December 8, 2015


Eldersberg/Randalstown, Maryland


Elder Rutter

Another Great Week!

This week went by fast! Hope everyone is doing well! Had the great opportunity to watch the Christmas devotional last night, for those of you who didn’t, I'm sure you can watch it online! There were a few things that I felt impressed to write down.

1) The relief society president shared the song " He sent His Son"

How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.

2) Loved the way Elder Bednar described Christ's light. Why do we put up lights on our trees, houses, ect… To represent Christ’s light! So I encourage you to remember his light when you see Christmas lights this season.

3) Lastly President Ukdorf's Talk on the "Generous One." He said, "The grave hath no victory, He is the light and life of the world ye are a light that is endless, a light that can never be darkened." I am so grateful for Heavenly Father to give His only Begotten Son to atone for the sins of this world. Most of all, I am grateful to my elder brother, who so generously gave his life for me. He truly is the "generous one."

I would like to share an experience that I had yesterday at church. Yesterday as most of you know was fast and testimony meeting. The night before last my Bishop received a call from and elderly woman who was interested in coming to church and said that she was going to come to church the next day. We heard about this call in ward council before church and my companion and I watched and waited to see if we could find this woman. Sacrament meeting started and we could not find her. We sat down on opposite sides of the chapel and I sat next to a new member family. To the left of me was an open seat. Right before the sacrament was blessed an Elderly lady asked if she could sit by me. She introduced herself as “Cindy”, surprisingly the same name as the woman the Bishop has spoke about. She quickly had many questions as to what was going on, and I knew it was her :) Then I explained what today was and what it meant to fast and a few other things. But as the meeting started she continued to ask questions, but I had the overwhelming impression to "tell her to listen." Haha… I did it in a nice way don't worry ;) The meeting was filled with the spirit. At the end of the meeting she was in tears, she turned to me and said that she felt something in her chest during that meeting and I explained to her that was the Holy Ghost. Truly Cindy was mean to be at this meeting.

I can testify that I know the Holy Ghost is real! And that through Him each of us can have our own personal conversion. We meet with Cindy tomorrow and I cant wait to see what happens next. As we begin this Christmas season, remember that this is the time of the year that people really focus on Christ, use this opportunity to share your knowledge and light to those around you! I love the savior with all my heart, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love you all,
Elder Shouse


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