I really enjoy writing these weekly updates, because I get to look back on a week that is packed with hard work and pick out the nuggets of blessings that exist. It brings to thought a Mormon Message titled, "Flecks of Gold" in which I'll attach the link:
This past week, my "Flecks of Gold" came in rather large nuggets, actually. We went on splits with the elders here in Sandvika. I was paired up with Elder Crook and we had a great day! At one point, Elder Crook and I went to a different part of the city to contact people on the street in the city center. We saw a family walking in the opposite direction and so we decided to try to speak to them. Immediately, we stopped the first boy on the way back. This young Norwegian teenager told us that he had never heard of the Book of Mormon - so, we asked him if we could sit down on a bench with him and teach him about it. He told us that his mother had passed away several years before. He told us that he had had a dream that she was great and that life was better. He told us that he grew up in a Christian home, but at times still doubted. We testified to him that the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a book that could help him strengthen his faith in Christ.
In this church, we are not trying to change anything. We are only helping to strengthen people's faith in Christ. At times, it is difficult finding people who will listen to the message. As we patiently and persistently go about finding people who will receive us, we continue to accumulate these "Flecks of Gold", which help us know that God really does care about each and every one of us.
We were having a tough week - a lot of work but no results. Yesterday, we decided to fast about our area. We ended up getting two baptismal dates for a father and his son, and found four new people to teach. It was incredible how the Lord knew what we needed and how to help us accomplish His work. He really is involved in the details of our lives. It is most important that we trust in and have faith in Him. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father.