Monday, April 7, 2014
Dear family and friends,
About 6 months ago we met a girl named C. She became one of my good friends. She was amazing and was so prepared and ready to come closer to God and get baptized. It was the most amazing experience of my life and some of my most joyful moments in life come from being with her. She sadly chose to take another path, and dropped us missionaries. That was a really hard time for me. I loved her. I knew and could see how the atonement of the Savior could clean her mortal baggage and bring her greater happiness. The day after we heard this I read in preach my gospel about hope because that is what I needed. It directed me towards this chapter in Hebrews.
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the beil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
The words spoke to me. I was still heart broken and I did not quite understand why God could not have changed this from happening and why my friend and sister chose a path that did not lead her to greater happiness. But I knew that after faith and patience we Will inherit the promises.
I did not quite understand what God was promising me in that scripture until this weekend. This weekend another women named C who I also love dearly made the choice to follow God and made a sacred covenant with God through baptism.
I know this experience has etched into my soul a stronger faith and trust in Gods promised blessings.I have had this greater understanding of the Lords love and His inability to lye.
We can trust in the Lords promises to us. He can not lye. This is a life lesson I have learned and will cherish for eternity.
I love God. He is all powerful. Trust in Him.
love you all!
The Lord is not so focused on changing us. He is more focused on enhancing us.
hello,this week was full of eating home made gluten free boller so good! getting 50 eggs from a member in the ward. Making pizza. listening to the frozen sound track because one sister brought it. sledding bossing it with my new companion sister angerhoffer....holla...being a missionary so fun.
we will all meet hindrings in life but we must just keep swimming
God does not care so much about where we have been but just about where we will go and who we will become.
also this week I learned to not be harder on myself then God is. We take small and simple steps towards eternal progression. These small steps are what grow the deeper roots. Not just a hard thing and then you are done. It takes small trials again and again to make the lessons learned engrained into the eternities.
Our Father lives. He loves. He answers.
Our Father lives. He loves. He answers.
kjære alle sammen,
wow we received snow half way through march these kinds of things just do not happen in California. It is so beatiful though and the best weather. The sun is brightly shining and the snow is glittering you almost get blinded as you walk out of the door of the apartment. it is amazing. every morning we wake up and have the best run. We fun along the fjord and past a church that is like 800 years old. it is just incredible.
this week has been really great lots of learning we sent our investigator off to oslo for a week and she will be coming back soon. so that is good. a less active made me boller and it is super good. So right now I am eating this delish gluten free boller. I told her my mom would be so grateful that she made this for me, so i am just really grateful for boller. eh.......I kind of do not know what else to say. Life is really great another girl is coming to trondheim and so our little trio will get split up but we will all still be living together so it will be good. sister r will be in tromsø so we will be able to talk to each other because we are now in the same zone... good stuff....
some good quotes i wrote down....
our destiny is not determined by how many times we stumble but how many times we get up.
yet the world mocketh Christ He never lost the understanding and the significance of who He was and His divinely appointed mission.
when we are not being humble we are taking ownership of the bad us. Instead of letting God strengthen our weaknesses and let us turn into the good us. We hold onto the bad side of us.
I am grateful I am here. I love God I love Christ amen
We also met a man that said he was a prophet and we taught him and he even came to church that was cool.
I saw the northern lights last week before this one and forgot to put them in my last email. It was super cool thopugh and hopefully I can send pictures from that because elder whetten in my district took some cool pics. bUT OVERALL THEY WERE JUST BREATH TAKING.
Every morning we go running along the fjord. We go past these super colorfuil buildings and thei super cool church that is from the 1200s . it is breathtaking. Every day when we run I just think how did I get so lcuky. My mission is literally the coolest thing ever. I am so grateful for the experiecnes I have and the things I have learned.
This week we talked about grace. Most of the world is occupied with desiring the best. Who is the best runner, singer etc. The Lord is not . He loves us for who we are and even if who we are is not the best He loves us. He loves us for what we have overcome and what we have endured and the pain we have gone through. I just realized that what if I really just judged people the way God judges others. What if we looked at everyone as to where they are instead of who they are compared to someone else. We just looked at their point and gave them the immense grace and mercy that the Lord gives all of us. Yes our goal is perfection but we have only had an earthly body for 20 years and there is a lot that we need to learn. That is why we have the gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue using the grace of God.
Christ really is our brother. We are all brothers and sisters.
19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am amore intelligent than they all.
I really like that scripture.
I hope you all have a great day and a great week. Norway is the most amazing country in the world.
our investigators are doing really well and we are working super hard and doing really well
lots of love sister shaw
this week was kind of slow so it was touhg we contacted A LOT, or talked to people on the streets a lot. It is hard sometimes to make the gospel apply into these peoples lives. If anyone has any ideas just let me know. I am open for them.
remember the world needs your light
stress is what brings out that ugliest sides of us as people so remember to take a breather and pray to God
yeppp. so thats it have a good week.
heisann, går det bra med dere?well it has been another week. To put words to this week would be too difficult. It has been too amazing but yet such a challenge. We had a lot of contacting time this week and so I think have done a lot of personal thinking.
65 And thus he adam was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was aborn of the Spirit, and became quickened in the binner man.
67 And thou art after the aorder of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.
God desires that we can all become His son so that we can inherit all that the father hath. This is our purpose to be one day as good as our father. What does this mean to you personally?
Dear family and friends,This week is really worth your time reading. Some amazing things have happened. This week S got baptized! It was so amazing and the spirit was so strong especially when she got confirmed. She is from China and has come to Norway. Her husband was a member but she was not personally interested. She decided to get baptized about 4 weeks ago. It was so great to be a part of this moment of when she is coming closer to God and watching her take that step into the kingdom of God through baptism. She will be going to china in 2 weeks and her and her husband will be sealed together in the Hong Kong temple. It is so amazing because I know that this decsion will not only change her liofe but all those around her and will bring the people in china the joy and peace the gospel brings. I know that through her and her husbands example people will know that they are different and they will desire that difference.
the most amazing thing about a mission is that you must live the gospel of jesus christ again.
the gospel of jesus christ is faith repentance baptism the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end.
I have had so many times on my mission where I go back to step one which is faith in jesus christ and as I have been honest with my lack of faith I have developed a greater testimony of the love and mercies of God. I know missions are so great becasue you have to have a greater degree of faith you have to have a greater degree of repentanvce and you have to cling to the covenants you made with God so much more. I know that is why the mission changes you.
I am grateful for the love and mercy I feel from the Savior and I know that he loves each one of his children.
there is a crazy man that came tro church and knows my name and is now out and about on the streets of trondheim and we see him.
I officially have a stalker here in trondheim. My companions were talking to other people while I was behind them and talking with someone else. I see there ahead of me and this man is in between them. I do not know what to do so I just turn to the wall so that he can not see me. My comp starts walking towards me. and I thought he was gone so I turn around so that I can be back with my comps. He actually was right in front of me and I see him. We make eye contact and me and my companions start booking it. While we are running he is yelling after us ....shaw.....shaw....shaw
that was proabaly the funniest moment of my entire mission. Everyone is safe but we have to be extra careful and stuff
i love you all
love sister shaw
missionary from the church of jesus of christ of latter day saints.
kjære alle sammen,This week was full of contacting contacing and more contacting..... it is great!! Contacting is when you go on the streets and try to contact people to meet with you so that you can tell them more about the church and Gods love.
this is very confusing but I would just like to invite each onr of you to ask the same question to yourselves.