Monday, August 25, 2014

Who has a Testimony?

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
           FAMILY!!!! I am sending you all a cyber hug through this email. And its probs going to be a bit cold because the Norwegian fall has started!! Elder Whitbeck, our adorable greenie turned to me on Saturday and said "It's cold. It's August..." and then looked around nervously. Yep, winter is on its way which makes Norwegians happy, Americans sad, and the rest of them confused because they haven't seen snow before. I am currently wearing my Norwegian sweater and wishing I was skinny enough to afford the calories of Hot Chocolate. Is hot chocolate capitalized? Probably not. English is hard!! Fall always reminds me of being home. The smell of warm bread! You guys know what I'm talking about! We came in from school and there are like 1000 of those tiny loaves of pumpkin chocolate chip bread on the counters. You know, those ones that you always tell yourself that you are going to split with someone else, but just end up eating the whole thing. Yes, those are my thoughts about fall. And football. Saturday football! I tried to talk to an American family last week about football, but they aren't huge fans. To say the least, I was greatly disappointed. We are celebrating fall here in The Norway by doing what we always do, baptize people. Okay, well some of us are baptizing *cough cough Thurgood with number 9*, and the rest of us are making Apple Crisp to eat with Ice cream. Tonight we have been invited to FHE with Familien Strand and we are bring dessert. I thought what else would be a more fally thing to bring than Apple Crisp. Again, with the capitalizing... its out of control! They are just being dolls and inviting our newest convert, Benedikte, over as well. So it will be a glorious night! Sorry for the weird language, some times I get bored and have to change things up! 
                 So it's been like 4 days since my last email, but that's okay because I don't remember anything I said in the last email! But since we last spoke, if you will, I have received probably 9 brusies. We had a double stake fotball, aka soccer, tournament on Saturday. We had a 3 people there we are teaching so we were able to go and have fun! It was really fun! I got to see a lot of different members from my different areas, and Tournn's sister. So that was cool! I do have a confession: I didn't play. See what happened was, we got to the tourney and the first thing that they said was that they were worried because we were all American. I was thinking, "Come on this is church ball!" Well then people started showing up... and this was no "church ball". Drammen, the team that ended up winning, their bishop played on a national team. These people were not messing around. So I kindly sat on the sidelines and cheered for my cute little 12 year old investigator that kept scoring and doing front flips. Moral of the story? Europeans are crazy about Soccer/Fotball. Second moral of the story: They don't like Americans that keep messing up their game. So its kind of confusing about the bruises because I didn't play, but never the less they are there. It gives me something to be proud of! 
                    We had a couple of cool experiences this week. Every Saturday night we go over to the Familien Hooper. This week one of their inactive sons was there and he had a friend over. We had met the friend previously and he had read a few scriptures in the spiritual thought, but we didn't talk to him much. This last week though we were able to have a great conversation with him! We taught the family about faith, using Elder Holland's "Lord, I believe". Afterwards, Tone, the mom, asked who here has a testimony? And then made each of the kids explain what they had a testimony of. #boldmoveoftheyear As we started talking and the kids started sharing experiences the Spirit was strong. I knew I had to ask the friend what he believed. So I just took a deep breath and did it. It was great! He was able to explain how he grew up and how he feels about religion. He said he is seeking but he has to do it in his own way. He just kept talking and talking. And his friend, the inactive, bore his testimony and talked about a Bishop in Alaska who had helped him strengthen it. He said that by watching the kind of person he was, it helped him grow in his testimony of God. It was the coolest thing! Everyone was sharing experiences. We didn't push the friend too hard because we want to take it slow, but it was so neat to hear everyone talking about their belief. They are all in different phases of their life and in the gospel. Some are strong, some are weak, some never come or haven't come, and others weren't members but as we spoke there was a unity that brought us together. And it all started with the question, "Who has a testimony?"
                     Then Sunday came around. There is a part member family here that we work with. The dad is an inactive member, the mom was raised Muslim and Christian, and they have 8 kids and one on the way. Its a crazy situation and every time we go over there we are either a horse, a baking expert, or a children's game specialist. I love it though! The craziness reminds me of home! And I love being around the kids. Kids love you no matter what, and its the best thing! Often, the brother to the mom is there and we just chat with him. This week he asked if he could come to church. He was able to come to church yesterday and he told us he wants to be baptized! He said "I want to change my life and put it in harmony with what God wants!" I thought to myself, well.... I guess we should probably start teaching you then. We want to take it slow, because we want to make sure he really understands, but this is a huge step for him and for the family! We really want the whole family baptized, and we know that as he makes changes that it is going to help the family to make changes. Our first real lesson with him is on Thursday! So keep us in your prayers! He sounds like he is really ready to change. A lot of the changes he is going to have to make will be hard, but the Atonement is for everyone. I will keep you guys posted on his story! His name is Shalko. They are all from Bosnia and probably the loudest, most outgoing, most loving family ever. Mom and Dad, I will definitely take you to meet them when you are here!
                      This week will be our first full week, in a while, that we will stay in our area. I have gotten so used to traveling that I am almost confused by a full week of planning! But it will be good! Next week Sept. 6th is the Sister's Conference. It will be a full day experience and then we will all sleep in the Oslo area and have the Elder Bednar conference the next day. I am so excited for that! I am DYING to see TJ! I haven't seen her in 6 months. Not since the horrors of Tønsberg! So it will be so great to be with her again, and of course all of the other sisters that I just adore! I think I will probably get about zero sleep, but that's okay! Maybe Sister Hunt will sleep talk again!! That would be exciting!! 
                     Well I guess I should get to the funny part.... here are some quotes...

