Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Oslo Norway Mission, Called to Serve

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 13 - Sandvika

Hey everyone! 

Thanks for your love and support! It's been raining and raining here in Norway and the rivers are flooding but today the sun is out and everything is beautiful and green. It was transfers last week and crazy to say goodbye to 13 elders who just went home. They are studs and I'm glad I was able to serve with some of them. I'm excited to be here another transfer with Elder Briggs in Sandvika. Things are picking up and we had a good week.

The highlight of the week was definitely a guy name -- that we met on the street. We were out knocking doors Wednesday night and having no success and we felt like we should go somewhere else. We went back to the city and met --. He is from Romania and was really nice and believes in God and Jesus Christ. On Friday we were doing some weekly planning and gave him a call to get an appointment for the next week. He answered and said he could meet in 20 minutes haha. We called the sisters in the area and it worked out great because they were able to get us some pamphlets in Romanian. We took the bus with Michael to the church and showed him around and then talked with him about the restoration. . He loved the message we shared and was interested. It is experiences like these that just remind you who's work this really is. It is so cool to be a part of it!

This week we met with a Newer convert in the ward and did some service for our Ward Organist. She is one of the most positive people I know! She also made us homemade Kjøttkaker which is very Norwegian and delicious! We also got to play some soccer with some of our friends and a few members of the ward on Saturday like usual. 

We weren't able to meet with some of our other investigators this last week but we got some lined up for this week.

I was insprired from another missionary to start a little tradition this week with Elder Briggs. "Skikkelig Norsk" We are going to do something fun each week that is just super Norwegian. This last week we bought Oranges and a kvikk lunsj for a snack while we were out. Kvikk lunsj is a kit kat but x 10 in goodness. It is very Norwegian to take a kvikk lunsj and an orange when you go for a hike or skiing especially during easter time. 

My thought for the week is from the Book of Mormon. Alma 48: 17-18 

17 "Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God.

How powerful those verses are. These people in the scriptures are real. Picture it. They had families, friends, and they labored hard to preserve their freedom and their faith. They are our examples. We get a little insight into what kind of a man Moroni was in earlier verses...

One that I particularly like is in verse 12. Moroni was a "man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people."

He was grateful and diligent. Signs of humility and love.

Have a good week!

Elder Witt

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