Monday, November 25, 2013

A DREAMY DRAMMEN CHRISTMASHo

Hello all,                                                                                                     Nov 25, 2013

Well surprise number one of this week!! I NO LONGER LIVE IN ASKER! Yep,Thursday night I moved to Drammen and am now companions with Sister Landry and Sister Hornback! It was quite a shock when I found out Tuesday that I would be moving. But that's okay. I miss Sister Peterson a lot! I learned a lot from her about missionary work, loving people, serving others, and being willing to do whatever it takes! I'm going to miss her steady ways and her strong testimony. But Sister Pitts is going to benefit so much from it and they are going to do wonders together, so I can't complain.


So my new address is
Honefoss
Sister Taylor Roe 
Tomineborgveien 47
3011 Drammen
     Norway

But I've had some awesome adventures this past week!! We went to Hønefoss this past week for a teach and it was so beautiful!! While we were there looking at the beautiful place I kept thinking, "How could a place so beautiful and peaceful be so tainted by what happened that day?" Hønefoss is where the massacre was a few years ago. 

Then I moved to Drammen. And yesterday we saw so many miracles!!! 

1 We had two investigators in church that said that they loved it and want to come again.  

2 We went contacting after church and prayed that we would find 2 potential investigators, 1 phone number and one appointment. We found exactly what we had asked for.

3 We went bonking right before we had an appointment. Before we went, we had about 45 minutes, we prayed that we would find a norwegian family of 4 that would listen to us. And then jokingly Sister Hornback said, "Two kids? What color of hair?" And I smiled, thought about it for a second and said, "Two kids. Blonde hair." Then Sister Landry said, "Where do they live?" And I pointed down a street and said, "Down there." 

I have never done or said anything like that before. We bonked on 4 houses and then had time for one more. As we went to the door I thought "This is it." We knocked, the door opened, to a dad with two kids, with blonde hair. They're Norwegian and they said we can come back. 

MIRACLES HAPPEN! When we have faith and believe that they can occur, and then do our part to help them happen they will. The Lord know His people. He will guide us in every footstep. Trust him. 

I am excited for this transfer, for the time I'm going to have here in Drammen. It's going to be full of adventures and learning. And I've got two great companions too. I have been so blessed with all of my companions! They are all amazing! I am so thankful for these women who have great faith and great capacity to learn! I love being a missionary!
A Trio Again! 

Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!! 

PS I get two Thanksgivings!! Wahoo! :) 

Love you all! Praying for you! miss you! 

Always!

Søster Roe 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Drats! Still no Snow in NORWAY!!!

Hallo alle sammen!                                                                                 November 18, 2013

Well here we are to the end of November and there is still no snow on the ground her in Asker. Well that's silly. Haha. Ah well. It will come sooner or later, right? And it turned out to be a blessing the other night that there was no snow. Because we had quite the adventure! But lets start at the beginning of the week shall we?
On Monday we put together Christmas packages for the fam! That was fun! And we finally got those sent off on Friday, I think it was....Then Monday night we had the longest teach of my life. We had an investigator with a baptismal date set for yesterday. But on Monday as we went through the baptismal interview questions with him he answered all of them in the best way possible, completely ready for baptism! Then we got to the last question, which is basically, "Are you ready?" And he said no. He doesn't feel ready because he still has questions and he wants to know completely that it is absolutely correct. Which certainly isn't a bad desire. But the thing is, we all still have questions! We all still wonder about things, right? That's the beauty of this gospel, is that it encourages us asking questions and searching out the answers, constantly building upon the faith we already have. But that's okay. We will continue to work with him, encourage him, and try to help him build courage in himself. 


Oslo fjord og oss....beautiful place for kontakting

Then on Tuesday! I don't know why but Tuesday's are always our busiest days! It keeps life interesting though! :) We taught 4 lessons on Tuesday, as well as had district meeting! It was amazing, the experience of running from appointment to appointment. We taught the restoration lesson 4 times in one day. That was a wonderful day!
There's one girl that we taught that day that is really cool...well they're all cool...but she's probably the most positive! She's 17, and not too religious. But everything we said she accepted, when we asked her to begin reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it she answered, "Of course, why wouldn't I?"
She is awesome! I am excited to see where things go with her! That was an incredible day though! After planning that night and then collapsing into bed I just thought, "This is what I am striving for as a missionary, everything I do as far as finding, visiting members, and bonking on doors, leads to days like this, full of teaching."
Then on Thursday we had to take our car into Oslo to get our winter tires put on it and we kontakted around the fjord. It was so cool! So pretty! I loved it!
Asker/Sandvika from top of Kolsas

