Monday, June 30, 2014

Sprained Ankles and Broken Water Pumps


Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
              Well this week started off with a bang. We taught two people on Monday and got two new investigators. It was a productive day, and good thing because who knew that the rest of the week would be as slow as molasses. Monday night we went to our Sank Hans Aften ward activity. We grilled out down on the beach. The weather was perfect. Many members came and we just had a good time talking and sticking our feet in the water. It was actually warm enough (Norwegian standards) to swim, so all the kids played in the water. We got invited to come and play volleyball by the members, so we started playing with them. There were a lot of kids playing so it was just a nice fun game. Things were going well until the ball came back over on my side and I went to get it. The problem was that my foot got stuck in the sand and when I turned to go get the ball, my ankle twisted and I heard a pop. I dropped to the ground and no one really noticed until Mac looked over and said "Are you okay?" And I just shook my head. Everyone ran over and it was a huge dramatic scene. Honestly, I felt like a beached whale giving birth or something. Everyone was around me, and Wellah, a nurse, had my foot up in the air. I went as white as a piece of paper because of the pain. I just closed me eyes. If it was broken or something I had ZERO desire to see that. We decided to go to the hospital and get it checked out. I had to HOP over to the car which was like 90 THOUSAND MILES AWAY. Okay that was an over exaggeration, but you get the point. I am not in hopping shape! Or any shape for that matter!! We drove to a doctor in Sarpsborg who checked it out and sent me to get a Xray in Fredrikstad. So I went there and waited to hear my results. They came out and said, its not broken you can go home now. By this time its like 1030 at night. We have permission to be out until 12 with the members, and we had a fun evening planned, but we ended up just spending it at the hospital. Thankfully Wellah came with us and stayed the whole time!! Being in pain and trying to keep your Norwegian and English straight is kinda hard. 
             So I give Sister Evans the call the next day and we talked about what happened. She encouraged me to walk on it as much as I could. I didn't think that was a very good idea, but I figured I would give it a try. The swelling and coloring only got worse, and when we went and visited the Evans (in our ward) they demanded that I take crutches that they had. Later that night we went to another members house and they wrapped my foot. I'm lucky because we have so many nurses in this ward. The members started signing bandage with notes wishing me good bedering. So I spent a few days on crutches. I actually ended up going to Zone Conference with them, which was a mess. And that brings me to our second story...
             Thursday our check engine light kept coming on so we decided to take it in. Plus with me being on crutches we were limited to what we could do this week so we were kinda running out of ideas to keep us entertained. So we take our car in and they look it over for about 30 minutes. After they were done the head guy comes over to us and tells us that we have a broken water pump and that he doesn't want us to drive it until our appointment to get it fixed on July 15. This of course is the day before we are supposed to be driving to Oslo for ZC. So I call the office and let them know about the car. The APs get on the phone and we have a group chat about our options. They asked if we needed a car and I told them that I was on crutches so it might be helpful, plus we didn't have any way to get to ZC the next day. They told us that they could get us a new car, and that they could either come