Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you

This has been such an amazing week! I keep loving the south more and more! The humidity is awesome haha. It’s just part of being in the south and I love being able to experience all of it!

We got to go to the Birmingham Temple onThursday and it was the best day ever! We left early in the morning and did a session with President and Sister Hanks, it’s the last one they’ll do here since they leave tomorrow! Sister Griffith and I and the Florence sisters helped with the temple laundry afterwards and it was so cool! There’s so much work that goes on in the temple that we don’t see. We talked to the assistant to the matron for a while and I learned so much! She let us see the bridal room too she was so sweet. The Birmingham temple is tiny and adorable! I love it so much. It’s such a blessing to be able to go as missionaries! After the temple that evening the 4 of us sisters went to Outback because we had gift cards some members gave us. So yeah that was a really good day haha!

On Wednesday we’re going to Tupelo to meet the new mission president!! I’m so excited. I keep wondering what’s been going through his head recently. But we all keep praying for him and we already love him so much!

The members here are so steadfast! I am amazed by them every single day. The ward boundries are huge and there are 3 sets of missionaries here and they take such good care of us and each other!

We’ve had some really good lessons this week and done a lot of finding! It’s been cool because a lot of the people we had been teaching Sister Griffith and her companion found in the past, so I was just coming in wherever they had left off. But this week we found some people and have been teaching them from the beginning and it is the most amazing thing! Seeing them start to recognize the spirit is what I live for!

FUNNIEST THING. The other day we were in a lesson and at the end we had him read Moroni’s promise in Moroni 10:3-5. As he was reading it he replaced every "ye" with "yall." And he didn’t even notice he was doing it. Hahahahah oh my gosh I love the south more than anything. Seriously try reading it and replacing the words you will die. Now Sister Griffith always read scriptures to each other and throw yall in there we love it so much.

We live a couple miles away from the place Helen Keller was born. Who knew she was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama? This weekend was a Helen Keller festival at a big park close to her house. We went and were able to talk to a lot of people! Lots of fun. We have met so many people who are absolutely starving for truth!!

I have some to realize what a blessing it is that our church is worldwide and the same everywhere you go. Around here when people move they have to find a new church home. There are so many churches that have totally different beliefs from each other. It’s really common to see 2 baptist churches right across from each other. They’re both baptist and they both study the bible but they just can’t agree with each other. It’s such a blessing that no matter where you go you can find a church and all the teachings will be the same.

Sorry this is so scattered everywhere idk how to put my thoughts together.

Yall. Fireflies. We love going out in the evenings because everyone is hanging out on their porches so it’s super easy to talk to them. Sometimes I get so distracted bythe lightning bugs when we’re talking to people. There’s so many and they’re just so cool! They’re so easy to catch too so I’ve been having a lot of fun with them haha.

I’ve been reading the war chapters in Alma lately and even though sometimes it seems like there’s not much to gain from them I’ve learned so much. The biggest thing is that if we’re prepared we don’t need to fear! If you show the Lord that you are willing to give your preparation your best, He will make up everything else you need.

I am so excited to keep working, learning, and finding! Being a missionary is the best!

I love yall so much! Have a blessed week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

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Muscle Shoals has my heart

p.s. if anyone wants our address it’s

109 Frost Circle Apt. Z101

Sheffield, AL
35660

On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 2:26 PM, Megan Oscarson <megan.oscarson> wrote:

​HELLO EVERYONE my goodness so much has happened since my last pday that was an eternity ago. I’m safe and sound in Muscle Shoals, Alabama! I love it here so much. I’m right at home. SOUTHERN PEOPLE ARE SO AMAZING. I have endless stories I could tell you of how incredibly kind and sweet they are.

But anyway we had our last few days in the MTC! It was so sad. I loved the MTC and learned and grew so much there. We had to say good bye to the elders on Monday night and it was the worst. But I know they’re bringing Georgia heaven! We left the MTC at 2:30 Tuesday morning and flew to Denver and then on to Birmingham. Long day of traveling but it was so fun. Wegot to Birmingham in the afternoon and met President and Sister Hanks there and THEY ARE THE SWEETEST, BEST PEOPLE EVER. I love them so much. They’re leaving next week though and the whole mission in grieving haha. We went to the mission home, ate a ton, took naps, and had interviews with President Hanks. A couple of the sisters and I explored the neighborhood a little bit and were amazed how beautiful it was. I’m legit mad nobody told me Alabama was going to be this beautiful. I feel like I’m in the mountains all the time because I’m constantly surrounded by trees. SO many beautiful huge flowers. I am so amazed every time we go outside. We live right on the Tennessee River and it’s amazing. The sunsets are unreal too.
Wednesday morning we had transfer meeting and it was such a whirlwind. President Hanks spoke for the last time. My trainer is Sister Maegan Griffith and I don’t know how I got so lucky to have her! Pretty cool that we have the same first name, huh? Seriously she is amazing and so sweet and I’m her 3rd greenie in a row and I can see why. She only has one transfer after this left. We got our car and it’s literally brand new. We got in it and it had 63 miles on it and we thought it was a joke. We feel so luxurious it’s hilarious. We drove 2.5 hours to our area, Russellville, Alabama! Our area has SO much variety it’s so cool. It includes the University of North Alabama, looooots of miles of counrtry, lots of trailer parks, a few really nice neighborhoods. Trailer tracting is literally my favorite thing. It’s so much fun and such an adventure. (ps UNA has live lions on campus that we just went to go see it’s pretty legit.)

