Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hello! Well another week has gone by.                                                             Aug 26, 2013

Lets be honest here, that week kind of felt like an eternity long! So much happened this week! On Monday,On  I found a winter coat. It was freaking expensive, and I almost just didn't buy it, but it's quickly becoming fall here and all the coat sales are clearing out and are going to be even more expensive. So that hurt. (Side note from Mom: hurt doesn't begin to describe it! hahaha Coats in Norway are as much as a house payment here! I hope it's a pretty coat because Taylor will be wearing it til she is 87 years old! hahaha!)

But then for the rest of Pday we went berry picking in the skog, and played on the playground at the park! Now that was fun!
Sister Morris is Taylor's new companion
 Then Tuesday was our last district meeting all together. That was sad. But the elders know how to make a good joke. And because Sister Nance has a pet peeve about people that match, all the elders wore matching ties to district meeting. Yeah, that happened. It was pretty awesome! 

Nice prank for Sis Nance!

Then on Wednesday,Sister Nance and I got her on a train and then she sobbed as I walked away from the train crying myself. Yeah, that was a lot like saying goodbye to all the family again. I have kind of felt...empty, in some ways...with out her as my companion. Don't get me wrong, I love Sister Morris already, she's awesome and really funny! But Sister Nance and I became best friends over the past 4 months. So that was definitely rough. 

But when I called her this week she said that Bergen, although it is crazy, is great. They are opening an area there and on their first real day there they already had 2 new investigators. It took us 5 weeks to get one here, so it's very different from the little cities and big ones. That's a fact. 

Merete broke my heart this week when she told me she doesn't want to quit smoking and she doesn't want to be baptized. That was a rough day. But, then Elder Maddock made us muffins so that helped. It's going to be interesting here for awhile for sure.
 The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

I have to tell you... I SAW THE STARS!!!

 Last night we went on a little walk just to move around while we did some language study and there were stars out! I haven't seen start since I went into the MTC, it was a beautiful thing. 

One thing that we were talking about is the commandment, that we must love others as we love ourselves. That means that we have to love ourself. That is possibly the hardest thing that I can do. I know that I struggle with that sometimes. Especially with being on a mission. And if I don't love myself, if I don't appreciate the daughter of God that I am, then I can't help others. So that's what I am working on this week. Hopefully it's successful!!

Anyways! Headed to Olso on Wednesday for a conference with the East and Telemark zones!! Party! And today we are headed to the fort in Halden with all the newbies! Anyways, have a good week! 

Søster Roe

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good times and Goodbyes

Hei, Hei!                                                                                                          Aug 20, 2013
Yeah for P-Day!!! Crazy Taylor!

This week really has just been a weird week where not much has happened! But hey! That's okay! We did learn to knit! And I began knitting myself a scarf for winter! I am so excited about it! It is so warm!! Life is good! All the time when we get home at the end of the night I just want to knit...I feel like I should probably be older than I am because of that...but that's okay!

Søster Nance and I were surprised when Moves and Moves call were moved up by a day! So, we had our moves call Sunday morning...I am staying in Sarpsborg and Søs Nance is headed to Bergen! It will be quite the adjustment for her! And for me! So I say goodbye to her on Wednesday and say hello to my nye ledsager Søster Morris! (Fun Fact! Søs Morris was also trained by Søs Wheeler!) It will be a new adventure and I am looking forward to it! No matter how sad I am to say goodbye to Søster Nance!! She's the greatest! We will for sure have to keep in touch! Elders Skinner and Schultz are also moving! Skinner is headed to Narvik, and Schultz is headed to Mo i Rana, where Søs Morris is coming from!
Last pday with Sister Nance. Will miss her!

This moves call was huge with a lot of changes! But it's all for the better, and we are ready to learn! We are getting a new batch of missionaries on Wednesday, and with that it will mean that 64% of our missionaries will have been out for LESS THAN 6 MONTHS! That is a really young mission! But I know I have felt so blessed with learning this language because I have been with greenies! Especially in the past 3 weeks! It will be rart to have 6 week transfers now! But that's okay!

It has been raining very hard and awfully much lately! But I love the rain so that is okay with me! As long as I have my umbrella!!
We are continuing to work with Merete, trying to help her quit smoking so that she can be baptized! I know that she can do it! And she knows she can too! I am excited for her and the progress she has been making! She will continue to progress I think!

I am progressing as well! Me after killing a spider!

If I could ask you all to do ONE thing. It would be this. BECOME MEMBER MISSIONARIES! It is so hard as a missionary to go around all day and be told no especially because then we go to member dinners and they say, "I know so and so who isn't a member!" I know that it is scary! I never would have had the guts before to ask someone if they wanted to find out more about what I believe. But now, I am determined that I am going to do whatever I can to help the missionaries out when I am no longer one! If you love the gospel, you want nothing more than to share it with others and to invite them to have some of the joy that it gives you, too! So take a step and invite, and investigate, with someone, why this gospel is something you love. Share it, and if you can't bring yourself to invite someone. Become good friends with the missionaries, and set up some way that you could just introduce someone to them.

