February 8, 2016


Eldersberg/Randalstown, Maryland


Elder Carlson

Our own Goliath's

Wow! This week has been crazy! I got my new companion two weeks ago and we are just two peas in a pod. Haha, just kidding we really get along! He's super cool and I am really enjoying learning from him! This last week we have done a lot of finding and also a lot of guiding. This last week we committed two people to Baptism! One, we have been working with for a while Dustin, he's going to be baptized on the March 5th. I think I mentioned a family in our ward (the Varga’s). Well they brought some friends to church a couple weeks ago and Travis, the dad has come the last three weeks! We are almost through all the lessons with him and he’s going to be baptized on February 27th! We are so excited for both of these guys! Also we picked up three new investigators this week! Elder Carlson and I have been working hard and now we are really seeing the fruits of our labor!
I love this ward! It is so awesome when we are able to bring investigators to Church and everyone is so welcoming and inviting. I think everyone in the ward has come up to both Travis and Dustin, and introduced themselves. I love it!
Also another highlight of my week was that I was able to go to the DC temple on Wednesday! We went with a member from our ward. His name is Frank! Usually he goes every Thursday to the temple and stays all day! Yes all day! Leaves to get there at like 5 am and doesn't get home until 11 or 12 at night! Crazy! He's so cool! :) He's a convert of about five years and just has story after story to tell us about the little miracles that have happened in his life! Such an example to us missionaries!
I had an awesome experience at the temple! It truly is the closest place we can be to our Father in Heaven! I received some answers to questions, that I needed help with. Just another testimony builder of how much our Father in Heaven loves us!
Overall I am doing very well! This area is really picking up and I hope that I can stay for a lot longer!
For my spiritual thought this week, I thought I would share this:
I have been pondering the story of David and Goliath this last week. One thing that I noticed was that everyone usually thinks of David for what he did towards the end of his life with Bathsheba. But its very important that we remember the kind of courage it took to stand before the Philistines and Goliath of Gath. He stood courageous knowing that he had the Lord God on his side. Should not we all stand like that? Stand with faith in honor of our God, showing others that we fear no man! I think of our own everyday lives and I think of situation where each of us will have to stand before our own Goliath's. There is strength in knowing that Heavenly Father is on our side. This week in Elders quorum we talked about weaknesses Heavenly Father gave us. Each weakness, is very special, and very personal. We know that with His help each of us would be able to over come our weaknesses. In the Book of Ether (Book of Mormon) 12:27 God gave us weaknesses so that we would become humble and with faith in Christ we would then be able to make our weak things become strong. I pray that each of us will be able to continually face our own Goliaths with courage, knowing that our Heavenly Father is on our side if we strive to be worthy of his help, and then will we fear no man! I love you all and hope you have a good week!
With Love,
~Elder Shouse


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