Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Girl on the Move!

Hello Drammen....Goodbye Drammen!                                                         Dec 30,2013 (TAYLOR"S 21st                                                                                                                                            Birthday)

Yep that's right!! I'm moving again!! What?! How could that be?! Where are you going this time Sister Roe?! 

Well I will tell you. I am going to a place I've never been before. A place that is completely different than anywhere I have been. It's in the West. It's got a crazy dialect. And I'm going to be with one of my best friends! 

If you guessed that I was going to be in Stavanger with Sister Nance, guess what you're right!!!!!!! Oh yeah!! Here we go! Starting the new year off with one of my favorite people in the whole world! Stavanger is not going to know what hit it! I can't wait tilFriday when We will be together again! I am still in shock!

Sister Nance was Taylor's 1st companion when she arrived in Norway! Back together again!!!

This week was crazy!!! So different than any other on the mission. I went to mass on Tuesday, and danced around a Christmas tree singing songs while holding hands with a 6 year old and Sister Hornback, until Santa came in and handed out some presents!!!
Sweet girls in their bunads on Christmas Eve where we celebrated

I ate delicious Norwegian food until I thought I was going to drop!! It was so good!! We had Pinne kjøt, and ribbe, and risen grut. And it was all delicious! I loved it! And then we celebrated...and celebrated...and celebrated. We kept celebrating all week long! We went and played sports for 3 hours with a bunch of members and their non member friends! Am I still sore from is absolutely. Was it totally worth it? ABSOLUTELY!! 

And then we had Zone Conference with combined Oslo and Telemark zones! And we got 8 of us 17 sisters that came together for a picture!! It was awesome! It was so good to see so many familiar faces! And to enjoy a little celebration together.


MTC REUNION

Oh! Also! I performed a talent at the talent show! Yeah that's right! Sister Roe's got talent....well not really. I just licked my elbow. And then Sister Evans stood up and announced that I have a "hidden talent that she probably won't share without a lot of encouragement" then she proceeded to tell the combined zones about my sheepish laughter....yep that was interesting! I had been laughing while licking my elbow....but not really laughing. But even then I heard a couple people throw out some sheep noises, trying to get me to laugh...

Needless to say it happened. Yep my laugh is out, and it's over the whole mission. But that's okay.



It's also on Youtube. Thanks so our MMK. :) Yep. It was an interesting week! http://youtu.be/YKBAEe9piQo (Copy and paste this link on you tube to view)

But to end this on a spiritual note! Yesterday. Okay. I have to start from the beginning. On Saturday after zone conference we went out bonking before we went home to finish studies. The whole time sister Landry felt like we needed to go in this certain direction. We did. We met a couple guys that said we could meet the next day, Sunday

We went to meet with them, at their house. They wouldn't answer and we couldn't find them. So then a man came in and said that we could come up and talk to his wife because he didn't understand Norwegian very well, and didn't speak English. So we went up and started talking to his wife and she shut us down too. So we went back down to try to track down another person that lived in the building. A woman came out of the door and we asked her which building we were in. She told us and then said, "Latter day Saint missionaries?!" 

And then she threw her arms around Sister Landry and started sobbing and saying that she had wanted to talk to the missionaries again for so long but hadn't been able to find a way to come back. 

Apparently she used to be a member. She wrote herself out years ago and has been looking for a way back ever since. 

I know that because we went out to knock on doors when we didn't want too, and were able to follow the spirit's quiet promptings to go where we went. And to talk to the two young men that were our way to find Lizzie. God knows His children. He knows exactly what they need and how to give it to them. And he can, and does, place us in exactly the right spot.

The Lord has placed these 2 girls together again for a reason!

Be aware of your surroundings. Always be looking for opportunities to serve and share the joy of the gospel. God will supply them, and you can be someone's angel. We just have to ALLOW God to work through us. 

I love you all, miss you all! Pray for you all! 

Always!!
Søster Roe

PS We don't really have much as far as birthday plans today. Just going out to dinner, and we'll head over to our MMK's house for cake tonight. Weird to think that I'm 21!! Even weirder to think that it's 2014 this week!! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cherish your Trials

Well Hello There!                                                                                               Dec 23,2013
So, Norwegians know how to do Christmas. Today is Lille Jul Aften, which is the eve of Chrismas Eve. Then we have the BIG celebration tomorrow, Jul Aften, and then we have 1st Jule Dag, 2nd Jule dag, and 3rd Jule dag. oh yeah. This is gonna be good!
We have plans with members all week long! And boy am I excited! It's gong to be a crazy fun week! And til slutt we have a combined Zone Conference in Oslo, with the East and Telemark zones! I am pretty excited! I'll see a lot of the people that I came to the land with! So that will be awesome! 

Just a random Christmas tree but so pretty!

