Monday, August 18, 2014

Well, this was interesting...‏

Buenas Tardes Guapos y Guapas! Espero que cuando lean esta carta, todas sus vidas sean llenas de paz y amor! 
This last week was pretty crazy, but to start off, the less important, not so spiritual stuff. I have been feeling GREAT!!!!! I get up each day with energy, and I can lift weights, I am eating well (normally elder harper and I go through 2 and a half loaves of bread, 18 eggs, and almost 2 gallons of milk each week.) I am doing a lot better with my shoulders and my knees are getting lots better witht he meds i take! HEALTH TIP ALERT! ONE WORD!!!: CHILLA (you pronounce it like a chilla pet) It is called the "marathon seed". What it does is it helps your body work more efficiently (take in more nutrients from food, helps conserve energy, helps you focus, helps your body digest and recover easier and quicker) and the great part is that you can buy a 2 and a half pound bag of these little suckers for 10 bucks!!! It is a really small seed (ize of a fruit fly) and you put 1 spoon full in like 32 oz of water and drink it throughout the day! I have been feeling great and i think it helps me with the sun too!

Ok, so I have been loving the calling as a district leader, but the first few days were pretty rough. We were jumping in between an enormous hill and our large area for almost 3 days, and then at the end of the night we would just get home to crash, and I would then have to report and check up with everyone. ut now that I "made it til sunday" (mtc saying) I am SO READY! I just love the elders here and I know that this next cycle is going to be the BOMB! I am so grateful for this calling, and I am ready for the new adventures we are going to have in these next 6 weeks! (changes are tomorrow. Elder Harper and I are still together)

ok, so now the good part. I feel the same, but i also know that I have changed a lot. This week was pretty rough. We would check with people before te appointments, and then we would get there.... knock knock knock! ..... NO ONE.... We were teaching like 4 or 5 lessons each day, and that is in total, not just investigators. we were just going around trying to contact everyone and do the best we could. I have really noticed that my way of thinking has changed. Instead of getting to a fallen appointment and thinking "oh crap, where are we supposed to go now?", I now think "who is the person God has prepared us to help now?" and then we just go about talking to people, and I have found that after each appoinment that falls, we almost ALWAYS find someone that accepts our invitation to learn more! It truly is amazing how the plan of God works in our lives! :)

So, I think that is about everything.. we are just sitting normally at a balmy 90 to 95 degrees down here with 60 percent humidity and free afternoon bathething here in the beautiful city of Chimalhuacan. I really miss air conditioning... haha I have really come to a greater knowledge of the gospel and especially what God has in store for us. I have seen some of the greatest missionaries I know get frustrated because there has been some problems (me included), but the truth is that the plan of God can't be frustrated. We just have to keep moving on in faith that HE KNOWS! I also have a testimony of what my president says: "YA GOTTA WANNA" followed by "Poder es querer!" "to be able to is to want". This gospel, and this life, are for progress. I saw a saying above Elder Harper's desk that I like "Who we are is God's gift to us. Who we will become is our gift to God!". I truly testify that our eternal progression is going to be at one point or another our own responsability! May we look to the lord for the strength to change and the peace in our moments of hardship! I love you all! Take care, and don't eat weird things! hahaha

Love Elder Norr
ok, so I am going to send pictures first!
First, these papers are always out in front of this church, and they always looked really cool, so I got a pictures with em.
 This is me and Filiberto! He is probably one of the greatest men tat I have met in my mission and I love him to death (from my last area)
 This is my pimp mobile. This is public transportation here. It is called a Micro, and they pack like 40 people in these things and pretty much race on the streets. When you need to get off, you touch the doorbell, andthe driver slows down enough so you wont die when you jump off! haha
umm, my bedroom I think
 My companion and I rockin a "selfie"
 and i don't remember what the last thing is...oh its my english preach my gospel book
Also, Elder Harper i roasting marshmallows on our little heating coil haha
 I found a 5000000 peso bill! high rollin in Mexico!!!! Totally fake!
 ok so heres is my Neck beard that I got a couple of weeks ago inthe hospital.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wake up call.... Surprise!

