Investigation into the shooting resulted in an arrest of an 18-year-old man who was charged with attempted homicide, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Fauber says he thinks often of the shooter and his mental and emotional state, wondering if they’ll have a chance someday to talk. “Hopefully he’d be in a better state that I could talk to him and ask him some questions and just kind of empathize with him. There’s no way he was living a happy life, succeeding in school and in a good family situation if he just decided to do something like that.”

What has the shooting incident and missionary service overall meant to Michael Fauber? “Well, it has changed my life, and I’ve been lucky enough to have — I believe — at least helped change the lives of others through sharing the gospel.”

His understanding of mortal life being “a tiny blip of time” in an eternal perspective has increased, as has his understanding and appreciation of the gospel. “That’s how the mission experience has helped me — to see that the most important thing that we can do is serve others and present them the opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

And serving the Lord was just a relatively small offering. “I realized my sacrifice of giving two years of my life to spread the word is not really much of a sacrifice at all,” he said. “It’s what we all should be doing … if we see an opportunity to share the gospel, it’s something we should always jump in and do.”

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