pick us up, or we could take a train. Of course, we wanted a road trip with the APs, but we felt bad so we called a member to ask if they could take us to a train station in the morning. As luck would have it, they could, so the APs bought us tickets. We had to drive our car home and keep it there, which put us in our apartment at 4 with no car and me on crutches and lots of rain. I don't think I have looked at our area book more than I did this last week. It could have been an awful week, but instead of being upset Mac and I just died laughing every time something else happened. It was kind of super funny how many things went wrong. But that means that a good week is coming up! 
               ZC was good. We talked about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it in our lives and our teaching. I came out with a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon and a stronger desire to read it everyday. That is actually one of my goals this month, to read the Book of Mormon every day. President has extended a challenge to us. He gave us each a brand new copy of the Book of Mormon and told us to highlight every time a form of Christ's name appears, his attributes, and his words. I am going through and highlighting them in different colors. I have only been doing it for a few days, but I already feel like I am learning more about the Savior and his characteristics. Its a cool challenge!! 
                 At ZC many we had burnamonies (last testimonies before you die). There are 10 missionaries going home in 3 weeks, and 5 of them were at the ZC and gave theirs. It was crazy because at the next ZC I will be giving mine. I remember the first time I heard one and I thought, I will never get there! Sister HIlton was first. I cried through her whole testimony. She trained me at only 3 months of being out, so I have been able to see her grow so much! I have had the awesome chance to have so much of my mission with her still in the land with me. She is amazing. Something she said that really struck me was that "Gods love is not created, its revealed." I think I have learned that on my mission too. There have been so many times that I didn't feel Gods love and I used to think it was because it might not be there. Coming on a mission didn't make the Lord love me more, it only showed me how much he has always loved me. It wasn't created. It was revealed. 
               After the conference we came home and checked the mail and what did we find? Our release papers..... Woah. It is official, we are scheduled to go home on Okt 16. That's about 15 weeks from now. We have 3 weeks left in this transfer and then I will have my last 12 weeks in the land. Many of you have asked if I think I will die here in Sarpsborg. I think I will. I have had 7 areas so I don't think that President will move me again. If I had it my way he would. I would like to go up to Trondheim for my last 12 weeks, but I think that is a little bit too good to be true. We will see though! Next moves call is July 20. Btw... when did July get here? And, what is everyone's plans for the 4th of July? I think Mac and I are going to celebrate it on our own. Show Norway some American spirit! 
                  I got to see Gusty last week! It was so good! I hadn't seen him in 4 1/2 months. The kid is still losing weight, I swear. Such a boy. Does nothing and loses weight! But I was telling him how I felt like it had been FOREVER since I saw him and he looked at me and said...
    "Are you saying that a day without seeing me is like a week without p-day?" 
   I died. #thelifeofamissionary 
    Its been an eventful week! I am so glad that I didn't have any breaks or stress fractures with my ankle. It is still sore, but it is slowly getting better. I think it just needs some more time. I hope that you are all doing well. I love you all!! 

