September 9th – Teddy’s Birthday

Teddy’s update, minor edits and names removed.

So i guess you heard that dad came and saw me!! haha. that was an experience!! pretty cool and funny. it was really nice to see him. probably most the surreal experience of my life. even more so than skydiving! but it was a good experience. and getting presents and cookies and bread is AWESOME!!! those are literally the best cookies i have ever had. holy smokes. the best. the milk chocolatey goodness in every bite is unbeatable.

This past week has been good, but still a little slower teaching. But we have had a few really really awesome finding opportunities that are leading to some really golden potential investigators. First is T___L__, J__ and J___’s aunt who is 23. she is coming to church this sunday, and she read a blog post that i made for the digital mission, and I’m following up with her on that one this week. i will tell you guys about the digital mission later.

The second is K__, the neighbor of  D__, that we give service to for about an hour a week.   We met k__ last week, and had a really nice conversation with her about who we are and her family.  K__ is awesome, and i plan to give her my blog, have her edit it, and then invite her to take the lessons. i really think that things will go well with her this week.

The third finding opportunity was the B___ family. a part member family, where the member(wife) has been totally inactive since she was 12,  and the husband is not a member. they are about 34 years old, have 2 kids, and he thinks that going to church will help their marriage and family. they are super prepared to hear the gospel!!! i am so excited for them. we have met with them about 4 times now, and they agreed to take the lessons, come to church, and basically find out how this can strengthen their family!!!

there is something really special about teaching a family. and Brother B__  is so cool. we connect really well, and i can just see him being an AWESOME member of the church. i cant wait for this week!!!!! its gonna be a good one!!!

life in Billerica is great. i wish dad got to meet everyone in the ward, especially the bishop,  his counsellors, and everyone else, because they are really awesome!!!!!!!!!!

 

Picture of Elder Fauver and Bradley at the church.

 

Elder Fauver and Elder Bradley

Elder Fauver and Elder Bradley

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Sunday September 1st

So I was just informed that we HAVE Teddy’s actual address for the apartment in Billerica.

19 Kenmar Dr. #15

Billerica MA 01821

We’ve gotten lots of letters and emails from Teddy the past few weeks. I’m committing to updating this every Sunday… So here is Teddy’s missive from last week, slightly edited:

Hello, mother and father, how the heck are ya? sometimes, and actually quite often, when i think of you guys, (or anything really, cause my brain is so ADD) i sing the song in my head “hello muddah, hello faddah. here i am at camp grenada. camp is really, entertaining. and they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining” haha. oh, childhood. I don’t know who said that ignorance is bliss, but boy were they right. haha.

Anyways, i hope things are going well at home! P-Day is today this week because its transfers this week. Neither elder bradley or I will be transferred though. i have a feeling elder bradley will be transferred next transfer though. cause after that, he will have been her for 7 and a half months!!! thats so dang long!!!haha. anyways, thats my prediction in 6 weeks. we shall see if it is right!

So this week, we had Jonathan! our mini missionary. And he was so much fun. He was from Rhode Island, and was a dominican republican. He looked black though. Really, he must have been black. he was way dark, and for all intents and purposes, he was black haha. but i can say that because we are best friends. he was a great guy. so funny. He is going to the university of Rhode island, so i hope i get to serve in providence and then hopefully see him! i don’t totally know what to write, besides the fact that YOU WENT TO HAWAII WITHOUT ME!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!! SO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahah well I’m not that jealous, but thats pretty sweet. was it awesome? send me some pics! i dont like pics on the computers, so just send me real pics from now on, if thats not too hard. i would appreciate that a lot. i don’t think i have told you guys this yet, but these past 4 weeks we have been prepping Billerica for SISTER MISSIONARIES! its been a lot of work, and that, as well as service, took up a bunch of our time last week.

Highlights of tracting last week were tracting with jonathan and a young man from the ward. I LOVE TRACTING! i dont know why. i love meeting new people. its just great. tracting went super well one day, and then the next day i was getting shut down left and right. people would be coming out of their doors and shewing us away before i was even within 30 feet of their door. discouraging, but for some reason this kind of stuff always makes me laugh. who knows why, but i can always get a good laugh out of so many things!

Anyways, i hope ya’ll are doing well! i fasted the other day to find more people, and the family we are looking for, and it was a magnificent day. filled with meeting new people that could possibly become investigators, and awesome opportunities for service in the future that can provide people the chance to hear the gospel. The lord works in mysterious ways! not until after do we realize how amazing and good to us he really is! I know that he will provide for us everything we need. he is always there for us, and wants us to communicate with him frequently! i know he loves us! i know Christ saves us! I know this is his church! They all bring so much joy to my soul! And i love all of you. take care!

Elder Fauver

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August 4th

Teddy has been out for a month now, and I am now just getting round to updating this blog.

He is currently serving in Billerica MA.

Teddy's Frist City

By way of update, here is Teddy’s email dated July 29, 2013

So it’s Monday again; another week has passed! It is so true what they say about the weeks going quickly but the days going slowly. This week flew by. But each day… well each day was certainly not very fast.  But we are pretty busy, and the work is good, so I am very happy.  I try to approach as many people a day as I can, just to talk to them about the gospel, and get them interested in what we have to say;   my comp  just really isn’t that interested in talking to everyone we come across. I don’t know if that is because he knows its not THAT effective, or if he is just really set on doing member missionary work only, but I really want to talk to every single person walking by us…

But this week has been really good. A lot of great experiences, and a lot of gross ones also. I would like to start with one gross one, thats fresh in my mind.

