Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Prayer on the Front Porch

Hei alle sammen!                                                                                        Oct, 28, 2013
Wow! Okay, just a heads up, I have like 10 minutes to write this email, so excuse the typo's and any accidental norsk greier that is thrown in. I am a little too lazy to translate all of my thoughts back into English. Haha
Life here is so good! I feel like this week flew by! (which it did!) And it was AWESOMEUnnskyld! Jeg vet ikke hva skjedde!
Anyways! Life is nuts! All we do if run from appointment to appointment, and we are trying to continue finding as well!! Life is wonderfully busy! I love it!
We are seeing miracles every day!
This past week I had been praying that I could better recognize the small mirakler, og jeg did! It was so cool! En av these mirakler was that we continued to find and teach new people! We have had a great two weeks of finding new investigators!!
Another miraklerl was that en av vår investigators, who we have been teaching for quite some time now, prayed in te lesson! He is a very shy older man, and he would NOT pray for us. We went into the lesson yesterday with out goal being that he would say the closing prayer. We asked him and he said no, we promised him blessings and he said no, we explained why it's viktig, and he said no. I bore my testimony that HE needed to say the prayer and that I felt very prompted by the Spirit that no one else could say it. I smiled at him, gave him a nod that he could do it. He thought about it, looked at me and whispered, "Kan du?"
The smiled fell from my face and tears filled my eyes as my heart broke. After hounding him for 10 minutes already I was ready to give up and say the prayer myself. But then, the spirit hit me so strong. He NEEDED to be the one to say the closing prayer. I needed to ask him again. The words that came out of my mouth surprised me a little. "Nei, jeg kan ikke ikveld."
He looked lost, looking at the member, his neice, that we had tilstede, he muttered, "Kan du?" She said, "I said the opening prayer."
He looked back at me, I said, "We can review prayer, how we do it. You can repeat one after us. But you need to say this prayer."
And he did. It was a mirakel. He prayed. He overcame that fear, and he prayed. Silent tears slid down my face as I listened to that innocent prayer. It was possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.
The last mirakel that I wanted to talk about also has to do with prayer. We were bonking one night, it was cold and rainy, we were tired and ready to stop. But we knew that we had to find ONE person that night. We kept going. I said a prayer in my heart that we could find someone. Anyone. We kept walking. We stopped at the end of a long driveway for a second. I said a quick prayer that went something like this. " I know that the person is at this house. Let us help them communicate with you."
We bonked on the house and a boy opened the door, he's probably about 16 years old. He has no belief in God and doesn't know what it would mean if God did exist. We talked about how he could find out. Pray. He looked at us and said, "Nå?" We smiled and said, "Ja, hvorfor ikke?"
He stood there for a second. We did think he would actually pray. But he then looked at us and said, "What do I say? How do I start?"
A boy that had never before prayed, that didn't even know if God was there listening, was brave enough to pray, with two strangers, on his front porch. He was the one person that we found that day.
I know that prayers are answered! They are so important. God always will answer our prayers. Mirakler kan skje. Jeg har sett mange denne uken. I know that Heavenly Father loves us, and He wants the best for us. It all begins with Prayer.
I love you all. Miss you! Praying for you! Stå På!
Always!
Søster Roe

So, Taylor didn't attatch any pics this week, darn it. She must have been in a really big hurry. But, I read Sister Peterson's blog and it gave a few more details. One exciting thing is they have picked up 8 new investigators in the past 2 weeks and are teaching non-stop! This is such a miracle as Taylor has not had this kind of success in Norway up to this point and I know she is so grateful for people who open their hearts and listen to the message...the good news of the gospel! The image of the boy praying on the porch with Taylor and Sis Peterson is an image that is etched on my soul! What a great blessing.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

IT IS SNOWING IN NORWAY! Yahoo!