But Saturday, now that was an adventure. We had got to visit a member, after giving our car away for who knows how long, and had about an hour and a half traveling to do to get home by using buses and trains. The adventure came in when we got off at our appointed trainstop and were supposed to be able to catch a bus. But there was no bus stop. When we finally found the bus stop, 20 minutes later, the bus was done running for the night and we had missed it by about 5 minutes. So we started walking. We were about 5 kilometers from home, it was really dark...but you know, you just make it enjoyable. So somehow Sister Peterson and I started speaking in British accents and did for the whole hour walk home. It was a great moment! 


Random statue of woman???

Especially when we woke up in the morning and her hip hurt and my knee hurt, and then we missed the bus to church, so we had to walk to a different bus terminal that would get us on a bus that could get us relatively close to the church, so that we would walk the rest of the way. If nothing else all this walking and running and missing buses is going to help me a little to try to stay in shape during the holiday season! :)
Well, here we go, into another week full of adventures!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And Happy December! :) Love you all! Miss you all! Praying for you all!
Always!
Søster Roe

Here are a few random things Tay also said in her email to me that might interest some of you...

PS>Um, surprise, I got the package last Thursday!! I am loving the Advent Calendar, and the Christmas music (thanks Grandma) and the general conference magazine. And it is safely put away in a closet and I promised myself that I wouldn't look at it.... :) I sent a package home on Friday? Kansje...
There was a big glitch in the system between the church and our bank, so the missionaries in our mission never got our stipend....so there are some charges on my personal account, they were for bus passes and gas. They will be reimbursed, I wish that I hadn't had to put anything on there, sorry. We hopefully will be getting our money tomorrow.
One of our investigators, his wife is from the Phillipines, and her family still lives there, but everything's okay with them. So that's a blessing. All of our members and investigators have told us about it. And people on the street have asked us several times questions about it, like "Why would God let that happen?" and "Wouldn't your time be better spent helping those in need then trying to convince people that God exists?" 

I will get on writing Aunt Vicki and Uncle Albert also.They are so good to me.
Tell Kyce I love him! I don't think a letter would get there in time, but I love him and am proud of him and am thinking of him (Kyce is Taylor's cousin who will be receiving the priesthood in a couple weeks). Hope you all enjoy Tgiving!!! I love you so much!!!
Taylor and Kycen!
Always!
Taylor 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Father's Day Dad!

Happy Fathers Day!!                                                                            Nov 11, 2013
Yep. Yesterday was the Norwegian Fathers day! So that was fun! I love you Dad! Miss you! :)

Enjoying a laugh together...March 2012
Daddy's Girl!
This past week...what happened this past week...Well on Monday we went with Jan Axel, one of our investigators, to an island. It was so pretty and we learned a lot of new Norwegian words! It was beautiful we just walked around the whole island. Very fun.

Then we saw a mirakel on Wednesday. After being at Zone Leader Training all day long (which was super fun!) and eating luch all together with our zone...well the half that came to lunch with us that is, we finally made it back to Asker. We had about 45 minutes before our appointment that night so we decided to go bonking. We bonked on a few doors who just said, "Nei takk" and then promptly shut. But then as we climbed up the stairs to the next door, with a prayer in my heart we bonked on it. It opened and didn't shut automatically when they saw that we were missionaries! That was a mirakel in and of itself! But it gets even better! Because then the girl that opened the door went to get her mom. Her mom came to the door and said, "Oh!! Come in! Come in! It's the Sisters! Come in!"

Sister Peterson and I looked at each other, a little taken aback, because we had never been so welcomed before, we shrugged out shoulders as if to say "Why not?" And stepped inside. It turns out that the lady that so enthusiastically welcomed us into her home was infact a member! She's from Brazil, and moved from Brazil to Portugal to Sweden to Norway. Her records were still in Portugal. But she had been praying that someone from the church would find her. Two weeks previous she had seen us walk down her street to our appointment and had prayed that we would come and find her. So that was quite the mirakel. We found her. And she came to church yesterday and it was good! Crazy world we live in, eh?