So there we were! Lounging around on a calm monday morning; cinamon french toast was cooking in the kitchen with the warm smell of summer and food filling our home. Imagine it! There I was. Lounging on my bed, calm music playing, hot delicious french toast on the plate, and then... President calls! YES! I love our little chats! And this is what then came to pass...
President: Bueno.
Me: Bueno Presidente!
President: hey elder norr! How ya doin buddy?
Me: (thinking he just wanted to see how I was feeling after being sick) I'm feeling great president! What's up?
President: Well, a lot of stuff is up.... are you ready? I have news....
me: (freak, gut drop) Ummm... sure...
President: ok, take a deep breath.
me: OK.....
President: As of right now, you are the district leader in your area... Is that ok?
me: ummmm...... (freak)... yeah that's fine.... 
So, after a short series of rather unfortunate events, Elder Kelshaw has been transfered to go help another district that has been having some problems and I have recieved the calling to serve as the district leader here in Xochitenco (sochi-tank-o). I am honestly so nervous, but I have really in these last few weeks been prepared by the Lord. I am normally a guy that likes to be in charge of stuff, but especially after being sick, I have come to the conclusion that "Everything is part of the perfect plan made by our perfect father in heaven. He doesn't make mistakes. He knows exactly what is going to happen and we just have to be wiling to accept it with faith and diligence"
I'm not going to lie, this is a little different for me, but it's a new adventure, and for those of you who know Elder Nathan Bill Norr, he's definitely down for a new adventure! I just love this work and the joy and peace that it brings! Now for my health...
I have been feeling pretty good. I am trying to do a little bit of exercise in the mornings, but I find that my body after walking all day still doesn't want to get up at exactly 6:30, but we're doing our best. I have started taking my vitamins that should help me have more energy and help keep me well nourished. I am weighing about 133 right now, but I'm on my way back up! If you ask my companion elder harper, I have been eating us out of house and home! For example, one day I at 5 pancakes with banana and strawberry jam inbetween, with a cut-up apple, a glass of juice, and then a bowl of cereal... The next day I ate a 3-egg ham omlet on a sanwhich with a cut-up apple, banana, cup of juice, and a small sandwhich about an hour later. So, I am eating, but my body is still trying to get used to the fact that I no longer have a diet haha, but we're gettin there!
NEWS FLASH!!!! I officially have a YEAR!!!!!! I feel SO WEIRD!!! I CANT BELIEVE IT! So, I wrote a letter.... in the mtc.... to be read when I completed a year.... I was honestly afraid to open it. I finally read it on sunday, and I found that I am actually doing pretty good with the type of missionary I want to be. I'm not perfect, far from it, but I'm slowly getting there. Here's the weird part! I wrote part 2! It was the weirdest thing I have ever written because all of it was how I should be at THE END  of my mission... I sealed that in a letter and it has been thrown into the luggage...
I really don't know how the time has went soo quickly... All I want to do is be healthy in the service of the lord, so that I can truly serve with my heart might mind, and strength! I truly do love this gospel, and I pray for heavenly help this week as I try to invite others that they too may make a place for it in their homes and hearts. I love Jesus! I love our father in heaven, and know that he has a plan for each and every one of us. Let's not get mad, or upset because things happen, better, let us be GRATEFUL IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES (Elder Utchdorf in this last conference) I truly do love you all and I pray that you guys are doing well! I hope you all have an incredible week, and we will see if I am dead or stronger on the other end of this next week! Have a lovely week!
Elder Norr

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hump Day...Good News! Didn't Die!

Hello there everyone! These last couple weeks have been a little different than normal... As you have probably all heard, I did get salmonella, then a seriously nasty UTI, and we were pretty much in the hospital and then our house this week... The Good news! I didn't DIE! The bad news: I have a year in the mission! I'm not ready yet! I still feel like I am just starting and learning... For those who didn't know, God has blessed me with an incredible mission president that did call my parents and let them know how I was doing and he with my companion and God (God is really the first and most important) have been taking great care of me!
This week we didn't get all that much done. We were out in the street very little and were in our house reading very much. I have truly grown to love elder Harper. Everyone seems to want a profile of my companion so here it comes:
Name: Elder Scott Harper
Age: 19 years old
From: Rexburg, Idaho
Likes: Lord of the rings, foam sword fighting and designing, movie theme music, karate (he's a black belt), drawing, music (he was in the marching band 9 years and plays the clarinet).
Other fun facts: he is the oldest of 8 children, he knows a lot about the gospel, He has a great testimony, we speak with weird accents in the house, he's an eagle scout and a very avid scouter, and lastly.... He has become my brother! I love this kid to death and he has helped me with so many things in the time we have been together. Yes. Pictures will be included in this email!
other than that not too much has been going on, but this week is giong to be different! More than anything, I am learning to take care of myself and just do my best so that God can do the rest!
I know that this church is true and that God has a special plan for each and every one of us that is perfect so that we may someday return to live with him and our families forever! I know that God has called prophet in our day named Thomas S. Monson and I know that by listening to him and other inspired church leaders we may find peace in this every worsening world. I know that the book of mormon is true and that it contains the truths of the gospel, and last of all, I know that God gives us trials so that we may learn and become better!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and know that I love ya all lots!
Love Elder Norr
P.S. I am very grateful for the prayers and blessings that have been sent my way! may god bless each and every one of you!
ok, so I will try to describe these!
First, Elder Huizar (missionary in our district) giving my companion elder harper a shoulder massage. (those are very common in our mission)
I think it's my bed
Elder Harper and I hittin up some selfies on p'day
and my nasty neard (neck beard) that's what happens now when I don't shave for 5 days of being sick...