Yesterday we visited Brother ___ . He is a 93 year old, pretty much inactive man. He had recently had a bunch of surgeries, and has been dying the past 10 or so years.  He was a good spirited man though.  Pretended to be grouchy but was laughing a good amount, so we could tell he was too bad off.  He has recently had a bladder infection though. He had a catheter hooked up to his bladder, and his pee bag sitting right there in front of us. He was in a wheel chair so he really couldn’t move or anything, and he probably hadn’t showered in a while. Since he is in a wheel chair, he hasn’t cleaned his house in who knows how long…. It reeked so bad of urine in the house I thought i was going to die,  as I continued to breathe in the toxic air.  We spent 25 minutes in his house, and shared a scripture and prayer with him, and though it was a pleasant meeting, I was happy to be out of there.

Those are the types of people I wish would accept our help. we offered to come back, to do some things for him, to just help him out in anyway. But he didn’t want any of it. he really didn’t want us to bother with him. Maybe he is happy, but his life could still be improved so much, or just eased, if he would just let us. I think that is what the savior probably thinks about us all the time – “Why don’t you just let me help you?”

As I look back on times like those, I cant help but to smile and laugh to myself. So gross, but at the same time a new experience, and a new person I got to meet, that was a wonderful child of God, in his own unique way.

Brother ___, a young married man in the ward, told me, as we walked to an investigators house during third hour of church yesterday, that he loved his mission because everyday was something brand new, and something you hadn’t done before. No day is normal.  And so far, he is so right!  As a missionary, every day is new, and exciting. It really is very fun and cool!!!  I am always meeting strange new people, and either getting yelled at, or meeting the sweetest people on earth. Like saturday.  We went tracting (which was very hard to get my companion to agree to). We knocked a ton of doors, talked with an atheist who told us very explicitly that there was absolutely nothing more to life than  this, and then the last house we knocked was the sweetest lady and he husband who used to meet with the missionaries. She said the last time they came by was probably 10 years ago though!

So she immediately brought us cold waters, and we sat outside talking about what we believe and what catholics believe(she is a catholic) and had a wonderful discussion. She said she used to love to meet with the missionaries, and she thinks we are sweethearts.  She loves mormons, and we just had a lovely conversation for probably a half hour. we committed her to read the introduction to the book of mormon, and  the 1st chapter of 1st Nephi, to which she lovingly responded “I will read it, but you have to come back and get this book because I would rather give up my children than my religion”. a bummer but it was still really  fun to meet this great people, and share our testimonies with them. I think that is why i really love tracting. I would work all day just to meet one family like that a day. It was a truly rewarding experience.

These are a few of the things i have done in this past week. I wish i could write it all though!!!! But ill tell you about the general stuff. No baptisms yet, but we do have a few golden investigators like a woman named Anne Marie, and a guy named Neil. I think i wrote you  guys about Neil… maybe i didn’t. But we had a lesson with him wednesday, and we are really trying to commit him to baptism. though it will take some time, he will get baptized. It was a really spiritual lesson, and he is definitely taking things a lot more seriously. He has been investigating the church for a few months now, but i think we are really beginning to make some serious progress. If he begins coming to church, and really praying, he should be golden!!!! and we have him doing all of these things!!! we just have to follow up on all of them.

I am dying to find my own investigator though- someone i begin with from the very start. but its a lot harder than you think!! its not that easy to find someone to teach the first lesson to and then set up a return appointment!!! I am working on it a lot, because i know that there are people in new england that NEED to hear the gospel, but just havent seen it yet!!! I know it can bless their lives in so many ways!!! I just have to work harder, and continue to talk to everyone that we meet.

well, any other questions? Life is great and i hope everyone is doing well!!!!

Elder Fauver

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We got him there, mostly no tears

Thanks for visiting Teddy’s Mission Blog.

Nathan Lytle suggested a blog would be a good way to keep everyone updated on Teddy’s status in the mission field; I’ll try to update it once a week or so.

To contact Teddy or send him a care package at the MTC:

Elder Teddy Fauver
JUL 16 MA – BOS
2013 North 900 E. Unit 313
Provo UT 84602
Teddy leaves the MTC on July 16th.

After that, contact him via email or regular post:

Email
Theodore.Fauver@myldsmail.net

Letters
Elder Theodore Fauver
Massachusetts Boston Mission
182 W Central Street
Ste 203
Natick, MA 01706

So here is the update:

We dropped Teddy off  at the MTC on Wednesday at 1:00. They gave us two and a half minutes to say goodbye, but we really only used about 90 seconds worth.   We had spent the last two weeks pretty much saying goodbye and we were all ready to just get it over with.   The only tears were from the missionary next to us who was basically a slobbering blue suit.

Here are a few pics from that morning (click the images to see larger image):

Hot dog before the MTC

Hot dog before the MTC

The last hug

Teddy hugs his mom one last time.

Teddy and sisters at the Provo Temple

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And here are some from the open house and pool party the week before:


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Teddy and Margo

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And a last one with his big Bro…

Teddy and Johnny in Cancun

Teddy and Johnny in Cancun

Thanks you all for your love and support for Teddy.   I know Teddy will represent the church and the 4th ward well.

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