A day in the life of a Fort Worth missionary. . . as posted by his parents

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dear Family and everyone, This past week was so amazing. Elder Payne and I have been focusing on teaching lessons more by the spirit and being more in tune with it to help both of us know what to say. We have also been focusing on planning our week and appointments in advance so we can better prepare. I started right from the beginning of preach my gospel again this week and have been using things I am learning to help us throughout the week. It had talked about how you can recognize that you really are set apart as a missionary by what results from the choices we make. One example specifically is being in the right place at the right time. It has happened this whole week we seem to see those we need to teach and be in the right places to find those ready to accept the gospel. I know that the lord is preparing people that are ready to accept the fullness of the gospel and we are making sure to be righteous so we can continually receive inspiration. We have really focused heavily on Moroni's promise and knowing the truth through the holy ghost to help prepare people for baptism. This focus has really helped the people we teach gain not only logical evidence that what we teach is true but a spiritual witness. It is so awesome to see how much that and working by the spirit has changed the progress of those we teach. I know that the message we share and teach is true and heavenly father is preparing the people that are put in our path to hear it. This past week has been filled with a lot of lessons taught in a members home. It not only is a way to help the investigators progress but to really strengthen the members testimonies and also help member's to see how much the gospel and the church they belong to can changes lives. Jacob 1:19 is an amazing scripture. we as missionaries focus on doing this in how we teach not only investigators but as we teach members. It is important that we do testify of what we teach and also know. One main thing that we do with everyone is commitments we leave people with specific challenges that will help them grow if the are member's or investigators. We always wait for them to answer us with a yes. One thing that I really know will help the ward is strong commitments because it is hard to break a promise when you say yes. A maybe gives people a way out and is often not effective. So, Shoemaker family will you invite someone in our home to have dinner with the missionaries and have the missionaries teach them? I know it may be really weird but one easy way would be to tell someone how you have a son on a mission and that you would like them to see what he is doing. I am already thinking of some names... Really, I know and can promise you that our Heavenly Father is preparing people all around us to learn and accept the gospel. Haha and guess what? I can check up on how that is going for all of you on Sunday and maybe give you some ideas. I am pretty sure that you got an email from President Sagers about details of how it will work out. I only have a max of 40 minutes. Please help me to stick to this because I do not want to disobedient time wise. Anyways I will be calling about 7:40 Texas time which I think will be 4:40 p.m. there. I am super excited to talk to everyone and make sure you have some questions for me haha. Lastly, I want to share a scripture with everyone. This is in 3rd Nephi chapter 27:13-22. This has really meant a lot to me on my mission. These are Christs words and it is labeled as the doctrine of Christ in my scriptures. This passage really is that what we teach as missionaries and why we do what we do. It is also like the missionary purpose "Our purpose is to invite other to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end." As you read through this, try and find these things in it and apply them in your lives. I have been focusing on doing this as a missionary and will the rest of my life because I have seen the influence it has had on my life and others. Thank you everyone for all of your prayers. Elder Payne and I have really seen their influence this past transfer. I will talk to everyone on Sunday. Here are some pictures of a thunder storm sunset, hay field behind our apartment, a mommas boy, and what happens when you freeze a open can of pop haha. Love Elder Nathaniel Shoemaker

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