Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Power of Faith

I am so sorry I didn't write last week everyone! It's been so busy and so much has happened that I just dont know how to write everything down!! So for this update I'm just gonna write some of the major key points that have happened over the last two weeks!!

 So about two weeks ago on Thursday, One of our sisters got sick. Sick to the point of throwing up and asking for a blessing. All the Elders were really worried and all agreed to give her a blessing. She needed to go to the bathroom with the other sisters, so all the Elders stayed back in the room. While they were all in there, we decided to pray. I remember just getting on my knees and begging, just begging Heavenly Father that she would be healed, that he would make her whole again and all would be well once more. I just just kept begging and begging for everything to be fine again and I just felt so helpless. Then, I dont even know when, I remembered the scripture where the Centennial sent for Jesus and asked him to heal one of his beloved servants. As Jesus was coming up on the home the Centennial said "Please don't go into my home for I am not worthy to have thee in my home. But just say it shall be so and I know that as soon as ye say it, it shall be." And Jesus turns and says that he never found such faith before. I started just praying for more faith, for Heavenly Father to help me have more faith. I just sat knelt there praying for a good 30 minutes before the sisters all returned. I was still a bit worried, but we gave the blessing. She had asked Elder Manning to give the blessing, and as soon as he started saying the words, it hit me: that this was my sister. This was my sister and my brother who was giving a blessing of healing. I could feel them in all of their entirety. I could feel their spirits and their feelings. Their joy, sorrows, and entire being. I could also feel the intense love God had for them. Everything that he gave and everything he hoped for them. I could just feel it all and I started shaking under it. I felt such joy and happiness in all things. The creation, the fall, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I felt such a rush of gratitude and I knew that everything would be fine. After the blessing, our sisters went to bed and the next day, the sister was feeling much better and has been healthy ever since. 

Another big point was my first lesson with me being the one to plan and teach it. ALL IN RUSSIAN. At first I was extremely worried. My Russian wasn't too good, and I kept making like a hundred mistakes. So when Brat Gill, one of my favorite teachers pulled me aside and said he was going to be teaching me how to go through the study cycle and I would have to give a lesson to one of our  investigators, needless to say, I was freaking out. I really didn't want to mess up in front of him and I also didn't want to mess up in front of Edward ( our investigator). I decided that the lesson was going to be focused on faith. I started preparing the lesson with Brat Gill giving me pointers and then it came time to give the lesson. I messed up a lot on the grammar and I forgot to extend a commitment, but when I bore my testimony, using words I didnt know I knew and I could just feel the spirit so intensely  and I also knew that Edward could too. When we got out of the lesson, Brat Gill said I did a great job and I just felt so confident that I could definitely mange this lesson. 

So those are just two really big points in my otherwise two busy weeks. On the side note, I'm now Senior companion and District Leader so just a lot happening and getting ready for a new district this week. I hope all is well at home and just know I love you all!!!

Elder Shaw

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Week 4

Heyo!!!! How's it going everyone! Things are going pretty fine here at the MTC and I do apologize because this blog post is going to be very very short!

Wednesday: Its P DAY again! I really love P day because one we get to go to the temple! Woot woot, and two, I get to hear from all of you!!!! I really love receiving letters and emails from all of you and I miss you all tons! Tonight was TRC, where we get to teach actual people and its really cool. Well we met with Nicole and Amanda who both served missions in Vladivostok and they were really considerate. I felt like I could really talk to them in Russian freely and it went very well. I could feel the spirit so very strongly that it just made the day for me.

Thursday: Today was full of its ups and downs. The extreme up was as we were walking by one of the newer district classroom, the teacher called at us to let us know that her roommates were Nicole and Amanda from the night before!!!! They apparently told her that the lesson with us was one of the best lessons that they had ever had before! what? Yeah they felt the spirit so strongly and thought my companion and I had some of the best teamwork ever. Which was kinda of fun, because the night before at the end of the day, we kinda got into a argument. I don't even remember what it was about. Don't worry we talked it out and made up.

Friday: Today we taught our investigator Olea again and we got her to agree to baptism she seem super excited and had actually read the scriptures all the way through 2nd Nephi! Go Olea!

