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August 2010

D&C 101:63-4 . . . I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches, in as much as
they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation--- that the work of the gathering
together of my saints may continue . . . for the time of harvest is come, and my word must needs be fulfilled.

Message from the President

Dear Brother and Sisters,|

In the course of missionary work we sometimes find ourselves with an inordinate number of appointments
being cancelled or investigator commitments unfulfilled. When this happens it is easy to become
discouraged and think “what’s the use.” This can be a time when the Lord is stretching us and wanting us to
grow spiritually. It can also be a good time to review the formula for a successful missionary and compare it
with our own performance and see what adjustments we may need to make. The formula for a successful
missionary as found in Preach My Gospel on the very last page is as follows:

Your purpose is to bring souls to Christ.

Prepare people to meet the qualifications for baptism.
Pray often for yourself and for others.
Rely on the Spirit to show you where to go, what to do, and what to say.
Be exactly obedient.
Study the language of your mission each day.
Plan every day and focus on the key indicators.
Work effectively all day, every day.
Ask for referrals from everyone.
Teach when you find, find when you teach.
Read the Book of Mormon with those you teach.
Teach people that an important way to know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God is to read and pray
about the Book of Mormon.
Contact every investigator daily.
Bear testimony frequently.
Have a member at every lesson possible.
Always set specific dates and times for the next lesson.
Invite all investigators to baptismal services.
After each lesson, provide investigators with something to read and ponder in preparation for the next
Build relationships with members by serving them and working with the leadership of the ward.
Help ward leaders with retention and activation activities.
Help everyone you teach make commitments that will bring about repentance and will strengthen their
faith in the Savior.
Love the Lord and serve Him the very best you can.

The formula for a successful missionary is an interesting thing because an individual’s perception tends to
distort the formula even though the formula itself is simple and unchanging. We may see our personal biases
enter into our perception of a successful missionary. For example, a missionary who is apprehensive about
talking to strangers may avoid contacting to find new investigators or avoid contacting investigators daily or
spend an inordinate amount of time with members and justify it by saying I am building the member
missionary program. Continued on page 5
April 2010
Message from the President
Continued from front page

Because of the possibility of individual perception distorting the formula it is very important to live by the
Spirit so that we can adhere to the formula as close to the Lord’s intent as possible. Having the Spirit of the
Lord as our guide will help us to maximize our missionary abilities and be as effective as possible. Sister
Julie B. Beck, General President of the Relief Society in the last General Conference said, “The ability to
qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in
this life.” And may I add the single most important skill that can be acquired on a mission. Again Sister
Beck, “Revelation can come hour by hour and moment by moment as we do the right things…Personal
revelation gives us the understanding of what to do every day…Promised personal revelation comes when
we ask for it, prepare for it, and go forward in faith, trusting that it will be poured out upon us,”

May we under the inspiration of the Lord’s Spirit carefully review the above formula and make any
changes we are inspired to make.

With Our Love,

President Armand D. Johansen and Sister Johansen

Notes From the Office:

1. The purpose of the “Kingdom Sheet” *officially called the apartment address list+ is to connect the
names and addresses of missionaries with their proselyting areas and phone numbers. With the
implementation of IMOS it is imperative that the information on the “Kingdom Sheet” match the
information in IMOS, including the missionary names, addresses, and phone numbers. Therefore, it is
important that errors on the Kingdom sheet are reported to the office.
2. Phones are assigned to proselyting areas and apartment addresses, not to individual missionaries.
When you move, the phone does not move with you!
3. The mission office is keeping track of transportation advances and expenses by area and by individual
missionary. More is coming on this later. In the meantime, do not use excess transportation funds for
other purposes and be prepared to have excess funds taken off your card, if necessary, to equitably
distribute area transportation advances.

Baptisms Reported in March 30 YTD as of 3/31

Baptism Confirmation
Name Date Date Location Missionaries
Kalo, Nabil Nasi Waren 6 Mar 7 Mar Bergen - Mission Elders Maxwell/Crandall/
Bandura, Johnny Petter 13 Mar 14 Mar Oslo - Stake Sisters Wallace/ Emery
Rauth Chhetri, Liaqat 13 Mar 14 MarElder Arnesen
Skien - Stake Elders Carr/Passey
Rauth Chhetri, Thag 13 Mar 14 Mar Skien - Stake Elders Carr/Passey
Rauth Chhetri, Indra P 13 Mar 14 Mar Skien - Stake Elders Carr/Passey
Rauth Chhetri, Sanjay 13 Mar 14 Mar Skien - Stake Elders Carr/Passey
Rauth Chhetri, Padam B 27 Mar 28 Mar Skien - Stake Elders Carr/Passey
Zhuravleva, Anna V 27 Mar 28 Mar Hamar - Stake Elders Smith/Facer
Message from the Assistants
April 2010

Message from the Assistants

Dear Elders and Sisters,
We ask you to read in the Saturday Afternoon session of conference, especially, Elder D. Todd
Christofferson’s talk on the scriptures, entitled “the Blessing of Scripture," as a precursor to this letter.