Love,
Kat

P.S. I got my package! I love it!! Its perfect! We are going to the city to talk to them about getting permission as soon as possible! Lots of love! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ugly Ankle!!

Sank Hans Aften grill out

Day 1 of my ankle

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Zone conference on crutches--something I would not like to repeat!

Mission Prom!

My trainer, Hilty! She goes home in 3 weeks!

Release papers....Yikes!

Day 2-The worst! 

Thoughts?

The Elders dåp, Diana

Today!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Miracle Week

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
         I hope that the recording worked and that you guys all got to hear about my week! I WAS a week of miracles! We found many people and actually had REAL conversations. I got to bare my testimony! Its been awhile! We have heard a lot of No thanks in the last little bit, so being able to have good conversations was AWESOME! Thank you guys for your prayers and your fasting!! We have 2 appointments set up today and if all goes well we will have 3 new investigators. That is usually our goal for the whole week so getting that on a Monday would be amazing! We also had amazing miracles of getting tons of referrals from other missionaries. We received 5 just last week and a few of them we are planning on teaching or teaching now! That was super great! 
          This week we have lots of fun things coming up. We have St. Hans Aften tonight. We are allowed to be out with the members until 12 o'clock. HAPPY LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR!!! The sun is up like crazy and then comes back up at 230 am. Last year it was hard to sleep but now that I've been here for a whole year I just got used to the gradual sun change. After today though the days will be getting shorter and we will be moving toward winter. I feel like with the sun here there is no pretending that winter is coming! It will be good to be able to see stars again, but that won't be until a couple of months. Its crazy!! 
          The weeks and days are passing way fast. Just like it is for yall, summer zooms by. Being a missionary in the summer is the best! I am SO glad I got two summers and not two winters! This ward is also a great ward to be in for the summer. We have tons of BBQs, activities, and dinners planned. Tonight we will be having a grill out at the beach. There are tons of kids so its almost like being at home at a Hodgkiss family get together. Things are going great! 
            I did hear about Sister Pitts and her bed bug story. Sister McArthur and I are planning on calling her tomorrow and checking in. Crazy things happen on a mission! I didn't get my package, but I will on Friday at Zone Conference. We are having a big Zone Conference with two zones so I will get to see a lot of my friends! I am way excited about that. We will be traveling to Oslo. Other than that things are great! 
              You all sound like you are doing wonderful. I am so excited to welcome KNOX into the family. I love telling Norwegians his name because they don't ever use X's. The best is getting them to say something with the "th" sound in it because they can't. Got to love them. Knox, wow this is awkward, I keep writing "know", is adorable!! I saw a pic of him sleeping on Brent's chest? Now, are you going to just let that baby sleep where ever he wants, or are you going to put him on a schedule? Hahaha, just kidding, I bet you guys are amazing parents! I hate that I'm not there to see how cute you are with him, but you tell him, 4 more months and Auntie Lee Lee is coming for him! Which reminds me of a Justin Beiber song. #obviously 
            I love you all!!! 
Keep it real. Keep it simple. And may the odds be ever in your favor! 

   Quotes: 
"What if there was a McDonalds inside a cottage? That would be pleasent." - Sister Johnson

"I would have rather DIED in my sleep that night than have woken up that morning!" - Sister McArthur 

Love,
Kat  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sweden, Malls, and Candy

Giant mall in Sweden

The candy stores here are crazy! Lori would be in heaven!

If I wasn't on a no carb diet I would eat this. #gottobeweddingbodyready

We made a cute cake for one of our member's son! Happy Birthday Liam!

Okay... these are baby seagulls! I didn't even know how to spell that word, thank goodness for spell check!! They are SO cute! I thought about Lori the whole time because she just loves baby animals. Remember how upset she was when she found out that Daniel wasn't going to work at a zoo so she wouldn't be able to pet all the animals? #storyofmylife #youliveandyoulearn Well these cute little guys are now being watched over by humans. Is this a good idea? Probs not. Did our 16 year old neighbor do it anyway? Yes. Have the rhetorical questions come back? YES!!! But seriously someone google baby seagull upbringing!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A WHOLE NEW WORLD AND LAST MINUTE INSPIRATION

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
         Every Pday comes and I always have the question come to my mind, "What am I going to write home about?" You know when you have been on a mission for 14 months I think you start to feel like a broken record, so I always try to think of something new to say. And some weeks, you look back on and you think.... welp... glad that's behind us. This week was probably my WORST week number wise. We taught ZERO lessons. Yeah, I know. It's killing me too! I mean thank goodness we had some referrals to kontakt because otherwise I would have had to report all zeros to our Distrikt Leader! But although our numbers sucked, we have worked harder this last week than any other other week, so I know that blessings are coming. I will be calling this current week The Week of Miracles, because we are going to see many!! And I can't wait to tell you all about them in my next email home. But that brings me back to this week and what to write. Thank goodness revelation comes in all forms because I was inspired by a Disney song on the 30 minute car drive to the church. Here are the lyrics. Lets see if you can guess... 
I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
that now I'm in a whole new world with you

Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world
Don't you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath - it gets better
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be
A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment gets better
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

