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

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