Elder Beau Gardner -
Hawaii Honolulu Mission, August 2011 - 2013

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Back Home in AZ

Of course my freshman year at BYU Idaho came to a close.  It was really hard for me to leave that place because I really started to grow up and learn about myself while I was there.  School ended on April 6, 2011.  Before I knew it I was already back home in Lakeside, AZ.  This was kind of a hard change for me because I knew I didn't really have any friends here, so I knew it was going to be hard on me.  I ended up lucking out because one of my friends Sterling Powell was still in town for a month before he left on his mission.  I knew Ster from high school, and we also played on the same soccer team for one year.  Me and Ster were friends, but we weren't best friends.  One of the first days I got into town he invited me to go to and FHE activity with him, and I told him I would.  After that night things ended up going perfect!  We pretty much hung out every single day after that night.  We did everything together like go boating, play call of duty, eat at Native New Yorker, go to institute, go bowling, and even make rap songs.  He even helped me out when I was going through all the troubles from my wisdom teeth getting pulled.  
After getting wisdom teeth pulled...

The thing that I admire the most about him was his good example, and his strong testimony.  Ster was devoted to going on a mission and nothing was going to stop him.  He was doing everything he needed to do, and he was succeeding.  He always went to the temple, which then inspired me to start going to the temple often. He inspired me to start studying the scriptures more often.  I will never forget his example to me it has been one of the greatest in my life so far.  He has become one of my best friends ever.
Me, JD, Sterling
 JD was also one of my best friends that was here in AZ when I got back.  Ster, JD, and me hung out all the time.  These guys have been a great example to me.  Sterling is serving his mission in Villahermosa, Mexico, and JD is about to turn in his papers.  I will never forget these guys they have always been there for me and I respect them so much.

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