Monday, October 27, 2014

The Second-to-Last Door

Hello everyone!

This past week was another one of those fun missionary weeks!  As Elder Skinner and I were knocking doors last night, he kept asking, "How many last-door stories have you heard?" and we kept knocking the last door.  It was just fun being out and doing some good work.

Something we recognize, is that the smartest way to do missionary work is through the members.  We hope to have as many opportunities as possible to work alongside the members.  When we don't have that chance, we have to go 'old-fashioned' style and knock doors.  Not the most fun, but of course we make it fun!

A cool experience we had just last night.  We were led to an apartment building - as we approached the door we saw a man who was picking up trash on the floor in the pitch dark.  We asked him if we could help him, he said, "No" but told us that he would let us into the apartment building door.  Nice guy!

We got into the apartment building and knocked all the doors until the second to last door... how many second to last door stories have you heard?  Here's one:

The man who opened the door told us that he was just turning on the TV to watch a rabbi give a sermon.  We told him about the Book of Mormon and he told us that he had a lot to think about at that moment.  He told us that he had gone to church that day and that he had a lot going on in his life.  We told him we would come back and share our message with him.  He asked us, "Is it difficult doing what you're doing?"  It was the end of the night, one would imagine that it is difficult, but when you're on the Lord's errand - it's really not.  It's the most rewarding thing you could ever imagine, especially when you're led to a man like him.

We will go back to that man and teach him more about the gospel.  It's incredible when you're led 'not knowing beforehand what you should do' but the Lord always takes care of you.  To be honest, I chuckled to myself thinking, "Why on earth are we led to this apartment building?" But of course, Heavenly Father's ways are higher than my own.  I'm just grateful that I'm able to be led by Him.  It's the greatest blessing I've ever experienced - to serve the Lord!

This week I get to go to Stavanger and be part of a very special convert's baptism!  I have been in contact with her for over a year now!  She is so amazing!  I hope that everyone has a great week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Work Continues to Grow

Monday, October 13, 2014

Room in Our Hearts

What a week!  The time is flying by once again.  We had a 'Moves Call' yesterday - all the missionaries call into a conference call and we announce where the missionaries will be serving, their callings, and their companions. So that was yesterday, and this Wednesday we will have moves.  I will receive my new companion, Elder Skinner.  He isn't quite a "new companion" but more of a "3-Peat".  We were companions in the MTC, companions in Drammen, and now will be here in Sandvika!  It's quite exciting - he will definitely be a lifelong friend!

Elder Jones and I served our last full week in our proselyting area, he will be serving as a traveling assistant - meaning that he will travel to all areas in Norway and train the missionaries.  It'll be an exciting way for him to end his mission!

As for the week of proselyting, we spent a lot of days knocking on doors - some positive and some not interested.  We had the opportunity to spend some time in Stavanger, teaching a woman who should be getting baptized by the end of the month.  I have known her for close to a year now, and have kept in contact with her.    
She is an incredible woman who has had a powerful experience in coming to know the power of God, she knows that He knows her individually.

It has been possibly the most rewarding experience to watch her growth along the journey to baptism.  It is such an incredible blessing to be a missionary.  The Spirit helps to change the hearts of our Heavenly Father's children.  Our very own hearts can be changed if we allow them to be.  My testimony that this is real, is one that has come firsthand.  If we give room in our hearts, it will happen.  It happens in His time and in His way, but it happens!

During the teach we had with her, I felt prompted that we needed to share this very powerful movie with her:

It's incredible to know that these miracles are real.  I know that they are.  I have been both on the receiving end as well as the giving end of them.  I am grateful that our loving Heavenly Father desires that we know of His love and concern for us.  I continue to hope that all will come to know of these things - they are real!

Have a great week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Come and See"