That is my plea for you all today! I love you all and pray for you always! I hope you all have a great week! Much love from Norway! Until Next week!
Søster Roe 

Monday, August 12, 2013

The NEW MOON! :)

Hallo Alle Sammen!                                                                                        Aug 12, 2013

How are you all doing on this beautiful Fall day? Yep I did just say fall. Welcome to Norway! Every morning now as we wake up in our stunning little town of Sarpsborg, it is foggy and almost frosted! I have pulled out all of my cardigans, sweaters, and tights. Oh yeah, it's becoming fall. (I will be purchasing my winter coat soon, I have been watching for sales but just so ya know, that will come out of my personal account and they're pricey!)
Not going to lie, this has been a kjempe tough week! But, it is during the hardest times that we learn the most, is it not? So I will start at the beginning of this week of learning

Going into this week I was exhausted, there is no doubt about that. I went into the week thinking to myself, "I honestly believe that only missionaries and mothers of fussy new born children can be this tired." I came out of this week thinking, "It's possible to be more tired that that?"
A little Ben and Jerry's after a hard day!
The answer is yes. And the most exhausting thing that a missionary can do is go and try to find people to teach day after day and just get a whole bunch of "Nei, takk." But it makes it that much more exciting when just one person stops to listen. And it is amazing how quickly that exhaustion can be pushed away when the Spirit takes over and you are able to teach and testify. But I have learned one thing for sure, never think that you can't be more tired, hungry, frustrated, or ignored...because what ever you thought, you will be proven wrong!
Now you may be wondering as to the title of this email. It is evidence of how tired I have been this week. Søster Nance and I have been going to sleep as soon as possible for the past week and one night we turned off the light and climbed into bed, and we realized that it was really dark! We both commented on it and Søster Nance said, "Isn't this called "The Land of the Midnight Sun"?" I, being exhausted, laughed and said, "Yeah...but that must also mean that it's the land of the New Moon too!" We proceeded to laugh for the next 15 minutes because of the memories of being mooned....yep there are a lot of old Naked people here abouts this land of Norway!

Lesson Number 2: THE WORK WE DO IS TRUE
If you ever wondered if this gospel is the true gospel of Jesus Christ I know the way that you can find out. Teach it to others. I say that for two reasons. The first is because the spirit will confirm it to your heart without a doubt.
As we taught Merete this week, (whose baptism was moved to, hopefully, the 17th) the truth of this message that we share has never been more impressed upon me. Merete has been struggling. That's just a fact. But as we met with her one day, we had a lesson plan, we were ready to teach, we sat down in the park and the Spirit wiped from our minds what we had planned. Naturally I panicked. I didn't know what to say, or how to say the things that were coming to my mind. But when I opened my mouth. I was surprised at the words that I spoke. "Merete, what do you want to talk about today?" WHAT? You can't ask the investigator what they want to talk about! Can you? My heart hurt with the word that came out of her mouth next.


Here we had planned to talk about faith, or something, and she needed to talk about her Heavenly Father. As we bore testimony about her Heavenly Father, and how much He loves her, as we talked about how one day she would be able to see Him again, and how He will give her a big hug. I knew. I knew without a doubt that what was being said, was pure truth. Pure truth that could only come through the Holy Ghost. It made a difference in her countenance. And it made a difference in my own teaching too. So if you want to know that this gospel is true. Teach it. Study it in your heart and mind, and then teach the simple truths, because that is what this gospel is. Simple
The second reason I say that is this. The power of the adversary has never been so noticeable in my life of in the lives of those around me than now. This past week had been especially rough because of the following, 1) We had to move Merete's dåp, 2) No one would listen to us and 3) Every time we would walk down the street, or go up to houses the Spirit would tell us that we needed to just keep walking.

Satan is working so hard to make sure that we don't help people, that we don't show people the joy that comes from living the gospel. That is honestly terrifying, to be walking down the street and feel the incessant promptings of the Spirit telling you to get off that street, to go somewhere else as soon as possible. Follow that prompting. There were several times this week that we would be almost running down the street because of the need to get off of it. That is why we are told to keep DAILY contact, whenever possible, with our investigators. Because if Satan is working as hard on us as he has been, then he's working even harder on them. And he wouldn't be working that hard if what we were teaching wasn't truth.
This work is true.
Our view on our morning walk. Fjords in Fog

I never have been the type to avoid people on purpose...I mean yeah, I would occasionally avoid the guy that I had gone on a date with the night before...but what can I say everyone does that. But on the mish, I can say I have become pretty pro at avoiding people! (Mom's note: So glad Taylor is avoiding dangerous situations and people!!)
Here's my problem: Men. Crazy men, drunk men, old men, yep...they are a problem in my life. The good thing is that I think I have found all of them in Sarpsborg, so when I see them coming I can avoid any more gross and awkward encounters. That has seemed to happen A LOT this week!
Especially with this one man in particular? Remember me telling you all about the drunk man on the bench with the dog, and the awkward and disgusting hug? If you don't look it up, it's a few emails back. Yeah, he was everywhere this week! And it's a good thing that we have bee together, Søster Nance and I, because when I start humming hymns and walking in the opposite direction, or ducking into the nearest open store, she just follows and asks questions later.
Now it's the phone calls that I just can't avoid! Especially when their number isn't logged in our phone as "Do Not Answer". That's always an awkward moment when I answer the phone and am immediately asked if I wanna go over to some guys place and play a game.....yeah......no thank you.

