Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Saturday, August 29, 2015

MTC Week 3

Wow, I can't believe I am already halfway done with my time here at the MTC. It has been a fabulous experience so far.

Unfortunately, I got a cold this last week but I am feeling better and almost 100%. Colds go around really fast here at the MTC.
So this week we started going to the gym they have here at the MTC. We have been playing some basketball which I have really liked. Norwegian is coming along nicely. Every week it gets better. We have 2 "investigators" we are teaching. They are both our teachers but with fake backgrounds and names. I really enjoy the role play teaching. It takes practice to become an effective teacher so I like how they give us so many opportunities to practice and learn. Our investigator, Eva, is progressing really well. We have taught her the restoration and have committed her to daily pray and scripture study. We also "invited her to come to church" and she went and loved it. Our last lesson with Eva was one of most meaningful experiences for me. I was able to explain repentance to her clearly and simply so She could understand. I could feel the Holy Ghost put words into my mind and it was amazing. Some of the Norwegian words I were saying were words I had only learned that morning. The Holy Ghost truly can bring things to our remembrance. Our second investigator is Ali, she is more hesitant and not so readily to accept everything we say. Our first lesson with her was preetty much us firing a hose of information at her. We weren't doing our best focusing on her and her needs. (good learning experience!) It is crucial that others understand the message. 

We had 2 more great devotionals this last week. On Sunday the speaker was Elder Steven B. Allen, He is the managing director of the Mission Department, and also an area 70 in SLC. His wife said something I really liked. She said, "Help is just a prayer away." I know that to be true. Heavenly Father loves us and through pray we can communicate with him. I love prayer. He talked about looking forward. Keep your perspective forward on your mission with an eye single to the Glory of God. He also talked about exact obedience. It was a heavy talk, serious talk, but very important. We must be obedient as missionaries. There is no room to relax. He shared many stories of missionaries who by one small mistake led to big mistakes that really hurt the church. It is crucial we live worthy of the Spirit, because the spirit confirms truth, comforts us, protects and warns us, guides us, and we should strive to have with us every day.  On Tuesday, the speaker was Elder corbridge of the 70. His wife also said something I really liked. "stay in the light and hold on tight." We must choose to never leave the church and hold on tight to the iron rod. He talked about what are your goals and what do you want to do as a missionary. He said we should all desire to bring forth "good fruit" or to have success. Get families to the temple and on the path to eternal life. The Savior teaches that we can only bring forth fruit if we abide in Him. We must follow our Savior and strive to be like Him. He said central to our teaching should be the Doctrine of Christ. Center  it on faith, repentance, baptism,and enduring to the end. There is no need of an investigator that can't be solved by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Christ suffered for all of us personally and he knows each of us personally and by name. He loves us and can help us. 

I have decide to step up my Book of Mormon reading. We talked about the Book of Mormon in priesthood meeting on Sunday. I love the words of Joseph Smith in the introduction to the BofM. The book of Mormon is the most correct of any book and a man can get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book. I know this is true. I have been studying about Captain Moroni, and Helaman's two thousand Stripling warriors. They are great stories. I  love when it says if everyone was like Moroni the very powers of Hell would shake. 

I love being a missionary. I know the Church is true. Jesus is the Christ. He lives and only through him can we have joy in this life and exaltation in the next life. Heaven Father is real. He love us. He hears our prayers and answers them but in His own due time. We have to be patient. That is something I struggle with but something I'm hoping to obtain. Charity never faileth. We can always be kind and say a kind word. That is also something I'm striving to be better at. True joy comes from when we lend a helping hand. Christ is the perfect example of Charity because Charity is the pure love of Christ. He performed the Atonement for us out of love.

Eldste Witt

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MTC Week 2

Hallo Familie,

I love the MTC! I'm learning so much and everyday is a new adventure. I see people from Skyline everyday. It is so fun. The 14 Nords (people going to Norway) play a lot of volleyball and soccer for our gym time which is fun. 

My companion, Eldste Mcintire, is a stud. He went to Mountain View high school. He comes from a family of 12 kids and is the 5th oldest child. He did track and cross country in high school and loves running. I'm so grateful he is my companion and I know the Lord put us together for a reason. He is always there to listen to me when I learn something super awesome in my study session, or just if I need to talk. He loves studying the gospel too, so it's so fun to learn from each other. Some of His ancestors are from Norway in the Lofoten Islands. Probably some of the most pretty areas in Norway. They have one area there where missionaries serve. He is a good man.

So there are two districts going to Norway. One district has 8 elders and the district I'm in has 6 elders. I love having a small class because it really helps us learn and become closer. I love my district and they are all studs. We have what's call district devotional review after Tuesday night devotional. Everyone shared their thoughts and feelings and it was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. We all have trials and challenges because that is one way the Lord teaches us especially in the MTC. "We receive no witness until after the trial of our faith." As we were sharing together our struggles, our successes, we were all overwhelmed with a feeling of hope, love and excitement to serve the people of Norway. We can do miracles with the Lord's help. Our district motto is, "komme tilbake til Ham" Which means to return to Him. God prepared a plan for us to return to him. We talked about how it is our job to help the people of Norway to build their relationship with God so they can return to their home, their mansions in Heaven. It was a powerful experience.

