Monday, January 27, 2014

Walked and walked and walked.......

Well. I was happy to hear that you all had a good week :)
My week has been pretty fun :) So This week I hit my 5 month mark! I can't believe I have been on a mission for 5 months. It has gone by so fast! I have learned so much and changed so much these last 5 months that it makes me excited to see what the next 13 months have in store!
Along with the 5 month mark, I had zone conference this week. I love zone conference so much. We learn so much. It so awesome. I like to think of it as a revelation party because I just receive so much revelation that I don't know what to do with it all. I wrote about 10 pages of notes and I still didn't get it all written down. haha.
On Wednesday our car went into the shop to get fixed. It didn't have a bumper so we had to take it in. So we have been walking this week. It has been a fun adventure. We walked about 5 miles everday I think. It is fun because it has been really cold haha. Every day I am like Sister Hall we are making some awesome memories. I don't think she likes it too much ahah.
Well, that is all that has happened this week. We have been doing a lot of walking. A lot a lot a lot haha. Hopefully my boots survive. And pray that we find rides and places to go tomorrow. It is suppose to be in the negatives and the wind chill is suppose to feel like -30 :) It is going to be a LONG day tomorrow. Hopefully I don't get sick again and Sister Hall doesn't get more sick.
Well I hope you all have a fantastic week. Read 1 Peter 2:9. We are peculiar people :) We are all chosen. We all need to figure out our own paths and put Heavenly Father first. We are promised true happiness when we do that. :) Have a happy week. I love you!
Sister Shaw

Monday, January 20, 2014

This was a great week and a hard week haha. :) It was a great week for missionary work. Sister Hall and I reached almost every single goal and we were super successful. We found 2 new investigators this week who are really great investigators. When I saw great I mean that they are actually going to be at our return appointments  :) We have a lesson with one of them tonight. We are excited. She is an older lady and she is just so sweet and loves God. The only problem is that she is SUPER DUPER strong in her church. She does not want to "be converted". People have this weird thing that they think that all missionaries do is force other people into the baptismal font. They think we don't believe in agency or something haha.

But yeah. The reason this week was hard was because I got a SUPER bad cold. I didn't sleep very well for like 2 days because I was sick all night long. Luckily the ward has been praying a lot for me and I am starting to feel better. Being sick on your mission just isn't fun. I wanted to curl up and sleep all day on Saturday and Sunday but I couldn't. A tip for everyone... Eat vitamin C on your mission.

Well. I feel bad because this week wasn't very exciting. I hope you can find the pictures of me on Facebook. That was the first day I was sick so hopefully I don't look too tired and sickly haha.

Well. I hope you all have a great week. I know I will :)


Sister Shaw

I (abby) received this picture from a friend who has friends in leslie ward. They love her and are so happy to have her in ohio!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Work work work

Hello again :)
I hope you had a fantastic week. I love to hear from you guys. I want to let you know that I was not transferred. Sister Hall was not either. It weird that since I am a trainer the fact that we weren't at transfers made me soooo happy. that means that the Lord still has work for me to do for her and that he is pleased with what I am doing. I am still really working on trying to help her grow but man. If you all could see her progression. Man. She has grown so much in these last 6 weeks. It is crazy.
But yeah. this was a good week, even though the beginning of the week was SUPER cold. We still found a new investigator. Well... kinda. He was just interested in Sister Hall and I... not really the gospel so we weren't allowed to go back... but hey. Stuff like that happens I guess haha.
Things in Kettering are going great though. We are really trying to get everyone in this ward excited about missionary work and trying to help everyone be fully active. I read a talk the other day called, To the Rescue by President Thomas S Monson. It was such a good talk. I definitely think you all should read it. I am not going to tell you about it so you will have to read it hahaha :)
Well. Zoye is still on date for February 15. She is doing well. It is exhausting to teacher her though haha. My brain hurts afterwards. We had to explain to her who Satan was, that is how little of a background she has. It is difficult but kinda fun at the same time. It is definitely work though.
But I learned something this week. From this week I really learned that work is soooo important. Nothing happens if we don't work. We talked about work at church yesterday and it really made me realize how much work being a missionary can be. It can be hard but the reward is sooo great. I am just so grateful for the blessings for all of the hard work we put in. I have really noticed that I have a lot of work to be doing. I don't have time to not focus on that work. The more I want to work, the more fun being a missionary becomes.
I hope you all have a great week and that you all keep working hard. I love you. I don't miss you at all.
Sister Shaw
sorry no pictures this week

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

cold cold!

Holy cow! Just to start off, This week was really cold! haha. It is -4F out today with a  wind chill of -10F. I don't think I have ever been so cold in my entire life. I want to die. I can't believe how just after 1 minute I can't feel anything. When I first walked out of my apartment today I lost my breathe. It was so weird. We just had a huge storm pass us. Indiana got it worse. Thank goodness I am not over there! I would cry. But yeah. Tonight will be very interesting. Pray for the Elders. They have to walk for 3 hours tonight. We are afraid for them.
This was a great mission week though :) We finally found a new investigator again! :) Her name is Joan. She is so sweet and we are going to meet with her this Friday. We also have our one other investigator Zoye on date to be baptized on February 15. She is from China and is studying business management at the University of Dayton. I am excited :) It has been a good week.
Well... I know that that isn't much writing but those are great things that happened this week and they are all I can remember. Sorry this email is so short! I wish I had more to tell you. I love you all so much and I hope you are all excited for the new year. I made some goals and I am really excited. This is going to be a great year. Ohio isn't gonna know what hit them. I am so excited. :) I hope you all have a fantastic week.