Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2

Well, it's been a great week, as always! We kind of had to put the work in our area on hold this week as we travelled around the mission a bit, but the Lord still blessed us, and I hope that we will be able to help these people to come unto Christ. It stresses me out when we leave and don't have much contact in a week. A week seems like nothing at all, but in missionary work, there is so much that can happen in a week! 

We had meetings in Bergen, Tromsø, and Trondheim this week, and went on companion exchanges in Drammen and Oslo as well. Got some good miles in, and met a lot of cool people around the country. If there is one skill I have gained on my mission that I am grateful for, I think it might be the ability to talk with and meet new people. It is such a rejuvenating experience to open yourself to someone and make a new friend. Human relationships are so refreshing.

As far as the area goes, we had a pretty good week in that Henrik came to church again and went to dinner with one of the members in the ward! So good! It feels amazing to see an investigator get fellowshipped in such a good way, because to be honest, Henrik's wife (a member) needs it just as much as he does. So hopefully they are on the road to testimony and conversion right now. I thought that the home teaching message for this month was so fitting for missionary work, because I meet and work with so many people who may have testimonies, but they sure aren't converted to the gospel, and it shows. That seems to be such a relatively "new" idea in the church, but it is so important that we always focus on conversion in the things we do. In missionary work, in parenting, in our teaching in the church, and especially in our own lives. The level of our conversion determines the strength of will we will have in the trials to come, and in today's world and the hardships that accompany it, we need all the strength we can get. Sorry for the ramble, but it just makes me so sad to see people fall away because of a lack of conversion.

Another bright spot of the week was Arve. Arve is a Norwegian guy who is married to a member from Brazil, and we were able to start teaching him this week. He has read in the Book of Mormon before and has an issue with the fact that the church doesn't oppose the death penalty, but we are going to take a "put your questions aside and get a testimony first" approach and see if we can't help him. I think that the Plan of Salvation is our in with this guy, so I can't wait to see how it goes. 

Life is pretty crazy as usual, but I love it. I love being a missionary, and there are so many blessings that we receive every day. We are so lucky and we don't even realize it sometimes. I thank God every day for the blessing of his love. It's amazing.

I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week! 

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