Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teaching people in 5 different languages!!!

HALLO!                                                                                                      June 23, 2014

What's up with y'all? Chillin'? Partyin'? Let me tell you, life here in Trondheim is always a party...and a multiculteral one at that! 

Well, shall we begin with Swedish? Last week we met this really cool guy on the street talked to him for like 3 minutes and then he asked us if we could meet the next evening. We said yes. Let me tell you, it was one of the greatest teaches that I have had in a while. He is from sweden, hence the svensk part of the subject title. I love swedish, mostly I love understanding three languages for the price of learning one...haha. 
They snapped this photo on one of our teaches!

He asked a bunch of really good questions and is really excited to meet with us again this week. He was so excited to get Mormons Bok and he started reading as soon as we left! He was super cool.

Next up, French. One of our investigators is from Africa, French speaking. He is really fun to teach. He is so humble and teachable. He just wants to follow God, and do the things that He would have him do.
A beautiful Marsipian cake a member made for our ward party!

Norwegain. This investigator is actually half phillipino, half norwegian. But yeah, she's super cute. She's 9 years old, her mom's a member and we had a really cool lesson with her last week. It's really hard to get her to just sit down and listen. So we went outside and just played on the trampoline and were able to teach the plan of salvation by playing. She drew a picture that was apparently Sister Shaw dead....so we begravet her and then she resurrected from the dead and we "judged" her and sent her to the celestial kingdom! It was pretty fun. Definitely the most abstract way I've taught the plan of salvation....ever. haha

Spanish...We met a lady on the street, went to her house gave her a spanish Book of Mormon and were enthusiastically invited to come again and teach her more.
The Elder's playing with fire on our cookout

Burma! We're teaching a family from Burma who are super cool!!! There's a language barrier for sure, but their 22 year old son is fluent in norwegian, so we've really involved him as a translator! So it's been really good. I just wish that we had the book of Mormon in their language!

And last but not least, Chinese! We met a Chinese lady on the bus yesterday, she has recently converted to christianity, and really wants to learn more! So we're meeting with her in 20 minutes! :) (Porter! I'm wishing that you were here and could speak chinese!) It will be really good I think! She seems really sincere and open! 
We are doing well together as companions! Love her!

Also this week we had a party with the ward! It was really fun, we grilled food and just sat and talked and got to know each other. 

Tonight we are celebrating Sankhans Aften with some members! Out til midnight! Gotta love Norwegian holidays!!! :) Then this week we also have zone conference! It should be good! I'm pretty excited!

Thurgood sent me this photo of M after her baptism! She is one of 3 of our deaf investigators who we committed to baptism...and SHE DID IT! So happy! 

Life is good people! Life is good. The gospel, and its light is going forth to ALL THE WORLD Every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Nothing can stop the work from progressing. 

Love you all. Miss you all! Praying for you all!

Always!
Søster Roe

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LOVE

Well, well, well. So we meet again.

Seriously, I don't understand time. I know I've said this like, I dunno, a BILLION times before. But I definitely am feeling it again. In some ways it feels like every week is an eternity, but at the same time every Monday when I sit down to compose an email to y'all I feel like I just told you all everything that has happened and I don't know what to write for this week. Hmm....lets see. Shall we look back on this week?
I love this place!

Okay, quick view:

  • Monday: emailed y'all, went on a hike to the troll forest. That was kinda cool. We went with one of the members and hiked around and there are a bunch of troll faces painted onto the trees and greier. So that was fun. Then we went to an appointment. Our appointment wasn't home. But one of their roommates was. He was cool! We talked to him and he was super interested to learn more. So that was fun. Hopefully we'll be able to meet with him soon.
  • Tuesday: we had district meeting, that was fun. We took the chance to make lunch for the couple this time because they always are so good to make lunch for us! so that was good. We really like the Bradfords! After that we had a teach and realized that one of our investigators is actually progressing quite well. He bore his testimony about Joseph Smith as a prophet, and the Book of Mormon. After that we just knocked on doors the rest of the night, found some cool people, hopefully will be able to meet with them soon. 
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    We had fun on our hike in Troll Forest!
  • Wednesday! So somedays on the mission your planner looks like things just exploded and it's just a huge mess. That's what my planner looked like on Wednesday. We had lots of crazy things going on. But those days on the mission are always the best, especially because you're just busy all the time and don't have time for anything else. 
    Our schedule on Wednesday!
  • Thursday: We just had weekly planning and a couple appointments, it was good. But on this day I also had a question of the day that I pondered. It is as follows: "Can our greatest strengths be linked to our greatest weaknesses? Can they feed each other?"
We Roe'd the boat!
           I honestly think yes. I mean, just from what I've seen personally. Some of the things that I have been really blessed with and that I might even consider strengths also tend to lead me to some of my greatest weaknesses and biggest trials. But Heavenly Father gives us strengths and weaknesses for a reason. And I know that when used correctly. Our greatest weakness can become our great strength through the Atonement.
Lunch while waiting on our bus!