This week was interesting! This past week I hit my 8 month mark as a missionary! That was a really weird realization! And then I had an even weirder realization. I'm turning 21 in a week.......wow. When did that happen? But ah well. 

Then we had a member middag this week and it turns out that the members that we ate with, me, Sister Hornback, Elder Weaver, and Elder Nilsson, their son is Kjetil from the Fredrikstad ward that both Elder Weaver and I served in! That was a fun moment! Kind of a funny moment. But hey, it's a small world! 
We had a lesson this week that we had to give the baptismal commitment 5 times....but it wasn't because he said no. It was because he didn't understand the meaning of the question. It took some practice! 

We also had a pretty awesome moment!!!! THE OLSEN'S CAME TO VISIT DRAMMEN!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah! It was like coming home, when they walked into the church yesterday! It was such a blessing! I love that family!! I have missed them like crazy! 
I believe this is the Olsen's daughter??? Or the Bishops's?
Help me out Sister Morris!???

Also we sang in church yesterday! It was fun! Sister Hornback and I sang and Sister Landry played the viola. It was kinda crazy. But it was really fun. We sang a song called "When Mary Sang Her Lullaby" and it was really pretty!! 
"I would have loved to have heard Taylor sing "When Mary Sang Her Lullaby"
I still have to figure out a Christmas present til Sister Hornback without her knowing what it is. We got Sister Landry done while she was gone. But we have nothing for each other...we'll figure it out today. 
When studying the other day I found something that I thought was really interesting. I was reading in  first Peter 1:7 it says "That the trial of your faithbeing much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" 

How is it that a trial can be precious? That was intriguiging to me. That trials are precious. Then last night we were out knocking and a man asked us why good, righteous, people have such hard lives. And that was when I connected the two things. 

Trials are precious because they help us become the people that we need to. They mold us into the perfect tools for the Father. They keep us humble, and teachable, and in the end they are the moments that we learn the most. 
I am thankful for trials. That we have to opportunities to learn. To grow. To change who we were, and become who we can. 
We have trials. We all have different trials because we are supposed to become different people. God loves us. Do we cherish the opportunities to learn? 

I am so thankful for the chance that I have to learn, to hopefully become better every day. Merry Christmas everyone. Love you! Miss you! Thinking of you! 

Always!! 
Søster Roe

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's almost Christmas!

Hei Hei,                                                                                                     Dec 16, 2013

I honestly don't have that much to say about the past week. It was kinda long, I'm super tired, but hey, that's okay. 'Cause it's almost Christmas!!! 

I am seriously so excited for Christmas! We are going to be spending Christmas day with two different families! So that will be fun! We are discouraged from proselyting around Christmas because everyone will be really angry if we do...so we're going to be studying and hanging out with Members a lot! Also we will have a Zone Conference right after Christmas, which will be combined with my zone and the East zone, so I'll see lots of familiar faces, so that will be good!! :) 


Just hanging out and being goofy

We taught a Swedish man this week! He was really cool! Hopefully we will be able to meet with him again soon! We'll see. But the coolest thing was that I could understand everything he said!! Yeah! That's right! Sister Roe understands Swedish!! BooYeah! I was pretty excited! It was quite the blessing since neither Sister Landry nor Sister Hornback could understand him. I thought it was cool!
My cousin hahaha

Also we taught an investigator this week that has just been really struggling! He's lost a lot in the past year and has had to start from scratch here in Norway, which is really hard to do. But as we talked to this humble man, that still has his faith and trust in God, I felt the spirit so strong!                                                                                                             I know that God knows our circumstances. Yeah, life can be super frustrating, you can have lost everything and have no where to turn, you may be despised of men, but you ARE NOT ALONE. God Loves His Children. He is aware of us. He knows how to help us, and He is going to give us these different trials to help us become the people that He needs us to be. 

I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father, that is aware of me. I know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly King. I know that I can trust in Him completely.

 I know that God knows our circumstances. Yeah, life can be super frustrating, you can have lost everything and have no where to turn, you may be despised of men, but you ARE NOT ALONE. God Loves His Children. He is aware of us. He knows how to help us, and He is going to give us these different trials to help us become the people that He needs us to be. 
Crazy snow!!! I love it. My companions....not so much!

I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father, that is aware of me. I know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly K  We had an open house in the church last night. The primary did the program. At the end there was a slide show that was all of the primary kids' pictures set to a violin playing "I am a Child of God". As I looked around the room at all the primary children, and their families. It was reconfirmed to me, once again that we are all Children of our Heavenly Father. 

And He sent His perfect son here to Earth for us. To show us the way, to help us understand, to bring us home. Everything on this Earth is His. Including us. I love this time of year. Where we can focus on the gift of His son, Jesus Christ. A helpless babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and wrapped in a manger, who became the Savior of the world. Christ was on the path to progression just like we are now. Oh the idea of who we can become. 

