Monday, November 10, 2014

Members and Missionaries

First off, thanks for all the birthday wishes! It was a great day and even better with all the love from back home! It snowed quite a bit, which made it a memorable day! 

We had quite a few service opportunities this week, which was awesome! We helped the Isaksen family with their garage project and helped another member move. Unfortunately, this member lived on the 5th floor of an apartment complex with no elevator so that was quite the workout. It was nice to be spending time with members and really building up relationships with them. Member work actually happened to also be the theme of our Zone Conference this week. It was a really inspiring meeting and really cool to see everyone begin to catch the same vision. It is especially applicable to the Drammen Ward, a ward that every missionary in the mission wants to serve in because the members 'get it'. The fruits of this new vision may not be seen right away, but it will allow for real growth here in Norway.

Thus, we spent a lot of this week visiting members. One thing we have been focusing on is introducing preach my gospel to families and helping them to read it together. Something cool about Preach my Gospel is how plain and simple it is when it comes to the gospel. Every answer we could possibly need to give someone concerning the church is in the book and could be learned in primary for that matter. 

We met with the Burmese family again, but they continue to be hard to teach/communicate with. We were able to find some first presidency messages in Burmese for them to read so hopefully that helps in some way or another. Daisy, the member from the Philipines, was finally able to come to church! Now we just need to get her friends there! 

As a district we are putting a big focus on less active work as well! Often we get so excited about finding new people, but completely forget about those that have gone astray. It has been cool to see a lot of members in the ward come back to church for the first time in years. There was one man that even bore his testimony last week and publicly thanked the missionaries for inviting him back. Sometimes all it takes is an invitation. 

I love you all and I love this work! Hannah, good luck on the home stretch! 

Med Vennlig Hilsen, 
Eldste Parkinson

3 generations right here. My papa elder Garrard and my son elder Abril.


Homemade cake. All we had to to do was take off the ice cream lid!