Thanks for your love and support! The sun is out, the weather is beautiful and I'm grateful and happy to be here in Norway. It was a good week. We had some setbacks with investigators, and were still trying to find some people to teach but it was neverthless a good week and some really cool stuff happened!
-- sent us a text, canceling our appointment, because a lot of stuff came up in his work and he is super busy and can't meet for the time being. Then -- had her parents visiting on vacation and couldn't meet. And we tried a couple times to contact that other young family but they were never home. We got a couple new appointments this week that I'll let you know how those go.
Here are some cool experiences that happened this week.
1) A woman that Elder Richardson and I contacted this last week or a week ago randomly came to church! She was an exchange student in Utah and lived with a mormon family. She isn't religious but loved staying with this family in Utah. I didn't notice her but the sisters talked to her and invited her to Sunday school and stuff but she was hesitant. She just wanted to sit in the chapel and think. A young mom in the ward saw her and went and sat by her and talked to her. This young woman explained how she had met us on the street and wanted to come see if it felt the same in Norway as it did in Utah, which she answered saying it did. She then asked this mom how it was growing up in the church in Norway and how it is being a member. She got to bare her testimony and it was a special experience for them both. The mom had to go to Primary but told this young woman that she was always welcome back. So that was way cool. The gospel is true! Hope to see her again.
2) We had splits with the APs this week. I was in Oslo but Elder Richardson and Bleggi had a cool experience. They were knocking doors here in Lillestrøm and met an atheist. He was a former Jehovas witness and had experience knocking doors so we was nice and listened to what they had to say. This man was way impressed with how they acted and was also impressed that they weren't just out to convince him of the truth and press him or force him to accept the message. He noticed all they wanted to do was share their message. So he told them he would take the mormon.org card, take a picture of it and post on Facebook, about his positive experience. A few days later we got a call from the missionaries in Moss, saying that a member in Moss saw the post that this random guy in lillestrøm put on Facebook and how it got a bunch of likes and comments from other people saying good things about mormons and missionaries.
On Tuesday, we our meeting in Oslo and it was way good. I always love being with the other missionaries and also hearing from President and Sister Hill. We talked about several different things. We went through some training that President received from the executive missionary commitee on working with Youth and YSA. In the training there was a panel of YSA who are recent converts and two that were featured were from Norway! One from Bergen that was baptized 5 years ago and living in utah, and another who is living in the states who was baptized like 5 weeks ago. Awesome to see Norway represented! We also talked about the upcoming video, The Prince of Peace that the church will post on March 31. Watch it and share it!
It was way fun to be on splits in Oslo. i like the big city with a LOT of people. There is always someone to talk to. Elder Mitchell and I grilled burgers for lunch. The APs have a grill on their balcony. we made bacon, blue cheese burgers. Heavenly.
I have a testimony of this gospel. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer. He is the prince of peace. I'm excited for general conference and that we have the opportunity to hear from the leaders of the church. I add my testimony to theirs. The church has been restored. Like that facebook post from the random guy. You never know the positive effect you can have. A small positive post of a testimony or experience can change the life of another.
Have a rockin week!