31 December 2016

2017 Vision Board

Josie the Alaskan 2017 vision board
2017 vision board 

I read a post about making a vision board 
and i loved the idea. 
we all make new years resolutions 
and most the time we NEVER keep them. 
probably because we forget them. 
at least that's my problem. 

when i came across this idea my first thought was 
1. going back to kindergarten. (anybody else remember making colleagues). 
2. i'm a visual person. this might work. 
3. I am sold. 

first off you need to know some goals for the new year. your inspiration. 
my included: 
-visiting the temple 
-reading scriptures daily 
-live in norway 
-learn norwegian 
-grow some plants 
-go hunting
-start a yoga class
-do a humanitarian trip 
-growing my hair out 
-go hiking 
-study at a university 
-take a self defense course. 

basically i just went through my bucket list and chose a few things that I thought could likely be achieved this coming year. 
pick goals that are reachable. 
its super hard to be bogged down by goals that you may not actually get. 
but do reach. 
I chose goals from many aspects of my life. 
chose a goal that you're passionate about 
next you need to find inspiration. things that remind you of what you want your life to be like. 
i basically just hit up Pinterest 
and found photos that would make sense. 
i tried to make mine look less tacky by choosing not only pictures i loved but also were somewhat color coordinated. 
next hang it somewhere 
somewhere where you can see it everyday. 
purposely remind yourself. 
i wrote my goals on the back so i won't get confused when i look at the picture. 

i'm really just hoping that in a year i can become more like the person i imagine myself to be 
more happy. 
living a life i've dreamed of. 

josie from Josie the Alaskan

Utah's Newest Hunter

One of my resolutions in 2016 was to become hunter certified. 
while living in Alaska I guess you could say I got bit by the bug. 
Everyone hunts there. 
there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't eat some sort of meat. 
(and I won't even go into all the different kinds.)
so forth. 

so here I am. in the last few days of the year making that dream a reality. 
I hadn't shot a gun in 2 to 3 years. 
so my dad took me out the practice before hand. 
thank heavens. 
turns out i'm a crossed eye shooter. 
I'm right handed but left eye dominate. 
i still shot with my right eye. 

Josie the Alaskan after passing hunter's safety.

Josie the Alaskan after passing hunter's safety.

God Jul.

This year most of Christmas was spent with my Norwegian grandparents. 
We ate lots and lots of goat cheese and open face sandwiches. 
I was in heaven. 
heaven i say. 
This is my first Christmas home in the past two years! 
It was a surreal moment to realize I hadn't had Christmas with my family since I was 18. 
We attempted to go to church. 
But it had snowed so much that church was cancelled! 
We weren't able to travel downtown to the viaduct to sere the homeless. So instead we got out our plow and traveled around the neighborhood plowing widow's driveways. 
its tradition in my family to do service in the morning. 
and i love it. 
My mother's mother said the night. which she always does. 
Norwegian Christmas tree on Christmas Day
Sierra and I with the Norwegian Christmas tree 

Christmas with Norwegian Grandparents.
Norwegian Grandparents 

Christmas is really about the Savior. 
How he loves us. 
That he was born to save us. 


so many weddings this winter!
I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid around Christmas twice!
Holly was my roommate at BYU Idaho.
Her wedding took place at the Oakland Temple. 
Her reception was than held in her own home.
Crazy stressful I know.
I can't even tell you how many christmas bulbs i hung up on their tree.
holly and ben jossie wedding.

Bridesmaids in california
After Christmas my second mission companion, Sister Paige Honey, got married! 
Oh gosh I love her. We had so much fun in South Anchorage Alaska. 
She and her new husband Sean were married in the Salt Lake Temple. 
Her reception was than held at Wheeler Farm! 
Bridesmaid in Salt lake City at the Salt Lake Temple.
Bridesmaid with Paige Honey 

It's such a blessing to have so many friends get married!
Each of my friends were married in the Temple.
To learn more about why mormons marry in the temple follow this link
My cute friend, Taylor, just got engaged. 
Here we go June! 

