Norwegians, being Norwegians, have managed to come up with yet another holiday and reason to celebrate. When I was in America, I didn't even know this day existed, but apparently the 24th of June is celebrated as the birthday of John the Baptist, since he was born approximately six months before Christ. But the Norwegians aren't all that worried about that part of it. The reason they like it so much is that June 23rd also happens to be the longest day of the year. Tonight everyone is going to go out to the beaches, make huge crosses out of wood, and have bonfires. It is just one huge barbecue all night long, because here in the land of the midnight sun, the sun never leaves. Talk about party.
It has been a good week for us in Narvik. It is always a little bit difficult being so far north, but we have really seen some miracles. On Monday we knocked doors the whole night and were let into two houses where we were able to teach and testify of the Book of Mormon. That never happens in Norway, so it was incredible to be able to see the Lord's hand in our work. One of the men we taught, Per Gustav, was so open to our message that it caught me off guard. He asked the best questions and understood so well the importance of the message we share. We were blessed with so many new investigators this last weekend, and it is incredible to know that God takes care of His servants.
This week we also got a baptismal date with Kai, an investigator we have been working with for three weeks now. He is going to school here and is so sincere- so humble and willing to find out what God wants for Him in his life. It is so cool to watch people who have never heard of the gospel before read the Book of Mormon, pray about it's divinity, and allow the atonement to change their life. I am so grateful to be a missionary.
Between all of our investigators and Kikka, our recent convert, coming home this week, I am a pretty happy camper. Life is not always easy as a missionary, but it is always good. But here's a message to all you members out there: Go help the missionaries in your ward! They may not be the most talented or the best at interacting with people, but they are all motivated by love and a desire to serve and help you, and the Lord has called every one of them. I have such a testimony that we all have to work together in order to hasten this work.
Enjoy the summer, everyone! Party hard, live hard, and most importantly, love hard. Time moves too fast to waste it. I love you all!