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 visiting…

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…

More Service

Hi everyone! This is my update from last week that I didn't have the chance to post. This week we worked in 4 different people's gardens. I have an awful tan line where my gardening gloves end! It's been good to get to know people in the community. All of the people we did service for were either not members of the church or just one spouse was a member. The most exciting thing that…

Lots of food!

Hi all! This past week we've done a lot of service again. We directed traffic at a free produce event, weeded someone's yard, and painted a playground for Parks and Recreation. That was a lot of fun, I love painting things! We've also been making a lot of good food! Lately we've made miso chicken, samosas, aloo gobi, homemade bread, and enchiladas. We got hot dogs with barbeque beans, bacon, and little fries on them a…

New Companion!

Hi everyone! Last week, we played volleyball with the Elders in our district, so I had no time to write emails. Long story short: I am not good at volleyball and this time was no exception. The most exciting thing that has happened in the last couple weeks is that we got a new companion last Wednesday! It's Sister Campbell, a.k.a Sarah Campbell, one of my friends from high school! She reached out to me…