Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The two photos I took this week. . . (May 29, 2017)

100 degrees this week wa-pachaaw!

Meet Bathsheba our jumping spider for the bug wars. The three spiders in the district are Leonidas, Reginald and Bathsheba. Leonidas is definitely the biggest.   ​

Sister Jaycie Baird
Washington Yakima Mission

Church in the Dark and Mormon (May 29, 2017)

Backwards is good. My brain is fresher that way.

       Sunday was SO awesome. Our English ward starts at 8 in the morning and we walked to the church cuz it was beautiful outside and why not. That morning at about 7:15 or so the power went out in our apartment. And since we're pretty close to the church, we were a little concerned about what was going to happen with church. Well, let me tell you, the lights were out in the church. We walk in and the most beautiful sight met my eyes - well, after they adjusted.
Everyone was just sitting down, on the pews, in the dark, just like any other Sunday! It was seriously awesome. The mic didn't work, and Brother Law was using his phone as a flashlight to conduct the meeting, there was the pianist and a flashlight holder, etc, until our WML Brother Coulston and Brother Christensen brought a truck with a generator and we used construction lights to light the front and the back of the building. Sister Center, Peter and I performed "Savior, Redeemer" and I have to tell you, it was dark yes, but the Spirit was one of complete peace and calm. We got dismissed after Sacrament meeting though.
       On the in-between we went home to grab some food and study for a bit when we get a message. "si pueden". It was from one of the Relief Society Teachers. That's it. "If you can." I respond "Claro, cual leccion?" "Of course, what lesson?" So an hour before church starts I quick make up a lesson for Relief Society. It ended up going really well, and Hna Petersen's talk also went great. It was a wonderful day for church. After we hung out with a couple of kids whose mom randomly asked us to take them to church. We found Ramon trying to contact a referral that wouldn't open the door - side note, do you think if we just kept knocking they would open the door? It's obvious that they are home so if you just don't go away I mean really, what can they do other than open the door? I'll let you know how it goes. Then we dropped off a missionary planner for an RM of 2 weeks who is going into planner withdrawals - it's a real thing I'm sure. It's seriously my brain. Then we had dinner, and talked to a couple of semi-drunk Hispanics.
      Highlight of the night! I organized a missionary panel where we combined the 1st and 3rd ward youth. The Central Spanish elders came along with us and 3rd elders, that way there was a good selection - only Spanish, only English, and then sisters that do both. I'm not going to lie, I was really worried that it wasn't going to go well, that no one would show up or that it would be awkward. But it went AMAZING! We had 4 rows of like 10 chairs and the majority were filled. They asked awesome questions and the Spirit was so incredibly strong. At the end we told them about the opportunity to serve a mini-mission with us in August and our recent convert Nichole ran up and said "I want to go where do I get the paper?" We handed out 3 packets and the 3rd ward handed out a couple to their youth as well.

        Saturday was a small disaster because Moses Lake suddenly had a Spring Fest! I think we knocked for like 4 hours that day. Traffic was crazy, roads were blocked, our dinner ended up being an hour of just meditating in the stake center field. That was actually pretty funny because we had called the zone leaders slightly freaking out because it was so hard to get any missionary work done! and then we go chill in the park and they find us doing nothing after telling us to do what we think would be the most productive #that'sawkward #ipromisethisisnotwhatitlookslike

      Friday we planned, practiced for Sunday, had an awesome dinner with some amazing rice pudding, the Book of Mormon class kind of got trumped by a birthday party behind the church for the 2nd counselor in the presidency but it was okay because Oso got stuck on the roof and then us hermanas destroyed in World Cup. Then we went and got a little Bible bashed but got to share Alma 32 and he started to actually listen.

