Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Praise the Lord, the work is going forth!!! (May 26, 2010)

Well Hello!
I am absolutley loving Bessemer! We are having so many miracles happen right now it is awesome!!! We found a 18 year old boy named Quentarious and he has come to church once knows the Book of Mormon is True and loves it when we come over and talk with him. He says it makes him feel good and he is scheduled to be baptized on the 5th of June! Then we had another miracle contact on a street. We saw this 19 year old boy walking so we stopped knocking on the door that we were at and went and talked to him. We ended up teaching him a first lesson and getting a return appiontment to take him to a bible study that we were holding the next day.His name is Ladarious and he came which was awesome and we set a baptismal date for him for the 5th of June also and he came to church and is right on track for that one as well! Then we were able to have a great lesson with one of our other investigators at a members house and she said that she would get baptized on the 12th of June and then she came to church! and we also have a lady that we are working with that was living with her Ex-boyfriend but they wern't doing anything they were just staying in the same house. well she ended up calling us one random day saying that he had moved out and into his parents house! so we taught her and she asked us what she had to do to be baptized! so we told her and set a date for her to be baptized on the 12th of June aswell! Then today we got a call from a return missionary that is in this ward and we have been teaching his non member girlfriend. Well he called us today to set a another teaching appiontment and said that she was ready to be baptized and that she would probable accept a date in the 2nd or 3rd week in June! We are so EXCITED!!!!!! We also have a ton of people that have a lot of potential. There is a girl named Matilda who lives just up the street from us. One day we stopped by to see her and she was not in a good mood and tried to tell us that it wasn't a good time. Well of course we couldn't let that stop us from teaching her the gospel so we told her our message will probably help her to have a better day which we obviously already knew we just didn't want to let her know that. She said we were probably right and she let us in to teach her. When we got inside we realized that she didn't have any power due to a really bad storm that we had had the past two days. So in our opening prayer we asked that her lights would be cut back on shortly so that her food wouldn't spoil and she could due her daily activites. Then we started to teach her about the restoration of the gospel!!! Well needless to say halfway through our lesson all of a sudden we saw a light!!!! Yes her lights had come back on!!!! She was so excited and it was a testimony to us and to her that God aswers prayers! So we finished teaching her and she said that she was feeling a whole lot better and that she was thankfull that we stopped by and that we made her day better. She also said that she would be baptized when she knew it was true! We found another girl next to one of our Recent Converts named Tawanda. She listened to a lesson one and then we gave her a pamphlet and didn't think to much about it. We did get a return appiontment though. So we went back and she actually remembered alot from the first lesson that most of the people we teach don't remember and she was really cool and interested and she wasn't scared to pray in front of us! She has a date for the 12th of June also! We are just being so blessed and I can tell a huge difference when we are obedient and when we are working hard. We stay out until 9:30 every night and we just go and go and go! which is exactly how it should be! I LOVE PREACHING THE GOSPEL AND SEEING THE FRUIT OF IT!!!!
We had our Zone Conference Yesterday. It was presdedent Tates last one that he would be at before he goes home. He is going to be leaving on the first of July. I am really sad that he is leaving. He has been a great mission president and he is going to be missed greatly. He has helped me out so much but change is always a good thing. He gave me some pretty random advice in out interview though that went along with some things in my patriarchal blessing which i thought was pretty cool. He is a great man! We have an awesome Zone as well. They are all hard workers and are trying to do their best. We are still trying to reach a goal of 50 baptisms in a month before President Tate leaves and i thing that June is going to be the Month for it! Out Districts are all doing their best to help out. We have to missionaries that are leaving at the end of this transfer but they are doing surprisingly well at not getting trunky. I am really excited. Being a Zone Leader is nothing special. Basically all you have to do is be a perfect example so basically you just have to do everything right because everyone is watching. I like it alot more because you feel like someone is always wathing it has really helped me in seeing the importance of being 100% obedient and now it doesn't matter if I am a Zone Leader or not it is totally worth it to be obedient.
Well the mission is really trying to get these 50 baptsims to we are all trying to get asmany contacts and work as hard as possible. So each companionship has to tide their bikes or walk for an hour a day to try to get more contacts. SO we went out with a recent convert who is 13 and he was riding his bike with us. Well I ender up wrecking haha. My first bike wreck on the mission. Well i tried catching myself from falling which didn't really work becuse i still fell. I ended up filping on the ground and the bike fliped on top of me. Elder Shietinger said it was in the top 3 of best wrecks that he has seen so far on his mission!!!! I was okay there was no blood and i just kept riding my bike. well after awhile my wrist started hurting and so we called to see what i should do and the President told me to go to the emergency room. They took X-rays and it ended up being a really bad sprang. so now I have to wear a brace! its been fun but pretty annoying. atleast it was a great story though right? haha.
I'm doing great though and hope that ya'll have a great time at TAPP!!!
Love Elder Haws

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