  • Friday: We had ZLT which was good. It was pretty chill. We went on splits for a little bit too, so remember Sister Hornback? My comp from Drammen? Yep, we were on splits together for a couple hours while her companion, Sister Kitchen, was with Shaw. It was super fun to chat and remember the good ole days in Drammen.
  • Saturday: This was a fun day! The other sisters had a baptism so we got to go to that! It was really cool. The guy that got baptized came to a baptism a couple weeks ago (he had been meeting with the sisters for a while) and afterwards when they went to teach him again he said that he had prayed about it, he knew the church was true, and he wanted to be baptized! It was a really good day, and the spirit was super strong! it was awesome! Then we had a couple appointments, cooked dinner for some members, had a mini district meeting to figure out some goals and such.
  • Sunday: I really miss relaxing Sundays people! That is one thing that I am looking forward too when I get home. We had a couple appointments after church which was good. It hit me in the middle of Relief Society that it was Fathers Day in the States! So happy fathers day, dad! Hope it was a good one! 
Yep. That was pretty much our week. One thing that kinda stuck with me this week was that I saw a quote on a gym window that said, "push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow."

Obviously, this is talking about working out. But isn't it like this with anything? If you want a better tomorrow you have to work harder today than you did yesterday. Whether that's physically, emotionally, or spiritually is up to the individual. But I know that when we really work out hardest we see the blessings after. In MMK this week we were talking about the importance of working WITH God in every aspect of our lives. We talked about the reward and security that lies in working with God. And one thing that was brought up was the idea of diligence. 

In Preach My Gospel diligence is described as doing absolutely everything you can. But how do you know that you're actually doing everything you can? Can you actually give 100% and who/how do you measure 100%? Well. It's up to you and God. God knows our limits, even better than we do. So that means that when we're pushing ourselves TOO hard or too far that He can help us to realize it and change it before it becomes detrimental. But also, He understands when we can push a little harder, or go a little further too. So when we're working with God we have a great reward. Ben, our MMK, put it this way.

When we are truly working with God we "feel peace in our responsibility as well as the burden of what's next."

God is the perfect coach. He knows when to push, and when to hold off. He knows you. He knows me.

Heavenly Father knows me. He knows how I function, how I think, react, love, need, want, hope, cry, laugh, talk, read, and pray. He is the only person that really, actually, gets it. But do I allow myself to really use Him, really let him help me? I should. I am working on it. I'm getting there. #slowlybutsurely

Then I read in Doctrine and Covenants  123:17

 17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to  see the salvation of Godand for his arm to be revealed.

So, challenge for this week? Take a minute and STAND STILL, look, and behold the goodness of God in your life! I love you all. I miss you all. I pray for you all! 

Always!
Søster Roe

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Developing Peace

Kjære Søsken,                                                                                             June 9, 2014

I have so much that I want to share with you all this week! I just hope that it comes out in a semi-organized manner! Guess we'll find out! 

My ouchie....yep I still biff it now and again!
Okay. First I just have to say, love has been a huge focus for me this past week, so that's what a lot of this is going to be focused on. And it all started with Tuesday. I was walking through the church contemplating my life where I've been, where I'm headed, and where I would like to go. Then I heard President Uchtdorf say, "Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely!" Someone was listening to a talk. But I just happened to tune in to exactly what I needed to hear.



God loves us completely. Wow. What a statement. I mean I know that God is perfect and capable of complete perfect love. But for me to hear that, I don't know. It hit me all over again and I was overwhelmed with feeling that love! But that was just the first time that I would feel that this week.

Later Tuesday night we were headed home and I had some food in the church that I wanted to grab. We agreed to cut through the church on our way home, cutting off some time that we would be on the street to do it. Then on the bus both Sister Shaw and I were thinking, "Why? Do we really need the food? It's a waste of time." We decided to just do it anyways. But we didn't have to wonder why for long. 

We went to leave the church, opening the front door, walking out, and we nearly tripped on a guy that was sitting on the top step soaking up the sunlight. We talked to him for a second and then he said, "I am here because I want to be happy. I am jealous you guys. I am missing something in my life and I think your church has it. I need to feel loved."

Sis Buhler and me having a good time

How many people are just wandering around looking for the love of God? Are we willing to share it with them?

Then later that week I was told the following, "You think that when you become a mother you will never be rude to your kids. But you don't realize that your children are an extension of yourself, you treat them the same way you treat yourself." 