A whole new world
A whole new world
That's where we'll be
That's where we'll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me
    Okay, okay. I know what you are all thinking. "What does this love song have to do with inspiration or missionary life?" Well I will tell you. I will just drop a side note that a little talent I have picked up on my mish is the talent to relate ANYTHING back to the gospel, so bare with me here as I work my magic. So as I was listening to this song, which is one of my favorites I might add, I was thinking about how I have come into a "Whole New World" since being on my mission. I imagined two very different voices, mine and the voices of my companions that I've had, particularly the voice of my trainer, Sister Hilton. A mission really is a life-time of its own. I feel like the adventures, experiences, struggles, and miracles I have been through and seen are enough to last me forever! Thankfully though, progression doesn't stop and I can look forward to more. I love the line "I'm like a shooting star, I've come so far, I can't go back to where I used to be." I feel like that is so true! I have been changed for good by my mission. I have been changed for good by every companion, area, investigator, and member, and I could never go back to who I used to be. 
     But this concept doesn't just relate to a mission, it relates to our lives. One of my favorite talks, the talk that ultimately made me decide to come on a mission, The First Great Commandment talks a little about this. Elder Holland says, "After an encounter with the living Son of the living God, nothing is ever again to be as it was before. The Crucifixion, Atonement, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ mark the beginning of a Christian life, not the end of it. It was this truth, this reality, that allowed a handful of Galilean fishermen-turned-again-Apostles without “a single synagogue or sword” to leave those nets a second time and go on to shape the history of the world in which we now live...The call is to come back, to stay true, to love God, and to lend a hand. I include in that call to fixed faithfulness every returned missionary who ever stood in a baptismal font and with arm to the square said, “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ.” That commission was to have changed your convert forever, but it was surely supposed to have changed you forever as well...So we have neighbors to bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up, and the truth to defend. We have wrongs to make right, truths to share, and good to do. In short, we have a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating our love of the Lord. We can’t quit and we can’t go back." Each encounter we have with Christ is to change us, and each time that happens we don't go back. We enter a new world, and there we stay. That's the beauty of mission. That's the beauty of life. We are forever changed by the gospel.
      Læll, lets move on to some other things... 
        SHOUT OUT TO DAD!!! Happy Fathers Day!! I hope that mom made your favorite cake! I would pay some good money for that cake right about now!! Yummy! Thanks for everything you do for our family, Dad. You are amazing! I love you!! 
       Where is Baby Lor-ent? I am very impatient, and I can only imagine how impatient Lor and B are! Obviously she has Brent's stubbornness because she is WAY over due. She is already a rebel. Remember that Dr. Pepper commercial that they had the shirts with the one word on it, and one of them said "Rebel" and Brent told me that was me? Yeah, I'm still offended. Seriously though! I can't wait to see pictures!! 
        Heather and Shawn- Happy Anny. That would be code for anniversary! Was it 10 years? Holy heck! Time flies!! Proud of you both! 
       
       Funny Quote Time:
"Zone conference is like prom on a mission!" - McA

Me: Does she have a boyfriend or is that her son?
McA: I don't know and I don't want to know. When you get past a certain point you just need to accept that you're alone.
I was teasing McA about her driving and about what would happen if she hit a child and she said this... 
McA: If that happened I would be devastated. That's like when you go bowling and you get it in the gutter while you have the bumpers up except worse because you would be hitting a child.

   Things that happened this week:
   We had ZLT in Oslo! That's always an experience! My Zone Leaders are Elder Shanklin and Elder Ellsworth. I love them both! Shank was a greenie while I was in Trondheim. They dressed up as the Viking Zone Lords and gave us all regions and made us vikings! We even got our own swords!! It was super fun! We also got to watch a clip from How to Train Your Dragon. I am still working on trying to figure out how to get a dragon for Gav!! 
     Last Monday we had a girls day with the next door neighbors. I finally saw Frozen!! I cried like 9 times. It is so good!! I want to watch it every day. I know I'm a little late, but you guys know I don't do mainstream so I had to watch it and freak out later than everyone to be different. No, but really, new favorite movie! So good!!!! The whole thing is set on Norway. Its so funny because the pronunciation of the names are off, but its so cute. The church that Else is made queen in is set on the cathedral in Trondheim! I love that place. And the mountains are the mountains of Bergen. I guess there is an article online that goes through all of it. So cool! I will be getting it in Norwegian to bring home!  
        Bees are terrible creatures. We had two in our apartment, and we both about died. We are terrible people. One ended up flying into a light and we just shut the light and let it die in there... I know... I do feel guilty... Repentance is real. 
         I'm still searching for the package!! I will try to find out more about it today! Oh and... drum roll please.... we got permission to go to SWEDEN!!!! We have a part of Sweden in our area so we have permission to go there! Everything is cheaper there, so we are going today!! I am so pumped! Only sisters in the mish that got to go to Sweden!! I will send lots of pics next week!! 
        I hope that everyone is doing well! Keep me updated on the family life. I love you all! 
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Love,
Kat 