Ashton on the trek: "We just wanted to give you a little taste of what the pioneers went through. Excuse me?! I could be sitting at home with an Icee playing Nintendo 64. I know what the pioneers went through!" 

Sandra on the whispers turning into regular voices "Um... we're whispering pretty loud!!!"

Ashton on Islams: "Do you know what? Technically Mormons are Islamic because Islamic means total submission to God and Mormons are all about that crap!" 

                    Well that is about all for me! I hope that you all are doing great!!! Is the fall coming to America yet? It actually gets dark at night now!!! I am so glad that I won't be here for dark time! Æshj!! I hope that all the kids had a good first week of school or if they haven't started, that they will!! I love you guys!! 

Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!


Nixon- Happy Birthday!!! I haven't even met you yet, but I think you're the cutest. Also, you can't read because you are one, so this is irrelevant, but your parents can and they are judgey!! Love you! 

Making Chocalate and playing soccer!

The Chocolate Factory!! With these clothes on, it through me back to the old days #cancerthrowback

This is me making my own chocolate! 

 We went to the Artzens this week and while I was sitting out on their porch I saw the clouds and just had to take a picture! Its my favorite thing about Norway! *minus the members 

Its been raining like crazy, and it hailed so much that it looked like snow! 

This is mish life: driving to places together (Zone meetings, activities, etc.) and stopping to discuss where we are going to buy Boller 

We played soccer, eller "fotball", with the stake. We got creamed... 

Our MVP, Zalko! 

 Selfies live on! 

 Love getting letters!! Celine sent me funny mimes about spiders. #foreverhatingspiders #youguyshavenoideahowbigtheyare #gross 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOLDNESS or SASSINESS--I'm running out of time!

