took a lot of time, but was way cool.

Saturday we found some way awesome investigators. Man, they basically came to the conclusion for themselves that our church is true. Very smart. They've read the scriptures a lot, and realized that the true church needs to have a prophet, 12 apostles, etc. So that was cool.

Well, it's all going well. I hope everything is cool back home. Take care, and have a happy thanksgiving. Eat a turkey for me.

Elder Bailey

Monday, November 12, 2012

95: Juayùa 3

Hey family:

Okay.  So I continue with the life of not sleeping very much.  The truth is that this week has been better than the last as far as that goes.  So we've been working hard, getting a lot done.  We've been finding a lot of investigators.  Unfortunately, NONE of them went to church, which was a big bummer, because a lot of them are really positive.  So we're just going to keep teaching and committing them. 

My companion introduced me to a really good pupuserìa.  They make what is called Pupusas Locas.  Basically, they put EVERYTHING in them, and make the pupusas the size of your plate.  MAN, they are SO GOOD.  I was addicted the first time I tried it.  Wow, it's good.  And they gave me some jalapeño peppers too.  So, it was really hot, but delicious.

I think the highlight of this week wasSaturday morning.  We decided to cook breakfast for the auxiliary leaders in our ward.  Not everyone showed up, but it was really good.  We cooked them eggs and french toast.  They don't have french toast here, so the leaders were pretty stoked.  At the end, we asked them for referrals, and we got like 12.  So I would say that the activity was a success.  Not only did we get a bunch of referrals, but we got to eat french toast too.

On Sunday we had the Stake Correlation Meeting with President Cordon and the bishops and ward mission leaders from the stake.  It was way good.  Man, President never ceases to amaze me.  He is so smart.  So I'm still learning a lot from him.

Christmas is coming, so we've started planning activities for Christmas.  I hope we can get a lot of referrals and baptisms out of these.

I hope everything is going well back home.  Take care!

Elder Christopher Ren Bailey

Monday, November 5, 2012

94: Juayùa 2

Well, hello family!  First off, I am getting bombarded from all sides with information about going home.  I just got my itinerary.  I STILL HAVE TWO MONTHS LEFT.  I have no idea why they send that so soon.  I don't want it yet.  Puchica.


So this week has been the most sleep deprived week of my whole mission.  Seriously, it was rough.


Monday I took numbers.  I had to take all the goals and stuff, and the DLs took forever, so I got to bed at 12:30.  Woke upat 6:30.


Tuesday I went on interchanges to Las Colinas.  Man, we seriously climbed straight up a mountain.  It was kind of rough.  I was with Elder Dzul, a little Mexican.  We were seriously hiking in the middle of nowhere for 2 hours.  It was not very efficient.  But...I'm not gonna lie, the view as beautiful.  Seriously, this country is so beautiful.  Everything is so green.  Also, we got to one part of the trail when Elder Dzul turned around and told me to pick up a stick and walk fast, and no matter what happened, do not stop.  Man, that was really weird.  Then he, well, despite that, we still got a lot done that day.  We put a date, and found some cool news.  


Wednesday we had our zone meeting.  It was good.  We talked about miracles and faith, and really helped our zone get more pumped up and have more faith.  A lot of people told me they liked the meeting after, so I just hope it helps them.  We got to bed at 11:30 that night, and had to get up at 4:30 to catch the bus to Santa Ana. Thursday morning we had the monthly leaders' meeting with President and the other zone leaders.  It was sweet.  President told us his own conversion story.  Man, that guy is amazing.  I respect him and look up to him a lot.


Elder Larson says hi.


On Friday, we went to the temple, so we got to bed at 11 and woke up again at 4:30to invite people to the temple.  It was an excursion to bring investigators to the temple.  There we gave them a tour, and President taught them a little bit in the chapel next to the temple.  I sang a special number with some other missionaries, Mas Cerca Dios de Ti [Nearer My God to Thee], which was cool.  The investigators loved it.  Just talking to them on the bus ride home, I put 3 baptismal dates, which was way cool.  Sweet!  It was kind of stressful planning everything, but it all turned out all right in the end.


Friday night I got to bed at 11 and woke upat 6:30.  I finally got sleep.  That was way hard.  My comp and I were so sleep deprived.  Friday night we got to our last appointment with our recent converts, and Elder Martillo just fell into a coma on their couch.  We didn't end up teaching them, I knew how he felt and didn't want to wake him.  It was really rough.


So that's the week in a nutshell.  Juayùa is awesome.  It's the safest area in the mission.  We have the main park in our area.  Saturday night we passed by at 9 as we returned to the house.  There were children playing, a movie in the park.  It was so cool.  I have not seen that my whole mission. Usually everyone is in their houses by 8:30.  SO COOL.


Alright.  Well, I hope everything is going well back home.


Take care, 

Elder Bailey

Monday, October 29, 2012

93: Juayùa 1

HEY HEY Family!
I am writing you today from Juayùa, the prettiest area in the mission. Wow, seriously, I have so much to write to you this week, and not nearly enough time, so here we go.

So, the twentieth was my birthday. It wasn't so great of a day at first. We had been teaching this single mother named C. She was way positive, and progressing really fast. She kept all the commitments and had gone to church. We taught her the law of chastity and she admitted she was with another guy, and that she would talk to him. Well, the next day we talked to her and she said that she talked to him, and that he was going to get married to her, but that he would never do it if she went to our church. So, not thinking very clearly, she told us she was done. We tried to explain and everything, that was really sad. She's really missing out.

Well, it was kind of a bad day until 8. We went to the F. family house and had a fun little party with confetti and beans, eggs, plantain bananas, and cake. I know that sounds lame, but it was fun. That family is awesome.

On Monday I got changes. I said goodbye to all my friends then packed up. On Wednesday, I went to the changes meeting, and they sent me to Juayùa. I love this city. It's a touristy city, way up in the mountains, it's not hot here, and it's beautiful. The city is well kept (for being in El Salvador), and there are even trash cans on the streets. EVERYTHING is green here. It is beautiful. In the morning I went running with my comp and we found a really pretty view that showed all of Juayùa and all of Sonsonate and the ocean. It was awesome. So everyone says that Juayùa is a hard zone, but I think it's so awesome.

