On June 23, 2011 Sister Berggren and I were serving in Oslo. Here's an excerpt from the email I send home about my year mark:
That's so crazy that Isaac's in the MTC right now. Sometimes I think about him sitting there in class, or devotional, or in the cafeteria...it's strange. It was especially trippy for me because he's exactly where I was...a YEAR AGO!!! Agh! Can you believe it!? I reported as a missionary a year ago. Man, I'm getting old. One year as a missionary. That's awesome. June 23rd this year was fun and I thought it was a fantastic milestone on this great journey. I coined it "my day" for fun, and Arben, an Albanian member that's has nothing to do and is always hanging out at the center, bought pizza to celebrate. Wee! I got to reflect a lot about where I was a year ago. It's chilling to think about all the valuable lessons I've been learning and about all the stellar people I've meet. I'm flattered God has placed so many wonderful things and people in my path. Allow me to take a step down "my mission thus far" lane:
I've grown up a LOT. I've prayed and prayed for an increase of love and God has provided. A lot of little things don't bother me anymore **if this isn't marriage training than I don't know what is**, and I've seen clearer than ever before that I'm actually a fairly "chill" person. It takes quite a bit to stress me out. I've developed my yellow personality and am always looking for something to laugh about. My TESTIMONY has grown. I know that God always keeps his promises when we keep ours. I KNOW that there is a special power in fasting. I know we can be valuable instruments for God. I know this work will just continue moving forward and no force can stop it's progression. I know that light always drives out darkness. I know that there are good, solid people over the entire world. I know that God has a wonderful plan for each of His children, and that good decisions on our part lead us to the happiness that truly lasts.
...I love being a missionary. I love this small window of my life. I am so, utrolig takknemelig for alt Gud gir meg. I'm so happy that it felt natural to slip into Norwegian there. I am grateful beyond words for this opportunity. Ah, what have I ever done to ever have such a charmed life?
And here I am, June 23, 2012, and my life continues to roll forward with momentum. I've experienced the long days of a Norwegian summer, I walked the streets of beautiful Bergen, I saw people change their lives in accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ, I completed another semester at BYU-I, I interned with a publishing company, I still get to share the gospel with people, I have a real job, and I still have some of the choicest people in the world in my life. Yes, another great year has gone by. I'm still so grateful for it all. Again, I ask, what have I ever done to have such a charmed life?
|June 23, 2011: my one-year day in Norway.|