The following is from a letter we received in the mail this week. Spencer asked us to share it on Christmas Eve, so I am sharing it with you and some cute pictures of Spencer and his sisters, Abby (Mary) and Evelyn (Baby Jesus). Merry Christmas to all! At Christmastime, we are naturally brought … Continue reading Merry Christmas Eve!
November 27, 2017 I delivered this talk in the Framingham 1st ward on November 26, 2017: Discipleship: hear it, live it, share it During his surgical rotation at the UC Irvine medical school, my father mastered several surgical procedures in a short period of time through a rigorous yet effective learning process. He described it … Continue reading Discipleship: hear it, live it, share it!
November 13, 2017 Dear friends and family, I pray that the things I share with you today will help you or somebody that you love. Though it may surprise you, for the past 2 months, I have struggled through a sudden onset of depression. For reasons unknown to me, I suddenly lost all desire … Continue reading Songs Sung and Unsung
October 30, 2017 Hello! We experienced a wonderful miracle this week in Framingham. (I completely forgot to mention that I've been transferred to Framingham, MA.) It starts when I was serving back in Cambridge, around February. My companion, Elder Belen, and I were walking the streets of greater Boston, when a woman called out to … Continue reading The Realization of the Work
Hey all, Your success as a missionary is measured primarily by your commitment to find, teach, baptize, and confirm people and to help them become faithful members of the Church who enjoy the presence of the Holy Ghost. (Preach My Gospel) Despite the fact that Preach my Gospel spends an entire section trying to drill … Continue reading And after the Fire, a Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19:11-12)
September 11, 2017 Hey all, I have very little idea what is going on in the world right now, aside from wildfires, 3 hurricanes, and apparently earthquakes. Scary stuff. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the … Continue reading The World is on Fire and I’m Out Here in Connecticut
Dear Friends and Fam, The Magic Apartment Complex has continued to yield tracting success. We started teaching the R___ family, a mom and dad from the Dominican Republic with 17 and 5 year-old sons. They are the first intact family that I've had the chance to teach (excepting part member families.) Sister R___ (we are … Continue reading The Legend of the Magical Apartment Complex Part 2
August 21, 2017 This week, we decided to follow the advice of one of the members of our bishopric, Brother Smith, and leave the city of Torrington for a while. At ~35k people, Torrington is by far the most populous town in the Goshen Ward's boundaries. Most of the investigators that have been taught by … Continue reading I’ve Waited Nearly a Year for This
July 31, 2017 Mom Note: This is a talk that Elder Shull gave in Sacrament Meeting in Goshen... We tend to describe ourselves by talking about things that we do. We tell others about the towns where we grew up, the schools we attended, the careers that we pursue, and the hobbies we enjoy. While … Continue reading Who We Are, and Who We May Become
July 24, 2017 Hey all, I'm starting to see that every missionary blog and weekly email is roughly the same, whether they are in Ghana or Salt Lake City. "We are teaching x great investigator, he's doing well. I love my companion! We had a great zone conference and my testimony is so much stronger." … Continue reading Preaching Repentance