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January 2010 August Message from the Assistants Elders and Sisters! We’ve reached a very exciting time
January 2010
August
Message from the Assistants
Elders and Sisters!
We’ve reached a very exciting time in our mission!!! More and more miracles
Message from the President
keep happening all around us every day. We both feel that it was definitely inspired for
Dear Elders and Sisters,
us to start a 40 day fast as a mission. I hope you were all able to feel of the Spirit as
President shared with us the successes we are having, and the blessings the Lord is
The new year has brought incredible blessings for our mission. With 40
bestowing upon us. So what is it that will help us to maintain, as well as increase these
investigators in the ‘baptismal zone’ the Lord is blessing the efforts of the
miracles? How do we keep something like this up???
mission collectively in an unprecedented way. I know as we seek to do His
will and do all in our power He will continue to bless us that we may now
We’re not going to be able to teach you all a new principle, nor share a secret on
baptize these investigators.
how to do this. In fact, after much prayerful thought and consideration, we have felt
that what we all need to focus on, hone and strengthen is something we all have in us.
This message is an appeal that all missionaries may be a part of the great
It is something we choose to have, and something that no one on earth can take away.
blessings that the Lord is pouring out upon our mission.
It’s not complicated – it is the first principle of the Gospel. It is faith.
The end of one year and the beginning of another is traditionally a time of
Faith is an interesting thing. We all have it to some degree, or none of us would
introspection of one’s efforts and an evaluation of how we can be more
be here. We often don’t let ourselves believe we have enough faith to accomplish great
effective.
Many people establish New
Year’s resolutions as a
way
of
things, but Alma 32 tells us that all we need is “a particle of faith” and that’s enough.
accomplishing more than we have,
or
attaining a goal previously
What gets in our way however, is what we DO with that particle of faith. There’s a very
unreached.
good quote from the Restoration DVD said by one of the Priests who helped Joseph on
Your missionary call letter states: “You will also be expected to devote all
his search for truth. He asks the congregation, “Brothers and Sisters, do you have faith?
your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other
And are you willing to show the Lord the evidence of your faith?”
personal affairs. As you do these things the Lord will bless you and you will
In order for our faith to contribute to what happens in this work, we must learn
become an effective advocate and messenger of the truth. We place in you
exactly what it means to “exercise faith”. It is not enough to say a prayer, hoping that
our confidence and pray that the Lord will help you meet your
something might happen, and “give it a try” that day. It’s not enough to just skip two
responsibilities in fulfilling this sacred assignment.” May we evaluate our
meals to make up for what the adversary will try to convince us is a lack of faith. Faith
use of time with the phrase “devoting all of our time and attention to
isn’t just going out and doing the work, just so we know we’re doing it, nor is it sitting
serving the Lord”. For some, being on a mission away from all other
at home and praying all day.
pursuits meets the standard set in the call letter. For some there is no
urgency as long as we are ‘leaving behind all other personal affairs’. If one
Every single missionary in this mission has ENOUGH faith to witness miracles.
goes from one appointment at one end of town, and then visits someone at
What we need to do is “show the Lord the evidence of our faith.” One way we can do
the other end of town in a gross inefficient use of time it is of no
this is through prayer. Most blessings we receive through prayer are conditional. Our
consequence as long as we are ‘leaving behind all other personal affairs’.
diligence, along with our faith, can fulfill many of these conditions. Saying a powerful
With this logic a missionary can view himself as obedient because in his
prayer, and focusing on living up to it will ensure that we are doing all we can, and that
January 2010
own estimation he is meeting the letter of the law. An employee using this
the rest is up to the Lord.
logic could be rightly accused of stealing time from his employer and fired
As we go forth with increased efforts, along with 40 days of fasting, and much
from his employment.
prayer, we will be doing all we can as a mission, and the Lord will fulfill His promises to
To those of you who see a mission in this way I say to you, you are stealing
us, and make up for the rest. We invite you all to join us in this effort.
Elders
from the Lord. You are stealing His time and the means being expended to
Gilbert and Miller
keep you on a mission.
As long as you occupy the position you have, no
one else can occu
it You are the one to contact and teach those

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January 2010
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Message from the President Continued from page 1

Some may view their purpose as getting through each day until the

mission is finished. We have only one purpose and that is to, “Invite

others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel

through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism,

receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end” PMG p.1.

As we evaluate last year and look to the new year, let us remember that

daily planning is an act of love and faith. The more efficient our day is as

a result of our planning the more we show our love for the people and

show our faith that the Lord will magnify us to lead us to those whom He

has prepared.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence or mediocrity, then, are not

acts but habits (Will Durant). As missionaries we are establishing habits

that will be with be with us throughout our lives. Perhaps the greatest

thief the world has ever seen is the attitude of ‘just getting by’. It has

stolen more ideas and accomplishments than all the others combined.

