Monday, April 11, 2016

Being a Missionary is the BEST!

Area:  Lenexa, Kansas      
Companion:  Elder Torrico

Yet another week zooms right on by!  This week his full of adventures and miracles as always, being a missionary is the best!

We had a miracle happen this Tuesday with finding a new investigator through a referral that we received through the church website.  He had entered his name into the church system saying that he wanted to learn more from the missionaries and BAM!  We showed up on his porch. His name is Michael and he has a big family of 5 kids with one on the way with his "baby momma" as he would put it.  When we walked in he was right away interested in what we had to say.  We taught him the restoration and he was very intrigued  with the message that we shared with him and was eager to read from the Book of Mormon.  At the end of the lesson we invited him to pray and he said that he didn't feel comfortable because he felt to weighed down by what he had done and he didn't think that God would want to hear from him.  I walked him through the section in the pamphlet that talked about praying and showed him how easy it was.  We also emphasized how God loves us and does not want to condemn us, we are his children and he wants to hear our prayers.  That seemed to help and he said that he would close our next lesson and he wanted to hear us pray a couple more times before he would try.

Our investigator Kirsten, dropped us last week. :(. That is always a sad text to get, but we move on from that seed planted and try and find the next one that is ready to sow.  We asked her if she had anyone that she knew who would be interested in taking lessons from the missionaries and she came up with two people that she knows who said they wanted to meet with us!  That was an awesome miracle to have.  We are a little concerned however, because her two friends are theologist and we are not quite sure what their intentions are...  We have a meeting with them this Tuesday evening, so we will see what happens there!

This Wednesday we had MLC again!  It rolls around so quickly every time!  I can't believe that it was my 11th MLC that I have had.  There was a really big emphasis on how we need to not just be doing missionary things, but that we need to be becoming a missionary.  It may start with just acting like a missionary in the beginning but as we progress on in our mission it needs to become who we are and who we are becoming.  That is what the 8 hours of training was put into a really tiny nut shell.

We had our zone training the next Friday after MLC and that went really well!  It was such a different experience with these missionaries as they all really wanted to be there and listen and get something out of what we were saying.  It was a nice breathe of fresh air!  We have had multiple companionship's talk/text us about how grateful they were for the training's and that the spirit was so strong for them to learn and absorb what was shared.  They are always a little grueling as we train these missionaries for about 3-3 1/2 hours straight.  Overall, this experience went really well!

We are really struggling with finding solid investigators here in this area.  It seems that most missionaries that have been here in the past really liked to tract and we have little to no results from that.  We are really trying to get this area organized and put back together as far as getting to know each ward member, finding less actives and part member families to work with, and eventually gaining referrals from them!  It is fun mashing all the things I have learned in each one of my areas into this ward and really try and get things rolling!  I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in this area as we work diligently.  :).

That is about all that happened this week!  I am excited to see you all in a month on FaceTime for Mother's Day!  I can't believe that is already sneaking up on us so quickly.  I also can't believe that this will be my last call home before I will be home!  Time is flying by so fast right now it's insane!

Thank you all so much!

Elder Shoemaker

 One week old puppy....

Couldn't resist holding this Gecko...........

Here is some of our zone, some left early from zone training so they missed the picture. 
Can you spot me?

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