Monday, July 15, 2013

It is amazing to see the Lord bless you as you try your hardest. That is what we have seen here.


Wow!  Things are so crazy how much they change.  I can't believe that it is time for another missionary to go out!  Thanks for those pictures as well!  You have to tell taylor to shave that beard of his though!  Everyone was looking way good otherwise!  

That is cool to hear that the Elders did a role play with you, it is always a little hard to be an investigator for those.  I think that is helps when you choose someone you know and pretend to be them as you go through the lesson, especially try and figure out what they are thinking and what not.  Who know maybe you will realize something that could actually help that person and then share it with them!

Anyways, this week was probably my best week in Narvik.  Elder M and I committed ourselves to working harder than we ever have before and we saw some improvement.  We found 3 new investigators and had 6 lessons.  That was the best we have had since we got here.  But it was amazing to see the progress we have made as a companionship and the progress we have made here in the area.

We have taught M a couple more times, and it went well.  We focused a lot on his concerns with the Plan of Salvation.  We actually were able to explain it in a way for him that made sense.  At the end of the lesson he said, "This makes more sense than my doctrine!"  So that was some icing on the cake!  But a couple other concerns came up as far as proxy ordinances.  So we now have a great way to bring in Baptism in this life and why it is so important.  So we will hopefully teach baptism tonight!  We are very positive, and feel like we have seen some serious growth in him!  He knows that the Book of Mormon is true!

We also got a chance to meet with S.  I don't know if I ever told you guys about him.  Essentially we taught him 2 times and then he got super busy with school. We met with him because he wanted to attend a YSA conference but wanted to understand our religion first.  But anyways we got to meet with him one last time before he left to go back to china.  He really enjoyed to conference and felt like he grew as a result of it.  Unfortunately he still has no desire to change religions.  But the cool part is that he gave us gifts!  He gave me a Chinese screen model.  Essential it is just a small decorative piece.  It has the terracotta warriors on it and is super cool.  I will try and send a picture home soon.

Other than that we have had summer vacation plaguing us.  Most of or other investigators either left on vacation or remain on vacation.  Including half of the ward!

In church on sunday there was only like 3 members.  The branch president left for vacation with his family to Finland.  His daughter leaves on her mission to Finland next month, so they were going to sweden first to go the temple. So next week I think we literally have just the missionaries and one other couple.  But we shall see.   

Other than that we have just been working hard and getting stuff done!  It is amazing to see the Lord bless you has you try your hardest.  That is what we have seen here.  

I vært fall, jeg elsker deg så hoyt!  

Din sønn,
Eldste Jones

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