17 August, 2017 15:06

Hey y’all!

So today is a weird p-day because of our temple trip! So we’re in Birmingham for the day and basically I have no time to email. But know that all is well and we had a great week! Nicole got baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday! It was the best day ever and she is soooooo happy! I’ll tell you all about it and send you all the cute pictures on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Sorry this is so quick!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

The struggle is real but so is God

Hey y’all!

So basically this has been the greatest week! We have been sooo busy and so many cool things have happened!

This week a member of our ward, Ana, got home from her mission in Arizona! She was our best friend this week and helped soooo much! She went out with us the day after she got home (Wednesday) and then a couple times after that. On Wednesday we went and saw Thomasina again and taught her about the atonement. The spirit was so, so strong! We saw such a change in her, it was pretty amazing. That night we had dinner with our favorite Sister Yow and laughed the entire time. She kills me.

Thursday we had the last district meeting of the transfer so that was sad. No joke this is probably the best district I’ve had my whole mission. That night we visited Megan and Danny, a couple with 2 really cute little boys that we met last week. They are so awesome and very willing to learn!

Friday we went to Gardendale for a meeting for all the new missionaries and their trainers. It was soooo good to be in Birmingham again! It’s definitely home ❤ It was such a good meeting. We talked all about the doctrine of Christ and how to use the atonement in every aspect of missionary work. We spent time on the temple grounds too and the whole day was a good recharge. We saw Nicole with Ana that night and she is still doing great and so excited to be baptized!

Saturday night we had a ward BBQ and it was a huge success! Tons of investigators and less actives came! Literally ward activities are the secret to everything.

Okay Sunday was the greatest day ever! Between us and the elders there were 11 investigators at church!! It was exhausting haha. Prattville is being so blessed right now. I feel so lucky to be here, I love it here soooo much! That night we saw Megan and Danny again and they fed us dinner. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like sitting in a super humble trailer in the middle of nowhere eating chicken and rice. My heart just bursts with love for these people. They are the sweetest.

Oh and we got transfer news and we’re staying yayyy! Shoutout to Sister Anderson for making it through her 1st transfer. If you can do that you can do anything.

God is good!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

p.s. pday next week will be Thursday because of a temple trip xoxo

​I love my Baby Anderson ❤

Dollar store miracle and getting attacked by dogs

Hey y’all!

We had such a great week this week! Lots of cool miracles!

Tuesday was Christmas is July and you best believe we celebrated!!! I will not pass up the opportunity to do anything Christmasy. That morning we went on a team up with a young woman in our ward, Daileigh! She is amazing. We saw that cute family we found on the 4th of July, William and Stacy, and taught them the restoration and the spirit was so strong! Their boys are sooooo cute. Then we saw Nicole and had a great lesson with her!

Wednesday us and 6 elders went and did service for a former investigator. Her family owns 4 lots on a corner all together and she takes care of her 96 year old mom so no one has been able to take care of the property.It was pretty much a jungle.
There were 8 of us working for 2 hours and we barely put a dent in it. It was super fun and it’s safe to say all of us were drenched in sweat.

Thursday afternoon we had a lesson with Lee and she opened up to us soooo much like she never has before. it tore my heart in half to hear everything she’s been through. I love her so much.

Saturday was such a good day. We spent the morning in the projects because we had a lesson with a woman named Thomasina. She’s basically super woman because she’s a single mom of 6 kids and works 2 jobs. We had a great lesson with her and she told is she really wants to learn how to build her faith. Well we can help you with that! That afternoon we went to the well to get water and and I told Sister Anderson, "you know it would be really cool if we found Mike here again." And just as we were pulling up and I finished saying that we saw him there! (He’s the one we found a couple weeks ago at the river who was super awesome and then fell off the face of the earth) We had a good lesson with him right there at the well and he was sooooo excited about the Book of Mormon! He said, "my momma would be so proud of me right now!" It was so cute.

Sunday the coolest thing happened. About a week and a half ago Sister Anderson were in Dollar Tree and we found a book called The Pocketguide to the Afterlife so we thought we were really funny and put a Plan of Salvation pamphlet in it and didn’t think anything of it. (I think I sent a picture of it in my email last week) Sunday this 70 year old woman named Linda showed up to church and guess why?! SHE FOUND THAT PAMPHLET AND DECIDED SHE NEEDED TO COME TO CHURCH. She was telling us about it and describing the exact place we left it. We were DYING as she was telling us this. And she LOVED church! God is truly so, so good.

