Thursday, May 23, 2013

Katniss leaving for the arena!

My desk!!! I'm going to miss it.

My stripped shirt that apparently is so hard to look at!

Beckstrand took one look at this and said #goingtheresomeday" Yes! Love this kid! He is the best sport! We are always teasing him because he doesn't get awkward!!

The boys holding hands. We are going to miss each other! #lovemyzone

Real Love. Metcalf and Free. They are the best!

This is me after a long day.

The boys

Me and all the boys! Ludlow, Metcalf, Free, Walch, Beckstrand


#teamfree. We have an awkard reltionship, so we took a picture to match! He is the best! Tells the funniest stories--can make anything and everything funny!

Metcalf and Ludlow! They are the best! They leave for their re-assingments tomorrow and then in a transfer from that they will head off to Denmark!

We love lollie pops! McArthur, Metcalf, Me, Free, Beckstrand, Nance. I am obsessed with these sisters and elders!

17 miracles! All of the girls who are headed to Norway! Taking the number from 12 to 29

#teamNeilson

Whole district

This is my precious teacher Brother B! He always gets chalk on his bum so we had him put an apron on backwards! He is the best!

Thanks for the cute dress!

We LOVE Norway!

Sotten Mai

Travel plans!!

Reached my goal! Katniss counts to a trillion in Norsk

This skirt might be a little big...thank goodness for alteration dept.

Pitts, me, and Roe

Pitts, Elder Free and me.

Pitts, McArthur, and I at Devotional one night.







Gusty wrote this on my calcium pills! MOM! I am taking them!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

HEADING FOR NORWAY

Dear Weasley Family & Friends,
                                "Who is that girl I see starring straight back at me. Why is my reflection someone I don't know? When will my reflection show who I am inside?" - Reflection, Mulan
            Okay. This will not be a depressing letter home. It will NOT be a depressing letter home. So. This is awkward. This week was good, but hard. I LOVE it here. Really I do. But guys I am freaking out. As of 15 minutes ago, next week, I will be in Norway. I will be getting a trainer (fingers crossed) and teaching all the time. In full Norwegian. OH.MY.GOSH. Yesterday we skyped with real Norwegians. Okay, person I skyped with? Life changing. It was Brother and Sister Pederson and Brother Pederson used to be in the 70s a few years ago. Cool cool cool couple. But here's the thing. I'm a perfectionist. I struggle because I feel like the language isn't coming, or if I don't have a really strong feel of the Spirit, I'm just like well that was pointless. I'm trying to learn how to seperate myself, from the lesson. The truth is it doesn't matter about you. It doesn't matter if you were the star or if your Norwegian was steller. What matters is what THEY felt and what THEY need. #beingunselfishishard But its a work in progress. Yesterday I was reading in PMG about being a successful missionary. I read the list and you know what I did? I threw my book in the air and just walked away. How the freak am I supposed to be perfect? #getthehencesatan I'm doing okay though. Its a hard week. I have a lot to do and I don't feel prepared. One thing about the mish is your faults are magnified here. You see them so much more because you have the Spirit with you all the time. If you let it it can make you realize how much you suck, but you just got to pray. It hurts. Making your weaknesses become strengths is not easy. Actually emotionally I don't know if I have ever done something harder. But I know that the Lord is right here. I know that I have legends of angels around me helping me to accomplish my work. #keepthefaith
           This is week is tough for the whole district. We have all be getting news of people that are passing away back home. Were working through it though. #soldieron
                Okay, now on to the real things in life.
          Quotes of the week:
                  Elder Gustafson: " There is a difference between a body check and a body slide."
                            Poor Gusty. We were all talking in a circle and I was in mortal combat/serious conversation with another Elder and Gusty thought he could just slide right through. Nope. He completely body checked me on the way through. What a creep. Anywho I kept telling him all day because I couldn't miss the opportunity to annoy him and he told me he didn't body check me, he body slid. Um. More uncomfortable than before. Who said missions weren't fun? I don't think I have ever laughed my head off anymore than now.
                  
               Old ladies here are kinda mean. They are always judging us. Note to women that work in the MTC: Be nice. Remember unless you our are presidency or our Ward leaders, you have no say over us. So stop being snotty. Its not cute.
                         Alterations lady: Oh I see your shirt is big. Would you like us to take that in for you too.
                         Me:    Um......okay....
                         A.L.: Actually, do you know how hard it is to look at someone wearing strips? I mean good thing you have this collar to frame it otherwise no one would know where to look. If you want someone to listen to something that is coming out of your mouth then you should probably wear a plain shirt. Just a thought. *sweet smile*
                          I looked over at McArthur, who had her mouth hanging open, and seriously almost died. HAHAHAHAHA! Who says stuff like that?!!! I informed the lady I didn't know that and I was ever so thankful for her help. #oldandsenile #gottolovethem
 
                 So here I am in class. Just doing me thing. They inform me that I am going to be skyping with members. I panic. I make eye contact with one of my fellow districters. I start to cry. Brother D pulls me and McArthur out in the hall. He talks to us about how the Spirit takes what we say and transforms it into what they need to hear, so don't worry. This is what he says.
                          Brother D: Your words don't mean a Damn thing.
                                                  ................
                                            And I mean that without the "n" on it.
                                      Us: ......... what......???
                                    #livingthedream
 
