Monday, April 18, 2011

God Påske!‏ (Norwegian Happy Easter!)

Dear All :)

This past week has been a really good one. Me and my comp pretty much
walked all over the entire city maybe two or three times throughout
the entire week and it was great :) Haha I hadn't really noticed how
much we'd walked until I woke up this morning and everything was way
stiff. Luckily the weather is nice and warm so it makes things more
comfortable while outside.

Anyway so back to why the past week has been so good.. I think I was
able to experience what you might call "a mighty change of heart."
Even though I've still had headaches or other challenges I have been
so happy. I feel like I was able to really get "lost in the work" and
it felt really good :) I don't even know how to explain it but it's
like a spiritual fire has been lit within me and I just can't get
enough of the gospel. The scriptures are so powerful and they give us
so much.

Yesterday they had a farewell program for one of the young men who's
going on his mission soon to the Salt Lake City, Utah mission. They
had some really good musical numbers. One was the EFY Medley "We'll
bring the world His truth/Sister's in Zion" and another really good
one was "In the Hollow of they Hand." I'm not quite sure who wrote
that one but it was definitely a keeper:) It feel's like such a short
time since I gave my "farewell" talk haha.

I'm grateful to hear that y'all are cheering for me :) I think I'm
finally starting to understand a bit more what it means to "Be still
and know that I am God." I don't think I quite got the whole "Be
still" part before but I think letting go of our own will and allowing
His to take its place has somewhat to do with it. Just a thought.

I am really starting to see and feel the
love for the people among whom I serve. It is so hard to put into words
but it's kind of like that feeling you get when after to come out of the temple, ya know it?
Heavenly Father has blessed me so much in the past few weeks :) Now it
doesn't even matter that I've had clenching problems or sinus problems
cuz everything else just feels too good. Ah it's fantastic :)



Saturday, April 9, 2011

Conference was pretty awesome!‏‏

Dear All,

I must admit that conference was just wonderful! I'm pretty sure a good number of those
talks were written personally to me cuz they applied so well :) There
were quite a few talks that stood out to me that were about pain,
trials and afflictions we go through in life. Considering the
headaches and sinus problems that seem to occur on a regular basis,
those talks really hit home for me :) It is amazing to me how fine
tuned the spirit can be to be able to speak to each one of our need's
in such a worldwide conference.

We don't have any baptisms coming up but we just started teaching a
lady named Gerd who is pretty cool. She had a ton of questions the
first time we met with her and she was so anxious to learn more. It
was sweet to see the spirit leading the teach as well.

In comparing Skien to Arendal, I think I like Arendal better. Although
I did get to see Arendal both during the winter and summer times. Here
I've just seen winter and a little spring but it still isn't quite as
pretty as Arendal. The ward here is definitely bigger and I don't have
to give as many talks haha.

I've been learning Nepalese from a Nepalese family who's in the ward
here. They were baptized about a year ago and we get to have family
home evening with them almost every Monday :) They also make a huge
dinner with tons of rice for everyone haha.



ps. Here's a picture of my district :)