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
               It's Pday!! Again? Our pdays have been super weird lately. Today I'm in Oslo. We came on splits here yesterday and I stayed for my pday. We are going to the chocolate Freia factory today. I'm just going to put this out there... I will be buying the cheap chocolate!! And of course Oslo shopping later! We just found out that our Bednar conference on Sept. 7th is going to be an ENTIRE mission conference!! That never happens!! I am so excited to see everyone!! It's been 15 months since I last saw some! It will be good to be together as a mission. All of the members are coming to the conference, so that will be fun too! And then afterwards we are going to have a 3 hour meeting with Elder Bednar. I'm kind of nervous.. Like... is he going to yell? No, I am sure that he is going to be super inspiring and uplifting! Well... I hope! 
                 Last week we had Elder Dyches and his wife come for the mission tour. It was a great meeting! They talked about a lot of different things. It was cool! I wanted to know how to have more faith, and that was discussed a lot! That was a cool because we were asked to pick one question and come to the meeting with it, and that was my question!! God really does hear our prayers! I have a confession.... and this is a confession on all the sisters that are going home soon... marriage is everywhere... I was looking over my notes and half of them were about marriage! I don't even know how I got them! I'm like COME ON!! Everyone says that its trying to prepare us for the next stage. Its an awkward stage, people. Being on splits I was able to be with Sister Aasen and Harrison, which was awesome! But we decided that dying is just a weird thing. Like I know that my place isn't here anymore because I can feel it, but I don't know how to have my place at home either, so its just this weird in-between area. And let me tell you, as the days grow shorter so does my patience and sweetness. I guess you can call it boldness, if you will. I just feel like I don't have time for this! I don't have time to sit there and listen to you bash the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith or Christ. So my sassiness has gone up, and I'm not sure if that's good, but I'm labeling it as boldness to make myself feel better about it. They say in the scriptures we are supposed to be bold, right?
                 Honestly, these last few weeks I feel like I've been on one sleepover to the next. Last week we stayed in Asker with Sister Hunt and Sister McArthur. Sister McArthur and I had our mattresses on the floor and just pushed them together and talked until around 12. Of course this was with the lights off, so all rules were followed! #obedience #D&C130:20-21 We fell asleep for a little bit only to wake up at 345 to Sister Hunt hysterically laughing. I knew that she slept talked, but I didn't realize how much. We had two choices here. We could either #1. Wake her up so we could go back to sleep or #2. Let her keep talking and record her and tell everyone about it the next day at conference. So of course, we chose number two. She talked for 45 minutes and I was sore the next day from laughing so hard. I will have to give you guys some quotes, because it was CRAZY!! Seriously, probably the best night of my mission. Love the sister life! I also got to go on splits with MAC!! That was way fun! Even though we just served together, it was fun to be together again in a new city. I love that girl! 
                 Did I tell you guys that we are having a Sisters conference before we go? I guess they want to get all the good stuff done before the 17 miracles head out, because we are jammed packed with activities until we leave!!
                 Today we went to the chocolate factory!! It was so much fun. Mom and dad, we will have to go when you get here. You have to get the experience of the Norwegian chocolate! We took tons of pics and we had about 20 other missionaries there. That was so much! Really, its been one adventure after the other.
                  We have a cool investigator named Lauren. She is from the Congo. She is way sincere and humble. The cutest! She knows that God lives and answers prayers. We asked her how she knew that and she told us about a dream she had. She dreamed that her country would have a war and that she needed to stay inside. Later war came to her land and she stayed inside and was safe. She was later lead by God to Norway. She used to be catholic, but she said that she believed in a prophet so she left and became Lutheran. I was like we have a prophet! She is really sweet, and I look forward to teaching her in the future.
                We were in Oslo yesterday and today and then we will be back on Friday for a meeting run by the APs. I hate driving in Oslo! Its the worse!!! But it has been fun to be here and fun to be with so many other missionaries. I feel like really I don't have much to talk about because I have hardly been in my area. But things are going well. Time is speeding by and I don't know how to feel about that. I miss you guys. Want to just move here so I can have the best of both worlds? Thoughts? No, it will be good to see you guys! I can't wait to hug you! I'm sorry that I talk about it so much, but I mean its so soon! Hey, lets get some quotes going, because there are a lot!!
Quotes that were so funny they should be in a book!
Me: The clouds are so cool here. Witback: Yeah... clouds are... neat...
Me: I can't date him again. Mac: You can't. That's like telling God that you want to go to hell.
Ashton: I want to smack that water bottle out of your hand. Me: What is wrong with you?  Ashton: I sewed up my pants and you're not even excited!
Ashton: I wish I could go back in time... actually this has nothing to do with time travel...
Sister Trydal: I'm turning into an American pumpkin!

