Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dig a Little Deeper

Thank you all for the letters and emails :) It's always a lovely surprise to receive your love and support!

This week was pretty fun! We got all but one weekly goal accomplished! Just missed the new investigators goal (we aimed for two and got none) but we found some really great potentials that we'll be trying this week. More on this as it develops...

Last monday we had a great lesson with Shangar. Else Stolp was with us and she was super! Shangar is just incredibly honest and so sweet. This lesson was a follow up with the Book of Mormon and he really loves it. He's already read the first 50 pages!! He tries to read 2-3 pages every day. He's the best!
We also got to do some service for the Fagerstrøm family. Their mother passed away about two weeks ago now so we helped set up for the memorial service. It was good to see that they had some of their silly-ness still but they were still understandly sad. I'm glad we were able to help them out in a simple way.

Tuesday we met Morin who is a less-active we will be working with. She and her son Jeremy just moved from Oslo and she's originally from Chile. She was baptized at 8 but she doesn't have any idea what the church believes. So we will be teaching her like she is an investigator to help her see why she was baptized.

Wednesday was Zone Leader Training and it was focused on baptism. Since our mission has a goal of getting 157 baptisms this year, president has been really emphasizing the importance of focusing on baptisms. Which was super cool because right afterwards we had a lesson with Mariann. She asked us some questions she had about what was said in Church, one of them was what is a convenant. Convinent that we just practiced that at ZLT! She even commited to a soft baptism! 
Afterwards we went to visit Melinda and had a nice visit with her. Sister Johnson and I asked if it would be cool to have a Japanese dinner night with her and her husband Andres. Melinda said she's have to talk with Andres but she really liked the idea. We're hoping that through this, we can get Andres to see we are normal people. He doesn't like anything to do with church and when he's home when we're there, he hides from us. So hopefully this goal becomes a reality!

Thursday something pretty cool happened as we contacted. One, we got a new potential named Nazar. The another thing was on our way home we stopped this one older lady. She said that she believes in God and prays every day. She has some kind of problem with her legs and she told us that she's been praying for someone to help her clean her house. We asked if we could do that and she was so surpised yet so happy. We planned to come to her house on Tuesday. Her reply was so sweet, "I have been praying for so long and God has sent me angels." That brought on the biggest smile on my face.

Friday being Valentine's Day (Happy Belated Valentine's everyone!) made it a little difficult to do anything. So we made cookies and notes to give to the widows of the ward. They loved the little surprise!

On Sunday Joe and Shangar came to church! Of my goodness it was wonderful! Shanghar didn't call us to let us know if he was coming so we called him Sunday morning and he was like, "I am coming to Church. Can I get a ride?" After much scrambling with phone calls, we got him a ride. Joe really enjoyed himself and was glad to have been able to come since he will be on a buisness trip til the end of the month. It was a great end to the week!

So the spiritual thought for today comes from Princess and the Frog. Even though we didn't find our two new investigators, we didn't lose focus on our other goals. When we push ourselves to "dig a little deeper" we not only see results but we also obtain a bigger picture of what God sees is possible for us. When we "dig a little deeper, you find out who you are." You are a child of a loving Hevaenly Father. He knows what you need when you need it. We will never have a perfect understanding of things as we go into the future but that is how our faith is tested and then strengthened. All Heavenly Father asks us is to do our part and He'll do the rest.

Have a fantastic week everyone! May the force be with each of you :)

Take care,
Søster Buhler

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