21 March 2016

Miracles on the final!!!!


First off we got 10 inches of snow!!!! That was a surprise...

ROBERT SET A DATE!! It's this Saturday, March 26, at 1 pm in the
Baxter building. It's been a blast planning that. Robert also had his
interview and everything is set. We're making the program tomorrow.

We've been visiting this young lady, Halen. I've been so blessed to
visit her just about weekly for the past 3ish months. It's been so
cool to see her come back to church! The change in her is amazing.
She's applied the Savior's Atonement and found His everlasting peace
for sure. She also heads back home with week! I'm happy for her.

I've been saying Good Bye to people. Which is always sad. So lots of
picture taking and testimony bearing. We've been able to share the New
Easter video #Hallelujah with about everyone! We visited Gary, a now
former investigator, and the Youngs came to Church. We're visiting
with them tomorrow. They asked what they need to do to be baptized!!
They're right there too!

Since it's been snowing a lot the roads are pretty slick in some
places. We drive a beast so we don't really have any worries. 4 wheel
drive and studded tires do the trick. We were on our way to visit the
Glausers, active family, when we saw a car slide into a ditch. We
decided to turn around and head over to them to see if they were
alright. Turns out it was Sister Glauser! She was able to drive safely
out of the ditch so all was well.

The Lord has been blessing us with so many miracles!! One of them
being Katie, a young women who comes weekly but needs permission to be
taught and baptized, finally got permission from her Dad! She's been
nervous so it's taken her about a transfer to work up the courage...
But she finally did!

We got our transfer calls. Well... I'm headed Home. Not to Homer
everyone... Although some of the members heard me wrong and I think
they might be under that impression... Nope. But I hear Homer is a
beautiful place. Sister Gardner is staying and training! There's lots
of work for the new little missionary coming from the MTC.

Last p day we went to the Native Cultural Museum as a district. (Minus
the senior couple and one companionship.) Nothing inside the Museum
was really open. Not even the gift shop. But they let us come in and
look around. So we got some pretty fun photos!

Also if you go on LDS.org you can get a photo of your family tree. Put
into cute graphics. This one is my favorite. I wish it was in order of
generation... But it's okay :)

This has been a pretty awesome week! It's a bit bittersweet to come
back to UT. But it's all part of the plan. I hope you all have been
doing well.

Love you!

Photos:
10 inches of snow.
Native cultural center.
A Whale bone and I
Happy St. Pattys!
My Family tree. (It's free off of LDS.org)













20 March 2016

March 14, 2016 Baptism!!!!!

 This week we met with Robert. We've taught him everything so we
decided to kinda repeat a lesson we'd already done. Before we first
started teaching him we decided to do a dinner thought on the
interview questions... I know not your typical choice. But we just had
them read the questions to each other. Well this week we thought that
might be a good idea again. Sooooo his wife asked him the questions.
We got to "Do you believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God?
What does this mean to you?" And he says "Yes, I do." There goes
EVERYTHING we had prepared. I was in complete shock! You should have
seen his wife's face. She looked so shocked! At the end of the
interview questions. Having had a perfect baptismal interview. He
turns to us and says "so what do you think of my answers?" Us-
"uhh....." Robert goes something along the lines of "looks like
someone whose ready to be baptized. You know I've actually been
thinking about that. I don't know the exact date yet. But within the
next few weeks would be good." ROBERT IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!! So than
the rest of the lesson turned into what a baptism service is
like.(he's been to multiple. But just as a reminder.) what is in the
program and so forth. I'M SO EXCITED!

We also had exchanges this week. I went to south Anchorage in the
Oceanview ward with Sister Bybee. And we had a blast! Did service,
taught a bunch of lessons, and ate dinner with one of the senior
couples :)

Also the new Easter Video has come out! It's called #Hallelujah. It's
wonderful :) you all should go to LDS.org and look it up if you
haven't seen it already. It's just 2 mins long and is just testifying
of the Savior and His resurrection.

Well I hope you are all doing well.

