Date

August 26, 2016

Area

Aberdeen, Maryland

Companion

Jayden Dyer

Found My Friend

Hey guys another week gone by, got a little older, a little wiser haha. Had a another really good week with my compadre. Picked up a part member family in the ward, their last name is Cao. We are teaching the son of Sister Cao. Her husband is not a member either so I hope he will eventually warm up to us, but for now we will be teaching Jordan. It’s was really cool how we got in contact with them. Their grandma actually texted us this week and told us that she had been "hounding" Jordan's mom about him getting baptized. Jordan's mom and dad finally said yes to him taking the discussions. We have a return appointment with them on Wednesday so hopefully all goes well - I will try to keep everyone updated!;)

Also something else that was really cool this week was that Gus Yeschke, received the priesthood! He was baptized a couple of months ago, and is doing awesome, hasn't missed a week of church! Tony Turano will be receiving the priesthood this next week, Elder Dyer and I are super excited about both of their progress and commitment to the gospel! So exciting! We also were invited to a crab fest at a members home this last week, they bought so many crab we couldn't finish them all it was crazy. I have never eaten so much crab in one sitting!! I will send some pictures for everyone to see! So all in all we had a really good week! But there was one thing that stuck out and I would like to share it with you guys as my spiritual message for this week! The other night we shared a spiritual message Diana and Tony. At the end I shared a story with them that I shared at my farewell talk for those of you that were there;)

The following event took place in a ward in Salt Lake City in 1974. It occurred during a sacrament meeting and was told to me by a Regional Representative of the Twelve who was in the meeting. A young man, just before leaving on his mission stood in sacrament meeting and bore in essence the following testimony:
Brothers and Sisters, as you know, the past two weeks I've been waiting for my mission call. During the time I was waiting I had a dream. I knew it was not an ordinary dream. I dreamed I was in the pre-existence and awaiting my call to come to earth. I was filled with the same anticipation and excitement that I had before I received my mission call. In my dream I was talking to a friend, and I felt a special closeness to him, even though I've never met him in this life. As we talked a messenger came and gave me a letter. I knew it was my call to go to earth. In great excitement my friend and I opened the letter. I gave it to him and asked him to read it aloud. It said: "You've been called to earth in a special time and to a special land. You will be born to the true church and you will have the priesthood of God in your home. You will born into a land of plenty, in a land of freedom. You will go to earth in the United States of America."
My friend and I rejoiced as we read my call, and while we were rejoicing the messenger returned. This time he had a letter for my friend. We knew it was his call to earth. My friend gave me the letter to read aloud. His letter said: "You've been called to go to the earth in circumstances of poverty and strife. You will not be raised in the true church. Many hardships will attend your life. Your land will be fraught with political and social difficulties - which will hinder the work of the Lord. You will be born in Costa Rica."
We wept, my friend and I, as we read his call. And my friend looked at me with tears in his eyes, and said, "When we are down on earth, you in your choice land and me in Costa Rica, my friend, please come and find me."
Then this young missionary, with tears in his eyes, said, "Brothers and Sisters, I have received my mission call. I am going to Costa Rica."
There is a sequel to the story. About a year after the sacrament meeting, the bishop received a letter from the missionary in Costa Rica. The letter had one sheet of paper in it and on that sheet written in capital letters were four words:
I FOUND MY FRIEND

I loved that story, and thus far have found myself able to relate to him. I too have been able to find my friends. But to find our friends we do not need to be on a mission. We have those friends who we knew in the pre-mortal existence all around us. Truly Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and wants them to have those same blessings. I challenge each of you to try and share the gospel this week, even if it is in the simplest way. The work is hastening and people are prepared all around us and we know who they are! I love the gospel, I love this church, and I love being able to share it with others! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love you all,
Elder Shouse




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