                Okay so about my week! Last Tuesday Elder Russel M. Nelson came to devo. The way things work is that once we get to devo we find out who is coming. Here we are sitting and waiting at devo and nothing is coming up on the screen. I was just like for the love! Someone tell a sister what is happening! Well we start to sing our songs and in the middle of it Elder Nelson walks in. It was amazing. The Spirit hit me so strong! It was like a wave of reference, and we all stood up as soon as we saw him and kept singing. So cool! I wanted to share a little about his talk. It was all on ancestors and the fact that we are entitled to have help from both sides of the veil. It was one of the most amazing talks I have ever been to. We were told that we are able to call upon our ancestors to be with us. We can ask for them by name or attribute, or trait that we need that day. And not only that but the ancestors of those we teach will be with us. They have been waiting for so long, and once we unlock those keys they can have their work done. It was amazing. When I heard about Aunt Jan and Grandmother's work being done, I started to cry. Actually I am crying right now. Sometimes, like today, it is hard to be without you all. If I don't have time it doesn't bother me. Days where things slow down then I start to think about it. But knowing that Grandmother and Aunt Jan will be here with me guiding me to others and supporting me in times of trials makes me feel so at peace! Favorite quotes?
     "Just as a doctor can ease the physical pain of a person, a compassionate missionary can ease the pain of the soul." and
                "Be humble because a lot has been accomplished before you were born."
        It was amazing. He is amazing. It makes it so much easier to leave you guys when I know that all of my family is still around me barring me up. When I can't go on, I know that they can. And I will do it for them.
               We got our travel plans this week! I know you are all excited. Yes Mom, I do come through DFW. But it is very clear in the rules that we are not to see family. Honestly, rule or not, I can't. It's too hard out here for me to see you guys again and just have to leave. These last 6 weeks have helped me slowly focus on this work and forget everything at home. It would just be too hard if I saw your cute faces again! I don't think I'm emotionally stable enough! But I do have lots of lay overs which means lots of phone time. Some missionaries in my zone are having their parents send them a prepaid cell phone with the numbers of their families in it and tons of minutes on it. That way they can just walk around and don't have to take turns with the pay phones. If you wanted to do that I would be down. I would be able to talk longer that way. They are just sending them in the mail and then once they are done with them they are throwing them away. It wouldn't work abroad anyways. It's your choice! Let me know! Here are my travel plans!
                         May 27
                         SLC 12:15 pm
                         DFW Ar 3:50
                         DFW Lv 645
                         London 935 am
                         London lv 1:05 pm
                        Oslo 4:15 pm    
            I'm going to London!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO CLOSE TO HARRY POTTER I CAN FEEL IT! #teampotter
        Did you guys know they are calling this new generation of missionaries the Baby Boomers? I guess thats what everyone out in the field is referring to us as. Honestly, the baby boomers had some great people, so I'm down. As long as I don't have to start going by like Pearl or something. #notaboutthatlife
                         You guys. I hate Thursdays here. I feel like life is just too much on those days. #trudgingthrowbackthursday See our weeks go like this. Sunday, fab day. Total chill and all spiritual and stuff. No Norsk. Monday, easy day. We are done at 745 and have personal workout time where we all go outside and just hang out with the Elders and stuff. Tuesday, Pday! Wednesday, our monday. Hard to get back into the swing of things. Thursday, I.Want.To.Die. We like cant focus. Can't think. Can't speak either language. We have to have like 6 pep talks from our teachers. #hatetrudgingthrowbackthursday Friday, we struggle but it gets better. Saturday, I want to murder the whole district because I love them so much that they drive me crazy. And then we do it all over again. Its now just really funny because we know whats going to happen. We probs fight the most on Saturday. I just try to zone out. After spending 16 hours a day together, you really get to know these people. But seriously, they are the BEST!! I'm lucky!
                           So I told you guys that Brother D came back, right? The one I "struggle" with. Well he came back in full force this week. His first day here I was struggling! I was so annoyed with him and then even more annoyed at myself for being annoyed. So basically I'm just pissed at myself. So we start watching a movie and I just let it out. I'm like bawling and trying to kick myself in the face. He looks up and he is like "Hodgkiss, outside." I'm like um.... I think this is a bad idea. But is sad "Nope, Hodgkiss let's go." So I go outside. And He is like what is up? And I start laughing and crying. And I was like "I don't like you." and you know what he did? He started laughing, put is arm on me (he is a little different then most teachers) and said okay lets go talk it out. So he listened to me cry and talk for like 30 minutes about how I hate myself. And he was the BEST! He wasn't offender, actually more hurt that I thought he thought I was stupid, and was so sweet. I told him listen if you tell me about yourself then I can't hate you, I just know it. So we talked about him. It was great! He is totally Brent y'all. Awks how if I would have met Brent in another life I would have hated him at first. But seriously, he is so funny. Now that I understand he doesn't hate me, life is good. I tease him. He teases me. I pretend its actually Brent. And it's like I never left home. He is so out there! Like everything you don't expect from a MTC teacher, but that's the best thing about him. He is just so real. He doesn't try to be anything he isn't and he will tell you anything about himself. So great. Of course he doesn't replace my love for my other teacher, Brother B. But that's because Brother B is like walking on sunshine and I've also spent 7 weeks with him. #teambrotherb
