Monday, September 29, 2014

A Journey in Progress

Kjære alle sammen!                                                                                                   Sept 29, 2014

You guys! Did you notice that this week means that it's OCTOBER!? Seriously? Goodness! This concept of time is ridiculous! It throws me off big time! 

Can you believe that it's time for General Conference again?! I love General Conference! But I seriously feel like just last week I was in Stavanger watching the last session of conference with Sister Thurgood, Elders Taylor, Hall, Tate, Nash, Lane, and Hill! This life! 

But I'm stoked! I love conference and I am so ready for another one! 

This past weekend was crazy! Charles got the priesthood, and let me just tell you he is so happy! Before he would have days that he was really happy and he would have days where he was really depressed. But now he's just happy all the time! Every time I see him he is grinning! And he's so much more comfortable around others! I love it! 

Also, just a fun fact, as a district we have started doing morning workouts all together! haha It's interesting, that's for sure! We do crossfit everyday except for Wednesday, which is our rest day. So what do we do on that day? YOGA! But where do we do yoga?? In the cemetery at Nidaros! hahahaha!! It was so funny I had to take my camera along! I love this district! We have way too much fun!
Yoga in Nidaros cemetary! Fun stuff!

This weekend we also had another baptism. She's from a neighboring town, Kristiansund, her and the Elders that are out there came in for the baptism this weekend and it was so good! Her story is amazing! She had lived away from Kristiansund for a couple years and was having a really hard time and was searching for some help. She moved back to Kristiansund and was walking down the street when she saw a card sitting on an electrical box. She saw that it was a picture of Christ, so she picked it up and put it in her purse, taking it as a sign of comfort and recognition from God. 

She was going to a store but she felt like she should cross the street and keep walking. She did and then she ran into the Elders. They started talking to her and the elders asked her in she believed in Christ. She said yes, and mentioned that she had actually just found a card with a picture of Christ on it, and she pulled it out of her bag to show them. 
Nidaros in morning!

The elders were surprised and said, "We put that card there yesterday. Something we've never done before. But we put it there cause we felt that someone that needed it would pick it up."

She invited them to come teach her. She was baptized on Saturday, confirmed on Sunday, and called as a ward missionary on Sunday as well. Kristiansund is technically a part of our ward but they live forever away so they have their own meetings. Goal: get their own branch out there. 

Yeah that was a cool meeting! 

I've been reviewing conferences the past couple days in prep for this weekend and today the talk I read was the talk from President Uchtdorf in the April 2013 conference, actually the general young womens broadcast. The one right before I left for the mission. But yeah, it was so good! He talked about how we are all on our own personal journey back to our Heavenly Father.
I like to look for Rainbows!

I thought a lot about that and compared it to myself and the people that I met this week. We are all on the same journey, but we all take such different paths! We all have challenges and things that are unique to us, individually, but at the same time we can all help each other on this path. God has shown us the patterns of happiness, He has helped us to see that certain things bring joy, and others bring sorrow. There are tools, nemlig, the gospel and scriptures, the temple and ordinances, that help us to feel of Gods love and come closer to our destined path. He has taught us that the family is the central learning place and the best opportunities are grown in righteous homes. We can help those around us, as we live our lives as prescribed by God and strive to become who He would have us be, because they will recognize the spark of joy and the glimmer of eternity in our countenances. They will want that in their own lives and then we can help them to find it. The gospel is the key to true and lasting happiness. We just need to live it to see. 

I am so thankful for my journey. The adventures that I am having along the way that teach me and help me to learn and grow. I love my life. I am thankful for the many teachers, friends, examples, and influences in my life that have helped me to recognize the good that life has for us. 

I love you all! Miss you all! Pray for you all! 

Have a great week and a wonderful conference! #tunein

Søster Roe 

1) Yoga! The district plus the stl's på besøk from Bergen
2) rainbow in Melhus! :)
3) Nidaros in the morning!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Learning to trust in the Lord's Timing

Kjære Søsken!                                                                                                    Sept 22, 2014

What's up folks? Goodness this past week was just a whole lot of crazy and hectic and wonderful! I love this life! Did you know that? Okay, I'll tell you again, I LOVE THIS LIFE!!!!

We are so incredibly blessed as children of God to be able to be here to live, to learn, to grow, to develop, and to become the people that He would have us be! What a blessing this life is! 

Dandelions blowing in the wind

This week seemed to fly by, not giving me enough time to do everything that I needed to do. But I was able to accomplish the most important things and that is what matters most, right? 