In the MTC, I have learned to love the Sabbath day even more. It truly is a day of rest. After a full week of studying, it is nice to slow down and reflect. On Sundays we have personal study time from breakfast to lunch. After lunch we have priesthood, then district meeting, then sacrament meeting, and then what's called the temple walk. After dinner, we have choir practice!!! I love choir. Music is so powerful especially when 1000 missionaries sing together.  After choir there is Sunday night devotional. This last Sunday's devotional was incredible. The Nashville tribute band came and put on a program/concert. It was a unique experience to have at the MTC. WE got to sing country gospel songs and have a good time. This band rights songs about Christ, the restoration, and missionary work. They are all LDS and super cool. As they shared the recount of Joseph Smith's experience of the first vision, it was powerful. 

So anyway the devotionals are the best! Tuesday night was Elder Echo Hawk of the 70. He is native American. He is a convert to the church and bore a powerful testimony of the miracles missionaries can have if they 1)faith in Jesus Christ and 2) are exactly obedient to the Lord. He said if the two missionaries who taught him didn't open their mouths he wouldn't be here today. 

On p-day, we get up do laundry and have breakfast. Then we go to gym time and play sports for an hour. After that we get ready for the day and go write our emails. Then we have lunch, and go to the temple after that. I love the temple. Then in the evening we get back to classroom time with our teachers. I love all my MTC teachers. There are 4 of them between the two districts and they all served their missions in Norway. 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Spiritual thought: Be patient. I had a humbling experience learning that we have to be patient. Patient with ourselves and Importantly patient with the Lord's timing. He loves us and knows what is best for us. On LDS.org, I encourage you to read "Patience: More than waiting" by Hillary Olsen.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church. It is true. I love being a missionary. Thank you all for your love and support. I wouldn't be here without you. 

Ha det bra, 

Eldste Witt

Elder Witt and Elder McIntire (his companion)

Elder Witt's MTC District

Sunday, August 16, 2015

MTC Week 1

August 12, 2015

The MTC is great! I know it is the way the Lord teaches His missionaries. The first few days are  very overwhelming and humbling. After you dropped me off they gave me my name tag, my books (which weighed like 15 pounds, haha, go Norwegian!) and then they took me to my classroom where I met my district. There are two districts going to Norway which equals a total of 14 missionaries!! All the Nords are awesome. My district consists of Eldste Witt, Eldste Mcintire, Eldste Hailes, Eldste Miller, Eldste Stephens, and Eldste Larson. They are all great and we get along well. My companion is Eldste Mcintire. He is from Orem. He loves the Gospel and has a strong testimony. He also had a goal, which he set in the fall last year, to go to the temple regularly before his Mission. The Temple is the House of the Lord. I'm excited to go more while here in the MTC. During the first weekend in the MTC they really try to help you understand and internalize your purpose as a missionary. We are to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel. Love and service are essential to Missionary Work. We are to love the Lord, and love others with all our heart. And to serve them with all our heart, might, mind and strength. The Devotionals here are amazing. We have special devotionals every Sunday and Tuesday. I love Sundays in the MTC. They are a day of rest for missionaries even though we go to meetings all day. It's awesome. The speaker on Sunday was Richard i. Heaton, the MTC Administrative Director. He talked about the importance of the Sabbath Day. He said the more we love, appreciate, and keep the Sabbath day holy, the more we will be able to create an environment, when teaching, where the spirit can testify of the importance of Church attendance and Sunday Worship. I believe this principle can apply to all Gospel doctrines and principles as we teach them. We also get to watch a movie Sunday night after devotional. I watched "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar. It is SO amazing. It really opens up your perspective. There would have been no Atoning Sacrifice without the Character of Christ. 

Christ loves us so much and is so selfless. Christ is the perfect example and we as missionaries are his Servants. When doubts, trials, and discouragement come our way we need to turn outward with love. The Natural man turns inward when trials come but Christ turns outward with love and service. That principle has become more personal and real to me while at the MTC.  Tuesday night devotional was Elder C. Scott Grow from the 70. He taught on D&C chapter 4 verse 2. The spirit was very strong as he taught. 

Now, Language study. The language is coming along good. Our teachers almost only speak Norwegian to us in class, even on the first day. We learned how to pray on day 2 and taught our first investigator on day 3. I've only been here a week and we have taught 4 lessons in Norwegian already. It's so cool! The gift of tongues is real. Anyway, so life is good. MY schedule consists of getting up at 6:30, eating breakfast, personal study, gym time, get ready for morning classroom instruction, lunch, afternoon classroom instruction, dinner, and evening classroom instruction. Lot's of studying but it's good. I always feel so full of the spirit by the end of the day and it's the best feeling ever.

I love you all. Thanks for the letters, emails, and support. I wouldn't be here without you. I also very much appreciate the advice. The MTC can be overwhelming, and challenging at times but all you can do is smile and press forward. Love you,

Ha det bra,
Eldste Witt 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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