Wow, It's already December. Christmas decorations are up and the holiday season is coming along! Here is Ålesund we put up the church's little tree and also set up a laptop looping the light the world video in the window. Norway may not do Thanksgiving but they go all out for Christmas.
Along with the light the world we have been attempting to do service, with mixed success. I can't remember exactly what day this happened but a week or two ago there was an old lady with a decently full basket that we offered to help. Right as we offered, she started to cry. She starting talking about how uncommon it is to offer help here, and then went on to say how nice Americans are. That was before we had said we were Americans, so when we mentioned that she started to cry again. The whole time this was going on I was only able to understand a tiny bit of what she said, so I just knew we offered to help her and she started crying. We later found out from the sisters that she is a lady who frequently feeds the birds and is Danish, so that's why I had so much difficulty understanding.
So with that, Norwegians aren't into accepting service. We've been delivering cookies to less-actives with mixed success, as our GPS isn't always the most cooperative with Norwegian addresses. It's actually amazing how many people say no to a plate of cookies from strangers. The members we have got in contact with though are grateful and friendly.
Emil, the guy who is super positive towards the church, was unable to meet this week so we will be meeting with him next week. His father knows the gospel is true but has had some conflicts with members in the past, so they are an interesting family.
Another person we have an appointment with is Margeret. She is probably in her 50s. We knocked on her door a couple of weeks ago and her testimony was amazing. She talked about how none of the churches followed what the bible really taught so she is Christian but non-denominational. We checked up on her yesterday and she said we could come back tonight, so I'm really excited to see how that turns out.
We also had snow for a day, but then it just vanished. Typically we have rain, but one day it snowed a good three or four inches. We then had a day or two where the snow was present and the roads were extremely icy, but then one morning we woke up and the couple of inches of snow everywhere was just gone. Right now we just have a couple of puddles from the rain so I have no idea what the rest of the winter will be like.
Well that was my week, A lot of time was spent banking and tracking down less actives, but nothing super eventful happened during that. Actually I guess one other thing did happen. We ended up on a little ledge by the road that I thought was just a foot down. Turned out to be about 5 feet. So I hopped down and the cookies I was holding went flying. My companion just heard me hit the ground, so he thought I was hurt. Thankfully I landed on my feet just fine, only the cookies were injured.
Oh yeah, and the coming week is crazy, we have zone conference in Oslo on Wednesday and Splits with the Zone leaders in Bergen Friday and Saturday, so i'm going to be spending more time outside my area rather than in it this coming week.
Spiritual Thought: Mosiah 2:41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.Obedience brings blessings, It is something I'm seeing in my life and the lives of others around me.
Somehow I didn't take any pictures this week so these are just some I don't think I've sent before.
Current AddressElder James AlandBergvegen 236003 ÅlesundNorge