Monday, May 9, 2016


Nobody appreciates Mother's Day like a missionary mom!  For our family it is one of the few times over the next several years that we all get to be in one (virtual) room and have one conversation all together.  Google Hangouts is my new best friend, as we were able to all connect for a sweet hour of joy.  Tyler was even able to facetime the call making our family hour complete.
Most of all, it was just so good to see Jake, his smile, his personality, and get a sense that he is actually as happy as he looks.  The South is a tough mission, but this guy seems to take it all in stride.  He loves his companion and gets a lot of support from the ward mission leader.  (Matt Clawson, from the Raleigh First Ward, thanks for hosting the missionary calls!)

Here's Jake's letter:

It was so great to see everyone!  Everyone looks so good!

The lesson went very well last night :)  We taught the restoration/plan of salvation jumbled into one! The main concern that "H" has, is that she believes she has already been saved (shocker) and that she doesn't need anything more to be saved.  We taught about baptism and she is willing to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  She brought her very Baptist friend, which made things a bit more difficult, but they definitely were taught the truth; the spirit was present.  Pray for them that they will let the seed sprout :)

Scripture for the week:  Alma 19:16-17  Abish was a great missionary who was  praying for her people, her prayers were answered through Alma and she helped bring to pass much righteousness. The Lord was preparing people to receive the word and she was preparing herself so that when the time came for her to share, she was ready to help.

Love you all,
Elder Shields

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