Pretty much all unique activities were centered around youth this week, so that was pretty great.
Had another lesson with Alexander last Monday. We ended up having frozen pizza for dinner and while it may not sound like the best meal it has been long enough since I had some that I thoroughly enjoyed it. We also topped it off with a strawberry milkshake so that was great as well.
We also had our last 2 tours of the church. Norway is a little different and has religion as part of the public education curriculum, so students are exposed to a variety of religions throughout their education. We gave out ~20 books in total for the three tours, so hopefully some of those recipitents will have a desire to continue learning. By the 3rd tour we were actually gettting the hang of it, so if I get the oppurtunity to do it again I'll sort of know what I'm doing.
We taught Rodrigo the final lesson needed before baptism on Thursday and reviewed the Baptismal interview questions, and he passed with flying colors. He will be interviewed on Tuesday but everything should go great. He is still on track for his baptism.
We also taught the 14-17 year olds sunday school class on Sunday. It actually ended up being more of us telling stories of dumb things we had done and how if we had heeded counsel given by scriptures and/or leaders it would have gone a lot better. I know it sounds like a really questionable decision but we felt it was exactly what they would listen to and learn from. We know they enjoyed the lesson, we are just hoping they also got some spiritual enlightenment from it as well.
Spiritual thought this week is 1 Nephi 18:1-3. We discussed it in a district meeting recently and while the story it describes is a quite familiar one some of the meaning behind the scripture I hadn't caught before.1 And it came to pass that they did worship the Lord, and did go forth with me; and we did work timbers of curious workmanship. And the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.First some work was put forth, and then the Lord provided occasional, not constant guidance. This part is key because sometimes we want more guidance than we receive but we must remember that we should be agents unto ourselves.
2 Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men.Here emphasis is put on that the ways of the world are not the way we should follow. The Lord's way may be different but that does not make it incorrect.
3 And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.And here diligence is shown, and based upon that diligence continued blesssings come.
I was fascinated as we really analzyed these scriptures and seeing how much truth they contained because they were never ones I had paid particular attention to. The Book of Mormon really is inspired.
Oh and a side story, my companion used a tanning booth at a member's house and burnt himself, I never thought I would have a time where my companion is burnt but I am not. --
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