Monday, April 18, 2016

A Baptism....and bye bye Elder Torrico

Area:  Lenexa, Kansas      
Companion:  Elder Torrico

What a crazy busy week full of news that caught us off guard...  Elder Torrico got a trainers call this past Friday so that means we will be splitting up!  We were only able to be companions for 4 weeks which wasn't enough, but it is what the Lord needs right now.  I am anxious to see who my next companion will be, I'll let you know next week who I am with!

This week we were able to contact two referrals that our investigator that dropped us gave to us.  They were also theology majors and both worked at the same catholic school.  They were really cool!  They are in their mid 20's so we got along really well.  We were able to be really open with each other and they understood everything that we taught which was nice.  They weren't really to interested in coming to church or taking the lessons on consistent basis, but they were grateful for us talking with them and helping them understand more of what we believe.  They were really interested in the Book of Mormon and wanted a copy for themselves.  I also learned a lot about Catholics and what they believe so that was interesting!  We are hoping to be able to go back and teach them sometime soon.

We weren't able to contact Michael this week, which we were bummed about.  :(. We will keep working on trying to get in contact with him.

This week we were able to go on exchanges with some elders in our zone.  I was with an elder who has been out for about 3 months named Elder Christensen.  Great guy and really positive about the work!  We had a couple really cool experiences together while out and about.  We came across this group of young high school kids who all looked an awful lot like Will Smith...(the actor).  We got to know them a bit and then they really started asking some sincere questions.  By the end of it we had been there for an hour and what had started out with 4 kids ended up being 7 kids!  They all wanted copies of the Book of Mormon and we're all interested in learning more about the gospel because they saw how happy we were and how we weren't much older then them.  We are going to continue to try and keep in contact with them.  We also made contact with a new less active family to start working with!  We were really excited about that!

On Saturday I was able to go back to my previous area and see one of my investigators get baptized!  He is a 9 year old boy named Michael who is the nephew of another lady (Amey) that I helped baptized while I was there.  It was so great to see all the ward members and to see him take the next step in his life.  There was a lot of non member family that attended the baptism and some other investigators were brought as well.  It was a very spiritual time for the family and it made a big impact on a lot of the people that attended the baptism.

Saturday as well we were able to make contact with some former investigators that were in our area book.  Their names are TJ and Brianna.  They have a young family and have been taught almost all the lessons before but then just lost interest.  We have a young couple in the ward who knows them so we took them with us over there and it went great!  Our first really lesson with them will be on Wednesday and we are pretty excited about that!

That is pretty much all that has been going on this week!  We are anxious to see what transfers bring.  This time with Elder Torrico has just flown by so quickly!

Peace out, love you all!

Elder Shoemaker

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