Today was a really good day because some members invited us over to their mansion and we caught catfish and ate them like good southerners do. He trains german shepherds and so he had us all put on a protective sleeve and get attacked by them. So that was fun and terrifying. I hope y’all enjoy the video of me getting completely taken down. BUT THE BEST PART IS my trainer (Sister Griffith, now Sister Steele… weird.) Is here visiting Bama and she and her husband came to Prattville to visit me! It was sooooo good to see her! Also super weird to see her with her husband. Today has been such a great day!

Have a blessed week!
All my love,
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Southern food and sweating for Jesus

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​Hey y’all!

This week was full of so much good southern food and sweatin for Jesus. This is the life!

Last Monday night we had dinner with Mary Ann and TJ. I feel like this was the week of Mary Ann haha. She’s really starting to pick back up and is doing really well. Plus we just love her!

Tuesday afternoon we took Jannice (she’s 15 and less active/recent convert) with us to see Nicole and we were really excited about it because it was going to be soooo good for her. Nicole wasn’t there so Jannice suggested we go to Mary Ann’s instead and teach the lesson we were going to teach Nicole. So we went over there and we all had the best discussion about the plan of salvation. I learned sooo much! It was the coolest thing.

Wednesday I went on an exchange with Sister Scoleri! I love her soo much. We had so much fun together! We visited a less active who just moved here, Morgan, who turns out is really in our ward boundries. She is so awesome and the sweetest thing! We went to the Millbrook food pantry and got really good at bagging potatoes and making them exactly 4.2 pounds. Mission skills, ya know? Man it’s so fun to be with missionaries you’ve known for a long time.

Thursday we had a great district meeting. I love this district so much! We saw Nicole that afternoon and played a game with her and I think it helped her a lot. Keep praying for that girl. Slow but steady progress.

Friday morning we had interviews with President Sainsbury and they were great as always! I know I always talk about how much I love him but like, really how can I not? Then we went and visited Sister Yow and met her son who was visiting. He is in the military and no joke the most intense person I have ever met in my life. It was scary. It made for such a weird visit haha. That night we went store contacting at a mall and everyone was being so rude and we were getting so discouraged. I literally just got done telling Sister Anderson how discouraged I was (not good I know) and then .5 seconds later this girl just starts talking to us. That NEVER happens. She was soooo nice and we talked for 30 minutes and she was super interested! So that was a huge miracle. God is aware of all of us, my friends.

Sunday after church we visited Morgan and her boyfriend Mike who we are going to start teaching! He is just as awesome as she is! He loves to sing and play the guitar so he put on a little mini concert for us. It was hilarious. It was a great day. All of church was super powerful. I love the sabbath!

Shout out to my comp for being such a champ! She’s been out 3 weeks and you would never guess it and she’s just jumping in to everything feet first! She’s taught me so much. I’m so grateful to be with her!

Have a great week y’all!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson


Special Guest: Jesus!

Hey y’all!

We had a great week! Lots of great things are happening in Prattvillle!

On Tuesday we spent a little while at the food pantry and it’s our favorite place ever! Then later that day we had a lesson with Lee and let me tell you, she KNOWS all of this is true, she just doesn’t know she knows it yet. You know? She told us she’s scared to pray about it because if it’s true she’ll have to make some big changes in her life. We were teaching on a bench outside her work and out of nowhere it just started DOWNPOURING. Luckily we made it to some cover but the rain and thunder were sooo loud we couldn’t even hear each other. Only in Alabama! We ran into Mary Ann that night and that was a huge miracle! She is a less active sister who is sooo amazing and soooo influential to everyone around her. We saw her a few times this week and she came to church on Sunday and brought all her friends as usual!

Wednesday Dale called us (she is legit crazy) and wanted us to come and do mud masks with her. We did and it was lots of fun and we were actually able to have a really really good discussion with her about her conversion!

Thursday we had a great lesson with Nicole! She is doing so much better and back on track now! She’s been being taught by the sisters for sooooo long and she’s finally decided on her own that this is what she actually wants. That’s what makes all the difference!

Friday morning we had a super spiritual district meeting and something really cool happened that evening! A few weeks ago on the 4th of July we were contacting where everyone was waiting for the fireworks to start. We had parked a couple blocks away and when we were walking back in the dark we had taken a wrong turn and ended up in a random neighborhood we had never been to. There was one family out in their yard and we stopped and asked them how to get back to the main street. Fast forward to this week we went back to that neighborhood and found that family and they are soooo awesome! They have the 3 cutest little boys and were so receptive! That night one of the young women in the ward came out with us and we found some really great people with her and had a lot of fun!

