Monday, September 23, 2013

September 2, 2013

HEy Momsawhimsicle! (have I used that one before?)

Yeah... let's talk stream of thaught thats like going to be 10 times worse. because I have tons of thoughts that could get acroos but 0 time. unfortunately none of the missionaries can get library cards yet becasue they haven't gotten their information so we have 8 missionaries that have to use the one computer in the church, so unfortunately I really don't have that much time at all today. I don't even really know where you want me to start either... I don't have time to go back and look at all the questions you asked me from last week so if I miss anything just let me know and I'll get to it next week. 

I have to start out with honesty.... Stavanger is the best. Looking back I love that place with my whole heart and soul. I miss it way more than I've ever missed anything ever before, and this was definitely the hardest move that I've ever had, short of maybe coming on the mission to begin with. I loved everything about that place. I loved every single member in that ward, and the group of missionaries that we had there is by far beyond anything that I've ever experienced anywhere else. We had more inside jokes, and supported each other more than I've ever felt ever. It was fantastic. That last day was soooo bittersweet. The bishop had us over for a final supper, as did our mission leader and constantin and generosa. just as a random tidbit, the lady things went awesome with, Evelyn apparently has gotten even better. Only word to describe her is straight bosslike :) She's holding onto this despite TOns of opposition. Its crazy. SHE's soooo cool though!!!! AHH. I was reading through my happy book from stavanger and there were so many good memories in there I thought I was going to die of joy. and sadness because i'm gone.... We had the biggest smackdowns ever with constantin and generosa but she still didn't set a date before I left. There was nothing more I could have done. They bought me a way cool tie though and I'll definitely send a whole bunch of pics when I get the time! 

Bergen as a city is legit. My first few days there were........ I won't really say how bad they were. They were just very unenjoyable. Turns out i've had Anemia for months, and I came down with a virus right when I got here that basically plummeted my physical, spiritual, and emotional state into a horrible spiral that hit rock bottom on saturday where I couldn't even hold my head up and stay awake enough to eat my food. It was not a fun experience. And I wasn't in the position to deal with my new companion who is great but is a little too anxious, or zealous is the word I might use. Overall, 0 of the people that were in our area before have wanted to meet with us again, so we have started from straight ground 0. Nothing. Really. there were so many emotions connected to this moves... I can't even begin to describe them. But in all it was not fun, and I didn't feel competent or like I could do anything. 

Monday we flew to Trondheim, and the first good moment and shining ray of hope was when I saw Elder Holden, who was my companion back in sandnes. We straight ran from one end of the church to the other and tackled each other in the best hug in the world. Missionary hugs usually don't do it for me. That one was more like both of us had had such a hard time since leaving and coming back together was the best thing ever. Seeing our whole district again was awesome. We had almost 50 misionaries in that city contacting that night, and playing 4 different sports at this one field right in sentrum. Literally the place was flooded. Supper fun. That was where my spirits finally started to feel a ltitle bit better again. I heard the voice that is Elder Whetten finally talking in the back of my head cheering me on again. Shortly said, The next day was incredible. Elder Kearon is a straight boss of the world. I needed that so badly, and the Iron pills that i got from sister Pace. Starting Wednesday life got a million times better. 

We started implementing plans on how we were going to work with the bishop and the youth, and me being the only one over like 6 months in norway was the one leading out on all of thesse. Its interesting to have such a young group of missionaries here. OH!" to answer your questions, we all stayed in the elders apt for mish conf. The sisters got hotels.... yup. We fit 36 missionaries on the FLOOR that night. it was insane. I didn't personally take any pictures but I should have. I didn't feel so good....  anyways. our district is cool though. We found some way cool people through our language class, and actually this week was my most successful week in terms of just straight finding new people to teach which was cool considering we were gone for two days. Ok wee

I gotta wrap this up soon.. .ahhh there's so much. We drove to this one members house who lives like an hour away though, and it was the coolest drive ever. there is no other city in norway or in the world quite like bergen. Its amazing. SUch a cool city. ANd I feel so much better. I will say shortly that me and my companion are near perfect for each other. or at least as a trainer and a greenie. I find myself more and more like elder anderson. Which is ok because I worship him :) So things are going much better. I haven't felt this awake with so much energy in months.... 

Thank you so much for the loves. I don't really feel like there was that much spiritual in there, other than I just loved loving stavanger. That was one thing I learned. I had no idea how much I would come to love that place. I'll send pictures when I can. Until then ... have fun! sounds like Gavin is still awesome, and the matthew is still crazy. Alt er i orden. :) I love yo so much mom! 

have a great week!

Love,

Christopher


ps. time.... is FLYING. Holy smokes. They weren't kidding. time just flies. its weird.

Monday, September 16, 2013

August 19, 2013

Oi Mumsicle!