                            But the cool thing is what Brother D told me about my lessons. I was telling him I felt that I wasn't effective and that I wasn't being the missionary I needed to be. If you guys don't remember, he was my first investigator and I told you all about the experience I had with him about prayer and how prayer had effected my life, especially through cancer. He told me that he usually isn't the first investigator and that it was really hard for him to do. Right before we taught him that lesson he texted my other teacher Sister Brown and said that it sucked and he hated it. We came in and taught the lesson and he said that it was everything that a lesson should be. He told me that it was the best lesson he has ever been taught here at the MTC and that the Spirit was the strongest he had almost ever felt. He told me that I reinstilled in him what can come from missionaries in 3 days, and that after that lesson he would have committed to anything we wanted. He said after we left he grabbed his phone and just threw it across the room. He texted Sister Brown and was like Wow. You know the cool thing? I'm not proud of my talents. I suck at Norwegian. Really I do. I'm proud that I was worthy for the Lord to work through me. Although he is pretending to be an investigator Brother D has needs too. He has things he is going through and questions he wants. And how great is it that the Lord can use us to help another? Go read Isaiah 6. <- This is me being a missionary. #iknowyouarelaughingatmeforthis
                           I learned to count to a trillion this week in Norwegian. Seriously life goal, of 1 month, complete. #livingthedream
                         Daniel wrote me, it was lame. #after2yearsofwritinghestillsucks #heisgoingtoreadthisonedayanditwillbeawkard #brentsendmeadearelderoffullhashtags Anywho, what do you do? Can't change a person. I just wrote a brilliant letter back. Got to change the world somehow.
                        Sotten of Mai!!! The 17th of May is Independence day for Norway! We had a party and our teachers brought us homemade Norwegian goodies. Oh man life was good!
                        Oh, heads up. When sending me anything to Norway, use the US Postal services always. Don't know how often that will be (probs only on my bday and Christmas) but just remember that! Otherwise there are a lot of problems!
                         I LOVE THE CLOTHES YOU GUYS ARE BUYING ME!!!!! Eeekkkk!!!! They are all so cute! How did I miss that when I was looking?!! Love it! Thank you so much! I will send pics later so you can see some of them! Seriously though, I don't think you know how much I appreciate your packages and letters. It is so good to hear from all of you. You always say something that I need to hear and it helps me to stay motivated. I love it. I love hearing about your day to day things, or all the freaking cute things your kids say. Gavin and Jade? I am dying! Letters from Bry and Tommye? I hang them up in my room! It is so much fun! Mom, I am so glad that you only have a kidney infection. Every time I started to think about you it would get so nervous. I hope that they put you on some strong medicine and that it clears up real soon! Keep me posted on everything! Katie, your trip sounded like so much fun. I cried when you talked about your friends with the quads. I can't imagine losing a baby. Goodness. And giving that little baby a fathers blessing before it died? Oh my. How is naming going? I seriously can't wait to hear about the name! He is going to be so cute! Annie! I am dying with all the pictures! Heston is getting so big!!!! And the girls are so beautiful! I have the prettiest family in the world! Darrin, I am so excited about your interview!! Please keep me posted on how it went and the outcome! Twin falls is so lucky to be getting y'all! Heather and Shawn- just tell me about your lives. I have to know how it is all going. I need more quotes from Gav. They keep me sane. Lins and Jord- I mean really. Just tell me. Are you millionaires or not? I mean we're family. I don't believe in boundaries. Don't forget the team Hailey fund. Kyle- heard you are doing well out there selling! Keep it up! I am so proud of you! You're proving the world wrong with every sell. Keep it up! Soilder on! Brent and Lor- you guys are precious. I hope that summer work is going well! I have to know if you meet and crazies. I love awkward stories. Make it a goal to tell one a day, and experience one a day. #teamneilsonissupercreepy #ithoughtelderscouldntlikesisters #teamneilsonandmcarthur #mcarthurdoesntwanttoberecruited Corby, you are beyond my favorite person with a dimple. I miss it. And you life changing stories. You really are the best. I wanted you to know that #1. I have gone a full month without taking a day off from wearing makeup or looking cute. 17 more to go. Keep your eye on the prize #dreamsdocometrueifyouworkhardenough and 2. I love my Nyquil. Use it like its going out of style. Changing lives is hard work, I tell ya. :)
                         So I leave Monday morning, so if you are writing me make sure it gets here by Sat. They don't print off Dear Elders on Saturday so if you are writing me on there write by Friday. I am sending a small package of somethings home. They gave us our own mission language scriptures, so I will send my copy home. And probs all the letters I have gotten so far, since its like a TON! You guys are the BEST!
                            I will be sending pictures in a bit, so if you have any questions just email me back!      
                       I'VE BEEN ON MY MISSION ONE WHOLE MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Love,
Søster Katniss
 