P.S. If you could add in your prayers that we can FIND people to teach and that we can have MANY miracles this week, that would be wonderful!! It's going to be a GREAT week!!

P.S.S. I GRADUATED FROM COUNSELING THIS WEEK! I was talking to Sister Perry on Tuesday and she was like "Well, I feel like you are doing great so just give me a call if you ever need anything!" I had ice cream to celebrate :) 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Farm!


Girls day! We did hair and make up watched a movie, ate lots of bad food!

Finished product!

The Zone Lords and the Viken-ist?

We went to the RS activity this week and it was way cool! We went to this old timey farm and looked around and then had a tea party. This is the daughter of the lady who owns the place and I guess she loves the ducks there! P.S. I would like a baby goose when I get home. Thoughts?

View from the farm!

We made a YW a quote book. this was my favorite page!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Did you know that purses can magically gain weight? -Norwegian Safety Police‏

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
        Well I guess you don't ever know what you have until its gone. This is the first week I didn't get a weekly email from Mom! Is she on Trek? Did Lori have her baby? I feel out of the loop here! But all things aside, I miss those emails! I am anxious to hear how things are going with Lori & Baby, and to know how trek is going. Its always weird to think about how your lives are all still going on. I mean mine is too, but I feel like so much more goes on in your lives. Maybe its just because I am living mine? 
         It was another great week in Sarpsborg. The weather is BEAUTIFUL! Man, the winter is worth it only because you get to experience the Spring, Summer, and Falls here. There really is nothing like it! We always joke that our idea of pretty is now all messed up because we have lived in Norway so long. This place is gorgeous. Its more than a redeeming quality, and good thing because I think otherwise we would all go crazy! 
          Its always crazy how fast the months go. As June started I thought back to last June. Now that I've been in the land over a year I can actually think back to where I was a year ago. At this time I was in Skien, in a threesome with Thurgood & Landry wondering how I was ever going to make it another 16 months. Now I'm with Sister McArthur in Sarpsborg thinking about how I only have 4 months left. Its crazy! Sometimes you get these small glimpses of seeing how far you have come. The change is so slow that it kinda just creeps up on you. Every once in awhile though I will be in a teach and I will just get this thought, "You just gave a hour lesson in complete Norwegian." And I'm like woah that's weird. It never really becomes normal to speak another language. I gave a talk yesterday in church, and the thrill and nerves never go away. And each time I walk away and think "How did that happen?" 
              My mission has taught me a lot about humility. One of my favorite quotes about humility is "Being humble is not about thinking less of yourself, but thinking less about yourself." Each day I wake up and I think "How the heck am I going to get through this day and be all that I need to be and do all that I need to do?" And each day the Lord shows me how merciful he is to his children. I have come to see that the strength I have and the qualities and skills I have learned come from God. I think that that is such an unique thing about a mission, it shows you how much God's hand is in your life. For me I look back on this last 14 months and I'm amazed. I had no idea that God could do so much with me. I didn't know I could learn another language, or find some of my truest friends, or help someone come back to the gospel, or help someone learn that God is real, but because of God I have been able to. I guess its just an overwhelming thought. Our weaknesses really can be overcome, and through Heavenly Father and the Atonement we can become who we were always meant to become. 
             If I had to pick a scripture to describe my mission it would be 1 Nephi 1:20 "I, [Louci], will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."  I have seen more than anything that God loves his children and He is willing to do anything to help them to be happy. Miracles are everywhere. 
             Funny Conversations Between Companions
Me: He looks like a total worker man.
McA: WHAT? He looks like a pole worker man?!
Me: Ummm....