Well, let me tell you a funny story real quick before I move on to the more spiritual part today. We were going out to contact one day, finally having a break between appointments that was long enough and as we went to walk out the door Sister Robbins and I looked at each other and said, "Let's go teach someone."

And off we went, crossing the bridge and heading into town looking for someone to teach. Well we found her, and what a blessing that was. She was/is so curious about the church and the gospel and it's kind of making my life. She was asking us some wonderful questions and then she said, "Lets find a place to sit down." So we started looking for a place to sit. Then she says, pointing to a building, "How about on those steps?" We say sure! Then as we walk towards the building we read the sign above the door. It was the local Baptist Church building..........well we couldn't really tell her no now. So we sat on the front steps of the Baptist Church and taught her a lesson. 
The 4 roomies at The Fort!

But wait, the day got better. 

We then were continuing on our way contacting, when we came to a cross street. There was a man coming across, towards us, and the sun was right in our eyes making it so that we couldn't quite see him clearly. Sister Robbins stopped him and as we turned to that we could see him we saw that he was actually a catholic priest, all dressed up, and ready to go. 

Keep in mind, this series of events happened within 8 minutes of itself. 

The last thing that happened was that we stopped a guy, introduced the church and asked him if he had ever heard of it before. He looked as Sister Robbins' name tag and said "Sister Robbins' church?"

She, just said "yeah!" And we kept talking to him! It was so funny though! As he walked away, leaving us with his number, we realized the strange series of events that had just occurred! Oh my goodness what a day that was. We decided that we should probably just head to our next appointment.
visiting the fort!

But the amazing thing from this week, was definitely Charles. 

Charles is someone that we have been teaching since just before I came to Trondheim, and when I first got here they were thinking about dropping him as an investigator. He had a baptismal date with me and Sister Robbins before that we felt very strongly about, but that he kept insisting wasn't the right timing. As that date slipped by we were a little frustrated and slightly discouraged. Especially because statistically that situation doesn't usually work out.

But two weeks ago, Charles got a new roommate. Someone from his home, that understood where he was coming from, and who is very supportive of Charles. He came to church with Charles and at a lesson with Charles, in which we needed to be able to solidify his baptismal date so that we could really get the ward moving with it, he was so supportive and encouraging. He kept saying, "Charles you are going to have an amazing day." And "Charles you can do this, and you don't need to worry about falling away, I will help you."

This lesson taught me that Gods timing is perfect. Now obviously I have had these lessons (specifically this one) taught to me a billion times over the past 17 months, but here it was taught to me again. 
Charles' Baptism!


Sometimes I am sure God probably puts His hand to His forehead and says, "Sister Roe?! How many times do I have to teach you this? I know what I'm doing."

Thanks to God's impeccable timing, everything worked out exactly how it was supposed to. God loves His children. And this weekend as Charles entered into the covenant of Baptism with The Father, I felt confirmed to my soul once again that God loves me, and Charles, and everyone else in that room that has entered into covenants with Him, as well as the reminder to always remain faithful to those covenants.

I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father allowed me to be a part of the learning experience with Charles. I am so blessed!

Today I took about a million pictures I think. We had pday at the fort in the city last week with a member, and this week a different member took us on a tour all around the outer deler av byen. Det va fantastiske!

I hope that you all have a fantastic week! I will be sure to do my best to have as many wonderful adventures in Norway as possible this week, and will be sure to report back to you next week!

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

Søster Roe

1) Dandelions blowing in the wind, with the river and Nidaros in the background. :) I had way too much fun with my camera this week!
2) Us 4 sisters at the fort.
3) Charles baptism!!!!! 
4) Me on top of a mountain overlooking the fjord and greier
5) Today we spised reindeer with bacon and mushrooms and potatoes and veggies. Deilig!!!!!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aurora Borealis!!!

Eg vetkje kor eg sku begynne.

This has been quite the week folkens! It was one of those weeks that felt like it was 3  weeks worth of time thrown into one week, but not in a bad way...just in a very long way. 

We had a great weekend though! But lets start, as per usual, at the beginning! :) Last pday we were so exhausted that after getting the things that we needed from the grocery store we literally crashed for the day. I napped off and on and wrote in my journal. But mostly we just chilled. 
Trondheim Fjord

I am really happy for this transfer now, it's in the swing of things, I love the household, once again, and life is good. Sister Hunt is a hilarious new addition to the household and she is an amazing woman! She has gone through a lot of crap, but I have never seen someone so optimistic and so aware of what they want out of life! She's a fantastic example to me! 

On Tuesday there was a Europe Womens Broadcast that we watched, it was so good! Among the speakers were, Elder Texaira, Elder and Sister Hallstrom, Sister Kearon, Elder Bednar, and Elder Ballard. It was so good! 