I am so thankful for the chance to help others see their potential and to more fully understand my own. I love you all! I miss you all! I pray for you all! I hope you all have a fantastic week! 

Always!!
Soster Roe
  
P.S. Mom and Grandma Roe...I hope that you both have a fantastic Birthday!!  I miss you both and pray for you always! I love you so much!!!!! Consider yourself hugged!!!

Always!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Learning a NEW Language!

Hallo Alle Sammen!                                                                                       Dec. 9, 2013

Drammen at night
Well, how are you? Life here in Norway is a crazy and good as ever! It is FINALLY snowing here! It's been snowing for the past two days and it's a beautiful and welcomed sight! I am loving it! My companions, who are from Mississippi and St. George Ut, are a little scared of it I think...But they'll learn to love it! :) 


We had a really cool moment last week! We were out bonking and we met a lady that was deaf. Okay, so why is that cool? Because Sister Landry already knew a little sign language! So we were able to teach her right then and there! And now we are learning Norwegian Sign Language!! Oh yeah! It is one of the coolest things ever! I am loving it! 

And now there are people all over the place that we are running into that are deaf! It's kinda crazy! I'm excited to continue learning tegnspråk! I think it's beautiful how a prayer is still a prayer, even when you aren't saying anything. And a testimony is just as strong!
Feeling a little like a soldier!


We also had Zone Leader Training on Friday and we talked about Mount Everest....Pres was in charge....

It was good though. We talked about the different challenges and obsticles that we see on our missions. And how we can overcome them to reach the top. 

Then yesterday we went to Romerike right after church because Sister Landry and Sister Hornback had a consert! So I just recorded the whole Jule Konsert and talked to a few long lost members from Fredrikstad and Sandvika! Also I met several members from Trondheim that are now praying for me to come to Trondheim. :) It was fun! They were all really sweet!
Look who found me! My YW from Sandvika!!! So happy!


I am just so excited about this snow that I don't know what do to with myself! :) It's a beautiful thing! 

Well we're headed ice skating today and we will hopefully also be having a snowball fight! Wahoo! Bring it! 

PS All of the missionaries in my zone are trying to get me to go down to Provo after the mission.........We'll see if it happens...maybe just for a visit...if they give me a REALLY good reason. :) 
SNOW FINALLY!!

STAYING WARM...STUDYING IN FRONT OF FIRE

Love you all! Praying for you all! 

Always!

Søster Roe

Monday, December 2, 2013

One week closer to Christmas!!! Think SNOW!

Happy December!!                                                                                           Dec 2, 2013

Wow! I seriously don't know how that happened! It is December and there is STILL no snow in Drammen! It's killin' me people! I don't know what to do! Haha! But that's okay.

Norwegian dessert at Thanksgiving
Life in Drammen is good! We were blessed to have two Thanksgiving dinners this week! One with a Norwegian Family in the ward who's daughter is serving a mission in England. And the other was with our MMK who's wife is American. :) So that was really fun! On Saturday, the American Thanksgiving, Sister Hornback and Sister Landry played in the Christmas Concert. So I was on splits with Christy all day making food, playing with her kids, and eating the food, so that was well worth it! :) (Pictures of that one will have to come later, they're on Elder Nash's camera...haha)
Trude who is one of my favorite person here!


Then we went to the Christmas concert all together which was so cool!!! Norwegians take their Christmas seriously! I'm tellin' ya! It's incredible! I am so thankful for the chance that I have to spend the Holidays here, no matter how much I miss all of the people back home. :) Also, we did a ton of service this week! It was awesome! If nothing else on my mission I am learning to clean OTHER people's houses! :)

What a view from Spiralen! Goofy Taylor!

Then, today we went up Spiralen, which is a spiral tunnel up a mountain. The view from the top was incredible!! I took lots of pictures, and we took lots of goofy pictures together too! So that was fun! :) Then we went to the church and played basketball, 21, and I, amazingly, won! Who would have guessed!? But it was cool! We just chilled and decorated our apartment for Christmas! So that was fun!

This about sums up our companionship
It's a statue of a rooster!

Life is so good. You know I was reading in Jesus the Christ the other morning for personal study and it was way cool!! It was talking about how the birth of Christ was prophecied om the beginning of time and how when Adam was cast out of the garden it was said that the seed of the WOMAN would have power to bruise his head. And how it didn't say anything about the man, or the pair, but the woman. And then how Christ is the only person to be born of woman alone. It was really cool! I just kinda hit me, it's all real. It all happened. There is a God. There is a Savior, there is a plan. There is a reason for everything.

Christ the Lord is Born!!! And, He LIVES!

The Gospel is true people. There's no denying it! Live it, learn it, love it! 

Praying for you!! Love you!! 

Always!
Søster Roe