Monday, February 6, 2017

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. -Sandlot


It's hard to sum up all that this mission has meant to me these last two years. It has been a rollercoaster ride for certain, but it has been the ride of my life. I can't express how much the Lord has changed not only my life, but so many lives through this service. It's amazing what He can do with your life as you give it fully to Him. It has been absolutely worth it and then some. I would say that an experience I had this last week was what really sums up why I've loved being a missionary:

I was on an exchange with another elder in his area when I was told we would be going to a family who just days before had had their father been hit and killed by a car. He was perfectly healthy and had many years of life ahead of him. What also was cool about this was that the daughter and her husband who live in our area just happened to be there as well. As can be very well understood, they were still shaken up by the loss of their father and husband. As we listened to them share memories of the man and relate to us how good of a person he was I felt strongly impressed to share with them my testimony of the plan of salvation and a scripture that is in my patriarchal blessing. I shared with them the experiences of losing a brother and sister and having to learn for myself where they are now. I testified with all of my heart with tears in my eyes of the love of a Heavenly Father who gave His son that death will have no final sting. I know without a doubt that we will see our loved ones again and that they are busy doing much good in the spirit world. How blessed we are to have such incredible knowledge. How fortunate were they to know this too! That though we will miss them, we will be reunited through the power of priesthood ordinances and the redemptive power of the Savior. How incredible it was to be able to be the Lord's hands in this family's life. I know for certain that they were the sole reason that I was called to work in their area that day. The highlight of this experience was after the wife had expressed that she always wanted to serve a couples mission with her deceased husband as we were getting up to leave. It seemed that words came out of my mouth promising her as one of the Lord's servants that she will have that opportunity in the world of spirits after living out the Father's plan for her in mortality. How dearly I will miss these simple, but incredible experiences that happen more often than not as a representative of Him who sent me.

I testify to you that the Savior lives! He loves us more than you could ever imagine. His hand is always outstretched to you. Go to Him. He will heal you and make something of your life that is unique and beautiful. This is His church. He has given us a legacy of apostles and prophets to this day to lead and guide us home to our loving Heavenly Father. I know that this same father knows us all by name, all our heartaches, and difficulties of this life. He will guide you and help you. Trust in Him and go to Him in prayer. He always listens. This I solemnly bare my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thank you so much to everyone for the great love, support, and prayers that have been sent on my behalf. I couldn't have made it this far was it not for such wonderful family and friends. I hope and pray that my service has benefited you in some way as well. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!


Elder Sheehy

(p.s Thanks a million to Aunt Bertha and Grandma Jeri for the letters that arrived here this past week. Love ya tons!)

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: - 2 Timothy 4:7

Saying goodbye to the Osbournes

Gonna miss these guys, hahaha

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lexington Life

Hey everyone!

I can't believe how time has flown! I'm now staring at just three weeks left on the calendar. Super crazy. I still feel like I just got here. It's going to be bittersweet for sure getting on that plane, though i'm very excited to see friends and family again.

Before I continue, thank you so much to Grandma Jeri for the two letters and updates about Aunt Sherrie. It's very appreciated.

Things here have been very good here in Corpus despite difficulty in the work. Not having very many people open up to us, but we are still working hard and giving it our best effort. We know there will be someone that shows up here fairly soon.

We did have two very fun p-days where the first we went to the aquarium downtown and fed some stingrays and stuff. The second one was probably the most fun p-day of the mission so far. We started off by getting a tour of the Naval Air Base from one of the ward members that works there. He does instruction for the pilots and let us try this spinning chair that helps pilots who suffer from air sickness bodies adapt to the motion. We all started out doing pretty well until he had us do different head tilts and eye focuses. Needless to say, we all got pretty good motion sickness for a little bit, but luckily no one threw up. It was super cool.

After that we went over to the aquarium for their one dollar only day and met up with the missionaries in Sinton zone. So I got to spend some time with Elder Rosaschi again and watch a couple of the aquarium shows with their dolphins.

Then we spent the rest of the day on the beach (don't worry no one went swimming) playing soccer and hand-ball (basically ultimate frisbee, but with a soccer ball and nets instead) on the sand. It was so much fun and everyone really enjoyed it. I think everyone who participated was wiped out after running so hard in the sand for hours. It was also a very cool location with the U.S.S Lexington just down the way from us.

Well that's about all for this week. I will keep doing the best I can until I have to step on that plane. It's been a huge honor to be able to serve the Lord during these past two years. I've grown in incredible ways. I'm grateful that there is still a little bit of time.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Stay classy,

Elder Sheehy

U.S.S Lexington

Three more weeks

Beach Soccer

Leatham loves 'murica

One of the many oil rigs we saw go by.

A dead puffer fish I found on the beach

Elder Leatham and I at the aquarium. I don't know why I look like I'm glowing, haha.


some cool redheads they had

One of the keepers feeding the baby alligators


Jelly fish...jelly fish...jelly fish

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Years All!

Happy New Years everyone!

Wow it's crazy to finally be in 2017. I never thought this year would come. I always said to myself "Oh I don't go home until 2017 so I have plenty of time.." Well here we are! It's been interesting to say the least to start my returning home plans and winding down. I still feel like I have forever left, but the things i'm doing tell me otherwise. I am being sure to give it the best i've got before jumping on the plane. It's been such an amazing experience out here and i'm going to miss it.

Not a whole lot to say this week other than getting a new companion named Elder Leatham from Heber, Utah. He's a super fun guy, so i'm grateful that i'll be able to spend the last month with someone's company that is enjoyable. The work was kind of slow this last week with a ton of unanswered doors being knocked. I believe that it's just the holidays and that things will go back to normal for the remainder of the transfer. We got to watch Finding Dory as a mission yesteryday. I liked it a lot and thought it was a pretty good sequel considering it's often hard to live up to the first one. We did have one cool miracle that came from incorrectly contacting a home that we thought was a former investigator. We found out later that it was the house next door we were initially looking for, but we met a super humble woman named Lisa who has been through a ton in her life already. I know that she is sorely in need of the gospel in her life and it was super cool how receptive she was immediately. I look forward to seeing if she will keep the spark and continue down the path to the happiness that she seeks and will find there.

Beyond that I just wish to thank the following people:

-Killians for the Christmas Card
-Rankins for the Christmas Card
-Grandma Jeri for the New Years card

Thank you so much for all the love and support!

I hope everyone goes out there and makes 2017 the best year yet. I know that if you center your life in Christ more this year that He will help make more out of you than you can imagine at this time.

Love y'all and stay classy!


Elder Sheehy