October 12, 2016


Antietam, Maryland


Elder Stafford

Do You Believe?

Hey everyone, hope your doing good! My week has been a blast with all the lessons and people we have been teaching. I think I told everyone about a family we have been teaching a couple weeks ago, maybe not. Anyways, we have been teaching the Stull family for about a month now and they are doing awesome, we go over every week on Wednesday night. So much love for this family they are all progressing super well we have a church tour with them this Wednesday. We have another lady we started teaching (Nancy) this last week and she has been eating everything up we talk about its awesome! In addition, Andre is still on date for the 29th of October! Really good things happening right now in the Antietam area!
I'm sorry to report that Elder Stafford and I will be splitting up here soon, transfer calls came and he is leaving :( But my companion Elder Fisher is super awesome. I've served around him twice and we really got along so I am super excited to see what the future holds for this area! Lovin it!
I was reviewing Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson's talk in the April general conference of this year "Do I Believe." I really love what I wrote down in my notes so I thought I would share it with you for my thought this week.
There are three kinds of believing, and keep in mind that we each have to ask ourselves what kind of believer we are. The first kind of believer, if put on the spot, will renounce what he believes. The second type of believer are the individuals who are willing to die for what they believe. There have been many who have died very honorably for what they believed and knew to be true, even the Savior of the world. But the third and final believer, and truly I believe the hardest believer, is the one that lives for it! We are meant to be the third type of believers. Heavenly Father put our generation here on this Earth, because he knew that we could endure the most wicked times. Out of all of his children, he has chosen us, because we have the capacity to live for what we believe. The condescension of Jesus Christ came because He understood the will of the Father and was willing to abide by His commandments. Are we going to follow the example of our Savior, or when tough times come will we toss our beliefs aside and take the easy way out? There is a reason the harder path is usually the right one. We are meant to Endure, cause that is what we are made to do. I know these things to be true, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Shouse


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