Monday, December 29, 2014

What a CHRISTMAS Week :)

It was so so great to be able to talk with you all on Christmas. Such a wonderful Christmas gift that is given to us as missionaries. I enjoyed every second. Dad. I have been thinking A LOT about your question and the day after Christmas that is actually all I studied about. I was truly thinking about the importance of Repentance. As I contemplate why there is such a need for it after we are baptized the thought that comes to mind is what Erika and Natasha and i think all of us were thinking is the need for CHANGE. here are all my thoughts. We desire to return and live with our FATHER in Heaven again and time and time again we are told that we cannot "enter into his rest" if we are unclean. Yes it is important to ask for forgiveness for the things that we have done that are wrong but as my companion and i were teaching one of our investigators(Randi) who is 71 we both had inspiration when the thought crossed her head that she not only needs to repent of what she has done wrong but also of what she hasn't done. I hope i am making sense. I think that is SO TRUE! not only is repentance about being forgiven and having that guilt removed but its about CHANGING and really changing to become like our Savior Jesus Christ. more to come on that later;) 

WOW! we had such a week. We met with the McNamara family who is so amazing. We were teaching about the Book of Mormon and towards the end the parents looked up at both of us and said... "okay.. SO.. how will we know when we are ready"! WHAT!? They have talked a lot about how this is just the right time for their family. I love hearing that. I love seeing when FAMILIES are so ready to grasp on to the gospel and just HOLD on. It is so important to help others stay active in the church. That's a life long calling:) Let's strive to be better at reaching out to those that are in need of something this week! 

We have had so many neat opportunities past week to share the gospel. We met a man named Kennedy who is from Cambodia. HE speaks little English but we were able to teach him the restoration. It was such a powerful lesson as he read the first vision in Cambodian. I could truly feel the spirit and we know that he felt it too. He was able to come to church this week and it was so cool to sit next to him and watch him try to listen so close to what others were saying. 

one funny story before i end. We are helping Randi prepare for baptism and she seems to be so ready but their are a few things that she is still working on to know. She came to church yesterday and we were talking with her and out of no where she looked up at us and said.. "ya know what, I think i am coming closer to entering into Gods bathtub" Oh my goodness. It had to have been such an unforgettable moment. I couldn't tell if i wanted to laugh or cry because of what she had just said to us. I love that. I love when they finally get it and they understand that its for them and they have their own testimony of it. 

My testimony of the gospel has increased. I have such a deeper love for the Book of Mormon. I love feeling so accomplished at the end of the day. It is truly a feeling you just cant describe.!
love you all so much. thank you for all the prayers and all the support. I can feel them:)

Sister Norton

The picture is of Janet. she thought it would be fun for me to look like an African

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from our house to Everett!!!

What a highlight to be able to Skype with Sister Norton on Christmas day!!!!
It was so nice to be able to listen to her share stories from her mission!
We miss her! What an example she is to us of love and dedication to our Savior!!

We love you too!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Oh come let us adore Him!!!


Oh all the wonderfulness of the Christmas Season, i love the hustle and bustle and the way that people are so willing to listen to us at this time of year. I love how we are able to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. I Love this time of year especially as a missionary. It is almost too crazy to think that it is already my second Christmas as a missionary. Time just seems to be flying right before my eyes. I have gained such a better appreciation with being away and being with others at this time of year. I also am going to keep this one shorter duet to the fact that i will be able to talk to you guys super SOON!.. crazy.
 the BIG NEWS.
 So lets begin. WE have been so unbelievably blessed in CITY of Everett. We have an amazing Bishop that is once again so missionary minded in all that he does and we were able to set up a lesson this week with a great family. It had to have been one of the best and most inspired and spirit filled lesson of my entire mission:) it was so amazing. We have so many part member families that we are working with which can be such a great privileged to put together the missing pieces and help them feel the joy that the gospel can and will bring into their lives. As we taught the Restoration the spirit touched the hearts of these people and they truly felt it. My companion and i walked out of the house and were speechless for a while. I felt exhausted in the best way possible. They are so ready to receive the gospel and they want to change. the mom was baptized when she was 8 but stopped going to church when she was 10 so everything is new to her. They are just an amazing family and we are so excited to be able to work with them:)
oh and then.... i went to Ferndale this weekend. IT was a miracle:) We found a member ride and drove all the way up there so i could be there when one of my past investigators got baptized. I loved that special opportunity to see some many people that i loved so much and to see Elizabeth. She was glowing:) oh and did i mention that I sang..yep! With a couple other sisters. It was so neat!
So much good is going on! I truly feel the peace that the gospel brings into my life. I have been reading this scriputre over and over again this week and i thought you all could benefit from it as well.

1 Nephi 11: 20-23
 20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
 21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
 22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
 23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.

Gods love is perfect. It is as simple as that. God loves us no matter who we are, or what we have done. The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. It is steps that truly allow us to return to live with our father in heaven again. I have truly felt the spirit of the lord this week and i hope that all of you have as well. Jesus Christ is our savior. He lives and he loves us. That is something i know.
love you all! and Merry Christmas!
Love, Sister Norton
SEE you SOON!:)

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Welcome to EVERETT"

Hello Hello:)

 This week has been a learning and refining week. It is so humbling to come into a new area where you hardly know where you are going, who you are going to see, and how to work with your companion. The coolest part about it all is that as I have put in all that I could this week we were so blessed with so many wonderful tender mercies and so many miracles! I love serving in Everett with Sister Johnson. She is a crack up and so patient with me:) grateful for companions! The area is so huge and we have so much work to do! So many people to be seen and so many children of God that need and want the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

 Week in Review:

 Tuesday: HOLY SMOKES. 2 words. ELDER CARDON, front row and center. okay maybe more than 2. Anyways. back to Tuesday. Elder Cardon from the 70 came to our mission so speak and address us. We went at 8 in the morning and finished at 3! yes. you could say it was "spiritually exhausting", every moment of that meeting was truly inspired. We all went away with a new and different perspective from chapter 4 in Preach My Gospel. The spirit is a very strong and powerful thing. I love it. I learned so much that I will have to share when I have more thing that he talked about was the process that happens when the general authorities decide where missionaries are to serve. It was mind blowing. I had heard it before and read it many times but for some reason hearing it form him was different.

