NORWAY0176 OsloPilestredet Park 30 #5My new address:Søster FramptonHa det,Have a fabulous week!The streets of Norway look like a Christmas snow globe right now, and it is breath-taking. I am so grateful to be here. I cannot think of one thing that I could complain about right now. I love being a missionary, I love these people, and I love my Heavenly Father. Being here just feels so right, and I know there will be people that will be blessed because I am here. I pray for all of you every single day. When the times get tough, ALWAYS hit your knees. Heavenly Father knows and cares and LOVES each and every person on this earth.So I am right smack dab in the middle of Oslo, and it is wonderful. Our apartment is this tiny little place with huge windows and it is probably a FORTUNE because it is so central. We get up and go running along the streets of Oslo each morning and I cant even think about how cold or tired I am because everything I look at just seems so surreal. Oh yes, it is very cold here. And the saddest thing is, is that all the locals keep saying how unusually warm it is right now! burrrrr. The sun rises when we are studying, probably around 9am but it just sits on the horizon for SO LONG! It is the weirdest thing I have ever seen, and the sun starts setting around 4pm. It is DARK by 4:30pm and I think it is time for bed... 6 hours later I finally get to climb into bed! haha! it is crazy.President and sister Evans are so fabulous! I feel VERY lucky to be here in Norway working with them. They are perfect for us missionaries. My companion is PERFECT for me. I cannot even tell you. Her name is Mikelle Pyne and she is from Utah and she is my same age. She has been out since April. She is beautiful inside and out! I just know we will be friends for life, we get along so, so well.Halo fra NORGE!!!!I cannot even believe I am sitting in a library in Oslo right now. It does not even feel real. This week has been INCREDIBLE! I do not even know where to start. This email is going to be all over the place while thoughts just pop into my head so sorry if it is just a complete mess!I wish I had a whole page to write about food. The food here is perfect. Everything is fresh and so delicious. I am also glad that I am not a huge chocolate fan, because then I would be in trouble. But last night we made salmon with nothing but just a little lemon pepper and it was TO DIE FOR!!!We have AMAZING investigators right now that are so prepared for the gospel in their lives. We have a baptism on Saturday of a 16 year old boy named Adrian. He actually does not talk, so all of his lessons have been written!! He is so neat. He talks at home, and he is seeing a counselor about it, but he is READY for the water. We actually set a baptismal date for Nov 30 last night with these 2 Swedish twins! They are hilarious, and we are able to speak English with them so that is good with me! We are teaching a Chinese man named Wang who has been meeting with missionaries for like 3 years, but he actually just started making progress! Tonje is another one of our investigators and she is a street hip hop dancer. She is SOOO GREAT! She wore a studded leather jacket and a Boston Red Sox hat to church on Sunday. We are meeting with two new investigators this week too, so keep us in your prayers! NORWAY IS SEEING MIRACLES!!!
People here are STUNNING. I have never seen so many beautiful and classy people in my life. I just wish I could understand them!! I will say something in Norwegian to start talking to them then they will just start talking in English because they know I just struggle! Its all good though, I am definitely grateful that they all speak English, and do not worry I WILL MASTER THE LANGUAGE! Talking about the language, it was the primary program on Sunday here in Norway and I almost cried like 10 times. LITTLE KIDS SPEAKING NORSK IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!! I wish I could have filmed it and had you all see what I am talking about!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
So apparently using the Internet is a lot cheaper than using the pay phone... SORRY!!! Forgive me... I am not an experienced euro traveler. It is such a breath of fresh air hearing the british accent rather than the southern one. haha! My flight here was really short. I took an advil PM and was out! It was great. I have a few more hour here so I will probably get on the Internet again in a few hours, but I know that you are sleeping so no worries. Just wanted to let you guys know that I am here and I am safe. I am still alone, haven't found the other missionaries yet, but probably won't until a little later. I won't try calling again because I think it is like 3 bucks a minute or something!!! Love you!!
Sister Frampton #2
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
So the subject is right, it was 80 degrees here in Wilmington the other day! If Novembers could just be like this in Salt Lake! It has been beautiful!
Last Monday after I wrote my letter, some of the other sister missionaries in this area took me to the beach for my birthday! It was a lot of fun. Obviously we couldn't get in the water, but seeing the coast was beautiful, and it was nice to have a change of scenery. All in all I had a really nice birthday, well as nice as it could be away from everyone that I love.
I am saddened to tell all of you that I participated in my first bible bash here in the south. I resolved to not be involved, and to walk away from anyone that wanted to get in an argument, but this one creeped up from out of no where. My companion and I were eating our sack lunches out side of the church and this man walking home from the University came by and starting talking to us. Naturally we got into the subject of our religion and he went on to tell us that he actually hated all mormons. I got a little defensive and started asking why and I started making similarities to what he believed with what I believed. He did not like that one bit. We got into the topic of the Godhead and how we believe them to be three separate individuals. I brought up Jesus' baptism and Stephen. Well..... I just should have kept my mouth shut. I was trying to tell him about our gospel in the wrong way. I definitely learned my lesson about pride. Oh and by the way my companion was just laughing at me the whole time.
We are teaching one investigator right now. We are doing everything that we can think of to find more people to teach, so keep praying for us. Anyway, this investigator is GREAT! She has been through A LOT of struggles in her life but I seriously love her. We taught her a few days ago about the word of wisdom and she was so overwhelmed. She knew the truth of it and could see the value and the importance of the commandment, but she had no idea how she was going to overcome her addictions. It is really hard teaching a commandment that I have had no experience in. I have never had an addiction with those substances so I have no idea what it is like trying to overcome them. But what I do know is that the Savior knows EXACTLY how it feels, and exactly how to help individuals that choose to rely on him. I am so glad that I am not a representative of myself, and that I am a representative of Jesus Christ, the perfect person and the perfect example to follow.
One of my favorite quotes for the week: "Don't shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM."
I hope you all have a fabulous week. I pray for you every day and truly wish the best for everyone. I know that God knows each of his children individually and is mindful of our weaknesses and shortcomings. Thanks for all of your support and love.
Love you all!