Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1 - Sandvika

Hey everyone!

Thanks for your love and support. It sounds like the weather in Salt Lake is similar to Norway. We have enjoyed both some snow and warm sun lately. It was another good week here in Sandvika. I'm happy to be here. We have been focusing most of our time on different finding activities trying to find some people to teach. And we were able to pick up some pretty positive potentials. 

On Tuesday we decided to try back a former and continue knocking doors on this road  we were at on Saturday. And we were able to talk with a bunch of different people one including a mom who said I'm busy but you guys are more than welcome to come back another day. She said that without us even asking so we were pumped about that. Also on Tuesday, we had district meeting and the zone leaders from Drammen were visiting. They introduced us to our zone transfer goal and plan. It is a challenge for us to be more obedient and I think it will be really good.  We also had the opportunity in the district meeting to share our own conversion stories with each other and why were on a mission. It was way cool to hear everyone's different stories and is a reminder to me that we must all be converted to the gospel even if we were raised in the church. Conversion is a process and we all should seek to be converted. 

On Wednesday, we met with a different investigator we have. His name is -- from Bolivia. Way cool guy. He wants to come to church and loves hearing our messages. He has good potential. One problem is that he works and lives in Sandvika during the week but then lives near Fredrikstad on the opposite side of the fjord during the weekend. We are going to get him lined up with the missionaries there as well. Then we used the rest of the day to contact and knock on some doors.

On thursday, we met with a former investigator. probably the strangest visit I have ever been to. He shared with us some interesting beliefs he has. Turns out that he mainly just likes talking about faith and theories of god and religion and stuff. We were a little bummed but we will keep trying. Also on thursday we met a member of the bishopric. He is like 25 and a stud! He is studying music and a school and way talented.his wife is pregnant so we helped them clean the church and then we had pizza together.

On Friday, we went to the city and got things organized for elder briggs driving test and driving school. he needs to take the test soon. We also contacted a little and went back to the area we knocked doors on tuesday but none of our potentials were home. But on the way back elder briggs gave out a book of mormon on the bus so that was cool. We finished out by weekly planning and going through and organizing our area book more. We have so many records. 

On Saturday, we had sport again with the ward. It was fun. A teenager that elder briggs met before I got here came with us. He is cool and so we are trying to get him friends with the youth. Later we met with -- again. We didn't have a lot of time so we shared a video on the sacrament with him. I was impressed with his understanding. Then we went to the mission home for dinner and to have interviews with President. It was fun to go to the mission home. It had been over a year since I had been there. 

On Sunday we had a good day in church. There were lots of people in attendance! it was good for the ward. Unfortunately none of our investigators came. Altough one promised us she is coming next week. After church we met with bishop and he gave us some assignments so try to visit some people. Then we went and knocked on some doors until a family in the ward here had us over for dinner. They are a fun family. 

My thought for the week is on repentance. There is a definition (from true to the faith I believe) that I really like.

It (repentace) is a change of mind and heart that gives us a fresh view about God, about ourselves, and about the world. It includes turning away from sin and turning to God for forgiveness. It is motivated by love for God and the sincere desire to obey His commandments.

Christ' atoning sacrafice makes repentance and forgiveness possible. Repentance is essential to our daily happiness and progression. There is no better feeling than the effect of christ's cleansing power in your life as you sincerely and fully repent and continue to seek a remission of your sins. 

Have a fabulous week. Love you!

Elder Witt

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