Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fredrikstad, Norway - 6th Week in Norway

Hello everyone! 

I've got some big news! My first transfer in the field just ended and I'm moving areas. I'm leaving Fredrikstad and going to Tønsberg! Tønsberg is the Oldest City in Norway and I have heard it is beautiful. It is across the Oslo Fjord from Fredrikstad. I'm taking two trains to get there. It came as a total surprise to me because usually you stay with your trainer and in your first area for 12 weeks. My current companion Elder Nelson is going to be the new district leader and actually start training another Brand new missionary from the MTC. I will be going to Tønsberg to be in a trio. I will be serving with Elder Mckell and Elder Orr. Elder Mckell is one of my friends from the MTC and Elder Orr is an older missionary who has been out over a year. The news made me both sad and excited, a mix of emotions. I have really enjoyed working with Elder Nelson. He taught me many things and he is a great guy. I have come to love Fredrikstad. The ward in Fredrikstad is amazing. It feels like one big happy family. Also this last week was one of my most encouraging and best weeks of the mission. I felt like I was really getting the hangs of things and starting to connect with the ward. However, I know that Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, are in charge. They are leading the Old Ship Zion and they direct the Building of the Kingdom of God on the earth. One verse of scripture that has really come alive for me is Proverbs 3: 5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all thing heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." I don't know why I'm now on my way to Tønsberg especially when the work was picking up and things were going great in Fredrikstad but I know there is a greater reason and plan for me. God has a plan for each of us that is magnificent and greater than our understanding. We must trust in him and then will things work out for our good. I'm excited to go to Tønsberg. It will be a great opportunity to learn more, meet more people, and serve others! 

Here is just a little more information about the Norway mission. There are 4 zones. 1) North 2) West 3) Telemark and 4)East. Fredrikstad was in the East zone. It included Oslo and all the cities on the east. Tønsberg is in the Telemark zone. It will be fun going to a new zone. I will meet a whole new group of missionaries.

As I said earlier, this last week was Fantastic. We had companion exchanges with the Zone leaders on Tuesday. Elder Jacobs and Elder Skøien came down from Oslo to work with Elder Nelson and I. My companion for the day was Elder Jacobs. He is a stud. Before he came down I was in charge of deciding a "splits focus". Something we would focus on during the day to practice or improve. I chose "Talk with everyone" or opening your mouth. It is amazing. We set a goal to have 10 gospel conversations with people which means we share our testimonies and extend an invitation to someone. We were on the way to the church and we decided to do some Bus contacting. I sat down and said to the guy next to me, "Is it okay if I practice my Norwegian with you. I'm learning Norwegian and it helps talking to people from Norway." Anyway I was able to talk to this guy and then eventually several ladies sitting near joined the conversation. So it was like me and all these Norwegians speaking Norwegian. It came up in the conversation, why am I learning Norwegian, and I was able to tell them that I'm serving a mission for my church and then i was able to bear my testimony. it was so cool and such a confidence booster to me! I know the Lord will put words into our mouth if we just open them and try to share the gospel. It was so fun having the Zone leaders down in Fredrikstad with us. We had 6 elders in that tiny apartment. It was a blast.

We also had Zoneleader training this week. It was Friday in Oslo. The focus of the training was on finding people to teach. It was really great and really fun! The biggest thing I took from it is just how important it is that we "find on the way" and open our mouths. Always be looking for those who are prepared to receive the gospel and the Lord will put them in your path. While traveling home from Oslo, we were able to have two more awesome experiences. The first was right after our training. We were waiting outside the church, ready to go, when one of the sisters said, "Elders go talk to that woman, she needs the gospel." We turned around and went and talked to her. She was super nice and she had her son with her. We told her that the gospel blesses families. She said she was interested in coming to church. We got her number and were able to give it as a referral to the Oslo Elders. The second experience we had was on the train from Oslo to Fredrikstad. Elder Nelson and I talked to this really cool guy who is studying music. He plays a ton of instruments and is studying to be a musician composer or conductor. He was interested in receiving a Book of Mormon. WE got his number and give it to another set of Oslo Elders and told him that they could get him a copy of the Book of Mormon. All these experiences remind me of the many tender mercies of the Lord. If we show faith and act on it, He will bless us.

