Monday, February 8, 2016

Leading as the Savior leads...

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

Yes, I am feeling a ton better, pretty much back to normal now.  I just had some bad food and now that it is all out of my system life is good!

This has been a fantastic week!  We have had a ton of success with the people that we are working with and we were able to teach a lot this week to those that we have right now.  We are teaching a guy named Darcio who is not a member.  His wife Josephina is a member and is returning to activity.  We have been working with them since I have come into the area and their progression has been a slow process, but it has been amazing to see them get better and better each week. Darcio is now on date to be baptized on the 27th!  It is so good to see that he has that desire to come closer to his Savior.  Yesterday at church Elder Monroe got asked to baptize him!  I was so excited for him because he hasn't been able to physically baptize anyone yet while on his mission.

We are also teaching Amey's nephew who lives with her most days out of the week.  He is an awesome kid, his name is Michael.  He is 9 years old and retains almost anything you tell him and can recite it right back to you.  He is progressing right along and we are working toward getting him baptized as well.  We just have to get it cleared through his Mom first before we can put him on a baptismal date.  Pretty excited about teaching him!

This week we had zone training.  After receiving some amazing training from our Mission President, the assistants, and few other missionaries at MLC, we were excited about presenting the information to the rest of the zone to help train them in what the Lord saw that our mission needed at this time.  We spent a lot of time in preparation for the training and such.  That was one of the hardest zone trainings I have had to give before.  There was only about 1-2 sets of missionaries that would willingly participate in the conversation and so it made for some long and slow hours as we presented them.  At the end as we were driving home one of the set of missionaries that participated said they got a ton out of the meeting, which we were glad.  One of the missionaries presented a really powerful lesson on leadership that I have ever heard before.  (To preface this we have been having a lot of problems in our zone with missionaries and their actions) He said, "Sometimes in leadership you feel rejected and you see a lot of who you thought were your friends turn their backs on you and it makes things really tough.  But that is nothing different than what the Savior went through!  Peter and Judas both turned their backs on Him.  I think that as a leader you have the opportunity to come closer to the Savior than you ever have before because you go through similar things as He did, but on a smaller scale."  I loved his perspective and it will forever change the way I look at the opportunity to be a leader for the rest of my life!

This week we were also able to take a part member and less active returning to activity family in the ward to Liberty Jail!  The tour went so well and the spirit really touched the family.  At the end of the tour as we talked about what Joseph Smith went through they all were in tears and just had so much love for this Prophet of God and what he did for us.  It was a great spiritual experience that we felt very blessed to be able to have with this family.

We got news this past week that Elder Stephenson of the Quorum of the 12 is going to be coming to our mission in March for an all mission conference!  I am so stoked to hear from him and to learn straight from the mouth of an apostle.  This is the first member of the 12 that has come since I have been here.  I am super excited!

That is about all that happened this week!  Thank you for all the emails and the love!  Have a great rest of your week.

Elder Shoemaker

Would it be possible for you to send me out a full sized Missouri State Flag?  :-)

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