Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

I hope everyone has a super fun night. Be sure to stay safe from all the crazies out there!

Well I apologize for not being more consistent with these group emails. I am planning on being much better at it from here on out.

Well I've just been informed by my sister that I only have 100 days left! That's a crazy/scary thought for me. I love it here and feel like there is still so much left I need to do and learn. I hope I can get as much done as I can before I head back.

So these last couple of weeks have been really good, despite some trials. I have been struggling with some stomach issues where basically everything I eat makes me sick, but it seems to be getting better little by little every day. I am blessed to be getting good eating habits from it though as I now watch my portions and stick to really light things like grilled chicken, soups, and salads.

We have a super golden investigator named Juan who seriously is the most converted person I have ever taught. The rest of his family was baptized a year ago, but he has been having to wait because of probation. I want nothing more than to see him join his family in baptism and go to the temple someday. He is the rock of his family and the main force that gets his family to church every week. He still has probation for awhile, but based on our prayers and thoughts from Elder Peake, our district leader Elder Gonzalez, and I, we are quite confident that from his upcoming interview with our mission president that he will be approved to go ahead and be baptized. So please keep him in your prayers!

We have been having a lot of Halloween fun the past week. Saturday was our trunk or treat combined with the three units here. It was very well attended and very fun. Elder Peake and I dressed up and enjoyed the food and seeing the kids walk around and get candy. We also had Juan there too with his family, which is so great to see how integrated he is into the branch now.

Last night we went over to a super cool member named Cindy who made a Halloween party/dinner for a bunch of the missionaries. The food was super good and they had made some cool Halloween themed cupcakes with gummy worms and stuff. Elder Stone my MTC companion was there too since he is now my Zone leader. It's been great to catch up on how his mission has been going so far. I'm glad that this Halloween is much better than my last.

Well we are off to a combined Zone Halloween party, but i'll send a few pictures before.

Love y'all and hope you have a great Halloween and week!

Stay classy,

Elder Sheehy

At the Trunk or Treat Our costumes with Cindy;s daughter.
(I had no idea what he was, and he told me it was a character from the video game Assassins Creed ?)

Elder Stone and I rockin' the onesies. I am super glad that he's my zone leader. I haven't really seen him since we were companions in the MTC.

My favorite costume of our missionary Halloween party lol. (Elder Peake as a Pokemon trainer off to the side)

Monday, October 17, 2016

I'm Alive

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to drop a quick note to tell you all that I'm still alive and doing well haha. I know I haven't been able to get out a good mass email in a while, but I have been overcoming a stomach bug that didn't want to go away. Thankfully everything is getting better and I am able to go out and work harder. I can't begin to explain how awful it is to be sick on the mission. It definitely tried my patience because I wanted so badly to go out and help people, but my body was like nope. So thank goodness i'm getting over that.

The weather is starting to change here and getting to a comfortable temperature which is awesome. I'm finally through the nasty heat of the mission. I hope it will be smooth sailing from here, but knowing the mission it will probably have some craziness still. Which makes it exciting.

I'm still enjoying my companion Elder Peake and the awesome people in Weslaco, I would write more and post some pictures, but a members car just broke down and we are going to go help her. Duty calls, so have a great week everyone and hopefully I'll have some pictures to share here next week.

Stay classy,

Elder Sheehy

A ward member posted these pictures the next day thanking the missionaries for coming to the rescue of her friend who ran out of gas. :)

I love how Elder Peake is giving Austin support :)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Austin hasn't written a general email for a few weeks, so I thought I would put some of his responses to my letters lately. He said he has been sick and has also had some difficult and discouraging times lately. He says he can really tell Satan is working extra hard on him at times. I know this is all part of the mission experience, and that it is never totally easy, but it sure is hard on this Mom's heart to hear that he is struggling, so any extra prayers on his behalf would be greatly appreciated.

I did get the primary letters and Grandma Lorraine's gift card. Thanks so much for sending the primary letters. I thought they were super funny. Let Grandma and the ward know how much I appreciate them.

Haha, yeah singing with the choir in Stake conference was definitely not my idea.. but I enjoyed it.

Crazy that people are popping out kids and getting married left and right. It's like I leave the state for a little over a year and a half and this is what happens to the world?! haha just kidding. Good for them.

I look forward to seeing the women's conference talks later this week during my study time. I heard great things about the talks. Especially President Uchtdorf's like you mentioned.

That's nuts that let alone there was a tornado in Utah, let alone two! Did they do much damage?

I did get to read a lot of Jesus the Christ while I was sick though, which is SUPER good. I love the spirit you feel when you read that book. I really recommend it if you haven't read it before.

Well I love ya lots and hope you enjoy conference. It's kind of bitter-sweet that it will be my last one as a missionary.

We did get to watch all the conference sessions at the church, but no one had set up the t.v or projector and there weren't any connectors there so on Saturday all we could do was listen to a members phone broadcast it next to the microphone in the chapel (it was the most ghetto thing, haha). So that was pretty tough. I didn't catch a ton of it, so I will basically be re-watching Saturdays during my time for the next couple of months. I also really enjoyed Elder Nelson's talk too.

Thanks for sending the pictures of the mission reunion. So many missionaries I know and love there. I miss them a lot and the Maluenda's especially.

I love you a lot, I miss you like crazy


Elder Sheehy