Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 75



This week has been pretty hectic traveling back and forth with thing to thing to splits to other people. Julitoner was on Saturday and that was an awesome way to kick off Christmas. I forgot how much I actually love Christmas here in Norway. It's just so special. I've realized it's because in the States a lot of people have traditions and stuff and like things they do but there are no set traditions. Whereas, here, there are things that everyone does and the whole country recognizes them. Way cool. The first day of advent was yesterday which means that Christmas has officially started.

We were back and forth in Oslo this week on splits and the Turkey bowl (see pics) and then this week we have new missionary training which means we will be taking another trip to Oslo tomorrow and Wednesday. Lots of back and forth but it is nice that I know the city pretty well and can navigate just fine. Oh what a beautiful city it is.

Christmas is in full swing but not too much we are in charge of just yet. We will have our Christmas conference next week so this week we are just busy doing normal missionary stuff. We have some appointments and some time to find, so good things should come to pass. Unfortunately our investigators did not come to the Christmas concert we had on Saturday.

One thing that was awesome this week tho!! We were talking with a guy on the street and it was really good and I felt really confident about it, but he wasn't interested. It was kind of sad, but the thing that was awesome was that when we were saying goodbye and he was shaking my hand he had this weird look on his face and was like "where in Norway are you from? Wait are you from Norway?" YESSSSS I finally did it! Someone got me confused for a Norwegian!! Even though its was maybe for just a brief second. Wow, it felt good. 

I missed everyone on Thanksgiving but we did have Thanksgiving with some Americans and it felt just a little more like home. Thankful for everything and everyone. Have an awesome week!

J

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 74




Well, the darkness is ok, but a tough one. Last night we were at an appointment and on the way home I was falling asleep (not really but yano) because it was pitch black outside and I look at the clock and it's only 4:30pm! Are you kidding me??? I forget just how dark it does get, just got to make use of the light time.

Today we are going to do a turkey bowl with the two zones in the Oslo fjord. Should be around 40 people so it should be good. Going to see a lot of old comps and other good friends we don't usually get to see :) Don't worry I won't go too hard. I was at the one last year so I know what needs to be done to win. LOL

Thanksgiving is this week and it is so weird because we don't even think twice about it. It's kind of hard being in another country but around Americans so we know, but not quite. It gets hard in the holiday season when everyone is with their family and that's really all I care about too, but I know it's worth it and if I keep going it will, not only come to an end, but that I will be satisfied with what I have put in. 

So there's a big Christmas push on service. As missionaries we get to see it a little earlier but we do put in a little more time :) It is awesome and we are totally gearing up for it!! Do some service, dang it!! #lighttheworld  We have been doing a ton and I even sliced my finger open tearing up some floors. Don't worry everything is fine, if anything it has taught me how and how not to fix a house.

I'm so thankful for my family and friends. It really means a lot with the holiday season - sending my love from Norway. And hey everyone - find someone for the missionaries to teach!!! Even if they have triple the investigators we do, they need more! Love ya'll and be cool. 

J

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 73



We got a text from the mission president the morning after the election to let us know the outcome - but we really aren't supposed to talk about it. Everyone here gets hyped up for it - as someone told us a couple of months ago "We are so into it because American politics is world politics."

Training is going awesome - he is such a stud it's basically not even training - but we are having a good time for sure.

So we got a greenie (a missionary in his first area) in the apartment  - so our landlord puts out the American flag whenever someone new comes. 

It isn't quite Christmas but in Norway they like to start early. It's the greatest time of the year - especially because of the darkness and snow. 

This week was good, we were able to meet up with two of our investigators who will probably be coming to the Christmas concert in a week so that could be an awesome experience!!! 

Zone conference will be the first week in December I believe and we'll have new missionary training just before that so it should be a packed month especially since this transfer is cut a week short to not have them right before Christmas.

Everything is good, don't worry about the cold too much I'm wearing a turtleneck right now on Pday and so I'm set. Have a good week.

J


Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 72 (the real snow)


So I guess the real story and news for this week was the snow. Yes, so much right now and as I write this it is -10 C and the snow is becoming ice. I'm saying we got a meter of snow because that is how much it looks like and feels like. It's insane. So naturally as missionaries when you don't have cell phones to stare at when you're inside - you go outside. And for the first time I built a legit large snowman. And you know I love the quote "anything worth doing is worth overdoing" so we built a large snowman and I mean 8 feet tall.  Because of the down pour there wasn't too much to do when it came to knocking doors or talking to people on the street so instead we got the shovels and helped some people shoveling snow. Wow, that was a ton of snow. Like 5 hours worth of shoveling. The bad part in all of this is the road. The roads are not plowed really until the snow is done so it took like two  days, so unfortunately our winter tires couldn't take that and got shredded. Nothing dangerous, just annoying, so we don't have a car now.  Hopefully we can get it back soon in order to be rolling again instead of taking 2 hours to get everywhere. Never realize how much you appreciate it until it's gone, right?

We are taking the bus and walking in this is not always the most fun, but that's what being a missionary in Norway is sometimes about. The snow was awesome, though.

We actually have quite a few youth in our ward I would say probably around 20 that are between the ages of 12-18 which is awesome. That's just for the boys.

Well, that's it - all you in So Cal enjoy the winter and by winter I mean everyone pulling out their beanies, sweaters and scarves when it's only 55 F.

Ha det! (that means see ya in Norwegian, basically fluent)

J