We had ZLT! (Zone Leader Training) Elder Nilsson and Elder Allen the Zone leaders and President and Sister Evans came to Bergen to do like a work shop. It was so cool and we learned the importance of keeping our area book up to date and organized. We also talked about fun and different ways to kontakt and making it fun! After that great motivation, Søster J and I went out kontakting that night and killed it!!! We had so much fun and talked to EVERY person we saw! We also would say a word that the other would HAVE to use while they were talking to the person we stopped, that was hilarious! They were all so hyggelig and nice! It was so fun!! hahahaha best part of the night.... Søster J and I promised we would stop every person we saw and we were walking down the street heading home and it was just us, than a boy about 14 years old was on the other side of the road and Søster J yells “HEY!!! TRO DU PÅ GUD!?” Than ran across the street for us to talk to him. His reaction was priceless!
The STL's came!! (Sister Training Leaders) Søster Hartley and Søster Nielsen came to visit! We had such a good day!! Søster Hartley and I got kissed by an old man hahaha, that was interesting. Søster Nielsen and I were kontakting in the city and we pretty much chased/stalked these guys giving out free food and casually walked by so we could get some hahaha. Søster Hartley and I visited a member and found her house by a miracle! This is a member I actually skyped while I was in the MTC and “fake taught”, so that was fun to see her again!! Her name is Tricia! It was a really good day! We were able to talk to a lot of people and get people's numbers to meet again! Hopefully we will be able to start teaching some of them!
We ended up having two dinner appointments...one with the patriarch in the Drammen stake and 2 of his children. He is super nice! We accidentally got off on the wrong bus stop and his son drove past us and picked us up. That was a total blessing! As we were leaving, Søster J yelled to him in Norwegian 'thanks for the ride' but she accidentally said...'thanks for the kiss!' so that was really funny! Then we had our second dinner appointment with a guy from the US we met on the street. We were a little unsure about the situation so we texted the other missionaries saying 'if you don’t hear from us by 9.30 come help.' and sent the address too. So we walk over to his house..and it's basically this house for people who LOVE Jesus. Like....love love LOVE Jesus. We ate spaghetti and his girlfriend and some other friends came and we went through the articles of faith and everything. It was way cool and they were so nice and asked way awesome questions! Then...it’s almost 9 pm and our phones start ringing like crazy!!! We were on the way out so Søster J and I called Elder Dalton and Elder Stookey, the district leader to let them know that we were okay. Turns out he and his companion were SPRINTING to the train with a baseball bat and a borrowed iPhone to come save us and bust the door down. The Elders also live underneath the Berg family, who are members in the ward who found out we were in potential danger and yeah...it was hilarious and a mess! But rest be assured all is well!
Friday was interesting....in the morning we taught a man from Ghana. He's obsessed with the Bible and doesn't believe that we need more of God’s word aka the Book of Mormon. He was very frustrating..... After that we taught a Muslim man from China. It was an interesting day that is for sure haha.
Saturday felt like I was in Disneyland. There were a ton of concerts going on and sales and marching bands and so many people in the city! Not too many were interested in talking to us though.... We took our lunch with Elder Rial and Elder Dalton and had a blast. Søster J and I found some awesome matching sweaters for 20 kroner. (about 2 dollars...). We were so excited especially since they were of Justin Bieber!
The sisters and I like to go on walks each night during dinner time, so we walked to a little state church in our neighborhood and took pictures and played on the playground like we were little kids!
Right after church we had the YSA birthday party that the senior couple, The Allphins put on each month. That was fun and then after church we had an open house thing for nonmembers and that was way cool! The Bishop had a presentation and it was very informing and neat to hear him tell people about the church and our beliefs!
Something cool happened today… A man from Colorado emailed me a few weeks ago and said he had found me from my blog. He was coming to Bergen and had served his mission in Norway 20 plus years ago. He was at church on Sunday and found me after the meetings and we talked for a bit. That was so cool and great! It was fun to talk and share stories!!
THIS Mandag (Today):
Hiked Ulriken!!! Dang was that hard!! Coming down the mountain I slipped and fell about 5 times! It was so so beautiful though!! I am so lucky to be in such a beautiful place!!! It is so fun to be able to explore Norway and fall more in love with it! Just FYI: Ulriken is the highest of the Seven Mountains that surround Bergen. It has an altitude of 643 meters above sea level. Ulriken has an aerial tramway, Ulriksbanen that can bring people to the top.
Boot camp begins TODAY!!!... The sisters and I are starting “boot camp” to get better in shape and lose weight and I am in charge of it hahaha. This is going to be fun! They are already hating me... hahah I even made them sign a contract!!!
- I swear Norwegians are born to be skinny and in shape!! They are killing me on these hikes we go on!!
- I wore flats for the first time in 6 months.... It felt so weird!!!
-Søster J is the best!
- I got to use my Norwegian sign language this week!! That was cool! Man have I missed that! Crazy miracle!! As I sit in the library typing this letter a man walks in. It is øvynind the deaf man I skyped with when I was in Stavanger!!! No one has been able to have kontackt with him, so I just talked with him! I invited him to our activity tonight. I hope he comes so we can start teaching him again.
-My apartment is the yellow house with the green balconies
Many people I have come into contact with on my mission think that they don't need the Book of Mormon and that the Bible is enough. Helllo!!! If there is more of God's word, why wouldn't you want it!? Also you have to give it a try and find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is more of God's word. I can say without a doubt along with millions of other people that the Book of Mormon does come from God and it is more of God's word and guidance for us today! If it wasn't true, I wouldn't be in Norway as a missionary sharing it with people! I would like to challenge everyone members and nonmembers to re-read the Book of Mormon or if you aren't a member, to give it a try! Read it with an open mind and pray to see for yourself if it is more of God's word!
BIBLE AND THE BOOK OF MORMON
- We believe in the Bible and the Book of Mormon! We read both and use both
-We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God
- The Book of Mormon supports it, exhorts us to read it, and testifies of the truthfulness of its (Bible's) message
- We use the Bible and Book of Mormon to support each other
- Bible and Book of Mormon compliment and enrich each other
- Both testify of Christ
- The Book of Mormon has one translation and one version. It wasn't interpreted by man, but direct translation from God. Many people think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, but that is false. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from ancient Egyptian with the power of God and His help. Joseph Smith had barely any education, so there is no way possible that he did that without God's help.
- Here are some really great talks that go into more detail about the Book of Mormon and Bible!! Please please please read them!
Glad i dere!! ha en fin uke!!!