Hallo alle sammen!                                                                          Oct 21, 2013
THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM OUR HOUSE
Well that was a busy week!! A incredibly, wonderfully busy week!! :) I loved it so much! And let me tell you, winter is on it's way! The sun lately has been setting around 5:30 and has been rising as late as 8:30...and it's getting progressively later and earlier, respectively. It's going to be an adventure! It started snowing today!!!! Wahoo!! Oh happy day! I am so excited!
We had some very interesting moments this week that I would like to tell you all about. The first is this. We totally had a Harry Potter day. We figured out what Tom Marvolo Riddle's name is på Norsk. Then on the street we contacted a lady that seriously looked like Umbridge...but the worst part was that she kinda acted like her too! You know, that innocently evil look...it was so weird! We walked away after chatting with her and just had to laugh! Until! We contacted a woman that I swear could have been Trelawney! With comments about the "all seeing eye" included! All she needed was to mention the Grim and we would have found the real deal! It was pretty humorous!
Then!! We were contacting and we saw a man that had a leash in his hand, walking behind a little wall thingy. We expected to see a dog when we rounded the corner! But that was definitely no dog! We turned the corner and actually gasped in surprise when we saw at the end of the leash, a ferrit! After further inquiry of the owner, the ferrits name is Sid. Like Sid the sloth. Hahaha! Oh heavens! We were trying so hard not to laugh!! (Taylor and Kaitlyn and Denton and Porter and Bren are huge fans of Harry Potter so I guess they'll all understand this, I do NOT :) )
Taylor's 'perfect world'
The Lord really is hastening His work! We had stake conference this past weekend and the Saturday night session (which missionaries used to not be allowed to attend, but which rule was changed by the first Presidency) was devoted to missionary work, and how members and missionaries can and should work together! It was amazing!

 One thing that Elder Texeira said that I really liked was "Real growth is a consequence of individual conversion. Not the other way around."
A GORGEOUS NORWEGIAN SUNRISE
at about 8:30 a.m. 
All too often we thing that when we start to see real growth in the church it will cause us to become individually converted. NO! We must be converted, and willing to be the tools in the masters hands before growth can occur. I know that. And I am so grateful that I can constantly become more and more converted and a better disciple of Christ.
We had a wonderful teach last night!! We taught Frelsesplanen.....I don't remember what that's called in English right now.....the second lesson in preach my gospel......yeah you can figure it out. And the spirit was so strong! As we worked together with the spirit we were able to help the investigators present feel the truth of the gospel. I know without a doubt that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gods true church on the earth today. To quote Elder Texeira once more, "There is no knowledge in the Gospel without you feeling something."
I know that we can really FEEL the truth, and that is how we can say that we KNOW something that we have never personally seen. Such as I know that God exists. Because I feel it in my heart and it is a knowledge that I cannot give to myself.
I love you all! I am praying for you! I hope you have the best week yet!!
Always!
Søster Roe
ELDER ROWE & SISTER ROE

Monday, October 14, 2013

Stunning Fall in Asker

Hello All,                                                                                                Oct. 14, 2013
Okay, fall in Norway is STUNNING! It's so different from the states...which were always beautiful...but here everything is electric and just gorgeous! I love it so much! It is cold though! I am almost ready to pull out my winter boots! But I'm trying to hold off for a little bit longer...just cause I am going to be wearing them for a LONG time!
Summer is gone in Norway! But how beautiful was this picture!
 
This week has been wonderful!! It has been a really fun week as Sister Peterson and I have gotten to know each other so quickly! I feel like I have known this beautiful Sister for a lot longer than a week! She's such a good missionary and a hard worker! I am so thankful for the chance I have to be her companion! We were talking about it and we decided that because we have become such fast friends that it feels like we have been together, in Asker, for a lot longer than a week, at least like 6 weeks! But hey! That's not a bad thing!
I finally got to meet the ward yesterday! Which is HUGE!!! It's awesome! And they are so involved in missionary work! The AP's had two of their investigators get baptized yesterday, Surmila and Sumitra! They are the sweetest young women and I am so thankful for their decision! The spirit was so strong and after feeling something like that you cannot doubt the truthfulness of the gospel!
We have taught more in the past week than I have in my whole mission, and that is exciting! People use so much English though!! It's so weird! I am used to no one knowing English, or at least not feeling comfortable enough to speak it! But that's okay, I just have to adjust and work on some different skills! Ya know?
Life is good. The work is hastening and progressing! I am excited to be here in Asker, and look forward to my time here! This week I hit my 6 month mark as a missionary. That's weird! I literally have 12 months left! How has the time already gone so fast!?
Pres and Sister Evans are in our ward! It's pretty fun! President and I talk football a lot! He tells me all about the games, and such! It's always funny to me that he talks to me about it and not to the Elders! You taught me well Dad! Thanks for that! :) Oh! There's also and Elder Rowe in my district/ward right now! It's super weird! But mostly it's just funny! (Taylor loves football and asks often about how the Aggies are doing...her Dad made sure his kids became football fans!)
Well We've got to run! We're headed to the Naked Park in Oslo today! Gotta love it! Naked statues are all over the place in Norway!! I think it's a European thing! Well that's all for this week folks!
Always!
Søster Roe

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Change is good!