29 December 2016


was with Sister Price in Eagle River 
Started teaching the Youngs and Robert 
lots of icy weather 
6 hours of church 
celebrated the New Year by telling each other jokes 
did a lot of caroling

Became companions with Sister Gardner in Eagle River. 
Sister Price went home 
started my last transfer
Kept teaching the Youngs and Robert weekly 
drove up the Youngs house all by ourselves 
answered their many questions
found new people to teach 

laughed a lot 
had a great district 
took all day p-day naps
got hit with the plaque. was laid up in bed for 2 weeks 
lost my voice 
attended Robert's baptism
cried because i had to leave 
came home 
went to Hawaii
went to a mission reunion 

turned 21 
hung out with Taylor daily 
left for BYU Idaho 
became great friends with Holly and Stovall 
went on a lot of dates 
gave homecoming talk
got a job 
missed Alaska 

decided to move to Norway 
traveled to Utah every weekend 
went on even more dates 
Madelyn got engaged 
found a Norwegian tutor/ new friend 
quit my job 
The Youngs were baptized. 
Cried because I couldn't attend

Finished up semester at BYU Idaho 
realized i missed home 
started studying Norwegian
completed 18 credit hours 
talked to my companions on the phone for hours 
went river rafting
did lots of camping

23 December 2016

bucket list

This time of year has me thinking about things I'd like to eventually accomplish in my life-time. 
life goals? i guess you could say. 
things/ experiences I don't want to live without 
this bucket list is focused solely on what i can accomplish alone. 

serve an LDS mission 
receive my degree in Aerospace Technology 
visit Machu Picchu 

20 December 2016

Memories for a life time.

Big shout out to cute Madelyn Hosch. My best frienddd. 
best friends
At Madelyn's wedding. 

I was invited to come to my cousin Nathan's homecoming. 
He returned from serving an LDS mission in Sweden. 
I got lots and lots of footage.
Madelyn was willing to help me. Took us all afternoon!
so much that it took us 4.5 hours to make a 5 minute video clip.
It was so much FUN! 
I love videography.
it may become a new hobby of mine 

Here's his video! 

I just love it :) 

07 December 2016

2017 Goals

its that time of year again. where we all make resolutions HA.
this year i've decided to actually try some of them.
i'm hoping that by putting it out there may it'll actually happen

overall goals
study Norwegian daily 
spend time in the community 
only speak Norsk till June 
ask lots of questions 
don't be afraid to speak 
write in a journal 
read the Book of Mormon everyday 
start exercising 
watch less t.v. 
stay debt free 
say i love you more 
give compliments 
bear my testimony each fast sunday 
give at least 3 talks in Church 

Norway goals  
only speak Norsk 
ask questions 
keep a journal in norwegian 
write down new words and study them
study daily 
read out loud 
read Book of Mormon 
visit library weekly 
workout daily 
listen to Conference Talks in Norwegian 

01 December 2016

gastro what?!

living with gastroparesis 

"Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine." said the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

basically my stomach doesn't function fully 
this gives a wide variety of symptoms 
including but not limited to: 
decay of teeth 
lack of appetite 

there aren't any cures because the cause can't always be located. the options can include changes to diet and in extreme cases medication, all liquid diets, or a feeding tube. it primarily happens to women in their 20s. one day they may just wake up with it. Sometimes it can be due to diabetes or lack of recovery from an illness. 
in my case we believe it was caused by an illness 
my doctor said that at some point i may wake up and be better. but the chances of that aren't likely. 
it can end as quickly as it began. 

i started to experience symptoms in June of 2015. 
one day i just couldn't keep foods down
i thought i must have gotten some sort of bug because the nausea was severe
but after 3 weeks it just kept persisting
at first it was guessed that i may have extreme acid reflux. 
so i took medicine 
but it didn't help 
i was still throwing up every hard food meal 
i started living off applesauce, toast, and oatmeal 
drank enough Sprite to feed an army 
i lost 10 lbs 
and then another 5.

29 November 2016

Lys for Verden (Light the World)

Jesu Kristi Kirke av Siste Dager Hellige 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 

what i love about this video is that it is so simple. 
following the Savior should be simple 
He is the ultimate example 
all the commandments all the things we've been asked to do are to help us become like him. 
they aren't things to be checked off as complete 
but better seen as something to help us change 
Jesus really is the Christ. 

