Eg e i Stavanger

Hi everyone!
I just moved on Wednesday so it’s been a crazy week. I was heartbroken to leave Skien and my companion, Sister Bailey. We haven’t been getting new missionaries in Norway for so long that they had to take missionaries out of the area. Sister Bailey went to Frederikstad near Oslo and I moved to Stavanger on the west coast.

 Luckily, we were able to meet with most of the members on Monday before we left. I miss them so much already! It was beyond hard to say goodbye to everyone I had grown to love so much. We had in-person church on my last Sunday there, which was actually the first Sunday they had it while I was in Skien. 

It was the first Sunday of the month, so instead of having pre-planned speakers, anyone can go up and give their testimony. Everyone who went up was heartbroken that we were leaving, and we were all crying. It was awful. It was the same when we visited people at their homes. We would walk in and they just started crying. I felt like my heart was being ripped out. Needless to say, I will be coming back to Skien next year when I come to visit.

The last person we went to visit was a grandpa who met with the missionaries before. He always gives us great life advice. He made us his Norwegian waffles that he says are the ‘best in town’ and played us his favorite jazz music, just like the last time we were at his house. It was so so sad to leave.

Stavanger has a really strong dialect, so it’s taking some getting used to. It doesn’t even sound like Norwegian! The title of this update is how you say “I am in Stavanger” in the local dialect. So far, the people I’ve met here have been fantastic!

The missionaries who were here before Sister Wilcox and I were teaching some people, and we just had a lesson with one of them today! It went really well. I will update you all next week when I have a more solid understanding of what’s going on in the area.

photos:

  1. Pulpit Rock- We are going to hike up to it soon. (I didn’t take this picture).
  2. Skien- just down from my apartment.
  3. Sister Bailey- Eating at one of the only fast food burger joints outside of Burger King and McDonalds.
  4. My favorite most frequent meal- salmon, garlic bread, and vegetables.
  5. Flying from Skien to Stavanger
  6. Stavanger
  7. Stavanger (I didn’t take the photo)
  8. Sister Bailey and I
  9. Stavanger (I didn’t take the photo)
  10. Stavanger view outside my apartment (taken by my new companion)