My first day here we got to know a family that had been going to church for 2 years, but could never get baptized because he had to get divorced. Well, they had just gotten divorced and told us they were finally ready to get baptized. Man, this family is awesome. They have really strong testimonies. So I was pretty stoked about that.

After that, I had interchanges with the assistants, and went back to Palmar, Modelo for two days with Elder Z...

Yeah anyways, then Saturday I got to go to the big Modelo activity that I had been planning with the stake and see all my friends. Cool. Then after I went back to my area and went to the wedding of the V. family. Good stuff. Good cake.

On Sunday, we had a baptism. It was cool, very spiritual. This family is definitely ready. Anyway, but I love it here in Juayùa. I'm really excited to work here. Elder Cade Larson's in my zone. That's a cool little guy. Juayùa is just so bonito. The only problem is our house is very messy, and there are a lot of huge spiders. Seriously, a ton. I've seen like nests of hundreds of them. Then when I went to take a shower a couple days ago and turned on the water, a cockroach came shooting out of the tube. But other than that, it's cool.

Love the mish. Don't get baggy.



Friday, October 19, 2012

93: Primavera 12

October 19, 2012

Wow. Hey family. So this was a cool week. Last P-day we went and played a game with flour. So we all got really white. It was messy, but it was fun. I was talking to Elder Gealta. Man, that guy is really baggy. Seriously. Haha. I was just thinking back on the good ol' MTC days. Long time ago, right?

So E. got baptized on Sunday. I baptized her. It was good. We baptized her in the morning so that she could get confirmed right after. It was a good little baptism and very spiritual. I sang the typical baptism Primary song in English and Spanish, so that was cool too. I really enjoyed this baptism. E. has got a cool testimony. Her husband goes to another church, so it was hard for her, but she really wanted to follow God and be clean. Now we are teaching the rest of her family (except the husband...with time).

Also, I found a really sweet family that went to church, but supposedly they're moving tomorrow. Way positive. We'll see what we do with them. Then there's C. She is super positive, but just has a lot of doubts about the doctrine because she lived in an evangelical church before. But we've had some pretty cool lessons with her, especially about the BOM. We taught her 2 Nephi 2 last time. She wanted to know why bad things happened to good people. So we explained to her a bit of the Plan of Salvation, Adam and Eve, and that we are here to be tried. It was awesome to see her face as she realized why. It completely lit up. Then we talked about eternal families, and she said that she had always wondered about that, because her pastor told her that they couldn't and she always believed that they could. That lesson was sweet, seeing how her face changed. She is definitely going to get baptized. I feel like it'll take a little more time, but for sure.

I've been working hard this week, we've had a lot of interchanges. I've found a lot of new people. When I went with Palmar II, we found 9 news in one day—two families, and they are WAY POSITIVE. They both committed to go to church.

Yesterday we went to the temple. We go twice a year. was so COOL. I learned more that time at the temple than I have any other time. It was awesome. I definitely received a lot of revelation. The temple is amazing. You just feel so good when you go there. It definitely helps you have a great testimony that the Church is true.

Well, I guess I'm going to be 21 now. Time flies, doesn't it. I'm old now. Dangit.

So keep reading your scriptures and take care,

Elder Bailey

P.S. Sorry I don't have pictures, but I'm kind of hungry. I'll send them next week.

Friday, October 12, 2012

92: Primavera 11

Hey family,

So as of now, I don't have any letters from you guys. I guess now that I have 21 months, there's not a lot to tell me. But I'm still going to give you an update of what's going on.

Wow, so cool. So last Friday, we went to President's house after writing. We had lunch and took a ton of pictures. It was so much fun. Elder Taylor, Elder Hobbs and I were joking around a was way funny. Good times. We ate chili cheese dogs and nachos. Good stuff. Then after that, Elder Fairbairn and I sat down at the piano and started jamming. He's a way good piano player, so I taught him a jazz base line, then we started messing around. It was so sweet. I haven't played piano like that in so much time. We played for like 20 minutes and didn't even feel it. A lot of fun. Everyone said it sounded cool.

After that, as a reward for baptizing 20 in August, we also got to see a movie in President's house, and you'll never guess what it was: Forever Strong. IT WAS SO COOL. I haven't seen a movie like that in so much time. They are awesome. After, of course President related it to the gospel, but honestly, I think it just made everyone kind of baggy. But it was cool. We had popcorn. It was a blast from the real life.

Okay, so that was awesome. Ummm. Then conference. WOW. I love conference. The first session on Saturday and the Priesthood session were definitely my favorites. President Uchtdorf's talk was my favorite. You've just got to enjoy life. It's way too awesome to waste being angry. Definitely learned a lesson from that. Remember O? The 17-year-old who got baptized about a month ago? Man, well, he had been waiting 2 years to get baptized. But he was wild, and a little prideful, so it got to him. Not even a month after, he got really angry and said he was never going back to church. He won't talk to any member, nor even look at us. Last time I saw him, he was going off to some evangelical church. Sad story. So why did that happen? He was prideful. He was angry at people for things they didn't even know about. They didn't act or do things the way he wanted, so he got angry. Bishop, members, us, stake president, he was angry with everyone. I really just don't understand it. He had the strongest testimony. He was powerful. But pride kills us. It doesn't let us change. Conference only helps us if we can look inward.

There was another inactive who went to conference. He had like 8 years of not going to church, so we visited him. Man, it was sad. We asked him what he learned, and all he did was start critiquing every one of the members. He could not see the good in anyone. He complained because between sessions, the members invited him to eat with the ward, but he said that they gave him a small piece of chicken, and that that's not very Christlike to give a small piece of chicken to a visitor. I thought that was so stupid. This sister had bought and made food for 30-ish people with her own money, and he was complaining because she gave him a piece of chicken. The members in our ward are so good. I have learned so much from them.

