Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Easter Time!

Dear All,

For the most part i'm doing good :) Mostly it just depends on the day and time of day. I still have those days where I just feel alone and I don't feel like I have anyone I can "really" talk to. Though it has brought me much closer to the Lord and I am very grateful for that :)

I finally made an appointment with an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist and met with him last Tuesday to work on the sinus problem some more. He was a Russian doctor who spoke only Norwegian and Russian (naturally haha). He had my companion wait outside so that was quite the "ride" :) Anyway they did a cat scan of my face and he said the problem is in my nose. He prescribed some more nose spray, supposedly a bit stronger, and he also shoved an over sized q-tip thing up there to test for bacteria. He'll be calling sometime this week to let me know the results. I don't really know what they'll try and do after that. All he really said, as a course of action, was to use the nose spray for 2-3 months and come back after that :S The weather is s-l-o-w-l-y getting warmer and melting the snow away so hopefully that'll help :)

I think allergies hit me pretty hard yesterday. Between that and sinus/nose problems I was about ready to fall over yesterday. It was then that I truly realized that yep, missionary work is quite difficult but it suddenly becomes all worth it once you're a part of the final result :) One good thing that came out of allergies was it made my nose run way bad. I caught small glimpse of what it's like to have a cleared nose and no sinus infection, it was so great! For a few hours I was just a power house full of ideas and new ways at going about things :) I really hope I can one day be completely rid of this cuz I know I can be so much better if I didn't have this thing holding me back.. Oh well, one day.

Carlos and Yamile got baptized on Saturday and it was such a great experience! I may have already mentioned this before but I got to baptize Yamile. I can't even begin to put into words how I felt during it. After Yamile got dressed in white, before she was baptized, she came out and just started to cry she was so happy. After Carlos came out of the water he just said, "Wow.. I feel so good right now." It was such a sweet experience.

Yes! haha we get to watch conference this weekend :) I don't think I've ever been this excited for conference to come before but I really am! I never took much thought to it before but if you think about it when the prophet & apostles speak it's pretty much new scripture coming directly from God. That to me is pretty exciting stuff :) They will also have it on in English here at the center so that'll be nice. Haven't quite mastered the language yet :) I'm not quite sure what we'll be doing for Easter.. We may be going over to a member's house on Saturday night for some sort of Norwegian Easter celebration but I'm not quite sure. It's interesting though, Norway celebrates all the Christian holidays to the max but they are mostly atheist people (or so they say). They get a week off of work and school, it's called Påskeferie, and pretty much all of the stores shut down from Wednesday until early next week sometime. I think we should do that in the US haha.

A mission is such an interesting thing.. I can't decide if it helps me or other people more. I have learned so much about myself and the gospel. This past week felt like the road was a little bit more rocky than usual. It was then that I determined once again that the best way to get through those difficult situations is to just grab the bull by the horns and trek on. Of course if you can do it with a smile on your face that's good too :)

Okay, Ha det bra alle sammen pretty much means the same as "Have a good one" or "Have a great day" but to more than one person. The common Norwegian term is "Ha det bra" to just one person. More than one you add "alle sammen" So "Vær så god" (There ya go)

Thanks for your prayers they really do help! I'm way excited for the peanut butter too haha, tell Christy thanks :) I have been so blessed with such a wonderful family and i'm so grateful for you and everyone else. What a great plan our Father in Heaven has created for us to be around our families throughout all eternity.

Ha det bra

Love,

Eldste Farrer

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