Monday, July 25, 2016

Go Tar Heels!

My Two Dads! (trainers)
My new area is the Chapel Hill First Ward!  Go Tar Heels!  The most winning sports coach in all history is in our ward.  I love it, this area is great and the ward is super great!

New Address:
108 Shadowood Drive Apt S
Chapel Hill   NC   27514

My new companion is Elder Hancock.  He is from Arizona.  We came out on the same plane.  I love Elder Hancock, he is awesome and a hard worker.  We have a similar sense of humor, we come from different places.  I am a city boy, and he is a farm boy from a cattle ranch.

This is the nicest apartment I have had yet, it has two levels!

The ward is stellar, the wml and the bishop are prime and the members, as far as we can tell, are great.  Both of us are new to the area.

Funny Experience:  The zone leaders have a rubber duck named rico and we stole it.

The teaching pool looks good and has a decent amount of people in it.

Scripture for the week:

Alma 5:14
"And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye siritually been born of God?  Have you received his image in your countenances?  Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?"

Have a great week,
Elder Shields

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pressing forward...

Hi Guys,

So, for transfers they like do not tell us anything, so all that I know is that I will be getting transferred, and apparently my new companion is someone I know, so we will see.  No ideas where abouts.  elder Lofgreen will be staying and training.  Just about the whole district is leaving.  My thoughts about you going back to work...I say, do it!  I think that would be awesome.

Investigator/Finding Update:  It has been a struggle this week, but things turned better this Sunday.  One of the young women in our ward has a friend she has been working with and there are plans to get to meet her friend and start teaching her.  There was also a man who is not a member who came to church yesterday who has family who are members so, hopefully things go well with him.  I think we'll see some things happening before I leave.

The gross jelly bean?  Elder Lofgreen just shot me with his finger guns.

Scripture for the week:  They are the ones I have symbolism for on my new planner.  I would send a picture of it but.....hopefully we will be picking up my camera today.

Alma 60:23
"Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things?  Behold I say unto you, Nay.  Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also."

Isaiah 49:15-16
"Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Yeas, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."


Monday, July 11, 2016

"...Perfect love casteth out all fear."

Hi Family,

Haha, that story about Matt made me laugh pretty good.  He wasn't always the most patient human in the world when it comes to children.  Haha, but I'm glad he is trying, so go him!  And tell Sarah that I say boyz r dum.  Haha cuz we are sometimes.  I have no worries about what is ahead in her future.  I am glad the family is doing good, when are your plans to go boating next?

I got all the info, for my debit card, and yes, I know what to do.

Investigator/Finding Update:  We labored long and hard in the hot sweaty sun and found no one.  Haha it's Zion's Camp out here.  There are some people and some referrals we got that we are excited for; I will let you know how those go!

Funny experience:  I gave Elder Lofgreen a really gross jelly bean and it was funny.

Scripture for the week:

Moroni 8:16
"Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except  they repent.  Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear."


Monday, July 4, 2016

...You still boat without me???

Hi Guys!

My worst nightmare has been realized!  You still will go boating without me...haha just kidding, that is so fun that you go to go though.  Where did you guys go, was it Echo?  Honestly there is not much to report on this week.  We met a lot of nice people, but none of them were willing to listen, there was actually a string of really nice people we were able to talk with, it was a record streak, but; unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier, none of them were interested which was sad.  We will keep going, and continue to work hard.  I'm pretty sure I will be transferred next transfer to one of the Fayetteville zones, but we will see what the future holds.

I was not able to get my camera back yet, we don't have the car for a good while and the place is not close by.

The scoobies you sent handle the flight over just fine, and yes, you should send them again!

Investigator Update:  Caleb didn't show up for the appointment and we can't get in touch with him.

Scriptures for the week:

Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:  the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Alma 13:28
But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted about that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;

Have a great week,