So really, I think I learned and realized an important lesson from these two stories. First of all, the gospel is for introspection. It's to look inside ourselves and see what we need to change, how we can get better. Pride and anger are so bad because they inhibit us from doing that. Then you just see the bad in other people, and Satan gets you. Two, you have to see the good in everything and everyone. If you have a bad thought or judgment about someone, you have to also think about something good about them. See how you can see the positive side. Sometimes it's necessary to see the negative, but you'd better not just be looking at that, ever. President Monson talked about that in the Priesthood session when he said that we need to see people not as they are, but as they can one day become.

Well, E. didn't get baptized Sunday because she was drinking a ton of coffee, but has been clean since then, and WILL get baptized this Sunday. We had six investigators in conference, and it is a pretty sweet family. We've been working with them a lot, and they are really close to accepting a date.

It's a lot of fun being with Elder Hobbs. He's my first gringo comp outside of the office. I feel like a legit, ideal, PMG missionary. We teach way sweet lessons, follow the schedule, run, work our butts off. It is just so awesome being a missionary.

Our zone had 29 missionaries in conference, and we have been putting a ton of dates. We've gone up from 6 to 15 since Sunday, and we're going to go put some more today. ¡Sweet!

On Wednesday, I went to Palmar II with Elder Taylor. (I love that guy. We had been in so many swim meets together, but never met each other. I don't know why, we have so much fun together.) Anyway, so we went up to San Jorge, my first area. Wow, that was weird. Blast from the past. I saw a ton of my first converts. San Jorge was closed down as an area a while ago because almost everyone went inactive. So now it's just part of Palmar II when they want to go up there. My first convert, N., from my fourth day here in El Salvador, is one of the only 3 people active from that area. She pays every Sunday to go to church, which is a huge sacrifice for them. So a girl from a couple houses down was having a lot of problems, and asked if she could live with N. She told her that yes, but only if she went to church with her. So the girl went to church, liked it, and now is going to get baptized. N. is very simple. She's firm. It's awesome. That made me feel good.

Well, the mission is awesome. Today I am completing 21 months. Wow. Well, take care.

Friday, October 5, 2012

91: Primavera 10

Hello family,

Hope everything is going well back home.  This week has been great.  My comp and I have been working way hard, and it feels so good.  We've taught a ton of lessons, and have taught a lot of people: some positive, some not so much.  I realized I've definitely gotten a lot better as a teacher.

Elder Hobbs has been awesome.  He's like the first comp who really plans with me, and we've come up with a lot of cool ideas.  We had our zone meeting on Wednesday and it was so sweet.  We planned really well, and a lot of the missionaries said it was one of the best zone meetings they had had.  Once a month, we have a 2.5 hour zone capacitation that we teach.  So Wednesday we taught for 2.5 hours, and it was a way sweet.  We also have the most effective comps studies that I have had in all my mission.  We learn a ton and set up some really good lessons.

We've also been having a lot of fun.  We have to cook lunch because we don't have a cook.  Sometimes we just get tacos, but most of the time we cook.  I usually just cook the normal Salvadoranean meal:  beans, eggs, cream, and bread.  I'm pretty much pro now, just so you know.

This week I've been on interchanges to the areas of Las Aradas and Piramidal.  They were very effective interchanges.  I was able to show them how to work hard and have effective lessons and always be talking to people and finding news.  I went with Elder S., a Mexican in Las Aradas, and Elder G. from Orange County.  Elder G. is on his second change in the mission, and has improved a ton.  He's a good teacher, I was really impressed.  Also, his Spanish has gotten very good as well.  It's cool to see the improvement and growth of the people in my zone.  The interchange with Elder S. was a very fun change.  He was a lot of fun.  I showed him how to work harder, and he set some goals to improve.  The other person who has improved a lot is Elder L.  He's a missionary from Dominican Republic and this last change his comp, Elder Taylor (from swimming), has helped him a ton, and he is improving a lot.  His is a good teacher, I was really impressed.  

We have a baptismal date for this Sunday.  Her name is E.  She's pretty tight, but I'll tell you her story AFTER her baptism.

Well, today we have a lunch with President because we met our goal of 20 baptisms in August.  So I don't really have a lot of time to write you.  But I hope everything is going well, and that everyone is still going to church.

Take care,
Elder Bailey

Friday, September 28, 2012

90: Primavera 9

Hey family,

Well, I don't have dengue anymore. It got pretty gnarly. My whole body got bright red, and I had the worst headache I've had in my life. I had to go to the hospital every day to get a blood test. But I'm good now, my platelets are normal now.

Well, I got better on Tuesday, so I'm back working again. We've got some pretty cool investigators right now. Been working hard. On Wednesday, I went to Piramidal and got to have some sweet lessons. But it's been cool, I also had an interview with President this week, which was cool.

I hope everything is going well, let me know what's going on!

Elder Bailey

Friday, September 21, 2012

89: Primavera 8

Hey family!

So this week has been a little interesting. On Sunday, I woke up just
way tired. Then as the day progressed, so did my tiredness. We had a
stake correlation meeting with Pres. Cordòn and all of the bishops,
ward mission leaders, and stake president later that day, and I
started getting a fever. That was just the start of it. I've also
gotten a sweet headache, esp. behind the eyes, and a really achy body.

Well that went on for a couple days, and I kept working nevertheless.
We had a lot to do. Then one night, I just felt really terrible, and
went and got a blood test the next morning. Turns out I have dengue,
a pretty sweet virus spread by mosquitoes. So I'm going to be laying
low for a while.

Other news is that we are (or were) finding some pretty positive
people in our area. I really love Primavera. It is so awesome.

So my bed is really fun. I can read the scriptures, sleep, uhhhhh,
write in my journal. I really want to get out and work again, but
President won't let me.

Well, just thought you'd want to know what's happening.

Take care,
Elder Bailey

Friday, September 14, 2012

88: Primavera 7

Hello family, and greetings from El Salvador.

Wow, so this week has had a lot of changes. It's been kind of a crazy week.