Witback: When I read that Elder Dyches was coming I thought, why are we being visited by traveling lesbians?
Ashton after a pause of silence: I feel like this road trip just became just me because no one is talking back to me.
Sister Trydal: If you could ask God one question what would it be?
Me: Who I'm going to marry.
Sister Trydal: ..... Oh....

Hunt sleep talking quotes...

When the sun rises in the sky... well I guess the earth... you can hear Paul McCartney sing... and Jesus. Its practically the same except Jesus died for us. I'm pretty sure that's doctrinally sound.
If  Dallin AP Jones and C James fought who would win? Ap Jones is taller... CJ fights dirty! We have to bring them to a cock fight to see who wins!
In a perfect world, I'm pretty sure Paul McCartney would be everywhere. You look into his eyes and see heaven. *recites the preamble* Rooster crow! Rooster crow! God bless America! I love America so much I have to spray paint it on walls. Its a civil justice!

    Sister Hunt so MANY other things, but I think a lot of it is socially acceptable. I laughed so hard though!
     Well, besides all the fun, things are going well. I feel like this week is almost already over! Not this Sunday but next Sunday is moves call and we will have transfers again. I love my distrikt, so I hope nothing really changes there. We will see though! You never know! I heard about Kyle and Lizette and that is so exciting! I am excited to meet her! She sounds awesome! And its way cool you guys got to help teach so much. Member missionary work! The best way! Læll, I love you guys and I hope all is well!! Talk to you next week! Oh, btw my pday will be on Monday so no changes there! You guys are the best!
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mission Prom!!

This was a pic that we took a year ago at the Mission Tour in Trondheim

This is the one from this year!


Gusty and Ashton!! My favorite elders! 

Mac and I in Asker 

 Well... how do I explain this one? We have this joke that every conference is like "Mission Prom" because everyone puts on their best clothes and best face. This "Mission Prom" Sister Hunt, Mac, and I decided to pick elders to match with. So we all went matching. It was super fun! And we just laughed about it forever! 

Gusty, Ashton, Hunt, Mac, and Me! 

ELDER RUSHTON!!! Its been too long since I saw him last! Love him! 

Mission Prom outfit!

Ashton and I's first road trip! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Not this Monday! Elder Ashton

Momma Hodgkiss,
This is Elder Ashton, Sister Hodgkiss' district leader! She wanted me to send you an email to let you know that she won't have her P-day until Wednesday because they are going to tour a chocolate factory! "Do not fret, Mother," were her very words. 

I just want to let you know that you have a strong daughter, as I'm sure you know. I've been fortunate enough to serve in areas alongside her and have been blessed to keep contact with her and I can tell you that her mission has been VERY difficult. But, she is incredible. I look up to her as a fellow missionary and am always impressed by her absolute trust in the Lord. She knows God lives and she loves to tell others about it. Thank you for raising a daughter who is so strong in the faith and in the love of God and all mankind.

Elder Tyler Paul Ashton:)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shortest email ever!

