January 11, 2016
Hope you are all doing well! Thanks for all the love and support. I'm sure grateful for all of you.
We got about 3-4 feet of snow this last week! It is awesome. I love it so much! I've been bundling and layering so I've been able to stay warm.
We had a good week here in Tønsberg. We spent a lot of time finding and visiting members.
On Tuesday, we had district meeting in Skien. At District meeting we talked about using the Book of Mormon in Missionary Work. As part of the meeting, we were asked to split up into our Companionships and go to a room and say a prayer together. In the prayer we asked for a reconfirming witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how we can better use it in our areas. It was a neat experience. As we were praying and afterwards, I just had a calm, good feeling. I'm grateful for the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. We spent the remainder of the day Contacting and Tracting. We knocked on several doors that invited us to come back another time which was exciting!
On Wednesday, we visited a member family who is going through some hard times. They made us lunch and we shared with them Helaman 5:12. It is one of my Favorite Scriptures. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He invites us to come unto him and he will carry our burdens. When we build our testimony on Christ and center our lives on His gospel, we will be protected from the Adversary. We also visited another member, ---. He is so good and kind.
On Thursday, we had another meeting as a district. We have a sister missionary companionship whose main focus is using family History work. They started doing this a couple transfers ago sort of as a test run. They came and helped us learn how to use family search, so we can show members, investigators and non members how to create accounts and get started. Over time, we are going to start using it more and more in the work, because many people are interested in Family History work and it is an effective way to introduce them to the church. I'm excited about it!
On Friday, we had a good day full of appointments! we visited the --- and studied Mosiah 2 with them, After that we visited ---. We then Visited --- and --- and taught the Restoration. They are so cool! They weren't able to make it to church this last sunday but said they would this upcoming sunday. After that, we visited the --- again and they made us dinner, and we started teaching ---, their son, the recent convert lessons.
On Saturday, Elder Orr was on Splits so it was just Elder Stephens and I. We visited --- and ---. They made us food and we helped shovel all their snow and read in the Book of Mormon. They are going through some rough times and didn't make it to Church. Hopefully things will get better. We did some more tracting in the evening and were able to get another try back.
On Sunday, we got a new investigator! After Church, we contacted this referral that we received! Her name is ---. She shared with us her story about how prayer saved her life. It was inspiring! We will be meeting with her again. She is from the Phillipines and said that her family was meetng with the missionaries before she left. We also got another referrel that is a family which is really exciting. We will try to contact them this week along with all the trybacks we found whille tracting.
We weren't able to meet with --- or ---. We have a meeting planned with mustafa on Tuesday, and Hamidreza said he has beeen busy with school again so we will see. Good things to come though! I'm really excited!
I hope you all have a great week! I sure love all of you so much! The church is true!