But that was fun! We then, yesterday, had the opportunity to go and eat dinner with Karin's (a girl that goes to school with my brother as an exchange student) family! They were so nice!! The food was DELICIOUS!! And the conversation was plealsant! I could tell that they had lots of questions about Utah, and Hyrum, but didn't know if they should/could ask them. But we shared with them a "Family a proclimation" so that they could understand a little more about our culture. I brought a picture of cache valley and we talked for a while. Her little brother asked why we don't drink coffee, so that gave us a chance to teach them about the Word of Wisdom. So that was cool! :)
They were super sweet! I'm glad that I had the chance to meet them! That was cool!
The view from Karin's HOUSE!!!
I'm staying in Asker with Sister Peterson! So that will be fun! A blessing for sure!! :) I'm getting super stoaked for Christmas! I had to buy some Jule Brus...Christmas Soda...to celebrate! And we've already got plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas! So that will be fun! We're having Thanksgiving with an American Family and a real Norwegian Christmas! It's going to be fantastic I know it! I am loving life and we are just working hard! Always!
I love you all! Miss you! Praying for you all!
Always!
Søster Roe

The Best soda for Christmas here! I love it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Christmas in Norway

Kjære Alle Sammen!                                                                                   Nov 4, 2013
 
Wow, another week has come and gone!! It was not the most exciting week....it was Halloween! That was weird...Haha I don't know. It was just another week in Norway.
 
Last Monday, we carved pumpkins as a district and played innebandy, basketball, and my favorite, volleyball!!! It was so much fun! And Elder Weaver and I were able to pepper for a little bit...it was so nice! So good to actually be able to really play volleyball! It had been so long!!! 
 
And then Monday night to Tuesday night we were on splits with the Drammen Sisters. So Sister Hornback and I were in Drammen! It was lots of fun!! We visited several members, got fed some good mat, and laughed a lot while working hard. It was a little weird to have to share a proselyting område...we ran into Elder Weaver and Elder Nelson while contacting...that was a little awkward. I kinda just thought, "Why are you contacting our area?" And then I remembered that they actually share the city. haha, oops.
 
The work is good. We are continuing to find  people! So that's a blessing! This week was a little slower than the previous two weeks, in which we found 8 new investigators! But that's okay. I think part of it was Halloween. (Norway celebrates Halloween...sort of...it's not that popular and it's mostly just for children.) On Halloween we were able to go to a members house and eat dinner with them. They're from the states...Utah actually...and we had chile and corn bread, and real American Halloween candy!! So crazy awesome!! 

Christmas scene in Norway
 
Tradititional Christmas dinner... cod soaked in Lye and a porridge are some options
Remember how Sister Roe is a really picky eater...not really anymore...a mission changes a person. Being in a position where you HAVE to eat everything that it set in front of you definitely helps with that one! Haha. So I liked the chile, the pumpkin soup, the whale, (not really liked but able to eat) the Salmon, and the taco soup! I'm tellin' ya, we're making progress!  
 
Today we are going to go explore one of the islands on the fjord with two of our investigators, Jan Axel, and Axel. So that will be a fun adventure! 
 
Yesterday we taught a woman from China. That was cool. She's atheist, and so we're starting from the basics. But she's super cool! We had two of the Young Women from the menighet with us and they were so awesome!! They explained Mormons Bok, and the difference between us and other christian churches. They were so cool! We are also teaching a man over the phone....it's different...but good. He doesn't really have much time at all to meet with us, so he calls and we  give him the lessons over the phone. It's a new experience. :) 
 
We went over to a families for dinner last night, the Wysenbach's, and they are some of the coolest people I have ever met! We talked to the parents about their missions and the lessons they learned from them. One thing that I really liked is that they both commented on the relationships, the friendships that we forge på misjonen. That is was is important. We are here for people, not just for baptisms. They're nice...but the friendships are what matter, and last. I am so thankful for that reminder. They aren't numbers, they're people.
 
The holidays are coming!! We went to kjøp groceries today and when we walked in all of the Christmas candy is all set out and ready to go!! It's going to be Christmas before we know it! And I'm stoked! Christmas in Norway is going to be awesome!!! Now, all we need is snow! :) President and the assistents are working on figuring out how we could put together a mission conference around the new year...that would be way fun!! Either way we will be having a Christmas conference, with two zones combined.
 
Moves call is on Sunday! That will be super weird! It has gone so fast!!! We'll see if we get moved around at all. Well I think that's all for this week! I love you all! Miss you! Praying for you!!
 
Always!
Christmastime in Norway
Søster Roe