Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 3 of Transfer 4!

Welcome to the third week of the transfer everyone! Week three is crazy because it means the transfer is half over. It's crazy how fast 6 weeks goes by! 

Well, all is going good here in Southern California! Just another day in the great and spacious building! But really. We live way to close to Hollywood and LA for our own good. The filth seeps over to Long Beach. I think the hardest thing about being a missionary in California is the Pride of the world. Because Southern California is so expensive to live in, people have to be a little more well off than your average Utahan. So naturally, "they don't need God." Humility is definitely lacking here in the Golden State.

We have really been struggling to find more people to teach. It's been so freakin hot that nobody wants to go outside! (I don't blame them!) So street contacts this past week have been something that haven't been really an option. Lately, we have started to "Chalk" bus stops. We write a random person's name and then tell them to call the missionaries! And then we write our number... no success yet! But we'll see! This week we are going to go to a park and draw out the Plan of Salvation and write some inspired questions and then our number. You never know right?

So, the Woodruff ward has always had a bad rep. for the missionary work being slow. You can ask any previous missionary who has served in the ward. So Sister Brown and I decided that something needed to change because what has been happening has not bee working. So we purposed a 40 day fast for our ward. It's basically when different families or individuals sign up for different time periods to fast so that there is always someone fasting during the 40 days. It's actually pretty cool. There have been other wards around us that have done it and seen a lot of miracles happen. We want to do some sort of activity each week where members can invite their friends. Like watch the Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration Film, Have an Ice-Cream Social, watch the testaments, that kind of stuff! I think it will be a great opportunity for the members to be more involved in the missionary work that happens!

Sherry is just fantastic as always! She is always sending us scriptures from the Book of Mormon, quotes by prophets and apostles, Etc. She is always so willing to come with us to baptism and firesides. She already told us she would come with us to the General Relief Society Broadcast! (Which I am completely STOKED about by the way!) So that will be completely Amazing! She still won't commit to a specific date for baptism, but I know that she will be baptized. It's just a matter of WHEN. She really wants to make sure she KNOWS it's true before she gets baptized because she doesn't want to be flaky. I'm not sure if she KNOWS that Joseph Smith is a prophet and if Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. And those are kinda important things. She will get there! I love Sherry so much! She is seriously the greatest person on earth! So sweet, kind, selfless, and loving! She's "practically perfect in every way". (Get it? That was a Mary Poppins reference... ha)

Welllllll! It's time to say goodbye this week! I will bid you all adieu and look forward to next week when my inbox will be sooo full with all the responses you send... *Hint *Hint! ;)

I love you all so much! Pray for you often! 

Remember to be happy! True Happiness comes from following the example of Jesus Christ in all things!

2 Nephi 5:27, 

"27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness."

Mosiah 2:41

"41  And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

I love you all!!!! Have a happy week! :) 

Love Sister Bauer

Exchange with Sis. Luft (My Sister Training Leader)

A weird little diggy thing at the park! I think I have a future in Excavation. 

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