Jeg vet at Jesu Kristi er her å hjelp oss 
Han lever 
Han bryr seg om oss 

26 November 2016

100 Things I am Grateful for in 2016

serving a mission 
My Savior 
the opportunity to teach others 
watching people change 
my family 
the sacrifices my parents make
a feeling of safety 
movies with happy endings
ice cream 
a good cry 
the ability to drive a manual car 
having the opportunity to re read the Book of Mormon
cold weather 
His Atonement
that i can be forgiven
good walking shoes
good friends
long chats
hard companions 
thick socks 
long sunsets 
that my family and best friends greeted me upon arriving home from serving in Alaska
my norwegian tutor 
chocolate pie 
my norwegian family

27 June 2016

its summer.

with friends

sorry i've been MIA recently. 
so much has been happening. its insane. 
celebrating father's day. 
river rafting
hanging out with friends. 
even though i technically live in Rexburg i've been in Salt Lake every weekend.

04 June 2016

donut friday.

girl eating donut

donut friday. 

need i say more? 

Velkommen to Ephriam's Scandinavia Days.

I've been dying to attend this for years. 

i love Scandinavia. 

i heard a quote once that i really liked. 

don't know who said it. 

but I'm altering it to what i think. 

America will always be my Country. But Norway will always be my hometown. 

no i wasn't born in Norway.

cheers to 21 my friend.

taylor turned 21. 

isn't she cute. 

taylor is my closest friend. 

we knew each other in high school. 

but didn't become friends till college. 

sat next to each other at church one day. 

and boom! 

best friends for life.


goin home. 

that's right! 


i love SLC. 

its my place. 

well kinda. 

rexburg is nice. 

boeing airplane

grease galour.


Taylor, Peter, & I have to much fun. 

this looks nasty. 

and ya it was. 

but not really. 

so SO good. 

we ate it all. 

tostinos & kraft mac n' cheese. 

its a new level of YUM. 

do it. 

just do it. 

just once. 

you won't regret it. 


maybe? ;) 

friends eating pizza with mac n cheese
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pizza and mac n cheese

a r t s y.

good coming

sometimes i'd like to think i'm artsy. 

but i'm really not. 

i did make this.

20 May 2016

Syttende Mai!


so May 17th is a HUGE holiday in Norway. 

and i'm from Norway. well my ancestry is.

well 2/3 rds Scandinavian. 

Min farmor kommer fra Norge. Hun kommer fra Trondheim. 

i love Norway. 

like love it. 

if i wasn't American i'd be Norwegian. 

in fact i'm considering doing a study abroad there next summer! (so stoked.) 

well. my dream is to own a bunad. they're gorgeous. They're the traditional dress of Norway. 

well i don't own one. And my grandmother's is in Utah. 

so i improvised. i hope you enjoy my fun edits! 


norwegian bunad
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norwegian bunad

13 May 2016

Home to visit.

So it's been. Well ages.

Lately I've just been caught up in school.

Lots and lots of homework.

Going On dates.


A calling. (Mission pre teacher. Holla!)

Saving up for a couple of things.

School. Fun. Trips. A study abroad?

So I'm study communications at BYU I.

I know. BYU I do. It's all good.

I'm not saying I do. Or anything to crazy.

I've been home 2 months ish.

I went home for Mother's Day.

Miss my cute mom.

I just feel couldn't bear the thought of skyping for another Mother's Day. It's nice on the mission and all.

I also hung out with my super cute friend Taylor. Love her.

Mother's Day

03 April 2016

21 March 2016

Miracles on the final!!!!

First off we got 10 inches of snow!!!! That was a surprise...

ROBERT SET A DATE!! It's this Saturday, March 26, at 1 pm in the
Baxter building. It's been a blast planning that. Robert also had his
interview and everything is set. We're making the program tomorrow.

We've been visiting this young lady, Halen. I've been so blessed to
visit her just about weekly for the past 3ish months. It's been so
cool to see her come back to church! The change in her is amazing.
She's applied the Savior's Atonement and found His everlasting peace
for sure. She also heads back home with week! I'm happy for her.

I've been saying Good Bye to people. Which is always sad. So lots of
picture taking and testimony bearing. We've been able to share the New
Easter video #Hallelujah with about everyone! We visited Gary, a now
former investigator, and the Youngs came to Church. We're visiting
with them tomorrow. They asked what they need to do to be baptized!!
They're right there too!

