Monday, July 7, 2014

Elder Bednar is coming to our mission September 7!


Well, the fourth of July came and went pretty quietly here in Norway. I am glad to hear that things were normal back home!  I miss that.

This week here has been no exception either. It was busy as usual.  We had more stuff to do than we had time for.  It is hard to believe that a week has passed since the last email I sent.

We had another MLC.  That meant that we had another month that went by.  I can't believe that I have been here in Sandvika now for 3 months.  It seems like I just got here yesterday.  MLC was good though.  Elder Wh and I got a lot of feedback from the missionaries about these workshops that we will be holding.  The rest of the night was spent with the Traveling Assistants planning and doing work in the office.  So Tuesday was basically a whole day of work, either in Meetings or in the office.

Wednesday was a day much the same.  As was thursday.  We got to work for a period of 2 hours in Sandvika and we had a ton of success.  We found like 15 people in 2 hours.  It was such a huge blessing from the Lord.  I still don't understand it.   But he really does bless us a lot.  

Friday was our first day of doing workshops here in the mission.  We went out to Tønsberg and did a 7 hour meeting there.  It was a super good meeting.  We got to go over a lot of skills and really help people to start develop them.  It was a blast to be with the missionaries.  There was about 20 of us there in this super small chapel.  It was the fourth of July so we finished our meeting singing the Star spangled banner.  It was awesome.  

We had a pretty busy day on Saturday.  We had lots of lessons that were kind of all over the place.  We had a lesson out in this small farming town called Sylling.  The family that we taught lived literally on the side of a fjord and were boxed in by a huge mountain.  It was the most beautiful farm I have ever seen.  They were sheep herders, so they just had a ton of animals over the whole place.   It actually was way cool. The lesson we taught these people was actually pretty good too.  K, the wife, is norwegian.  She married L, who is a guy from Sri Lanka.  They have 2 kids.  They were super sincere and just loved the message.  We look forward to going back soon!

After that lesson we had a couple in Oslo with the Elders there and then a couple other smaller lessons in Sandvika.  All of them went relatively well.  

We had a little bit of an adventure though.  The sisters in Asker popped two tires on their car on Saturday.  So we had to go out and help them with their spare tire and then get a new one for them so they could get back on the road.  It was actually a welcomed break for the day.

I forgot which day it was this week, but we also got to go out with one of our investigators and pick strawberries!  I don't think that I have ever had such good strawberries before!  It is definitely the season here in Norway to get them.

I found out that one of the people I taught in Oslo has a baptismal date now.  I don't know if you remember him, but he is from Taiwan.  He is here on exchange.  He will hopefully get baptized here in a couple of weeks.

There was a lot of other stuff that happened. We found out that Elder Bednar will visit the mission on September 7.  So the whole mission is pumped about that.  Only half of the mission will get to see him though. He is doing a stake conference and then is holding a missionary meeting for 3 hours right afterward.  We can't fly eveyone in for it.  So it is only the people that are close enough to take a train.  Everyone is hoping to get sent to the east or telemark zones now haha.  

We are preparing for Elder Dyches to come on August 13. Elder Wh and I have to basically plan that whole thing before Elder Wh goes home.  So that should be fun.  We also have to plan for moves in 2 weeks, when Elder Wh leaves.

To answer question about all the people going home, yes there are 3 groups going home.  There are 4 elders in 2 weeks, and then there is 1 elder in September and then there are 10 sisters in October.  Then it is my group in November.  We get 3 new groups during that time too.

The mission is changing a lot!  It is so great to be here though!

Anyways, I have to get going.  

Jeg elsker deg!

Eldste Jones

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