Shout Out!
Dan Dan- WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't have my calendar so if I missed anything else! Sorry!
 
Story time:
      There is this Mama mouse who is taking her baby mouse out to get some food. They are walking and a big cat jumps in front of them and starts hissing and getting ready to pounce. The Mama mouse, without any thought for herself, jumps in front of her baby and says "WOOF!!! WOOF!!! WOOF!!!" The cat, scared, runs away. And the Mama mouse turns to her baby and says "That's why it's important to learn a second language!!!!"
     Living the dream, y'all

What's Up? What's Up?

Weasley family,
     What Up! what Up! today is a good dad, but probs because its P-day or f-dag in Norsk! I loved all the letters from everyone. shout out to Dad! Life changing!
     Someone please tell Katie-lynn that I have been singing Backstreet Boys for days. Its been inspiring to all close enough to hear. How is Kate feeling BTW? And Sarah? I didn't want to be to obvious on the blog/email because I didn't know all who knew. But that's so great! ps. if your typing this up, delete that part unless everyone already knows. #awks
     Y'all Daniel comes home in 28 days. Shoot me in the face now. So sick of caring. Just get home and get married and break ,my heart already. Hahaha. No, but he's the best. He just wrote me and told me funny stories and asked me a million questions. It was great!
     I am so glad everything went so well at the cancer fashion show. I miss that thing. Mom, I don't know that girl who invited you to her graduation. How awkward!!
     You guys, I love some of the people here so much. I want you to meet them. I just me the new Dutch Elders who got here Wed. and fell in love. They are all so funny. One says he bawls his eyes out all the time So cute! BTW when I say "cute" or "I love them" I don't mean like Love. Trust me if I fall in Love you will have a secret letter from me.Hahahaha
      How did Kates trip go? I can't write in English any more. I wrote Dan and half of it was in Norsk. Awks.
     Anywho the week went well I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of mission life. Only 20 more days till it's changed again! Love it!
                                                                Love yall!  Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!
                                                                                                                                           Love, Sister Hodgkiss

The 17 miracles and other MTC trivia!


This is us with Warheads! All 17 miracles! Take your sour and make it sweet!

All the letters I send off on P-Day!

Heather and Shawn! You guys are the best! I loved my pkg.!Thank-you, thank-you!I forgot it was our hump day!LOVE YOU guys. Your note is on my wall! My district is still eating the cookies!
                                                                                   
We wrote a song...to the tune of "Call Me Maybe"  LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE BOARD!

Happy Month 23, Daniel! In your honor I took a picture in another boys jacket...#awks

JK! Here's his real month 23!

Pitts and I!

She is the best! I love her to death!

Guess what? Zero=nul, but you arn't allowed to ever enter it in TALL because you get it wrong. Like the word never shows up. I'm confused. How am I supposed to learn a word that doesn't exist???

This is how many I got wrong on one of my quizzes...#Idontunderstandnorsksounds

Pitt






HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

This is what life is coming to...#wehatecancer

Me and my Katniss Day!

Pitts, McArthur, and I after getting caught in the rain!

Pitts! Love!

April and Daniel after she arrived to serve in his mission

KATNISS DAY

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
                             "Believe me, Mama," I say, putting on lipstick anyway. "Jesus wouldn't like him either." - The Help
            Family! How the hele are you? In Norsk hele pronounced (hella) means whole. Bahaha. Kills me every time. How is everyone doing? Thanks for all the letters and emails! It's so good to hear from everyone! Shout out to the boys this week! Shawn, Corbs, and Jordan! I cried/ laughed/ died a little on each one. Then I just read the letters aloud. My district was in tears. Shawn, they all refer to you as "Uncle Shawn" now. They are always like "What did Uncle Shawn say in his letter?!" It's great. They all love you. Mom, Heather, and Lins and anyone else I might have accidentally forgotten- Thank you for your letters too! I love hearing about everything you are doing and all the different things you are doing. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!
            Quotes from this week:
                        Brother Bloomfield (one of the teachers here) talking about how not to teach:
                           "THE CHURCH IS TRUE! JOIN OUR FREAKING CHURCH!!!!!!"
                                      You guys, I lost it. This is seriously how I feel sometimes. I'm just like WHATEVER!
                        
                        Brother Bloomfield talking about how God doesn't have a certain number of people he lets in to heaven
                           "Oh I want to let you not heven, but I only gave out 10 A's this semester. YOU just didn't make the curve. Sorry you didn't die next semester!"
                                      This is life at BYU.
                        
