Tuesday, January 28, 2014

First Pictures!!

Hermana Abbott & Hermana Bauer
First Companion

P-Day at the temple

P-Day (laundry)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 23, 2014

 One of my new favorite scriptures is Alma 32:27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your facilities, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. Our super hard Maestro Hermano Zuzuhaga told us, mind you in spanish, we would be getting a new teacher and new investagators (who will be hard, we probably won't get in, and are rude) my assignment is to teach for 30 min. in spanish! nervous nervous nervous!! And we will be push even more than this now, it only gets harder from here!  This is my list of new things that I am experiencing or coming.  Its hard but if you look at this list with a positive point of view man am I gonna be a sharp tool in Gods hands in 3 weeks from now.  All the Hermanas received blessings from the elders in our district when we found out about all the changes that were coming our way. It is amazing how close our district is and it is amazing how much of a blessing the power of priesthood is in our lives. Since that day we all have been so much more calm and comprehend much more. My blessing was very personal to me and I know that is was exactly what I needed to hear! I was told that if I keep giving my all and pressing forward I will keep growing in not only the language but in the gospel. This has been true, and I know that I have not done it alone, if it were not for my Savior on my side I would have not made it this far and not still be here. I love him and I am here because I owe it all to Him and want to more than anything be a tool in His hands to show others what they can have in their lives.  Spanish is coming along but we all make mistakes right! well... a few letters wrong can mean you are saying a whole different word...WHILE TEACHING my companion Hermana Abbott and I have told one investigator that the introduction to the Book Of Mormon does not explain, but explodes the book of Mormon! Explicar vs. explosar.... Whoops...(this investigator is going to be our new teacher! embarrassed much!!) Well I best be on my way.  Have the best week ever! love each and everyone of you! 

First e-mail home 1/16/2014

When I walked away all I wanted to do was cry, but I could smile because I was so warmed by all the amazing spirits around me, I know you could all feel them too! I soon met another hermana going to the same mission as me and then when they shipped me over to west campus, where the Spanish speaking missionaries are I found my comp before they told me who she is! She is awesome, bubbly, loud, quite enjoyable and such a sweetheart! Hermana Abbott is the crack up of our group that's for sure! Hermana Handy was in a trio with us for awhile because Hermana Baisdens flight got canceled for two days. When we entered our first class it was ALL SPANISH. yes i said all Spanish. they do not teach us doctrine or language in English it is crazy.... the whole campus is spanish speaking so we are supposed to speak as much spanish as possible! it is difficult, but i am growing to love it! I am now in rhythm, but though i might not make it when on the third day we were told we had to teach an investigator in ALL SPANISH! we had just leaned to pray and sort of bare testimony that afternoon. I wanted to faint... and then to cry. well we did it and yupp. I didn't talk, can you imagine that?? yeah i couldn't either! well i learned quickly i was going to have to lose my pride, that i didn't know i had that much of, it a good thing i figured it out then because the second lesson, I remind you my fourth day here! we had to teach with nothing but our spanish scriptures!!!!!! well I worked in the Lords hand this time and not in my mind... IT worked a miracle unfolded in front of me i made comparisons in spanish and I bore testimony of this church and how it blesses lives in ALL SPANISH!!!!! and then Hermana Abbott prayed.... we witnessed a miracle and a gift of tongues .. this gift keeps giving, but it is not without effort or the presence of our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ! If it were not for me breaking down, asking for help, repenting of my reluctant attitude towards the fast pace situation, and taking hold of the opportunity I would not have made it to here! my Savior did it for me! we also had the chance to listen to Elder Bednar Speak it was Amazing!!!!!! he answered many questions missionaries often have! They all pertained to me! Our whole apartment sang in the choir and the spirit when he entered the room was so strong I could barley stand! Our district is supposed to be together we are meant for each other and work so well together! 
 TE AMO -Hermana Bauer! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dropping off at the MTC

It was cold and snowing Wednesday morning when we arrived in Provo.  We had breakfast at Kneader with Spring and Rylin before we headed to the temple to take pictures and say our good-byes. When we pulled up to the MTC Shae was so excited and ready, she hopped right out gave us our last hugs grabbed her bags and off she went with a smile on her face.

Family picture at the Provo Temple

Shae and Madi
Shae and Bridger
There she goes!!