September 14, 2017



Elder Baldwin

The routine begins, Christmas, and Progress.

This week has been a lot more repetitive, due to us not having a ton of first week only meetings.
Our typical day has two 3 hour blocks of class, and then a block for exercise, separated by meals. It's amazing how fast a day flies by and yet how long each day is.

On Sunday we heard from Chad Lewis, former TightEnd for BYU and the Philedelphia Eagles. He talked about overcoming challenges and that nothing is too hard if we have faith. He served in the Taiwan China Mission, and because of that he was asked to be the first NFL ambassador to China. He shared that when he first had to talk about a game in Chinese he said "I testify that Tom Brady is throwing true passes" as his vocabulary was limited to gospel topics.

On Tuesday we heard from Elder Patrick Kearen, from the Presidency of the Seventy. He focused on how trials can make us stronger. One quote that stuck out to me was "Mormons thrive on Adversity." It is true this life is a time for us to grow and develop, even when life seems too hard for us to handle.

I've also been participating in the choir. The choir director is Brother Eggot, and he is hilarious. He has a perfect balance between us practicing the song that we will sing before the devotional and telling funny and interesting stories. He also talked a lot about how difficulty in life leads to progression.

On the Norwegian side of things I am progressing great. Yesterday we had the opportunity to do TRC, which is where members who can speak the language fluently, in our case it was typically returned missionaries from Norway, come and listen to a lesson prepared by us. I am amazed at how much I can understand and also communicate. I can bear testimony about almost anything I want to, and can usually pick out what the other person is saying in order to respond. I know that the Gift of Tongues is real because there is no way I could have progressed so much in just 2 weeks without it.

My District has decided that we are going to celebrate Christmas while were here, I we picked today as the day for it. One elder in our district got Christmas lights and trees, so his room is decked out with festivities. I love how much my District is bonding and how well we get along.

We also get a weekly trip to the temple. It ends up being in the middle of the afternoon, so we are all dying with our wool suits by the time we get there. Last week we did an Endowment session. It is a different feeling when the majority of the patrons are around my age.

I think I'm going to start sending a weekly scripture that has been important or I have liked in my week. This week is Ether 12:27.

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Included this week are pictures of our Temple Trip. And "Med kjærlighet" means with love.

From left to right in the serious looking photo Elder Parrish from Cali, me, Elder Spencer from Oregon, Elder Baldwin, my companion from Virginia, Elder Fowler, our district leader from Cali, Elder Snapp from Indiana, Elder Chew from Logan, Elder Lowther from Cali, Elder Anderson from Riverton, and Elder Fry from Texas.​​
Med kjærlighet,
Eldste Aland


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