It has been a wild week!

A few days ago we went to Oslo to get some supplies for a video we were going to film. I had to drive right into the very center of Oslo during rush hour, and let me tell you, it was not fun. At one point I was stopped at a red light and a tram came up, stopped about a foot behind me, and started flashing its lights aggressively at me! I didn't know…

Merry Christmas!

This week, one of our good friends (that we have been teaching) got baptized! It was really exciting! She is amazing and I'm excited to see all the great things that she will continue to do in her life.  The day before the baptism, we went to the church and cleaned the font for a few hours because it was completely full of spiders. One of the elders said, "Oh wow, we have spiders in the…

Our First Blizzard!

Last night (Monday), I went to sleep around midnight! As a missionary, that basically never happens. My companion, Sister Deere, and I went caroling with the Elders and two of our friends (Celine and Maria) to people in our congregation. It was snowing really hard outside. As we were getting ready to head home, our friend Celine got a call from her friend who had slid something like 100 feet off the road. He needed…

My Third Companion in Norway

Hi everyone!It's been an interesting couple weeks! Last week I had three companions in one week, which was fun but super crazy. I said goodbye to Sister Benedict, which was super sad! I love her so much. She's serving in Oslo now, which is really close to Lillestrøm. I picked up Sister Gillam and we were companions for 3 days. It was so fun to get to know her a little bit! We have a lot…

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…