Denmark is still
good! It's been quite hot and humid the past couple of weeks, so to say
the least I have been sweating a Whole ton. The transfer date is slowly
getting closer, which makes it exciting. I'm dying to find out if I will
be training NeXT time.
But yeah, on last p-day we went out looking for a Beach
where we could just chill and hang out and do our Things. (I brought
the guitar, so I could learn) Someone recommended this Beach, so
naturally it was the first place we went. It was very crowded, way too
crowded for us. But we saw that farther Down the Beach there weren't as
many people. So we went over this hill so we couldn't see the Beach
anymore and walked Down that way, then we found a path through the hill
that was covered in brush. But as we burst through the brush to the
Beach we discovered that we found the nudist section of it... So we
ended up driving to a different Beach.
On that note... on Tuesday
we taught some people, then we tried to stop by some people, which
didn't really Work out. Then we made a Klip Krans (Bread thing) to give
to Familien Steen, but even they weren't home. So we hid them in the
curtains by their door and left a note. Also, another exciting thing
that day is that we found a Ninja course while we walked between two
Places we were knocking. It was quite intense.
On Wednesday we had a lesson with a Family where the Dad is inactive, and the mom takes 3 kids under the age of 8 to church every Sunday.
It was actually a very good lesson, and the Dad told us that he knows
the church is true, and he is working to begin coming back Again. Which
is awesome. We talked about how it is so important to help others. Even
if it is just a smile when you are passing them on the street, that
Little act can help someone out a Whole ton. More than we can
understand. After we gave that lesson we talked for a bit, and tossed a
ball with the kids while talking... Then when we had to leave the kids
blocked the door because they didn't want us to leave. It was quite
cute. But we ended up tricking them and saying we were going out the
back, then going out the front anyways. That night we had a dinner
apointment with a member. It was actually really good. Our Little
message was on missionary oppurtunities, and how simple they can be to
was District meeting, then we went out with our branch president and
taught two lessons. They both went really well. We talked about how much
the Book of Mormon can help us in our lives.
we had an eating apointment with Familien Steen, and taught them about
what it Means to build your house on a rock and be wise, instead of
being a fool on the sand. Then we talked about how reading the
scriptures shouldn't be a flood, where you read a Whole ton in one day,
but rather constant drops, so you read a Little every day. That way you
can remember and think over the Things that you learn.
the day. We had a baptism for one of the members kids. We actually got
Familien Steen, and Gunnan (an asian girl that we are teaching) to it.
Baptisms are always the coolest experience ever. I felt the spirit so
strongly, and it is always just a good time to get together with others.
It makes me realize how thankful I am for the gospel, because I can see
how much it helps people in their lives, and how important it is to
remember everything that we should do to follow Christ. But after the
baptism we had a social thing, with absolutely amazing food. (I ate so
much) But during that time, Anders Steen went up to us and was like "We
should do something like this every week, I really like getting together
with nice people." So we just said... "That's why we have church
Anders" He gave into the fact that he should come to church after that.
It also rained this night, which made it even better and more special.
Familien Steen was in church! So was another investigator named Aileen!
It was awesome. While there Anders actually told some members that he
found the right church, now he just needs to find out when he will be
ready to be baptized. So, people can see how much the church blesses us.
But then we finished off the day with a lesson with Tai. WHO got
accepted to attend Harvard via the internet. (Super smart) We taught him
about faith and hope and that connection. (Ether 12, read it!) Then we
talked about how to get hope, and why people are blessed with different
talents but also cursed with harder challenges. It was the best lesson
we have had so far with him.
But... that was my week. Sadly this week I didn't make
anything special. But I've had 3 kinder eggs every week, so my drawer of
those is filling up quite fast.
The church is
true. Studying the scriptures every morning is just more evidence to
that statement. I know that Christ is our savior, and the ONLY way that
we can inherit the prize that could be our. I also know that Christ and
God both know everyone personally, and they want the best for us.
Sometimes when it gets hard in life it is easy to forget that. But if
you push through those times, you will find their love and influence. I
believe that everyone will have an oppurtunity to preach the gospel in
this life. I believe that it is our responsibilty as members to teach,
whether by a smile or by Words.
I love you all, I know that the 'great commandment' really is the most important. Love one another!
Another week has come and gone. Not a Whole ton of special Things have happened.
Last monday night we saw some awesome fireworks because it was the end of the Ring Rider fest. That was fun.