Since it's been snowing a lot the roads are pretty slick in some
places. We drive a beast so we don't really have any worries. 4 wheel
drive and studded tires do the trick. We were on our way to visit the
Glausers, active family, when we saw a car slide into a ditch. We
decided to turn around and head over to them to see if they were
alright. Turns out it was Sister Glauser! She was able to drive safely
out of the ditch so all was well.

The Lord has been blessing us with so many miracles!! One of them
being Katie, a young women who comes weekly but needs permission to be
taught and baptized, finally got permission from her Dad! She's been
nervous so it's taken her about a transfer to work up the courage...
But she finally did!

We got our transfer calls. Well... I'm headed Home. Not to Homer
everyone... Although some of the members heard me wrong and I think
they might be under that impression... Nope. But I hear Homer is a
beautiful place. Sister Gardner is staying and training! There's lots
of work for the new little missionary coming from the MTC.

Last p day we went to the Native Cultural Museum as a district. (Minus
the senior couple and one companionship.) Nothing inside the Museum
was really open. Not even the gift shop. But they let us come in and
look around. So we got some pretty fun photos!

Also if you go on LDS.org you can get a photo of your family tree. Put
into cute graphics. This one is my favorite. I wish it was in order of
generation... But it's okay :)

This has been a pretty awesome week! It's a bit bittersweet to come
back to UT. But it's all part of the plan. I hope you all have been
doing well.

Love you!

10 inches of snow.
Native cultural center.
A Whale bone and I
Happy St. Pattys!
My Family tree. (It's free off of LDS.org)

20 March 2016

March 14, 2016 Baptism!!!!!

 This week we met with Robert. We've taught him everything so we
decided to kinda repeat a lesson we'd already done. Before we first
started teaching him we decided to do a dinner thought on the
interview questions... I know not your typical choice. But we just had
them read the questions to each other. Well this week we thought that
might be a good idea again. Sooooo his wife asked him the questions.
We got to "Do you believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God?
What does this mean to you?" And he says "Yes, I do." There goes
EVERYTHING we had prepared. I was in complete shock! You should have
seen his wife's face. She looked so shocked! At the end of the
interview questions. Having had a perfect baptismal interview. He
turns to us and says "so what do you think of my answers?" Us-
"uhh....." Robert goes something along the lines of "looks like
someone whose ready to be baptized. You know I've actually been
thinking about that. I don't know the exact date yet. But within the
next few weeks would be good." ROBERT IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!! So than
the rest of the lesson turned into what a baptism service is
like.(he's been to multiple. But just as a reminder.) what is in the
program and so forth. I'M SO EXCITED!

We also had exchanges this week. I went to south Anchorage in the
Oceanview ward with Sister Bybee. And we had a blast! Did service,
taught a bunch of lessons, and ate dinner with one of the senior
couples :)

Also the new Easter Video has come out! It's called #Hallelujah. It's
wonderful :) you all should go to LDS.org and look it up if you
haven't seen it already. It's just 2 mins long and is just testifying
of the Savior and His resurrection.

Well I hope you are all doing well.

I arrive home March 24 at 10 am. Terminal 2 of the Salt Lake
International Airport.
My homecoming will be April 17th.

Love you all!
Sister Gardner and I
Alaskan Sunset!

March 7, 2016 zone meeting, 18th click day, temple

We got to attend the Temple again! The departing missionaries usually
go on the last day in the mission. But the Temple is going to be
closed due to maintenance when I depart. So we went a bit early. It
was nice! They flew in ALL the departing. So I got to see Sister
Schoppmann again :)

In the Mt. Baldy ward some members have been working with their
friend, Vonne. She comes to church each week and is reading the Book
of Mormon. But hasn't wanted to meet with us. But this week she agreed
too. So we all gathered to do some service for the Young Women's
President, Sister Moncur. And answered her questions. So that was
nice. She only had 2 questions. I'm not exactly sure why she has
waited so long... She is going on vacation for spring break and has
decided that while she's "hanging out in the dessert" she'll make her
decision. Since it would be a life changer for her. (She smokes and
drinks Coffee....)

