Thursday, November 2, 2017

NOVEMBER'S BACK

Dear friends and family;

It is good to have my companion back.  Sister Gormley was gone for three weeks.  She had some special time with her mother.  Paulene is still with us.  We are grateful for her.  Laurie is still fighting the jet lag. I made three trips north the week before she got home.  Two to Haugesund and one to Bergen.  I have really enjoyed serving in that small branch in Haugesund.  We really enjoyed all of the Halloween pictures we received of the grand kids.  We are a little bias, but they are the cutest. They don't celebrate Halloween much here in Norway.  We have another sister getting baptized from Stavanger next week.  We have helped teach her.  She is getting baptized in Utah.  She was an exchange student there several years ago.  Her husband is an inactive member.  It is continuing to cool off.  It is getting down to around freezing at night, but still in the 50's during the day.   We are down to six weeks.  Time is flying.  We are working on a ward Christmas concert here in Stavanger.  It is December 9th.  We continue to enjoy serving the Lord any way that he can use us.  We were asked by the Area YSA director to provide a list of the things that we are involved in.  I thought I might include it so you can see what we are doing.  We love each of you and are excited to see you.  We have much to do before we leave.  We are grateful for the time we have had here.

Elder and Sister Gormley


1.  (Stavanger) We hold a weekly family night for the Young Single Adults in Stavanger and for others of similar         age that need fellowshipping.  These activities include BBQ's, outdoor and indoor sports activities.  We begin       with prayer and a spiritual thought organized by the YSA leaders.  The missionaries bring investigators and           participate in the activities. Text all each week about the activity. 

2. (Stavanger) We attend institute weekly and bring refreshments.  We support the teacher and substitute when         necessary.  Make a dinner 1-2 times per month for institute.  

3.  (Stavanger) Substitute for early morning seminary when asked.  Last year we taught full time for 1/2 year.  

4. (Stavanger) Oversee a sport activity each Saturday.  Sometimes there is a little conflict with rules, etc.                     between   the YSA, Missionaries and members.  We have found that our participation brings some calm and         levels things out.

5.  (Stavanger) Attend weekly MMCO council weekly to discuss investigator progress and missionary needs.

6.  (Stavanger) Attend ward council every two weeks and represent the YSA and Missionaries when the                      representatives aren't available.  

7.  (Stavanger) Help teach the investigator class in Sunday School when needed.

8.  (Stavanger) Attend monthly ward YSA coordination council meeting.  Keep an updated record of each                    individual and their progress.

9.  (Stavanger)  Assist in Home and Visiting Teaching when called upon.

10.  (Stavanger) Attend missionaries district meeting once a week.  Provide a lunch for that meeting.

11.  (Stavanger)  Assist the missionaries in teaching.

12.  Assist missionaries in Stavanger and Haugesund to prepare for the drivers test.  

13.  (Haugesund)  Travel to Haugesund every two weeks. I serve as second councilor in the branch presidency.           Sister Gormley plays piano and helps in the primary.

14.  (Haugesund)  Drive the Missionaries to appointments that they cannot reach with the bus.

15.  (Haugesund) Teach and give talks when called upon.

16.  (Haugesund) Visit active and inactive members.

17,  Inspect missionary apartments when necessary.  Also facilitate changing apartments when needed.  

18.  Provide transportation for the missionaries (transfers, splits. conferences etc.

19.  Provide a meal every six weeks for zone conference.

20.  Help with ward and branch activities when called upon.




Laurie was able to spend some time with Kari's and Faith Elise's Family.  She was also able to see Cammy's family briefly.


Ida Hiltunen's baptism at Sandbekken lake on October 27th.  It was very cold, but the spirit was very warm.  She is the Branch President's daughter.  Sweet young lady.  
We had an enjoyable branch BBQ after the baptism.



What I won't do for the YSA.  We had a contest to see who could stick the most cheeze puffs to our faces covered with shaving cream.  Fun family night activity.