We weren't able to meet with Nancy this week but we have an appointment with her tomorrow. It is with our ward mission leader and his wife. It is actually a miracle. Because we found out that our Ward mission leader knows nancy from school when he was in high school. It is going to be perfect because him and his wife will be able to welcome nancy into the ward and help her come to church. Nancy is really positive and we have a goal for her to be baptized on December 5th. 

I apologize that my email is so scrambled today. It will be better next week when I get things figured out in Tønsberg. I leave to Tønsberg Wednesday morning.

My ponderizing scripture for this last week was D&C 28:16. It says, "And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen." The reason I chose this scripture is the last phrase. "with the sound of rejoicing" We have a loving Heavenly father and a Savior in Jesus Christ and that is something to rejoice in. 

I love you all and I'm grateful for your prayers and support. I know I could not be doing this without you all. I want you all to know that Heavenly Father loves you and he knows you. Sometimes in life we don't know why certain things happen or why we have trials but our Heavenly father does. When we turn to God in prayer and come unto Christ by following him I know we will be blessed. I know things will work out in the end if we put our trust it them. As it is said in the Scriptures many times, Christ's arms are always open and full of mercy and love. 

Have a great week!

Elder Witt

Some ancient viking carvings. They add the red coloring so you can see it.

Some of the people in the Ward. I bore my farewell testimony in Sacrament meeting.

Me playing a really old piano in a members home. Jon Schmidt from the Piano Guys served his mission in Norway and he served in Fredrikstad. He has played on this piano that I'm playing on.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fredrikstad, Norway - 5th Week in Norway

Hello Family!!!

I hope you are all doing well! Last week was another great one! I love being a missionary. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father. We are His Children and He loves us. Oh what a good message! .The gospel gives a true purpose to life. We all have divine potential. There is no end because of Christ! 

On Tuesday, we were able to teach our new investigator Nancy! It was so great! This was the first time I met Nancy because last time we were on companion exchanges. Nancy is a really nice Norwegian Lady in her 30's. She has been searching for God but has not known where to find him. For the lesson we talked about the Book of Mormon and Prayer. She is awesome! She kept her commitment by reading Alma 32 and she even started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning. It is so important that we all come to know the Book of Mormon is true. It is evidence of the Restoration and it contains the fullness of the Gospel. We had Karl Frederik, a priest in the ward, join us for the lesson. He is a cool guy. He loves skiing and music. It was sweet having him there with us. He shared some experiences he has had with the Book of Mormon. The lesson ended up being very open and everyone was sharing experiences. It was great! Our goal is to have her come to Church next Sunday.

On Wednesday, we had our last district meeting of this transfer because this week we are going to Oslo again for Zone leader training. It was a great meeting. We talked about desire/passion, and becoming passionate about our purpose as missionaries. Several things stood out to me. 

First, apply the missionary purpose to yourself first. 

1)Invite your own self to come unto Christ. 
2)Receive the Gospel by study and by hearing the Word. 
3)Desire to obtain faith, have faith and act on it. 
4)Make the necessary changes in your life and use the gift of repentance, strive to become better everyday. 
5)Partake of the Sacrament weekly to renew your baptismal covenant and lastly, 6)Seek guidance from the Holy Ghost and follow it.

By doing this we will deepen our conversion to Jesus Christ. When we are converted we can strengthen those around us.

Second, Fulfilling our missionary purpose starts every time with an invite. One thing I've learned is that we succeed in the invite. It is a principle that everyone can apply. We can all be missionaries and invite those around us to come unto Christ.

On Thursday, we went to Sweden!! We went to familien Isaksen's house and helped brother Isaksen build the upstairs of his house. We put in insulation, and and put in wooden beams. It was really fun! I love the Isaksen family. They have 3 cute little boys and always feed us really well. They are so great. After that, a recent convert Beatrice, had us over for dinner because it was Elder Phipps 1 year mark in the mission. He is the Elder that taught Beatrice. He's been in Fredrikstad for 6 months. She made us bacon cheeseburgeers. It was so good. Bacon is rare here in Norway. First time I have had it here.