Tuesday was an exciting day. I was reunited with my MTC
companion, Elder Eisert. We went on splits. So that was two people WHO
had been in the land for one month, off on their own. It was actually a
lot of fun. We got to talk to eachother and see how it's going. Then we
went and contacted some people. Sadly nothing happened. Although we had a
conversation with this girl that opened the door that lasted longer
than them just saying I'm not interested. It was very cool, that I could
understand and talk to someone in a different language. After we
knocked a bit we went to see Tai, the computer genius. Which was fun. He
talks a lot about a film called "What the bleep do we know" Don't
worry, that's the actually title. It just talks about the possibilities
of different Things, and more of a science aspect of that. It's quite
interesting. So that was fun, good practice for when/if I train. (Which
will be in 3 weeks when I know)
Wednesday, yeah... I ate all day on wednesday.
We went from serving a member in the morning, then eating with him. To
an asian birthday party where we were given a Whole ton of food. Then we
went straight from that to a dinner apointment with Familien Steen.
Anders Steen is such a good Cook. He is the person we go to if we have
questions about baking or cooking. (Because he was a baker) But it was
an awesome evening with them. We ate and talked, and had a good time.
Then I was able to play on his Little drum pad he had. (Electronic, not
like any I had) which was weird, I am awful when it comes to playing
drum set. He also gave me a book on learning how to play guitar. Which
has been quite helpful. But after all that we shared a good spiritual
message, and we are hoping to get them to baptism soon.
was nice, we had a district meeting in the morning. Then we had 2
lessons after. One was with an asian girl. Its very cool to teach her,
because she has had no experience with religion in her life. So for us
to explain WHO God is and our purpose here and all that fun stuff. It's
very cool to see.
we got a media referral! Someone wanted a visit from us! So we went up
there, and alas, he wasn't home. So we tried Again later that day, still
wasn't there. Then we called him, and it turns out the guy wasn't
interested. I hate false hope... :( it's not fun to have Things like
we stopped by some more people, and tried finding. No luck there, but
then that night we had ANOTHER eating apointment with Famlien Steen. I
ate probably 12 egg rolls, and a lot of rice. It was very good Again.
I'm pretty sure I gained weight last week. But we shared a quick thought
with them about Lehi's dream. Then we talked to Anders about quitting
smoking. That's our goal for NeXT time, to make a plan on how we can
was a good day. We met with a less active, told him to come to church.
Then we had dinner with Tom, the member we serve every week. It was very
good. We had an awesome dessert called Æble Kage, which is a very
simple thing, and I'm told I will get it a lot. It is pretty much just
apple sauce, Graham cracker, and whipcream. Super tasty though. Then we
stopped by Familien Steen. Talked on the door step with them for a
I totally forgot to mention I made Sushi on Friday!
It was actually quite delicious, but it wasn't perfect. I will try
Again this week I think. Quite exciting times in learning to Cook now!
Thanks for everything and reading my emails and stuff. I wish the best for all of you!
going well over in the Land of Denmark. Not a whole ton has changed...
Time is just flying by here, it's weird... i've been in the land for
more than a month now. I also got news that I will probably be training
next transfer... in 4 weeks.. But everything is great! I love the people
and the food still. We got dropped by Phillip and Pernilla sadly. But
we continue to work hard and help people.
So after emailing y'all last monday, we tried to make
some home made toffee waffles. They actually weren't half bad. But we
can do better, which might be what we are doing tonight. Also I recieved
a package from my family. Thanks for the bubble butts, and the candy
and the tie. The candy is fantastic. (The cookies and cream bars
actually are better in the states.) But anyways, I will take some time
to describe my companion some more, I feel that I haven't done that very
in depth yet. So he was born and raised in Maine, he uses a ton of
'natural' things (toileteries and other random things) His family every
summer went up to work at a scout camp, and would live up there as well.
He played table top games (like warhammer) and role playing games (like
D&D) He also did a lot of comic book reading and acting. He went to
BYU before coming out here... (such a zoobie) but he is cool. I feel
that the activities and things I mentioned above are enough to learn his
Then on Tuesday, we taught Tai, that kid is still a
genius. Most in depth lessons I have ever taught, and ever will teach.
It gets into quantum physics and other dimensions of where God is and
all that stuff. But alas, right now he doesn't believe that there is a
God... so that is what we are trying to teach him about and help him
find an answer. Then we tried to stop by some others. But, Tuesday
morning, the day after opening my package from the family, I felt
deathly ill. (exaggerated but still) Not especially fun.
