Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 - The Sun Begins to Set, to Come to a New Dawn


Where do I even begin?

The journey has been incredible. The ride fantastic and the memories never forgotten. I just feel so satisfied with my mission. I feel satisfied with who I have become. I know God has been with us. I have seen God's hand and incredible miracles. I have learned. I know I am an agent. I am needed and wanted and loved. I am a vital servant. 

I have loved my time. I have loved the people. I have loved this gorgeous country. I have gotten to know God and I feel so satisfied and unbelievably joyful. The atonement is there; it changes, it cleanses, it allows me to become. 

I have learned to just be me. 

To leave this place will be excruciating but I know God will carry me. 

Me and Sister H created a title of liberty or how we feel as missionaries

Ålesunds title of liberty
We are disciples of Jesus Christ  as we lean on Gods presence nothing is impossible. We will show dilligence unto the end. Our sufferings are not comparable to the glory we have been promised. We will cast out our fear with perfect love. Those that war against us  are nothing. We will fear not for the Lord our God will be in our midst. He will not leave us comfortless. He will come to us. Whatsoever we ask in the name of of our Savior will be given.  As Christ walks  with us we will help others walk with Him.  Now we carry the light of Christ in us. The darkness has begun to lift and the light is filling the city. We are missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ  and our banner is clear. 

Miracles: my mission has been a miracle

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 3, 2014 - Among Men the Sun Shines

Kjære alle sammen,

This week has been incredible. Wow, the Lord is the giver of all the best gifts.

Miracles: This week we had a baptism in the fjord and it is freezing here. The days leading up to the baptism the weather was really bad and really cold. We were really worried he (Eirik)  would freeze. As we were running out the door we felt the weather and it was so so so warm. It was so warm we didn't even need our winter jackets which that has not happened in like a month. Seriously that was probably one of the coolest miracles that has ever happened in my life. It was incredible. Eirik had prayed for that and God  answered his prayers!! He has such strong faith!! 

We were waiting for Christopher, one of our investigators, and we were worried he wouldn't come. It was the first time we  took Eirik on a teach as a member and so I didn't want his first teach to be a no show. We prayed and told God that if Christopher wasn't gonna come we wanted Him to provide someone else we could teach. he did just that. He gave us two opportunities to teach someone. Another investigator and a less active. 

It was incredible to see a good friend enter the waters of baptism and become closer to God. Life could not get better

I know that God is there. I know we can trust in Him. I know we will never fall.

My mission has just been incredible!!! The journey has been magnificent. I feel so utterly satisfied. I know God is the giver of all the best gifts and I know that He has made such a greater life for me than I could have ever even imagined. I love God. I am joyous and I love Norway!

October 27, 2014 - Among Men we are Glorified

Life could just not be better.

This week we experienced the worst weather I have ever experienced. We had to walk a mile in it to get to a very sweet lady named Y. As we were walking and we couldn't even walk anymore because the wind was so strong and we had to hold on to the iron bridge. I realized just how far Christ is willing to go to show us His love for us. I know that Christ is ever aware awake and present in the storms of our lives and He will walk miles in the storms of our hearts to find us rescue us and bring us home. I love my brother. 

When you break an egg from the outside then you are ending a life. If it is broken from the inside then it is the beginning of life. Don't let circumstances break you from the outside. But bring life from the inside. Christ gives us the ultimate life and when we rely on Him then can we bring an abundance of life. 

Some things I learned this week. 

You can go anywhere to find information, you can only go to God to find truth. 

Be confident in your desires. 

have a great week!

This week I am excited to see this kid EIRIK get baptized in a fjord! I am excited to hit it up in trondheim and to roam the streets with this cool lady named sister heywood She is so great!!!!

October 20, 2014

This week Sister Heywood got in. And wow I am so impressed!!!!! She is so helpful she always helps me with everything and I can't even believe it. It is hard being in a branch because we have to do so much work but she just helps me with everything I ask her too. It is kind of incredible actually. I love it.

As missionaries we send scriptures to our investigators to send them some spiritual upliftment  and to help them out. This week Eirik sent us a scripture.
 isaiah 41: 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
This was so comforting. I know God's love is there. I know He is with us. I know we dont need to fear. We can always feel secure in His love and in His arms. 
I love God.sister shaw

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 12, 2014 Among Men We Are Alive

kjære alle sammen,

God is awake. He is conscious. As we come closer to Him we also become more awake. The more celestialized we become the more conscious we are of who we are and the people around us actually are. In John 17:3 it says  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent

If life eternal is to know God. Who is God? It says in doctrine and covenants 38:1-2:Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I Am, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphichosts of heaven, before the world was made;
 The same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes;
As we learn more about God we become more like Him. As I have served a mission I have really learned that I have become more awake and conscious of the realities that go on around me. I understand greater the consciousness of God because I too have become more conscious. 

I know God loves us because he is fully aware and conscious of who we are, our potential and the reality of our life. 

I am so grateful to be a missionary and to wake up. I am grateful I have come to have a greater understanding.

this week we got to go to Trondheim and visit some members. That was really fun. We also got to go and visit Eirik's church. This the church was so beautiful it is insane!!! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

hello everyone,
Many miracles have been happening. God is with us.
miracle one: Bente our new convert talked to her friend about the gospel. It turns out she needs God, we will be meeting her today. We are both very excited. God is with us.
We got to see the priesthood conference session with Eirik. I loved it. I loved quentin L. cooks talk about making decisions. So good and so powerful. 
We have had a great week. I love being a missionary. I love Norway. This is home. I love my savior Jesus Christ. 
have a great week
sister shaw

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Septermber 29, 2014 among men the storms encircle, among God we are free

kjære alle sammen,

The weather here in ålesund has been awful and both me and sister hornback agree it is the worst weather we have experienced in our entire lives. We have been soaking wet for the past three days friday saturday and sunday. Most of my thoughts are centered around the weather. 

On Friday the weather was awful. The wind was blowing and sometimes it was hard  to walk. As sister hornback and i were walking to an investigators house, the wind became calm  but I recieved a prompting to link my arm with Sister Hornbacks, shorty thereafter the wind picked up. We walked together in a straight line, fighting against the winds blowing at us. We were a team, we were together. Our force connected was enough to withstand the storm and not be tossed to and fro  by the strong winds. It reminded me of when Elder Bednar talked in our last conference of being yoked with the Saviour through our covenants. As I held tightly to sister hornback I realized that as I yoked myself to the saviour through my covenants, it doesnt matter how strong the winds blow.  I would walk in a strong straight line to my destination, to my home. I was also reminded of the words of paul in ephesians 4:13-15

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Let us no more be tossed to and fro by every enticing strong wind encircling about us, but constantly be yoked with the savior, Jesus Christ walking in a straight line to our eternal glory. 
As we were walking through the pouring rain  and everyone we met was rejecting  the message of Christs love. I was reminded once again of Christ.  As we walked through the streets in the storm , I was reminded that christ is always available to us  through both the storms and sunshine of life.  He will always be walking through the streets  of our hearts patiently waiting for us to accept His message of love. 
because of jesus christ is sadness only temporary, happiness is constant becuase of our brother.
true success in this life comes in consecrating our lives-that is our time and choices- to Gods purposes in so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest  destiny, Elder D. todd Christoffersen.
Christ did not show complete obedience to law,  He showed complete obedience to love. 
have a great week. 
søster shaw