October 26, 2015
Kjære Familie,This week has felt like three. There was SO MUCH that has happened. Lot's of surprises.
Answering moms questions:
1. The mission headquarters is in Oslo now, but President still lives in Sandvika.
2. Christmas..... hmm...lot's of pictures...letters.... is sending your salsa possible? I can't really think of anything I want...Surprise me :)
3. Studying in Norway a little fantasy. Nothing more. I would miss you all WAY TOO MUCH! It's fun to think about, but I think 18 months away is just fine. :) It would be great if you could look up some speech therapy programs. In Utah :)
4. You, dad, and Grakum are the fist on the list to come back with me. :)I've been thinking a lot this week about why I love being a missionary. Why do I keep getting up at 6:30 every day and talk to strangers. Why do I keep going when all I want to do is cuddle up in my dyne? 2 reasons. First, I love my Heavenly Father so much. I could never ever ever ever EVER repay Him for what He has given me, but I'm sure going to try. He has blessed me so much, and it's not fair. I have to give back. Second, THESE PEOPLE. I love these people so much. Every single one of them. Members, people who are investigating the church, complete strangers. I love these people so much. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). I'm not asked to die for these people, but I have learned to set down my own life, and stop worrying about myself. And when I do that, I'm in a position where I want the best for the people around me. I want them to know like I do how much God loves them. I want them to know that they will live again, and that families are forever. I want them to know that because I love them. I felt like I have received that love all my life from my family, but I think this is my first time experiencing it. I love the Norwegian people. Every last stubborn one of them! That's why I'm here.
Love, Søster Heywood
The Solbergs made me Pumpkin chocolate cookies!!!!! I literally started crying! Then they gave me ingredients to make more. So I did the following night!
The cutest little Norwegian girl I know! Just look at that smile!
Some missionaries and some YSA
More of beautiful Norway in the Fall!