Dear Weasly Family and Friends, "There was a man who was worthless, and knew he was worthless, and yet however far down he tried to sink his soul, there was always some part of him capable of great action." -Clockwork Angel Well guys, I'm in Norway. Yep. I know that you would think I had more to say, but honestly idk.... let's not go there. You know how people talk about loving their missions and just how much fun they are? Well. I haven't seen that yet. We stepped off the plane and met President and Sister Evans. They are the best. President has such a dry sense of humor. Makes me laugh so hard, but more like an uncomfortable laugh because I don't know if it's a joke or not. He reminds me a lot of Dad actually. It's good. I need a dad out here too! Sister Evans is precious. So sweet. So caring. Really loves all of us. Point of the story? What I'm about to say. Everyone in the office knows me as the one from Russia. They were blown away that I put my papers in there, so that's kinda my identity. President introduced himself turned to me and said "I figure you're from Russia, so you can handle anything and it won't be too hard." I pretty much knew that something was coming. So what did pres do? He put me in a trio to start out with. And he put me in Skien. Its a city in the base of the mountains. Pretty south. Quite the opposite of what I was going for, but way pretty. So green and hilly. There are about 70,000 here. Skien hasn't had any Sisters in it for over 10 years. They begged and begged and begged for Sisters. You know, I kinda feel bad because they are so amazing, but they got sent two greenies. Sister Thurgood and I were in the same district at the MTC. She has such a strong personality and so do I. Sometimes at the MTC we would butt heads a bit. So when I found out that we would be comps I flipped. Pitts had to give me a pump up talk. Sister Thurgood was so worried too! She was like how am I going to be with Kat and not kill her? I know she was thinking that!!! But honestly it's been great with her. We are so alike, that it actually works. She knows my history and how I am so we bond all the time. She knows what I'm going through with being new and trying to learn everything. This morning we just sat on the couch and cried. #bondingforlife Our trainer is Sister Landry. She has been out here for 10 months and is amazing at the language. She actually studied it for about a year before she even had her call. Way cool. She looks a little like Lo, but is so the opposite. Honestly we aren't alike at all. And she def isn't like Thurgood. But she is dedicated and focused. And when I say focused I mean focused. She has a good head on her shoulders, a lot of faith, and teaches my example. I feel sorry for her all the time becasue she def got a handful. She is doing well with what she got though. Well, guys I'm not going to lie. This week has been really hard. The Elders before us, left us with basically nothing. No people to teach. No investigators. Not sure what has been going on for 12 weeks. I'm trying to get a hold of everything and figure it all out, but its a lot to do. I've only cried twice though, so that's good. I've been trying to think of good things that are going on all week, so my email doesn't suck so much. Obvs, I'm way off. The lang. is hard. One guy told me he didn't speak English. I turned to Thurgood and I said.. Um.... I was speaking Norsk, right? Apparently, if you don't speak fast enough, they think its English. #awks Here's a story about me getting lost and left behind on my first night going to my new area! It should break up the glume! So the train conductor comes and tells us to move up to the first train so we do. #takemybagsformeplease Actually one little presh worker did take my bags and spoke english to me! #livingthedream So teamLandry (that's my trainer) is taking for evig because she has so many bags so she gets in a train way down from us. We as in me and teamTHURGOOD get on the train cart at the front. Okay insert time when I don't speak English and the conductor is trying to tell me to do something. #igetconfused. So I think he wants me to come down to the car that teamLandry is in so I step out. TeamThurgood has all my bags. I step out of the car and turn back to tell her to come and guess what happens? The door shuts.... #isthisreallife TeamThurgoods face when the door shut? #pricless So I didn't cry. That was a plus. I awkardly waved to them as the train took off and tried to figure out if I just laid in a ball and died right there how long it would take the TeamPresidentEvans to find out. Well TeamLandry texted me for a bit trying to help me figure out what to do... that is until she lost service. We are in Skien which is in the middle of the mountains so you lose service on the way here. #nobueno #ikkelykkelig Insert percious man who took helped me with my bags walking back to a building. Insert me running full speed at him. #thankgoodnessforenglishandbritishaccents He told me where I could go on the bus and blah blah blah. Well the hardly told me anything so I just kinda roamed around holding back tears. Then I saw him again so I was like okay sir, look here I don't understand. I don't know how to buy a ticket. I don't know!!! But he was presh, so he told me that my train ticket would work and wrote a note on it to the bus driver. So I'm sitting outside just waiting contemplating the square root of 91, when I see that this girl that I saw earlier keeps looking at me. #areyougoingtotalktome So she comes up to me and asks me something in Norwegian and that sparked a good hour conversation. It was in broken Norwegian and English. Her name is... well what do you think it is? TeamZ of course! She is muslim, but has so many questions about faith. She