Monday, July 20, 2015

11 month mark!!

Area:  Kearney, Missouri
Companion:  Elder Anderton 

Hello hello from Lawson, Missouri! 

We had a fantastic week!  Full of service, rain, and humidity!  It is getting hot over here and it is not fun with the humidity.  Blegh!

Today is also my 11 month mark!  Crazy! 

Man, those chigger will get ya!  I have quite a few chigger bites and they are itchy and last forever.  Nasty little buggers.

We had the opportunity to go on exchanges with the Elders that are serving in Far West, Missouri.  I love being able to go on exchanges as a leader.  It gives you the opportunity to set an example and to rely more on the Lord.  I would have to say that is one of my favorite things about serving as a Zone Leader.  After the exchange we stopped by the temple sight and also a place called Eminence. I have some pictures to send you, that place was amazing!  The spirit was strong there and you knew it was sacred ground.  Fan fact for ya...  The grounds where the Far West temple sight is located used to be a farmers field.  The farmer never ripped out the stones.  He would just lift up his blades and continue right on over them.

We also got to go with Kristin to the temple this week!  That was fantastic.  It was the first time I have been able to go with a recent convert.  She loved it!  We have a member who is hopefully going to go with her again before she leaves.  

Our investigator Dillon is on date to be baptized on August 1st!  We are so excited for him.  He has changed so much through the atonement.  It has been so cool to see the man he is becoming.  We continue to work out with him in the mornings and he is progressing faster than ever.  He leaves for college on August 10th so he wants to do it before then.  

I wanted to share something cool with you that I read this week.  Haggai 1:6-7. 

6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways."

Are we filling our time with meaningful activities that will benefit our life's for the eternities?  Or are we just putting our wedges into a bag of holes to be lost and forgotten?  I love the last phrase, "consider your ways."  Something that is thought provoking.  

Love you,
Elder Shoemaker

ps.  Will you send me pictures of the treehouse?  I have people wanting to see pictures of it all the time. 

Good 'ole bearded dragon!

Tree Frog friend...........

Here is where Joseph Smith surrendered to the guards

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