Skip to Monday: SOOOOO today we got to host the Senior Missionaries again and take them to their rooms. Its so very nice to be able to meet all these new adults who have decided to serve for a second time. After that, during our study session with Sister Erying, we spent a good part of the time talking about Russia and her mission to SAINT PETERSBURG!!! yeah she's one of the cool ones. Anyways we just talked about Russia for a little bit and then she helped do effective study. After all of that, We kinda just went to bed early.

Tuesday: So at the Devotional tonight, we had an Elder from the Quorum of the Seventy come and talk to us about the importance and power behind daily scripture study. He started saying how one of most difficult things about scripture reading is actually understanding what is being read. There is a lot to be learned from the Book of Mormon, and it can get tricky to read it all on our own when we have no idea or care about how relevant it actually is to us. Try reading the scriptures each and every night and talk with others about what has been read. You can read many blessing that way.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stand Tall and Stride Forward!

Hey everyone!

Missing you all lots and I am definitively receiving all the love here at the MTC!!!! This week has been full of many, many blessings and also many trials. But I have learned so much in this last week than I ever thought possible!

Wednesday: So today we welcomed the new district into the zone! We are no longer the babies of the zone!!! That is until some gives a really powerful talk, then we're all pretty much babies. They are really nice and super excited to learn Russian...( just they wait hehehe) No but really they are super prepared and ready for action. All of the sisters even took Russian in College already!!!!!! But they said that what they were learning here was never in college, and its so much easier to understand. Some blessings come from being faithful and can blossom in certain places!

Thursday: So today I got another chance at teaching Ola, our investigator from last week and this time I didn't freak out!!! We taught about prayer and why it was important to continue to bring our hearts closer to God. I felt the spirit so much and I knew that Ola was understanding it to. She agreed to pray with pure intent and also read the scriptures every night.

Friday: We found out today that we were being kicked out of our building and moved to one way far away from our classroom, the cafeteria, and the gym. At first we were all really upset that we had little to no time here in the building and we had just started making it feel like dom ( Russian word for home) that we didn't want to leave, but we prayed about it and decided it was the right thing to do. We also had another lesson with Brat Gill where I feel like I was just not advancing! Russian was just not coming to me and it was killing me!!!! But Brat Gill assured me that I was doing great actually and that through my personal reading times where I studied the text books, I knew and understood stuff that he was just getting into in his college class!!! I felt blown away cause I understood stuff just in a different way.

Saturday: So our seniors elders and sisters in the zone started packing up to leave on Monday and on Tuesday..... I honestly felt so torn apart. These guys had been there with us from the beginning and they were the ones who looked after us. They taught us and shared their testimonies. I'm gonna miss these guys a lot.

Sunday: Elder Manning is the new DISTRICT LEADER!!! I'm super happy for him and I know he's gonna do great. We also had a devotional tonight that was about companions and it was sweet and a little cheesy, but the meaning was still the same! They talked about how it was important to respect your companions and work together rather than apart. So with Elder Manning, I think we're gonna do just fine.

Monday: Elders Brown and Crabb left today and the mood of everyone was really down. We all loved those two so much but we know that they are off to do much good. We had a little meeting this morning, between three zones and ours, where we just bore our testimonies and our goodbyes. I talked to them about the temple dedication video they showed us the first week in. The one in Kiev where they showed the youth putting on a culture festival. Well I compared them to those youth, how because of their work that the spirit and truth of the gospel will grow throughout the land. I know I hate saying goodbyes but just this time its fine, because I think of the people in Russia who get the most wonderful opportunities, to say hi.

Tuesday: We had Sisters Martin and Hansen leave today which was crazy because I really connected with Sister Martin. We are gonna meet up one day and just have a general good time. We also had a devotional where they talked about Esther and being afraid. What I got out of all of it was that we are all like Esther right now. We have been told of the truthfulness of the Gospel and it is up to us to stand for it. We must stand tall and stride forward into the king's throne room and stand our ground. If we fall into fear and do not act, we will miss our opportunity to help him who needs it at that time. God has prepared people all over the world to receive the gospel and he is counting on us to give it to them. So I leave you with this: if you will not stand for what's right, who will?