Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All Mission Selfie

Area:  Kansas City, Missouri (Fleming Park Ward)
Companion:  Elder Behymer

Hello family and friends!  This has been one eventful week with many more to come this week.

For Thanksgiving we had three full meals...  It was a killer!  We ate with the McCarty family, Amey our recent convert, and the Taveli family.  I had so much gratitude for everyone who was so willing to give during this holiday season.  They treat us just like family and we always enjoy ourselves.

Today, we are heading to the temple!  I'm actually typing up this email on the drive over to the temple, aren't iPads just so sweet?  We are going with Amey and a couple members of the ward to do baptisms for the dead.  We helped her get some of her family names for today and this should be a fantastic day for everyone involved.  I'll send some pictures as well today.

Yesterday we had our all mission conference over in Independence! That was a great time!  We received some great training on the doctrine of Christ, the Sabbath day, and the Book of Mormon.  We were invited to read six pages of the Book of Mormon a day and we were promised that if we did that for our whole life that we would not fall away from the church and that we would always have a testimony of the Book of Mormon.  So, I invite each one of you to give it a shot!  Try to read six pages of the Book of Mormon each day until you finish it, it should take you about 12 weeks to finish it.  Your testimony and understanding of the doctrine of Jesus Christ will explode!  :D.  We received some great insights on the Sabbath day as well that provided some great things to think about.
  • The Sabbath day has been set forth from the beginning of time for a reason, why?
  • Why was the sabbath day "Hallowed?"
  • The overarching message of this past general conference was keeping the sabbath day holy.
They are teaching this so evidently because ithas become and is becoming a huge problem in the world.  The Sabbath day has become a great day for shopping sales, extra work time, and a great day to get the things done that didn't get done throughout the week.  As members of His church, we are to be that light and beacon to the world and to not follow what the world teaches.

During the conference we were also able to do a zone talent.  All the zones in the mission put one on and some were really funny!  Some also were very spiritual.  We sang a song from the forgotten carols called, "I can not find my way/three kings" and it ended up going really well!  We got a lot of compliments on it from everyone.  I was also able to sing a short little solo which was supper nerve wracking!  It was a good growing experience for me.  I was also able to find someone who had a Cajon, which is a percussion instrument.  We put it in at the end of the song and it added a lot to the energy of the music.  We also took an all mission picture around the Christus statue as well that I am excited to see.  The photographer also took a selfie with us as she was 20 feet up in scissor lift that she is going to send to Salt Lake.  She said she thinks it is the first all mission selfie taken!

Justin and Regina didn't come to church on Sunday because they had to take some family back to Sedalia who were over for Thanksgiving.  That means that they can't be baptized this Saturday, so we are still working with them on setting a new date for them to work toward. Other than that they are doing really well!

We had an amazing lesson with Spencer and Angela this past week as well at the visitors center in Independence.  We went through the display of God plan which is based on the plan of salvation and they both really enjoyed seeing that.  Afterward they had a Polynesian choir Christmas program that was really cool to watch!  Angela is from Hawaii and she was singing right along with it.  They sang most of the songs in Hawaiian and in Samoan.

That was about our week!  I'll send some pictures and a short video as well of me jamming on the Cajon.

Love you all!

Elder Shoemaker

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

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