Sofie Brandal Ødegård was baptized in the Mjøndalen Seventh-day Adventist Church, Norway, on New Year’s Day. Her unexpected journey of faith involved a trip to Peru, a transatlantic love story, and the blockbuster movie Hacksaw Ridge.
Sofie Ødegård is the sister of Christian Ødegård. Christian had heard very little about Seventh-day Adventists. While serving in the Norwegian armed forces, however, he saw a war movie that made a huge impact on him. The film was Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of the young Adventist medic Desmond Doss. The way Doss stood up for his Christian convictions impressed the young Norwegian soldier. He decided to get baptized and give his life to Jesus.
Carolyn Azo, a journalist working for the Adventist Media Center in Brazil, read about Christian Ødegård in a news bulletin. Impressed by the story, Carolyn contacted Christian on social media to interview him and write an article in Spanish. Carolyn and Christian stayed in touch and, in time, fell in love. After some time in a long-distance relationship, the couple got married in Peru, Carolyn’s home country, on July 2, 2021.
While Sofie Ødegård was attending her brother’s wedding, she felt impressed by the way Adventists in Peru lived their faith. Sofie decided to send a text message to the pastor at the Mjøndalen Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway, asking to be baptized. And so, on New Year’s Day, during a short leave of absence from her duties at His Majesty The King’s Guard, Sofie Ødegård was baptized.