     Thursday we had District Council, a lesson with Claudia, with our cancelled dinner I texted over 100 people in the phone asking if they were still interested in learning more about the church. Results? 1 said no, 1 said yes and then never texted back and the other 98 said nothing *sigh*. We had an amazing lesson with Nancy that night - she lives WAY the heck out in Mae valley on this little Mexican rancho and we got stuck at the gate with a bunch of ducks and chickens. But we taught the Restoration and she has an incredible understanding of everything! Then, she asked how can she STUDY the Book of Mormon. She told us, "I mean I can read it, but I won't get anything from it. How can I study it?" So then we taught her all about cross references and how to use the Bible to understand more, we dissected 1 Nefi 1:1 and she got so excited! Then we knocked a street where no one was interested but everyone was super nice. There was an atheist, two Catholics - one with the cutest dog I have ever seen, and the other one who gave us water. And THEN a lady who was the first stand-offish one we found. She didn't seem too fond of us Mormons. And then I complimented her flowers. And suddenly we were in her backyard talking about gardens, art, crafts, she showed us her pictures and collages, jewelry that she makes, everything. Distraction and love. It will literally get you in with anyone. Then we went to a semi active member and just got to talk with her and get really excited about the gospel which is something I think she really needed because her girls are 11 and 13 and are being pretty typical 11 and 13 year olds.

       Wednesday we did service at the food bank. The next noteworthy thing was visiting Bunny and reading the Bible with her. I used to get really frustrated when we went to her house because I didn't see the purpose but we've started expounding the scriptures and we all love it - me because I get to share all of my Bible knowledge in ways I never get to, and Bunny cuz she's learning and not just reading any longer. And Hna Petersen because she's been working on the Bible and she gets a kickstart with it. We had a lesson with the Huits that night and a Vivint guy approached us. He did it poorly and I felt so bad for him. I will never again judge a door to door salesmen because I'm pretty sure I've had worse door approaches than they do. Then we contacted a referral given to us and although it started out well it ended in a whole lot of being bashed on with the Bible. Mah.

I've made it a goal to finish the Book of Mormon in English this transfer so that I can finish the Spanish one in my last two transfers before I go home. Everyone is really familiar with the first part of the Book of Mormon but 3 Nephi 11 and onward has some of the most powerful passages of scripture I have ever read. I love the way that Mormon writes and honestly my testimony of Christ and His divinity and power has been strengthened and reaffirmed as I have read of His ministry in the Americas and then of the Apostasy that follows. Mormon at age 16 is called to lead armies, at 15 Jesus Christ shows Himself to Mormon, at 11 he is told where to find the plates and by the time he is 24 he has led the Nephites in battle against the Lamanites for 9 years and finally "utterly refuses" to lead them any longer due to their wickedness and is commanded of the Lord to sit back and watch, and take note. There is an incredibly powerful chapter where he directly addresses the Gentiles and the Israelites. Go read it! I know that Christ lives and I can promise you that if you are struggling in any way that if you read 3 Nephi 11 - 4 Nephi you will grow closer to Him than ever before.

Love you all!
Hna Baird


The Hipster Garden (May 22, 2017)

Our hipster garden

Attempt #1

Attempt #2

Attempt #3


Milagros! (May 22, 2017)

Incredible week :)

Highlights - After many many many many doors, we found 3 new English investigators!
We are spending almost all our time in Mae Valley and it's paying off. We're finding English and Spanish investigators and are getting referral after referral from members and missionaries. The work is really rolling forward!

Quote from Hna Petersen: "I know I'm eating the donkey before it's born!"
*attempting to repeat Counting chickens before they hatch*

Learning how to love - the love of Christ is so unique, individual and life changing. I have changed so much in just the last week that I am amazed at who I was before and now.

I promise I'll write better next week. I love you all! :)

Sister Jaycie Baird
Washington Yakima Mission

Fotos (May 22, 2017)


One big (pues slightly small) happy family with a bat in a box that you can't see.

He didn't fly out of the box which really disappointed the elders and made us really grateful

Our ward mission leader #he'sactuallythebestest

Since pictures don't usually happen anyway..

​When you match on accident and gain a bunch of member trust #whateverittakes #repeatfromWenatchee #alsoleftoverbagsofchipstheredonebelike7andwegotthemall

Trying to Choose the White (May 15, 2017)

Good week good week.

Highlights -

Skyped the family which is always a joy.