has a lot of concerns and aches in her life. She needs the gospel! She is 17, but such an amazing girl! I got her number and 2 hugs. In the first minute of meeting she told me it was her birthday, so I hugged her. Later when I met the bishop I told him this and he and his family died laughing. He was like you hugged her? I looked him square in the eye and said "wouldn't you want a hug if it was your birthday?" Actually I didn't. But that woudl have been great if I did. #maybenexttime Anywho, moral of the story? Learn Norsk. That's always the moral of the story here. Actually, it's that you never know who you are going to meet or what difference you will make. This is our first meeting with Zeniab so we will see how it goes, but who knows? I can see her in white. #Iprayedyouhere So yeah.... that's the story and APPARENTLY it's been spreading around. Bishop keeps telling it to everyone at church. I don't ever know what he is talking about until I hear "Søster Hodgkiss" and "bussen" and "skrive ned". Honestly never been more confused for longer in my life. #keepthefaithyall for tomorrow we........ #6daystillpday So I bore my testimony in church on Sunday! Yeah, talk about blood rushing. Man, I thought I was going to throw up. But let me tell you, we have an amazing ward. There are about 60 people there on Sundays, which is huge for Norway. It's a famous ward throughout the mission. The Bishop is AMAZING, and the members are the best. Pretty much I just hold on to the hope of the members and what they bring. I actually feel like a small bit of myself around them. They are so funny and loving. I feel loved and cared for. We have a member feed us every night. Every night! And at church we all sit seperatly and just pick a random member to sit by. They are just the best. I sat by Natan, Ben, and a few other of the young single adult men. After I sat down, I was like hmmmm.... maybe this isn't a good idea. But it's a foregin mission, same rules don't apply. Anywho the Bishop asked us to bare our testimonies, and to go FIRST. I was sweating like a.... well we won't go into that... but ALOT. I went up there, tried to remember words, and just said whatever I could remember. It went pretty well I think. I told them at the end, "I skal lære Norsk!" which means I will learn Norwegian! I think it was okay. At least my young single adult friends said it did, except they might have alternative motives.... hahaa teasing. Everyone always comes up to us and asks how long we have been learning Norwegian. We tell them 7 weeks. They say NO!!! We say YES!!! They say NO again. And then they just shake their head in disbelief. Its hard to see your lang. like that for yourself. They speak so quickly and so many words you don't understand. I get so confused. And I don't even know where to begin with learning. There is just so much. But I am figuring out how to grasp at this whole "mission thing". Funny story, so actually one of the boys in our ward here just got called to Norway. He is coming to the mish in July. Anywho here I am standing in the hallway after church and he comes up. What does he tell me? He tells me two words that I get mixed up in Norsk. #youaresosmart #idontunderstand #what? I just laughed. I told him he can add it to the list of everything I get wrong. Freaking ble and vare. Get them mixed up everytime! Oh. So I can't say the church's name. That's pretty awkward. Everytime I go up to someone on the street I butcher it. I'm working on it though. I guess I would get out here and just love it like I loved the MTC. That I was going to laugh as much and enjoy it just as much. That I could be myself. I don't really feel like that at all. The lang. is hard. I hate contacting. And basically I feel worthless beacuse my poor trainer has to do everything. But I know that I am capable of greatness. I know that someone the Lord will make my efforts work. I know that I won't and can't hate it forever. I'm just trying to remember that. I'm sorry that this email sucks so much. I really wanted to send you guys this email that was so positive and had all these miracles that are happening. But it was either this, or not email at all. The area is gorgeous. The homes are like these cute little cottage looking things with these gorgeous yards. So many wild flowers and grass. Its beautiful. The sun never sets here so that is different. No worries mom, I am getting my 10 hours of Vit. D a day. At about 1130 it gets the darkest. It looks like 8 o'clock on a summer night in Texas. So not very dark at all, but it seems so dark compared to the rest of the day. Once winter comes around, it will be dark all the time, so its take your pick here. Here is my address: Hans Houens Gate 8 3715 Skien Norway Quote of the week: "During language study I was about to stab a jabalin through her heart." These are the perks of having a trio. #workingthroughourproblems So yeah. That's my email. This is just pretty awkward because I don't really know what else to say. Pretty much I just want to hear about all of you and how you guys are doing. It was so great to talk to you all. I didn't get trunky at all because of all the excitement of getting off a dang plane after 10 years of it. So no worries there. I hope that you guys didn't get trunky about me either! Christmas will be here before you know it. So yeah. Keep praying for me. Like a lot. I love you all. I am sure we will look back on this email one day and laugh. Or not.... whatever. Anywho, write me when you guys can! Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor. Much love, Katniss Shout Outs this week: Cory Hill- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Daniel Wood- WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mom- Happy school is out!!!!!!!!!!