We are the only missionaries in Alta. Our area is technically all of Finnmark County, but we pretty much only work in Alta because it is the biggest city and the others take so much time to get to. One thing that is also really different is that we have a car now. There are not very many areas in the mission that do, but it is definitely useful. The closest other missionary area is Tromsø, which is just barely south and west of us. It is a much bigger city, and they have four missionaries right now. There are only five branches of the church in Northern Norway: Boddø, Mo i Rana, Narvik, Tromsø, and Alta.
It is a tremendous blessing to be where I am. I feel a lot of good things are in store. People seem very kind and open here, so I think we will be able to help a lot of people receive the gospel and the joy that comes from it.
We celebrated New Year's Eve at the Rasmussen's apartment as a district. The fireworks were incredible, and we got an awesome view of downtown Oslo. I know a lot of good things are in store for this new year. We never quite know what the future holds, but it suffices me to know that Heavenly Father is watching over us. It requires patience on our parts, but I know it will be far more than worth it. The word of the week is godt nyt år, which means happy New Year!