Monday, June 23, 2014

The Key to a Happy Missionary: When our Investigator Comes to Church! :)

Oh my goodness! I have been so excited to write this email!!! 

This week was super cool. It was a testimony to me that numbers don't really matter. We got 0 member present lessons, and we didn't find any new investigators, but we had miracles happening alllll over the place!

So, I think I have talked about our new investigator Healani before. (Pronounced Huh-Lonni. It's Hawaiian.) She is 14 and was a referral from the Cerritos 1st Ward Elders. Their ward borders ours and they got a call one day from the APs to go and teach this girl, but they found out that she lives on the boundaries of our 2 wards and she is on our side. So they passed her to us. Well, her older brother Schane is a convert and he just returned from his mission in Northern CA. When he got back, his sister was asking him all sorts of questions so he called the missionaries in his ward, who happened to be the APs, and they called the missionaries they thought were supposed to teach her, then those missionaries called us. So ANYWAYS! She is suuuuuper cool. We have been teaching her for about a week. She just finished her freshman year of HS and is probably the coolest 14 year old I've ever met (Aside from Austin of course ;) She played football on the freshman team this last year, her position was left tackle... Yeah. She played on the boys team. It was her and another girl on the team full of boys. She played on the JV basketball team, she Polynesian dances, and she is super musical. She loves Jesus and wants to follow him more than anything, she keeps all her commitments and came to church with us on Sunday. AND She is going to girls camp with our ward this week! haha! Yesterday we went to a fireside with her for the youth for the close of their youth conference, and she got up and bore her testimony. After the fireside, the girls in the ward were talking about girls camp (Which is tomorrow) and we asked her if she would want to go. She said yes and we divinely had all the right people RIGHT THERE to talk to about it. The stake YW Pres, the Stake Pres, the Bishop, and the Ward YW Prez. It was really cool. So we got it organized in a matter of a day! It's such a testimony builder that with God anything is possible, and in God's timing! We are super excited for her to go!

While we were at the fireside, a bunch of youth all got up and bore their testimonies. While some of them were idiots, (what do you expect, they are literally teenagers... was I that obnoxious as a teenager?) they were so REAL with their testimonies. They were so simple, and some of them just talked about the things they liked about youth conference, but they were honest. It was really cool. It made me even more excited to be an EFY Counselor for summer 2015. (That's my hope at least.) The youth of the church are seriously incredible. I mean think about it. They are LITERALLY the chosen generation. God's army on the earth. They have so much power and influence over the world, and they are so fragile. It makes me want to work with them even more so that I can show them how amazing they are. Ugh! It gives me chills! :) 

Also, this week we had a lesson with a less active we have been working with. His name is Mel... He's actually completely not active at all. He doesn't know if he believes in God even. But he loves the missionaries and meets with them pretty regularly. We have been working with him to help him have the desire to believe in God. And this past week He finally agreed to read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. The sisters have been trying for 6 months to get him to that point. So it's a big deal. It's cool to see people's desires change and to see how much the gospel can change someones life. 

Well, I know this one was kinda long, but it was full of really good missionary stuff! :) haha That's what i REALLY like to talk to you guys about.... its just that sometimes I don't quite have time to send a quality email! :) I love you all!!! have a great week and rememver that God is good!

Love, Sister Bauer

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