                        Elder Metcalf is sitting in our class just talking to us while we "study" and his comp is telling us his love story. It sounded EXACTLY like #daniel. So I wrote on the bored #daniel. And Metcalf goes...
                            "You have a love story?! KATNISS! ARE YOU CHEATING ON PETE?!!!!"
                                       Metcalf, just come to Norway and forget Denmark. End of story.
               So this week was pretty great! I don't know how it came so quickly! I swear I was just emailing home about the last week! It's crazy! Mom says that I never respond to anything everyone is saying. Its really hard to remember all the letters that you get and what was said. The weeks feel like eternity and you can't remember everything that is going on. You are learning and studying so much and my brain gets all jumbled up. I have to make a note card for the week and write important things down because I get to the end and I don't know what happened. Of course I could go back and read every letter, but that would require real effort on my part. So instead, this is me trying to remember everything that was said and responding.... READY? This Friday we get travel plans. I will figure them out and then figure out the time that I will be calling. Next P-day of F-dag in Norsk, I will tell you all about those plans and my plans that deal with those plans. Basically you will know what I know and I will know that you know, and you will know that I know that you know, and I will know.. well you get the point. We don't have to have Visas to get into Norway so we aren't going to have any problems. A lot of the other Scandinavian countries have had some trouble. We are pumped. There are currently only 12 sisters in Norway. So with us having 17 coming and the fact that they are opening up so many new areas, we aren't sure what will happen. Trios? Let's hope not. Greeney companionships? Has happened before, but who knows!?
                 Mom and Heather! You are both rock stars! Getting up so early! I can hardly stand it and I HAVE to do it! I am impressed! I woke up at 5:45 am this morning and Pitts and I went the gym. I'm trying to crack down on my eating and terrible habits. I am turning into Chubs McGee! But its hard. There are some days I just don't want to get out of bed. Those are the days I walk into class and say to Elder Gusty "You have 15 seconds to cheer me up." With a completely straight face. He has gotten pretty good at it, but I'll tell you at first, Homeboy needed some help. But I am so proud of all of you. Stay healthy. If I have to come home to preform in one of your surgeries, I will probs punch you in the EYE-BALL. Lins, I am so proud of you and your competition! I heard about it, but I'm lame and forgot to respond about it! I told everyone here. They pass on their warmest regards. Hahaha. #awks But seriously I didn't even know that you had fat left to even lose? You are so amazing. When I work out I think to myself "How would Lins do this workout?" and then I realize that you would do it much better than I would, so I just decide that you are working out enough for the both of us, and go back to bed. Just kidding! #notreally
                I want you to know that I think about you all all the time. Your individual needs are always in my prayers. As you interview for jobs, play on the field, look for housing, or are in summer sells, I am thinking about you. I know that there are good things in store for all of you! #keepthefaith. And remember if things go bad, DONT BLAME ME!
                I have to know...... did you guys see the Great Gatsby? Just tell me. Break it to me gently.
                Did I cover everything? Oh, I forgot some stuff. Yes, you can send videos and pictures to my email! I love them! Apes, my awesome friend that is now in Daniel's mish just sent me a pic of the two of them. I'll have to forward it on. It's priceless. She just started her mission and he comes home in 21 days. #weirdy  #ilovewhenyouguys#tag
                This week a miracle happened....
                                I was discovered as Corby Hodgkiss', the boy who lived, and played BYU football, little sister. Here I was feeling so lost in the world. Questing my existence, and why God would put so much beauty in one person. That person, being me. And BAM! This Elder from Denmark read my name tag and asked "Do you have a brother?" and proceeded to ask if my brother played BYU football. I told him that of course that was my brother, for there can only be one like him. Well my dear Elder friend, Elder Free, over hears this and goes crazy! He says "Katniss! I opened up to you!!!! I told you my life and this is how you repay me???!!!! You didn't even mention your brother!!!!!" I was shocked, for I didn't know that it was a requirement. But now I am learned. Basically..... the boys want to know..... if you would possibly maybe... be willing.... to send some signatures their way...... BAHAHAHAHAHA. But for real. Their serious. Are you embarrassed? NO PLACE IS SAFE!!! #LivingthedreamthroughCorbyHodgkisstheboywholived
                Last week on my way home from the Temple it started pouring. Sister Pitts, Sister McArthur and I sprinted down the hill, but by the time we got to the bottom we were SOAKED! I'm pretty sure that everyone and their Mother saw my Gs on the way home. #awks
                Lang. is going well. Most the times in lessons I can follow, but yesterday I couldn't. I had no idea what was happening the whole time. Basically I tapped out in the first 5 seconds. In my district when things get too hard, we just tap out. You can imagine what we are doing in grammar lessons. Spoiler Alert: grammar is really hard in other languages because you don't know the grammar in your own.  Anywho it was a neat experience though because McArthur rocked it. She's the best! The better 1/2 of me! She led the whole lesson. It was tough because we went in there with a lesson and then we were led to something completely different. So I hadn't really prepared for that. #teachingthelawofchasitynexttimethiswillbeawkward Its funny because it happens a lot. You go in there and think you got it and a lot of times only one of you will lead the conversation because they are the only ones that are getting it. Such a cool learning curve! Most of the time though we both understand at least a little of what is going on, and we are getting better at giving clues to each other so we can follow along. Yesterday I just smiled and nodded a bunch. #whenindoubtsmilypretty
