These types of feelings I was able to share with some of the investigators that we have been teaching. It is so fulfilling to witness to strangers and investigators; I know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and I know that this Gospel can bring peace during every trial that life puts us through.
We had some pretty solid door-knocking days. Some nice conversations and experiences at people's doorsteps - some baptismal dates accepted and witnesses that Heavenly Father is looking over us. I will share an example of this. Today is our P-Day, we decided to help a family's daughter and husband move to a new house. This family is one who I have spent some time with and have a great appreciation for, although there is my language barrier - I love them greatly. We helped the daughter move, successfully - eventually they drove us to a nearby mountain (where most of my pictures are from) and we climbed to the top. As we got to the top, there was an amazing view all around us - it is the highest point in the area we are serving. When we went down from the top, my companion and I had to run down - because it was getting close to the time that we had to get back to our apartment, shower, and head out to a dinner where a family from the ward was hosting one of our investigators for FHE (another blessing). As we were running down the hill and came to a couple, they asked my companion where we were from. When the couple found out I was from Chicago, IL we had a great conversation the rest of the way down. He ended up being a Lutheran pastor - and he and his wife had lived in Chicago for 5.5 years. As we got to the parking lot of where we were dropped off, my companion and I still had a long way to go. The couple found this out, and offered to give us a ride to the bus station. We got to the bus station quickly - got home quickly - showered quickly - left our apartment to head back to our appointment (ran into a couple we have been teaching as investigators, talked to them long enough to remind them to read the Book of Mormon) then we got to our FHE/dinner appointment at 5 o'clock, exactly the time we had planned for it. I tell this story only to offer examples of how the Lord works. It may be a confusing story, but read through it - and find how the Lord's work is not about oneself, but about how he wants us to be as successful as possible; as long as we are willing to put forth the work.
Just this week I read the words of Ammon to his brothers in Alma 26. These words mean more to me now than at any other time in my life:
Alma 26:11-12 11 ''...I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. 12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
I look forward to the miracles that I will witness on my mission. I look forward to the blessings my family will receive. I look forward to changing the lives of many - because I desire to help bring others happiness.
I am grateful for this experience; to be a missionary and to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is real, the blessings of Christ exist in it and I hope to bring the people of Norway nearer to it. I hope everyone has an excellent week. I thank you all for your support and I love you all very much!