I loved what Sister Kearon taught, she shared an analogy of when we're making a bed and we leave the hard to reach corner for last, but if we do the hard corner first then the rest of it is a piece of cake. She kept reminding us to "Do the hardest corner first."

It made me think of the plaque that my mom sent me for the mission that says "I can do hard things." First, how important it is to know that, and second, not only can I do hard things, but sometimes I have to do the hard things! 

We are so lucky to have such great leaders, at every point in our lives, to help guide us through life. 
Down by the river

Then on Friday we got a text about the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights that night...we weren't sure if we would actually be able to see them cause of the city lights and because they wouldn't peak until sometime between 2200 and 2400, well after we had to be in our apartment in the middle of the city lights. But guess what people. At 2155 if anyone walking on the street below would have looked up, it would have been to see 4 sister missionaries hanging out the window looking northward to see the beautiful northern lights being painted through the sky. I never thought that I would actually get to see them, especially at the end of my mission now. But I was so happy!!!!!!! It was awesome! #legit #missioninnorway (Tell Ron!)

Then Saturday was super good, as we were able to begin teaching a boy in the ward to help him prepare for baptism, and he has an amazing family! Love them so much! We are so blessed here! Seriously! 
A postcard capturing (sort of...doesn't do it justice) the Northern Lights

Now this week we're going to go crazy trying to get everything ready for a baptism (praying that it goes through) as well as having zlt, interviews with Pres, and burnimonies...yeah this is going to be quite the week. Bring it on!

I can't believe how fast/slow time goes simultaneously! Skilled thing, time.

Well, until next week folks! Love you all! Miss you all! Praying for you all!

Søster Roe

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Unforgettable Experience

Hello again! :)                                                                                                      Sept 8, 2014

Well people! I am tired! Haha, that was the most exhausting, exhilarating, fantastic, frustrating, uplifting weekend of my mission......other than Conference weekends...I love those too. Haha It's a tie. But really it was amazing!

We had the sisters conference all day on Saturday at the mission home and it was so great to be with all of the sisters! We had some great workshops about confidence, time management/obedience, and språk. It was so fun! It was amazing to be with everyone! Especially my sisters from the mtc! We talked a lot about our missions, "the good ol' days", and the future! I am constantly amazed at the caliber of women that I have been blessed to work with and serve around! I learn so much from each and every one of them!! It was so weird to hug them goodbye and hear or say, "Hey! See you in 5!"

The 17 miracles :) That's what the elder's have dubbed us as!

Seriously, that's going to fly by! 

But yeah. I loved it! We were so blessed to be able to stay in the mission home for three nights with some of the sisters! And we had a great time! :) 

We talked a lot about the impact our missions will make on the rest of our lives and our children's lives. This is only the beginning of the lessons that I need to learn in this life but I am so excited to continue learning, and hopefully be where I'm needed when it comes to jump starting my life in the right direction!
Our entire mission

Especially when we were talking about confidence I couldn't help but think of the quote that I have heard that says;
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."Marianne Williamson
Reading the good word!

How true is that? I mean how often do we cut ourselves down, as women especially, because we are convinced that we cannot possibly be good at something.

Then Sister Pitts pointed out that in Ether 12:27 it says, "...I give unto men their WEAKNESS..." Note weakness. Not weaknesses. Yes we have weakness, but it is because of our mortality that we are weak, all of our other characteristics are a part of our eternal identity and can be molded and used to better ourselves, and those around us. We should not limit ourselves.
Flying back into Trondheim this morning...beautiful

Then the Bednar conference. I don't need to tell you that it was amazing. I think you already know that! Haha But really it was so good!

At the stake conference he taught two groups of people. Those who are not members, and those who are. I loved it! He taught with clarity and consistency. It was simple and direct. 

He taught that we, as members, have the responsibility to just be ourselves. We are a peculiar people! We are weird! He told us, "Just be weird! And then when people ask you why you're weird, tell them!" 

We are believers of Christ. We keep the commandments and that is all that is needed to invite people to learn more about the gospel! To be ourselves, and live our religion!

I just have to share one thing that he told to missionaries later in our three hour training with him. We were doing a question/answer session with him and we were talking about teaching by the spirit. 

He was talking about how we just have to jump in, go for it, and trust the spirit will give to us, "that portion which is meted to every man."

Then he said, "Do you think Peter knew how to walk on the water before he jumped out of the boat? Absolutely not. But he had to jump."

I loved that! We all come to moments that we say to ourselves, "I can't do that because I don't know how it's going to turn out, or how I would accomplish that in the first place!" 

