January 15, 2018



Elder Baldwin

Busy Busy Busy

Jumping right in cause intros are too time consuming.

Monday we had FHE with the Harheim family. They have a son who is 15 and not a member, and now is taking the lessons from us. They are an awesome family and I'm Excited to keep working with them. They also fed us brownies with raspberries in them for dessert, and man were they good. I don't know exactly how they cooked them without ruining the raspberries but it was amazing.
Another Person who we met this week is Selje, a lady in her mid 20's. We met her banking on Tuesday and Taught her on Thursday. She has had a lot of exposure to religion, as her parents were both Christians of a different denominations. She also has a big dog, it was only 7 months old but was already pretty decent size, I believe she said it was an Akita. She is really open to learning more and I'm excited to see how it goes.
I also had Lutefisk for the first time. It's known as one of the food's you have to try once but usually is pretty disliked. Mostly that is due to the difficulty in preparing it, so if it is prepared well it is good, but if not it is horrible. I quite liked it. It is kind of like the texture of jello, and wasn't super strong. I think the main reason I liked it was it is typically eaten with bacon bits, and so the lutefisk with the bacon was great.
Another family we ate dinner with this week is the Kittlesen's. They have 6 kids under the age of 10 so it was a little hectic. We had giant hotdogs/sausages with cheese melted in the middle with some rice. I don't know how better to describe it but it was exceptional. We also taught their son who is turning 8 next month about tithing. We also ended up almost missing the bus, so right after we had eaten dessert and were stuffed to the brim we had to sprint for 5 minutes to make sure we didn't miss it. It wasn't a pleasant feeling, but we did catch the bus.
We also got to see the Service for President Monson. We were with another member who is actually Danish and has a pretty unique danish dialect, so I will admit that most things he said I did not understand. I also had the best potatoes I think I've ever had at their house. He is Danish but his wife is Norwegian. Some of the things that stuck out to me were how willing President Monson was to serve others, and just he really was the prophet of God.
Oh yeah I also forgot about this but it is a pretty major thing as well. Yesterday we went to Oslo to hand out Books of Mormon after the Book of Mormon play in Oslo. We also took out our coats while we were handing them out so everyone could see our white shirts. It was pretty chilly but definitely worth it. I find it amazing how something that is negative towards the church just helps hasten the work, not hinder it. We also have a lecture/discussion that will be about the Book of Mormon Musical here in Moss on Thursday, and we are planning on handing out Books there so I should have more to tell about that next week.
Spiritual Thought: President Monson has so many great thoughts I just have to share another one. “There are many out there who plead and pray for help. There are those who are discouraged, those who are beset by poor health and challenges of life which leave them in despair. I’ve always believed in the truth of the words, ‘God’s sweetest blessings always go by hands that serve him here below.’ Let us have ready hands, clean hands, and willing hands, that we may participate in providing what our Heavenly Father would have others receive from Him.” I know we all can be a beacon of light to those around us, so I would challenge everyone to keep an eye out, especially this week, for someone you can help.
Pictures will be sparser here in Moss because there is a lot more time just spent in our immediate area, but I will do my best.
1. Elder Love and I. 2. My review of Campino's, best Kebab in Moss, and possibly in Norway.--

Current AddressElder James AlandKirkegata 31530 MossNorge


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