Lets be honest, this has gotten excessive! Oh the life of a Sister Missionary! You've just got to love it, right? Well until next week folks! And in the next edition, "Learning to Knit", and "Where oh Where will Søstre Nance and Roe Go?" Praying for you all! Love you!

Taylor loves the rain!

Søster Roe  

PS. Thanks for all the mail! I got 2 letters from Mom and a postcard from Port from Cali! They were much appreciated. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Angels and Answers!

Well, well, well. So we meet again!                                                               Aug, 5,2013

I hope you all had a lovely week! I know that I did. :) We are just loving life here in Beautiful Norway!!!  It began last week with taking our favorite trainer to the Train Station and saying goodbye. That was rough. That was probably one of the most depressing days of the mission so far. Especially when Søster Nance and I looked at each other and realized that neither of us can really speak this language yet. So that was certainly going to make for an interesting week!
It was certainly the most relaxed PDay of my life so far though. We did a little shopping, did emails, and just relaxed. Then we gathered ourselves together and we were off to go to do some street kontakting. We were walking up and down the gågate and no one would listen to us, as usual, and it stung a little more than usual. Then we looked up and there was a woman standing there. Her name is Hanna. We had met Hanna several times before and she would always come up and chat with us. She was always very nice but just not interested. But this time, for some reason, something was different. She said, after talking to us for a minute, "Would you like to come to my house and teach me?"
My little sweetheart Linea who always takes my nametag and wears it with this smile on her face

I definitely did not see that one coming!!! Say what?! You just asked us?! We didn't even ask you! Oh you blessed soul!! We were so excited! She was an answer to prayers! We loved meeting with her! She had heard a lot about us. And I hope we were able to answer her questions in the best way. :)
We met with Merete several times this week and we were blessed to have our three favorite golfers back in town for the week too! We were talking one morning before we were going to go teach Merete and both Sister Nance and I looked at each other and said, "I feel like CC needs to come on this teach with us." We asked her, but she had some guests over that we didn't want to pull her away from. So we just said, okay next time then.
Well the next day we went to dinner with CC, Lolly, and Reeve. And guess who was there!!! Søster Wheeler and her amazing parents! We were so excited to spend some time there with them! During dinner CC asked us about our teach that we had asked her to come on. It had ended up being an incredible teach anyways, but we still felt like we needed to get CC with Merete. We mentioned her name and CC looked shocked! She said, "What is Merete's last name?"
Taylor wearing the outfit I sent her and holding the picture of the temple card her Dad gave her when she was in his Seminary Class

Sister Nance and I were quite confused at this point, worried that CC was going to tell us something terrible. But instead she utters, "She's my 2nd cousin!"
CC's family had not been supportive of her joining the church, and now here we were. All together at the dinner table. CC a member of the church, and Merete getting baptized! Not only was that an answer to our prayers, but I know that the angels were there making sure that this would happen! I know that the angels who are related to these two women are working so hard on the other side to help us do what we need to on this side. I know that the Lord works in mysterious ways, but that as we just do the things we need to and follow the promptings of the Spirit, nothing can go wrong.
Søster Kultorp. The incredible woman that I told you about last week. On Friday her daughter passed away. Let me tell you something about this woman. She has the strongest testimony ever! She KNOWS without a doubt that the plan of Salvation is real. She knows that she will see her daughter again. And as Søster Nance and I ran some flowers to her with our condolences, I have never seen such peace in a persons eyes until that moment. And again at church. It was a beautiful Fast and Testimony meeting. Everyone that bore their testimonies talked about the angels that they see in their lives. I know that angels are real, I know that they are around us always, to bear us up, to help carry our burdens, and push us just a little futher in the right direction. I know that.
The Bishop's sweet girls!

As I knelt down and held Søster Kultorp's hands after church yesterday. As I looked in to my beautiful bestemor's eyes. I saw the peace that comes from learning to trust completely in the Savior. "I know that my Redeemer lives. What comfort that sweet sentance gives." I know that. And I know that I want to acheive the same peace that Søster Kultorp has in her life, in my own. I have a long way to go, but the first step is to start.
Yesterday we spent the rest of the day with Familien Langbach, Familien Olsen, and Familien Pedersen. It was Biskop Langbach's 50th birthday party! What a great experience that was! What great people! I will attatch the pictures from that!
I just want to tell you all that I love you! Thank you for your examples, and for your testimonies! You strengthen mine daily! I know that as we begin to turn our lives over to the Lord, one thing at a time, we will be so blessed, and we will know true peace in life! Keep the Faith!
Søster Roe