Saturday we taught Lee the plan of salvation and I learned soooo many new things while teaching her. It was so cool. I feel like I’ve learned more from teaching investigators than anything else in my life. Ahh it’s just so cool. Missions are the best.

I love y’all! Have a great week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

This is legit my favorite church sign I’ve ever seen

God bless America

Hey y’all!

So this might be rather short because we had to email at a member’s house and I’m using her ipad and being on a mission for so long has made me super technologically challenged so this is a struggle! I don’t know how missionaries with ipads do it haha.

We had a great 4th of July! I’ve never seen so many confederate flags in my entire life. I love Alabama. Prattville is the greatest ever place for community activities so that’s what we did nearly the whole day and we got to talk to lots and lots of people! In the morning we went to the parade and then to a festival at the park! And there’s nothing like the Alabama heat! That afternoon we had a great lesson with Lee, who was the elder’s investigator who got passed over to us! She is seriously so awesome! After that we had a lesson with Steven who we met last week and he is great too! Then we went to a bbq at our bishop’s house and had some great southern bbq! We ended the night contacting people where they were all waiting for the fireworks to start. God bless America.

Wednesday night we were on our way to a lesson and we passed a street that really really stuck out to me and I knew we needed to go there. The whole lesson I could not get that street off my mind. So afterwards we went there and it was a super long street so I was like "okay I have no idea where to go from here." And Sister Anderson said she felt like new should go to a little side road about a block away. We did and there was a guy standing out by his pickup truck named Jonathan! Turns out he’s met sisters twice before and they lost contact and he’d always wondered why. It was super super cool to see how the spirit works with both of us in the companionship to get us where we need to be!

Thursday was zone conference in Montgomery! Always a good time!

That night we had our last lesson with Nick and Caitlyn. We really love them but they do not have any real intent. I’ve learned SO much about real intent while teaching them. It makes ALL the difference. Real intent means that we intend to act on the answers we’re given. Joseph Smith prayed with real intent and that’s why he was able to get the answer he Got! Anyone who has ever gotten an answer has prayed with real intent.

We had another great lesson with Nicole on Saturday and we seriously love her to pieces!

Have a blessed week y’all!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson


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A new transfer, a new companion, and a new month!

Hey y’all!

Wow. What a crazy week! Transfer week is always that way and I love it!

Monday and Tuesday Sister Humphreys and I spent staying super busy! And then Wednesday we we went to Birmingham for transfers! I’ve missed Bham soooo much and being there again just made my heart burst!
Transfers were great and I got to see a lot of people that I love and got Sister Anderson! She is so solid and you would never guess that she’s a new missionary! And get this you guys, she’s been a member of the church for a year! You would never guess it, she seriously has the strongest testimony! She barely even needs a trainer haha.
It was such a fun day because our Bham quad was reunited but also Sister Beck went home and saying goodbye to her was a sad sad sad time. Wow I love that girl more than words can say. Everybody needs a Briana Beck in their life. ❤

We drove back to Prattville and the first place I took Sister Anderson was the projects! Gotta let her have a real Alabama experience first thing haha! We had a good lesson with Annesia and were able to talk to a lot of awesome people so it was really good!

Thursday we went to the food pantry, weekly planned, had dinner with Pauline, had coorelation meeting, and Sister Anderson learned how to store contact and rocked it!

Friday we had a really really awesome lesson with Nicole! We haven’t known what to do because she loves the church, knows everything is true, and comes to church and mutual regularly but she will not keep commitments. She’s had baptismal dates in the past and haven’t figured out why they fell through. We got there and she totally just opened up to us about it all. She wants to be baptized so badly but her dad is holding her back because he thinks we’re an evil cult or something. She never told any of the missionaries about it but she said she told us because she wants to get baptized because she doesn’t want to feel empty anymore. Wow! It was really cool because Sister Anderson experienced the same thing when she had to tell her dad both when she was getting baptized and when she was going on a mission so she was able to help her a lot!

Saturday was a wonderful day because we got to go to Gianna’s wedding! She’s our favorite and she got married at the church and the relief society threw a super cute little wedding for them! It was so happy! That evening we had dinner with Blanca and her mom Athena who are former investigators and the nicest people in the whole world!

Sunday we were on our way to church and the Millbrook elders called us and said, "Hey do you remember a Wilma? She said she knows you and she’s at church right now!" I was super confused because we just met her once like a month ago and she bible bashed us so we never went back or called her or anything. We got to church and sure enough she was there trying to bible bash with one of the members. And then during sacrament meeting she would say "Praise God!" and "Amen!" super loud during people’s testimonies. I was dying laughing. Only in Alabama.

Happy 4th of July!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

Both my children! They’re cute, huh?

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