We delivered cookies we frosted and decorated at FHE to people in the ward. Søster Allen and I teamed up with Maria and I LOVE HER!! She is so fun and cute!!
So we went to visit bestamor and bestafar and ended up only visiting bestafar which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. So Sister Allen and I go to visit Magnus (bestafar) and we walk in and can hear someone yelling and we soon realize that it is Magnus yelling. We quickly go to his room and he is yelling and not really making sense and there are no nurses anywhere!! He kept yelling and it was so sad. So we went to find a nurse and literally there was none anywhere so we rang Magnus's alarm thing and still no one came! So we finally went and found a nurse and she helped him and the whole time he kept saying how he was going to see his Heavenly Father and he needed dang water to drink before he went and things like that. It was so sad!! Sister Allen and I were tearing up. We prayed with him and he wanted us to sing like always. I honestly thought he was going to die right there in front of us. I told him we would come back later that week and he said hopefully he wasn't in the ground and I looked at him straight in the eyes and told him that he wouldn't be. Elder Dalton jokes that I am what is keeping him here still because I refuse to let him think he is dying. So that experience definitely shook Sister Allen and I up.
We had a Zone Christmas conference!!! I got to see Søster Wadley and Bender!! That was way exciting! The conference was awesome!! We had a talent show and Sister Allen and I sang The First Noel and then our district sang “Let it Go” from Frozen in Norwegian and it was a hit!! President and Sister Hill loved it and were dying in the back!! Everyone else's talents were way awesome too! We also did a secret Santa and mine gave me a Justin Bieber bed cover!! Seriously I almost started to cry.... It was the best present ever! President and Sister Hill did a way awesome fireside and the Zone Leaders did an awesome spiritual part and showed the Mormon message Mountains to Climb. Everyone was in tears!! If you haven't seen that, you need to see it!!
Majken and Aaron had all the missionaries over for hot dogs so that was way nice and koselig.
We visited Elin and Kenneth. She made us these yummy fiskboller in white sauce! She is a way good cook. They are leaving for Denmark for the holidays and gave us a present! I told Sister Allen we had to wait til Christmas to open it haha. I LOVE THEM!! They are so awesome!!! We have a small Christmas tree and we put our presents “under” – next to it!
Sister Allen and I thought it would be a good idea to have Magnus get a blessing, so we brought Elder Dalton and Miller with us to give him a blessing. That was way awesome and kind of nerve wracking because we aren't sure how much longer he is going to live.....
Due to not being able to visit bestamor when we came earlier in the week, Søster Allen and I went to visit her after. It was a blessing in disguise that we came today and not Tuesday. As soon as we walked in, she was bawling and we ran over to her and were trying to figure out what was wrong. I was hugging her while she asked Sister Allen to water her flowers. (She has flowers all over her apartment) So after we got her to settle down and helped her, turns out she had fallen out of her wheelchair earlier that day and it had scared her and she was alone so she was still shaken up by it. She kept telling us how grateful she was that we came. It made me tear up. She is the cutest lady and I love her. It was an awesome experience on how God works through me to help other people
Visited Jecon and he made us the best fried rice ever!!! We are trying to help him come to church again, so hopefully after the holidays we can figure out why he doesn't come. We went through the articles of faith with him and it was cool to hear him say *Yeah I believe that! It makes sense that we still need a prophet today.* He knows these things are true, he just has to act! People and their agency kills me......
Majken took us to the best hot chocolate place ever!! It tasted like they melted down a chocolate bar. Of course I had to get a muffin to go along with it. Muffins are my weakness haha. Majken is so awesome and has just the strongest testimony.
Sang at the nursing home with the elders. They get so happy when they see us and it is just so awesome to serve others and the feelings you get when you see others happy
Met with Mido. He is slowly, but surely coming along. We talked about prophets and he likes the idea of a prophet and wants to believe in one, so that is good!
Played sport again!!! Man have I missed volleyball!
We did the street stand and although not many people talked to us, we passed out a lot of the Christmas cards so that was good! Elin and Kenneth randomly stopped by, so that was a nice surprise to see them! They invited us to get hot chocolate when we were done. These people are just so nice!!
Målfird invited Sister Allen and I to a Christmas dinner at the nursing home. Her husband is in another nursing home for two weeks so she asked Sister Allen and I to go with her. It was very cute, decorated very nicely, and we had the classic Norwegian Christmas meal. Norwegians sure do love their meat! We had potatoes, lots and lots of different meat, and some things I have no idea what they were and don't want to know haha but it was good! They had a man playing a guitar and singing and they did a raffle at the end. It was so nice that she invited us and I was so happy to be able to be there with her. She is 91 years old, but she acts like she is in her 70's.
(Elder Phipps and Carver had a baptism; Sam)
I got asked to say the closing prayer in church at the end of sacrament meeting. I don't mind doing that because everyone has their eyes closed and I don't have to see them staring at me haha
We went to try to visit a less active with the elders; Charles, but he wasn't home....
Stian invited all the missionaries over for a Norwegian Christmas meal as well!! It was way good and so nice of him to do that! It was a way koselig time
A member in the ward; Hooshar was in the newspaper. It was an awesome article about how he passed up a way nice job, a lot of money, etc... in Iran to stay in Norway and continue to practice his religion. He is so awesome!
- Sister Allen and I look like drenched rats basically every day because it rains so much haha
-We got permission from Sister Hill to paint my nails a maroon color!! Literally best day ever!!! I have wanted to paint my nails a darker color for so long!!
-I got a missionary tag from a friend of mine – so neat!
- We are not allowed to do official proselyting this week from Des 23-26 and Des 31- Jan 1st. So that will be way weird to not be able to do *real missionary work.* If we can President wants us to be with members.... but like our whole ward is out of town...... So we planned some fun missionary things to do with the other missionaries and Sister Allen and I are probably going bake cookies and deliver them, and for sure visit the nursing homes
- Norway has the cutest little bakeries and cafes all over!! I just want to go inside all of them and drink hot chocolate and watch the snow fall
- The snow is gone.... but Sister Allen and I are hopeful for a white Christmas!
-My teddy bear blankies are currently having surgery… Thank goodness for Sister Rappleye!! She is attempting to sew them for me!
Scripture of the week:
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
This week is CHRISTmas!!! I would like to invite all of you to remember the true meaning of Christmas and to keep Christ in your hearts. Something that stood out to me this week is not only should we remember Christ's birth at Christmas time, but also His atonement for us! I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be a representative of Jesus Christ and share His gospel with the people of Norway. It has forever changed my life and brought me so much happiness.
Alma 7:11-13 is one of my favorite scriptures about Christ and His suffering for us.
***... our weaknesses can help us to be humble and turn us to Christ, who will make weak things become strong. Satan, on the other hand, uses our weaknesses to the point that we are discouraged from even trying:*
***... we don't need to be *more* of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become. God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord.*
*** You have the primary responsibility for your OWN conversion. No one can be converted for you, and no one can force you to be converted*
CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME CHRISTMAS SHORT VIDEO!!!!!
GOD JUL FOLKENS!!!!! ha en fantastisk uke!!!!! I GET TO SEE MY FAMILY THIS WEEK!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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