Me: Do you know who I wish was here right now? Gusty..
McA: Me too. I would really like to see him again.
Me: 3 weeks...
McA: Yeah, but I would like to lose weight before that so that he will still think I'm beautiful... 

McA: I don't get it. If the sun is set, how is there still light?
Me: Well... technically the sun never sets, right? The Earth just keeps turning. 
McA: Sunsets are not real. It is a sunset, it is an earth set. 

30 Days of Service Continues!!! 
We are running out of ideas and members to visit!! We need new ones!! 

Day 14: We had the next door neighbor girls help McA die her hair! 
Day 15: We called Sister Johnson, our STL, and left her a message about the things we love about her
Day 16: We complimented people on the street
Day 17: We made District lunch for everyone 
Day 18: We gave Banana Bread to the office couple & Aps 
Day 19: We had a service day to ourselves
Day 20: I talked in church & McA translated for the English speakers 
   Let the creativity continue....

    Like I said it was a good week last week. On Wednesday night we spent the evening with the Young Women. They made us dinner and then we were asked to share why we came on a mission. I showed them my mission call opening video, which I hadn't seen forever. I started crying watching it again. Man! It was just the craziest thing. Coming on a mission was so hard for me, but when I opened my call and read that I was going to Norway I knew without a doubt that it was the right place for me. Its funny because on the days that you aren't sure why you came or if it was right, someone always asks you to tell your story and then you get to remember all over again the joy of coming. It was good! The next day I got a call from the bishopric and they asked me to speak on the same subject. I guess that's what happens when one of the YW's leaders is married to the second counselor! But it was good to talk. Always need the practice, right?
      Torunn stopped by for church and to spend some time down here, on her way back to T-Heim. That was really fun!! Every time I see Tor and she is doing well, it reminds me of how worth missionary work is. I guess just because I put so much of myself into helping her and so seeing her so happy just makes me happy. There really isn't anything like the joy that comes from missionary work. And you find some of your best friends. Its crazy! 
      Um... okay. Norway is crazy. They are really BIG on car saftey. So here we are driving and we get pulled over with all these other cars so that they can check them. So first they come up to us and ask us for our registration. Okay. I don't even know what that is in America, so I'm not going to know anything about what it is in Norway. We were looking though everything and all we could find was old ones. He is like "Is this our car?" And we are like "Um... No..." So we give the APs a call. We are on the phone with Jonesy and we are just like where is it?!! And then we found it and we pretty much hang up the phone. I think they thought that we were dead or something, but the man needed to talk to us. He checks everything on the registration and on McAs licence and then he comes back and asks her to step outside of the car. We were both freaking out! Then he takes her to the wheel and shows her how something is wrong with it and takes a million years to explain something about something that I don't remember because I don't do car stuff, to her. So then she gets back in and he looks in the back and says "Excuse me, but do you know how much your purse weighs?" She thinks and says "There isn't much in it..." then he says "Well did you know that if your purse weighs .5 kilos that if you get in a accident or have to make a sudden stop that it can then weigh up to 30 kilos." And then he made us move everything from our back seat off of it. When we finally were done and had called Jones to inform them that we weren't dead, we looked at each other and died laughing. We definitely won't be putting our stuff back there anymore! 
        I hope you are all doing well! I love you guys to death! Keep me posted on the baby!!! 
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Love,
Kat 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Torunn Fun and other great days!

AcArthur parked the car in the middle of a huge puddle so I had to do gymnastics to get in my seat!

