Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20- 2017

Wow, schools are closed this week and that means everyone goes to the rurals and no one is home! It’s a shame but we have planned some unique finding activities for the holiday season in everyone’s area and so we will get to go around and do some fun things! I have never had weeks like these past few ones. i just feel like its a blur! i cant even remember, i have to bring my journal to the email shop to remember what to say. I guess to start off we ran out of MSF, ya not fun. hahah We were just constantly praying for people to feed us cause we had no food left plus i was sick so i lost like 6 pounds hahaha but i guess you learn to be better with money. The thing is i am good about money but i don’t know what happened! We had stake conference and it was broadcasted from Salt Lake to all of Africa south east area and it was super good! Man Tad R Callister is a goofy guy let me tell ya but he gives great talks! Guess what i learned? To stop judging people. We strictly only talk to men here when contacting haha i know its bad but, anyways learned that you gotta give women a chance because they open up windows for new people to come into the church! Lol No offense but here it is different. I had another awesome lessons with August and Joline and their son Jayden! Wow they have known about the church for the longest time but missionaries never taught them, God really prepares people for you! We haven’t taught them any of the commandment but we’ve just got to get them to have a strong witness that this it it and then everything will hopefully fall into place! (Their stumbling block is they are not married) pray for them!

 So dad the accent when i first got here was intense! I’m sure the general authority’s accent was tamed because he has been places but i remember  one of my first weeks we were teaching a man and i seriously got 75% of the way through the lesson and figured out they were speaking English the whole! time, i just knew i was suppose to speak when my comp looked at me! yo it was bad hahaha but now I’m use it and can understand everyone.

Love you,

Elder Shaw

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 13, 2017

You know the saying "God is good", its true, not going to lie! Recently i have been writing in my journal every night (first miracle) and i write a tender mercy that i have seen for the day, and after a while I have realized how much God’s hand is in my every day life!!! Man i challenge you all to do that. You will feel Gods love and you will see the Savior’s grace in your life more abundantly!

August, Joline, and Jaden came to church!!!! They only stayed for the first part but that’s ok, at least they made an effort and came!! Yo, I’m super happy for them! This is the white father and his family that we have been teaching. God really does prepare people for us to teach them. If people are not progressing in the first 2 lessons, we usually drop them and find the ones who "will recognize us as the Lord servants" and will "hear our voice".

This transfer, I have the same comp pretty much same zone, nothing changed for us. As a mission we do about 50 baptisms a month, well that’s our goal. We usually hit it but for this zone i would say maybe 7.  It takes time to progress investigators to when they are truly converted so its hard to make goals for a months time period.

Love you!

Elder Shaw

Monday, November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Ummm welll, this week was filled with funny and spiritual experiences. It was awesome!! For the funny side, haha I offered to pray for the food in the lesson thinking they were going to feed us and then they got super embarrassed afterwards. They did have any food for us. Then, the sister missionaries from temple square called and my comp started flirting with them through the phone making a fool out of himself!! I was laughing so hard!!!
On the spiritual side, I had a WHITE FATHER LEAD THE FAMILY TO ACCEPT A BAPTISMAL DATE. Also we had another couple move away from each other because of the law of chastity, wanting to be baptized! Then they moved back together because they were having a hard time. We testified of Heleman 5 12 that we need to build our foundation on Christ!!! Then we had an awesome experience of going to the Butterworth cluster group for sacrament meeting on exchanges for a baptism interview and man we met in a hut!! hahaha Super cool!!!! Man it was an awesome week!

We are being really obedient which is awesome. I love it! Umm transfers are Wednesday and nothing is really changing.  I eat a protein shake and oatmeal for breakfast and something big like rice veg and meat for lunch and then random things for dinner whatever we want but usually healthy. We kinda bank on someone feeding us something for dinner. I’ve never been more healthy in my life!

Usually I talk about once a transfer in church, and teach gospel principles every week. Then we have a zone training every transfer as well. When zone conferences come around i don’t know why but we usually don’t teach. Sometimes the president will assign us to teach but usually not. This week elder Koch came from the 70 to do a mission tour.


elder shaw

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

You heard my companion on Facebook? Isn’t he so good at singing and playing the guitar? He’s teaching me how to put cords to hymn so i can play a lot of them once i fiugre out the cords. Then we play for members as they are thinking of referrals for us to go visit! Kinda cool thing we do. i really don’t have much to report on this week that you can send out other than I’m fine and happy! haha It was a busy week but sadly not a lot of investigators showed up for sacrament meeting! This week is a mission tour with a general authority but i forgot his name. hahah I’ll tell you bout it  next week. I’m eating healthy! I haven’t been sick in a while which is nice but i think i just cursed myself!

kinda random but i know what i want to study and do for a living i think. I’m still doing some pondering about it but i like it! i think it suites me as well.

love you!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 23, 2017

This week was packed and I’m tired but it still goes by so fast. Currently, I’m writing this email and just sweating. It’s not even hot here but the humidity is killer. i really don’t like it but I’m OK.