To start out, we have seriously been running. Because we've been in a trio, we've been doing a ton of interchanges, and having a ton of lessons. The second to last week we had 59 lessons in our area that week: 29 with members present. That is a ton. The ward has been working hard. Last week we also ended up with like 55 lessons, and 27 with members present. Way cool. That also helped us bring 8 people to church on Sunday.

Well, on Saturday, I went and worked in the area Piramidal. They've had like 3 Sundays straight without bringing investigators to church.  So I went there and worked all of Saturday and Sunday in the morning.  That area has some way sweet members. We taught some really cool lessons. I really enjoy doing interchanges, they are always the most interesting days, and the most happens when we go on interchanges. So Sunday in the morning we were able to bring 6 people to church in that area, then people in our area Primavera as well. In all I helped 14 people go to church that Sunday! Cool stuff. So I went to church there, but the last hour I went back to my own ward for a BAPTISM.

His name is O. F. He is so sweet. About 1.5 years ago, he was taught by my first zone leader, Elder Brown. O. got a testimony and all that, and had some really powerful spiritual experiences. But his parents are pastors of an evangelical church and burned O's BOM, hymnbook, everything. They didn't let him talk to the missionaries, or any Mormons. Well, a couple weeks ago, they had a change of heart and told him they'd let him get baptized. Man, he's awesome. Way powerful. He was paying his tithing even before his baptism and everything. He even brought 3 investigators to church on Sunday.

O had a powerful baptism. The stake president baptized him, and gave a cool talk before. When O. came out of the water, he was bawling. Seriously, he was just ecstatic.

Well, then we had changes. President called my companion on Sunday and sent him to Belize. Goodbye Elder Rodriguez. Elder Feliz left on Wednesday, and I got my new companion, Good ol' Elder Hobbs. So, it's all cool. We're working hard. Yesterday we planned and had a way sweet zone meeting. It was really good. The ward is also working a ton with us. I love them.

Well, my old companions left. I loved them; we had a lot of good times, some of my best companions.

Hope everything is well back home.

Elder Bailey

Friday, September 7, 2012

87: Primavera 6

Hello family! Look, I want to go play frisbee, so this is going to be a short letter. But, just so you know, this week was AWESOME!

We had a visit from Elder James B. Martino, the area president of Central America. It was such a cool meeting. Then we had our zone leaders' council with him as well. I learned a ton. But, I think the coolest thing that happened this week is that we had 20 baptisms in the zone! This is the first time that that has happened in a really long time. YEAH.

So it's been cool. Hey, I also sang for Elder Martino in the chorus with Elder Anderson. We were the tenors. Cool stuff.

Alright, well thanks for everything.

Elder Bailey

Friday, August 31, 2012

86: Primavera 5

A Sweet Week


Hello Family!

¡Feliz Días!  These three weeks are the feliz días, because we're in a trio with Elder Feliz right now.  More about that to come.

Let's start with Friday last week.  After writing, we went and made mole in a member's house.  I LOVE HAVING A MEXICAN COMPANION.  He cooks so well.  So we went and ate in the house of the family E.  They're actually a family in Trebol, but we're friends.  It was someone's birthday...I don't really know her name...but after cooking and eating mole, they had a cake to eat as well.  So that was a very good, relaxing P-day.  In other news, they're going to have a Cinemark in Santa Ana finally.  This city's growing up...

We also have been doing a lot of service in the area.  Friday we cleaned up a house of some recent converts/inactives.  We returned Saturday morning to finish the job...Puchica it looked so much better.  The week before we went and cut all the grass and weeds in front of the house of a member.  And we did that with pure hoes and machetes.  It looked a lot better, but apparently we accidentally cut down their chili bush and a lemon tree.  I'm not really sure about that...but it's possible.  There were so many freaking plants there.

So the zone had 18 people baptized, and 0 dates for this month.  So I went to Trebol and helped them put 2 more dates with this sweet family.  That was a hard lesson, but really cool because we got them to commit.  They're going to get baptized today in the afternoon.  I'm stoked.  This is the first time the zone had baptized 20 in one month in almost 2 years.  I'm STOKED.

Sunday was sweet.  We had a ton of people in church, only 5 of them we counted as investigators, but it was really cool.  Three of them have dates for September 9th: N, O, and M.  N is a little girl who has always been going to church.  I don't really like teaching kids, but her mom wants her to get baptized, and she can't go because of work.  We've been teaching M for a while now.  I'm excited that he's finally accepted a baptismal date.  Then there's O.  Man, this guy is awesome.  He's a youth of 17 years old.  Two years ago, he was taught by the missionaries and received an answer that these things were true.  He wanted to get baptized, but his parents didn't let them; his dad was a pastor in another church.  So they burned his Book of Mormon, hymnbook, everything he had from our church, and prohibited him from talking with the missionaries.  And who taught him?  Elder Brown, my first zone leader when I was starting the mission.  Well, a couple days ago, his mom called him and told him that she wanted him to get baptized.  His parents were away living in other parts of the they told him to get baptized.  It's awesome.  He has such a powerful testimony and is more active than most the members.  It's a miracle.

Sunday we also introduced a mission plan for the month of September: NUNCA VOY SOLO (Don't Go Alone).  We're doing it as a stake this time, and we've planned a lot for it.  The ward got pretty pumped, and has been working with us this whole week.  We've had lessons with members for three days straight: not one lesson without a member present.  Way cool.  Also, we've been able to do a lot of divisions because we have Elder Feliz with us.  Later that day, we had a meeting with the ward and stake mission leaders of our stake and introduced this plan to them too.  They are all pretty pumped.

Monday was interesting.  We had interchanges.  Elder Rodriguez went to Palmar 2, and Elder Lopez came here.  Elder Feliz is with us until the end of this change, and then he goes home, finishing his mission.  He's crazy, and a lot of fun.  These last weeks have definitely been a lot of fun. Jaja...

