Thanks for all the love and support! I'm grateful for all of you and love all of you! It was a good week and we are starting to see some progress in the work!
On Tuesday, we had zone conference in Oslo. It was wonderful! President Hill focused on our purpose as missionaries refering to the recent Worldwide missionary broadcast which is to Teach Repentance and Baptize converts. He used the scriptures to teach us about the Doctrine of Christ. We read together 2nd Nephi 31 and discussed the Lord's command for us to go forth teaching and baptizing all nations. He also talked about setting goals and making plans. Overall, it was inspiring and taught me that with the Lord all things are possible. Sister Hill talked about being friendly cheerful missionaries by loving the members, your investigators and go out each day with a smile. I know that a smile can go a long way! We can choose to be happy and have a positive attitude.
On Wednesday, I was on splits in Skien with Elder Bjornn. It was a great day! We were out on the street and contacted this man. He grew up christian but eventually lost his faith. He believes that religions are just a cultural thing or a family tradition and that we can use our reasoning skills to go through life. We testified to him about Agency and how it is important and central to Gods plan. We explained how we were both born in the church but our faith and testimony that we have today is something that we had to seek on our own and obtain. By the end of the conversation, the man took a book of Mormon and said he would read! He wouldn't agree to meet but I could feel the spirit there and I know it touched the heart of that man. It was a sweet tender mercy from the Lord.
On Thursday, I'm back in Tønsberg again. We spent the day finding and went street contacting and knocking on doors! We met a man named øystein who we are planning on meeting with tonight. After that we went to our Norwegian class and a new person showed up! She is from Poland and works here in Norway. She was grateful that we were doing this and said next time she would bring a friend! Hopefully more and more will start coming so we can get a class going. Our goal is that our service will become opportunities to share the gospel! after that we went to the ---s and had dinner with them. It was good to be with them!
On Friday, we did weekly planning and spent the day finding. We went street contacting and knocking on doors!
On Saturday, we met with --- again. Unfortunately, we had planned to meet in the library but it was closed so we didn't have a place to sit. We ended up in the shopping mall that is close by, bad planning on our part haha. We are meeting again next saturday and it will be at the church which will be great! He opened up to us more this time and actually shared a sweet miracle with us. He talked about how he beleives that God led him to us. The day we met him on the street was a day where he took a different way home he usually doesn't go. I'm grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord. I know God is a God of miracles. He wasn't able to come to church this week but is planning on it for next week. After that we went to Sandefjord and taught --- Norwegian and then went over to ---. There is a new mormon.org website that is really cool. It has videos of our basic beliefs that our simple but powerful. beta.mormon.org
On Sunday, we taught sunday school. It was on 2nd Nephi 6-10. I love these chapters and especially chapter 9 where Jacob teaches about the Atonemnent. He glories in the goodness of God's plan and emphasizes how essential and necessary Jesus Christ is. After church we picked 3 Inactive members off the member list and went out to try and visit them. These our members that we don't know anything about but are on the list. The addresses turned out to be wrong so we knocked on doors in the area. The area is called Tjøme. It is on a island south of Tønsberg that is absolutely gorgeous!
My thought this week comes from something I've been thinking about a lot. In just about all missionary apartments you will find dozens of liahonas. Recently I've enjoyed reading the different January additions. In these additions there is a highlight on a former president of the Church that we will be studying the upcoming year. I have absolutley loved learning more about these great men and their wives. As I've studied about them I've noticed a pattern of living they all share and that is 1) They put God first in their life. 2) They are devoted to their marriages/family and are unified in putting God first. It is a testimony to me of the importance of putting God and his Son Jesus Christ first in our lives. When we willingly follow them, and put knowing them as our highest priority then everything else in life will fall into place. We will find greater joy and peace in our lives. I know the Church is true and I know the Gospel is real. Heavenly Father is an actual real being. Jesus Christ lives and is our Savior.
Have a great week! Love you!!!