I'm coming home, I'm coming home....Alrighty folkens this is it! This is my last week in Norway and I can't believe it!! I fly home Thursday March 3rd and will arrive in the DFW Airport at 7:30 pm! My homecoming talk and open house will be Sunday March 20th!! For more specific details ask my mom haha. I would love for all those that are able to be there, I can’t wait to see you!!! Thank you so much for the continuous love and support you have shown me throughout my mission! It has meant the world to me!
**Also thank you so so much for the birthday emails, letters, packages, etc..... I appreciated it so much!! I am so sorry if you don't get a response from me, I have like no time to email, but just know that I read them and I loved them!***
The missionaries celebrated Elder Rappleye's and my birthday today. We have the same birthday! We went out to Peppe's Pizza and then went back to the Rappleyes to hang out and play card games. The Elders were way nice and bought my lunch for me and Elder Dalton bought me an oreo milkshake. Then Sister Rappleye made us all these way yummy valentine cookies!! She is awesome!
Elder Dalton, Phipps and Sister Gates and I had dinner with the Dunn Family. Thank goodness she made a light dinner because we were all so full from lunch! She made this yummy fish. Their family is so cute!
Tirsdag: MY BIRTHDAY:
Wow, I can't believe I am 21.... I feel like I am 16... My birthday was a way awesome day! Sister Gates made me french toast for breakfast and then Majken had us over for a birthday treat, then Sister Rappleye made Elder Rappleye and I fruit pizza so we all ate that, and then Elin had us over for birthday dinner!! I am so grateful for all the love and the kindness of the members, the missionaries, and my family and friends! Thank you all so much for making my day a special day(:
A member in the ward signed us missionaries up to do service by teaching an English class to the community for all of the refugees who are coming here. We aren't really sure what we are doing, but it was so fun and there were 12 people that came! We got like this fancy badge to get into the building so we feel pretty official haha
Krystle had us over and it felt like a tea party! Majken was also there! Those two I just love! Krystle being from Texas reminds me so much of home and I just love her two boys!
Zone Conference!! It was my last Zone Conference.... which means all the departing missionaries do a final testimony.....It used to be called a burnamony, but now it is changed to a launchamony haha. Like launching into the future. I am proud of myself that I didn't cry even when we sang the mission song for the last time too!
We had zone splits after that and I was with Sister Bender! It was so great to be with her again, just like old times!
All the missionaries for dinner went and got kebabs and dang those things are good, but you get regrets pretty quickly after eating one of those.
The Tromsø and Ålesund sisters spent the night and it seriously was like a sleepover party! We had candy and talked and laughed and just had a grand ol time! I love being with other sisters!
Sister Bender and her companion had to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to catch the bus to the airport.... I woke up with Bender to say goodbye and dang that was a sad and tender moment......
We went to the nursing home like always and Ivar was pretty interesting today haha. He wouldn't let me leave his side! I would try to go to talk to some other elderly folk and he would yell at me to come back! And then one of the elders was talking to me and Ivar told him that if he took me from him he would shoot him....... After the nursing home Sister Gates and I played “where's the elders” because they needed a key and didn't have a phone, so we were trying to find them throughout the city! Luckily we found them and everything worked out!
We visited a member named Ingebrigt! Ironically he has the same birthday as Elder Rappleye and me, so he had a cake and we celebrated while we talked about preparing him for going to the temple!
Sister Gates talked to a man on the bus and he agreed to meet with us that night! Apparently he had met with missionaries before. He was very nice and had very interesting views on religion. His name was Håvard. Not sure how things are going to go with him, but he was very nice and asked good questions and liked learning about what we believed.
Instead of volleyball we played chair soccer and dang is that a workout! It was way fun, however Elder Carver and Arnold had an advantage because they actually are way good at soccer.....