We went hiking with our next door neighbors, the Olsens.

When Torunn comes to town, it always a party.

Sunday Fun!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Countdown has Started

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
Moroni 10: 32-33    
 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
 33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
              Well well well. Here we are at another pday! This week has been one of many fun things. Sister McArthur and I hit our YEAR MARK in the land. Our black year (year without touching American soil) is now over. We have about 18 weeks left. I feel like that means the pressure is on! What wisdom and fun adventures can I tell in my time left?! We also had a music night at the church and Sister McArthur and I both sang. Of course we had the whole visiting the doctor in another country experience. I guess I had to do it in Russia, so I have to do it in Norway too. My doctor was actually from some country around Russia and spoke Swedish. That was fun! But all went well. He understood me and I understood him. Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian are all close enough that you can get the jist of everything going on. Sister McArthur hadn't been able to hear out of her left ear for 7 weeks and we got that fixed! I would say that that's a success if I ever heard one! All and all it was a good week. 
             We have a cool investigator named Leni that we are teaching. She is from the Philippians and moved here when she got married. She is married to a member and basically has been living the gospel for the last year. It is really cool because she just glows. She is doing great and moving right along. I guess she really doesn't have too much of a choice since her husband is super active. It's been cool to see the impact of having a member so directly involved in her teaching. It has really been so helpful. It makes me want to have all my investigators marry a member so that they can have the same experience. We taught her the Word of Wisdom yesterday and I asked her if she would begin living it and she told me that she had been for a year now. I was like "Oh... um... okay then..... (think Lou, think...) Um... how has it blessed your life then?" It was funny. But she has already seen so many blessings and strengths even though she didn't really know what she was doing. She still wants to know more before she is baptized, but she is doing great! 
          Guess who showed up at my door this week? Torunn Hansen. First off, how is she so tan? Second off, she came just in time to meet the May deadline. I've seen here March, April, and now May. I mean I don't mean to be high maintenance, but I'm just going to say I expect a June and July visit as well. It was way good to see her. She is as cute as ever! And I got to see her sister too. #teamHansen 
            I haven't heard anything back from the doctor yet. I am slightly annoyed because I feel like they are going to find out there isn't anything wrong, and I would rather there just be SOMETHING off so that it would explain everything. Just a small something like needing more iron or vitamin D or Mono. I don't know, something that could get better so that I would feel better. I haven't felt too bad in the last few days, but sometimes I think its getting better and bam I'm back to square one. I don't know! But I'm not expecting any terrible news, so we can rest easy on that one. As soon as I find out I will send you guys an update! 
           Yesterday after church we had a music night. It was so much fun!! I love music so much. There is just something about having a piano and a microphone and singing your heart out that is like therapy. Music really is the voice of the soul. Sister McArthur sang Hallelujah, the song from Shrek, and I sang Dream by Priscilla Ahn. Where did I fall in love with that song? When Katie had it on her blog. I knew blog stalking would pay off! Wellah, this adorable member here in Sarpsborg, is so talented. She can hear a song and then sit down at the piano and just play it by ear. It is so cool to listen to her play! She played for both Sister McArthur and I. I was so nervous!! If I'm not in costume and on stage I get way nervous, but it was so fun. It turned out great and afterwards everyone was treating us like celebrities. I love this ward! They are just the sweetest and most welcoming.  
             We are also continuing our 30 Days of Service. This week the line up was:
   DAY SEVEN: We made Cds with our favorite church songs for our investigators and some members 
   DAY EIGHT: Washed an inactive's windows! 
   DAY NINE: Helped prepare a meal! 
   DAY TEN: Thank you cards! 
   DAY ELEVEN: We picked wild flowers and gave them to an inactive
   DAY TWELVE: We made Homemade American Oreo Milkshakes and ate them with 2 young women 
   DAY THIRTEEN: We sang in the concert!!! 
