Monday, December 14, 2015

The Angel Gabriel and a NEW companion

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

Hello everyone!  This week was transfer week.  My new companion is Elder Monroe!  We were  in the same MTC zone so we have known each other since then.  We served in the Kearney 3rd ward together for about 3 months (he was one of the other sets that was there) and then I was his zone leader for another 3 months in the Farr West zone so we have some good history together.  We are super excited to be serving together and see what experiences it will bring.  We are still in the Fleming Park ward as well.

I don't understand Missouri weather...  Two weeks ago it was floating around freezing but for the past two weeks it has been in the 60's. It is supposed to drop here in the next couple of days.  We haven't gotten any snow at all, just a ton of rain.

This past week while I was still with Elder Behymer, we had the opportunity to go on a team up with a member of the stake presidency. We had a bunch of appointments set up that night with less actives and one active member.  We had one of the most spiritual lessons with him in this elderly lady's home who is really active in the church.  She lost her husband about a year ago and that has played a big part in her life lately.  We shared a message of God's love for her and she just broke down and was bawling the whole lesson.  The member of the stake presidency played a huge role in that lesson as he testified of how much she is needed and loved and how she is never alone.  That was a pretty sweet experience and I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.

This week was the ward Christmas party and it was polar express themed.  It was awesome!  We had one of our new investigators grandsons come and he is now an investigator.  It was really great to see how true fellowship and sincere care for someone can lead to much greater things.  The new investigators name is Jake and he is 11, he lives with his grandma, Becky.  We are teaching that whole family in that house.  There are also another couple in that household, it is such a great experience to be teaching this family.  They are RLDS and can see that their church is changing doctrine and moving a different direction so their hearts are open and ready to hear the gospel.  Jake has even expressed a want to be baptized already!

We are also teaching this guy named Heath.  He is searching every religion and I mean every religion for true answers.  We are having a great time teaching him but sense some insincere questions that have been planted into his head by friends.  He is a great guy and we love teaching him.  We will see where progression goes for him at this point.

On Saturday we decided it would be a good day to go out to a little town of population ZERO on the outskirts of our area.  I have never been there and there are a bunch of people on the ward roster that I didn't know who lived out there so we thought we would go and meet them. Turns out that everyone who lived out there were all less active and not really interested at all in hearing anything from us.  There was even one lady who yelled at us to get off her property and then proceeded to take our pictures as we were walking away (I didn't know we looked that good!) to give to the police (since we caused so much heartache I guess...).  Some people are just out there to be angry and they will find anything to be angry about.  Can't we all just be happy?  :-)

We had a great stake conference this Sunday with the Kansas City Stake.  There were some great talks on personal worth, sustaining your leaders, and about just being a good active member.  Our stake presidency is just amazing.  It is really cool be able to work so close with them on such a consistent basis.

As we were at transfers one of the sister came up to me and said, "the Dukes say HI!"  That was pretty cool that they were up at the Liberty Jail.  It is a small world!

Well, that is about all I've got for you this week!

Love you all!
Elder Shoemaker

While at the Christmas party I got recruited to be the angel Gabriel
because I was the only one that could fit into the white pants they
had.  That was an interesting experience!  Haha!  This is also Elder
Monroe, my new companion!

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