Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I guess my Mission President is getting me ready and on standby for that BIG transfer to the MTC. I am now again serving closer to Copenhagen in the Allerød Ward. I haven't attended their congregation yet, but I'm looking forward to meeting the people there.
I am now serving with Elder Ockey and Elder Nielson, who will be my last two companions in Denmark. Both Elder Nielson and I will be leaving the mission in the immediate future. Elder Nielson is an Infield Assistant to the Mission President and Elder Ockey is a District Leader. Then there is me, the kid who hasn't been to the MTC yet . . . and by the looks of things, might not be going for another month!!
My visa situation currently involves a petition packet in transit from Germany to the Salt Lake City Missionary Department. If they don't receive it on time they can't get in to their system in time for my arrival (which can happen and then I won't be going anywhere for the next month). But I am cool with that, as I have a lot to learn from my two new companions.
Will Paul be in Denmark in time to see me off at the airport?
I'm working on the reply to the Melines, but we really don't have much time. I'm sorry for the neglect, it has been bothering me for a while because I do want to write them, I just never get to it. Sound familiar? PLEASE, let them know of my gratitude for all the attention on my birthday, it's been too long already.
Bedding? I am really not picky and I want to say that I am cool with almost . . . anything? BUT, I quickly realize that someone (probabaly with much the same sense of humor as my own Mom) might, just for the fun of it use it against me, so I better be a little more specific: As long as it isn't flashy, pink, flowered, cute, feminine or otherwise “pretty,” (that'd be more than my self confidence could bear). PLEASE, let Anita know of my gratitude! I am so grateful to have one thing less to worry about and that very subject was actually giving me some cause for concern.
Candy, I like candy! ;) I didn't know there was any candy that one could dislike, isn't all candy great? Like when someone from the middle ages are moved to our time in the movie “Just Visiting” and they ask him if he likes "Hot Dogs" and he aptly replies "I like all kinds of dogs" (you know, "People die if they don't eat" and I will eat and enjoy almost anything edible). I really appreciate both the thought and attention. Thank you.
Elder Champenois and I had our last day as a companionship together Tuesday, Which also happened to be the day that we had an appointment with some guys our age. One of them has been particularly interested in our message the last many visits. He has told us that he really has felt a difference in his life, after he began talking to us. We did our very best to share the lesson and I think it went well. I felt the Holy Ghost present and the spirit there was pleasant and strong. When I committed him to be baptized he replied with a simply "Yes." Calm and assured he had felt the wonderful spirit witness to him through our message and the immense love of our Savior in his life.
I feel truly blessed to have witnessed a person who just barely stopped smoking hashish weeks prior to our meeting, to just three weeks later wanting to be baptized. The Holy Ghost is truly one powerful teaching partner, and I am grateful that we are privileged to have it with us. I pray that he will endure in his newly found faith and that baptism just becomes his first step of many toward a better life. We set a baptism date that will be just prior to my planned departure from Denmark. I am so grateful for being here on a mission, sharing a world that I so enjoy being a part of. Words really does not much justice to how this feels.
I hope you all are doing well at home and that there's not too many things stressing you out. I really love you people. I miss you, but not too much. ;)
Well, gotta go now. Au revoir!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I am still in Denmark and Nykoebing Falster is a really interesting place and we've done a good deal of contacting already. The opposite end of town has a student housing area and that's where people are the most approachable at the moment. We've met a lot of really interesting people there, and many are interested in hearing about the gospel. Yesterday we racked up an impressive seven full lessons. Three of them were appointments that were scheduled before lunch, and then the other four we took after lunch.
Yesterday's last lesson was a middle aged alcoholic man, who called us over because we for so long had “been busy at work and all that traffic was beginning to annoy him. He just had to hear what this whole thing was about and why it was so important to continually bother people!" His colorful language was of course full of flowers, but he let us in and we gave him a good lesson right to the point when he spotted the weather change. Being a man of the road, he apparently had developed a healthy respect for weather changes and demanded (in his slightly drunken, but honest concern) that we head for home NOW. He said we weren't allowed to sleep at his place (not that we would) and he wanted us to get home before the weather got too bad. We tried to say that five more minutes wouldn't matter (I had hoped to finish my lesson) and then we could go home afterwards. Alas, he could not be reasoned with and we headed for home. On our way we met an old (as in “No longer”) investigator (which the Lord apparently thought was dropped prematurely). Not one to argue with the Lord's plans we delayed any and all plans of our own and managed to get drenched before we got home after all. But, we felt great and what a wonderful day it was.
This week for prep-day we went to a Crocodile Zoo. It was really interesting and we saw a lot of cool crocks (seeing them for real, some of them are HUGE . . . and almost intimidating). In the gift shop you could buy Steve Irwin toy stuff as well. We got an ice cream instead.
We have been praying to find a new family this week that we can begin teaching, but we haven't met them yet. We're trying to get as many investigators as we can so that we can add some new blood to the local congregation. We're considering starting up a danish class down here as there are many Chinese people and it's a way we can reach out to them, and help them make a better life for themselves here in Denmark. I'm looking forward to see how it works.
Time to go home for a quick lunch then back out to knock on more doors.
I hope you all are doing well. Toodles!