On Sunday, Elder Nelson and I taught the Gospel principles class at Church. We taught about the Scriptures. We went organized it into several questions. What are the Scriptures? What is their purpose? Why are they important? How can we use them? What are the blessings of studying from them? We tried to keep it really simple. We shared the story of Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life. We compared two groups of travelers on the way to the tree. One group tried to go without the rod of iron and got lost in the mist of Darkness. Another group continually held fast to the Rod of iron and was able to make it to the Tree of Life. The Rod of Iron that leads to the tree is the Word of God. The Scriptures are the word of God. I love this simple analogy because it is true. The scriptures give us guidance and direction in our life. They fill our life with the spirit when we read from them. I shared my testimony and how they changed my life. I talked about how Bishop Shield's always stressed, Even if you only read 1 verse, make sure you are in the scriptures everyday. That is how it was for me. It built from 1 verse to chapters everyday because I noticed that those days I don't read the scriptures, there is something missing and I am not as happy. Daily Scripture study is crucial to following our Savior and living the Gospel.

One last thought, This week I "ponderized" the scripture: 3 Nephi 13: 4. It says "That thine alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, himself shall reward the openly." Sometimes it is the little things that are most important. There are many different small acts of kindness we can do throughout the day. It could be a smile, or it could be a kind text or note.  It's okay if our service goes unnoticed or is not recognized because our Heavenly Father knows all. He recognizes our efforts to be good and do good. He will bless you as you try to serve his Children. I would encourage all of you to pray for opportunities to serve and look for the little things you can do to help other.

Thanks for all your love and support!

Have a great Week!

Elder Witt

Standing in two Countries! Norway and Sweden! 
The river is the border between the two countries. 

Another view at the border!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fredrikstad, Norway - 4th Week in Norway

Hey family! It was another great week here in Fredrikstad. I learned so much and had many awesome experiences.

We have a new investigator!! Her name is Nancy. My companion, and Elder Tennant are actually the ones who found her. It was Tuesday and we were on splits. She is really positive. She loves the Book of Mormon and kept the commitment we gave her to read Alma 32. She is trying to find God. It made me sooo happy to hear that she is reading the Book of Mormon and wants to read more. We have scheduled a visit with her tomorrow night. We are hoping to do it with a member family or a member. 

On Thursday, we had another district meeting. It was on humility and we had a really good discussion. I was in charge of the pump up. Which is a short thought or activity to get people pumped up for missionary work. I decided to share a Story that Grandpa and Grandma Ballif sent me a letter. It was a great story of how Grandma was able to help a family understand how amazing the Gospel is and how it can help us. Because of this new understanding they received the gospel and were baptized. I asked this question to the other missionaries. "Where would you be without the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Where would you be if the Restoration didn't happen? I love these questions because they help me refocus and remind me how blessed we are to have the Gospel in our Life. We are blessed to live now, where the fulness of the gospel is on the earth. Everything of value to me has come from my Loving Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. All the trials, experiences, and blessings I've received that have shaped me into who I am today are because of the reality of God and the Restoration of the Gospel. In my personal study I just finished reading 3rd and 4th Nephi and now I'm almost done with Mormon. These books always make me wonder how a righteous people could change to quickly to a wicked people. It highlights the pride cycle. In our district meeting the idea of gratitude came up that I really liked. When we are righteous we are blessed. It's how we receive the blessings that cause us to be humble or prideful. If we receive the blessings recognizing fully that they are from God and have gratitude for them then instead of continuing on the cycle to pride we skip back to the beginning where there is humility and righteousness. There are many more aspects of humility but that is one thing I liked. The idea of Gratitude. We are so blessed me must remember to be grateful.

On Friday, I went on companion exchanges with Elder Tennant. He is one transfer older than me. It was great! Our goal for the day was to open our mouth and not be scared because were are both so new. In our day we planned to visit a Less active family, the Mechams around 5. They are a busy family and said just stop by whenever you can. It was around 3 pm and we were just contacting and neither one of us were feeling super good about it. We stopped and found a quiet area and said a prayer asking for the lord's guidance. We both felt good about going to the Mechams early and just knocking on doors if we have extra time. So we went early, took the bus and went to the Mechams house. We were about to go to door and knock at the door when sister Mecham drove in the drive way. She just barely got home from work. They were an awesome family. We were able to stop by share a message and talk to them for a while. They gave us chicken wings and fries which was tasty. Sister Mecham and one of the sons ended up having to leave just before we left. It was a great experience. If we didn't stop, say that pray while contacting and decided to go to the Mechams home earlier we would have missed Sister Mecham and wouldn't have met the whole family. The Lord knows everything so we must rely on him and the guidance He gives us through the Holy Ghost.

