Friday, August 16, 2013

Lynnwood, Washington - 8/12/13

Sorry for the delayed post.  It has been a busy week.

Hello Everyone,

My foot is still bothering me.  As President Bonham put it, I wish that I could keep the rest of my body here and send my foot on a different mission.  That way, I could work hard here without any problems and my foot could be somewhere else doing what it wants to do.

President and Sister Bonham are very loving and caring people.  I have either texted or called one of them every night to let them know what is going on and to find out the plans for the next day.  Every time that I talk with President Bonham, he asks the same questions, How are you doing, and How can I help?  It seems like he was the right person to be called to serve as the President of this mission.  After all, his middle name is Everett.

When I was with President Bonham, we started talking about how I was doing and what he wanted me to do.  I had a spiritual experience when I was talking with him when he said, "I wish that I could give you a blessing and say that you would be healed. But, I dont feel that I can do that. That is not what the Lord wants for you. There is a reason why you are here. You will be able to find people who you can touch with your testimony in ways that no one else can."  (That was close to his exact words.)

Last week, I was able to be a part of teaching eight lessons.  Of the eight, two were with the couple that we did the Church Tour with.  They are very solid investigators.  I had the opportunity to put them on date for baptism, September 21.  They accepted the invitation to be baptized.  But, on Saturday when I was not there because I was with President Bonham, they decided that they wanted to be married and baptized on the same day.  Now, they are going to be married and baptized on August 21.  They are an amazing couple.  Before we had even taught them the Word of Wisdom, they stopped drinking alcohol, stopped drinking coffee, and he started to stop smoking.  They are Golden Investigators who have been prepared to here of the Gospel.  They were just waiting for the missionaries to talk with them.

This week, we found one new investigator.  We have not had a chance to meet with him, but we are planning to this week.  He was on our Potential Investigator list for a while, but we never went to see him.  We also have a list of around 35 Potential Investigators.  There have got to be some people on that list who are ready to hear of the message.

Last week when I was working in the Mission Office, I was working on the Mission Calendar.  I was putting together the calendar for the rest of the year in Outlook.  I was also helping with some miscellaneous office tasks that the Senior Couples asked me to do.

This week in the Mission Office, I have some projects ahead of me.  President Bonham has some new ideas that will fulfill my purpose and are probably inspired.  He wants me to start working on putting together a schedule of Church Tours across the mission.  For these, I will be in charge of making banners and pass along cards that will advertise when and where the tours will be.  The goal is to have people who are interested in the church but are scared or do not know where to find us come and see the church and take a tour.  Hopefully then they will become Investigators.  The Tacoma Mission has had great success with this, and we hope to as well.  To begin the project, I am researching all of the Chapels in our mission and figuring out how many missionaries are in each area.  Then, I will start putting together a schedule.  We will probably do them once per transfer.  The other idea is to rent a store front in a mall or in a large public area with a lot of foot traffic where I can set up a visitor center/stand for people to gain information about the Church.  These are two ideas that will allow me to fulfill my purpose.

I have not had to speak in Sacrament Meeting yet.  We just got a new Bishop in our ward.  I met the old one and he was there for one week.  He moved to Provo to attend BYU.  On Sundays, we get up and have studies.  Then, we go to the Church for either Ward Council or Priesthood Executive Committee.  If we dont have one of those, then we continue studies until 11:00.  At11:00, we go to the Church for Missionary Correllation Meeting.  At 12:30, Sacrament Meeting starts.  Then, we stay for Sunday School and Priesthood.  I don't know why our full time Missionaries do not stay at church for the whole time.  Maybe they have appointments or other wards to attend. 

I love you all! 
Elder Bahr

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