Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Week 2 of "the office"‏

Ladies and Gentleman, could I please have your attention please! This week has definitely been a different week! Started out pretty normal, but FUN FACT #1: As Secretaries, we are pretty much in the offices all day on monday getting everything ready for the week, so we normally take our P-Day on wednesday. So last week we were pretty much in the offices on monday. Tuesday we had to go to Migration in Polanco (aka Rich town). our companion, Elder Vallejo, had to go starting at like 10, but at like 1 we had to go out to meet him and then we had to hang out there til 4 waiting to get green cards. We decided to go out for lunch, and guess what we got??????!!!! PANDA EXPRESS!!!! It's one of the only ones in Mexico city! It was delicious! Then we had to wait forever for green cards, and I got to have an awesome experience as I decided to talk to a family that was waiting outside the migration building. I gave them the plan of salvation pamphlet and just said "i know that your family can be together forever. We know that. If you need anything, we will be around here for the next while." I went back, sat down, and 2 seconds later they were already reading it! It was a really cool experience and I felt the spirit super strong. It was a little out of my comfort zone, but it was totally worth it!

Ok, now going back to monday. SLUMBER PARTY at Pres. Stutz' house! But first..... stitches...... Luckily they weren't mine. I opened the window to the back patio to let some air in. A little while later, an elder went out and then we just here a "thwonk!" and he came in saying "ow, that hurt." Then we see blood running down his head. He had walked into the corner of the window and it had cut an inch long deep cut in his forehead/hair line that was bleeding pretty good. They took him to the doctor and he got some stitches. He's perfectly fine now; no problems nor complications nor anything else!

Ok, now.... SLUMBER PARTY!!!! We went to where president's house is...... SUPER FRESH!!!!!! He lives in a house that pretty much reminds me of the temple. He took us out for tacos at a delicious taco place called "3 coyotes". I ordered a "gringa" (giant delicious quesadilla-type thing) and a tongue taco. That's right! COW TONGUE BABY!!!!! It was soft, and didn't taste that bad. I LIKED IT! Yes, there will be pictures after this! Then we headed back and watched meet the mormons! It was incredible! We watched it in spanish, but that was cool because when the puerto rican woman (boxer) was talking, she was talking in her native language and it was her real voice! I loved meet the mormons. I definitely had a couple flashbacks with the last "missionary" family. Then we slept in incredible beds that the pres has in his house and the next day we had pancakes!

Friday!!!! We took elder bryce to the airport to send him back to his fam in arizona. It was a little different, but I really wasn't sad or trunky seeing him go! He had served the time the lord asked oh him, and now it's my turn to finish strong. It was a little different being on my own in the offices as the financial secretary, but I am definitely relying on Celestial help to be able to do all the things i need to! 

Last thing! We found a super less-active man named Magdaleno Cruz. Come to find out he was a professional boxer and a temple worker! We passed by for him on sunday and he came out super fresh, suit and all! It was really cool!!!!

Been loving the mission lately, but it has been different. I can't believe that I now have less than 5 months left on the mission! I just feel like time is going SOOOOOOO fast lately! If we want to or not, time will just keep moving. It's kinda hard, and definitely tiring trying to keep up with it, but if we just do all that we can and try to be effective and efficient it's interesting to see how everything seems to fit into place. This is a special time to be alive: The dispensation of the fullness of times is a special time for special spirits! We must always remember to be strong and never let go of what we know to be true! 

I know that this church is true! I know that Joseph smith saw God the father and his son Jesus Christ! I know that We have a living prophet in our day and that if we listen to his council, we will stay on the straight and narrow path that leads us back to our heavenly father! I love the Lord! I love his church! i love being a missionary!!!!!! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Episode 1 of "The Office"

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is doing great! This week has been kinda crazy.... Last week, on monday, I recieved a call from President Stutz and he invited me to accept the assignment to serve as the Financial secretary of the Mission. Ummm.... I just kinda sat there with my hands on my head and I told him I would call him back. I knew I was going to need to accept the calling, and even though I was super sad to have to leave that AWESOME area, I am really glad I have the chance to be here in the offices. it's definitely different over here. We live in the offices in a pretty fresh part of the the city. We have piped water (no tank on the roof), hot water all the time, washer, DRYER, carpet, a house lady, everything! I feel sooo blessed to be here, but we haven't had a whole lot of time in my area with me being trained and everything. Things'll get better!

My companion is Elder Vallejo de Alpine Utah, and he's a cool guy. Elder Bryce is from Arizona and he is training me before he goes home THIS FRIDAY!!!!! 

It has been an interesting week. We have a pretty cool ward. Supposedly it starts with like 15 or 20 people, but this sunday we had like 70 or 80! That was awesome!!!!!! I am learning a lot. Plus, I am starting to HATE CASH. I am in charge of registering EVERY spenditure in the mission, and I have to keep a pretty clean book of it. I don't think that there is too much to say this week. I have enjoyed it, and i hope to work hard in this area! 

Gotta go! We are going to have a (quoting president stutznegger) "slumber party" at his house and we are going to watch MEET THE MORMONS!  Yes!

I would just like to end with my testimony. I was reading a little more about testimony this week from President Kimball. I liked something he said: "Any minister or Priest can site scripture and then provide an explanation, but not any minister or priest can give a testimony." A testimony is a declaration of what one knows to be true as given by the spirit. There is no need to make it more complicated than "I know....". I know that the Lord lives. This is his church. I know that the priesthood of God has been restored in our day to provide the ordinances necessary/essential to someday return to the presence of God with our families. I know that the Lord loves each of us. I know that we have a purpose here on earth, and I know that if we are humble, God will let us know everything that we need to do! :) Have a great week!

Elder Norr

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hey, il mio compagno è italiano-18 months out

I realize that none of you understand, nor understood, what the title of this email is, so i will now tell you in english......

MY COMPANION IS ITALIAN! yep, that's right, italian

My companion is Elder Lopez, and he is from Italy. He is 24 years old, and has a year in the mission. He is an incredible soccer player, and was training to play for a professional italian team called juventus. But he has a special heart condition that makes his heart inflate, which almost kills him. He is really cool, and luckily he only has attacks like 1 or 2 a month. 

This week was really cool! WE BAPTIZED JORGE VAZQUEZ!!!! He is such an increidble man! Today I won't e sending pictures because I don't have anything to connect my memory with! But for the next week, get ready for another picture overload!

Things have been going really well. Just gotta be yourself and everything else works out. The lord is in charge of his own work, but he lets us participate so that we may learn and grow. I know that this church is true, and hope you all have a great week!!!! 

Love Elder Norr :)

PS Nate has also been made the financial secretary of his mission

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ok, homies, it' gonna be quick.‏

Ok, there is not really any time now.

My companion is going ot have changes tomorrow, so we are going ot say goodbye to a couple of families, take pictures, do zumba.... just some normal stuff haha

This week was aweseom! Jorge Vazquez came to church and he is going to get baptized THIS SATURDAY!!! he is such a champion!!!! I just love that man! We had an aewsome lesson about forever families and the temple last week, and the bishop cam with us! 

I have learned this week, and we must be willing to give the best to recieve the best. I know that God has a plan for all of us. We all have different parts to play. We should accept that part we have with joy and do our best to serve worthily! I hope you all have a great week! :)

Love ya!
Elder Norr