On Saturday, We had a  meeting with the Ward missionary leader in Sarpsborg. As we were waiting for the bus, my companion took us to this grocery store called Meny. We bought all these fresh pastries that were soooo good!! I had this Caramel pecan gourmet muffin. We also were able to visit with a less active family that evening. The Bråthen family. They were really nice. Our ward is having a big party on October 30 called the culturefest. We are hoping to invite as many people as possible. There is a chance I will be able to play the trumpet at that with one of the new converts here in the ward. He plays the guitar and loves jazz. I hope it works out so that I can. He said his daughter plays the trumpet and could lend me her trumpet.

On Sunday, we had fast Sunday. The testimony meeting was awesome. So many people bore their testimony. We also went to a members home for dinner with all the recent converts and all the missionaries. It was like family home evening and really fun.

I know God is our Loving heavenly father. He loves us so he Sent his Son Jesus Christ to the Earth. Only through Jesus Christ and His atonement we can return to our Heavenly Father.

Thanks for all your prayers and support. I love all of you and pray for all of you. Have a great week!! 

Elder Witt

Elder Witt cooking breakfast burritos 

Elder Witt in Gamlebyen

Fredrikstad, Norway - Third Week in Norway

Hey Family,

General Conference was amazing!! I absolutely loved it. I was able to watch all of the sessions in English which made me really happy. I know President Monson is a prophet and called of God to lead us these later days. 

So this last week was great!! 

On tuesday, Elder Nelson and I went to the city, Sarpsborg to apply for my fødsel number, which is some kind of identification number for people living in Norway. While we were waiting for the bus a man walks up to us and offers us coffee. We kindly refuse and we ask him if he has heard about our church before. He was going to the same place as we were because he is moving. We ended up talking with him the whole bus ride there, waiting for the bus ride home and the whole bus ride home. So almost 2 hours of talking with him. We were able to teach him a lot and he was really interested in our church having a living prophet. This was perfect because conference was this upcoming weekend. We invited him to come with us to conference but he lives in Halden and buses don't run between fredrikstad and halden on saturday and sunday. We gave him a mormon.org card and wrote on the back lds.org, general conference, and president monson. He was really interested and I hope he was able to watch some. It was a great experience!

On wednesday, we went as all 4 of us elders to Beatrice's house to do some service. Beatrice is a recent convert. We help clean her house because she is moving to her Dad's place. After that we went to the Bishop's house for dinner. There were a ton of kids there from the ward and it was fun. After that we went with the two sister missionaries in Sarpsborg to give a less active member a blessing. It was a nice experience. The person speaks english as her main language so I was able to give the blessing in English. I could feel Heavenly Father's love for her and it was amazing. Heavenly Father loves all His children. We can feel His love when we pray and when we follow the Commandments. The commandments are a manifestation of His love for us. They are there to protect us and help us feel happy.

On Thursday, We had district meeting. I love district meeting so much! Our district is the best. We have 8 missionaries, consisting of 4 elders and 4 sisters. The sister missionaries are amazing examples. They work so hard and are way friendly and nice. For District meeting we discussed the Atonement. President and Sister Hill came down and visited us for district meeting. It was awesome to have them with us. I love President and Sister Hill. They are so full of love and kind. President Hill made a comment in our discussion that stood out to me. He explained how in Preach My Gospel it says the Atonement will make every unfair about this life thing right. When thinking of everyone one on this earth that is a huge thing. But it is true. The Atonement is so large but yet so personal. Christ really did experience every thing we would every experience. He knows us and loves us. That way he can best lift us, comfort us, strengthen us, and ultimately judge us. We must come unto him and use the Atonement to help us be better each day. After District meeting, Elder Nelson and I taught Kathrin!!! We were able to set up an appointment with her so she is now our first investigator and is really positive. She works 3 jobs so that is why she is so hard to get a hold of and so busy. She has a lot of faith, so I pray that Elder Nelson and I can help guide her and direct her faith so she can ultimately receive the fulness of the gospel and be led to truth. I loved Elder Christoffersens talk because it is so applicable. The Church organization is so important to the Father's plan. Our meeting with her went really well and we are going to try meet with her again this next week. 

