Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 92

Me and my plant. My plant and I. 

Now that our missionary schedule got changed, we are using a whole hour to work out and I am using every second of it - helps to get out of bed in the morning because with the time change the light in the morning is kind of lacking. But...super nice with the light at night. It's not dark at 2pm anymore which helps a ton with motivation. Now we are just waiting for the snow to stop. We had a huge blizzard at the beginning of the week - I know, it's the end of March and it snows - though it is kind of warm which I am grateful for - it's all about the little wins. 

This week was pretty good. Pretty busy. It seems like we are always running around to do something or other. We have a lot of prep for this week's zone leader training. We have to fly two more times before the end of the transfer - crazy. We have done a lot of prep for the ZLT and I will tell you more about it when it actually gets done.

Elder Wandtke and I are doing well, we did have a fun mishap where we were late for our plane back from Oslo which we had to pay the consequences and pay for it ourselves. Whoohoo. Now I know why we are supposed to leave with good time for the airport. Wow, what a very...pricey experience.

The best thing about Trondheim is the demographic of the people in the city. There are a lot of young students who are all over the place. The toughest thing about Trondheim is the demographic of the people in the city - ha ha. Because there are a lot of students there are a lot of people who "know everything" - I have had some pretty good conversations with people on the street about scientific evidence and how when God shows up - that's when they will believe. That kind of stuff - but that's the fun part of being in Norway :)

Hope you all have an awesome week!
J


Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 91

On the ferry to Kristiansund

This week was pretty good. It was weird that Nelson went home and is now chilling with his family and friends but it put into perspective how much of a time I actually have left on the mission. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit excited but I am NOT ready to leave Norway! It is just such an awesome place and people. 

We were way busy this week and will continue to be this whole transfer. We have zone conference coming up and appointments with people and trying to teach people we found this week. Should be hectic, but that's aways good! 

I got a plant. We were in Sunday School a couple of weeks ago and were talking about faith being like a seed, the teacher gave us all seeds that we were supposed to plant. After two weeks mine wasn't growing at all. I was ready to toss in the towel, when we went to a member's house and his plant was growing like crazy! We talked about it and I was telling him how mine was broken and ready to throw away. Anyways, we got home and there it was - my plant had sprouted! Wow, this is what being what a father is like - ha ha. (a metaphor with the plant here and faith.) Anyways, now I'm kind of pretentious with a spray bottle watering my plant.

Yesterday we didn't go to our ward, but with the senior couple to a city called Kristiansund where we have one active member but no missionaries or anything. It was so awesome - we got to go down and administer the sacrament to her and have a spiritual meeting all together in her home. I even gave a talk - all in all the whole thing was really great. 

My friend from another area is now here permanently - he's coming to activities and stuff - it's so awesome - sometimes you just got to water the seed of faith with a spray bottle :)

That's about it for the week - hope you all have an awesome one too! Life here is good so don't worry about me :)

J

My plant!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Week 90

The illuminati is real


Nice 90, am I right? Not trunky at all, just weird because Elder Nelson is going home in a couple of days so it makes it more of a real experience.

So a lot of missionaries are finishing up this summer, which should mean we are getting a lot of new missionaries this summer but actually we are not. So the missionaries are mostly coming a couple of transfers after us. I mean there really isn't too much we can do. It's just how it goes but we can just work to the end and hope for the best. That's really all I can think of - work to the end. But it should be good :)

This week we focused on working with some less actives to get them to church and we actually did! A friend actually from Tromsø so that was pretty sweet. It has been a while since we had him here so that was an awesome experience. This week we have some good appointments lined up so hopefully we can get some new investigators. WE have been doing a good amount of finding - so that's awesome.

I will be staying in Trondheim, which is good. I'll be with Elder Wandtke who has been the district leader in Alta, so we have been around each other a little, so that should be pretty good.

Things are good here and rolling. The attitude is good and so that's what's important. It's all about the way you look at things - that was part of the Sunday School lesson I got to teach on Sunday. 

Have an awesome week!
J

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 89

"Picolas Cage" - ha ha


So this week we had an area conference of Northern Europe which was pretty cool. It was a broadcast from Salt Lake and there was a cool talk by Elder Ballard about going way hard and about avoiding anti things and that kind of stuff. So good. We will have our fast and testimony meeting next Sunday.

Tromsø is getting a new senior couple - so including this new couple arriving I will have met 3 different senior couples that have served there. That's when it makes me feel like I've been here a long time :)

This week was good. We had the missionaries from Ålesund come to Trondheim for splits. We found a lot of people to call and meet up with. When we have missionaries come here we usually try to have appointments, but a lot of times we just go out finding people which is great because it means double manpower in the city to hopefully find some potential investigators. 

It's Elder Nelson's last week here, which is weird. I most likely won't be moving but I won't know until next Monday. Hope all is well on the western front :) (The biggest killer of winter is the fact that the sun doesn't feel warm at all. It's high in the sky but still -7.)

J