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

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fruits of our Labors

Dear Mom and Dad,
This least week was made up of so much.  On Tuesday, I went on an exchange with the Spanish District Leader in our zone, Thursday, President Sager's came and taught with us which was great being able to learn from his amazing teaching skills.  He was an Institute teacher so he has a lot of experience with allowing the spirit to do the teaching.  And then on Friday, we went on exchanges with the assistants. I got to go to Euless overnight and teach some Tongan people. I am also getting over a season change cold and am excited for the new week that is ahead.
This last week we were able to provide a bit of service and were also able to see the fruits of the service that we have provide recently. The was an older lady who we had helped out a couple weeks ago and we recently started teaching her she was very excited to read the Book of Mormon. She had even suggested that she could go buy one,  not knowing that we gave them out for free. It was so exciting to see the excitement in her eyes.
This Sunday we have a baptism for an investigator. Her name is Sherry and she has been coming to church for about a year. She is super amazing. She has experienced almost all that could go wrong in her life but still pushes through and has amazing faith. The ward here loves her so much and she has helped so many people with her example. Our ward is a very well-off ward but there is one trailer park in the ward and she lives there in the most humble of conditions, however on Sunday she fits in so well and loves being there. I am very excited for her and have really learned to love her and her children the way that Christ would. This has also helped me to understand the love that He has for me too.
Summer is definitely on its way with hotter temperatures and humidity. Surprisingly though, Texas is very close to how Richland acts, minus the wind and plus the humidity. I have a couple pictures of the spring changes - even a popcorn tree. Ha ha.
 I hope Justin's fall did not affect him too much and I am sure he will do a great job in track.
I would like to end with an insight from my studies this week and also make sure to attach some pictures. 
I was reading in thrid nephi chapter 3 about Gidgiddoni and his leadership skills. Verse 19 states,
 19 Now it was the custom among all the Nephites to appoint for their chief captains, (save it were in their times of wickedness) some one that had the aspirit of revelation and also prophecy; therefore, this Gidgiddoni was a great prophet among them, as also was the chief judge.
This scripture talks about how they appointed those who received revelation and prophecy. This made me think how we need to make sure that we seek the Lord's guidance as we direct others, whether as a missionary leader, a parent in a home or a priesthood holder or even a member of the church that leads and sets an example. I know that as we seek the Lords advice in all we do, we will be guided and be able to help others along the straight and narrow path.
Pictures of Spring including a popcorn tree also Tyler Weiss and me. He is leaving tomorrow for his mission in Brazil. He would come out with us pretty often. I am super excited for him going on his mission.
Love Elder Shoemaker

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