Dear Family and Friends,
          This is going to be super short because this week we only have like 30 minutes to email. Totally lame!! But its because we are having a huge 2 zone joint Pday on Thursday. It's actually going to be really fun. We are all meeting up in Oslo and playing games and sports. Then we are all going to different areas to spend the night. We will be staying in Asker. It will be fun because the Drammen Sisters will be staying there too, so there will be 6 of us. We will all go on Splits in Asker for the night. And Sister McArthur is in Asker so I get to see her again! That will be really fun! This last week was really slow. We taught a lot of people, but none are too positive. Yesterday we had a teach and I cried in the middle of it and then afterwards. He was not very nice! And it was in English so that meant that I was pretty much teaching alone. Yikes! Sister Hodgkiss monologuing is never a good idea! I am looking forward from some time away from the area! And it will be great to be around other missionaries!! Of course it will also be great to have the conference and listen to Elder Dykes speak. I feel like I need these conferences with him and Elder Bednar for the last push! #65days #notthatimcounting #whoamikiddingiam 
              Thanks for all the emails back to my email last week! I love getting your pictures and videos!! They are the cutest! I'm trying to think if I have anything note worthy to tell you guys. Oh! This was a cool story. This last week we were out talking to people on the street, aka kontakting, and we stopped this girl. She said that she didn't have time because her just died a few days ago. She began to cry and then said "I have never believed as much as I do now." I bore my testimony to her that she would see and live with her father again. It was a cool moment. Of course I wanted to give her the whole gospel and make everything better, but I was reminded of the way that the Savior taught. He gave them the portion of the gospel that they needed. It was the same with her. She needed to hear that life extends beyond the grave. 
               Well, I will make sure to give you guys a nice long email next week! Full of lots of details about the conference and such. I have to go shopping today. I need new clothes!!! So I am dragging my very ungirly companion to the mall with me. I love you all!! 
Talk to you soon! 

Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be always in your favor! 


