Thanks for all the birthday wishes and for all the love and support. It was a great week. I'm so grateful to be a missionary. My testimony and conviction of the truthfulness of the gospel has deepened immensely. Everyday I have a reason to rejoice and be happy because I know I have a Loving Heavenly Father who is watching over me. The church is true!
This week was good and I learned a lot. On Tuesday, because both our car and the Elder's car in Porsgrunn were out of order, we had district meeting over skype. The work here in Tønsberg is great and I love being here but we've been having trouble seeing progression. We're out talking to people every day and just can't seem to get things going. We talked about it as a district and our district leader suggested that we all begin focusing more on commitments. It really clicked for me on just how important it is that we are inviting and commiting everyone we talk to. We are called to teach repentance and baptise converts. Teaching repentance means inviting people to do things, to make changes in their life that bring them to Christ. So as a district we are going to focus on commitments, getting the return appointment, getting people to church, getting people to act so we can help people progress and improve our areas. It was really instructive and I'm pumped to start using it more in the work. We had our Norwegian class in the evening and one lady from Romania showed!
On Wednesday, we went street contacting and met a man named --- who is interested! We set up an appointment with him on Saturday to give him a Book of Mormon in Italian. It was pretty exciting. We also delivered some brownies we baked to --- who was so helpful during our car problems
On Thursday, we got our car back! It was a good birthday present haha. We also went to this amazing Burger place, called Kverneriet. We street contact by it every day so we thought we would try it out. The burgers were quality. Fresh meat, fresh bread, fresh fries, very good! We did some more street contacting and visited ---. We had a nice visit with him and talked about Moroni's promise in The Book of Mormon. The best source to find truth is by asking the person who know's all truth. and that is asking our Heavenly Father in prayer. One of the most repeated promises in the scriptures is "Ask and you shall receive". And we receive by the Power of the Holy Ghost, the truth of all things. That night we had our Norwegian class and unfortunately no one showed up. After that we went over to ---'s, who is a member here in Tønsberg. She is nice and always gives us lots of food. She made Apple cake that was delish!
On Friday, we spent our day street contacting, trying back pontentials and inactive members on the member list. We also took some time to organize and clean our library which was really nice. We are going to Oslo tomorrow for a zone conference so we needed to see what supplies we could pick up from the mission office.
On Saturday, we met with ---, the man we met on the street earlier this week. He only had 20 minutes so we introduced him to the Book of Mormon and he said he would read it. He knows a lot about religion but didn't know much about the Book of Mormon. He told us he is always free on the Saturday and Sunday so we will meet with him again this week.We went down to Sandefjord and had dinner with --- and after visited the ---.
On Sunday, which happened to be valentines day and Norway's Mother's day, we had a good meeting at church. after church we went street contacting, and planned for the week! I'm really excited for this upcoming week. We've got the car back and I'm optomistic that as we focus on commitments we will start to see some progression and find some people to teach.
I know the church is true. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. Recently, I have been reading the book, OUr Heritage. The early members of the saints faced lots of opposition. Joseph was a valiently leader who trusted in the Lord. He acknowledged his imperfections and humbly trusted the Lord in all he did. I'm sure Grateful for Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon.
I love you all so much. Thanks for your prayers and support. Sure grateful for all of you. Have a fabulous week!
Love, Elder witt