Monday, January 27, 2014


    WHAT A WEEK!!!  So many changes all at once. Sometimes it is hard to take it all in but that is exactly why we have the Gospel and have a Savior.  I can tell you that this week has brought me closer to my Savior which I am so grateful for. Monday,  we had a lot of fun as it was our last day as the original sister missionary trio here in Bishop.  Then we woke up at 4 am to get ready for our trip down to transfer meetings in Bakersfield.  It is about a 4 hour drive and we had to be there at 9:30 AM so we left about 5. It was a very early morning but a lot of fun. Sister Wilkin is now serving in South Bakersfield. And we have a new sister from McCammon, Idaho!!! Idaho is the best!! She is fresh from the MTC but certainly doesn't seem like it. She is very in tune with the spirit and has a wonderful desire to serve the Lord. We are excited to have her here.
    We weren't able to meet with a lot of our investigators this week, due to a lot of illnesses, which was kind of sad and affected our church attendance this week but we did have a few less-actives at church which was awesome!!!!
   This week is very full of people to visit and trainings and meetings with our investigators. I probably have mentioned before that our mission has a goal of 50 baptisms in the month of March and that means that Feb. has to be hit hard with finding, teaching, and committing so that we can be ready for that!!! We already have a couple of very promising investigators and we are just praying that the Lord will keep softening their hearts and bring them closer to baptism. We are seeing miracles.
  This week, I have been very aware of the tender mercies of the Lord and the Love that he has for me personally. Which honestly has been much needed. Change is not easy and never will be, but change comes regardless of whether we have the Gospel or not. I am so grateful for the Gospel and the Peace that it can bring to us during trials. I am very grateful for the priesthood. The power of God is real and I can feel it every time I receive a blessing. Heavenly Father's love for us is eternal and never ended and I am so grateful for that Love. That is why He wants to bless us so much and bring us peace. As we stay faithful and serve and keep the Commandments, He blesses us more and more. The Savior lives and loves us as well. He is the only one that understands what we go through and what we can become. It is through His atonement that we are made whole and complete and I am forever in His Debt. I love you all and thank you so much for all your prayers! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!! Love, Sister Haws

Monday, January 20, 2014


Hello!                                                                                                   January 20th 2014

   Well Hello, I have a lot to spill this week !     

    1) my companion with the hurt knee...doesn't have to have surgery!!! We fasted as a zone and we KNOW that the Lord helped with that one. It is still hurting her but it is getting better.

 2) Transfers are tomorrow. :(

 3) I am not getting transferred. :)

4) Sister Kimball and I are staying together :)

 5) But Sister Wilkin is leaving :( and she will be training and opening up a new area for sisters. She will be AMAZING! But dearly  missed. It has been the best 4 1/2 months with her and I have definitely made a dear Friend forever!!!

6) Sister Kimball and I will be training a sister coming in from the MTC together, here in Bishop. (Didn't expect this one, But it is all good.)

7) Our investigator family came to church yesterday and they loved it! :)

8) We had an amazing Stake Conference with a broadcast from Salt Lake that was all on Missionary Work and how the members and missionaries working together.

9) We got to go to the Ridgecrest church and sing in the evening Adult session for Stake conference. It was a lot of fun and the spirit was so strong.

10) We set a Baptismal date with one of our investigators for March 29. We are super excited for her.

11) We started the Book of Mormon class that was simply amazing and the spirit was so strong and we had a really good turnout from the members and less-actives that came.

12) It has been one crazy, amazing, stressful, emotional, joyful week and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Missionary work is the best. It can heal hearts and bring peace and joy. And the Lord has asked us to be a part of His work. What an honor and the trust that he places in us mere mortals. But He Loves us and wants us to have joy. And one way to get that joy is through sharing the Gospel. And the Lord knows that. It is truly amazing. Let us all pray for the chance to share our testimonies with those around us, not only through our actions but our words as well. The Lord will place those in our path who need to feel His Love and through us, they can feel it. Thank you for all the Love and support. Love, Sister Haws