Monday, August 4, 2014

A Bunch of Norwegians and One American‏

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
                       Thank you all for the birthday wishes! And thanks Mom and Dad for getting married 41 years ago so that I could come to earth with so many wonderful siblings and be raised in a wonderful family. Mom and Dad are on their way to their 50 year mark, and I'm on my way to my 30s. This is a day to be celebrated, for suzies! I woke up this morning and I sang "I'm feeling 22" by T-Swift. Last year on my birthday I was in Trondheim and we had a surprise distrikt dinner planned by Elder Jones. It was a blast, but I figured since its my last birthday on my mish, I had to make it a big one. Elder Ashton has been announcing my birthday for a couple of weeks and reminding everyone of the countdown. We all came to the church early today and saw The Saratov Approach. It is an amazing movie!! I cried the whole way through. I would have started ugly crying, but there were 6 elders around, so I kept my dignity. Boys don't need to see that kind of stuff until they are married. I loved the pictures of the nieces and nephews! We have the cutest family!! And the cute air balls with the quotes were adorable! I have them sitting in a vase in my desk. What a cute idea! I have been showing all the members that I've seen the pictures of the kids. I just die every time I look at it! Really, thank you guys so much for all the warm messages, letters, drawn pictures, and all. It really made my day and really made me feel so loved!! Just what I have needed!! And only 10 weeks until I see Mom and Dad and then only 13 until I see the rest of you! DING! Elder Ashton as made it a point to make a dinging sound every time that I make a reference to going home. Bring on the dings! 
                   Celine and Torunn sent me packages in the mail too. They were the cutest!! I am so lucky to have so many people that I have gotten to know and love. Also, Kirsti, her daughters Julia, and Helena, and Lisbeth, all from Sandefjord, drove down to have a birthday lunch with me!! I am so grateful!! It was so great to see them!! It has been a good day so far!! I woke up to text messages at 6:30 am from missionaries throughout the land, so that was way fun. And the Elders brought me homemade gifts,as in Granola Bars from Sweden, and an old Cd that's scratched left over from an long gone elder. I have a great distrikt! And great friends and family! Tonight, we are headed to one of my favorite member's house, The Pedersons, to have Family Home Evening. Wellah is amazing! I am so excited, and I am pretty sure there is going to be cake! Yummy! 
                    I must admit that I opened my package Saturday night. It was actually the perfect day to do so. That morning during personal studies I was looking through my book of talks to find one to read and I came upon some of your emails and letters. I read through a few and they made me start to cry. I don't think you guys know of the strength you've been to me on my mission. Your words, your thoughts, your prayers, and fasting, it has all blessed my life and my mission. I know many of the blessings that I have received and miracles that I have seen have come from the prayers you guys have prayed. I look back and I'm amazed at the blessing that have come to me and to all of you. I have heard stories of accepting new calls, listening to inspiration, giving talks, teaching with the missionaries, a baptism, temple work, nieces and nephews praying in faith, overcoming trials, being protected, enduring, learning, and finding happiness through all. It seems so much has happened and changed, but at the same time, nothing at all. I know that when we are back together again it will seem like no time has passed. I'm grateful I got to share so much of my mission with you guys. I'm grateful for the strength you have given me. I don't think you will ever know how much it has meant, and how much I have grown from your experiences. Berfore I went out I remember being so worried about leaving you guys. I had been in Russia and I wasn't even home yet, when I told you all I would be serving a mission. Your support and love helped me to go. Your faith and prayers has helped me to stay. I have seen that the Lord has done more with these 16 months than I ever could do. The Lord's hand is in our lives, that I am sure of. And though we may pass through trials and times of darkness it is only to bring us closer to the Savior. #familyisforever
                       I must admit that my heart is heavy as I write this email. That sounded quite dramatic and sophisticated at the same time, but I guess this is what a 22 year old sounds like? Thoughts? I learned about the experience with Millie and the Parr Family. First I must say that I am so grateful that Millie and all are doing well. I am extremely grateful for my blessing I received and that I have been able to have faith that you were all doing alright. I am glad that you were all together as well, I can't imagine how terrifying it all was. This week I have been thinking about you all a lot. You have each been in my prayers by name and with lots of details. I know that isn't much, but I hope you guys know that I love you all. Every time I think about the Parr family I start to tear up. There are so many hard things that we pass through in this life. Brigham Young once said "We are not going to suffer more than what is for our own good." Unfortunately, suffering is a part of this life. Sadness, heartache, loss, and darkness come, and often we began to question why. I have had those own moments in my life. I have had those moments on my mission. I don't know what it is like to be a mom that has lost a child, or nearly lost her child, or to be parents who have to stand by helplessly as their children make decisions that aren't good for them, but I do have a testimony that this gospel is real, and that the bonds of a family exist beyond this life. And no one can ever take that away from us. This gospel is for the happiness of us all. The Lord loves us, and knows us. We never travel alone. So no matter if we are struggling, lost, or even far away from home, there is always a way back, there is always light to be found. I'm grateful to be a missionary and to spend every day testifying of God's love. I wish I could put my arm around everyone of you and all of the Parrs and tell each of you that it is going to be okay, but I'm not there. I know that our Father in Heaven longs to do the same. And we will each have that experience when we return back to Him. We will each be able to sit down and go through all of our trials and ask Him why, and He will not be annoyed or silent, He will explain to us how it helped us to be molded, He will explain to us how it made us more like Him. And He will show us how he was there every step of the way. God is real. He loves his children. And He will not fail us. 
