Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Norway

 Splits with Sister Training Leaders!

Christmas soda in Norway!

Bestemor and Bestemor meet up!

Making Sweet potatoes!

Thanksgiving with the Missionaries.

Food making and eating!

The lighting of the streets!

The lighting of the juletre!

Rupa came to church. 
We loved what she was wearing! 
What a cutie.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sweater Weather in Norway

Missionary work in the snow!

Snowy Sunday afternoon

North zone sisters!

I love this sister of mine!

Zone conference fun!

All of the sisters in their christmas sweaters!

Such a cold and dark night contacting!

The Rappleyes! I love the senior couple here in Trondheim!

Winter Wonderland in Trondheim! :)

My Trondheim District right now!

Some missionaries from my first district in Oslo! 
Elder Parkinson and Sister Nielsen!

Zone Conference!
Last time I will see Sister Nielsen! This is her last transfer!

Sister Hudson came from Bodø! 
It was good to see her and hear about Bodø.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Highlights & Lows of the Week

Highlights and Lows of the week:

Monday: We taught two French guys and it was such a spiritual lesson. We talked about Christ's Atonement and I started crying... I love my Savior. 

Tuesday and Wednsday: We visited a few members in the ward and did a lot contacting.  We weren't feeling the love from the people on the streets.. typical. But we were positive that the week would turn out well. 

Thursday: We visited a ton of less actives and members. It was a good day and I definitely felt the spirit and love for the people. 

Friday: We visited a member and I lost my name tag. :( I was soo sad about it!  I tried looking for it, but it was no where to be found. We then visited another less active and had an lesson with an investigator that night. All of the lessons were full of the spirit. 

Saturday: We found this stuffed teddy bear on the bus that was holding a sign that said to return to his home with an address... so we took it and delivered it. It happened to be a street stand full of college kids doing a kindness experiment. We got a picture with them and you can find me if you look up #vennlighetenkommer  on instagram or something.  

After that we had lunch with a member at this way good Thai restaurant. Later that day we had a teach with an investigator and 2 awesome  members came on the teach. 

Sunday: Sister Peterson gave a talk and we got a less active member to come to church. He hadn't been to church in 10 years! It was a miracle and his mother was soo happy! Also, a member found my tag! It fell off at their house and their son gave it to me at church. It was a wonderful Sunday. :)

oh yes! Funny story! So we go to a nursing home with the elders and this one old lady scoots around in her wheelchair. She came up to one of the elders and said, "gutt.. gutt.. gutt.." (in a creepy low voice) That means "boy" in english. That elder was so afraid! haha I was dying laughing. :)

I love Trondheim, I love Sister Peterson, I love the people here, and I love being a missionary.

Year Mark this week!! November 19th! I can't believe it. Oh man, I love my mission.

Ha en koselig uke!
 Kjærlig hilsen,

Ivar og Målfrid. These two.. they kill me. 
Members of the ward we visit. 
We went out to lunch with them and someone said hi to Ivar and he says to us, 
"They know me." hahaha

Ole! He comes on teaches with us every week too!! These members are great.

Some more fun studies pictures. 
Thanks Sister Peterson!

Pelle and Bety! They help us on teaches very week! Love them!

Our friend Jekon! :)

Jekon came to church! District loving!

We love Torunn! 
She is a member in the ward. Babe status.
Sister Peterson makes fun of me and how I wear my blanket.. koselig studies with Søster Pete.
We are so pretty.

We saw a beautiful Full double rainbow this week while contacting! 
People stopped on the bridge to take pictures! 
so did we...

Monday, November 9, 2015

Remember You Are Talking to Your Loving Father in Heaven.

Wow! I don't think I have ever been this busy my whole mission! 
Trondheim is hopping! 
We had so many members come on teaches with us last week! 
It was the most I have had my whole mission. 
I am so grateful for good members. 
If there is one I have learned on my mission it is that 
the members in Norway are solid faithful members. 
They have to be. I love them. 

You know the group of Africans we stopped last Sunday?
 well one of them is a new investigator. 
We met with him this past week and he is super cool. 
He got into Anti stuff before meeting, but we cleared a lot of things up with him. 
I am sick and tired of this Anti business. 
People go to the right source for knowledge! 

We also met up with two french guys and they are very interested in what we believe and our culture. It is nice to hear people say they like seeing good Christian girls. 
It is not so common in this world today. 
Lots of good things happened. 
I definitely learned a lot this week. 

Something that helped me this week was 
the knowledge of believing in a LOVING Heavenly Father. 

We had an investigator ask us this week why we believed in what we did 
and not in other religions.  
and How do you know it true? 
There are so many different reasons why I believe what I do 
and there is the simple answer to how you can know it is true.. 

Moroni 10:3-5, 

but I am grateful that I know that God is loving. 
I could see people not wanting to join a religion because 
the pressure of rules and maybe thinking God is scary. 
I guess what I am trying to get at is that God is not scary. 
He is our Father. 
He love us and knows us better than we know ourselves. 
He wants the best for us. 
We should not think he is scary. 
There is hope in his promises. 
He gives us commandments because he loves us. 
He wants us to be happy. 
You can't know the blessings that come from keeping the commandments 
if you don't try keeping them. 
There is so much wisdom, hope, and peace 
that comes from knowing that God is loving. 
So when you kneel down to pray tonight, 
remember that you are talking to your loving Father in Heaven.

Søster Allen

Sweet Sister Peterson and I

Trondheim Colors and lights

best purchase ever!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Boy I Am Glad I Decided to Serve a Mission.

Hallo alle sammen!

Transfers week and we lost Sister Sorensen.. she went to Oslo (my place of birth). So the trio is not a thing anymore, but me and Sister Peterson are killing it with the missionary work as a duo. I love Trondheim too. :)

Me and Sister Peterson had some miracles happen this week!

So last week we called a lot of former investigators and got appointments with them for this week! We met with some of them this week and they were way positive lessons and I am really excited about it!

We had a Halloween party on Halloween with the YSA and it was way fun. We had an investigator come!  I of course won the Halloween Trivia game. I don't know if I should be proud of my knowledge about scary things and movies or not.. oh well!

Yesterday at church was soo good! The spirit was way strong and I feel like I know the ward a lot better. After church  Sister Peterson and I hit the streets and had some cool experiences. In 2 hours we were able to get 3 lessons and 7 gospel conversations! We stopped like 3 Martin in a row.. we thought that was weird. We stopped all these Africans that just got out of their church.. hahaha but hey we got their numbers! It was a great contacting session and the Lord blessed us.

I am grateful for the experiences I have had in Norway thus far. It has been almost a year since I left for my mission and all I have got to say is.. boy I am glad I decided to serve a mission. Norway has my heart forever. I don't want to come home.. even though sometimes is gets way hard. I want to be a missionary forever. It is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. Well, hope you all have a good week and go tell a loved one how grateful you are for them.

Happy November!!
Søster Allen