Jord's Adventures in Norway

Jord's Adventures in Norway

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I'm on a BOAT! and..... 8 MONTHS!!! WHAT!?!?

I hit my 8 month mark this week!! What!!! Where has the time gone!!?? I can't believe next month is my halfway!! So crazy!!
Highlight of the week!!!
We got to go on a boat!! Elder Dalton has been dying to go on this Fjord Cruise so we all went! It toured around the Fjord and Bergen and oh my goodness it was unbelievable!! Pictures do not do it justice! Actually pictures never do Norway justice!! It was incredible!! It was very windy, but the sun was shining and that was a miracle!

Søster J and I went to visit this cute couple, Frank and Maybritts. They are so sweet and so funny! They are hoping to get married in the temple in the fall, so we are helping them prepare and get ready for that! They live kinda far away, but it is a beautiful ride to get there! However on the way home there were no buses going back to the city for 4 hours, so we luckily found a train we could get on! Søster J and I get on the train, hand them our cards to pay and they were rejected!! Apparently they don't take debit and the cards we have been given are debit!! Luckily my wonderful parents had given me a credit card for emergencies!! This was an emergency so we paid with that and were not kicked off the train in the middle of nowhere! Hallelujah!! After that we had dinner with the other missionaries so that was a grand ole time! hahaha Søster Muren thought it would be funny to put the left over veggies in Søster J's bed...... Yeah I have learned NEVER to mess with her!

On Sunday some reporters came to church and interviewed us and wanted to know more about missionaries, what we do, etc.. So that was fun! Sunday was also Testimony meeting and it was really cool to see the reporter’s reactions and how I could tell that they felt the Spirit! The ward is way big here, but for the first time when I got up to bear my testimony I was calm! It was the coolest thing! Usually I am terrified, don't get me wrong I still was, but this time it was different. I love the church and this gospel! I am so grateful for my savior Jesus Christ and all he has done for me personally! I am so grateful to know that I am a daughter of God and that He knows me personally! The church is true everyone!!

Søster J and I met with 2 awesome guys this week! One has heard about the church before and is super nice and open to meeting with us (jan olav)! The other already had a Book of Mormon and he is really positive and loves meeting with us! Hopefully he will come to church with us this Sunday! He is very open and loves learning (trulls)!

Friday was a sunny day filled with lots and lots of service. We started out pretty early and went over to this old lady's house. She's moving like.. 3 doors down in her apartment complex, so luckily we didn't have to move her stuff very far and it was inside! We lucked out! It was fun, especially since she let us use her extra wheelchairs to carry things and of course each other! So after that we went out to eat pizza at Pepe's. It was so yummy! After that we hopped on a bus and went to visit a lady in the ward, Tricia with the elders! I may or may not have gotten us lost along the way haha but we got some good exercise! We helped her clean up her yard than she BBQ'd for us! She was so sweet and it was a lot of fun!! hahaha her little girl had some friends over and they cornered me, Søster J, Elder Dalton, and Elder Rial in a corner with water guns! That was a sight! We were literally huddled in a corner, scared for our lives!! hahah 20 and 19 year old's were terrified of three 10 year old girls.
Jordan's Tidbits:
- Groceries..... It is funny because no one really drives here; they all take public transportation or walk. So when we go grocery shopping we walk with all of our groceries! It will be so weird to drive with them when I am back in Amerika!

-Russ!! Where to begin.... Russ is a thing that the “seniors” here do, but schooling here is different and they are 19 when they are done with school and school here isn't like America. Russ is basically where they can party and go crazy and do whatever they want and it is beginning now!! They do all sorts of crazy things to get pins and wear these red overalls every day all day till the 17th of Mai which is Norway Day!! It is really big around here! Let me say I have never been more scared of Russ kids before in my life because they have pins they can get that involve doing things to missionaries.... Hopefully I don't have to be a part of that!
-Cobblestones!!!! The cobblestones and I are bittersweet friends... I love them and think they are so pretty! But... They make me trip and fall ALL the time!! Søster J acts like she doesn't know me when that happens...

- I saw Meet the Mormons for the first time!! I encourage everyone to watch it!! It is so great!!

- Norwegians love wearing New York Yankee ball caps, but they have no interest in the baseball team itself......

- The Bunad's are coming out!! Norwegians have these traditional beautiful outfits they wear on special occasions and on the 17th of Mai!! People are beginning to wear them in the city!! I am so excited to see them all in a couple of weeks!
- American bad words (cuss words) are not the same in Norway.... hahaha so it is very weird and I am still not used to hearing Norwegians drop words that are considered cuss words in America like it is a normal everyday word!

- In the words of Søster J “TIME FLIES. Whether you're having fun or not. It's insane. I was just in the MTC last week, right?!”

***Moves calls are on sunday!! I hope I am staying in Bergen!!!*** I cannot believe I have already been here for 6 weeks!! No way!!

MOTHER'S DAY IS THIS WEEK and to a missionary that is a very special day because...... I GET TO SKYPE HOME!!!! I AM SO EXCITED I CAN'T WAIT!!!!
Åndelig Tanker:
*When in doubt, confusion, hard times, good times, etc... Inquire of the Lord!! Talk to Him and tell Him and ask Him about what is on your mind! *Ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments and surely these things shall be made known unto you!** (1 Nephi)

**You don't always have to pray when things are rough or bad, you can pray and just talk to Him when things are going good!

Ha en fin uke!! Glad I dere!!!
Søster Peterson

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