We also had Zone Meeting. Since they have recently abolished Transfer
meeting :( they now have the departing bear the testimony they would
have said at Transfer meeting on their last Zone Meeting or Zone
Conference. Which ever is closer to the departure date. I basically
just bore testimony about how the gospel does more than make Bad men
Good and Good men Better. But that it gives us an eternal perspective.
I also shared this story. "A Blessing in the Mud
By C. William Langdorf
I was working at my desk at the Can Tho Airfield in South Vietnam when
the phone rang. “Are you a Mormon elder?” the voice on the other end
“Yes. Why?” I said.
“A Dust Off (the call sign for a medical helicopter) is making an
urgent request for assistance. A navy riverboat sustained several
casualties during a ferocious firefight. One of the most seriously
injured men is asking for a Mormon elder. If you can come, the Dust
Off will take you.”
“I’m ready.”
“Be at the landing area in five minutes.”
I grabbed my helmet, flak vest, and side arm, then ran to the landing
pad just a few hundred yards from my office.

The Dust Off landed, I climbed aboard, and we flew for approximately
ten minutes to reach the location of the firefight. As we approached
the banks of the Mekong River, we could see the tracers of machine-gun
fire coming from both the navy riverboat and the Viet Cong on the
opposite shore. On the southern bank of the river, we could see
sailors carrying wounded and dead comrades from the flaming navy

We landed, and I approached a navy chief who was sitting in the mud,
holding a young sailor in his arms. The young man’s right arm was
gone, and the bandages that covered much of his upper body were
blood-soaked. A medic leaned over the boy, shook his head, and moved
on to the other wounded.
“Do you know who asked for a Mormon elder?” I asked the navy chief.
“This sailor right here,” he answered.
I knelt in the mud and looked into the young sailor’s face, twisted
with pain and suffering. As I knelt there, his eyes opened. I leaned
over so he could hear me over the noise of the firefight and said, “I
am an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

In a voice so low I could barely hear it, he said, “Will you please
administer to me?”
I nodded affirmatively and asked him for his full name.
Although I could see him struggle to answer me, he was unable to do
so. I looked up and asked the navy chief for the boy’s full name.
“I don’t know his full name--only his last name. We just always call him Saint.”
I anointed the young man with consecrated oil and, leaning over to
speak into his ear, pronounced the appropriate ordinance. I again laid
my hands on his head to seal the anointing. As I invoked the authority
of the Melchizedek Priesthood, sealing the anointing, and as I further
sought the inspiration of the Lord so that I could pronounce a
blessing on the young man, I literally felt the sailor’s spirit leave
his body. I silently uttered a prayer, asking our Heavenly Father to
bless the family of this young man. I looked again at the sailor’s
face. The grimaces of pain had disappeared, and he appeared serene,
almost angelic.
“He was such a good kid,” said the navy chief, with tears running down
his cheeks. “He was such a good kid.”
At that moment I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was one of the Dust
Off crew members. “We have to get out of here. We’re taking fire.” The
entire experience had lasted only forty-five minutes.
A couple of the crew members placed the young man’s body in a body
bag. Then, quickly but gently, they loaded it onto the helicopter, and
we took off.

Through the years I have relived that experience over and over. I have
thought of that young man’s faith, of his request--surely a prayer to
Heavenly Father that the priesthood would reach him--and of the
remarkable timing of his spirit’s release during the administration.
And above all, I have thought much about a young man who had lived his
life in such a way that his fellow sailors called him Saint." I
absolutely love that story. (It's in either July or June 1991 ensign
under Mormon Journal. "  The question I have always asked myself after
I've read this story is: I am living in harmony with being "nicknamed"
a Saint?

We attended Eagle River Valley's Relief Society (women's group)
Birthday Party. I guess the Organization of the Relief Society has hit
another year. It was a lot of fun! Sherri, a former investigator,

The Youngs attended Church this week! They have been crazy busy with
fixing their boat down in Seward. So it's been hard to meet with them.
But we set up an appt. for Wednesday. They only have 3 or 4 lessons
left! We're planning on talking about baptism with them again. Since
it's been ages!

I hit 18 months!

Love you all!

I arrive home on the 24 of March at 10 am.
My Homecoming is on April 17th.

Sister Schoppmann and I. We're the only sisters departing!
18th click day!!
Eagle River Valley Relief Society dinner :)