Summary of the week: It was awesome! haha We were busy with President interviews, zone training, (They were about working with members. If you want to succeed with missionary with members), taught a white father and family which is shocking because that was one of my first times teaching a white person but it was awesome!!!!! The Spirit was definitely present and the wife is really interested!

We are getting new missionaries from Madagascar because that mission was closed. Our mission will be getting many from there plus our own greenies! What else ummm, i cant really think of anything but I llove reading the Book of Mormon again. I have been writing my own summary of each chapter of how I can apply it to my life. It makes it a lot more meaningful. The only way to a happy life is living the gospel. it brings so much joy and love. Who could go without it! It’s really the only thing that keeps missionaries going.

And no we do not get or have smart phones or ipads in our mission. Elder Lane got stabbed by people thinking that he had them so no way are they are going to give us smart phones or ipads, haha.

Love you

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 16,2017

The members here kinda feed us every Sunday and Wednesday which is nice. They have lots of people that can play the piano here so they don’t need me:(
This week i have decided to start the Book of Mormon again and at the end of each chapter write a small little chapter heading in my own words of how I’m going to apply this chapter into my life.  

Played volleyball last week for pday and oh man it was fun cause we have  5 elders that are Polynesian and are good at volleyball so it was a great! 

Cool/interesting experience this week: We have been doing service with this one in active person for the past month and finally we got a scheduled appointment with him. He said he was going to to braii for us which is like breaking the word of wisdom of eating to much meat but oh man it was sooo good. My favorite was ostrich steak, His 2nd wife is a non member and he blames all his hard times in life on God and thinks if there is a God, how could he let this happen? If God sent floods and parted seas and did all these things in the Old Testament times why did he change i thought he was the same yesterday, today, and forever? Haha good questions but we shared a Mormon message, Hope of God’s light with him and it brought the Spirit so much!! It was awesome and then we were able to answer some of his questions with the Spirit guiding us and soften his heart but the weirdest part for me was bearing my testimony to someone who doesn’t really believe in God. It’s like you have to start at rock bottom. If good choices in life bring happiness and bad choices bring sorrow and sadness then that denotes that there is a God and if there is, then why did he put us here? Where is He? How can i live with him? I just know that this gospel brings happiness and gives me lots of hope for the next life. At the end he  said he we could go through the lessons with him and his wife which is awesome!!!!! I’ve only taught like 1 white person my whole mission!! Mormon messages are the bomb and bring the spirit so much!!!!

Love you all

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

This week is my 1 year mark, so I’m going to write some of my thoughts. 3 most important things i have learned on mission

1 Learning to love the gospel and watching it change your life as you apply its principles into your life, especially the Book of Mormon!!!! This week made me realized some of my bad habits. My reaction to those habits now compared to before my mission just makes me laugh. My mission has really changed me for the better. Sometimes you choose not to see your faults and other times they are obvious.  i don’t know what it was when but when i hit a year it was like ahhhhh iiiiii seeeeeee.

2. I have learned that when I am frustrated, impatient, or anxious, to turn to the Book of Mormon to relax myself. You know back home i would have turned to my phone or something of no worth to calm me down or relax but truly the only thing that is good for you is to turn to the gospel because that’s where peace and love come from!!!!

3. This lesson i am still learning is about the power of prayer. Sometimes i just think that ah he knows what i need and think so i don’t really need to ask but in proverbs it says something like, trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not to thy own understanding. iI all ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy path. I have really seen answer to my prayers that i have never ever had before and it is amazing!!! God is there and He listens to you! I had a really specific question one night and right after than i always read The Book of Mormon right before i go to bed and it was answered so specifically it was amazing! Still learning to acknowledge Him in all things and to council with Him but it coming along!

Mission might take you out of the world for you two years but really when you return you will be two years ahead of the world!

Why will I be a better missionary the 2nd half of your mission?

Now that i have seen the difference and impact the atonement has made in someone’s life, i testify a lot more to people that the atonement is real and it can change you. It’s amazing to see Pauline, Pamala, and Musa who are in a family (some of them had trouble with drugs) and now they are awesome!! Their countenances just shine and the atonement has really changed them. They are schedule to be baptized on the 5 of November and i cant wait! They have been such an inspiration to me on my mission to see that much change in someone in such a short time!!!

One more quote... ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of truth...... you never come to the knowledge of truth if you don’t apply it into your life!

love you 

Elder Shaw