                 This week Armond, our "first investigator", came back as our teacher. I don't know why but I have a HARD time with him. Like all my worst qualities come out around him. #stillprayingforcharity I think to myself "What would mom say or do?" She would probably tell me to be nice and learn to love him like Jesus does. I'm not saying Jesus doesn't love him, but I am saying that some are harder to love than others...... It's a good lesson for me to learn though. I'm not always going to get along perfectly with everyone. So I'm working on finding qualities I do like. I have found a total of one so far..... #prayingforcharityharder But it's all good. I love my other two teachers so much! Sister Brown and Brother B are the best! They change my life everyday! I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON!
                   So each day we pick a different person from our district to shine. We each go around and say something we love about them. There are 11 of us in the district so usually you end up with about 12 things on the bored that people love. Well, last night was my night. I don't think I have laughed that hard in like a year. We were dying as they talked about funny stories with me and weirdy things I do. I felt so loved. I wanted to share the amazing things they said. I know mom will love it and then I will also have it forever saved. I ended up with 27 things. It was amazing. Here we go! #lovemydistrict
1. Strength
2. Up front
3. Awkward
4. Quote for everything
5. Brown-eyed girl
6. Humor
7. Kat-phrases that only she says
8. How she is a tribute (loves HP and HG)
9. Laughs at anything
10. Hates R-MOND
11. How she looks to out reach
12. Facial expressions (see #7)
13. #LOVE#
14. Weird lov thing (with Pitts)
15. Motherly attributes
16. Dr. Suesses (great story teller)
17. #District11 (Pitts' Kat Kat)
18. Witty
19. LOVE
20. Had cancer (Metcalf said this one. He isn't in our district and just said "I love that you had cancer." I died. So funny!) #ilovecancerjokes
21. Chill (Brrr)
22. Snort
23. Her family is our family (Uncle Shawn, etc..)
24. Best Friend
25. Stay up late (I turn to McArthur every night and say listen you are either getting in my bed or Im coming in yours!)
26. Sweet Nothings #ilovetowhispernorsksweetnothings
27. Cries with better 1/2 always
                       Sister Katniss night was the best! I tried to tell them that I didn't need one because everyday is Katniss day, but I don't think they have gotten the point that I talk about me all the time. I think the thing is that they are all like that too. They just love their cute little selves so much. #weloveus See, before my mission I thought I was leaving everything behind. I thought I was signing up for the most boring thing I have ever done. What I didn't realize was that what I was actually signing up for was to spend 18 months with the best people in the world. These girls and guys are amazing. They are so strong and spiritual and FUNNY! Oh my gosh I laugh until I can't breathe or am crying every day. Gusty has a goal to make me snort each day. He always gets it. We all tell stories and share experiences, we share our weaknesses, and we make each other stronger. Everything comes from a place of love and it's amazing! #ilovemydistrict I am NOT looking forward to saying goodbye in 2 weeks to some of them. But I hope I get the chance to serve with all of them and to see them often. Don't know how I'm going to part with my elders. But I will figure it out! 
                      Girls coming out to the mish field, the guys are awesome out here. All those losers that you liked or dated, leave them behind. There are strong, NICE, guys in the world that are amazing priesthood holders. If you come home knowing who you are going to marry, and that person is from your mission you are a lucky girl. #wontfallinlovetillmonth17 But seriously I have learned how great they all really are. I am so impressed with them and so grateful to be serving with them. I LOVE ELDERS!!!!
                       Mom, you can update my blog with Sister McArthur's letter. I don't think she would mind that at all! She is the best! Teaching is getting much easier. I feel like I am slowly starting to get a hold of it. I don't want to throw up before I go in, and I am learning to trust in the Lord and my talents. Not that Norsk is one of my talents. I love it here! Last night my whole district just went outside for workout time and played games and taught Gusty to do a cartwheel. #wowkeepworkinggusty Its the best! You won't ever be so high as you are here, and you will never be as low. The ups and downs are hard, but they make you stronger. IT'S THE BEST!
                        I love you all and if I forgot anything, I am sorry! You guys rock and I love all the support! Keep the faith!
                  To the Jones' family: I love your family! Mama and Pop Jones, you guys are the best. You have shaped my life in so many different ways. I would not be here if it wasn't for your love and support and teaching. I am so grateful that our families were so close growing up. I have drawn so much strength through you and watching you as you went through trials. The Lord loves you and is very aware of everything that you go through. He desires you to feel his love and be happy just like he is! You have given so much to all those around you, and that shows your deep testimonies and strength in the gospel. You will be forever blessed! As trials arise, remember the reason we are given them. They are there so we know happiness, so we grow closer to the Lord, and so we can become who we need to be. Each thing we go through helps us to redefine ourselves into what we need to be. The Lord knows our needs and our potential. Remember that limitations do not come from God, they only come from what we think God can do. You can do all things with Him, and your weaknesses will be made strengths. I love you guys so much! Keep your head up in all that you do!
                 Sister Watts: I know that I am calling you by your old last name, but that's what I know you as! You are the best! I loved hearing from you and it made me remember that the Lord knows us and what we need. I needed that letter from you and I didn't even know it until I read it. You have always been such a shinning beacon to me. You were always so happy and gave so much. We watch this amazing video here called "The Characters of Christ". It talks about how a characteristic is something that we consistently do all the time, no matter the setting. One characteristic is service and ALWAYS turning out. This reminded me of you. You were always so happy to serve and to love. Your mother was a testimony to that as well. Do you remember the picture you gave me of Jesus Christ in the heavens? I think that it's called "Come unto me". I still love that picture. In our room we have this amazing picture. It's two pictures put together. I guess that the group before us cut one down and taped them together. It is the 3,000 Strippling Warriors and then in the heavens is the Come Unto Me picture. It reminds me that we are always in the Saviors sight. It's amazing. Thank you for the letter and being so sweet! I loved hearing from you. I am so glad that you are so happy and still serving so much. You are amazing!  
 