Wednesday, we had zone meeting.  It was good.  Everyone pretty stoked for NUNCA VOY SOLO.  Also, it was Elder Malmgren's birthday, the assistant.  So we got him a cake and baked chocolate chip cookies.  They were good, but not the same.  That and buttermilk pancakes are the foods I think I miss most...seriously.  There's just nothing close to that.

On Thursday we did a huge cleaning job in our house.  It looks really good.

So it's been really good.  We're going to end with 20 baptisms, meeting our goal, and we're starting September out with 12 dates, which is sweet.

Seriously, we've been working like crazy this week and have had a ton of fun and great results.  It's a lot of fun with Elder Feliz.  I hope everything is well back home.

Take care and feliz día,

Elder Bailey

Friday, August 24, 2012

85: Primavera 4

Hey there family!


So wow...this week has been sweet.  Seriously.  The time is passing so quickly.  But it is just so awesome being a missionary.


On Friday, we had a little zone activity and went to eat at Pizza Hut.  It was fun, and we got the pizza people to sing to Elder Nuñez.  Remember that this is like a 4.5 star restaurant here, so it was pretty sweet.  At the end of the feast, we committed all the missionaries to find a new family.  And we found 4 in the zone.  In my area, we found a family that was pretty sweet.  Actually, Elder Rodriguez has been wanting to contact that house for a long time.   We pass by it every day.  He said he had dreamed of that house before his mission, and that he wanted to contact it.  It was way cool because when we contacted them, they let us right in and gave us a whole bunch of bananas.  Oh, also they're really positive.


Saturday, we prepared a baptism.  But this was a very special baptism.  It was a re-baptism.  This guy's name is M P.  He got baptized many years ago.  All of his kids are members and are active in the church, but about 30 years ago, he did something stupid and got excommunicated.  Ever since that day, he's been trying to change and repent for his sins.  Finally, 30 years later, he was able to get baptized.  He doesn't really walk any more, and he can't really take care of himself, but his baptism was such a cool experience.  His son baptized him, and after, he gave a testimony.  He started out saying that he was grateful for the people who were present, then said, "but I want to tell you guys that this is the HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE (día mas dichosos de mi vida) because I am clean from my sins.  I feel free.  And I have never been happier."  He basically yelled that, and started banging his walker against the ground, crying.  He went on and continued talking for a while, but it was so powerful.  At the end, as I was directing the last hymn, the baptismal font finished draining the water.  As it made those loud draining noises, Brother M started waving to the disappearing water, crying, waving goodbye to those sins that he had carried with him for so much time.  It was so cool.


But that wasn't the last thing that happened on Saturday.  This next story is going to FREAK you out.  We had a freaking Tarantula in our house.  And it was freaking big!  We walked in at night and it was crawling around the patio.  So we (as in my companion) chased it around until we killed it.  Man, that thing ran fast.  Then we threw it outside.  I didn't sleep very well that night.


Sunday, we had another baptism, Hermano R.  That guy's just a stud.  His wife was baptized a long time ago, and so he completed a family.  He has dos (2) daughters who aren't baptized yet, they're a little harder.  But he's getting baptized to be an example for his family.  He really wants the best for them.  He reads the BOM every day, even though he works in San Salvador.  He's just sweet.  So on Sunday in the morning he got baptized, and confirmed right after in Sacrament meeting.  It was a cool baptism.  My companion told me that while they were changing in the bathroom after the baptism, R was celebrating by doing a little dance, saying, "Yeah, yeah I've been born again."  Yeah...he's a stud.


Sunday we also had a stake correlation meeting with President Cordon, the stake president, and all the bishops and mission leaders in the stake.  It was really cool to be able to be there with all those great leaders.  President is a genius.  He also presented them the convert packets...something I started when I was in the office.  I was kind of proud about that because I got everything going on that project.


On Monday, we had a sweet Family Home Evening with the Familia F.  They are a sweet family that got baptized like 5 months ago.  I went with Elder Alvarado 5 months ago to put that date with them... way cool.  They live right next to the stake president and his family, so they invited them too.  Then we brought the family of R (the daughters still aren't members).  It was so much fun.  A way cool FHE.  The investigators started opening up a lot.  Hermana G (R's wife) told us that her mom (who isn't a member) asked R why he got baptized.  He told her that he got baptized because out of all of the churches, there is not one church that puts more emphasis on the family than ours, and that's how he came to know that this is true.  SWEEEEEET.


Tuesday we had a multi-zone with President again.  We got to have a special number.  Sounded good, considering that no one could sing.  We also saw a pretty cool video  It's called Stay Within the Lines.  I recommend it.  Go see it.


Wednesday we had our meetings, we taught about planning in zone meeting.  We're getting a lot better at teaching in these meetings.


Yesterday we had to pick up Elder Feliz.  He's from Dominican Republic.  He's going to finish his mission in 2 weeks, but apparently something happened in his area, so President took him out of there and put him with us for a couple days.  So we do a lot of divisions.


One cool experience yesterday was this:  

We contacted a guy who raises pigeons and then sells them.  We started the lesson, the other missionaries started talking about L1...the Restoration.  When it got to my turn, we all had our scriptures open to Efesios 2:20 ready to learn about the organization of the church of Christ, when I decided to ask him a question.  I don't really remember what it was, but it opened him up completely.  Turns out he's had a lot of deaths in his family, and we asked him if he'd ever wondered where we go after this life.  Then he said:  "That's one of two questions I have always wanted to know.  Where we came from and where are we going after death.  Haha.  L2.  Just for one inspired question.  It was funny because we all closed our Bibles at the exact same time, and started talking about L2.


I also got to go to Piramidal at the end of the day to talk to some of their investigators.  We found a really cool investigator.  Very, very smart.  It was another cool lesson.


I feel like I've improved a ton in my teaching quality.  We've been having so many powerful lessons.  I've definitely learned a lot.  I love my mission.  The zone is doing well.  The mission is awesome.


Take care,

Elder Bailey

Friday, August 17, 2012

84: Primavera 3

¡Hello family!


How're ya'll doing?   That's good to hear.  