Like I said, the southern people are the sweetest and have taught me so much. Southern hospitality is SUCH a real thing. Literally every door we knock on they offer us water. I think the biggest thing they’ve taught me so far is what it means to be a true Christian. It’s rare to meet someone here who isn’t Christian. Most people we talk to, they’ll tell us that they don’t agree with what they believe, but they’ll pray with us and for us and they loooooove to talk about Jesus with us. They’re true Christians because even though they don’t agree with us, they show us the most Christlike love possible. They let complete strangers into their home and make sure we’re safe and hydrated and healthy and they thank us for bringing people to Christ. They make sure we know that if we ever need anything, they’re more than happy to help. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH.
I’m a little bit mad I haven’t lived in the south my whole life. I’m never leaving this is the best place ever. It’s exactly where I need to be.

I’m already seeing miracles. Miracles are so real. God is so involved in His work among His children.

Here’s a scripture I’ve really loved this week:
"Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto Him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you." -Alma 34:27. Always have a prayer in your heart!

Love you allll so much!! Have a blessed week! (they say that all the time here)
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

p.s. a man sat next to me here at the library computers and asked me if Mormons believe in facebook and Christmas ahahahahah. Don’t worry I talked to him and gave him a pass along card.
p.s. again WE GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK YAYYYYYYY

Muscle Shoals has my heart

​HELLO EVERYONE my goodness so much has happened since my last pday that was an eternity ago. I’m safe and sound in Muscle Shoals, Alabama! I love it here so much. I’m right at home. SOUTHERN PEOPLE ARE SO AMAZING. I have endless stories I could tell you of how incredibly kind and sweet they are.

But anyway we had our last few days in the MTC! It was so sad. I loved the MTC and learned and grew so much there. We had to say good bye to the elders on Monday night and it was the worst. But I know they’re bringing Georgia heaven! We left the MTC at 2:30 Tuesday morning and flew to Denver and then on to Birmingham. Long day of traveling but it was so fun. Wegot to Birmingham in the afternoon and met President and Sister Hanks there and THEY ARE THE SWEETEST, BEST PEOPLE EVER. I love them so much. They’re leaving next week though and the whole mission in grieving haha. We went to the mission home, ate a ton, took naps, and had interviews with President Hanks. A couple of the sisters and I explored the neighborhood a little bit and were amazed how beautiful it was. I’m legit mad nobody told me Alabama was going to be this beautiful. I feel like I’m in the mountains all the time because I’m constantly surrounded by trees. SO many beautiful huge flowers. I am so amazed every time we go outside. We live right on the Tennessee River and it’s amazing. The sunsets are unreal too.
Wednesday morning we had transfer meeting and it was such a whirlwind. President Hanks spoke for the last time. My trainer is Sister Maegan Griffith and I don’t know how I got so lucky to have her! Pretty cool that we have the same first name, huh? Seriously she is amazing and so sweet and I’m her 3rd greenie in a row and I can see why. She only has one transfer after this left. We got our car and it’s literally brand new. We got in it and it had 63 miles on it and we thought it was a joke. We feel so luxurious it’s hilarious. We drove 2.5 hours to our area, Russellville, Alabama! Our area has SO much variety it’s so cool. It includes the University of North Alabama, looooots of miles of counrtry, lots of trailer parks, a few really nice neighborhoods. Trailer tracting is literally my favorite thing. It’s so much fun and such an adventure. (ps UNA has live lions on campus that we just went to go see it’s pretty legit.)

Like I said, the southern people are the sweetest and have taught me so much. Southern hospitality is SUCH a real thing. Literally every door we knock on they offer us water. I think the biggest thing they’ve taught me so far is what it means to be a true Christian. It’s rare to meet someone here who isn’t Christian. Most people we talk to, they’ll tell us that they don’t agree with what they believe, but they’ll pray with us and for us and they loooooove to talk about Jesus with us. They’re true Christians because even though they don’t agree with us, they show us the most Christlike love possible. They let complete strangers into their home and make sure we’re safe and hydrated and healthy and they thank us for bringing people to Christ. They make sure we know that if we ever need anything, they’re more than happy to help. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH.
I’m a little bit mad I haven’t lived in the south my whole life. I’m never leaving this is the best place ever. It’s exactly where I need to be.

