Blessed beyond belief!

Hey y’all!

Wow! What an incredible week! It is hard to believe how blessed we are!

Sister Beck is the greatest missionary I have ever met! She is so bold and loves the people so much and just absolutely radiates! We have SO much fun together and I love teaching and working with her! She is basically my long lost best friend. Turns out we have very very similar family situations and it has been so great because we can talk about it and we both get it! Other people say they get it but you don’t get it until you’ve been through it, so it has been the greatest blessing to have her! She is suuuuper talented and I’m not even kidding you she is a master violinist- she traveled the world playing the violin- she got permission to bring her violin on her mission and she is a really good fiddler too so she fiddles in our apartment all the time and I can’t get enough of it! I could go on and on forever on how great she is and how much I love her!

Tuesday and Wednesday we had exchanges and I stayed here in Russellville with Hermana Knaus! It’s super fun to be with a Spanish sister! We were able to have a super amazing lesson with our 17 year investigator Destinee! She prayed for the first time in about 10 years and it was so powerful. She has such a strong desire to learn truth and has lots of really great questions. She kept saying how familiar all of this sounded! That night Sister Hart had us over for dinner and made us homemade fried chicken and banana pudding. The southern squish is so real y’all.

Thursday night was one of the most amazing of my mission. We were walking around downtown Tuscumbia contacting people. It is the cutest cutest cutest place and they had just turned the Christmas lights on so there were lots of people there! Sister Beck and I were just so filled with Christmas joy! (she loves Christmas just as much as I do!!!!) We also looking for a food pantry people had told us about that was nearby but we’ve never been able to find that we really want to do service at. We went up to an older man and he immediately starts hardcore bible bashing. Nothing we’re not used to so we just stand there, it’s all you can do, and he says, "now what do you have to say about that?!" And we say, "actually, we were just going to ask you if you knew where this food pantry was." He then apologized a million times and he walked us right to where the food pantry was and talked to us for a long time and showed us the whole downtown and told us stories about it! He then gave us a bag of fresh Louisiana oranges since he had just come from there! We parted ways with him so happy about what just happened, and we stopped to wait for the light to change so we could cross the street. There were 2 women waiting next to us so we struck up a conversation with them. She asked us where we’re from and we said Idaho and Utah and turns out she’s from Montana! She asked us if we’ve ever been to temple square. A couple years ago she was in Salt Lake for a 2 week long conference and visited Temple Square. She told us about how she couldn’t get enough of the movies and displays and just the feeling there! When she went up and saw the Christus she described it as the most spiritual, powerful moment of her life! She spend every evening on Temple Square during her time in Salt Lake and she has read the whole Book of Mormon and part of the Doctrine and Covenants and lds.org! Somehow she has never met with missionaries before! God is SO aware of her, things lined up perfectly so that she would be crossing the street at the same time as us! No coincidences there! Miracles upon miracles upon miracles. God is definitely preparing people to hear the message of the restored gospel.

Friday we had zone conference in Tupelo, Mississippi! So so fun and there are always so many incredible things to be learned! BUT my favorite part by far……. Sister Sainsbury introduced this year’s Christmas iniatiave the church is putting out!!! Y’all…. IT’S SO GOOD AND I AM SO EXCITED. The video is perfect and tomorrow we are getting the materials like pass along cards for it and you best believe I’m giving every one of those out and dousing everyone with Christmas cheer. Christmas as a missionary is already the greatest thing ever. CAN’T WAITTTTT #lighttheworld

This week I came across Acts 5:31 and 3 Nephi 12:10-12 and they really struck me.

Acts 5:41 "And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name."

3 Nephi 12:10 "And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;
12 For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you."

What a blessing it is to be counted worthy to suffer persecution God’s sake. Always remember that!

The infamous Iron Bowl is this Saturday. It’s the Alabama/Auburn game and I’m telling you that rivalry is as heated as it gets. I’m way excited to watch everyone go crazy. Although proselyting will be a struggle.

"Well, that’s all have to say about that." -Forrest Gump

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

All my love,

Sister Oscarson

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