One year y’all

Hey y’all!

We had a great week here in Prattville! I’m starting to feel more at home here!

On Wednesday we started out the day volunteering at the community food pantry. It was lots of fun! And then later in the day we ran into the most graceful bible bash I’ve ever experienced. It was pretty funny. And then that evening the elders wanted us to go to a Church of Christ bible study with them that one of their investigators invited them to. So we went of course! It was a super tiny church with probably 10 people there. It started out with singing hymns and people would get up there if there was a song they wanted to sing and lead it for everyone. Of course we didn’t know any of the songs they were singing. But we did find How Firm A Foundation in the hymnal! So the elders literally made me go up there to lead it and I got up there and everyone was giving me these suuuuper weird looks. And then the preacher says, "ma’am, we don’t allow women to lead in our church." …….oh. I had forgotten that in the Church of Christ they don’t let women lead or pray or speak in church. So that was pretty awkward. I sat down and the elders got up there and led it. (they felt soooooo bad afterwards by the way. It was pretty hilarious.) And it was a totally different tune than the one we’re used to. So it totally crashed and burned. But the rest of the bible study was good! It was fun and we met some really really great people.

Thursday was my year mark! So that was freaky. I really don’t know how that happened. That morning Steven called us and he said he was having a super rough time and even the Book of Mormon wasn’t bringing him peace. So we went over there with the elders and they gave him a blessing. It was the coolest thing. He said he felt something he’s never felt before and it brought him SO much comfort. Oh and the next night when we met with him another one of his friends was there and Steven taught the restoration again!

Oh and also for some reason that night Sister Humphreys convinced me to cut her hair… it was stressful and I’m never doing it again to say the very least haha.

Friday we had a great zone conference and afterwards we had a great lesson with Savannah and Cameron who are the cutest 17 year old girls!

On Saturday we went to get the oil changed in our car and while we were waiting we went across the parking lot to some stores to contact people. We were walking out the door of Books-A-Million and Sister Humphreys saw someone she recognized on the other side of the store so we went and talked to him! Her and her past companion had met him before really briefly. We went outside and started talking to him and he had so many amazing questions! We ended up teaching him the whole restoration and he is so amazing! And guess what? He came to church on Sunday and he loved it! Our investigator Chris came too!

Something really cool happened that I forgot to write about last week! There is a less active sister who lives in our apartment complex and we went to visit but she wasn’t there so we left a note for her. While we were writing the note we heard the most BEAUTIFUL piano music coming from the apartment above her. We decided to go knock on the door and meet this person! This woman is named Ann and she is so sweet and has the most gorgeous Steinway that literally takes up like half of her apartment! I think my jaw hit the floor what it saw it. We bonded over piano music haha. We’ve taught her 3 times this week and she is so cool!

Hope y’all have a great week! Happy summer!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson


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I LOVE ALABAMA!

Oh and by the way here’s my new address!

100 McQueen Smith Road South
Apt. A6
Prattville, Alabama
36066

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM, Megan Oscarson <megan.oscarson> wrote:

Hey y’all!

Well this week has sure been a whirlwind! I feel like a million thousand things have happened since I emailed last.

Well Monday night we had a lesson with Q and Kristine! Aaaaand Kristine was in labor. Like we literally had to stop while she was having contractions. So that was an experience.

And then the next day we went to the State Veteran’s home to visit a less active brother and we took Sister Colley so we could sing him the musical number we sang the Sunday before! Well lots of them came and listened and they wanted us to keep singing. The only thing there was a baptist hymnal so we sang the songs out of that that we knew but the words were pretty different so that was a struggle. And then just imagine us sight singing a bunch of baptist hymns we’ve never heard and trying so hard to hold back from laughing. yeah. I’m sure it was quite the sight. That night my favorite people the Bodilys took us to the #1 BBQ place in Alabama called Dreamland that’s in downtown Birmingham! Wow. Those ribs. And that sauce. The south sure knows how to bbq. Then we went and visited the Burchfields and toured and abandoned baptist church so it made for a very southern night!

Wednesday was transfers! Saying goodbye to Sister Beck was super sad. That girl. I will forever be grateful for her. Then I got my cute cute new companion Sister Humphreys! She is such a good missionary and so hilarious! I love her! We had lunch than made the drive the Prattville! It is truly the cutest place! I love it already.

Over the next few days I met some of the greatest people and we had some great lessons and we saw lots of miracles!