So this week has gone by so fast.  Seriously, ever since I came back to Modelo, the time has been going so fast.  I don't even understand how it's P-day again.  What in the world?  I'm trying right now to remember all that has happened.  


We've been on a ton of interchanges.  We don't really sleep very much, but I'm getting used to it now.  We are always just running.  On Saturday and Sunday, I went on interchanges with Independencia.  We found a bunch of news and worked hard.  I showed them a lot of old investigators who I had taught, and some of them were a lot more positive.  I also taught them how to work better with the members, and we received a lot of referrals.  Then on Sunday, I went to church with them.  That was really cool because I got to see all of the friends I had in Independencia.  I really enjoyed seeing everyone again.


Well, in our area we have 2 dates.  This Sunday, R is going to get baptized.  He's a stud.  He went to the temple tour that we gave, and after that just changed.  He started reading the Book of Mormon even though we don't see him all week because he works in San Salvador.  We had talked about a date for this Sunday before.  So last Sunday, when he went to church, he told Elder Rodriguez that he wanted to get baptized that day, but just a little earlier because he had to visit his family later that day.  So, he's getting baptized this Sunday.  And he's going to complete a family.  His wife is already a member.  He also has two daughters, but they don't want to get baptized yet...they're a little harder.  But R told us that he wants to be the example for the family and help them get baptized too.  So we're really excited.  They have a really cool family.


The other is a 17-year-old named M.  He's going to get baptized next Saturday.  Kind of interesting.  Last week, he started having a ton of doubts about the BOM.  We've explained to him about it about 10 times in as many ways as we could, and he still didn't get it/accept it.  Monday we went to visit him and he was sitting on the other side of the street with his friends and didn't want to come.  We went over to him and told him to come and talk, and he said that he would come.  Then another church came and told him to go with them, so while we were waiting at his house, he came over, said hi to us, put on his clothes, and left with the other church...right in front of us.  Yeah, well that stunk.  


The next day we returned and visited him.  We explained the BOM AGAIN, and this time, finally, he got it.  Well, I guess it's kind of a blessing that he went to the other church the day before, because I think he realized how much better our church is.  After that, he's been all in—reading the BOM, praying, and getting involved in the ward activities (playing soccer).  He's totally changed now.  He's way happier.  Yesterday, he had his interview.  Compare this with what happened 4 days ago:  we got to his house, and he was on the other side with his friends again.  But this time he stood up as soon as we got there and came straight to us with a smile on his face.  And do you know what was in his hands?  A Law of Chastity pamphlet.  It was freakin' sweet!  So, he's getting baptized next Saturday.


Well, what else has happened this week...  Sunday was the bishop's birthday, so [we] bought him a cake and went to celebrate in his house.  He's a pretty cool guy.  Really young—he's only 29 years old.  On Monday, we and 3 other members made tacos.  Man, my companion can cook.  Well yeah... he's a Mexican.  Those tacos were delicious...but man they were hot.  We were all crying.  He had like 7 jalapeño peppers and 3 tomatoes in his salsa.  It was really painful, but way worth it.  Later that day we ate dinner at the stake president's house and had family home evening with him.  He is awesome.  President G.  That is a really cool family.


Well, it's been a really fun week.  We've been working like crazy, so I don't even know where the week went.


Hope everything is going well back home.


Take care,

Elder Bailey

Friday, August 10, 2012

83: Primavera 2


Hello family,

Wow.  So it's been another week already.  It's way strange.  This week has just gone by super fast.  I've been pretty sleep deprived this week.  We've just always had so much to do.  It always takes forever to take numbers.  We have to plan and study, etc.  Seriously, we don't sleep.

It's pretty cool and weird being in this zone.  I already know almost all the areas here.  I know a ton of people.  It's cool.

My area is way cool.  The members are way cool and have been working a bunch with us.  We have a bunch of investigators, but they are all progressing kind of slow.  We have one date right now with a guy named M.  He's cool.  I just realized that I'm being really descriptive in my letter today.  It's cool.

On Monday, we had an activity with the whole mission where we brought our investigators to the temple and gave them a tour around the temple.  It was way cool.  I was talking in one of the stations...the garden, in front of the temple.  It was cool.  No, actually it was really hot.  I was in the sun for like 5 hours.  I got pretty burnt.  I'm peeling right now.  But it was cool.  In my station we gave them a couple minutes to meditate.  Many people received their answers in that time.  A lot of people left crying; one time a woman stood up and bore a SWEET testimony.  It was definitely cool.

On Wednesday, Elder Rodriguez and I were in charge of a 2 ½ hour meeting in our zone.  We were up until about 12:00 preparing, and all of the morning.  But it was good.  I felt like the meeting was really effective.

So it's cool.  We've done a tone of interchanges.  We're working hard.  We're going to meet our goal of 20 baptisms.  We've got 5 baptized with 13 dates right now.  It's cool.

Well, I hope everything is well back home.  Thanks for writing me.

Elder Bailey

Friday, August 3, 2012

82: Primavera 1

So we had changes week...and guess where I ended up? Right back where I started, Zona Modelo. This is my fourth area in Modelo. This time I am in the area of Primavera, and am serving as zone leader. My companion is Elder Rodriguez, a Mexican (I think I've sent pictures of him before). He's a fun companion and a really good teacher. This is definitely going to be a good change. The area is also really cool. I already know a ton of the members there, seeing as how I've already got a ton of time in this zone.

It is really weird to be back in the zone where I started. Walking around in this area reminds me of all the interchanges I did with Elder Brown when I was just a newby and couldn't even speak Spanish. Now I'm here again, but this time doing what Elder Brown did. Then we go down to the stake center and I just have all the memories from the office flood back in. It really is a weird feeling, but at the same time it's pretty cool. This is just my zone, and I'm pretty stoked to work with all of these missionaries.

On Monday and Tuesday I was able to say goodbye to the ward (America). It was fun. I'm going to miss that ward. Here are a couple pictures of that.

On Wednesday we had changes meeting where I received my new companion. I got to work in my area a little bit and get to know some of our investigators. There are a lot of people we can baptize right now. I'm pretty stoked.

