“I knowed I was fixin to get baptized”

Hey y’all!

What a fabulous week!

To start out we had an exchange with the Gardendale sisters!! I was with cute cute Sister Haws. She is such a stellar missionary! For reals I was blown away! This girl has great things coming for her!

On Tuesday night we had a GREAT lesson with Jeffery! We set a solid baptism date with him and he said, "it’s already the happiest day of my life!" Wow.

Later in the week we spent some good time tracting out in the country! Seriously it was GORGEOUS and I was in heaven!!! And you never know the people you will meet… we met some real crazies and also some really solid people! Alabama country roads have my whole heart! #countryroadstakemehome 🎶🎵

On Friday we were able to go see a less active sister in Leeds and do some service for her. Service truly does soften stoney souls . Later that day we had another great lesson with Jeffery!!!! We taught tithing and fasting and it’s really amazing how many southerners are amazed that we have a lay ministry. Not a super common thing but lots of people agree that that’s the way it should be! he told us, "as soon as I walked in this church I knowed I was fixin to get baptized." WE LOVE JEFFERY!!! We had another solid lesson with him on Saturday. (sorry not sorry if you’re sick of hearing about Jeffery) We had Brother Thunell with us and he asked Jeffery if any part of the Book of Mormon has touched him, (he’s already in Mosiah!) and Jeffery said, "every. single. word. Every single word has touched me. I have been trying all my life to find something that would soothe my soul and calm my mind. I’ve tried everything and this book is the only thing that has worked. I KNEW as soon as I picked it up that it was true and my life hasn’t been the same since. My life will never be the same." The spirit was so, so strong in the room in that moment. The Book of Mormon truly changes lives. Read it and let it change yours.

Saturday night we had dinner with the wonderful Thunells and watched the women’s session of general conference with them! It was the greatest night ever! Everybody stoked for the rest of conference?!??!!

On Sunday President and Sister Sainsbury came and visited our ward! It was super fun to have them there. Afterwards we had interviews with President and it was the best! Sister Sainsbury showed us the new Easter video the church is releasing on Friday!!! Y’all it is SO GOOD!!!!!

I want to share a part of one of my favorite Ensign articles(https://www.lds.org/ensign/2016/08/young-adults/rooted-in-christ?lang=eng) in preparation for Easter! It’s by L. Whitney Clayton-

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! “When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him” (John 19:5–6). As critically important as the rest of the story is, I stop with Pilate’s words: “Behold the man!” Pilate’s plea was profoundly ironic. Jesus’s physical appearance at that moment was marred, but there never had been until then, and has not been since, any man or woman who more richly deserved to be “beheld.” His life was perfect. He was without peer. No one had ever lived as He did. No one ever would. He possessed every virtue in its consummate form. The Savior had every power of self-control. His emotions and feelings were perfect, as were His thoughts. His understanding was unlimited. He alone was truly worthy of being beheld—from every perspective—and of being examined, measured, and worshipped. No view into His mind, heart, and feelings would or could possibly disappoint. His appearance did not reflect it then, but Jesus was the embodiment of the abundant life. So it was not His appearance at that moment of suffering that we should remember first and foremost (see Isaiah 53:2). It was what He was inside that afflicted physical tabernacle that meant absolutely everything for all of us. What He was made possible what He did. It was the magnificence of what He was that invites our attention. What we should see as we “behold the man” is His crescendoing triumph over the forces of evil, even though it did not then appear to be a victory at all. It was His perfect calm in the center of the most violent storm any human would ever suffer. Every diabolical device the enemy ever invented had been or soon would be unleashed against Him. He overcame and conquered them all. He stood before Pilate in perfect peace and composure."

Have a blessed week! Enjoy conference!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

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The greatest of all victories

Hey y’all!

It is now full blown spring and Alabama sure is beautiful!

We had a great week here in the ABM! We were able to get lots done and it felt great!

On Tuesday we had district meeting which we haven’t had in a while and it was so fun! Our district leader is from Jamaica and he is hilarious. That day we were also able to see Valerie! We needed to teach the word of wisdom and we got there and she offered us tea. So I was automatically like "okay well it’s all over this is going to be a mess." But we taught it and she has never liked tea and only drinks herbal tea! She doesn’t even drink sweet tea which is unheard of for southerners! She has never liked coffee either and had absolutely no problems with the word of wisdom and totally agreed that these things are harmful for your body. #blessings

On Wednesday we saw JEFFERY!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how much we love him. He is so beyond incredible! We taught the plan of salvation and once again he said that everything we share with him is what he already believes! He is SO intelligent and such a deep thinker. Whenever we share a principle with him he says, "that is right!" And I wish all of you could hear him say that in his "lil hillbilly accent." (he calls it that) Also he is always saying "teach me more!" and "what else you got?!" whenever we teach him. We saw him on Saturday too and had a great lesson and he loved church on Sunday! It is so amazing to watch him progress. He already has such a steadfast testimony! He knows without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true! Teaching him has really really helped my testimony that this is the true church and that those who are prepared will be led to it. The Holy Ghost is real and will come to those who are worthy and ready!

On Thursday we had breakfast with some of our favorite people, the Burchfields! They are a less active and part member family. They are so awesome and they showed us their pet pigs that do tricks. We also had a great lesson with Q and La’Miracle! We haven’t been able to see them in like 2 weeks so I’ve been a little worried about them. It ended up being a really great lesson and Q really really opened up to us like she never has before!