Monday, January 13, 2014


Hello!                                                                                            January 13th 2014
    It has been another wonderful week! Last Monday for p-day we went up the Mammoth and it was so beautiful up there! Tuesday we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders and they were really good.  One of them actually got sick when they got here so she slept most of the day to get feeling better.  So The other one took a couple of us out and worked and went to appointments and we had some really great appointments too. We meet with 3 of our investigators that day and all the lessons were so spiritual and just amazing. One of them was our family that we are teaching and we watched the Restoration DVD and talked about prayer and how to receive an answer.  The dad afterwards said, I really want to get an answer.  We thought that that was really cool. We also taught the 13 year old girl who is an atheist and had a great lesson on Agency and the Love of God and how we can know that God is there through prayer.
    The next day we did service for a less-active member who is coming back to church and then we headed for Lancaster. We had a Zone conference on Thursday and since it is about 4 hours away, we drove down Wednesday. We got to see 2 of our old District leaders while we were there and the great thing was I also got to see one of the guys that I taught who got baptized a couple of months ago !!!  He is doing really well and loving the Gospel and the Church.
   The Zone conference was amazing and very inspiring. Our mission President has set a goal of 50 Baptisms in March, and so to reach this each night at 10 pm, we are praying as a mission for the powers of Heaven to come and help us reach this Goal. And we are fasting for this purpose the next 3 fast Sundays! It is really exciting when you think about it and this area is picking up so fast and we are finding more and more people interested in learning and really catching on. I love being a missionary there is so much going on and seeing all the Miracles happening.
  Friday and Saturday, Sister Kimball got super sick so we were inside for most of the day letting her rest and get better. But we had lots of good bonding time and studying time and we even painted for a while. You kind of go crazy when you are inside for that long as a missionary !  So we took it out with Painting! :)
  Sunday was really good! Our family we are teaching came to church again and they loved Church. They are so different now after hearing the lessons and the spirit is so strong around them and I know they will and are being so blessed because of the Gospel. We also had a couple of lessons with Less-actives that went really well.  Then we planned for the Book of Mormon class we are starting up this week that we are really excited about!  Overall it was a very good week full of miracles. I know the Lord hears and answers our prayers and He loves us more than we can comprehend. He is real. I know he is. I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life and the difference it makes in the world we live in. Keep pressing forward no matter how hard things get. The Lord is there and we just have to put complete trust in Him, He will never lead us astray. Love, Sister Haws

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6th 2014

January 6th 2014
Good Morning!!!  And HAPPY NEW YEARS! 2014! This is going to be an amazing year! I can feel it! So many wonderful things are happening, especially with the Church and spreading the Gospel.
   We have had a wonderful week, full of miracles and tender mercies from the Lord.   Last week, I mentioned that we planned a Family Home Evening and it turned out SOOO good.  Seriously. The feeling that was there was amazing and the members seemed to really enjoy themselves and we even had a couple of our investigators come and they loved being there. We had pizza and salad and lots of junk food left over from Christmas and then we played boys vs. girls pictionary!!! It was so much fun and we felt so good about it and had such a great turn out that we are planning on doing it once a month from now on.
    Then we had an amazing lesson with a former investigator who knows the Book of Mormon is true, but wants to do things as a family and her husband really isn't on board anymore . But we talked a lot about her setting the example and how eventually her husband would see the happiness in her and want to be a part of that. We also talked about putting God first in our lives and the blessings that come because of that.  She is amazing and we really feel good about her this time.    We then had a little New Years party with all the missionaries at the senior couples apartment. We had some fun games to play and an amazing dinner that was provided and we made prayer rocks for our investigators. It was a lot of fun and a great way to bring in the new year. We had a curfew that night as well so we got home early and got some extra sleep, which was really nice.
  I ended up with a cold last weekend and gave it to my companion, but it hit her harder than it did me so she rested for a couple of days to get feeling better but we were able to go on splits with a member in the ward so 1 of us was still out working and met lots of wonderful people.    We also had a great lesson with a part member family. The daughter is 13 and not baptized and claims to be atheist. BUT she knows more than most members! :) seriously! She is amazing and she is willing to learn and open up to know if there is a God so she is one of our new investigators and we feel really good about her.  We had a great lesson with the family we are teaching and they seem to love the Gospel and are taking it all in. We invited them to be baptized and they all said yes! We haven't set a date yet but we will soon!
   We also were able to get in with a couple more less-actives this week that we are going to start to teaching. One of them is a convert of about 5 years and has been inactive for about 2 years but she wants to come back so bad and loves the Church and the Gospel and has such a strong testimony of it! I love being around her and her spirit.
   Sunday was an amazing day. One of the best Sundays since being up here. The spirit was so strong and we had 4 investigators at church and they all loved it! I also got to play the organ again which always makes me happy because I love music! The whole atmosphere in the Church was different and amazing. I remember the first Sunday we were here, I just remember feeling overwhelmed and discouraged because of the work and everything that we needed to change. But yesterday, made everything worth it. It was amazing and I am so grateful that the Lord trusted me enough to send me here. It is a very sacred place and the Lord loves the People here so much. Sometimes when we are driving or walking down the street, I look at people and feel as though I can feel the love Heavenly Father has for them. It is really cool. I love serving the Lord and am so grateful for the things that I have learned and been able to do.   This Church is true. Christ is at the head of His church and speaks through a living Prophet today.  Heavenly Father is real and hears and answers prayers. Jesus is the Christ and our savior and redeemer. And my best Friend. I would be so lost without him. The Book of Mormon is true and has an amazing power to heal and comfort and guide and direct. I am so grateful for the Gospel and the chance to share it every day with God's Children.
 love you and miss you all!    Love, Sister Haws