WHO CARES!? Just do it! If you are on the path of the Lord, and you have studied, and you have faith in the Lord and Gods plan then everything will work out exactly how God wants it too. So jump in. Do the things He asks, and trust that He is in charge. 

We are so blessed. So very blessed! It was amazing to be with all of the missionaries! And to be able to actually say goodbye to so many that I didn't think I would see again before I went home. This is the most amazing opportunity, and it is the kind of experience that changes you forever.

I love you all! I miss you all! I pray for you all!


Søster Roe!


1) lunsj on the fjord this week
2) språk study by the river :)
3) 17 sisters!
4) MTC group re-united
5) flying into Trondheim this morning! Gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Elder Bednar is COMING!!! SO STOKED!

Sept 1, 2014

Bare sånn dåkker vet, I'M DYING IN TRONDHEIM!!!!(This is mission lingo for finishing one's mission out in a particular area)

Yep. Yesterday was moves call and I found out that my last area on the mish will be Trondheim! Ahh! I cannot believe that I am actually in my last transfer, did I ever believe that this moment would actually come? NO! Bahh!! Anyways. Yep. That's how it is. :) 

Sister Robbins and I are staying together! I am stoked! I love this girl! She is so funny and I couldn't wish for a better last companion! Seriously though! 
Seasons are changing here...this is one confused tree!

So last Monday....Yep. That feels like an eternity ago....

We ate reindeer!! Haha It was not the first time I'd had it, but it was pretty good. It was super chill. We had dinner with Elder Christiansen and his family which was awesome! We just had a discussion about missionary work, and especially how we can help members to do missionary work! It was so good! They were all super laid back as they shared their stories of how they had shared the gospel with their friends and neighbors over the years. It was great!! 

This week is going to be nuts!!!! We leave Friday night for Oslo, we will be in Oslo until Monday morning! NUTS! But I'm stoked! We are having an all day sisters conference in Oslo on Saturday, which will be AMAZING to get all of the sisters together! I am so excited to see everyone! :) And then on Sunday we are going to Stake conference in Oslo with ALL OF THE MISSION!!!! And I am so excited to see members from each of my areas! Tender mercy! And then after the stake conference Elder Bednar is going to be doing a special 3 hour training with the missionaries! Dude, this is gonna be tight! Stoked out of my mind! I love Bednar firesides! It is going to be a week of being spiritually pumped! Bring it on!
District planning :)

This past week I saw one thing that happened over and over again. Whenever we go out on the street we are there for two reasons. 1) To teach and invite others to learn about the gospel. and 2) To be taught by the spirit. 

So many times on my mission I go out on the street thinking, "Alright, I'm here and I'm ready, and I deserve to be able to see some success from my work. So lets see it." And then Heavenly Father says, "Yeah, Sister Roe, you are ready and you can and will see success, but it may not come how you think it should."

All too often I get frustrated as we have great discussions with people, and spirit is felt, and testimony is borne, and then they still say no. But that does not allow me to get frustrated. I am the one being tested and taught so many times about the importance of patience, the importance of unconditional love, the importance of optimism. 
Restoration Restaurant where Elder Christianson took us for dinner!

We had one of those nights last night. Everyone that we talked to said no! Even though we had some really amazing chats and the spirit was so strong at times, they still said no. At one corner we stopped to pray, and I felt the gentle reminder to remain calm and optimistic. The next door we knocked on the lady said that she had, had so many missionaries that had knocked on her door and the answer was still no. Then we offered her some service. AUTOMATICALLY her countenance changed. Her heart seemed to soften right then as she said, "You know, that's really something I will consider. I could actually use some help. Can I call you after I think about it?"

No she wasn't converted to the gospel. No she didn't suddenly want us to come teach her and all of her friends and neighbors, but suddenly it seemed like she saw us for who we are. People. Two human beings that love people and just want to help them have a better and happier life. That made all the difference for me that night. I was so much happier knowing that I might be able to help someone, somehow. 

There is a quote from Ralph Parlette;

"Strength and struggle go together. The supreme reward of struggle is strength. Life is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome. The pursuit of easy things makes things weak. Do not equip yourselves with superior power and hope to escape the responsibility and work. It cannot be done. It is following the lines of least resistance that make rivers and men crooked."

This is why missions are so humbling. We have to be humble to assist in the work. So that one day, we too can say, as President Packer has said, "I know the Lord. I am His witness."

I love the Lord. I love my mission. I love the trials and blessings I have seen and experienced. Life is so good! 

I love you all! I miss you all! I'm praying for you all! 

Søster Roe