We got to church on Sunday and there was a lady there who nobody had ever seen before. Turns out her name is Kimberly and she is from London and she came to the United States to be baptized in Georgia on Saturday by the person who taught her the gospel! She is traveling all over the south all be herself and just going to whatever wards she can find and meeting all the member she can. Talk about brave! She was so inspiring and so sweet! We had homemade beef stew with Valerie that night! We sure love her!

How are everyone’s Easter preparations going? Good I hope! This is the best time of year! EVERYONE please read this talk!!!

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1999/05/he-is-not-here-but-is-risen.p1?lang=eng

It is powerful! It talks about how Christ rising again is the greatest of all victories. It truly is! Here is my favorite paragraph from it-

"These simple words—“He is not here, but is risen”—have become the most profound in all literature. They are the declaration of the empty tomb. They are the fulfillment of all He had spoken concerning rising again. They are the triumphant response to the query facing every man, woman, and child who was ever born to earth."

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

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Never been happier

Hey y’all!

Wow! I truly have never been happier! So many good things happened this week!

On Wednesday we had zone conference! It was all focused on working with members and I learned soooooo much!! Sister Conteh and I gave a training and we are always grateful for lots of input! At the end we had a sisters breakout session with Sister Sainsbury and it was tons of fun!

After zone conference we went on exchanges with the Oxford hermanas! I was with cute Sister Frazer! She is from Montana and we were driving through the woods to get to a dinner appointment and she kept saying how she felt like she was home again, it was so cute. I had fun and learned a lot from her!

ok so coolest story ever. Remember Jeffery from last week who just showed up to church on his own? We’ve seen him 3 times this week and he is the definition of elect! He told us why he showed up to church that week. He works for a tree service and a couple weeks ago a tree fell near the church and he was helping clean it up. While he was near our church he said he felt a strong sense of peace and belonging and he knew he needed to come to our church! So the following Sunday he came and he has been so happy ever since. He already knows all of it is true and has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon! He is so incredible!

Valerie is also progressing really well! She discovered how to listen to the Book of Mormon on her phone and now listens to it all the time!

And today we went to the Birmingham Zoo with our zone!! It was a blast! It was rainy so we had the whole place to ourselves! Blessed with the best zone in the best city!

Easter is in a little over a month! President Sainsbury said something in zone conference that really really struck me. We prepare for Christmas, the birth of Christ, months in advance. But Easter, which is just as important, we don’t really prepare for. I invite all of you to do something in the upcoming weeks to prepare for Easter! It can be anything, share Easter thoughts on social media, read scriptures about the atonement, anything! And let me know what you do! This is a glorious time of year! What a reason to celebrate. Here’s what I want to share this week: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-00-1420-because-of-him?lang=eng

Have a blessed week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

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Leeds is the promised land

Hey y’all!

Leeds is truly the promised land. This is the greatest ward ever!! Everyone is SO missionary minded! Gosh I’m so happy and I just love it here!!

Tuesday we had MLC!! I seriously LOVE MLC. This time I was just so filled with love for the ABM! It is such a special place with so many special missionaries. I feel so, so blessed to have been called here. #americasbestmission

Wednesday we spent the day in Birmingham again. We planned zone training with the zone leaders and got some stuff done for our car. We had a great lesson with our investigator Crystal! We read 1 Nephi 1 with her and she didn’t want to stop! She is such a good example of having a close relationship with God. I love her so much!

Thursday we made a baptism calendar with Valerie! She is SO excited to be baptized!! She came with us and had dinner with the sweetest members! She said she felt right at home there and that these are the people she needs to be with! She came to church on Sunday and loved it!! She fit right in!

On Friday we had zone training! Our zone is growing every transfer and I’m amazed that we keep getting the best missionaries! it was a lot of fun and we all ate some good bbq afterwards! After that we started our exchange with the Altadena B hermanas! I was with Sister Magness and she is the CUTEST thing and one of my bffs. Like seriously I love her so much. She is in her 2nd transfer and doing so well! For reals, we went contacting at the mall and I was amazed by how bold she was! We’re good pals and turns out we lived like 10 minutes away from each other in Utah and know tons of the same people!

We had the coolest experience yesterday. Last week a man named Jeffery randomly showed up to church. Nobody knew him, he’d never been before, but he said he felt a very very strong spiritual impression that he needed to come to our church. He said he had never felt anything so strong. We talked to him then and he said he was waiting things out then, but he called us later in the week and asked for a Book of Mormon. We went over with our ward mission leader and gave him and Book of Mormon and taught the restoration. I have NEVER been in such a spirit filled lesson! He comprehended everything and asked the best questions and was smiling SO big the whole time! He already said he knew the Book of Mormon was true even before he read it! It was the coolest experience ever. It really confirmed to me that this is HIS work, not ours. We literally didn’t do anything. It was ALL the spirit. There are people who are truly prepared! God is just letting us watch!

We spent the rest of the day on a team up with our ward mission leader, Brother Thunell and his daughter Megan! They are some of favorite people in the world! We went to cute tiny little Ragland to contact a referral. I LOVE small southern towns. There is truly nothing like it!

This gospel is true. It is the only way to deep, lasting joy.
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

​Birmingham zone is the best zone!