Contest to see who could get the most large marshmallows in their mouths. 
 Elder Welch won with 15.  


District lunch on Halloween.  Chili and corn bread.  (Left to Right) Elders Welch and Garlick, Sisters Sorensen and Morris, Elders Braunberger and Sperry.


Lt to Rt.  Sisters Morris, Gormley and Sorensen 


Our district sang a medley of church songs for the Zone Conference in Bergen on October 24th.


Elder and Sister Jensen from Utah.  They are serving in Bergen.  They provided a great lunch.



The Sisters for the Norway Oslo Mission West Zone, October 24th, 2017


The Elders and President Hill of the Norway Oslo Mission West Zone, October 24th, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

SUMMER IN SEPTEMBER

Dear Friends and Family;

Our best weather this summer has been in September and early October.  We will take it when we can get it.  It is getting in the lower 30's at night, but the days are still in the high 50's.  We have had a fund few weeks with our YSA, missionaries and members.  We had a great overnight trip to Bjerge's cabin in late September with the YSA.  They are so kind to us.  We really enjoyed General Conference.  We have to get a little creative to watch it with the time differences.  We are definitely lead by Prophets and Apostles.  It seems like in each conference we are all asked to just do a little better and be a little kinder.  Laurie's Mom is failing.  Laurie flew to Utah on October 8th to be with her.  The family has some decisions to make.  We pray for Grandma Greenwood, that she will be comforted.  She is a wonderful lady. It has been a little lonely without my companion.   She will be back on the 20th.  The members have been kind to have me over while she is gone.  We had a great Zone Conference.  This will be our last here in Stavanger.  They have moved the zone leaders to Bergen.  We have enjoyed feeding the missionaries at the conferences.  We had a wonderful baptism on October 7th.  I was able to baptize Sister Linda Akem. She is the lady we have been helping to teach, with the sisters, for over a year.  She has the darling triplets.  Sister Gormley is especially close to her.  I had a special day yesterday.  I was able to confirm Linda a member of the church.  I was then able to ordain Philip Evanger a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.  He was baptized about a year ago.  He is a wonderful man that is growing in the gospel with his family.  I was then able to ordain Sigurd Siglevik an Elder.  Sigurd is one of our YSA leaders and has done so well in the gospel.  I have never seen the gospel change a person as much as Sigurd.  Yesterday was a wonderful day.  Last evening we were able to be with Elder Ballard in a broadcast from Germany.  He is amazing for his age.  He said that now is the time for the members in Europe to help the missionaries.  He said they can't do it without you.  We sure appreciate your thoughts and prayers in our behalf.  We love serving in Norway.  The Lord has truly blessed us.  We hope that all is well with you and your families.

Love, The Gormley's



Playing Kub with Brother Bjerge and the YSA



Brother Bjerge took us all for a ride on his boat


While we were sight seeing on the boat we hit a huge rock and took the drive off of the motor.  This is us being towed back.  This is the Bjerge's dog Nemi supervising.  


At the Bjerge's cabin on Bjergøy with (LtoR) Johannes, Linn, Leo, Sister Gormley, Ole and Sigurd


Volley ball with the YSA.  Linn and Gabriel


Ole getting serious about volleyball


Dinner with the missionaries to watch a session of conference at our apartment.  (LtoR) Eler Welch, Braunberger, Torgerson, Pritchett, Sister Sorensen, Earl, Horrocks and Morris


(LtoR) Elder Braunberger,Welch, Louie, Torgerson, Pritchett and Gormley




Sister Linda Akem at her baptism 10/7/17


At Linda' Akems Baptism.  (LtoR top Sister Lundegård, Mead,Sorensen, Morris, Linda, Gormley
Elder Torgerson, Gormley, Braunberger and Pritchett. (LtoR bottom) Øyvind, Michael, Bishop, Sam and Dalin Mead and Louie


