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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Rain on rain on rain on rain

Hey y’all!

Well. Here we are at the end of another transfer and I have no idea how it happened. It has been such a good transfer and I am so grateful for all the things I’ve learned! For this next transfer I’m training a new missionary here in Prattville and Sister Humphreys is going to Anniston to be in a trio! Prattville is going to be such a great place to train so I’m really excited!

Tuesday morning we went on quite the adventure to Montgomery because we had to go to the Toyota dealership because the check engine light came on in our car so we had to go get it checked out. We got super lost in the depths of Montgomery and y’all… Montgomery is super sketch. Literally it was so fun. But we made it out alive and everything is fixed now!

That afternoon we had interviews with President Sainsbury and I LOVE HIMMMMMM!!! It was such a good interview.

On Wednesday we had another "bible study" with Nick and Friday we had a great last district meeting. I’ve seriously loved our district this transfer. We all bore our testimonies and shared the biggest thing we’ve learned this transfer and the spirit was sooooo strong. I love being a missionary.

That afternoon we were out working and went to the cute water well to fill up our water bottles. It’s right next to the river and there’s always lots of people to talk to there. There was one younger guy that we could tell was different before we even started talking to him. His name is Steven and he just moved here from New York and he is one of those people that is searching for truth and doesn’t even know it! We sat down at a picnic table with him there and taught him and he is amazing! And meanwhile while this was happening a little girl fell into the river and like 4 people jumped in after her and the currents were so strong that none of them could get out.
(This week we got an absolutely insane amount of rain as an effect of the tropical storm on the coast, so there’s been lots of flooding and the river is SUPER high and fast.) So then tons of EMS showed up and got them out. Everyone ended up being perfectly fine thankfully! But even through all the commotion and sirens Steven stayed 100% focused. It was the craziest thing.

Saturday night we went to an apartment complex Sister Humphreys has been wanting to go to for a little while. The first door we went to we were standing on the porch and the car pulled in. It’s always soooooo awkward when that happens. This cute Filipino family got out of the car and invited us right in. THEY ARE THE CUTEST PEOPLE ALIVE and they moved here a month ago. ugh I literally can’t take how cute they were. We were talking to them and the mom made us jam sandwiches and they said, "we need to take a picture to remember this night!" Seriously it made our week.

Sunday was great! Our deaf friend James came to church again and loved it!

Here’s to a new transfer and a new beginning! I love y’all!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

Crawfish and a Pentecostal bible study

Hey y’all

What a great week here in the ABM! It absolutely flew by. But what else is new?

To start it out on Tuesday we had another great lesson with Dale and we were very very grateful! She is making such great progress!

On Wednesday we spent some time at the food pantry and saw Nicole! She is so awesome and is going to mutual faithfully! She is the cutest thing. ALSO that evening we found another deaf person! So cool, huh?

Remember the Pentecostal church we went to last Sunday? 2 of their members, Nick and Caitlyn, were really excited to meet with us and hear what we had to say. We set up an appointment with them for Thursday at their church and they asked if they could teach us a bible study too. I was like 60% sure we were going to be walking into a bash but it wasn’t at all! We taught them the restoration and they had really really good questions, and then they taught us a little bit about their beliefs! It was really cool and they are the best people ever! AND Nick came to church on Sunday!!! He had really good comments in Sunday school and really liked it.

On Friday morning we went to see Mary! She is the sweetest member who can’t come to church because she’s confined to the nursing home she’s in but she is SO solid! We visit her every week and she is always so excited to hear how our work is going. We got to her room and she got SO excited and said "I’ve been waiting for you and praying that you would come soon!" Turns out the last time we were there after we left one of her nurses started asking her tons of questions about us and was so curious and really wanted us to come to her house! Mary was sooooo excited to give us the referral and feel included in the work!

Saturday we spent some time at cute cute downtown Prattville contacting people. It’s right on the river so there are always tons of people there shopping, eating, and playing in the river. We started talking to 2 guys who were sitting at a table by the river devouring a bucket of crawfish. They were super super nice and invited us to sit down and offered to let us try some. I really liked it and once they realized that they would. not. stop. giving them to me. I literally ate so many. It’s struggle trying to teach the restoration while they just keep handing you crawfish and expecting you to eat all of them haha! When in Alabama I guess!

