Monday, February 3, 2014

Here Comes the Sun!

Well, transfers have come around again, and I have found out that I will be staying right here in Oslo for another transfer, which means that the first 8 months of my mission will have been spent in the same area. I will be getting another companion, and life in Norway is good. 

Nothing happened with Malika this week, but we should be meeting with her soon. She just said that she wanted to wait until winter break starts in a week so that she will have more time to talk to us. So hopefully things will be good this week.

We watched the Hastening the Work of Salvation special broadcast this morning as a refresher for all of us, and it just really reminded me of how missionary work should really be. We have a long way to go, and it was good for me to remember the instruction we have been getting from the apostles and the prophet. Do you get on the hastening the work website ever? I would recommend it   :)

For the past few months, life in Norway has been dark and dreary, and people walk through the city with their heads now and earphones in, running from one place to another, and never really taking the time to enjoy the journey. It has been cloudy every day, the snow and wind have been never-ceasing, and it has been pressing down on us, without us really noticing it. People have tended to be a bit less happy lately.

But today, a miracle happened. The clouds disappeared, the sun came up, and Oslo changed. It is incredible to think about how much difference just a few rays of sunshine can make.  It was so great to see the sun and blue skies, and everyone has been a lot happier :) One of the investigators in Oslo took us ice skating and it was good to just be outside exercising for a while. One minute life is normal, business as usual, and then the sun begins to shine and everything becomes the happiest thing in the whole world. 

I think that the same thing can be said about our lives. We all have trials and hard times, but it is always good to remember that no matter how dark or depressing our lives may seem at the present, the sun will always come out tomorrow, and things really will look up. We should always receive strength and comfort from the knowledge that we will never be alone and that the light will come again to fill our lives.
I am so grateful for the ultimate light in my life- the light that is brought through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope that you all can receive more of that light as we try to share it with others.

I love you all, have a wonderful week!

Ice Skating

With Elder Tate

Kebab with the Zone Leaders

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