Date

February 10, 2017

Area

Damascus, Maryland

Companion

Elder Tucker

Mighty Change of Heart

Hey guys! Another exciting week, filled with some fun stuff! Hope everyone else is also having a good week!? We didn't have preparation day on Monday this last week it was on Thursday cause that's when we went to the temple. The temple was awesome! I'll send some pictures. But first on Tuesday we had the first district meeting of the transfer because we have had so many meetings this transfer, kinda crazy. Went really good, really love my district. It's just four of us but they are all really fun! The best part is that we are all the same height! That"s the first time that's ever happened in the history of missionary districts! haha! I'll send some pics so you can see! haha Anyways we got to go to the temple, which of course is always a special treat. But the coolest thing that happened was while we were in there, Ken Niamontalolo walks in... WHAT THE!?!?! (the head coach of Navy football) ya it was crazy! He waited for all the missionaries to get out so he could shake our hands, so no big deal, me and the Navy head coach are tight now ;) haha! So the week isn't over we had a lesson with Christian Penaloza which went really well. There was an adult game night for all the adults in the ward and sister Penaloza came, Elder Tucker and I ran the games so that was fun we could tell she had a really fun time! Kenny Keith also came and told sister Marriott ( yes of Marriott hotels) about it so she came also it was super fun!...The sad part of the week was that during dinner, Sister Marriott invited us over to their house to have dinner with them, but she lives about ten minutes out of our mission boundaries. So we called and tried to get permission to go. And of course Kenny was going too and so we thought that we would be able to also, President asked the area seventy and we got shut down... he actually really wanted us go, he said "you'll probably not see a bigger house in your life" hahahaha I was dying!!! So we didn't get to go but that's okay they said I can come back after my mission and I'm planning on holding them to it! Really good week though had a lesson with Kenny on Wednesday and he wants to get baptized just needs to work through some things, we are optimistic that his time is coming soon! Really excited!

So for this week's thought, I have been pondering a question, and I thought that I might share it with you guys. So Peter was counseled by the Savior at the last supper to be converted and then to strengthen his brethren. (Luke 22:31-32) In what areas of my life do I need to undergo a conversion, a mighty change? Or even more simply what lack I yet?
The thought that first came to my head is that, no improvement can be made unless we understand where we need to improve. We often think about the things we need to change, but then, we think about the necessary steps that need to take place to make that change. This why I think sometimes goals or dreams are not realized because they simply do not take the steps to get there. They know the What, but they do not know the Why or How. I was thinking about Alma the Younger this week and how quickly a mighty change of heart he had, and also Paul (formerly known as Saul). I asked why can't I , have such a mighty change in such a short period of time? Then the spirit spoke to me and reminded me of Enos and his earnest prayer, and then Peter. If we take a look at the difference from Christ Ministry and the first couple chapters of Acts we can see the rock that Peter had become. Truly he was converted and then strengthened his brethren. I am not trying to say, that we must first be completely and totally converted before we help other people to the gospel, because I don't think I'm even there. But what I do know is that when we have a desire to know what we lack we can take steps to improve ourselves and then help others. I know Enos, Peter and others had that same desire. Something else important to remember is that sometimes people go through a mighty change of heart in a very short period of time, and we need to be grateful for that!
I love you all and I pray that we can learn and each undergo a mighty change of heart.
In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Love,
Elder Shouse




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