Monday, December 23, 2013
Celebrating the Light of the World
This week was a bit disappointing, but it was a good learning week.
We were able to meet with one of our investigators named Hanne (how Norwegians spell Hannah). She has been reading from the Book of Mormon, but she believes that the Bible is all that she needs to learn about Christ. We read 2 Nephi 32 together and Hanne really liked it. She kept rereading verses while we discussed the Holy Ghost with her. We bore our testimonies that the Book of Mormon helps us to gain even more knowledge of Jesus Christ and promised her that as long as she kept reading, she would also come to know that. She understands that she does need to keep reading and she says she will read a little everyday. We won't be able to meet with her until after the new year, but I don't doubt that she will read. She is a great example to me about keeping your word.
Sadly we couldn't meet with anyone else this week. Semhar, our investigator who came to church last Sunday has been busy with the holidays and lots of other things. One the nice side though, she sent us a text saying that we're in her prayers. Which means that she is praying! There's always good in every situation.
We had some difficulty with finding because people don't really wanna stop and chat when they have Christmas shopping to get done... We did manage to an appointment THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. THAT IS INCREDIBLE. The week of Christmas is a week long party so we were expecting to be able to meet with anyone because of that. But nope, this one man named Kim wants to meet with us!
And one last cool surprise: A former investigator that the sister before my companion and I came here came to church on Sunday. His name is Sylvester. He's a very funny old man who is very religious. In our investigator class, we challenged him to baptism. He said he would keep trying. He is still trying to receive his confirmation to be baptized.
So even though we didn't have many lessons or find many potentials, there were still some great surprises this week.
A quick scripture thought: We have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christ's birth this week. I would like to challenge you to read Alma 7 and to remember that we celebrate Christ's birth because of His life. As was said by one of the general authorities, "There would be no Christmas without Easter."
Also John 8:12 is a good one to read as well :)
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!