June 15, 2016


Aberdeen, Maryland


Elder Bartholomew and Elder Parkinson

Be Prepared

Hey everyone, transfers have come and gone. Elder Dyer and I have been killing it this week, 8 new investigators. We picked up and awesome family (The Hellman's)! The parents are Ronald and Brittney, grandma Laura, and their three kids. They are awesome! Last week was crazy, we had so many appointments lined up we were just going from one house to the next! Awesome! So when we first met the Hellman's we talked to Ronald at his door for about five minutes. He was really interested and said he would love to have us come back on Tuesday night. Keep in mind he said Tuesday night...that night was super busy and for several reasons we weren't able to make it over for our appointment. We didn't have their number so we couldn't call them. The next day was transfers. I went and dropped off E. Parkinson and then picked up E. Dyer. We went straight to the Hellman's home. To my surprise they were all sitting in the family room waiting for us to come over. They had thought that our appointment was on Wednesday! We taught an awesome lesson, the spirit was defiantly present. It was a testimony building moment for me, that Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways. They easily could have waited for us on Tuesday and we would have never shown up, but we see that when our Father in Heavenly wants to bring the gospel to those who need it, he will always provide a way! We have had the great opportunity to work with a lot of people and I love seeing little tender mercies every day!

So I got a new companion....and he's awesome! He played lacrosse in high school, and is going to UVU after his mission. I'm just trying to convince him to play;) We really have a lot in common, we both love to work hard and I know this transfer is going to be great!

We were playing catch outside a few days ago and we really wanted to go shoot around on a goal for workouts in the morning. So we looked up all the fields around us and for lunch looked to see if any of them had lacrosse goals out. We contemplated hopping the high school fence and playing on those haha but decided that wasn't a good idea...So we had the great idea to make a lacrosse goal, and we did!! It was made out of PVC pipe and a soccer net, it actually works really well! haha We are learning to make the best out of what we got!! Overall, a pretty exciting week, excited for things to come!

For my spiritual thought this week I wanted to talk about shields. What are some shields in our lives? What can help us to withstand the blows of the adversary? The quote of "a family that prays together stays together," rings true. And you could substitute prayer for scripture study, going to church, etc. There are three main things that come to mind that help strengthen us and keep us on the straight and narrow path (just mentioned them): prayer, scripture study, and going to church. Each of them have their own way of helping us, in our present situation and throughout all of life. In the Book of Helaman (In the Book of Mormon) Moroni fortifies his cities and his army’s with all manor of weapons of war. This included breastplates, shields and swords. And when the Lamanites saw that they were prepared to meet them with all these preparations, they fled in fear. Our battle with Satan can be the same as we make our own preparations of war each day by reading, praying, and going to church to renew our baptismal covenants. We CAN be made equal to the efforts of the adversary, and like Moroni we too can shake the very gates of hell.

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

We must prepare, and as we do those simple and basic things daily we will be prepared to meet our Father in Heaven. I know these things are true, and I leave that with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Shouse


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