                  Goodness, I'm quite the sob fest today. My apologies!! This week was actually an AMAZING week! I expressed last week that I was struggling a little having a Norwegian comp and only speaking Norsk, but I am really so grateful for Sister Trydal. It isn't like serving with Sister Thurgood or Sister McArthur. With them it was like serving with a best friend which was fun, but it can also be challenging to push each other. With Sister Trydal although we aren't exactly alike (actually quite opposites) we work well together and the work is easy. Throughout my whole mission I have looked back on my first area, Trondheim, and thought how I wanted to go back to that time. But this last week I kept thinking to myself that its the happiest I've been since Trondheim. My mission really is ending on the highest note so far. Things are going well! We had the opportunity to teach many last week! That was so great. Its funny because now that I have a Norwegian companion, no one can understand me. So many people this week, after I said something, would look at her and say "Can you translate? I don't speak English." We've had to start singing hymns in our head to keep from laughing. I constantly find myself among Norwegians, and the loner American. It's so weird! I feel like I've been given access to this secret club. The Norwegian club, if you will. It's been fun! I sometimes don't understand anything that is going on, but I just smile and nod. 
                     Sister Trydal speaks Ny Norsk. It's the old Norwegian that was spoken hundreds of years ago. It's so funny because even when she reads, she reads things that are in the Bokmål dialect in Ny Norsk. Then we get investigators that have crazy dialects and I just get lost! I have started to pick up on some of her words which is probably not my best idea, but when you hear it all the time it just gets stuck! I think people get confused by blanding of everything. 
                      This week I have focused on prayer. A few weeks ago Elder Ashton challenged us to work on our prayers. I studied about praying and why it was so important, and then I decided to challenge myself to pray for 20 minutes every night before I went to bed. I am proud to say that I have done it each night, and I have been so blessed by it. My whole perspective has started to change. I have seen that I have thought less about myself and more about others. Its been so much easier to help others and know how to help, but also how to not wear myself out. I have just thought to myself, why haven't I done this sooner? It has really made such a difference, not in necessarily how many people we taught or baptized, but my happiness and ability to keep going. 
                    To tell quickly about a few of the cool experiences we had this week I will start with Sadun. Sadun came to church again, along with another investigator. He wore a suit this week. Although it is hard to communicate with him because of the language, we meet with him often. One day we were talking about trials. He was struggling with things and he was telling us about thme the best way he could. I asked him if he felt like God answered his prayers. His face lite up and the Spirit in the room changed. He said YES!! And went on to tell us about a time he prayed he would be able to see his children and then he ran into them at a restaurant with their mother. He cried while he told the story. Afterwards, I was able to teach him to pray and then help him to say the closing prayer. It was really a neat experience for me. I loved seeing the happiness that came to him as he remember the blessing the Lord had given him. Another amazing person that we met this week was Benta. We had called a number in our phone and asked if we could teach him more about the gospel. His name is Jørn, and he agreed we could come on Saturday. We had one of our members come with us. We got there and there was a lady there too. We started our lesson and it quickly became apparent that Jørn was not interested, but Benta was. Like any good missionary would, all of our attention turned to her. She told us that she had been Pensie before and a Jehovah Witness. She explained that she that those weren't true and that she wanted to find the truth. And then she kept talking and started talking about everything that lies in Moroni 10. She talked about needing to be honest and sincere and that God gives each of us different gifts. The Spirit was so strong. Our member did an amazing job! It was a great teach. She really felt the Spirit and wanted to read the Book of Mormon so badly. Sadly though, she said that she wanted to take the BoM and then read it and think about it, and then call us. We are praying our hearts out that she calls soon! I know that she will find the gospel some day, but I don't know when. She really was a miracle though. It strengthened my faith that God prepares and guides us. 
                  Well, I love you all! This was a long email, but it was a good week! Again thanks for all the birthday wishes!! You guys are the best! It won't be long and we will all be back together again! DING! I'll send some pictures!!! 

Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor! 


P.S. One of the Seventy is coming next week for our yearly Mission Tour. I think my Pday won't be until Thursday, but I'm not really sure the situation. I will keep you  posted!! And in September Elder Bednar is coming for a huge Stake Conference. Exciting times!! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birthday fun!

Wellah Pederson had her 16 year anniversary since she was baptized so I made her a cake and a card!

. I folded 100 napkins for my MMKs wedding reception!

Thanks for the package!!!

. We got lost going to a member's house and I found this field

. Sister Trydal loves ruining pictures :)

. We taught Primary and we had the girls draw the plan of salvation out. So fun!

. We had this crazy flash rain storm last night! I thought it was going to be a tornado!

Thought you guys might like to see my desk!

Since you guys didn't get to see me on my birthday morning, I decided to take a pic. This is me when I woke up! Not too shabby :)

Sister Trydal made me Boller! My favorite!

Yummy! My favorite!

Not the best pic ever, but this is Kirsti, Helena, Lisbeth, and Julia! They came up to have a birthday lunch with me! Love them! #tønsbergliveson