Thursday we had a zone leaders' meeting. It was very long...but cool. There are a lot of new zone leaders in the mission right now. We'll see how the mission does. I definitely need to improve my teaching quality. Everyone looks up to you as an example and it's just kind of weird. We don't really sleep very much either. Between planning, getting numbers, preparing things to teach in conferences, meetings, etc., we don't really have a lot of time.

The meeting ended a little late, and we were able to teach a couple quick lessons in our area. Then we had to go pick up Elder Rabanales (who's finishing his mission) and take him to the assistants' house. But before that, we stopped by Hermana Fernandez's house to eat dinner. We met up with the assistants there. Hermana Fernandez had prepared a big cake for Elder Rabanales. Good times.

Then we took Elder Rabanales to the assistants' house. He's probably in his house by now...

Well, this week has been interesting. I definitely need to get some sleep.

Take care everyone. My P-days are Fridays again.

Elder Bailey

Monday, July 30, 2012

81: Sonsonate 18

Hey, so what's up?

This was one of those weeks when I really wished they had kleenex in El Salvador. I got way sick. I caught a nasty fever. It started with a cough, then a fever, then I just got sick all around. So it was kind of rough. Yesterday I got permission to break the Sabbath day and buy antibiotics. So I'm getting better now.

In other news, we had two investigators in church and have found some pretty positive people. We had a long streak of finding people who didn't progress, and finally we're finding some. Ha ha, and of course I'm leaving. We have changes this week, so Wednesday they're going to assign me to a new area.

On Tuesday, I went on an interchange to Sonsonate, and we had to go to the top of their area. It was really pretty, so we took a picture.

It's a short letter today, but will be longer next week.

Elder Bailey
From Jul 30, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

80: Sonsonate 17

Hello family!

How's it going?

This week's been cool. Let me explain!

We found news, we've been working hard, etc.

On Wednesday, I had a meeting in Santa Ana with all the district leaders. It was really long, but cool. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. The air conditioning was freezing. I guess I'm just used to sweating rivers in Sonsonate.

On Thursday, I went on interchanges with Sonsonate. Good times, worked hard.

On Friday, I went on interchanges with the zone leaders. Good times; worked hard. We found some cool news who went to church on Sunday.

We've been working hard. There have been challenges, but you just try to be happy and work through them. I've got a bunch of pictures I'm going to send today.

Hope everything is well.

Elder Bailey (como bailar)

Yesterday we made empanadas with our cook. So that's us playing with the dough. Also on Wednesday we made pizza with the ward and our investigators, so there are a bunch of pictures from that too.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

79: Sonsonate 16


This week we had a baptism.  Her name is N.  We found her contacting.  She's a single mom who lives with her daughter and her mom and father-in-law.  N. is cool.  She really was just ready for the Gospel.  She loves the BOM, and is already halfway through 2 Nephi (she started about 2 weeks ago).  The baptism went really well.

On Saturday, I went on interchanges with Sonsonate.  It was a good day.  We found a family and brought them to church the next day.  Then during the second hour in church, I put a date.  Unfortunately, I couldn't put the date until the 18th of August because the wife is having cancer treatment and stuff, but it's way cool.  I also got to do 2 baptismal interviews with them.  It's interesting—half the baptisms in their area I put the dates and helped make them happen.  The other half I sent the zone leaders over to do it.  It's really cool being a district leader.  You get to help make things happen.  My district is doing really well.

This week in my area it's been hard.  A lot of people closed doors on us.  I'm on round 2 of contacting houses in my area.  You still find new people because you contact in different times of day, but it's been hard.  

But in all, it's going well.  I love the mission and love being a missionary.

Hope everything is well back home. 

Take care,
Elder Bailey

Check it out, we had a bat in our house.  But we caught it, don't worry.  Look at its face...ugly isn't it.  There's my comp trying to knock it out of the air with a broomstick.

Monday, July 9, 2012

78: Sonsonate 15

Well, it's been a good week. We've worked hard.

It's been fun being a district leader. I have to go to the other area
a lot because both the missionaries there are newer and really don't
know what they are doing. Last week I had put a date in their area,
but the person didn't go to church. On Tuesday, I put an appointment
with him, and recommitted him to baptism that week. I went with
Sonsonate, Elder Argueta, all day that day and had a lot of success.
We found some very positive news, and had a lot of lessons. I
explained a lot of things to him, and taught him how to organize his
time better and be more on top of things. I also helped him plan in
the night time. I felt like it was a very successful meeting. The
next day, they had very good numbers. I was happy. The following
day, they had terrible numbers again. I don't really understand why.
They just don't know what they're doing. Also, the person I put the
date with didn't get baptized. He had put it off.

Thursday, I did interchanges with Elder Tuck, the zone leader from
Colorado. It was cool. I learned. Then we decided to do something a
little different. The next day (Friday), Elder Tuck and I both went
to the area of Sonsonate and worked with Elder Argueta and Elder
McLean. Our objective was to make sure that the person got baptized.
While it was kind of strange to leave my area alone for one day, we
got Daniel baptized. It was a good baptism. Sonsonate is a very cool
area. There are a lot of really positive people there. The only
problem is that they don't do things very I'm going to
continue working a ton with them. They could baptize at least 3 more
in their area, and in my area we have one.

Her name is N. She's way cool. She has been reading a ton in the BOM
and loves it. We are going to baptize her this Sunday. I'm way
excited. It's going to be [cool]! I don't know what to do with B.
and M. They know the Church is true, but just aren't progressing
because she has to find a different job before they can get married
and baptized. It's really frustrating. I feel like we're probably
going to have to leave them. So we're probably going to end with 5
baptized this month in my district, which is pretty good.

On Saturday, Elder Govea and I organized a ward activity. It was fun.
We put together a bunch of games. The only problem is that the
people in this ward really don't like to participate a ton, but it was
still cool.

Well, the mission is awesome. I hope everything is going well back
home. Take care.