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Elske dere,
Søster Katniss
 
SHOUT OUTS!!!
Kate! My main squeeze! Its your bday this week! EEEEKKK! I hope that you have an AMAZING birthday and that Corbs (my hero) takes you to Cheese Cake Factory! I love you! Send me a belly pic soon!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Killer Bees!!!

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
                                   "Butterflies in your stomach. That was such a crappy metaphor. More like killer bees." - Beautiful Creatures
         AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need you to know that I am STILL freaking out. First off, longest week of my life waiting for the package. Second off, um how are y'all so cute and creative? Third off, YOU ARE FREAKING GOING TO THE BALTIMORE RAVENS!!!!! I am so pumped for you! And so proud! I tell everyone. Hello! What's your name? Mine is Katniss and my BIL is in the NFL. NBD. Okay that's a lie, but everyone that is important needs to know. My district made me open it in front of everyone because thats how excited they were. I cried my eyes out when I opened it! I am just so happy for you! You have worked so hard and you deserve all the best! EEEEKKKK!!! Lins I know you. I know that you are stresses your non existant fat off. Stop it. That's enough. It is going to work out. I love the North-East! Man, guys! This is just so great! I LOVED the package! I LOVE my shirt! My compy comp is obessed with all of you because of how great the package was. I was like this is real life. My family is bomb. Over and out.
        Quote of the week:
                        Sister Thurgood talking to us about how she is weird with the love word: "I don't love you. I mean I know that JESUS loves you, but I don't love you....."
                                                                                       The rest of the district: Nervously looking around, starting to laugh. Me just snorting my face off.
        Listen y'all. I've come up with some goals for my mission. Here they are:
                               Goal #1: Find out what a "guttabouis" is. My teacher talked about it but won't tell us what it is. I HAVE to know.
                               Goal #2: Somehow convert Adam Levine
                               Goal #3: Marry Adam Levine when I return to the US
                               Goal #4: Learn Norwegian
         Right now, I'm not really doing too well with my goals, but I'm keeping the faith. I know that if I pray enough and try hard enough it can happen. Keep my goals in your thoughts and prayers!
         So this week was pretty tough. My whole district was just down. We were negative and hating basically everything. It was hard to learn things. Our teachers would just end up telling us about Norway and their stories because we were so down. But we had a district inventory. We all cried. Laughed. Changed our lives a little. Basically just all became new people, but the point is that we got it all out there and we moved on. After that I have been on a high ever since! I have felt way pumped about the language and all of it. I mean even in grammar class yesterday I stayed focused. It's been so good! Being positive has made a difference in learning. I am waiting for the next crappy part though. I have been told that the first few weeks you sky rocket up, the third you platue, and then you continue to either go down or up. Right now I'm picking up, but I swear if we sing "Called to Serve" one more time I will be picking down. Word.
         Why do we have to sing 4 opening songs and EVERY verse that exists any time we all get together as a MTC (which is like twice a week)? Seriously its unnecessary. I mean surviving the number of songs we have to sing on Sunday is honestly amazing. #Imasurvior. This Sunday though we had an AMAZING speaker! Chad Lewis the NFL player came and talked to us. He was so great! The best talk I have heard so far! I just love it! He talked to us the whole time like a football coach. I felt like Coach was talking to me, Mom, and Katie again. He pumped me up! I thought that I was like ready to conquer the entire world. He said something that I loved. He said "When things get tough think of the ONE person that needs YOU. When you get frustrated with the language, dig a little deeper. When you get tired, pray like crazy. You WILL receive strength." I loved it. But here is my real question? Do the English speaking missionaries feel weird, because I feel like every devotional or talk something about lang. is sad. #Awks
          Thank you all for the letters this week! It was amazing to hear from so many of you! I believe I got 11 this week! One day I got a total of 5! Um let me just cry right now. It was presh! I read all of them. If you letter happened to be intensly funny (Lo) I even read it out loud. But really guys, it means so much to me to hear from y'all! I love hearing all the little details! You went and bought flowers? Bring it on. You went shopping at Sams? I want to know. Your baby bump is cray cray? Send me a pic. You just got Drafted? Send me a package. I could go on and on but this is getting uncomfortable so I'm going to stop.
            I'm in the comp lab and these random elders are talking about their families. This is what was said.....
                      Elder #1: "How many people are in your family?"
                      Elder #2: "I am the youngest of 11."
                      Elder #1: "THAT'S ALOT of LABOR!!!!!"
                      Elder #3: "In a lot of different ways....."
             I love the Elders! When things get too spiritual and serious with the girls I just turn to the nearest Elder (mostly Gusty) and say "Bring me back down to earth you Heathen."
             So me and the adorbs compy comp have been teaching Ana. Have I told you about her? She is fab! She is 21 and has a 2 year old daughter. From Phillipeans and moved to Norway when she was 11. She is fluent in Norsk and English. Spoiler Alert: Your investigators are your teachers, these are NOT real people. But we do treat them as such which is weird, but trust me it makes it so much easier. I find as I pray and think about our "investigator" I am able to know what to teach better. We taught yesterday on the Restoration and Baptisim. It was great. Not because like anything super great happened, but because it's finally clicking!!!! I was like actually speaking and not having to sit there for 3 minutes before I could say what I wanted. It was great. I think I am finally starting to get the hang of things. My compy comp is doing well too. She is so great! I am so proud of her!  She did such an amazing job! Every time we get out she is like "I think I took a million years!" and I'm just like listen McArthur you bomb. Over and out. So things were going well right. I'm talking about profets of the bible and Jesus Christ. I tell her after JC was crucified, the apostles were killed. The apostles had the authority from God to teach about faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, annnnnnnnddddddddddddddd..........
                                                                death.....
             Things got real awkward real fast. Baptism= Dope  Death= Drept. But let me tell you something they are NOT the same thing. So I realize what I say and then I lost it. I'm laughing and saying "NYE NYE NYE DREPT! NEY DREPT! DOPE! DOPE!" And of course my invety is dying. She is just like really? Hahaha greatest thing ever. Then I finish my part and McArthur starts to talk and I start losing it all over again just because I'm thinking about it. Hahah its so awesome! Love it! But I freak out evertime. It is really hard for me to teach lessons. Once I get in there I do okay, but before I go in I'm like a freaking football player before a game. I have to have someone give me a pep talk. I have to pace. Sometimes I want to throw up. I start to sweat. I literally dread it! I am terrified of not knowing what is going on and I am terrified of people. I just don't know how else to say it. This is real. But each time gets easier. I get a little better and I lost a tiny bit of my fear. But for real, life is tough and this IS one of those times. My quote this week is about that. I literally feel like I have killer bees in my stomach before I go in, but after lessons like I just had with Ana yesterday its easier for me to go back in there again. Really if you see them as friends its great, but with the language barrier its hard. Sometimes she says things and I just give her a weird look because I don't understand anything. #livingthedream
              You guys, Pitts is the best. She is in my district and probably the coolest person ever. She is a BYU cheerleader. Hated her barbie doll self when I first saw her, but she is the nicest person ever. She cares about everyone and wants to know EVERYTHING about them. She is always like "Tell me! I HAVE to know!" So of course now I say it. Just tell me what is going on with y'alls lives. I HAVE to know!
               Kellen & Sarah!! I am so happy for everything that you guys have going on! I gave a huge cheer when I heard about everything!! Yay!! Please oh please come to Norway! I know that you want Austrey, but I am selfish and I need you in Norway! I will teach you the lang. It will be great. Just consider it for like at least a second! Anywho, you guys are the best! Love y'all!
                Okay everyone I am signing off now! I will get some pics out to you!
                Mom I hope you are keeping up with the blog! I have faith in you. Also, guess what Chad Lewis said? He hicked up with 4 wounded warriors to this huge mountain peak in South Africa and he brought a family flag to the top. He waved it and said..... "Hurrah for Isreal!" Hahaha I died! DIED!
                 Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!
             Love,
  Sister Katniss
-My nickname is spreading. Now everyone (all 80) in the Scandinavian district call me Katniss or Kat. I'm like look. I didn't choose this, it chose me. I WILL be the poster child for our district!
 
