Thanks for your love and support. We woke up this week to beautiful blue skies and a fresh layer of snow. The weather this last week was great. I'm grateful for the sun and sunshine. One good thing is that we were able to get in contact with some people we have been trying for a couple weeks.
On Tuesday we met with an investigator that I met on my first day in Romerike. He ended up moving away for 3 months and then finally came back.. While he was away we gave him to other missionaries and he went to church a couple times and showed progress. He has some challenges but we are hoping we can start meeting with him and working with him. Also on Tuesday we were knocked on the door of a woman who Elder Carver and I taught 4 weeks ago. She explained how she has been super busy but really liked our message and was interested and so she told us to come back not this week but next week. And also in the area we knocked into another guy. He is from Eritrea and has studied theology for 4 years and invited us right in. WE are going back this week. We were excited about that.
On Wednesday we met with --. We read Alma 32 in the Book of Mormon with her in hopes to help her become more comfortable with it. We will be meeting her tomorrow.
On Thursday we had Zone conference in Oslo. It was awesome! Sister Hill talked about "recharging our batteries" each day by exercise, healthy eating, and personal scripture study. Then President Hill went through segments from the worldwide missionary broadcast. We practiced inviting people to be baptized in the context of the plan of salvation. I was able to see Elder Dial and Braunberger again so that was fun. The mission office couple has been serving here for almost 2 years and will be going home soon and they shared some touching remarks. They are so funny and great. They gave a great tribute to President and Sister Hill and the love they have for us missionaries. I'm really grateful to be serving here with President and Sister Hill.
On Friday, we tried people around the church and in a place called Fjellhamar and also met with -- the recent convert. We knocked on the house of a mom who invited us back next Sunday. She was way cool!
On Saturday, we had an open day so we took the train and bus to a small place called Lørenfallet and tried a former investigator there. They weren't interested but we met an American who has a family here and was really nice. We invited him to church and he said that sounded interested so maybe he will come in the future sometime. you never know.
On Sunday, we had a great day at church and then met with --, a recent convert. She is just amazing! A huge example to me of faithfulness. She drives over an hour to church every week and is the only member in her family.
My thought this week is from the talk Grateful in Any Circumstances by president Ucthdorf. As part of this mortal life, we all experience trials, challenges, fears, doubts, or adversity in our life. In those moments it can be difficult to understand why it is happening..Often it can feel like a mountain to climb and you are only at the base. This week I was reminded of the power of gratitude. an Attitude of Gratitude in our circumstances has the power to heal and change hearts. President Uchtdorf said,
"When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace."
It is something I have felt. I know the gospel is true. Keep going and keep smiling!
Love, Elder Witt