So we went to the zoo this morning with our district and so I don't have a ton of time today to email so I will give you the highlights. I'll be sure to send a lot of pictures instead. It was an awesome week!! Just incredible. There are some great things happening and I'm grateful to be apart of it.
I'm loving and loving Arendal more each day. I'm starting to get to know and meet more of the members which is nice. We were able to have many great member dinners. We will be going to Stavanger this week for zone conference. We take a five-hour train ride, we will have the conference , and then after the conference we will be doing splits with the zone leaders and come back T night. The zone conference is going to be on Member work which will be helpful. It will be a big trip but I'm excited. I've also heard the train ride is gorgeous :) Also, other exciting news, President Uchtdorf is visiting Norway !! There will be a broadcast S night across Norway for us to watch. It is not often that a member of the first presidency visits Norway so we are excited.
This week, we went on splits with the elders in Kristiansand. I was with Elder Norman in Ksand and my companion and the other missionary were in Arendal. It was a good time. We did mostly finding and were able to talk to this guy who has never heard of mormons before and was interested in our message so that's a plus!
here are some highlights of the things that happened in Arendal this week:
1) Follow up on --, the man we met on the bus last week. He gave us his address and told us to come byso we did. First, this guy is way cool. He has 3 or 4 massive huskies. Every day he hooks them up to his push-scooter and they pull him around on the road. Second, we met his wife and she was super nice! They were on their way to the dentist so we weren't able to meet with him but we got an appointment with them next week.
2) We were visiting -- this week and while we were leaving her neighbors who live below her in the same house were outside. (-- referred us to them and we gave them a book of mormon about two weeks ago) As we were leaving the mom said thanks for the book of mormon and said she read in it and wants to learn more about our church and meet. She also said that she wants to bring her sister and her daughter to church with her. Awesome!
3) We were leaving the library one day and a former investigator stopped us saying she wants to meet again! sounds good to us
4) We met this week with another woman . She is a young mother and is very best friends with a recent convert from the Romerike ward. The story about her and her friend is a long but great story. In Short, the both submitted themselves on mormon.org as referrals for the missionaries and as a result 1 of them was baptized but, the other one got busy and is still investigating. The missionaries here have been trying for months to get an appointment with her and finally this last week we were able to meet with her and her best friend (the recent convert) who was visiting Arendal for the weekend.
We went to the zoo today and it was a lot of fun. We saw them feed the Lions and also the "Norwegian wilderness predators" There were wolves, foxes, wolverines, and lynxes. We had a lot of fun watching the monkeys. They were joking with each other and swinging all over the ropes. It was a high quality zoo.
I've studied a lot this week on the topic of hope. Hope is an anchor of the soul and can sustain us through good times and bad times. I've come to learn that hope is trust and an expression of Confidence. It is trusting in the Lord and his promises to you. When we have hope we can believe that everything will work out, always, if our desires and actions are in line with Savior and his teachings. And with all other attributes, Hope is a gift of God and comes through prayer and experience. As we live the gospel and strive to apply hope i our life, we can developed it and it will be anchor for us. I know the church is true. I love you all! Have a great week!