Monday, January 31, 2011

"O Savior, stay this night with me, Behold 'tis eventide"‏

Dear All,

Last week was wonderful! Elder Jose A. Teixera of the Seventy came to
talk to us for zone conference and it was very inspiring :) I was
especially lucky cuz he had a seperate training meeting for any
leadership in the mission, so I got to be a part of that as well.
Everything he said felt like it was directed right to me and it
strengthened my testimony so much :) One thing I especially liked was
how he spoke to us about repentance. He talked about it being more
then just being forgiven of our sins. That repentance includes forming
a fresh view of God, ourselves, and the world around us. It's
basically having an attitude change coming along with being forgiven.
So the more we use the Atonement and repent the more we can begin to
see things in a new light or in a better way. It is a source of
happiness and joy :) Just like you said, staying close to the "Son"
makes us happier and more excited. Such a great thing!

He said so many golden things I couldn't write fast enough haha.
Something else he talked about was faith. He said, "You will gain more
faith by doing the things that require that faith." I've read and hear
alot that faith is action or faith requires action but the way he put
it just made it click this time :) It amazes me how simple the gospel
really is. If you want to strengthen your faith in something like
reading the Book of Mormon cuz it may be hard to see how it will help
you then just do it and watch for the blessings. It's fantastic!

My companion and I tried this last week. We decided that we didn't
have that many people to teach and we wanted more but it had been a
rough week before that so our faith was a little weak. We got back
from the conference on Friday and went out with the thought in mind
that everyone who crosses our path is seeking the truth and we have to
tell them about it. Over the past few days we've found many, many
people who we have now taught and will continue to teach. My faith
grew and I don't want it to ever stop :)

I know it's true, with faith ALL things are possible! I am so grateful
for all the possibilities we have before us. I hope you have an
enjoyable week.



Monday, January 24, 2011

It's a great day to be alive!

Feast Upon
the Word

Study Time:)

The work is going well here. President Johansen came and did our
district meeting for us so it was really good! My district consists of
two other companionships. One in Tønsberg and one in Drammen. So we
had district meeting in Drammen this week. Afterward we had to run to
catch a train that actually turned out to be delayed for over an hour!
Apparently there was a problem with the train routes in Oslo so all
the lines coming our way were delayed. Finally it came and stopped two
or three cities before Skien. A woman's voice came on the speaker
system and said they weren't going any further due to the fact that
the train was already running way off schedule. Oh and they also said
they couldn't find any busses to take us the rest of the way so we
would just have to wait and they'd let us know in a bit. It was crazy.
Everyone was lined up waiting for a Taxi voucher so they could get
home. We finally got home a few hours later when I realized that
nobody ever asked us to show our tickets. Since we were running late
we didn't get the chance to buy a train ticket ahead of time so we'd
plan to buy it on the train but no one ever came. We got both a train
ride and a Taxi drive home all for free :)

Lately we've been doing a lot of different things. We got a really
cool referral last week from the Bishop. She actually was looking
online at some of the church websites and called the bishop to see if
we could come to tell her about the church. Unfortunately we haven't
been able to meet with her yet cuz we were supposed to on Friday but
our train was delayed.. We're meeting with her tomorrow and i'm pretty
excited about that.

Yesterday a former investigator to some other missionaries showed up
in church after sacrament meeting. She's from Poland and just got back
after a vacation during Christmas. We have been trying to meet with
her but she hasn't had time. Then suddenly she said she'd come to
church, it was awesome :) There weren't any investigator's being
taught before I got here so for the past few weeks we have been doing
alot of street contacting and asking people for referrals.

We had a really good teach with a woman named Solange. She was so
positive and open to reading in and praying about the Book of Mormon.
At the end she was kind of afraid to say the prayer and said she isn't
very good. Then she gave a really powerful, sincere prayer that
brought the Spirit even more :)

Another thing that you could say was a "tender mercy of the Lord" was
when I was on splits with Elder Tedrow in Tønsberg on Thursday. We had
about an hour to go out and talk to people on the street's that
morning. So Elder Tedrow and I talked about how many people we wanted
to get an appointment with. We both felt like three was how many the
Lord had prepared for us. It was cool cuz as we were on our way back
to the car we only had two people who were going to meet us another
day. We needed one more.. We talked to one more guy, and he was
interested. We met our goal and what was even more interesting was
that the three people who were interested had all been in the same
area when we spoke with them, just at different times. We had walked
down different roads, all over the city, but each one whom the Lord
had prepared for us had been in the same place. :)

It's been a really good week and I've learned a lot. I really enjoy
this work and getting to work with so many different people, it's such
a blessing :)

Elder Daniel

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome to Skien

Dear All,  
Skien is a great place! Things were kind of slow this past week since almost everyone was busy with the holiday's but it was cool seeing a new area :) My new companion is Elder Linge and he's from Orem, Utah. We have a lot of things in common and we get along really well. So far it's been a blast working together :) It's only been half a week but I've had a good time. Things have been going really well with the whole being district leader and all, no stress :) I held my first district meeting on Friday and that was pretty fun haha. I've just kinda taken everything as it comes and it's all worked out.  
Thanks for putting my name on the prayers rolls. It's interesting that you just barely did that cuz I see now where that extra help came from :) Church on Sunday was very busy with meeting all the member's for the first time and what not. I made it a goal to meet/talk to as many member's as possible so I can start getting to know them better, quicker. The ward here is awesome too!  
In priesthood meeting the lesson was actually going through the first lesson in Preach My Gospel, so that was nice. Pretty cool to have already studied, many times, the topic that's being covered in the class. Anyway, since we as missionaries do have the lesson's pretty well down he asked me to give them an example teach of the lesson in front of everyone. Of course not me along with my companion, no no, just me haha. I was to be teaching another brother in the ward and he was to be "the investigator." The funny thing was I was a little nervous at first but after we got going I wasn't nervous at all :) It went really well and I enjoyed it a lot. They gave some good comments and feedback afterwards also. I have to say it was a little bit more involvement than I had expected for my first day but hey it was fun :)  
New Year's eve was really fun too! We were invited over to a huge family party and we got to stay out til 1 in the morning haha. I pretty much did the same thing I've done many other new year's eve parties, eat a ton of delicious food/dessert all night until midnight :) Oh and we got to sleep in the next day as well so that was nice. I got to play the drums a lot too cuz three of the boys in the family have their own band and they were actually really good. Ben, the one who plays the drums, asked if either of us played an instrument before our mission's. I told him I played drums for a while so he handed me the sticks haha. I then realized how little I remember how to play haha but it was fun anyway. Every song they played I knew so that was cool too :) Kinda wish I spent more time practicing when I was younger haha. Well maybe I'll pick up something when I get home. I think I'm a little bit better at being disciplined enough to learn new things and practice. So I had a fun new year's eve, but I didn't even think to take pictures until the end when we all went outside for fireworks.. The picture I sent if of the giant bonfire they made before lighting off fireworks, it was pretty sweet :)  
It was great to hear from you. I hope you have wonderful day today :) 
Love,  Daniel