I’m already seeing miracles. Miracles are so real. God is so involved in His work among His children.

Here’s a scripture I’ve really loved this week:
"Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto Him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you." -Alma 34:27. Always have a prayer in your heart!

Love you allll so much!! Have a blessed week! (they say that all the time here)
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

p.s. a man sat next to me here at the library computers and asked me if Mormons believe in facebook and Christmas ahahahahah. Don’t worry I talked to him and gave him a pass along card.
p.s. again WE GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK YAYYYYYYY

called to know the richness of his blessing

​Heyyyyyy life is still so good here. I feel like I’ve been here my whole life but at the same time the time is flyingggggggggg. I kinda hate it because I feel like I don’t ever want to leave the mtc.

First things first CONNER REPORTS TO THE MTC THIS WEEK!!!!!!!! I will literally miss him by 24 hours and that’s really sad but I AM SO EXCITED FOR HIM!!!!!!! I’m actually super jealous of everyone coming to the mtc soon because it’s so much fun. And thank you so much for all the letters and packages and dearelders and most importantly for all the prayers!!

Sunday devotional Sheri Dew came and it was a hugeeee spiritual feast she is the best. On Tuesday was Elder Bednar and it was the best night of everyone’s life. Sister Dustin and I sang in the choir and it was the coolest thing ever. (by the way idk why I didn’t mention this before but MY COMPANION AND I HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY how cool is that?????) He started by saying, "I am never going to give a talk of this nature or on this subject again." He talked about the principle "One by One" and went through all the times in the scriptures when Christ takes the people one by one. There were way more than I knew of and it was the coolest thing. Then he talked about how as an apostle he travels all the time for assignments and every time there is one person the Lord needs him to intersect with in that specific place. Even though he was somewhere to dedicate a temple or speak there was a single person that needed to interact with him. The Lord cares for us one by one. He mentioned that we may have been called to our specific missions to interact with one person who needs us. THEN THE COOLEST THING WAS he wrote a song that the choir sang. He said that he is not musical at all but he has had the words for this song floating around in his head for years and finally had people help him write it. No one had ever sung it before. At the end of his talk we sang it with his grandkids and I swear the spirit was tangible. He said the sheet music will be published in the New Era next month so watch for that because it’s beautiful.

And ok hahaha prayer knee is such a real thing. We pray 24/7 and we always kneel when we pray so our knees are now permanently red and a little bit sore it’s so awesome. We leave Tuesday morning so we are now the most senior district in our zone which is hilarious because we know nothing. Sister Dustin and I still get lost on a daily basis. It makes it even more funny that we’re the senior sister training leaders so we have to show the new sisters around. Hahahah poor things.

Yesterday morning we hosted the international missionaries who flew in the day before and it was the coolest thing. Sister Madsen and I hosted a sister from Taiwan and she was the sweeeeetest. She’s going to San Jose and was baptized 3 years ago and the only member in her family. The best part is that we got to take the shuttle and leave the mtc for a little bit to take her to the health clinic to get a chest xray to check for TB. Ok um yeah that’s basically my dream come true. I got to see the outside world for a little bit and health clinics are literally my favorite place. So like anything big happening in the news lately? Is donald trump still running for president? We are totally shut off from the outside world so we have no idea what’s happening.

It is so cool to see the spirit working in your investigators. Missionaries are not teachers. The missionary purpose never says "teach." It says "invite" and "help." All we are doing is helping them use the tools they have to connect to the spirit and come closer to Christ. Their spirit already knows these things are true. They already accepted these things and they just need to be reminded.

I’ve only been a missionary for 15 days and I already know that this is the best decision I have ever made. I have had countless confirmations that I am exactly where I need to be and going exactly where I need to be going. My life is never going to be the same now that I’ve been a missionary. It makes me so excited that I am just in the beginning and am going to keep learning and growing. THIS CHURCH IS SO TRUE AND IT CHANGES LIVES.
Next time I email I’ll be in Bama!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

p.s. HAVE FUN AT STRAWBERRY DAYS RODEO this is literally the only reason I would ever miss it.


HELLO I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY

I really wish I could find the words to tell you how much I love being a missionary and love the mtc and love my district and love my companion and love the gospel and love my life. It feels SO GOOD to finally be here and to finally be a missionary. The mtc is such a special place. Just read Alma 27:17 and that’s exactly what it’s like hahahaha. There are more sisters than elders here and it’s soooo awesome. But that will change really soon. We talked to the new district that came into our zone yesterday and a lot of the elders graduated from high school 4 days ago.Mission time is honestly so trippy. Missionaries always said that and I never believed it but it’s so true. I can’t believe I’ve only been here a week. I feel like I have been here my whole life.