In

D&C

9:7

the Lord

said

to

Oliver Cowdery,

“Behold,

you

have not

understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you

took no thought save it was to ask me.” We all ask the Lord for His

blessings in this work and while this is the work of the Lord and He will

prepare a way that we may accomplish this His work, it is incumbent upon

us to do all in our power to use all of our strength and knowledge and

efficient use of time. May we say as Nephi of old, “As the Lord liveth, and

as we live, we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we

have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us.”

As

the Lord lived we will not let up or quit or take the easy road until we

have accomplished our purpose, which is to invite the Norwegian people

to come unto Christ.

May we evaluate our lives and see where we can be more efficient, that

excellence will be a way of life, that we may accomplish what the Lord

has sent us here to do.

Love, President and Sister Johansen

Baptism Goal 2010 120 Look for January’s baptisms in February’s Issue

Baptism Goal 2010

120

Look for January’s baptisms in February’s Issue

 
January 2010 Notes from the Office Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house,
January 2010
Notes from the Office
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing;
and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of
fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of
glory, a house of order, a house of God;
D&C 88:110
Elder Daven Brush and Parker Pratt enjoying the fruits of
nd
Congratulations to 2
place winners!
their labors!
The Lord asks us to be
Elder Matthew Wright & Elder Jason
Bartholomew

clean and organized, physically and spiritually!

January 2010 First Place Winners

January 2010

First Place Winners

clean and organized, physically and spiritually! January 2010 First Place Winners Celestial Next Time! Missionaries in
clean and organized, physically and spiritually! January 2010 First Place Winners Celestial Next Time! Missionaries in

Celestial Next Time!

Missionaries in Norway Strife to be Celestial

Deep Cleaning Reports are past due. Mail completed forms ASAP to the office. The following reports are needed:

Severson and Jones

Hunsaker and Harris

Burns

and Buckley Maxwell and Crandall Alexander and Christensen

Henshaw and Richardson

Engebretsen and Molhølt and Hill

Liddle and Gardner

Carlson

Lewis and Farrer Wallace and Emery Hess, Carr and Johnson

Eagar and Smith

Jaffa and Whitehead

Lewis and Farrer Wallace and Emery Hess, Carr and Johnson Eagar and Smith Jaffa and Whitehead

Elder and Sister Arnesen

Oslo Norway Mission Office

NOTICE Beginning 1 Feb 2010 monthly MSF transportation and gasoline expenses will be up-front area additives – not reimbursements!!

 
 
  • January 2010

January 2010

Our Miracle Column

A few weeks ago my companion and I were sitting on a bus on the way

to teach one of our investigators. The day really hadn’t gone that great.

We were really trying our best to just put our shoulder to the wheel and

keep working hard. I noticed a couple of people getting on the bus. They

came and sat down next to us. My companion and I looked at each other

and then looked at these people, we gave each other the nod and began

speaking with them. The man I had been speaking with was 20 years old

and had been in Norway for only two months. He and his Mom had been

separated eight years ago and they just recently regained contact with

each other. Later I found out both had thought the other was dead.

I

invited him to come to church the next day and he came! In fact he came

to the church seven of the next eight days. He told us later that he went to

the Baptist church with his Mom but didn’t feel like it was right.

So he

prayed to know what church to go to in Norway. The very next day he sat

next to me on the bus. The Lord prepared him and sent him into our path.

Just two days ago we showed him “Finding Faith in Jesus Christ” DVD and it

was a very emotional experience for him and us too. He felt the Spirit so

strongly. He has such great faith and humility! He has made a commitment

to the Lord to be baptized in February.

∞∞∞

Things had been moving really slow in our area. We had been working

hard and heard of all the success that other areas were having but we

weren't seeing any real results. We only had 1 investigator and not many

opportunities were presenting themselves.

We had a great opportunity to have two sets of missionaries for one day.

We had a lot of time set aside to try and find people that we could teach.

We started by contacting normally trying to speak to everyone we crossed

paths with. We got a few positive people that we got appointments with

and it seemed

like the flood gates opened. Everyone we talked to was

accepting our invitation to meet. We all became very excited and before

we knew it we were running after people crossing roads to get to people

within sight.

I can't say that we did anything differently than what we

normally do, but that day we received 23 potential investigators with 10

first appointments. These have turned into 12 new investigators one week,

with many more of those potential investigators willing to meet in the next

week.

The Lord truly blessed our

placing many of his elect

area that day by

children in our path. We don't know why we were able to get so many

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