On Saturday we were at an apartment complex and we came to a door that said, "I’m Deaf. Please ring bell." So I freaked out. It’s been my dream my whole mission to find a Deaf person to test out my signing skills! But I also got super nervous because I haven’t really signed my whole mission and it has been a while since I’ve actually signed with a Deaf person. So I said a super quick prayer for the gift of tongues (the gift of hands in this case?) and knocked on the door! MIRACLES ARE REAL because it literally all came back to me and we understood each other no problem! It was literally the coolest thing ever!

On Sunday afternoon we had a great lesson with our investigator Steven! We’ve seen him a few times since I’ve been here and it is SO HARD to keep him focused! His friend Joey was there and it was a huge struggle because they were just talking to each other. But then the most amazing thing happened. He told his friend the story of Joseph Smith. I didn’t even know he remembered it and he got it all right! The spirit instantly flooded the room and there was the most amazing change in Steven. He was totally focused and calm and his entire countenance changed. We invited him to baptism and Joey took the bottle he was spitting his chewing tobacco into and said, "if you don’t say yes I’m going to hit you with this. If you know that book is true you NEED to be baptized into that church." Hahahahahaha thanks Joey. We gave Joey a Book of Mormon and Steven was so excited that they will be able to study it together! The spirit is so real and so amazing.

Here’s to more adventures in Prattville! I am so grateful for my mission! This has no question been the greatest year of my life. I’m so excited for what the next 6 months have in store!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

​These are the cute sisters I came out with! Who wold have ever thought we’d make it one whole year hahaha?!

This is cute Sister Humphreys!


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I LOVE ALABAMA!

Hey y’all!

Well this week has sure been a whirlwind! I feel like a million thousand things have happened since I emailed last.

Well Monday night we had a lesson with Q and Kristine! Aaaaand Kristine was in labor. Like we literally had to stop while she was having contractions. So that was an experience.

And then the next day we went to the State Veteran’s home to visit a less active brother and we took Sister Colley so we could sing him the musical number we sang the Sunday before! Well lots of them came and listened and they wanted us to keep singing. The only thing there was a baptist hymnal so we sang the songs out of that that we knew but the words were pretty different so that was a struggle. And then just imagine us sight singing a bunch of baptist hymns we’ve never heard and trying so hard to hold back from laughing. yeah. I’m sure it was quite the sight. That night my favorite people the Bodilys took us to the #1 BBQ place in Alabama called Dreamland that’s in downtown Birmingham! Wow. Those ribs. And that sauce. The south sure knows how to bbq. Then we went and visited the Burchfields and toured and abandoned baptist church so it made for a very southern night!

Wednesday was transfers! Saying goodbye to Sister Beck was super sad. That girl. I will forever be grateful for her. Then I got my cute cute new companion Sister Humphreys! She is such a good missionary and so hilarious! I love her! We had lunch than made the drive the Prattville! It is truly the cutest place! I love it already.

Over the next few days I met some of the greatest people and we had some great lessons and we saw lots of miracles!

On Saturday we were at an apartment complex and we came to a door that said, "I’m Deaf. Please ring bell." So I freaked out. It’s been my dream my whole mission to find a Deaf person to test out my signing skills! But I also got super nervous because I haven’t really signed my whole mission and it has been a while since I’ve actually signed with a Deaf person. So I said a super quick prayer for the gift of tongues (the gift of hands in this case?) and knocked on the door! MIRACLES ARE REAL because it literally all came back to me and we understood each other no problem! It was literally the coolest thing ever!

On Sunday afternoon we had a great lesson with our investigator Steven! We’ve seen him a few times since I’ve been here and it is SO HARD to keep him focused! His friend Joey was there and it was a huge struggle because they were just talking to each other. But then the most amazing thing happened. He told his friend the story of Joseph Smith. I didn’t even know he remembered it and he got it all right! The spirit instantly flooded the room and there was the most amazing change in Steven. He was totally focused and calm and his entire countenance changed. We invited him to baptism and Joey took the bottle he was spitting his chewing tobacco into and said, "if you don’t say yes I’m going to hit you with this. If you know that book is true you NEED to be baptized into that church." Hahahahahaha thanks Joey. We gave Joey a Book of Mormon and Steven was so excited that they will be able to study it together! The spirit is so real and so amazing.

Here’s to more adventures in Prattville! I am so grateful for my mission! This has no question been the greatest year of my life. I’m so excited for what the next 6 months have in store!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

​These are the cute sisters I came out with! Who wold have ever thought we’d make it one whole year hahaha?!

This is cute Sister Humphreys!


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Going to Prattville!

Hey y’all!

We had a great week this week and we were able to get so much done and that always feels good!

