Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 - Tromsø, Norway

Hey everyone!

Thanks for your prayers, love and support. It was a great week here in Tromsø! I'm grateful to be a member of the church. I know that God lives and loves us.

This week we had the exciting opportunity to go on splits with the missionaries in Alta and this time we visited them! We took a plane wednesday morning. The flight is maybe 25 minutes. It was gorgeous. I'll send pictures. It was in a small propeller plane and there were only 3 passengers haha. Me, Elder Braunberger, and some other random guy. Because it was in a small prop plane we were able to see the landscape. We were able to see a part of the lyngen alps in northern norway and saw many glaciers, waterfalls, rivers and fjords. Oh the beauty of this earth. I love Norway, and I'm grateful to be a missionary and have this wonderful opportunity to see many of God's beautiful creations. In Alta, we drove to Hamerfest. It claims to be the Northernmost town in the world. There is a club there called the ancient polar bear society, and you can sign up to be a member of the club, recieve a certificate and get a polar bear pin. It is tradition for missionaries who visit Alta.We While there we visited some members and tried a referral they had gotten. It was great to be with them and an amazing once in a life time opportunity. 

Thursday morning we flew back to Tromsø. Thursday was a busy day. We visited the -- with -- . We are going to start doing some home-teaching with --. That went well and then we met with -- and --. -- is our investigator from a few weeks ago. He was busy and we had lost contact but we were able to finally get another appointment. It went really well. We already have a good teaching relationship with him and he wants to find out if it is true. Our lesson with -- was good. We read the story of Enos and talked about prayer. He is keeping his commitments in reading the Book of Mormon. He also came again to church this week and brought a friend with him! He is going out of town and so we are going to try and meet with him before he goes. In the evening we skyped with --. It is always great to visit with him. He has a strong testimony of the church and he shares it with us every time. 

On Friday, we met with -- and --. We met with them on Monday earlier this week and also on Friday. We now have a schedule where we are going to start meeting two times a week to help them prepare for baptism. We read with them the story of Shadrach, Meschak and Abed-nego in the bible. It is one of my favorite bible stories. It teaches what it means to have faith. In the story, they are thrown into a fiery furnace because they didn't obey the kings orders to worship the golden image. so the king in his pride asks them, "who is that god that shall deliver you out of my hands? and the following is the response of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego. "If it be so, our god whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, o king. But if not, be it known unto thee o king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." The key phrase is "but if not" Not only did They have the faith that God could deliver them, that he has power to deliver them, they explained that they would believe in god, obey god, even if it wasn't the Lord's will for them to live. They would not shrink. They were willing to submit their will to God's by humbling themselves. So we tied this story into -- and -- lives that we must have faith. We talked more about the word of wisdom with them and want to start the 12 step addiction recovery program with them. that is our plan for the week. 

On Saturday, we drove with -- to -- to do service again. As always it was a great day filled with fun and service.

On Sunday, we had -- , his friend, and -- and --  in church. It was a great day. 

I love you all! I'm grateful to be a missionary. I love the gospel. Thanks for your examples, love and friendship. Have a great week. 

Elder Witt

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