Elder Bailey

Monday, July 2, 2012

77: Sonsonate 14

Hola familia!

How's it going?

So this week has been busy.  It's really interesting being district leader.  There's only one other area in my district, but they're both pretty new missionaries and really have no idea what they're doing...they usually have like 4 or 5 lessons a day...which is terrible.  So I've been working very hard to help them out.  It's been cool.  I feel like I've been working harder and following Preach My Gospel so well lately.  It just feels awesome.  I get along really well with my companion, Elder Govea, and it's been a lot of fun.  We've enjoyed it a lot. 

On Sunday we brought a woman named N. to church.   She loved it.  We returned later that day to her house and asked her what she felt and what she had to do.  Her answer was very simple.  She said, "get baptized."  "Yep.  That's right.  So will you get baptized this 21st of July?"  "Yeah."   Wow.  That's freakin' awesome (was my response in my head).  It was way sweet.  I have worked so hard in this area, harder than any other.  I've already contacted about every house in my area at least once, but we're still finding news.  So yeah, we're gonna baptize this woman.

On Tuesday I went on interchanges with Sonsonate (the other area in my district).  We worked hard, put two dates, and had 9 lessons.  It was a way sweet day, but then they didn't really do any follow up, and the dates fell.....Grrrr.  That area is so awesome, one of the best in the mission.  If they work hard there, they could baptize so many!  So I'm going to keep working with them.

Really, I just love the mission.  It is so awesome.  I feel like the end is coming up really quickly, and I don't want it to come.  Now that I am following closer than ever Preach My Gospel, I'm happier than I've ever been.  Yeah, sometimes it sucks to contact in the hot sun, and a lot of people lie to us, but it is just so cool to work in the Lord's vineyard.  I love it.  We have so many spiritual experiences, and that's what counts.  The reason people get baptized is for their spiritual experiences.  When you feel the spirit, it changes you.  You really become a light to others.  That's what makes us better people.  You should all look for spiritual experiences.  It doesn't matter where.  If you listen with the spirit, God can teach you so much, even if it is in a boring sacrament meeting.  Do things the Lord's way, and give Him your best.  Sometimes it doesn't make sense, but that is where we find happiness. Learn to love people.  Don let petty things get in your way.  God has a plan for each one of us, and if we've fallen off track, we can always get back on, no matter how far we are. That's why we have the atonement.  That's the good news we teach.  It makes us happy. So just have faith and believe.

Here in the mission I've heard a lot of stories and a lot of gossip about people who have had hard times in their lives.  In almost all the cases, it's because they weren't keeping the commandments.  That's when things got really hard.  But if we keep the commandments, we're safe.  If we keep the commandments, we are happy.  The bishop in this ward is a good example.  I respect him a lot.  He has a really hard job, not a lot of money, but does as he should.  He has a wife and 2 kids, and is honestly the big brother of the ward.  Everyone always goes to him for answers because he's always on the path.  Life is hard for him, but he's happy.

The mission really is the best thing you can do.  God blesses us so much.  It's really hard, but it's worth it.  Well, those are my two cents for the day.  I love this Gospel.

Elder Bailey

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

76: Sonsonate 13


How are you family?

This week has been very busy. We've been working really hard to reach
our goals. We've taught a ton of lessons.

On Wednesday we had changes. We went to Santa Ana to the changes
meeting (this is something new). My new companion is Elder Govea. I
lost Elder Perez from Colombia and got Elder Govea from even lower,
Ecuador. He talks funny. Elder Govea is from my group, we came
together, he's a good companion. It's cool to be with someone old

I'm also the new district leader. Our district is small though, just
2 areas, us and Sonsonate. But we're district America. We sing a lot
of American hymns. The missionaries in the area Sonsonate are both
really new, so they honestly have no idea what's going on or how to

This week was hard. We worked really hard and committed six
investigators to come to church. They all said that they WOULD be
there, but then only one showed up. That was a bummer. But we did
have 101 attendance. But it's cool. I love being a missionary. It's
hard at times, but it is so worth it. Working as a missionary is one
of the best things that you can do.

On Saturday, Elder Govea and I had an awesome lesson. It was with a
family that we were going to teach, but when we got there they had a
whole bunch of friends over as well, so we ended up teaching about 15
people. It was a way sweet lesson. Everyone felt the spirit, and
when we explained the BOM, some of them were asking what they had to
do to get one. It was way cool, one of the best lessons that I have
taught. Shame that most of them didn't live in the area.

Well, I hope everything is going well out there.

Elder Bailey

Monday, June 18, 2012

75: Sonsonate 12

Well, I'm writing you a little late this week. We had a zone
activity, and went to see a waterfall. It's been a good week and
we've worked way hard. We started doing a thing in our ward called
Nunca Voy Solo (I never go alone). The idea is that everyone invites
someone to church: a less active, or an investigator. It worked,
because we raised our attendance from 91 last week to 111. It was way
cool. We had 9 people in the church who weren't members.

We've been working very hard with B and M. They know the Church is
true and want to get baptized and married. M is all in, but B feels
like this Saturday is a little fast. They are a way cool family. I
honestly believe that they're going to do it and that they're going to
get baptized. I'm stoked.

We just got changes, and my companion is leaving already, so Wednesday
I'm going to have a new companion. It's kind of weird because many of
my good friends are going home this change.

On Wednesday this week we had a special meeting in San Salvador with
the other mission. Elder Maynes from the Seventies presidency came and
spoke to us. It was very good, I enjoyed it a lot.

Today, we had a zone activity and went to a waterfall in the area of
Castaño. It was way sweet; I'm just trying to figure out a way to get
the pictures uploaded because this computer is not really working.
Okay, well, the computer doesn't want to read my camera. Sorry. I'll
send them next week.

Well, I'm going to miss my companion. He's been excellent. He has a
strong testimony.

In all, it's been a very good week, we've worked our butts off and
have had success. I feel now like this is what a missionary should
feel like, it's sweet.

Hope everything is well back there in wherever you are.

Take care,
Elder Bailey