Went to the temple and did baptisms for the dead with our recent converts Sean and James :)) Did I take pictures? Of course not. Why would I do that? Added bonus, I was able to go to the Family History Center with Sean and in an hour I was able to find 47 names - 24 of which I was able to take with me and do baptisms for! Cool little miracles :)

Saw some miracles in the Spanish department - there are some really neat people out there. Hopefully I can see some of them through :)

We've been tracting Mae Valley in attempt to find some English investigators cuz the ward is wanting to help out with them and although we've been tracting lots the only person we ended up finding who said we could come back was Hispanic. #evenwhenwetrytoenglish

Funny story - we went back to contact a guy who said we could put him on our list. He is a hoot let me tell you. Most people in Moses Lake have had at least some kind of contact with members or the church and this man had been friends with multiple bishops. He said that he had a question - and he had asked all of his member friends and bishops and hna Petersen and I were like "Ohhhh man what is he gonna ask I don't think we have more knowledge than bishops!" and the question was then posed.
"If you got to the other side, and you sat down with our Creator, Jesus of course, and He told you that you had gotten it all wrong, would you change your religion?"
We kind of looked at each other (with more than a little relief) and answered, "If Christ himself told us that we were wrong of course we would." (in my head of course I finished the statement - but he's already told me that this is the right one) and he threw his hands up in the air and yelled "Wife! (insert wife's name) They got the answer right! Of all the people I've ever asked there was only one other man who answered it right!" and she came out and told us congratulations. It was far out and awesome.
In that same neighborhood we met a dog who didn't bark, a naked 2 year old, a man without a watch (*checks arm - it's a hair past a freckle* "I've actually gotta go right now"), a kind lady with a dog named Alfalfa who took a Spanish pamphlet because she's a Spanish teacher and a man that was a Missouri Lutheran (nope, not from Missouri, in fact, that might not actually be how you spell it but that sure is what it sounded like), and was good friends with multiple Seventies from the church but would never be Mormon. I've decided. Tracting is by far my favorite thing to do to find people.

 Have you ever heard of a book called "How to Hug a Porcupine"? A former AP has it on his flashdrive and though I'm not super sure how kosher it is, the elders have been working on a 24 hour no criticism fast found in chapter 13. You have to give something up until you can go 24 hours without criticizing anything. And so it's been a solid week where I've been taking cold showers. It's really neat though, it makes you think before you say just about anything. It is really hard and I can't say it's comforting to have your eyes opened to the amount of criticism that is given and used in common conversations. Apparently chapter 14 is how to correctly critique something but they aren't listening to that until they complete the 24 hour fast. Which (this is criticism) means we probably won't ever be listening to it. At least not within this transfer.
Gospel Tie-in - Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." If we eliminate this whole criticizing thing, all that we say is edifying. Really this is just a stepping stones to obtaining charity and acting in the way that Christ did.

Love you all! :)
Sister Jaycie Baird
Washington Yakima Mission

Fotos of not me (May 15, 2017)

​Almost everyone looks normal good good good.
(Mother's Day skype)

One of the benefits of random, dirty rainshowers. ​

When you go back into your childhood and remember when your mom pulled everything off of everything and just put it in a pile in the middle of your room and said "Fix it". Fun fact - the majority of it is mine. *sigh*

We also cleaned out the fridge.


They are little mold creatures. They're just solid mold. They are so cute.

​These are also the only pictures I took this week. And the last four were just from today. I'll try to be better at that..

Lessons with Elders (May 8, 2017)

This week was pretty stellar

Lunes - We had the McCombs, Antonio and the Dominguez. We didn't have dinner that night and the McCombs were just eating so we got to sit in and eat with them as we talked about their conversion and work and past missionaries. They are so wonderful. Our new investigator Antonio came to the baptism last Saturday and he thinks the gospel is really interesting. He's in his 20s and has an Anakin braid and is amazing at soccer but he is also really sincere. The one trick is that his mom isn't very interested. Then we went to the Dominguez where we read 1 Nephi 4 with them as a family. I love the people here :)

Martes - After coordination we went to help Frankie with his yard some more (see overall pictures). Then we had a pass of lesson with the elders with one of the families that also came to the baptism and wants that for their family. It went amazingly well. We tried by some potentials before heading to dinner with the Morenos, who are such a hoot and then felt like we should knock this one trailer park and found a man named Oswaldo that the week before we had tried to get to come to church with us before he disappeared. It seemed like a miracle until he proposed to my companion. Funny story - she didn't understand what was going on and I was trying to shut him down and he was trying to hit on her... needless to say, it wasn't the most productive conversation that has happened.

