October 31, 2017



Elder Baldwin

Zone Conference, Halloween and so much more!

Last Monday for my Birthday the sisters here in Ålesund made my a chocolate cake. We were all impressed by how well it turned out. We then went and hiked sukkertoppen, one of the little mountains near us. It was a great Birthday and we also got a
lot of phone calls wishing me a happy birthday and singing to me.

Tuesday Morning we fly out to Zone conference in Bergen. It was a hectic day as we had to get up at 5 in order to catch the plane, and then we just kept going all day. The Zone leaders had a presentation on how we should focus on the individuals we are
teaching and we also had a presentation on how to keep an effective area book. My companion and I have learned first hand what happens when your area book doesn't have current or relevant information. We had Nachos for lunch and then we practiced teaching.
We then flew back later that night with the Elders from Kristiansund who came on splits with us.

For splits I ended up with Elder Johnson from Dallas, Texas. He's been out for about six months, and we got to do some solid banking. (knocking on doors) One lady we met said she had tried religion before but couldn't ever find the truth. We asked her
if she had tried ours, and she hadn't so she agreed to give it one more try and we left her with a Book of Mormon. It's so cool finding people who need exactly what we have.

We had our branch Halloween on Saturday as we have First transfer Tuesday and Wednesday and we fly out tonight. We were assigned to bring some food, and as we had a deep fryer we decided to make donuts. After trying to get the deep fryer to work for a
little bit we finally gave up and just used a bowl to heat up the oil. The donuts turned out quite well and were delicious. Our party was really small with only us 4 missionaries and then four others, but we had a blast.

Sunday was fun but a lot of work. My companion and I taught the Sunday school lesson, and then we both spoke. In my branch we start with Sunday School and then have Sacrament meeting, with no 3rd hour. Our lesson was in Norwegian but we had an American
family show up for sacrament meeting so we spoke in English for that. It's a different feeling being such a large part of the services but it was a great blessing.

We also now have snow in the mountains. The weather is usually raining and windy, but it isn't very cold. It's nice always knowing what to expect for the weather and not needing to adjust every day.

Scripture this week is Helaman 5:12

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his
hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Nice and straight forward, build our foundation on Christ and life will be better.

If anyone ever has any questions feel free to email me about them. There are a lot of things I forget about that are different.

Pictures: 1. Our Donuts! 2. Sign Right outside the Airport in Bergen 3. and 4. Pictures from the Top of Sukkertoppen.


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Elder James Aland

Bergvegen 23

6003 Ålesund


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