Wednesday was this zone training where they taught us
how to talk to media peoples. It was pretty intense. Although I felt
Thursday, we tried to find some less
actives, and they lived minutes away from Germany. So we went down there
and could see the hills of Germany. It was very cool to see. Later that
day we taught this girl from China, who is here for schooling. It was
cool to teach her because she never really learned about God, or the
concept of someone helping us. So we taught her about prayer and God and
the help we can recieve. It was a very cool lesson, and the spirit was
Friday, was the beginning of something called the "Ring
Rider Fest" here in Sønderborg. This fest consists of people on horses,
with little pike/mini lance things, trying to stab through little
rings. It is actually pretty cool to see. There was also a fair place
set up, with roller coasters and random games. But we actually had an
awesome lesson and eating apointment with a member, we got him pumped up
for Jesus... if one could say that. He is ready to go out and do some
missionary work now, which is awesome to see. Then we taught a German
couple with a less active. (Yaseen) BUT while teaching, the wife would
only speak in German, so Yaseen was the only one to understand. In
general he wouldn't translate, so we couldn't help him. Also with
Yaseen, he isn't the strongest knowledge wise on the gospel. So there
very well could have been incorrect things taught. But oh well. The
German's house was super cool. Super old school. The roof was probably 6
feet from the ground, and it had an old school fire place. It was very
cool to see.
Saturday we went to the Ring Rider Fest for a district
activity. Was pretty cool to see them in action. Then we rode the bumper
cars. I was by far the most skilled driver, video games do something
right! Something really cool with this fest is that all of the scottish
drum and pipe bands came. It was very cool to hear them, I'm sure that
Brian would have loved to see them all decked out in there kilts and
everything else. (I have no idea what the other things are called) But
it was awesome to see. For dinner we got another Kebab. (Greatest thing
ever) Then we invited Anders to be baptized, and he said that he knows
that it's right, and that he will. But he needs to talk to his wife
first. So... soon. I'm very excited for them!
Yesterday, church was tiny. 15 people were there
because everyone is on vacation right now. It was actually kind of sad.
But Tom, the person we had an eating apointment and got him pumped gave
an amazing talk about what it means to be a member. We walked and
knocked on doors a lot because our plans bailed. But that night we
taught Tai, it was great. We talked about the who God is and why we have
religion. Which got onto the topic of other dimensions and things like
that. But in the end we were just like, study, and pray, you will find
answer. So hopefully that's what he will do.
Yups, lots of horses here in Sønderborg this weekend.
But the work continues to go forward! Thanks for the prayers and the
emails. Love you all!
Hi all! Another week has come and gone! Not an
incredible amount of random different things happened this week that I
can tell you about. But the things I can tell you about, I would love
So first off, on Tuesday we had a dinner apointment with
some members. It was quite delicious, although it's the family that
speaks Danish bonkersly fast. So I didn't understand a whole ton. But
that day we also talked with Anders, the greatest guy ever, just about
work, and how bad it sucks to work at a grocery store. But alas...
Wednesday... oh wednesday. This day was a legendary day
for me. This day started off like any other day. We woke up, exercised,
studied then went out. BUT one of the first things we wanted to do was
stop by and set up an appointment with someone. But she wasn't there,
and her boy friend answered the door. His name is Jack Bo, and he is the
biggest guy I have ever seen in my life. He was at least a foot taller
than me, his forearms are the size of my torso. (Not quite but still) He
had perfectly trimmed facial hair, the slight beard, and his smile
could save an orphan from a wild eagle attack. This man, very well could
be superman. He is also one of the nicest guys I have ever met. So we
chatted with him for a bit, and he actually wants to learn more about
what we believe with his girlfriend! (YES!!! I get to see him more!!!)
we also did some other stuff, and taught a lesson on Wednesday, but
that's not important.
Then on Thursday we had another eating appointment.
This was with Familien Kunz. They are extremely nice, and awesome. They
have a 13 year old son named Tobias. (Toe-bee-us not related to Arrested
Development in any way) who is the coolest kid ever. He already is a
missionary, and he plays video games and all that good stuff I like to
talk about! But, his dad was actually the one that has played some
starcraft, so we had a decent chat about how we both have played
starcraft 1 and 2.
Friday, we went up to Esbjerg, where we got to see this
random sport event. Kind of like the olympics but smaller. We tried to
find people around the gymnist area, so we saw many back flips, lots of
spandex, and lots of old people kind of dancing.
Then Saturday, I bought some more toffee waffles from
the international market, amazing. Stupidly good food. I ate myself sick
that night. But that day we were bonking around and we actually found
these 2 guys playing computer. Somehow they let us chat with them for 45
minutes even though they were expecting us to be the pizza guy. They
were actually really cool. It was Tai, and Phillip. Tai is a genius, to
say the least. He is in the top 10 programmers in Denmark, has read 3 or
4 ivy league universities programs on programming, and all that good
stuff. Then Phillip is just really nice. They were beta testing the new
Final Fantasty. Which is pretty neat.