Miercoles - We helped Hna Dominguez plant flowers! Before my mission, I never appreciated quite so many things but after painting houses and planting flowers for hours on end, I can't walk into a room or past a flower pot without recognizing the work that has gone into it. It's actually kind of neat. Then we rescued the elders from the MASSIVE amount of food the member that THEY were serving made them (at least we tried to) and then we went to the cute old peoples home and sang for them.

Jueves - We gardened again at the Dominguez (and this is the family who owns my perrito Bonito). Thursday was amazing. We tracted for multiple hours and just kept talking to people. We were out in Mae Valley and sharing the gospel with those of the American culture and I was stunned at how polite they were even when they weren't interested. Note to those that meet missionaries of any denomination - they are human too. And a Christlike way of saying no is easier on the soul than a look of disgust and indignation. So do them a favor and treat them like the mom, dad, brother, sister, human being that they are. That night there was an awesome storm that blew through and we got to walk in it.

Viernes - We had interviews with President where he called our companionship the "Highly baptizing, highly combustible pair" due to the 6 baptisms in the last 2 weeks and y'all can guess at the other one. That night we had another pass off lesson with the elders and our recent convert kiddos. We're getting pretty good at teaching in unity 😜 Also, we saw some of the repercussions of our singing at the talent show, one of the members little kids kept asking them "What do the missionaries say? Shine on!!"

Sabado - We met some amazing people this day. The days that we essentially tract all day long I have decided are the best days. There are so many people in so many places that have been prepared by the Lord.

Domingo - After a full day of church where I had the opportunity to translate a fast and testimony meeting (it is so much easier to translate into Spanish, and by the end my brain was fried), we had a lesson with one of our new investigators we found on Saturday. It was really cool. Occasionally you find one of those people who don't go to any church but the few  things they have heard are pure doctrine and they cling to it. I'm excited for what lies in store with him.

Love you all! I'll send some funny stories next week :)

Gardening Galore (May 8, 2017)

Overall buddies

​Gardening without shoes is really the way to go. I felt like I was letting my true Missouri colors show.

Mi novio Bonito el perrito ❤

​My new planner cover (because paint pens)

Sister Jaycie Baird
Washington Yakima Mission

Craisiness (May 1, 2017)


A member gave us an amazing referral - her niece who wants the gospel for her family so badly. Unfortunately she lives out of our area and after praying about it we decided to be obedient and pass her to the elders.

Our kiddos got baptized on Saturday! Their parents will be taking the lessons from the elders :)

After officially deciding to pass off the only investigators we really had, we got a call from Antonio, a past potential. He told us he read the pamphlet and wanted to learn more. He came to the baptism on Saturday and we're meeting with him again tonight :)

We helped Kaden Dominguez write his talk for the baptism on Thursday, did lots of service for our sweet branch members, found a doctor to check out my leg who assured me that I would live although it will take a couple of months to heal.

We also followed a small child around a neighborhood as she showed us where some of the Hispanics lived.

The talent show was a ton of fun and it went pretty okay! Although I totally didn't video it... regrets... but know that we tried even if it was nothing like how my family actually does it.

I promise next week will be better. I love you all!

*from Corinne*
Jaycie is coming home August 8!
There are a LOT of missionaries scheduled to come home the August 29 transfer which caused a need for 2 transfers, August 8 or 29.  After prayer and studying, Jaycie chose the 8.

Got an email from a member (April 25, 2017)

Smiles abounded when this showed up in my (Corinne's) inbox.
The subject was "Love Sister Baird!!!!"

I'm sure all these pictures of the same thing were taken because Jaycie was telling some sort of story as she pretended in this "dress up".  

Fotos (April 24, 2017)


​​Teachin the crazy kiddos! They enjoy playing Down By the Banks after lessons :)