 We went on exchanges and I got to go with the same sister that I went with up in Ferndale because we both got transferred into the Samae Zone which is awesome. We spent the whole day on bike talking to everyone that we could handing out He is the Gift cards. It was pouring rain and we still managed to talk to 40 people! the lord blessed us in so many ways. I love seeing his hand in this wonderful work! also we drove past Boeing.. it was the first time I had ever seen it. Yep. crazy. its like a small city! HUGE.

I love love love sharing the gospel. I know I sound like such a missionary but its true! Its the most rewarding thing. I love knowing my purpose and why I am here. The mission is for every person that is willing to give it their all. It has been a refining time for me in my life. I love being in the scriptures daily and bearing my testimony frequently. I love to hear investigators pray for the first time.. they know who they are talking to. I love, loving people for no reason and caring so much for them. I have learned the importance of this... When you are helping someone... you should really help them and serve even if no one else is watching.

We have encountered so many neat experiments and It is my hope that they will continue to happen. I love the Christmas season. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he is my savior and redeemer.

LOVE YOU ALL!!!! talk to you soon.. ahhhhh CHRISTMAS!!

Love, Sister Norton:)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ferndale- people I will miss!

 Matthew Carlson

 Jennifer Michaels & Sister Garn

 Sister Christensen great member missionary
 Leah and Kash Boyd
 Hard to say good-bye to so many from Ferndale!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Well it happened...... Transfers

Okay. Oh goodness. I have now been in Everett for almost a week. OH YEAH. I got transferred!! i found out last week right after i finished emailing. I defiantly wasn't thinking that i would get transferred, and i wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to Ferndale and all of the people there. I really gained a huge love for the members, the investigators and for pretty much everything! I learned so much there and i was hard to say goodbye.  SO i went home and packed up and then made my rounds and said my goodbyes to everyone... and then i was off the next day to the mission home to find out my new companion and my new area. You could say i was a little nervous but also excited. I was handed my slip and read the new area and companion and i couldn't believe it. Sister Johnson! YES! I had to do a double take and then say a prayer of gratitude. I love this sister missionary. We have served in the same area at different times and also we were in the same district. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! She is so much fun to serve with and we are having a blast together!

 EVERETT. So since i was called to serve in the EVERETT Washington mission i guess it only makes since that i will finally serve in EVERETT. We are in a car and have bikes. Its a very LARGE area FULL of lots of people which is SUPER great! We have a lot of good things happening here. I am just making my way of remembering things and getting to know the area better. I feel like my whole mission heavenly father has really blessed me to remember more than i could  have ever wished for. I love being on the Lords errand and just being the mouthpiece for him. A mission has to be hard because it requires us and allows us only to grow and to become better. The gospel of Jesus Christ is my favorite. I love the simplicity behind it all. Sorry this is so short. I am short on time! I promise next week will be better. 

Love Sister Norton

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Miracle!

WOW! I can not believe it. Happy December:) This week was a little long but full of surprises! key points..

dog attack, frozen dishes, frozen faces, brrrrrr, SNOW, he is the gift, thanksgiving dinner, crazy 7 year old. oh the joys of being a missionary! 

 One thing that I have come to LOVE is this. As a missionary you plan each night for your day. You and your companion knell down in prayer and ask the Lord for help and guidance as to where you should go and who you should see.. and after that is all said and done you go out the next day and do those plans. It never fails that something unexpected comes up but it is exactly what needed to happen. You plan your day and then you give it all to the Lord and he helps you. He promised and we promised as well. I think the hardest part about all of this is... TRUSTING and going forth with faith with the TINIEST promptings you receive. Before my mission i thought that when i was a missionary i would just automatically know where to go and know how to teach and so on ans on. Come to find out.. its a lot different than that. You do the work and you do as much as you can and after all of that is said and done the Lord provides. He will make of us something BEAUTIFUL. a new us! Change. That is what the gospel is all about. Never ending change. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true.. and that is why i am out in rain, snow, or whatever it may be sharing the happiness of the gospel! and i Love it! 

 Elizabeth: oh my goodness. She is taking big steps in preparing to be baptized. This week we did some of her dishes for her because she is without a dishwasher... and she has no hot water. It was so worth it. Service can heal you. We talked to her this week about the importance of coming to church and she committed to come..Then we stopped by on Saturday to make sure everything was still a go and her 10 year old daughter came to the door to tell us that they wouldn't be able to make it.:( noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Sunday came and we decided to text her anyway.. we received a text back saying that she was on her way! what?! We ran outside and saw her pull up. the smiles on our faces were probably priceless. We had to help her 2 kids get out of the car who weren't as excited as we had hoped. But we got in to sacrament just in time. It was a MIRACLE! she loved it and picked out her day to be baptized.. December 20th is the day that we will be working towards. 

HE IS THE GIFT. if you guys have not seen this video. go and watch it. We are being pushed to share it as much as we can. It is truly and an amazing video that simply teaches the importance of Christmas. my favorite part is... "embrace it" 

Then... the day after Christmas it snowed! it never snows and it snowed and we had a blast. although it was cold it was so much fun and people just thought we were crazy. 

oh and then a dog attacked us.. thank goodness for companions. 

love you all to the moon and back!!
love Sister Norton:)