Well… my time in Leeds is up! Pretty hard to believe that I’ve been here for 6 whole months. This is definietly where I’ve grown and learned the most. Saturday night after we had gotten transfer calls we were driving back to Pell City from Leeds and my heart was just bursting with gratitude for this place and these people. Wow. I am so grateful my Heavenly Father let me spend so long here. Leeds will always hold a huge place in my heart. I’m going to Prattville! It’s just outside of Montgomery and I’m excited! I’ve heard so many great things about the area.

Monday night we had dinner with the cute Burgener family! Sister Burgener told us about a few weeks ago when they went for a walk around their neighborhood after general conference and she was just SO excited and she wanted to tell everyone about it! She saw a woman sitting on her porch and she felt like she should go talk to her but she didn’t. She asked us if we would go knock on her door and we said of course! We went to her house and nobody was home so we knocked on the house across the street and the man let us right in before we said anything because he’s met with missionaries before! He was super receptive and excited for us to come back!

Thursday while we were working in Leeds, we drove by a house a little off the road and I just felt like we super needed to knock on the door. So I pulled to car off the road and we went and knocked and the lady who opened the door immediately said, "I don’t believe like y’all do." But after we talked a bit she warmed up and let us into her home! Then she began to tell us how much she loves Utah and temple square and really opened up to us! We are excited to teach her again tomorrow!

On Friday we went to district meeting and then had a great lesson with Magda! She is so awesome! She read 5 chapters in the Book of Mormon and loved it and said she didn’t want to stop! She said the last time she got baptized it was for the wrong reasons and she wants to do it this time for all the right reasons! And then we went and saw Diamond and she read too!!!!! She said the exact same thing, that it captivated her so much! Must be because it’s true or something.

On Saturday we went to Birmingham for Kaitlyn’s baptism so we could play a musical number! The hot water of their church quit working so if you need a laugh, just imagine 4 sister missionaries sprinting back and forth in the church boiling water to try to fill the font. Yup. It was still freezing. But it definitely made for a memory! Kaitlyn was just glowing and it was so fun to play a musical number with Sister Beck and Sister Dimon!

Sunday was a great day! Sister Beck and I sang a duet in sacrament meeting and we sang the most amazing song that Sister Beck’s super talented mom wrote! After church we went to the Thunell’s and I got to Skype my cute fam! After that we took Megan with us and took her tracting for her first time! We did some sketchy apartments to make sure she got the whole experience and she did great! Then we went and saw Jeffery! He is doing so great and I love him SO much! He basically teaches us everything about the gospel and he’s even sharing the gospel and the Book of Mormon with his friends and bringing an investigator to church and fellowshipping him! Oh man… my heart just broke leaving him but I know that he is in good hands with this ward! He has a huge place in my heart. He has completely changed my outlook on the gospel. Afterwards we went and saw one of my favorite people, Patty! She and I are good friends and she is probably the most hilarious person I know. I told her I was leaving and she immediately pulled out a zebra striped taser and gave it to me and said, "here, you’ll need this." We about DIED. Don’t worry y’all, I’ll be safe becauseI have a super classy taser to always remember Patty by.

Moment of appreciation for Sister Beck. This girl has truly changed my life! She is the most incredible person I know and I KNOW I needed to come to this mission to meet her. I will always be grateful for her. We all need a Sister Beck in our lives.

Have a blessed week!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

Enjoy pictures of some of my favorite people in Leeds!

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20 years and 40 corndogs

Hey y’all!

What a week!

Tuesday we had MLC! I absolutely adore MLC every time. We found out there are no more zone trainings for the rest of forever so that makes our lives quite a bit easier! I also got to see some of very favorite people like Sister Madsen and Sister Trepanier! That night we got to teach Q and Kristine and we love them!

On Wednesday I went on splits for the very first time on my mission. I don’t know how I’ve gone this long without ever going on splits and I was a bit nervous to be honest! I was in a trio with Megan and Hailey and we had lots of fun! I really really wanted to give them a good old southern experience because Hailey just got home from her mission in Germany so that was the goal of the day. We knocked on a door and heard the people inside say, "who’s at the door? It’s the Jesus people!" And then we taught a baptist preacher who was gutting catfish on his porch. If that’s not southern, I don’t know what is. #missionaccomplished

Thursday was my birthday and it was wonderful! It started with Sister Beck pouncing on me at 6:25 am and then we made pancakes and she played her violin. After studies we went to district meeting in Centerpoint and my cute district threw a surprise party! Complete with 40 corndogs. Why 40? Don’t ask me. That evening we had dinner at the Bodilys and had my favorite breakfast for dinner! I LOVE the Bodilys! They’re some of my favorite people in all of Alabama. I had a great day and I can’t help but feel super blessed to have so many amazing people in my life!

