Thanks for your love and support. I'm grateful to be a missionary and I'm grateful to be here in beautiful Norway. I always look forward to the christmas season. I love the christmas cheer, the gifts, the snow, family, friends, and all the many festivities. I have also come to learn how to make all of the above more meaningful and that is when we include christ in christmas. We can share christ's light and love as we give of ourselves and worry about others and not ourselves as we go through the christmas season. it is a time and good opportunity to know the savior by following his example. And this year the church has done another initiative called #lighttheworld It is on Mormon.org and is wonderful. I suggest all of you to go check it out and share it with others!
We had a good week here in Romerike. On tuesday, we had district meeting in the morning and after that I went up with elder burgoyne to Hamar for splits. It was awesome. Hamar is beautiful and actually close the area where some of my ancesters come from. While up in Hamar, we tried contacting former investigators and actually got in contact with all 3 of them we tried. We had some extra time and went knocking on doors in the different areas. One house was an older woman who talked with us about family history for a while. she was really nice and friendly and help us with our norwegian.
On Wednesday, I came back to romerike and we met with a member here to plan for another highschool presentation we are doing. It is going to be this thursday at the lillestrøm vidergående skole. I think it will be good. Later in the day we had a meeting with our ward mission leader and then tried a less active and knocked on doors in the area.
On Thursday, it was thanksgiving! We had a lesson with a recent convert, Then, we tried a former investigator and he let us in. It had been several years since missionaries had tried to make contact. He has his own church and didn't want to change but we did give him a new book of mormon. He had the old translation which is really really hard to understand because it uses really old norwegian. He said that was why he never got into reading the book of mormon because he never could understand it so hopefully this new one helps. Then we went to a member family's house for thanksgiving dinner. the dad is an american and so we had a real american thanksgiving. It was delicious. Good turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, vegetebles and even pumpkin pie to finish. After that we took a train to oslo to trade for splits with the AP's.
On friday, I was in Oslo with elder daly. It was an awesome day. To kick off the christmas initiative all the oslo missionaries put together a street stand for carl johans gate. The famous street through oslo downtown where thousands of people go everyday. We had book of mormons wrapped, an ipad to play the video and a christmas tree decoarated with lights. We were there for several hours and It was a success. Several new investigators came from it.
on Saturday, we met with --. She was super nice and made us norwegian waffles and we ended up reading in the book of mormon with her. It turned out good. Praying and reading scriptures is a new concept to her so it is something we will have to work on but that is okay! After that we took a train back to lillestrøm and had some time so we went contacting in the city. Then we went with the sisters to a member family that lives far away for dinner. And afterwards we randomly tried another member to lives out there and she let us in. She is an older woman and was very very grateful that we came by.
On sunday, I gave a talk in church. It was on spiritual gifts and went well. The ward is so kind here. After that we did some planning for the week :) Sadly, we weren't able to meet with sophie marie this week. She was super sick and didn't come to church either. -- had plans and wasn't able to make it to church. We are still working on finding new people.
It has been a lot of fun sharing the christmas message with people. It is a very easy message to share with people because the majority celebrate christmas. Our focus this week will be to invite people to church so I hope that goes well. Anyway, I know that the work we are apart of is our Savior's work. The church has been restored. It is a living church, led by revelation and a living prophet. God lives and he still speaks today. I know that is true. I love you all and wish you a good week!