Monday, September 8, 2014

"The End is Near"

Monday, September 1, 2014

Anticipating Elder Bednar's Arrival

This week was absolutely insane!!!

We traveled out to Stavanger to give some training to the missionaries in the West Zone.  The missionaries there had such a good spirit and were so engaged, it made for a great meeting!  After the meeting, we were able to go up Preikestolen with all of the missionaries!  Luckily, I survived the trip again!  That night, I was able to be on a teach with a woman I've been teaching for nearly a year!  She has a baptismal date scheduled for October and we had an incredible lesson with her!  She was concerned about her son being prepared for the baptism.  We knelt in prayer and she explained that she felt that she needed to prepare her son.  The thought came to me that I would invite her to invite her son, as I was getting the words out to her, she immediately said, "I need to invite him!"  I had no doubt that the Spirit was present and that it led her to the same conclusion.  She immediately became overwhelmed by the Spirit.  It was such a powerful moment and we knelt in prayer again to give thanks for the experience we had.  The Lord is incredible!

We then went to Trondheim the next morning to give a training meeting for the missionaries in the North Zone.  Our training has been on our effectiveness of planning, and the missionaries have felt that it has been extremely beneficial to focus on this.  The results from this past week have shown that our mission is on the rise - it becomes better and better with every turn.  The most exciting opportunity we have, is that Elder Bednar will be visiting this country for a special Stake Conference.  He'll then give our mission a special training meeting!  Speaking for the missionaries, "We can hardly wait for him to get here!"

Elder Jones and I have had to prepare many flights, sleeping arrangements, travel plans to and from various locations.  It's been extremely busy, but we've got it all done!  Now we're just hoping that it gets executed correctly!

This work is real.  We all have a Heavenly Father who knows us and loves each and every one of us.  It's up to us to work towards accomplishing His goals.  He wants all of His children to live with Him again, and so, we need to help Him with that work.  I have done everything I can to make that happen here in this country, and I've never been more satisfied with anything in my life.  I hope that everyone can come to experience this happiness!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Featured in the Dagbladet!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Examples Unto the World

It was an excellent week again this past week!  Our mission was blessed to have a mission tour with Elder Dyches of the Seventy - We were able to spend some good quality time!  Elder Jones and I were privileged to eat dinner with President and Sister Evans, as well as Elder and Sister Dyches - that was a special experience!  We were able to attend a couple meetings and I learned so much from those meetings.  It's just a matter of applying the things you learn so that you really are able to yield results!
One of the things that Elder Dyches pointed out, was what I'd like to focus my post on.  In Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, it is written that our purpose as missionaries is to, "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." Elder Dyches pointed out, that in order for us to remain solid in the gospel and not to be scared by the difficulties that life can bring, we need to always have this purpose.  Regardless of what calling we serve in the church or what we go through, if our purpose remains our purpose, we will always remain strong.

This morning's devotional, that President Evans gave, he shared similar thoughts on this.  He started by saying a favorite scripture of his - 2 Nephi 31:20.  If we press forward in faith, regardless of what sort of capacity we serve in or whatever the circumstances that surround us, we will receive the promised blessings.  We must endure to the end, sometimes it's easier than others.  For instance, I'm a missionary sharing this gospel daily with others and it makes it easier, but when I'm done with this calling I must always be an example of these things.  It's an important calling that we have; being examples unto the world.

The things that I have learned here and that continue to be ingrained in me, I hope stick with me forever.  I hope that I am always passionate about these things - that hope can be made possible as one diligently reads scriptures and prays.  They are very important things that often times seem mundane, but I know that there is peace and guidance in these things, and I'm grateful that I have been able to have such great opportunities to be around incredible people!  Again, I hope for everyone to have these opportunities!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Visit to Stavanger

Monday, August 4, 2014

Serving Under Excellent Leadership

Monday, July 28, 2014

Greetings From Sandvika!