As missionaries in the Latter Days, the Lord has called us to teach the gospel of repentance to his
children. Question: Are we beyond the words of the Lord when he says in the Doctrine and Covenants,
“Hearken ye to these words. Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in
your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.” (D&C 43:34)

We have 2 hours a day for scripture study, in our own language and without any problems like that
which William Tyndale experienced as he tried to bring more of the Lord’s children the word of Christ. Do
we take this seriously? As a mission, how many accumulated hours are wasted each day by not studying, or
only lightly reading the scriptures? Everyone’s guilty of talking away personal and companionship study time
about pointless things. We are aware that such habits may be destructive to areas, companionships, and
missionaries. What we do with those hours between 8:00and 11:00 is a forecast for how are missions will
be, and a mission is a relatively good forecaster for our lives after the mission.

The Lord himself called upon scripture when facing Satan as he fasted in the wilderness for forty
days. We ought to emulate his example, always by beginning with the scriptures. They are revelations given
to us from the Lord himself. Proper, structured personal and companionship scripture study are two of the
most simple and yet strongest methods for showing the Lord you do care about your call and that you are
willing to become “scripturally – literate.”

We all are want this, it is not a question as to whether or not we all want to become something
better than who we are. Reading the scriptures is a way to bring about a greater light within us which in
turn allows us to see the cracks of our armor and better repair them.’

We would like to commit you to personally and as a companionship, to again take up the cause for
solid and directed scripture study. Every companionship is different, but everyone has areas for
improvement. Take the time in weekly planning to discuss study topics which you will pursue that week.
Build upon your faith and help the faith of your companion. There is a light that only the scriptures can give
us and it is our promise that as you again take the time and effort to break out of old habits of complacency
and to seek new horizons with those books, that there will be a spiritual, physical, and mental improvement
in your area. Your unity will increase as friends and as teachers to those under your stewardship, and you
will reach a greater understanding of what the Savior meant when he said “Hearken ye to these words.
Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let
the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds.”

We Love you all,

Elder Miller, Elder Smith

and Elder Lewis till the 26 of April
April 2010
Our Miracle Column
We had an experience this week that has strengthened my testimony of the effect of small and simple
things. My companion and I were eating some sandwiches for lunch at the mall, when a man came up to us,
handed us some drinks and said “Those sandwiches look pretty dry”. He then walked away. We tried to
figure out why he gave us the drinks but couldn’t really figure it out! The man came back to us a couple of
minutes later and told us that when he was our age he was on a trip to Salt Lake City and a member of our
church had bought him a lemonade while he was eating his sandwich. He then went on to explain how it felt
to be on the other side of the story this time. It’s amazing how people remember such small and simple
things- like someone buying lemonade for them.
We had a very promising investigator who said he wouldn’t read in the Book of Mormon before he prayed to
God to know if it were true. We were not feeling very positive when we left him, but when we met with him
again, he said that he had been praying about it and then had a dream where God gave him the Book of
Mormon and said “You need to read this.” It was good to know that he has a sincere heart because that was
what we worried about- we knew that if he asked God without a sincere heart, he wouldn’t get an answer.
We were waiting for a bus to come so that we could go into the city and we were going to go get dinner or
something and then the bus came 10 minutes early. The bus driver opened the door and said he was going
only half way to where we were going. We decided to take it anyway. When we get to the end of the line, no
sooner than we stepped off the bus a man approaches us and introduces himself and says he has
investigated the church a long time ago. He said missionaries are great guys! They are people you can really
trust. So he invites us over to his house. We catch the next bus with him and go to his house and teach him a
first lesson. It was really cool!
Several weeks ago we contacted a lady on the street. She gave us her address and said we could talk to her
husband. We didn’t follow up right away. Weeks went by before we made an appointment with her and her
husband. She came to the door and said she had been waiting for two weeks for us to come, but we never
did. She invited us in and told us that her husband would be home in a few minutes. The husband came
home and we taught them both about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Spirit in the small
apartment was stronger than I have felt in my whole life! After we talked about the Book of Mormon, the
father looked at me and asked, “What would the process be for me to get baptized?” I told him we would
teach him for a few weeks and then he could be baptized. We scheduled the next teach for Sunday night. On
Sunday the wife prepared all kinds of food from India and they talked to us about their Hindi beliefs, and
joked about how their young daughter loved Jesus. Then we watched the Restoration DVD with them. All six
of their eyes were focused so intently on the TV screen that it was silent in the room. Afterwards they sat
quietly and the room was filled with the Spirit. We talked to them about making promises to God and
described baptism. We taught them how to pray. They are committed to pray about it!
We began to teach an investigator who was very verbal and against everything we tried to teach. She
couldn’t believe the Book of Mormon was the Word of God or that there was a Prophet on the earth today!
She continued to meet with us. It surprised us she wanted to meet with us. We heard constant complaints
about us always referring to the Book of Mormon. She became very emotional and asked with an upset tone,
“Why don’t you use the bible? Why don’t you refer to Old Testament and the New Testament?” We gave her
reading assignments and she kept the commitments. Then came her “conversion” as she began to read the
Book of Mormon for herself. She was seeking evidence this book was not true. Asking for more and more
reading assignment and more chapters, she became happier! It was awesome to watch and to be a part of
this miraculous experience. She attended all 5 sessions of General Conference with us. It was in a conference
session the Spirit revealed to her this is a “True Prophet of God”. She gained a testimony and a desire to be
baptized. ∞∞∞