I arrive home March 24 at 10 am. Terminal 2 of the Salt Lake
International Airport.
My homecoming will be April 17th.

Love you all!
Pictures:
Exchanges
Sister Gardner and I
Alaskan Sunset!




March 7, 2016 zone meeting, 18th click day, temple

We got to attend the Temple again! The departing missionaries usually
go on the last day in the mission. But the Temple is going to be
closed due to maintenance when I depart. So we went a bit early. It
was nice! They flew in ALL the departing. So I got to see Sister
Schoppmann again :)

In the Mt. Baldy ward some members have been working with their
friend, Vonne. She comes to church each week and is reading the Book
of Mormon. But hasn't wanted to meet with us. But this week she agreed
too. So we all gathered to do some service for the Young Women's
President, Sister Moncur. And answered her questions. So that was
nice. She only had 2 questions. I'm not exactly sure why she has
waited so long... She is going on vacation for spring break and has
decided that while she's "hanging out in the dessert" she'll make her
decision. Since it would be a life changer for her. (She smokes and
drinks Coffee....)

We also had Zone Meeting. Since they have recently abolished Transfer
meeting :( they now have the departing bear the testimony they would
have said at Transfer meeting on their last Zone Meeting or Zone
Conference. Which ever is closer to the departure date. I basically
just bore testimony about how the gospel does more than make Bad men
Good and Good men Better. But that it gives us an eternal perspective.
I also shared this story. "A Blessing in the Mud
By C. William Langdorf
I was working at my desk at the Can Tho Airfield in South Vietnam when
the phone rang. “Are you a Mormon elder?” the voice on the other end
asked.
“Yes. Why?” I said.
“A Dust Off (the call sign for a medical helicopter) is making an
urgent request for assistance. A navy riverboat sustained several
casualties during a ferocious firefight. One of the most seriously
injured men is asking for a Mormon elder. If you can come, the Dust
Off will take you.”
“I’m ready.”
“Be at the landing area in five minutes.”
I grabbed my helmet, flak vest, and side arm, then ran to the landing
pad just a few hundred yards from my office.

The Dust Off landed, I climbed aboard, and we flew for approximately
ten minutes to reach the location of the firefight. As we approached
the banks of the Mekong River, we could see the tracers of machine-gun
fire coming from both the navy riverboat and the Viet Cong on the
opposite shore. On the southern bank of the river, we could see
sailors carrying wounded and dead comrades from the flaming navy
riverboat.

We landed, and I approached a navy chief who was sitting in the mud,
holding a young sailor in his arms. The young man’s right arm was
gone, and the bandages that covered much of his upper body were
blood-soaked. A medic leaned over the boy, shook his head, and moved
on to the other wounded.
“Do you know who asked for a Mormon elder?” I asked the navy chief.
“This sailor right here,” he answered.
I knelt in the mud and looked into the young sailor’s face, twisted
with pain and suffering. As I knelt there, his eyes opened. I leaned
over so he could hear me over the noise of the firefight and said, “I
am an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

In a voice so low I could barely hear it, he said, “Will you please
administer to me?”
I nodded affirmatively and asked him for his full name.
Although I could see him struggle to answer me, he was unable to do
so. I looked up and asked the navy chief for the boy’s full name.
“I don’t know his full name--only his last name. We just always call him Saint.”
I anointed the young man with consecrated oil and, leaning over to
speak into his ear, pronounced the appropriate ordinance. I again laid
my hands on his head to seal the anointing. As I invoked the authority
of the Melchizedek Priesthood, sealing the anointing, and as I further
sought the inspiration of the Lord so that I could pronounce a
blessing on the young man, I literally felt the sailor’s spirit leave
his body. I silently uttered a prayer, asking our Heavenly Father to
bless the family of this young man. I looked again at the sailor’s
face. The grimaces of pain had disappeared, and he appeared serene,
almost angelic.
“He was such a good kid,” said the navy chief, with tears running down
his cheeks. “He was such a good kid.”
At that moment I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was one of the Dust
Off crew members. “We have to get out of here. We’re taking fire.” The
entire experience had lasted only forty-five minutes.
A couple of the crew members placed the young man’s body in a body
bag. Then, quickly but gently, they loaded it onto the helicopter, and
we took off.