On Friday, we went to Sweden! We had a dinner appointment with the Isaksen family and they are the family in the Ward that live in Sweden. The drive to sweden is about an hour and is absolutely gorgeous. The border is this massive fjord or river. I not sure which. They made us the most delicious meal I've had yet. It was their last barbeque of the season, and they had grilled steak, pork, corn, and salmon! The salmon was insanely good! I was talking with Brother isaksen and he said he just threw together a glaze to go on. It was honey and ginger I think. But it was way good, tender and fresh fish. Brother Isaksen is in the bisopbric and is the nicest man. They have 3 little kids. All boys. And they are the cutest! They are all blond and blue eyes, total scandanavia. After we visited them we went to this candy store which was so big. We stopped by the mall because goods are much cheaper in sweden than norway.

On saturday, I went on Splits with Elder Tennant to a meeting with the ward mission leader because Elder Phipps was feeling sick. After that we ended up doing service for the Olsen Family in the ward. It was nice to do service. Then We watched conference at 6, the saturday morning session. It was weird watching the morning session when it dark outside but it's all good! The sun is going down earlier and earlier each day. It starts setting around7:30. Pretty soon it will be winter and the sun will only come up for a couple hours, haha can't wait.

On Sunday, We watched priesthood session at 11, saturday afternoon at 2, and sunday morning at 6. We spent our day at the church with the members who were there and we had a ward dinner with them too. I loved conference and I encourage all of you to watch it again and review the talks. Before my mission starting the summer before senior year, I would listen to conference as I mowed the lawn and it made such a big impact on my life. I was able to remember the counsel and the words of the prophets more often and it was so important because they are the words of the lord. He speaks through his servants and General Conference.

Today, We came to the church, made breakfast and watched The sunday Afternoon Session. After that, we went on a short hike to a tower which had a an amazing view of the countryside. 

Thoughts on Conference: President Monson's words sunday morning were really powerful. I liked how he compared the scripture of being an example of the believers with the scripture of letting our lights shine and glorify our father in Heaven. We let our light shine by being example in word, conversation, charity, spirit, faith, and purity. I found his words very applicable to me and my missionary service. Each of those things are areas where we all can improve in. This upcoming week, I really going to try to focus on strengthening those around me and being more charitable. This could be saying more kind words, smiling more, sharing more, and giving more simple unknown acts of service. President Monson Gave a powerful testimony. 

I wish I had the time to go through all the talks, but I don't. I hope you all have a great week!! Thanks for being examples and lights in my life. I pray for you daily and hope all is well. Remember that each day is a day we can improve a little. Come closer to Christ. Continuing conversion comes by constantly being true to our faith. Conversion to Christ is our goal.

Love you!!!!!! 
Elder Witt

On a hike with the companion 

Candy Store in Sweden!

Watching General Conference 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fredrikstad, Norway - Second Week in Norway

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! This last week was great and I learned so much! 

Fredrikstad is a beautiful city. It has been really nice and sunny and rained only two or three days this last week.

It is so fun being together With 4 elders in the same Apartment. Our Kitchen is soooo small so it gets really crammed but it is Worth it. I will take Pictures of the inside and send them home. The house we live in is over 100 years old. My companion Elder Nelson is way into skiing and camping, so pretty much everything outdoors like me. He has helped me understand better to enjoy the moment and make the best of everything. His Language skills are really good for how long he has been out. It's nice to have a Companion because it is hard to understand the locals. They speak very fast and With tonal fall. I'm excited for the time when I will be able to speak fluently. 
Because Elder Nelson and I have been doing a lot of finding people to teach, Our days are usually made up on studies in the morning and contacting, and meals for the afternoon and evening. New missionaries have additional study time With their Companion called 12 week. It is another book that helps New missionaries learn to a deeper degree the fundamentals of missionary work.

On Tuesday, we had dinner at a members home. His name is Helga (not sure about spelling) He made us pork chops, potatos, and sauteed onions and pickles combo. The Food here is good. Twice I have had pork chops With members. They make this gravy which is sooooo yummy. Helga is a really Nice man. He was baptized in his 20s, fell away for many years and now he is back and active. He talked about how important it is to have a positive attitude. He loves to laugh and always has a big smile on his face. Awesome man!

On Wednesday we were out contacting and met this woman named maria. We taught her about the book of Mormon, and bore testimony about it. We gave her a copy and she got soo excited! She was like, Really?? This is for me?! She had a huge smile on her face and she said she would begin Reading. It felt so good to teach and to see someone so excited about the Book of Mormon. She had a internship or something last weekend so she wasnt available to meet again so we are hoping sometime this week!! We messaged Katharin to meet With her but she said she was busy all last week. but we texted her again on saturday and we are planning to meet With her this week. Hopefully tomorrow. Wednesday night Eldste Tennant and I  went to youngmens and played basketball With the youngmen while Our Companions went to ward Council, we definetly got the better job, haha. We taught them how to play dynamite or knock out. It was really fun. The youth in the ward are really great. One of Our New assignments which I'm excited for is to help strengthen the youngmen so they asked the missionaries to come to Young mens every week.

