Dear Mom, Dad, Justin and Everyone,
Thank you always for your letters. It is so great to be able to hear about the things that go on at home. I am very excited for the cruise that you will be going on. Honestly, do not worry about making me trunky or anything. I love it so much out here and I know that this next week I am supposed to be here and y'all are supposed to be out soaking up the sun and swimming with the fishies. Just make sure to send pictures of the family and also a sweet picture of the aqua blue ocean.
So, this week we have four people that have us scheduled for Thanksgiving dinner. One with the bishop, another with one of the recent converts that was baptized last week, another with a part member family, and then the last with the Spence family - another part member family. I will most likely be super stuffed and that day with be so great! There also was another baptism this past week for Kristy Jones. She actually asked me if Ii would baptize her, which was such a great opportunity. She was going to ask elder Dunn but actually last Friday I got a new companion, Elder Moses. It was a very fast change and we are working hard with our little knowledge of the area. There was no problems with me and elder Dunn, it was just his time to leave the area. Please pray for him and also me and Elder Moses in the Joshua area.
Sad to say, but I will not be able to talk any longer at Christmas time. The missionary handbook lets us know to keep the calls no longer than 40 minutes. I know there is so much to talk about but I know you all will understand.
Just know, I will always answer questions, so feel free to ask them. Here are some pictures. Elder Dunn is the one that has the armadillo on his head and Elder Moses has brown hair. The picture with the five missionaries at the conference last week is me, then Elder Payne, then Elder Wilson, the missionary Elder Payne trained, Elder Williams, a new missionary Elder Payne is training now, and then also Elder Weaver the missionary Elder Wilson is training. Wow, I feel so old. Ha ha. They are all great missionaries and I am glad Elder Ericson helped prepare me to train so the mission can have good solid missionaries. There is also a picture of a cow to prove that we live in a barn, and also a drive-thru prayer. Ha ha - ONLY in Texas. Also pictures from the baptisms the past two weeks.
I love y'all so much and I hope you enjoy the cruise. They are so great and I loved the time we had to spend on ours last year.
Love Elder Shoemaker