Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

(The Northern Lights in Tromsø)

I made it through the transfer and am not leaving. 

Thanks for the prayers, they mean a lot. That's mostly what we do all day because that's what you can do 217 miles above the Arctic Circle. It finally stopped raining on Thursday after two weeks straight. The rainiest country in the world for sure. I believe it. But, it finally did stop raining and when it did we SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. They were insane. They were green and white and they were dancing. We had to run down to the docks to get away from the light pollution but they were absolutely instance. It was so cool. Really out of this world. For sure crossed that off the bucket list.

We also had a sweet Catholic Phillipino lady take us to the Polaria museum and we learned all about the Northern Lights and Svalbard. Svalbard is the island on the way north of the map by the North Pole. We actually have a family, from Chile, who now lives there and skypes into church with us. 

We haven't been up to that much besides talking to people and getting rejected. My Norwegian is getting a lot better and I can understand the fisherman now. I would say he's probably my best friend and I might be his. He talks about stuff and I listen, pretty much best friendship.

I will be here for six more weeks and we are going to a members house who lives two hours away, on Thursday. Loves always,
Eldste Hoopes

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7, 2015

(No photos this week, so he suggested a baby pic. Done.)

Transfers are next week and we'll see if I get transferred since there are 14 new elders coming in so stay updated. I would move next week.

I wish I had more things to update with but nothing really happening and that's probably what being a missionary would be like in Laguna Niguel if Laguna Niguel was a bunch of grumpy Norwegian ladies. But sånn er det.

It hasn't stopped raining in Tromsø for two weeks and that is kind of weird because it hasn't started raining in Southern California for as long as I've been alive. A nice change of pace, but at the same time it is cold and it's only September. It gets to like 3-5 Celsius in the night and early morning. But just because it hasn't stopped raining doesn't mean we stop. We pushed the fisherman to church in the rain, on the way there it was just mist but on the way back you know it was raining. A lot of time here is mostly just fellowshipping and talking to our few members, it's fun but only so much you can do.

My norsk is getting a little better and I work on it every day, I'm always asking Eldste Gingrich for tips.

Our one investigator got dropped before we could even meet with him. 

We bought a flood light last week so we don't have to study in the dark anymore, so that's good.

We eat these things called kebabs that are so good! They're a street food that not too good on your stomach but they taste sooooooo good. Every missionary in Norway knows about them, but other than that we make our own meals. And we eat lots of ice cream called Softis. Oh Norwegian ice cream and chocolate is the best. I think it's because their cows aren't genetically engineered.

Love ya have a good one.

Eldste Hoopes