Date

July 19, 2016

Area

Aberdeen, Maryland

Companion

Jayden Dyer

Testimony of Fasting

Hey everybody, another week gone. Also done with another transfer, I was super excited to find out that Elder Dyer and I are staying together for another transfer in Susquehanna. Also, so excited to hear that I'm going to be able to see Diana and Tony's Baptism which is on the 13th of next month. Could not be more happy! I have to say that this week was definitely a fun one but a lot of lessons were learned. We had a few investigators drop us which we were pretty sad about, considering we saw so much potential in these individuals. We were humbled, but its time to recommit, refocus, and move forward. So many times I have seen miracles come from situations that are not ideal, but the work of the Lord cannot and will not be frustrated. I can not wait to see who the Lord will put in our path next!

So overall this week has been good, we are planning to go to the temple this next week with Gus, now known as brother Yeschke, to do baptisms for the dead. We are also planning a temple trip for Diana and Tony, they are really looking forward to that! On Friday we went over to Diana and Tony's home to share a lesson on fasting with them. We talked about it and committed them to fast on Sunday to receive strength to overcome their challenges. They fasted and so did we. We are going to their house tomorrow to see how it was for them, but I had a very special experience as I was fasting for them. There have only been a few times in my life where I have fasted for others. For the most part I have fasted to receive strength for myself, an answer to prayer, ect. But as I fasted for these two I was able to receive so much clarity as how we would help them progress leading up to their baptism, and more importantly I had an overwhelming feeling of comfort knowing that everything would workout for them the way that it is supposed to. I have a testimony of fasting and I know that it can give us spiritual certainty as our desires are in line with our Father in Heavens.

For my message this week I would like to refer to a talk that was given in the last general conference by Mervyn B. Arnold.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/to-the-rescue-we-can-do-it?lang=eng

He spoke of a young man named Daniel. Daniel had a young family and was a fisherman. While he was at sea a huge storm began and immediately him and his crew headed to port. As they were heading to safety they heard a distress call on the radio from a smaller fishing boat, they decided to go back and help. As this was going on Daniel's boat radioed the coast guard telling them that they would need assistance in the increasing storm. Daniel’s crew met the other boat and tied a line to help tug the smaller boat to safety. Help never came, the line holding the two boats together broke, and unfortunately both boats sank. While thinking about this story a very similar and familiar situation came to mind:

“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts
in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty stormshall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo,because of the rock upon which ye are built, which
is asure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Sometimes we are the small fishing boat out in the storm, calling out asking for help. Because Jesus Christ always has his arm out stretched, he comes to our rescue. Now with our savior we to have a line attached to him but depending on how strong the line is, will determine if we will return home. In this story both boats sink, but I know in our story only the smaller boat is susceptible to the harsh weather of the ocean. Our savior comes to the rescue always willing to tug us to safety if we let him. Let us make our lines strong, just as a sure foundation. As we build it upon Christ our line attached to him will not break! I know this to be true and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all have a great week!
Elder Shouse




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