Oct 7 (1 day ago)
                                                                                                                        Oct. 7, 2013
Well Hello!!
My new companion Sister Peterson and me!

Wow, another week has come and gone and my head is somehow still attached!!!
 I am officially in Asker, a little town just outside of Oslo. It is beautiful...in a different way from Sarpsborg. I miss the farmland, but that's okay. There are actually people here to contact and teach!! That's a change.
I have a fantastic companion! Sister Peterson is awesome!! She's from Idaho, has been in landet for 7ish months now, 6 months in Trondheim and the past 6 weeks here in Asker. She is such a hard worker, a dedicated missionary, and a good friend. I have been so blessed with my companions!!

I passed my drivers test last week! Wahoo! So I officially have a Norsk Drivers License! That's exciting! (Apparantely this isn't an easy thing to do there hahaha)

Mending the Elder's pants :)
Traveling was crazy! My train leaving Sarpsborg was 20 minutes late and then when I got to Oslo I had to switch trains with all of my luggage, I got up to the board to find out where I needed to catch my next train and could not figure it out! So I decided to ask one of the 3 police officers that were standing near by. They debated back and fourth for about 5 minutes on which train would be best for me to take. Finally I said, "Then I'm going to go catch that one..." And walked away. I felt so bad for Sister Peterson when I finally made it to Asker, she was pacing a little...and kinda stressed out. But we survived!

Asker, Norway

Conference this weekend was much needed and incredible!! I loved every moment of it!! Especially all the talks about member missionary work!! We do everything that we can as missionaries, and that will never be enough. We NEED members to help us out and do their part! It will be a wonderful thing to see happen. The Lord is hastening His work, so we need to hasten ours. Start reaching out to the less active friends and neighbors around you. Befriend the nonmembers and show them your love for them. When you just love them the invitation to learn more about your beliefs is not a scary one, they cannot get offended when you are being sincere. Do it. Help the missionaries.
Laurel aged young women and Priest aged young men. Do you know the missionaries in your area? Get to know them! Go on teaches with them! Support and help them! They cannot do it alone and you will be blessed for your efforts!
Life is such a wonderful gift, and can be enjoyed so much more fully in the gospel, so why wouldn't we invite others to learn more?
I know that as we do what we can to bring those we love into the fold that the Lord will bless us and will multiply our efforts.
Today we had a picnic by a beautiful part of the fjord called Sem. It was so peaceful. All around us is evidence that God exists and that He loves us.

We're going to go explore Ikea...hope we make it back out in time for our appointment tonight! :) Love you all! Praying for you! Praying that you will take missionary opportunities that come your way!! Miss you!
Always, 
Søster Roe

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Brenna's testimony (Taylor's little sis)

I believe in the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints with a fire that reaches every crevice of my mind. I believe in the prophets of old, and of the modern day. I believe in staying true to the pure royalty within yourself, because in that you are true to God, the very reason for your existence. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true and sacred book. If we but read diligently and with an open heart, prophets that have been gone from this earth for thousands of years come through the pages to teach you, comfort you, understand you, and feel empathy for you. Their teachings are accurate, Heavenly Father himself instructed them. I know with all my heart and mind and thread of my soul that Joseph Smith restored this gospel to the earth. At the age of 14, still a child in the eyes of many, he experienced one of the most miraculous events I think to ever take place on this earth. What a beautiful soul he has, to not be ashamed of others ridiculing him, but to march forward with an eagerness to serve the Lord in all that he did.

I have such a strong testimony of the Atonement, no words will ever do it justice. Christ has gathered me from the darkest places possible, I look on those times in my life as miracles. To me, Jesus Christ is as tangible as anything I will ever encounter. I will forever be indebted, so what else can I do but be his most faithful disciple? Jesus Christ came for me. He came to gather me into his arms, so I will never have to go astray. The world, is nothing. Worldly things; clothes, addiction, unmoral love, it's already almost in the past. This love, this gospel, this life, is forever.

I testify that I have zero courage. God is my courage, he is the one I lean on. I testify that this gospel is the truest thing on the earth today. And I know that every person that has, is, or will live is Heavenly Father's child, and he loves you more than can ever be fathomed. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the true prophet of the church, and he is God's voice and hands. I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity to live on the earth during this time, and know that my trials are what bring me closer to God. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 
     Brenna Roe