First off. The only people we work with are not drunks or atheists. See story below :) That said, we work with a lot of drunks and atheists :) 

That picture was with a troll named Hildor who guards our path to the church thank you very much! Recently Hildor has been causing some problems though... :)

I will try and get everything I have to say for today in today's email because i move to bergen on wednesday and next monday and tuesday I will be in trondheim and wont get on for emails until tuesday night and then only for a short amount of time since the mission conference is happenening there :) This next week is going to blow the worlds mind though. Bergen is almost getting completely whitewashed, with 7 new missionaries completely unfamiliar with bergen, 3 of which are completely new to norway. that makes 8 total plus the Broughs who are the senior couple there. So my next week is going to be next to insane :) should be fun. Bergen has been struggling a ton so this will be a really cool oppporunity to see if we can do anything to help.

In terms of me, the pattern still stands that my last week in every area is straight awesome. Everytime I've left an area we had just gotten a baptismal date and the same goes for this week. I just have to tell you about Evelyn first. We taught her on saturday about the restoration and the plan of salvation and it blew my mind. She said over and over, I'm ready for this. This feels so right for me. She had had a faith in christ and lost it during her teenage years like most kids in Norway. After 10 years she met a friend who was an inactive member of our church and spoke with him about the gospel. She began realizing she knew something was there and wanted to follow what she wanted regarding faith. She realized the world teaches so heavily to rely on the brain rather than the heart. In my studies that very morning I realized that our feelings and our heart are what make us human, and children of God. Any robot can think, learn, and reason to no end: Ever learning, never coming to a knowledge of the truth. (2 TIm 3) :) I know I can't really explain my personal experiences in any way that is interesting, but it was just an incredible experience to meet someone who God had been preparing their entire lives. And when she decided to come to church, she was ready. She committed to be baptized on the 15th and though I won't be here to see it, she will follow through with that. :) She has such an incredible spirit and it was so cool to see her as we talked about joseph smith and the book of mormon, she looked anxious and finally just pointed at the book I was holding, and said: can I see that yet? .... of course you can. :) Testimonies were powerful and she cried through much of the whole thing. If we hadn't run to the church and I was sweating so much, I probably would have cried too. It was soo cool though. Daniel Kid√ły her friend who told her about a church that taught all the things she had been personally recieving revalation about on her own, is also coming to church now, along with another friend who also wants to be baptized. The whole story is just pretty cool :) 

After church we had the biggest throwdown of love I've ever had on my entire mission. We talked with Constantin and Generosa just in the empty cultural hall about baptism and we went suuuuper bold and really tried to help her understand how important it was that she ask God, not her sister, about whether she should get baptized. Constantin came up big and said: if it is something you want to do then do it. Don't fear. So constantin do you want to be baptized? Yes of course I do. I don't even have enough time before I move to meet with everyone that wants to meet with us but we are going to their house on tuesday night and following up on their praying about setting a date. They will make it :) Someday they will. But she is ready. She understand christ now, and she loves church. Now she just needs to make the decision to follow him. :) After that we went to the Sande's house and ate dinner together. We had a wonderful lesson about the Holy ghost. The saddest part was when she learned I was leaving you could tell she was super sad about it.  I have been teaching her almost my entire time here and it has been so incredible to be with her and constantin. Seeing people grow is one of the most amazing things ever :) 

In other random news, after Menighetsr√•d we had this super random guy we contacted like 2 months ago showed up to church while we were getting ready to go home and eat but we ended up teaching him instead, and commiting him to come to church :) woot! monday we taught a guy in the middle of the biggest rainstorm i've ever seen where we were stuck under a tree for an hour.  it was funny to see all the people  huddled around thee pond sheltering themselves from the rain :) Tueday we taught the nicest quietest swedish cagefighter in existence :) Dude. His swedish was awesome :) And aside from our teach with Evelyn, it was probably one of my most spiritual teaches ever. All that practicing paid off as we were able to make it super personal and super meaningful. I choked up in that one too. It was amazing. Wednesday I got to see my son Ellsworth and Chancellor again at a training meeting in oslo :) Me and ellsworth and Holden (he's my daughter) are training at the same time. Which means I get another son and two grandsons at the same time :) super cool! 

If you haven't gotten the picture yet this week was awesome. ITs the first week I've ever gotten thiiiisss close to actually reaching ALL of my goals :) And we set some pretty high ones cause we knew this week was going to be awesome. It was super cool. We ninja karateied some flies, watched the tour de fjord bike race in the middle of stavanger sentrum, and played intense uno. 

My heart is done with leaving places. I still have like forever left and i'm already done with leaving. When some of the youth learned that we were leaving it was just super sad. Stavanger has been one of the best places ever :) I had this random thought though mom, that i'm going to love being home, just because the relationships you have there are sooo precious. I don't think you realize that until you go out and you don't have it for a long time. When you have it again there is nothing better :) I feel more than ever that my family really are my best friends in the whole world ever :) 

Since I wont be able to say much next week, I love you all! Go kick some life's butt! 

loves!

Elder Christopher Whetten