Friday morning we got to go help at a local food pantry! It was lots of fun! The ladies who work there are all total southern belles and they taught us many many life lessons behind the counter. For instance, "Now girls, you see that woman. That right there is the difference between a woman and a lady." hahaha. We were dying. We came home to our apartment decorated and the Birmingham sisters popping out and a surprise exchange! I LOVE SISTER MATHIS AND SISTER DIMON. So much. Seriously they’re the best. I had a great exchange with Sister Dimon. We taught a really really cute girl named Magda who was super receptive! Then we had dinner with the Thunells and had breakfast for dinner again! Y’all I love this ward SO much. They’re so good to us.

Church on Sunday was wonderful! It was one of the most spirit filled testimony meetings that I have ever been to. We finally got a bishop! We haven’t had one since February! The sad news is that our fabulous ward mission leader Brother Thunell got called to be the 2nd councilor in the bishopric so he’ll be released. So we’re slightly devastated about that but he said he won’t forget about us 🙂

In honor of being alive 20 years I’ve been thinking this week about the 20 biggest things I’ve learned on my mission. I complied a list and I thought I’d share!

1. The Book of Mormon can answer absolutely any question
2. The true nature of God
3. God is a God of order
4. He qualifies who He calls
5. The missionary usually learns more from the investigator than the investigator learns from the missionary
6. The absolute need for a restoration
7. His timing is perfect
8. He is aware of every detail of our lives
9. Every denomination has pieces of truth and every denomination has good people
10. Real intent makes all the difference
11. The Bible is just as important as the Book of Mormon
12. The importance of covenants
13. The Lord protects His servants
14. If the spirit can’t dwell somewhere, don’t be there
15. It’s okay to struggle and ask for help
16. The blessing doesn’t come right away, but it comes
17. You can do literally anything in a skirt
18. What makes our church different is continuing revelation
19. What it means to be a true Christian
20. God loves us, and that’s His motive for everything

All my love,
Sister Oscarson


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It’s May y’all!

Hey y’all!

We sure had a crazy week this week! After 3 exchanges in 4 days… I could hardly remember who my companion really was!

On Monday night we went and saw Q and La’Miracle! They are doing great and La’Miracle is the cutest thing! She loves to sing and we taught her I Am a Child of God several weeks ago and on Monday we taught her I’m Trying to be Like Jesus! It was so fun. Sister Beck and I had our first run in with chitlins that night. (they didn’t offer us any, but if they had, we totally wold have eaten some.) Did you know that the smell of chitlins is absolutely terrible and that the smell stays in your hair and clothes and every part of you? Well we sure learned that lesson.

The next morning we had interviews with President Sainsbury!The Sainsburys are my favorite people in the world! It was a really great interview and I’m very very grateful for him and that he’s so in tune with the spirit and that he truly loves all of us!

And then we started our exchange with Gardendale! I was with cute Sister Wilkinson and I just adore her! I went on her very first exchange with her back in December and she has grown SO much since then! It was a really amazing thing to see!

On Wednesday we ended our exchange and then Sister Beck and I saw Michaela! She is a former investigator who was sooooooo close to getting baptized a year ago, the only thing holding her back was getting married. She is so wonderful! We taught the first half of the restoration and she was smiling and nodding the whole time! She knows all of this is true.

After that lesson we started the Altadena B exchange with Sister Magness and Sister Hutchings! We love them. Cutest companionship award? Yes.

On Friday we went to district meeting and went on an exchange with Altadena C! I was with Sister Hale and you would never guess she’s only in her 2nd transfer! She’s so bold and has such a fire.

Saturday evening we drove to Oxford to see Siave as he was playing in a band at a local BBQ place. It was SO southern. We couldn’t actually watch it obviously, but we showed up to show support. He is so great. He doesn’t exactly have a testimony yet of the word of wisdom, but,… while he was super drunk he still gladly introduced us to all of his friends. It was great.

Sunday was a great day at church! Our ward mission leader’s daughter just returned from her mission so it was exciting to hear her homecoming! We then went to the Iorg family’s home for lunch but because of tornados we got stuck there all day so not a whole lot was able to be done! Once we could get back on the road we went to the Thunell’s for dinner and it was time to call it a night! Gotta love Alabama!

Have a blessed week!

All my love,
Sister Oscarson

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​A Jesus rodeo?! Pretty sure all of my wildest dreams have come true.