As missionaries, we do walk a fair amount, especially when contacting, but in Oslo there are four main forms of public transportation: trikk (tram), T-Bane (Subway), Bus, and Tog (train), which is for longer distances. We buy a monthly card pass that gets us unlimited distance on all of them, which is really cool. We ride the T-Bane in and out of the city every day to work since we do not live in Oslo: we actually live in a whole other zone than the one we work in. Technically it has snowed, but the snow has not stayed. There are already Christmas trees set up. Norway also has a lot of special Christmas food, which I have tried a little. There are some meats that are only available at Christmas, and they are really good.
There are certainly challenging aspects of missionary service, but I feel that they really do not matter in the big picture when one truly reflects on the blessings that those challenges really do provide us. It is such a comfort to me to know that Heavenly Father is there and that he is actively engaged in and interested in each of our lives. I hope to become more and more grateful for Heavenly Father’s love and all that He has done for us all. I am so thankful to all of you for your love, for your examples, for your faith and for simply being yourselves. May you all remember Heavenly Father’s love and the blessings he gives us so freely. The Norwegian word of the week is takknemelig, which means grateful.