Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

The weather here has definitely been moving toward winter, and I think that summer has officially given up. It was pretty cold yesterday and it rained raindrops the size of grapefruits (okay, that might have been a slight exaggeration) that had us soaked in the three minutes it takes to walk from the bus stop to the church. Good times! So I guess it is time to break out the winter gear and see how that goes. I can't believe it is already almost October. The leaves are changing and falling off, and I am just counting the days until snow. Bring it on!

This week it was zone leader training meeting, so we split the zone in half and did two meetings. The meeting included some discussions about urgency, member work, and teaching, and some minute-to-win-it games and some good practicing on our skills. President Evans came and he enjoyed the meetings, so that was a good sign. We had a meeting in Trondheim on Tuesday and then in Tromsø on Thursday. Sometimes all this travelling makes it tough to get stuff done in our own area. But that's how it goes sometimes. At the meetings, we decided that conversion is the thing we can focus on right now to help the work go forward in our zone. Our own personal conversion, teaching investigators for conversion, and helping the members to become converted. That's where it's at. The apostles have been pretty clear.

We were not able to meet with Evelyn again this week, but I did call her and we finally established contact again. She said she wasn't doing very well because she hadn't been able to stop thinking about what we told her about the Law of Chastity, so that is a really good sign. We are going to meet this week to talk to her again. Miranda is a Norwegian lady from Trondheim and is about 40 years old. She has had a really tough life, and doesn't understand a lot of things because of that. And she really likes cats. She is a little different, and I can't tell if she is positive or not, so we will just have to wait and see on that one. Kulwant is doing really well, and we have a set appointment every Monday at 8 at his restaurant. He gives us free food and we talk about the gospel, and we are going to go for a baptismal date tonight. He is really cool! The missionary work is going really well in Trondheim.

We had a baptism in Trondheim on Saturday, and it was for a guy named Charles. He is from the Ivory Coast and is really cool. Pretty shy and there is a slight language barrier, but it was good to watch him through the teaching process become converted to the gospel. He was meeting with the sisters, and it is always good to end the week with a baptism. Good stuff!

Have a great week everyone!

Me in Tromsø. What a good city.

The elders in our apartment in our matching ties for the baptism. Good times :)

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