November 16, 2015



Elder Rutter

By The Faith of a Band Aide

On Thursday of last week I returned from exchanges in Hamstead, which is about 30 min out of my area. I was there from Tuesday til Thursday morning. I was dropped off at the apartment and Elder Rutter and I did our morning studies, getting ready for the day. We didn't have the car that day and had a new investigator appointment at 11:30AM, which happened to be 3½ miles away. Long story short we weren't ready til about 11:10AM. Both of us knew we were going to be late. We called a few people to try and get a ride, but no one answered. We decided to pray. After I had a thought to use our bikes, which would have been the obvious thought if they both were in commission, which they were not. They both had holes all over the inside of the tire tubes. But still I had the thought to use the bikes, so we quickly took the tires off and assessed the damage. Like I said they had holes all over them on both of the bikes tires. We were thinking of things we could use to patch them, and a light bulb went off in my head (haha). As you keep reading lets just assume just for a second there are no dumb ideas! I went and grabbed the band aids from our first aid kit and started patching the holes. Elder Rutter laughed at me while I sat frantically patching the holes. When I was done I pumped up the tires and IT WORKED!!!!! No leakage! We decided we should probably test it so we took it for a spin around our building real quick and it worked so we said a prayer that we would get there safely and we were off. We were only two minutes late, that's pretty good if I don't say so myself. But if you know me, you know that I am usually late to everything, so your probably saying haha that's no surprise. My hair has to be perfect every morning - that takes time, okay!....Anyways we went into the appointment and our potential investigator became a new investigator! His name is Javier, he’s pretty cool, he’s a personal trainer and has a lot of promise! As we left we went outside sat on our bikes and almost simultaneously both bikes tires deflated. We both laughed, and walked the three and a half miles home.

It wasn't til later that night that I realized that was where Heavenly Father needed us to be. Regardless if Javier gets baptized or if we only planted a seed, Heavenly Father was teaching us a lesson. No matter the situation if we are needed to be a tool in Heavenly Father’s hands he will put us in a position to succeed. (Alma 29:9) It is his will and his timing not ours. There was a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday about how we all need to be worthy to be instruments in God’s hands, and if we aren't worthy to do so we miss out on those opportunities. "If we almost follow the commandments, we almost get the blessings." - some apostle or mom

Another cool thing that happened yesterday is we met with Pam who is going to be baptized on the 28th of November. She explained to us that she believes that the Book of Mormon is true, but she still hasn't been able to feel the Holy Ghost. I was prompted to ask Pam how she knew the Book of Mormon is true. Her answer made me smile she said, "Cause of how I feel when I read it." Elder Rutter and I looked at each other and he went on to explain to her that what she was feeling was the Holy Ghost. What I took away from this experience was that not always are we going to be able to hear the Holy Ghost loud and clear. Don't get me wrong that can happen, but it won’t always be like that. He'll give us small and simple things like feelings such as joy, peace, comfort, ect. All of these things testify of the Holy Ghost. How I like to think of it is that everything that is good is of God and if you feel good about something like the Book of Mormon than that is Heavenly Father giving you that reassurance that its true! I know how Pam felt is how all of us can feel. The Book of Mormon combined with the Holy Ghost is that greatest thing on this earth that can bring us closer to our Heavenly Father, I know that to be, I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

But just to tell you all a little bit about my week, it’s been really good. We've had dinner at members house almost every night and I’m really getting to know the ward. These people are awesome and I can’t wait to see how this next week goes! Love you all! til next week!

Elder Shouse


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