Through the years I have relived that experience over and over. I have
thought of that young man’s faith, of his request--surely a prayer to
Heavenly Father that the priesthood would reach him--and of the
remarkable timing of his spirit’s release during the administration.
And above all, I have thought much about a young man who had lived his
life in such a way that his fellow sailors called him Saint." I
absolutely love that story. (It's in either July or June 1991 ensign
under Mormon Journal. "  The question I have always asked myself after
I've read this story is: I am living in harmony with being "nicknamed"
a Saint?

We attended Eagle River Valley's Relief Society (women's group)
Birthday Party. I guess the Organization of the Relief Society has hit
another year. It was a lot of fun! Sherri, a former investigator,
came!

The Youngs attended Church this week! They have been crazy busy with
fixing their boat down in Seward. So it's been hard to meet with them.
But we set up an appt. for Wednesday. They only have 3 or 4 lessons
left! We're planning on talking about baptism with them again. Since
it's been ages!

I hit 18 months!

Love you all!

I arrive home on the 24 of March at 10 am.
My Homecoming is on April 17th.

PICTURES:
Sister Schoppmann and I. We're the only sisters departing!
18th click day!!
Eagle River Valley Relief Society dinner :)




01 March 2016

"I know that this is the true church"



Okay well. The beginning of this week and lingering till well now.
(I'm much better at the moment.) I have been sick. Let me tell you.
Being sick as a missionary is no fun! I basically slept all day
Tuesday and Wednesday. And poor Sister Gardner had to find things to
entertain herself. EG: cleaning and journal writing.

Last Monday we did have a miracle! We got to meet with Bill. At first
we were a bit spectacle. Because we were received a text from some
members asking us to meet with an "investigator"... Who calls their
friends investigators? I don't..... We kinda thought that we'd come in
and it would be someone who wasn't really interested in the Gospel but
that the members had just set up. But turns out WE WERE WRONG! Bill
was totally interested. He doesn't have a strong belief in Jesus
Christ or really know what He knows about him.... He actually met this
member family on an airplane coming from Fairbanks. And they invited
him over for dinner and said that they'd Aline him with missionaries.
And he agreed! "The way Chrissy was describing this religion is
exactly how I live my life." He has 7 sons & 1 granddaughter. Golden
:)

We got to make bread with Sister Lund. Well Sister Gardner did cause I
still didn't feel well. So I thought it might be best if I stay out of
the kitchen... But oh my goodness! It was delicious :) Sister Gardner
has a secret talent.

Mt. Baldy has officially been a ward for one year now! The ward had a
birthday celebration for it. It was pretty fun. I still had a nasty
cough. But I was able to introduce Sister Gardner to people of the
ward.

We also had what we call Stake Conference. (It's just were a bunch of
congregations in one area meet together. We call the gathering of
these congregations stakes.) Harry and Candy plus Bill all came!! It
was WONDERFUL. Harry & Candy connected with all the speakers. One man
spoke about his conversion story. He joined the church less than a
year ago and actually was introduced to the gospel by the same people
as Harry and Candy. It was a fascinating talk. He served in the
Vietnam War. Harry told us " I know that this is the true church." I
can not wait for them to come back from Seward. They need to here the
rest of the lessons I tell ya :)

Over all this has been one interesting week! We did get to finally set
up an appointment with Vonnne. She attends church each week and reads
The Book of Mormon daily. She's just been wanting to "take it slow."
So she hasn't wanted to meet with us. Apparently now though she has
tons of questions and wants them answered! FINALLY! So we're excited
about that.

Pictures:
Sister Gardner and I
Because I can't hold children I have to hold puppy dogs as a substitute.
Happy Birthday Mt. Baldy!