THE STREET STAND WAS AMAZING!!! The best one I have had since I have been in Trondheim. Well first off Sister Gates stopped this group of Americans because she heard them talking English and then she called me over and my first thought was that someone was deaf haha, but two were from Texas! When I said what city I was from one of them (Colton Davis) started freaking out! He was like I am from Lovejoy!! Which is pretty close to where I live and I asked him if he knew my two friends from Lovejoy and he did!!! What are the odds!? They were way nice and hopefully will stop by next week because they didn't have a lot of time to talk, but one of them took a Book of Mormon. It was the best thing ever to ask them if they believed in God and they said *Absolutely!!!* Dang I miss Americana and America where it is the norm to believe in God. So this next thing is what made the street stand so awesome!! I was standing by a bench and Elder Dalton told me to go talk to the man who was behind me sitting on it. I shrugged my shoulders and was like okay why not? So I started out asking him if he believed in Christ and he wasn't being very nice and like mocking me and stuff, but I sat down next to him and continued to talk to him and then I started to ask him about himself, etc... and when I began to get to know him the atmosphere changed completely. I truly felt God's love for him and felt the strongest desire to help him. It was the craziest thing ever. The spirit was strong and I probably sat there and talked to him for a good 20 minutes or so all by myself. I even walked over to the stand, grabbed a Mormons Bok, came back, and read him some scriptures. His name was Roy. Roy was so humble and he said he was willing to try because anything new was better than the situation he currently was in and he gave me his number and said *well I've experimented with drugs, so why not this?* I said a prayer with him before he left and hopefully we will be able to meet with him. Afterwards I just wanted to cry! I had the strongest feeling that I am in Trondheim for that man. Even if it doesn't go anywhere, I can't deny the feeling that he was someone I needed to talk to. That makes this among all of the other miracles and tender mercies over the past 18 months totally worth it. Words can't describe how I felt while talking with him, but I truly felt like an instrument in the Lord's hands.
On the way home from the street stand, we saw the deaf girl we had talked to a couple weeks ago! We hadn't been able to get ahold of her so it was perfect!! We were able to set up an appointment and even better Casper is going to skype in and help us teach her!! I am super pumped to sign again and see Casper! I haven't seen him since I left Stavanger about a year ago!
Pelle a member who I consider my uncle had us missionaries over for my birthday! He made way yummy Norwegian style hot dogs and a beautiful delicious cake!! Pelle is known for the yummy cakes he makes! I am so grateful for all he does for us and the kindness he shows us!
Sister Gates and I sang in sacrament meeting! We sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing and Elder Carver played the piano for us. Sister Gates is way good at singing. It turned out so good! Our MMK's daughter who is three said she felt all warm inside when we sang and said it was the Holy Ghost. That made me want to cry!
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Sister Gates and I had two people in church, so that was way exciting! Adam came again and a man that was in our English class who we saw on the street came to church too!
We had dinner with Ella and her family!! Oh my goodness they are the sweetest and warmest people I have ever met! Their home is filled with so much love and they are so respectful and kind. We had dinner, she made this yummy soup and then we talked about the plan of salvation. Their grandma even sat in and talked with us. They were so kind and asked great questions and it was just so cool!
- single digits...... where has the time gone.... 9 more days.... This is a dream!
- Doctrine and Covenants section 9 verse 14: *Stand fast in the work where with I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost.....* Sister Bender sent this scripture to me and we were talking and we are a little confused.... We must be doing something wrong because at least the sister missionaries that I know have lost so much hair throughout their missions!!!
- Quote from a country song that describes how I feel
You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are the good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this
- It amazes me how when we are running on the ice to catch a bus, I never slip or fall, but when I am just walking I always fall! The Lord works in mysterious ways.....
- It is interesting how as a missionary it doesn't matter who the person is or what they look like, we talk to them. Whereas before there are some people that I know I would have never stopped to talk to. It is crazy how you truly feel God's love for all his children!! No matter who they are or what they look like or if they may seem scary or not
Scripture of the week:
3 Nephi chapter 11 verse 14 and 15 (when Chirst visited the people in the American Continents after he was resurrected)
Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
- When the Nephites were righteous, the Lord blessed them. When they were proud and forgot the Lord, he gave them problems to help them remember him
- The irony of the Atonement is that it is infinite and eternal, yet it is applied individually, one person at a time
- Doctrine and Covenants section 18 verse 15: *For precious unto him is the ONE*
- Something that people often forget is that Jesus suffered WILLINGLY! He could have loosened the pain, He could have stopped it, but He didn't.
- Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God's will and accept His timing
- You must be patient with yourself as you work to overcome faults and weaknesses
- Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required - Thomas S Monson
A poem sent from my Aunt Sharon
Let your wish become a prayer
There is no problem too big and no question too small
Just ask God in faith and he'll answer them all
Not always at once
So be patient and wait
For God never comes too soon or too late
So trust in His wisdom and believe in His word
For no prayers are unanswered and no prayer is unheard
link to one of my favorite talks ever!!! Talking all about faith and how it doesn't come by chance, but by choice!
glad i dere!!! ha en fin uke!! vi sees om 9 dager!!! ahh!!!
søster jordan peterson