Saturday, August 30, 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 Evan,s 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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The End of An Era

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Work is Moving Forward

Monday, July 7, 2014

Inviting Believers Into Your Home

Hello everyone!!

The week was another incredible one - serving with Elder Skinner.  It never is a dull moment!  We maximize our time and have really received results from everything we do.  This past Mission Leadership Council, we decided as a mission that we will be focusing on being bold as missionaries.  The month of July will be a month of boldness!  We had a training meeting later on in the week, in which we were training on how to be more persistent.  It was a lot of fun to be part of!  Elder Skinner and I applied the things that we learned to our work and were actually let in to several homes this past week!  We taught lessons about the Restoration and The Book of Mormon!  Again, it was so cool to see that when you put forth your faith into practice, you actually get results!

This past week, we taught a woman with whom we have been trying to make contact with for several weeks.  She had canceled a couple appointments on us and eventually told us why - it was because she didn't like to talk about the gospel with people.  She felt like it was strange, but as we called this past time - she read a verse in the Bible that said you can invite believers into your home.  I'm not sure where it is, but it definitely was a mini-miracle that I've greatly appreciated!!

At church on Sunday, there were many youth who were coming back from an event in Sweden - FSY (For the Strength of Youth).  It is the Scandinavian version of EFY here.  The best part of it was that there were youth from Stavanger who came to Drammen!!  I was so grateful to see my friends from Stavanger again and because it was testimony meeting, I got to hear them bear their testimonies!  It was so cool to see the growth that they have made and I was so grateful to be blessed to serve there and here!  I constantly can't believe how incredible our Heavenly Father is.  He continues to answer our prayers and bless us tremendously.  I love Him so much and am grateful that He knows me personally.

I hope for everyone to have this same confidence and to always turn to faith before a wave of fear comes one's way.  I know that it's possible to overcome all things through faith!  I hope everyone has a great week!