Man, I love you guys so very much! Thank you so much for the birthday package- it was wonderful! I loved it all so much. :) You guys are the best!
So we got our first snow on Monday! It wasn't very much, but it was beautiful! But it has warmed up a little bit since and so now the city is just covered in ice... I haven't fallen yet... Knock on wood! Ha ha!
We have around 4 people in the area who are looking pretty good for baptism within the next 2 months. The mission set a goal for 100 baptisms before June of next year. It is totally possible- we just have to work super hard! I am planning to work hard in Trondheim... Oh yeah...
So transfers were announced on Saturday night and I will be heading up to Trondheim. It is in the North. It is the northern-most city for sisters and I will be there when it is the coldest and the darkest! Booyah! :)
I know my companion- her name is Sister Grass. I knew her in the MTC- she came when I was delayed. It should be really exciting.
Yesterday was an ok day. It was really hard saying goodbye to everyone in the ward. I didn't realize how many people I truly grew to love. It was super rough. A family invited us over for dinner and we ate ice cream and brownies for dessert- they totally sang to me and everything. That was so nice of them!
So there are a few things I want to tell you about:
We have been teaching a boy who is Jehovah Witness. This has been slightly difficult because their beliefs are very interesting. I have had to do a lot of studying in the Bible and church doctrine so that I can answer his questions in the best way possible. It is really cool being able to expand my knowledge of the scriptures and begin to understand more about what we really believe. I love this gospel so much!
This week we taught this Norwegian girl named Elisa. Sister Ray found her and when she did Elisa was open, but not at the same time. She told Sister Ray that she would take the book and hear where it came from, but she didn't want to meet again. We took her to the center and had an amazing teach about the Restoration. The Spirit was really strong and I called it out so that she could recognize it. After she left, she sent us a text saying that she was so grateful for the message we shared and also for the book. She then said that she just couldn't stop smiling and she was heading home to read it. This just made me realize how powerful the message of the gospel is. She will be meeting with the sisters again after Christmas and if all goes well, she will accept the invitation to be baptized. The Spirit truly has the power to change people and it is amazing to watch! :)
Well Family, this is kind of a short email... once again. Sorry! Maybe one day I will be better at it... I love you all so much and I miss you tons! Can't wait to skype in a few days! :)
♥- Søster Jessica Taylor