It was a good week. I'm so grateful to be a missionary. The experiences you have and the lessons you learn as a missionary are priceless. I know God is real and has a plan for each of us.
I don't have a ton of time to write so here are the highlights!
Monday for P-day we went ice skating in Oslo. Some of the missionaries there joined us along with the elders from Hamar. I'll send pics. The Hamar elders stayed with us Monday night for splits and then district meeting tuesday morning. On Monday night I was with Elder Dawes. We went to a nearby area to knock some doors. After finishing a row of houses it was getting late so we decided to just go to the downtown and talk to people on the street. After 30 minutes or so we were about to stop because there was almost no one on the street so we were just going to do something else but we talked to one more person. It was this young guy who lived with some mormons in Florida and knew a bunch there. He had a bunch of questions and we stood there talking to him in a little over 30 minutes and taught him shortly the restoration and plan of salvation. He was way cool. He was hesitant give us his information and meet in the future so we just invited him to church and gave him our card. I would not be surprised if he meets the missionaries in the future and then gets baptized. It was really just such a joyful experience. And to go with that, the same night, elder Richardson and Elder Hall visited a woman that we knocked into on my birthday and it turns out that it is a whole family. So they taught the mom and dad and they have a young boy who is way friendly and cool. We are way excited about this family. They are positive.
-- our investigator came to the relief society party and loved it. We also taught a different woman we met on the street at the library. IT was a good lesson but she doesn't want to go forward with it. She has her own personal questions and concerns about God and wasn't interested in going forward. maybe in the future.
We also went on splits with the Fredrikstad elders. That was fun. This week we have zone conference in Oslo so that will be good.
My spiritual thought comes from the lesson from Priesthood and Relief society on the pioneers. They are great examples of people who made sacrifices. And because of the sacrifices they made are we blessed today. Sometimes we are required to make sacrifices. In one of the churches hymns it says, “Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.” Elder Oaks said, "Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen." Sometimes we are called on to make sacrifices for the gospel. Sacrifices of time or maybe our desires. Our sacrifice then becomes a process in refining us and changing us. As we learn to make sacrifices with willing, loving and obedient heart, we will come to realize that the sacrifice we gave actually gave us more in return. I know the gospel is true. I'm grateful for the pioneers and for their example of faith and sacrifice.
Have a good week!!