My Companion is Leaving!

Sister Benedict is going to Oslo on Wednesday, which is really sad! But it's only a 15 minute train ride to Oslo, so that's nice. She's going to be a Sister Training Leader, so she will spend a day with each female missionary companionship in the area every six weeks. That means I will definitely see her at least once, and probably more, because we are working on a video together. My new companion will…

I’m Learning So Much!

Hi everyone!  It's been crazy lately, as usual! My Spanish came in handy again this week when we met with a member of the church who has not come to meetings for several years. I was able to read scriptures in Spanish and help clarify a couple things she didn't understand in Norwegian. I think it's wonderful how God can use all of our talents for the good of others. I never thought I would…

You Are the Pumpkin (In My Eye)

It's been a great week. We've been meeting a lot with a new member of the church and helping her get ready for her wedding, and this week she and her son and a different son's ex-girlfriend came to church!! It was so great. She's a lovely person and she wants to come to church more often. When we saw her at church she looked so happy and radiant. Definitely the highlight of my week.…

I Definitely Can’t Speak Russian

Hi everyone! It's been a super productive week! Yesterday we went to an activity with the young adults in the area and it was a lot of fun! We got to know the woman that the Elders have been teaching. She is really nice. We also got to know some of the new younger ward members; they are great people! A big highlight of our week is that yesterday, when we were driving back from…

Talking and Singing in Church

It's been another crazy week. This Sunday I gave my first talk in church in Norwegian! It was nerve-wracking, but it went well. Then I sang O Divine Redeemer in the same meeting, which was a lot MORE nerve-wracking, but it also went well. All the old ladies were crying, which was so sweet. A lot of them knew the song already and really loved it. It really is a beautiful and moving pieces. The…

Piano Guys and Food Cravings

Hi everyone! I missed doing an email last week. They take a long time to write and we don't have a lot of time here! So much has happened. We had zone conference the week before last and it was absolutely fantastic! Sister Benedict and I gave a presentation in Norwegian and it actually went really well! Norwegian is a beautiful language. I make a lot of mistakes still but I can usually say what…

What a week!

It's been crazy here in Lillestrøm the last week! The other day we had lunch with a ward member who lives in a tiny cabin with no electricity or running water. I was a little nervous about drinking the water he had because it was in a plastic jug and I could tell it wasn't fresh. But all the other missionaries who had been there before were drinking it and I was really thirsty! So…

Almost Out of Quarantine

Tomorrow I will be done with quarantine in Norway! They require all people coming from the United States to stay mostly in their apartments for 10 days. We were able to go on walks and go grocery shopping though, so it hasn't been bad. I'm just excited to finally get to know the people here in person. We have to use Norwegian when we are out of the apartment, when we teach lessons, and we…

Jeg er i Norge!

I made it to Norway! This is the fourth day I have been here; I still can't believe it. I flew from Grand Forks to Minneapolis, then to New York, then to Amsterdam before finally flying to Oslo. I'm living in Lillestrøm, which is just a 15 minute train ride from Oslo, Norway's capital. It is so beautiful here. The church in neighboring Romerike is the biggest in Norway and it's absolutely beautiful. My companion…

I’m Going to Norway!

It has been a CRAZY week. It feels that way every week but it is especially true this time. On Wednesday my mission president called while we were in the middle of a lesson. Sister Campbell set her phone aside, but when she picked it up a few minutes later to pull up the scriptures, she saw a text that said, "Sister Whoolery, will you call me about your assignment to Norway?" My heart started…