Monday, June 9, 2014
Nice Solid Week
Gooooooooooooooood Day Gov'nar!
Besides the fact that I'm turning more and more British with every passing day, life has been pretty sweet over here in Norway!
It's been exciting helping Omar prepare for his baptism this Saturday! I can't believe how fast the time and flown and, really, just how much has happened during this short two month period. I am so grateful that I got to a part of the whole process from finding Omar to seeing him be baptized! It's an amazing thing to witness!!
We did find a great new investigator named Morten. He doesn't have a belief in God but he is very open to learn more about it. One cool thing he said was that people can't close their minds to the idea that there is a God because that forces your brain to be limited. He's a man with great wisdom and it'll be exciting to see where he goes from here.
Johnny's back from vacation!! We got to meet with him yesterday after church. He is still skeptical about the Book of Mormon but even after taking a three week pause from meeting with us, he still has a desire to find out if this is all really true. Fantastic right? It's cool to see how everyone we've met and taught all have incredible potential.
Speaking of potential, not sure if I've talked about Hunk... Hunk is a Chinese man whose here in Trondheim for a business trip. We have met with him three times now and already he believes in God, Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is God's word. HOLY GUACAMOLE. He's the most prepared person I've met!
One cool highlight of the week was visiting a less active named Turid. At some point in our conversation, she talked about how missionaries do the finding and members help with the fellowshipping. Both Sister Burns and I were like, "WHOA. Pause right there (we didn't actually say this of course. This was just the thought that popped into my head at the moment)." We ended up actually having a great discussion about how much members can really do with missionary work. Turid ended up having all these people pop into her head and she got excited! It was so amazing to see that spark ignite so quickly once Turid's mind started to gain a bigger understanding of missionary work. It'll be exciting to continue to help her act on that growing desire to help in the Lord's work.
To close, I came across a scripture in Deuteronomy 6:2-3 which says,
"That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee... all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, [insert your name], and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee..."
First of all, no the scripture doesn't actually say "[insert your name]" but it's a small thing I like to do to help me apply the scripture in my life. I love how Moses tells the children of Israel here the importance of observing the commandments, or studying them. The more I study in the scriptures, the more I gain the understanding of the WHY we need to do it - To learn and apply God's counsel to our lives. Heavenly Father has promised us if we do this, we will increase. I believe that to mean we increase in fulfilling our divine potential and becoming more like our father.
I do know that both the Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God. The more we take the time to study them, the more we become in tune with Heavenly Father's "voice." He speaks to us through scripture and His living prophets because He loves us. Every day I am able to feel a little more strongly how much Heavenly Father loves His children here in Norway and also for me personally. He loves you and He never forgets you. Always remember that.
Sorry this update is a bit on the rambling side, but I'm exploding with excitement for Omar's baptism and just love. Hopefully at the end of the day all of this made a bit of sense... But I do thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you have a lovely day and week!