Monday, July 1, 2013

Do Miracles Never Cease???

Hola mi amigos y familia!
This week was a little bittersweet. On Saturday the Buberts (My mission Pres and his wife and 2 kids) left! :( and our new mission president President and sister Tew came. It was hard. I REALLY loved President and sister Bubert. But, Friday we actually got invited to the mission home to help clean everything down to the core. It was fun! Just a bunch of missionaries in normal clothes cleanin' the mission home! PartAAAAY! haha! but really....
So the Tew's are now here and I'm sure they are wonderful. They will be a great blessing to this mission!
Let me tell you a bit about how the work is going! It has been incredibly slow for quite some time. We have been really focusing on finding people to teach. When Elder Ballard came to this mission a while ago, he made a promise to the missionaries here that if they reiceved 10 contacts a day, they would be blessed with more people to teach. So we have really been trying to get 10 contacts a day. It's hard sometimes because there are barely 10 people outside a day that we even see. But we talk to every single person we see and that has truly blessed us.
Since the Worldwide leadership training, we have also been focused on having the members help us find people to teach, because of thier built in friendship and trust. Before the training, we actually challenged some families in the ward to pick like 5 names or families that they knew and were friends with and to pray about them. Then, we would come back the next week and aske them about the names they had. They followed throught and this week we have a lesson planned with a family that they are good friends with for this Sunday! The Lord blesses those who truly pray for those experiences. Also, this week we had a lady show up to chuch who wasn't a member. She has been visiting her friends in Utah and going to church with them. So when she got back into the area, she looked up her ward boundaries and decided to come!!! Needless to say, we have a lesson with her Wednesday! So great!
My grandma sent me a great little thought the other day. She said, "Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings Miracles!" I know that is true. I have seen it happen. Since sister Brown and I have been striving for exact obedience, we have seen miracles happen. Sometimes they don't come in the form that we think, but they come.
My dearest friends! I love this gospel so much! I wouldn't be here if I didn't! Everyday I pray that my message will change at least one person's heart. I know that the message we share as missionaries is true. The Book of Mormon, is the word of God. I know this because I have felt the power of it in my life. Thank God for all of the blessings in your life. "Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?" Did you? Think about everything that God has blessed you with. Have you thanked him lately? I heard this once, "What if you woke up with only the things that you had thanked God for the night before?" Man... I need to be better. We all do.
I challenge all of you to share one simple belief with one person today. Whether it's that you know there is a God and that He loves us, or that the Book of Mormon is true, or that Jesus is the Christ. Because simple testimonies change lives.
I know that God is our LOVING Heavenly Father. I know that He wants us all to return to live with him, and that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, so that we could live with Him again. Jesus IS the Christ and He lives and loves us. Joseph Smith Restored Christ's gospel in it's fullness to the earth. We are led by a prophet of God and if we heed his words, we will never be led astray. I'm so glad that I have an eternal family, and that through the priesthood power and temples, I will be able to, one day, be sealed to my spouse and children forever. I KNOW the Book of Mormon is another testiment of Christ and that it is true. Read it and pray about it, ask God if it isn't true. (Moroni 10:3-5)
I love all of you and I miss all of you! I pray for you every single day! Continue to pray for the missionaries! And not only pray for them, but help them! By helping the missionaries find people to teach in your area, you help me!  Doctrine & Covenants 18:10, 16
"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." "And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!"
Share the gospel!
I love you all so much! Sorry this one was so long! but read the whole thing... it's good. :)
God be with you till we meet again!
Love, Sister Bauer
1.) President and Sister Bubert after cleaining thier house
2.) My SWEEEEEET shoe tan line! (Don't mind my freaky toes)
3.) The best of both worlds!!!! Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out are RIGHT next door to each other!!!

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