            We are running out of set ways to serve people because we are running out of members and inactives, so we are having to get a little creative, but its been really fun! 
         This week for distrikt meetings and whatnot we talked about the importance of the scriptures, specifically the Book of Mormon. Growing up with the Book of Mormon I have always just taken it for granted. I didn't ever know what it was like to not have it, so sometimes baring testimony about it can be difficult. During one of my studies I studied about it in Preach My Gospel. I got about one page in before I asked "Why is the Book of Mormon really important to me?" So I sat there and I thought about it for a bit and then I decided to write my testimony of it. I thought that I could share with you guys what I wrote.
      " As I sit here and think about what the Book of Mormon has done for me, memories rush by. Three have been so many night ans days where the Book of Mormon was what gave me the push to get through the day or to the next day. There are so many blessings that come form this Holy Scripture. I have had prayers answered, I have felt peace, I have been guided an corrected, and my testimony of this Church has grown, but what I hold most dear about the Book of Mormon is that it teaches me more about God, our Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. Through the Book of Mormon I come to know them personally. I come to understand their attributes and the way they interact with us. By coming to understand them better, I come to understand who I am better, for they are my Father and Brother. 
          I see in them talents, gifts, and attributes that I have been given. This reminds me of who I am, and who I can become. I see their goodness and perfection as they show mercy and compassion. This inspires me to be better. I can learn from their example and work on traits I want to acquire. As I come to know them, I come to understand that God has given me a small portion of Him. All that is good in me are attributes that He has. These same attributes were given to Christ in their fullness. This testifies to me that we are eternal beings and destines to be like our Father in Heaven. 
          I know that I have weaknesses and flaws but through the Book of Mormon we see how we are strengthened about changed through Christ. We, like Him, can grow grace by grace. And through His Atonement we can experience this change that those of the scriptures did. 
           The Book of Mormon testifies of a loving Heavenly Father who is actively involved in His children's lives. It teaches u that we belong to Him and our lives have purpose. We have all that we need to change and become like Him, for He love us and desires our happiness. The Book of Mormon reminds me of my divine heritage and helps me to look through my current circumstance with eternal eyes of faith." 
          I think that Moroni 10:32-33 explains what we are all trying to do. We are all trying to be perfected in Christ, to come closer to Heaven, to be more like our Father. On your mission you feel like its a completely separate life time. Each transfer is its own separate eternity. But as I have been out here I have seen how through Christ we can be changed. He says to us "This is going to be the hardest thing you have ever done, but I'm willing to go to Hell and back with you if it means that you can be saved." And he does. He stands by us through everything and as we are refined we are blessed. The Atonement is real. 
        I love you all!! I am praying that the baby comes soon and that everyone gets to be tilsted (um... translation... gets to be there? sorta)!! I can't wait to see pictures of her! And the outfits are to die for!! Eeekk!! Summer sounds like it is on and in full bloom! ENJOY it! I hope everyone has a great week!! 
   Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Love,
Kat 
I forgot to add a subject AND funny quotes!
   Here we go:
"What do you do when you want to throw up because you have eaten so much but you still want to eat more? What do you do when you know your morbidly obese because of that?" - McArthur
  "I sent her a text last night that said 'This isn't a fairy-tale women..." - Leighton 
  "What do you do when you've become everything you don't want to be on your mission?" - McArthur
     "I am thoroughly surprised that I have not resorted to cutting my wrists at night in the bathroom..." #sistermisionarylife

Monday, June 2, 2014

30 days igjen

We found this great soft serve place by our house, and we probably visit it way too often!!

30 days of service continued! CD making!

Washing windows!

Helping cook!

Thank-you notes

Torunn--Love her!

Wild flowers

Milkshake party for the girls

Liss-Andre put tons of Krem in my mouth!AEshj!

Wellah and Leneah singing

Singing in the concert!

Last night we decided we wanted to have a sleepover, so we moved our beds to the floor!