Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sister Alex Hartvigsen--Sept. 6, 2011

Dear Family, this last week has been really good. On Wednesday we were able to go over to an investigator's home with a member and talk to her about the visiting teaching message for August. We then had dinner with a family whose wife is less active and then went to a trailer part in our area and did some contacting with another member. We talked to a family who is less active and encouraged them to start reading the Book of Mormon again and invited them to come to church that Sunday. On Thursday we had a meeting with one of our investigators and we talked about how the gospel blesses families On Thursday night I was on shift at the Visitors Center when the ward council of one of the English wards I worked in for 4.5 months came in for a tour. After their tour I asked the relief society president about a girl that we had found and taught while we were in the area. She told me that the girl was being baptized on Saturday 3. I was so excited to hear that. I was able to attend the baptism because I was the chorister for the program. It was really cool to be there. The girl was really excited and the Spirit was very strong. On Saturday we met with a less active member and talked about the importance of family prayer to unify families. We were also able to teach a new investigator family. This family has been prepared. They have studied with the missionaries a little before and have been meeting with the Jehovah's witnesses but they don't agree with their doctrines. We taught them about the Restoration of the Gospel. They want to learn more about Joseph Smith and we have an appointment to meet with them at the Visitor's Center this Saturday to watch the Joseph Smith Movie. Yesterday we met with a women and taught her about how the Book of Mormon answers the questions of the soul like what is the purpose of this life? We went over to the home of some members in our area and asked them if we can practice teaching them the lessons. We were able to go to the temple today and that was really nice. I am grateful that we have a temple so close. I am glad that I get to spend at least part of every day on temple grounds because of the visitor's center.
They are going to be starting something really cool in less than a month in Arizona. The Church is doing a huge media blitz of Mormon.org. They are going to be running 30 second commercials on the five main television channels for the next several months as well as having billboards and signs on buses for I'm a Mormon. They did this a little while ago in New York City and they had a ton of success. The Purpose of this push is to dispel myths about the church, introduce people to the Gospel and make it easier for members to introduce their friends to the Gospel. I don't know if any of you have had a chance to go check out the website or make a profile on it but it is really cool.
I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Love Hermana Hartvigsen

Jess- Thank you for the letter. Norway sounds like it was a lot of fun. Have a great week.

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