Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 71


The teaching this week was a little bit slower because we had a missionary fireside that we had to plan for and stuff. It was how to missionary. So I wrote some scripts of first How to not missionary and then after that we had a rerun of how to missionary. I know how to missionary isn't correct grammar but that's how you say it in Norwegian so I'm going to go with that. So it was a success and people came, so now that it's over we can get back to it, but there was a super funny teaching experience this week.

So we had knocked on this lady's door earlier in the week and she said that we could come back the next day and talk to her a little bit more. So we thought "awesome, things are rocking and rolling" so we took another youth with us to go teach her. So we arrive at the door and her car is in the driveway and everything so we're thinking "perfect". We see in the window that she had made some Grandiosa and there was a half drunk cup of milk on the table and her dogs were running around (also found out that dogs are not my most favorite animal). So we knock and wait a few seconds and no answer. Maybe she isn't home. NO. She gets up from the couch goes into the kitchen, slices herself a little pizza and sits back not he couch and starts eating. She got up from the couch and saw us!!! Our youth was so confused and just kept knocking on the door but she was not going to get up. Ha ha, dang it so I gave up but it was seriously just so funny because we were all just like "seriously, purposeful ignorance" after being told to come back. Hahahahahahah. #life

We also were able to get back to our try back and teach a little bit, so we got some new investigators! We will see how interested this week, but still awesome to have more opportunities, right????

Well, hope you all have a great week! It was real busy with the fireside so no pics, but some from the Zone conference.

J


Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 70 (aka beginning of snow)

The pride of Norway is Grandiosa pizza, I love it so much - but it doesn't taste like pizza, it's just Grandiosa

This is snow - ha ha


From Mom: This photo was sent to us via text from the man on the right who had served in Norway 27 years ago


So yes, it snowed on Saturday. Hard to believe in the middle of October is when the end is near. Wow, I thought I would get until at least November, but that's ok. Got some new socks from my grandma and things are ready to go.

There is only one ward in Drammen, 6 missionaries in the ward and district.

On Saturday we helped some members with construction. First, it was so cold. I had a bunch of layers on and stuff which kept me warm but wearing Vans in the winter time when it's like -2 excluding wind chill - I had three pairs of socks on and my toes were still cold.

This week was actually pretty good. It was busy, but I can't think of all what happened every day. One cool thing is that we got to teach  little bit on Saturday. After doing some construction work, we took one of the youth with us to try a house we had previously been to where they told us to come back. They weren't home, but we had another potential family in the area and they let us right in and we had a great conversation. It was great and we were able to teach a natural first lesson. It felt like we were just old friends and the points and questions came up naturally instead of sitting them down and being like "okay, this is what we are talking about." We talked about issues and the current world and it all just meshed in so great. We were coming to the close of the lesson and Elder Briggs (who's way good at Norwegian) was talking about Joseph Smith and they were kind of like "ok, cool" but you could tell they were ready to move on with a different topic. But then the youth that we brought with us who is usually quiet, came in with just this awesome testimony about missionary work and preserving and how you can't blame God for everything and for the things that other people do and just happen. The couple we were teaching, just stopped and were blown away and it was way cool to see them just get kind of spiritually hit. Way cool!!! Hoping to get back this week and get them to church.

Other than that, not too much. Working really hard with Norwegian and trying and working with everything I got!!!

Hope you all have the best week!
J

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 69



Wow, almost week 70, time is flying. The transfer is flying by just like the last ones. I feel like once you get into the routine of something it all starts to just blend in. 

One of our investigators from tracting dropped us. That's ok, just how life goes but we do have some miracles from this week. 

A typical Sunday for us starts with waking up at 6:30am and lounging until about 7 because you don't work out on Sundays and then we all get ready for church. We study for an hour and finish getting ready and head to church. We drop off the elders and then go to pick up the sisters and get ready for our first meeting at 10am which is MMK. It's a ward mission meeting, not sure what it's called in english. After that meeting, we have church services, and we are running around talking to people seeing how people are doing, getting updates on their lives, if they need anything and if we can come over and share a spiritual thought with them. Sunday is Game Day. Then after that we have Sunday school which is taught by the missionaries every other week so I think it will be our turn in 2 weeks. Should be fun. After that we boys go to Priesthood which we tend to do to with the Priests (16-17 year olds). Church is over around 2pm and we mingle for a little and after usually go make some food or have an appointment with a member, do some planning and may hit the streets for an hour. Sunday is slow in Norway but we get practical things done and for planning. The ward (congregation) is about 200 active members which is huge. Sometimes we may give a talk if asked, just depends.

We usually carry a couple of Books of Mormon in Norwegian, and we have a pamphlet for the first three lessons and I always hand out mormon.org cards. It has been the most successful for us so far. Usually if people won't take a card they aren't interested in hearing about the gospel, but we got to try!

This week was good. The kids here had school off the week before but on the west side of the country they had it this last week. 

We were knocking on doors and we had a youth with us that we picked up from school and decided to knock in the neighborhood by his school. He was kind of nervous to be close to his school, but it was good. We came to a house and knocked and asked if we could share a message with this lady and she said she really didn't understand, so we asked if english was better and she said, nah French. We all looked at each other and were like "uhhh" and then she ran upstairs and grabbed her husband and he spoke Norwegian and we asked if we could share a message and he said tomorrow. We went back the next day and she was just about to leave so we got another appointment for this week, so we will be going back and hopefully be able to teach her!

That same day we were out with the youth, we were out in that neighborhood and started knocking again and came to a house and we had been asking people where the nearest church was. Just a question to get a conversation going but it was working and a guy was giving us directions and then he was like "wait that isn't your church?" and we were like "yes, we know" and then he said "I've chatted with you guys before." So we naturally asked if we could chat now and he invited us in!! It was so great and we taught an awesome lesson with our youth, who was with us for his first time knocking doors with missionaries. It was an awesome experience and we will also be going back this week! Woohoo!!!!

We had a funny story when me and my comp were knocking doors and a lady answered and cut us off when started introducing ourselves, saying she couldn't believe what we do. She started telling us we were Jehovah Witnesses and we were the devil, and then we explained that we are Mormons, and she said that's worse! She kept saying stuff and we just asked if there was anything we could do for her and she cried telling us we were horrible. Well, there you go. 

All is well here, everyone have a great week!
J

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 67

With my new comp

So this week was General Conference and as missionaries we are stoked because it is kind of a break. It was really nice actually and we got to go to the mission home to watch the Sunday morning session and Sister Hill made some great food. It was good to be in an actual "home" instead of just a place where you eat and sleep. Different feeling.

My new comp is from Utah. Things are good!!! He's getting used to things so I talk a lot! The language is going great. I'm actually still improving which is important. In this mission it is really hard to "master" the language because it is so diverse here and the fact that everyone speaks english. So it is easy for us to plateau, but I am determined not to stop. I gotta keep going, otherwise I won't have it mastered like the missionaries that go to South America and master Spanish. My dad knows what I mean. 

Our investigators are doing well. We were able to teach one this last week and it went well. It is going to take a little bit but things are good. Our other investigator we were not able to meet up just with how things worked out, so I believe this week we will be taking a trip back out and knocking on more doors and stop by to share a lesson. 

Joy is great. Joy comes from the way you choose to feel while doing things, rather than only having joy because of what you're doing. 

We haven't heard Sunday afternoon's conference session yet since we are 9 hours ahead but we will be watching that tomorrow so I will let you know what peaks my ears :)

We were busy this week with practical stuff but that's good nonetheless. 

That's about it, have a great week!

J

I always trip on these stairs so had to get a pic
Last moments before transfer