Family Night Oct 9th at Emmaus Beach park in Stavanger


Anne & Jørgen Lundegård and Trine Steffensen singing by the fire


New Missionary. Elder Welch (R) with his new companion Elder Garlick from College Station, TX


New Missionary.  Elder Braunberger (L) with his new Companion Elder Sperry from Provo, UT



Vestlandet Zone Conference 9/19/17
Front (LtoR) Gormley's, Hill's, Brown's(Trondheim)  and Jensen's (Bergen)


Instruction time at Zone Conference


Vestlandet Zone Conference 9/19/17  Feeding the 5,000 


Cute grand daughters Ella (Elise) and Sophie (Kari) playing in the corn.



Wesley (Cammy) Playing football this year.  Good job Wes.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FALL IS HERE

Dear Family and Friends;

Where does the time go.  It is already nearing the end of September.  The days are getting shorter fast and it is cooling off.  We will really miss these temps.  Highs of 70 and lows of 30.  We received our travel information for going home.  We will be  leaving and arriving home on December 14th. We have mixed emotions.  We really miss all of you, but we have found many eternal friends here in Stavanger and Haugesund.  Sister Gormley had knee surgery 10 days ago.  She had torn cartilage that needed repair.  She will be on crutches about 6 weeks.  We had 4 grandkids go to kindergarten this year. They are growing up too fast.  It's fun to watch our high school grand kids participate in Sports.  We had a fun trip to Lofoten.  It is above the Arctic Circle.  It was my first time to north Norway.  The beauty here continues to amaze us.  We went with 3 other couples, President and Sister Hill, Elder and Sister Hill and Elder and Sister Robinson.  They were all so fun.  We had two of our YSA get married this month.  We are so happy for them.  We are praying for all of the victims of the natural disasters throughout the world.  It is a  great and dreadful time to live.   The missionary work is moving forward. We had 10 investigators at church on Sunday.  It was so fun to tell each of them about the gospel.  We still have a lot of work to do here, Hope you all have a wonderful fall.  See you soon.

Love Elder and Sister Gormley


Clair Traveller (Kari) headed to Kindergarten in Cedar Hills, UT 


Sam Gormley (Erik) front and center off to Kindergarten in Burlington, WY


Will Preator (Cammy) with new Kindergarten teacher in Powell, WY


Bennett Gormley (Josh) going out the door to Kindergarten in Tuscon , AZ


Tyler Traveller (Kari) playing slot receiver and corner for The American Fork High School Football team.  Go Cavemen


Dylan Preator (Cammy) playing varsity tennis for Powell High School, go Panthers


Grace Traveller (Kari) Playing tennis for American Fork High School, go Cavemen


Reine, Lofoten Norway


Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway, boat tour.  


Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway sea eagle hunting fish


Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway, Sister and Elder Gormley


Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway.  The place we stayed on the water


Sisters Horrocks, Gormley and Earl at Langfossen, Norway.  We went to Sauda Norway to teach Willem.  He has been reading the Book of Mormon every day.  It is fun to see the change the gospel brings to people.



Odda Norway with the Sisters


Sister Blankmeyer (LT) headed home and Mariana headed to England to be an exchange student



Lena Steffensen, one of our YSA's, married Gabriel Manotas form Spain in Madrid.  They had a fun reception here in Stavanger. Congratulations


Jan-Erik Stausland, one of our YSA's, married Amanda Pham from Viet Nam in Stavanger.  Congratulations



We received three new missionaries this transfer.
Elder Alexander Prichett, Highland Hills, UT and Elder Landon Braunberger, Saint George, UT.


Sister Madelene Sorrensen, Santa Barbara, CA, and Sister Madelene Morris, Woodland Hills, UT


Elder Jaden Torgerson, Tooele, UT and Elder Dallin Welch, Farmington, UT



 Headed home December 14th.  😃😟