I am so blessed with the best district everrrrrrr. We all love each other soooo much. Apparently a lot of other districts hate each other but that’s foreign to us because I’m not even kidding when I say all of us are best friends. Except the thing is that we get along so well that we have the hardestttt time focusing during personal study time. Aaaaand going to bed on time. So yeah we’re working on that. I want to tell you all soooooo much about them. All the sisters are going to Birmingham and all the elders are going to Georgia Atlanta North. We are already so so sad the elders aren’t going to our mission. It’s going to be so sad when we have to say goodbye to them.

Sister Dustin (my companion)

Sister Tunuufi
Sister Madsen

Elder Cox (district leader)
Elder Rippstein (zone leader)

Sister Raddigan
Sister Trepanier

Elder Holt
Elder Summers

Sister Dustin is probably the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. I love her soooo much. We get along so well and I love teaching with her. She’s from Tooele and is a master cake decorator. Sister Tunuufi is from Samoa and is hilariousssss. She and I laugh so hard at everything everyone says. She tells me, "you just keep on laughing Sister Oscarson" like 80 times in a day hahaha. Sister Madsen and I are basically the same person. We wear each other’s clothes alllll the time. Love her. Elder Cox. oh my gosh. I’m not even kidding when I say he is the funniest person I have ever met in my life. He is from Korea and got baptized and moved to the US 4 years ago. You would never guess he’s only been speaking english for that long. He has the sweetest testimony of missionary work and it is so close to his heart. HE BROUGHT A RICE COOKER haaaahahahahah and one morning when we all got to class the elders were like, "we ate rice alllll night long" ahahah oh I died. Him and Elder Rippstein’s companionship is the funniest thing ever. they are as opposite as you can get and they teach sooo well together. The first time I met Elder Rippstein I totally stereotyped him as a typical jock who was only on a mission so girls would date him when he got back. But I quickly learned that I was totally wrong. The elders for real take such good care of us it’s the cutest. We are so so lucky to have them. Sister Trepanier is basically who I want to be. she is from a tinyyyyy town in Arizona and a legit cowgirl. She tells us about her horses all the time. She wants to be a livestock vet and she loves country music as much as I do. so we talk about anatomy and george strait all the time. We tight. Sister Dustin and I were called as sister training leaders for our district. I loooove our sisters soooo much and I have learned so much from this calling. Yesterday was pretty hard because one of the sisters in our district was told she has to go home. It was the saddest thing ever. But they might be giving her another chance to stay we’ll know by the end of today. Our district would be so incomplete without her. So so sad.

MTC choir lived up to all my high expectations. Literally the coolest thing ever. And get this. We’re singing a song Elder Bednar wrote the lyrics to and singing it with his grandchildren. HE’S COMING ON TUESDAY and we get to sing that song. Like you have no idea how stoked EVERYONE is for that.

I really have learned so much that it’s unreal. I can definetly tell a difference now that I’m a missionary. I think the biggest difference is how much and how differently I can love people. On our second day here we watched a video of a woman who spoke mandarin and indroduced herself. It wasn’t even a minute long and I felt so overwhelmed with love for her. It was kinda the most amazing thing. And I love our investigators sooooo much. On Tuesday we had a lesson with Jessy and she said the closing prayer and I am not kidding you when I say it was probably the happiest moment of my whole entire life. Her prayer was SO sincere and humble and the spirit was so strong and I was just SO overwhelmed with love for her. We asked her to write down all the times when she noticed God’s hand in her life and say a little prayer of gratitude. We are doing it with her and we’ll talk about it in our lesson on saturday. It has been such a cool experience doing it with her. God is so so so involved in our lives.

I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that it really doesn’t matter how good of a teacher you think you are. As long as the spirit is there and the investigator came closer to Christ it was successful. I doesn’t matter how awkward you thought you were or how much you stumbled over your words. Basically I’ve learned to just need to get over yourself and learn how to invite the spirit into a lesson.

ANOTHER cool thing. Just like we are proxys (proxies?) in the temple for people who can’t be there themselves, during His atonement Christ was a proxy for us. Cool, huh?

I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. I know that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I know that this is the Lord’s work. He is very involved in it and will not let us mess it up. no matter how bad we think we do.

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

​I saw Hermana Aamodt RIGHT after I got here on Wednesday. So cool. Love her.

​Companion love

​I LOVE MY DISTRICT SO MUCH

​We have the prettiest view outside our classroom widnow. Not fair, right? Every time we have a break Sister Madsen and I stare outside and talk about how we’re going to climb that mountain when we get home.