That was quite the moment. I got thinking about it and I realized, I would be so mad if anyone treated my children, or siblings, or friends, the way that I treat myself I would be appalled! So I decided that I have got to start with me, cause I deserve the same kind of love that others should have. Then I thought of a couple of the things that I need to change in myself. I thought of Ether 27:12. God gives us weaknesses for our benefit, we should not be happy in our weaknesses, but we can definitely be happy about the opportunity to grow and make them strengths in the Lord. Right? #workingonit

Now I have to share with you, we taught primary yesterday. We didn't really have much of a lesson plan, but we just went in to the 8-9 year olds class and started talking about God. Then one of the kids in the class said
How many peopleare just wandering around looking for the love of God? Are we willing to share it with them?


Then later that week I was told the following, "You think that when you become a mother you will never be rude to your kids. But you don't realize that your children are an extension of yourself, you treat them the same way you treat yourself."


That was quite the moment. I got thinking about it and I realized, I would be so mad if anyone treated my children, or siblings, or friends, the way that I treat myself Iwould be appalled! So I decided that I have got to start with me, cause I deserve the same kind of love that others should have. Then I thought of a couple of the things that I need to changein myself. I thought of Ether 27:12. God gives us weaknesses for our benefit, we should not be happy in our weaknesses, but we can definitely be happy about the opportunity to grow and make them strengths in the Lord. Right? #workingonit


Now I have to share with you, we taught primary yesterday. We didn't really havemuch of a lesson plan, but we just went in to the 8-9 year oldsclass and started talking about God. Then one of the kids
, "I don't know if God loves me."

It was one of the greatest moments ever! We were able to take the three kids outside, we all knelt down together and said a prayer and then went off to different spots to pray and listen to the spirit. When we called the kids back together it was incredible to hear their testimonies and experiences of feeling Gods love for them! Their experience as well as my own made for an extremely spiritual moment and a whole lot of love. 

In my dads talk at my grandma's funeral he talked about how my grandma had developed peace in herself. I want that peace. Can remember always feeling her gentle, peaceful spirit in her home, and all around her. I hope to one day be able to exude that kind of peace! Goal in life. Develope peace. Love myself and love my life.
I want the kind of peace Grandma had!

I know that Heavenly Father loves us. he is so aware of all of us, he wants the best for us and is going to help us to become our best! I love you all! I miss you all! I pray for you all!

Always!

Søster Roe

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Powerless!

Hallo!
                                                                                                June 2, 2014

Well folkens. I'm in Trondheim and, after a very emotional week, writing home once again. Tuesday was quite a doozey! I said goodbye to one of my favorite places in the world, not to mention my favorite people. Saying goodbye to Thurgood and Celine was absolutely terrible. Lots of tears and hugs involved in that goodbye. 

My view as I boarded the plane to transfer

Plus on Tuesday in the middle of packing and finalizing things to leave, I got a phonecall from President informing me that my Grandma Lenna Roe had passed away. I was sitting on the couch talking to him on the phone and I kind of just collapsed at the news. I didn't know what to do other than just cry. So I did. I cried hard and long, surrounded by the love of my two incredible best friends Thurgood and Celine.

It was a tender mercy to have both of these dear friends with me when I received the phone call.

Then before I knew what happened the Haugens were there to pick me up and take me to the airport! Goodbyes were quickly uttered and I was in the car on my way to the plane. At that moment I thought, "I can't take all of this at once. I am going to break."

Then I had a beautiful moment on the flight, we were flying above the clouds, I was staring out the window, and the thought was had that I was as close to Grandma Roe as I had been in the past 14 months. I started crying again and the flight attendant came and handed me a tissue. 

I felt her presence as we elevated through the clouds! I loved Grandma Roe so much!

But now I'm here, and we're almost a full week into the transfer! I love Sister Shaw, she has an amazing exuberance for life and she loves this work. I have never met someone so dedicated, or dilligent at Sister Shaw. She's a sweetheart and I am going to learn a lot from her I think. 

The thing that kept coming back to me this week is that WE CAN'T DO THIS ALONE! And we don't have to. Heavenly Father has given us all the resources, we just need to take them. Alma 26:12. Do I fully understand the power of the Atonement? Absolutely not! Am I continually learning more through the experience of applying it? Heavens yes! Will the Atonement of Jesus Christ make all things possible unto us? Yes. 

How merciful, the plan of our Father in Heaven is. He is so aware of us and of the things that we need!

The four of us share an apartment! Sisters Buhler, Shaw, Burns and Roe!

I saw that this weekend when Celine stopped in for church yesterday on her way back to school! What a tender mercy that was, it was so needed, to be able to feel comfortable in the new ward with my best friend beside me. 

Goal for me this transfer? Learn to believe that I am good. Learn to believe that I am worth the love of those around me. Learn to allow myself to feel the pure love of Christ. I can't wait to go to the temple again and feel of the overwhelming peace and love that fills the Lords house. It's so needed in my life. I love you all, miss you all, pray for you all!

Always!!

Søster Roe