Thursday we went to the police station and checked me into the country. We had to ride the bus to Sarpsborg. We ride the bus a lot because we dont ahve a car. The sister missionaries in Sarpsborg have it. I love driving outside the city becaseu the country side is so beatiful. There are rolling green hills With thick green forests and it is gorgeous. Also the houses are all wooden and different colors. Very cool.

Friday, we just continued to contact and find People. It can be hard because so many people reject you but there are People out there who are looking for the truth and when you find the one who wants to listen it is so rewarding. I love being a missionary. I've been thinking a lot about how blessed we are to have the Gospel in Our life. The hope, Peace, guidance, and purpose it gives us in Our life is priceless. Much more than any wordly possession.

On Saturday, we took the Train to Oslo!! It is about an hour train ride from Fredrikstad. We had Zone leader training With Our zone. It was so good! The topic was working With the members and ward. Several members from the oslo stake came and did a panel and talked to us about working With members. We also had a big lunch and had a practical or an Activity where you practice what you learn. Oslo is a cool city. While walking to the Church Office/center in Oslo we stopped by the King's Palace and took Pictures. I saw the Hard rock cafe in Oslo! After that Elder Nelson and I left to take the Train back to oslo because Elder Tennant and Elder phipps were going to presidents house for other business. While waiting for the second Train becasue we missed Our first we had an extra hour of time so we went to the Oslo opera house by the Ocean. It is one of the coolest buildings I've seen. Great architecture.

Sunday was a great day. I love the ward here in Fredrikstad. We did Our best to apply what we learned in ZLT and tried to meet as many ward members as possible. I also blessed the sacrament for the first time in Norwegian. It was a sweet experience. I love going to Church because it is a spiritual recharger for the NeXT week. Earlier in the week we got a referall from a ward member, the Allman Family. They invited us to dinneron sunday and then after dinner we were able to teach their friend, Heidi. It was so awesome. The dinner was great but really random haha. We had rice, With a meatball gravy sauce, chicken and potato curry thing, bread With melted cheese and salami, and salad. Afterward we ahd icecream and some pastry. Good stuff! AFter dinner we taught Heidi, and it was a great experience. She is searching for the truth, and searching for God in her life. We were able to help her udnerstand that it takes a desire to believe, and then we must believe and act on Our faith to receive a witness of the truth. We introduced her to the book of mormon and taught about Joseph smith. The Allmans are a cool Family. The father is Jamaican and the mother is Norwegian (I believe) They ahve a son who just left on a mission and the two of them are about to go serve as a missionary couple. I'm Grateful that we were able to teach Heidi. The spirit was defenitely there and I hope we will be able to meet With her again. She is going out of town this week but I think the Allmans will get us another appoinment With her.

This morning we went to Gamlebyen, which translates to the old city. It is an old fortified town in Fredrikstad surrounded by a moat. It kind of reminded me of the Tower of London but wasn't  as grand. Later we are Meeting up With the sisters and are watching a Disney Movie With a member Family. President allows us to watch Disney Movies With member families or in Norwegian for Language study. I think it will be lion king or Tarzan, but i'm not sure. It will be fun.

Thank you for all Your love and support. I'm looking for to the upcoming week and I hope we can Connect With more People and start teaching more. Since the time difference is so large, 8 hours. We are watching "Saturday morning Conference" saturday evening. Sunday we will watch priesthood in the morning andsunday morning afterwards. We are also having a ward dinner in between those two sessions which will be fun. Monday for P day I think we are going to meet up With the sisters at the Church building and watchsunday afernoon together.  I'm so excited for Conference. I know we ahve a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. He is called of God and I know if we listen to the Words of him and the other leaders who speak we will be blessed and guided through the difficult times and Challenges of the world today.

I know the Church is true. I know Jesus Christ and God the Father are real and that they live. That is the good News of the Gospel. He lives, Our savior lives and loves us. Through the gospel and by living the Gospel we can be happy.

I love you all and I pray for you. Keep smiling!

Elder Witt