Sunday, very good day. Went to church and all that fun
stuff, then we went to Tai's house to teach him and Phillip. It was a
really great lesson because Tai is the type of genius that just asks
questions, and we answered them. But at the end he wanted to show us
this video about a christian that studied it out really hard (like old
school tablets and things) and is now athiest because it didn't match up
with the bible. But, in the video, it talks about what it originally
started out as, and it is closely related to Mormonism... (crazy
mirite?) But yeah, very very cool, Talking nerd with people is fun.
Also yesterday, we stopped by the girl again, and we
were talking with her. Then superman rolled up on his bike. Shook our
hands and said hi again. So we continued talking with his girlfriend,
then he stuck his head around the corner and was like 'ønske du is?'
which is do you want icecream. Of course we said yes. So Superman gave
us this little popsickle. It was great!
Anyways... thats about it. Sending this with much loves and stuff!
First off I will apologize for
the random capatilized letters and misspelled Words. The keyboard is in
Danish right now. So... I'm still alive! Crazy how that is working out
for me. The past week we have been knocking a lot. Not too many people
are interested. But the few people we get to talk to, are generally
Christian. They have such a strong testimony in Christ, and those chats
are one of the most spiritual Things I have felt on my mission.
Also last p-day I recieved a flash drive from Quinn
with lots of talks and music. It has been a great Blessing, when we get
home at night to listen to the great man Hugh Nibley.
Monday and Tuesday we watched the missionary message. It is awesome! If
you haven't watched it I highly encourage to go do that. The Work in
our branch is starting to go forward. I feel that it will explode soon.
We are working with them a lot, and giving commitments every week for
them to do. (Give out a Book of Mormon, invite a Family to dinner, etc.)
It's very cool. Watching that message it made me realize that I should
have done a lot more before my mission to help out this great message.
Oh yes... so in Denmark, when they graduate 'high
school' instead of getting some dorky Square hat that they Wear once
then lose it forever. They all buy this awesome sailors hat, and they
Wear it around for a week after graduating. So... to say the least, this
week I have been quite jealous of others. It made me realize just how
cool sailors hats are, and that I should Wear one when I get off of my
So Wednesday was district meeting. Because we are so
far South we take a train for 2 hours to get there. But on this
particular wednesday, on our way home. We got on the wrong train. Which
went towards Copenhagen. (The opposite way) luckily we caught it when
the train first left, so we got off at the NeXT stop. But we ended up
getting home at 7 pm that night... to say the least it was very uneventful.
So we met with our 'Ward mission leader' the other day.
It was an awesome meeting. We talked about ideas to find people to
teach, and ideas to involve the Ward in the mission program. He made us
hotdogs. (Way better than American hotdogs) I ate like 7, then gave us
icecream (WAY better than American icecream) Then he gave us his
favorite chocolate. It's in the shape of a turtle, with a caramel and
rum flavored cream in the center. I plan to send Lauren some, because if
I remember correctly she likes that kind of stuff. Also, his hobby is
to race go karts, which is pretty much the coolest hobby I have seen.
His go kart goes around 140 kph, which is nuts. He also Works at Ecco
shoes, so if you see an ad or anything, he has seen it too. He is the
marketing specialist there. Him and his Family drives 1 hour for church
every Sunday as well, that's how awesome he is.
Anders Steen, our investigator is doing really well. We
taught him yesterday and read 'The family' and we talked about how
important it is to read and pray as a Family. He really wants to try it.
Then at the end of the lesson we brought up that church is good for
families as well. He told us that he wants to go back to church, because
the one time he went, he felt really good, and the rest of his day went
really well. So hopefully it will all go well, and he will continue to
pray and all that dandy stuff!
On to my favorite man named Kedde. This man, I am going
to write a song about. This man, will change the world in many ways.
This man, is a Blessing to all that meet him. Anyways... I can't
remember if I have talked about him before but he is an awesome guy, one
of Yaseens friends. Really nice, and quite the jokester, I think he is
in his late 50's. I have begun a list of Things I have noticed about him
to write a song about him. They go as follows:
Zipper is always Down
Awesome blondish White hair, comparable to a super-sayin
He is always wearing the same sweater
He has a crazy, skraggily beard (lol at spelling)
His accent is comparable to Alabama gator Hunters times 2. (But in Danish)
He always gives us chocolate milk. (awesome)
He is missing an index finger
He drinks, and smokes, and drinks, and smokes.
But all and all he is pretty much my most favorite guy ever.
Well... I think that's enough from me. So have a good one!