Date

January 26, 2016

Area

Eldersberg/Randalstown, Maryland

Companion

Elder Rutter

It's Cold Outside!

Hello everyone this week has definitely been a busy one!....If you count shoveling snow all day busy - haha. Anyways this week has been interesting. Monday was preparation day and we had a few other companionship's over for a nerf war, we had a good time. Tuesday and Wednesday we had a few appointments with different investigators; unfortunately, we still don't have anyone scheduled for baptism but I am confident this next week will be an exciting one! Wednesday we received a call from our mission president telling us to prepare for the storm that was suppose to happen and go out and get enough food to last for a week! That's what we did! We kept hearing about this storm and how huge it was going to be. Members of our ward and many others hyped it up soooo mush I didn't think that a storm could be of this magnitude. We heard "there's going to be one foot of snow,"...."two feet"....."five feet".....and from someone I don't think is right in the head, "ten feet!" But then Thursday night came, and it started to snow, and snow, and snow! We were in a white out - it was a pretty cool experience! It snowed til Late Saturday night and all that time guess where we were, yes in our apartment. I exhausted every productive thing I could think of even tried to write a book, that was over in about twenty minutes. Also started learning Spanish, I'm almost fluent.....haha, just kidding. Anyways on Sunday Church was cancelled, and a lot of Sunday and all of Monday we were helping other people shovel out their cars. It was fun, we had a lot of snowball fights with random people. An older lady nailed me in the face, I thought it was elder Rutter and drilled him in the face haha he wasn't to happy considering we were on the same team. All in all the snow storm was fun, definitely an experience I will not forget!

This week since I have had a lot of time to reflect and ponder, I thought a lot about the Holy Ghost. By the laying on of hands, after baptism, we are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It is a gift, and I don't think we are able to comprehend the love our Heavenly father has for us by giving this to us. The Holy Ghost can be used as a guide, a comforter, and testifies of truth.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

I am truly grateful for this very special gift and I hope that as we all come closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, that the Holy Ghost will testify of truth, and we will be able to have him as our constant companion, as we are promised at Baptism. I love this Gospel, I love this Church, and I love my Savior. I testify that it is only through Him that we will be able to return to Our Father in Heaven. I say these thing in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all! Til next week!
~Elder Shouse




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