Shout Outs:
Darrin- Happy Happy Birthday this week! I hope that it is a fantastic one and that you get lots of time with that adorable wife of yours and the kids! I love you and your family! Have a great one!
Mom- What! What! Happy Mothers Day! I am sorry I can't call, but we will talk at the airport. I get flying plans not this Friday, but NEXT Friday! Have a wonderful Hallmark created Holiday! I love you!
 
-Over an

PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES!!!!

Me and my compy comp, Sister McArthur

April and I (she is going to Daniel's mission)
The Elders
The books I study every day!!!

My district
My ADORBS bed
My full closet
DESK

A. This is Elder Gustafson!!! I LOVE him! Okay I CHARITY him. He is so funny! Keeps me laughing, ALWAYS! After we took this picture I looked at it and said "Ohmygosh. Hashtag we are going there someday." He turned bright red. Seriously I almost peed in my pants. "Sister Hodgkiss! That is not okay! Not okay!" I was like "Oh Gusty, its only not okay if its true. Is it?" lets be real. I love making people uncomfortable.


My full schedule

Alma 60:6 "And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless stat." This is hanging in our classroom. How funny? I think I relate with the short fat one. #thisismylife :)

Our classroom

Me and my name Tag!!What What!

Besties!! This is Norsk

Our classroom

LETTERS!!!!

PACKAGE!!

I love Harry Potter and the NFL

We love our shirts!

Go Ravens

Look who I found!

This is Pitts!

Left-Elder Lambson Right-Elder Gusty!

Guess who wrote me? Elder Daniel Wood! Holler