I am very very grateful for my wonderful companion, this great area, beautiful Alabama, the sweet southern people, and the restored gospel in my life! I couldn’t ask for anything more!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

Life is sweeter in the south

Hey y’all!

We had a great week this week!

To start off on Tuesday we went over to Nicole’s house and helped her pack for youth conference! We watched the Restoration movie with her and she talked about how she wishes she would have had the church in her life her whole life. She is soooo close!

On Wednesday visited Steven and Rebecca and their brand new baby girl Julianna! She is tiny! They are doing great! We were able to have a really great lesson with Dale, who is a less active sister and it’s really hard to have good lessons with her so we were very grateful! Last week we were out tracting and we started talking to a lady who was sitting on her porch. Then we realized she was on the phone and very annoyed with us… So we asked if we could come beck Wednesday at 4:00. We went back Wednesday at 4:00 totally expecting her to have totally forgotten. BUT she was expecting us!! Turns out her husband met with elders just a few months ago and she was so excited to see us!

Thursday and Friday we went on exchanges and then had district meeting! We have the best district meetings here! The rest of the day was filled with weekly planning and helping one of our favorite less active sisters move into the apartment building next to ours!

Saturday started out super slow. It was super hot and nobody wanted to listen to us. In the afternoon we decided to try and find some less actives. None of them were home and there was one and the house was abandoned. We figured we would knock on a few doors around it and the one right next to it we met a girl named Alicia! That morning she had been praying to know if God is even real. We had a really really great conversation with her and I know that God is so so aware of her! The next door we knocked on was someone named Nick and he was suuuuuper interested in the Book of Mormon! He’s Pentecostal and he invited us to his church’s services the next day! Of course we were going to take the opportunity to go! We went to their Sunday evening services and it was quite the southern experience! Lots of hallelujahs and amens and raising your hands up for Jesus. The members were super super nice and made us feel super welcome! We were like, "wow this is exactly how all members of our church need to be!" Nick is really excited to come to our church now and talk more about the Book of Mormon! That night we visited Nicole and she had the greatest time at youth conference! And I caught a frog in her yard haha! All in a day’s work.

I feel like the theme that kept coming up over and over this week was the reality of the restoration. Joseph Smith really saw what he said he saw! This really is the way Christ’s church was when He was on the earth! It’s an incredible thing that we have a knowledge of this. The world will never be the same because Christ’s gospel was restored.

Have a blessed week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

By the obedience of one

Hey y’all!

Yep… it’s definitely summer in Alabama! The humidity and temperatures are climbing and southern summer nights are still my favorite thing in the whole world!

On Wednesday night we were able to have a really great lesson with Jared! Sister Jones, the relief society president came with us and I absolutely adore her! We ended up veering from the original lesson plan and talked about the atonement the whole time. Let me tell you, it was POWERFUL. You could definitely tell that he was feeling something. At the end he prayed for the first time in a long time! It was the greatest prayer ever! He started it out, "dear God… I’m new at this so you’re gonna have to bear with me." Gahhhh it’s these times when I just love being a missionary more than anything!

The most exciting thing that happened this week was that James came to church!!!!! James is the Deaf man I contacted a couple weeks ago when I first got here! We hadn’t even taught him anything, I had just given him a restoration pamphlet. And then later he called us through TTY and told us he wanted to come to church! So I was stressed out of my minddddd and practiced signing sooo much all week. It was amazing because when we were at church it all came back to me even though I haven’t signed in so long! I had forgotten how much I love signing and it felt sooooo good to sign again! The gift of tongues is real and I am so grateful! James loved church! And then during 2nd hour, Nicole, a former investigator who hasn’t been to church in a long time totally surprised us and showed up! And she’s going to youth conference this week!

Here’s a scripture that really struck me recently:
Romans 5:19-
"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."

This is talking about Christ and how His obedience to His Father made it possible for us to made clean. Because He chose to be obedient it made all the difference for us! Think about that! Think about the difference one obedient person can make.

Have a blessed week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson