Monday, September 16, 2013

S4:E05 "January"

Hi Again! I hope all is still well with you all. Denmark is still the greatest place on the planet!
Monday came, and we stopped by a less active, and had a nice chat with him and talked about how we can make the branch a better place. It made me realize how close this branch is to being completely awesome, and becoming a Ward in a few years. I realized that it all comes Down to home teaching. It gives callings, responsibilities, but it also brings the branch together, and not just a place where people go every sunday. Monday night we had an eating appointment with Familien Eriksen. Thomas (the dad) is quite the gamer, so we talked with him for a while. He said that every Friday night, when all the kids are in bed, it's his 'Me Time' to play a couple games. That Family is unbelievably nice and fun though. We shared a nice Little message with them on how we all need to be an example to others, and that being an example is a big part of being a missionary.
Tuesday, I have stayed on my mission for 5 months Thus far. It is unbelievable how fast time goes by when you are having fun and keeping busy. But this Tuesday we focused on the class we were going to hold that night. It's called ,Grundlæggende Principper af Mormoner' (The ground laying principles of Mormons.) Where investigators and members can come and learn a Little more about the gospel, then eat some cookies or something and have a good time with eachother. We tried to stop by some people, with no luck, then the class time rolls around. It ends up being more of a lesson, because Andrea, an investigator showed up, as well as Carl, a member. But it was an awesome lesson on prophets, and why we need them in these days to lead us. Afterwards we ate some cookies and actually got to know Andrea. It was a success in our books.
Wednesday, I was in heaven. I ate a lot of left over cookie dough from the previous day. We pretty much just served a member. (Yaseen) And cleaned up some Things in his crack house. Then we shared a message with him. After that, we tried stopping by a refferral we recieved, that is a 20 minute drive away from us. And she wasn't home, so we bonked around her area, with no luck. But the place we went to is close to where Peter lives, so we stopped by him and gave him some cookies! He was doing so well, because of Kemo, but we had a nice chat with him at the door, and just showed him our love. He is such an awesome guy, but life is hard, and I think we all know that. The comfort comes from knowing that our life is the 2nd act in a 3 act play. So we don't have to worry about the worst Things in life.
Thursday was just the same, because it was a very good day. We had district meeting, where we ended that by eating some pizza. We took the zone leaders home with us to Sønderborg for splits. I went out with Ældste Swenson, WHO is an awesome missionary, and an awesome guy. We were full of appointments that day, and the first person we stopped by was Ernst. The 90 year old guy. He wasn't doing well at all. (We litterally though he was going to die when we were there...) So we said a prayer with him and went over to a less actives house. Where, like usual, we talked about how the branch can become better. After that appointment we were starving. We walked Down the road to where the car was parked, to see an ice cream truck. Which we ended up running Down to buy some food. So 4 waffle cones later, we had an appointment with Andrea, the girl that really wants to be baptized. We taught her the Word of Wisdom, and when we asked if she would hold it, she replied by saying. "I already do, so... yeah" She was definitely prepared to hear the gospel. After that we finished the night by getting a pizza and talking about Zelda, and Starfox 64.
Friday rolled around, that was pretty much just weekly planning, then stopping by some people to invite them to church. Then we bonked in a place called Kær, where we found a Family that investigated the church 10 years ago, but wants to hear about it Again. (AWESOME!!!) So we are super excited about that, and are praying a lot for them. Kær is one of my favorite Places. It is the village of our area.
Saturday, didn't Wear a frown, We served Yaseen in his crack house Again and shared another message with him. He gave us a big box of fresh vegetables which is fantastic. It was a huge Blessing for us and they all taste really good. Then we made the branch news letter, tried to stop by people, but no luck.
Sunday, we went through... a fantastic day of church, where we ended with meeting Quinten and talking about how we can best help the branch grow. He agreed that it is all up to home teaching, and that is what we need to focus on. After that, we stopped by Ernst where we just listened to him tell the stories of his life. Then we stopped by an awesome Family, the Thorngreens, where we just stopped by to see how they are doing, and if there was anything we could do to help them. Both of them are gamers, so it was fun to talk to them about that. Then we had a wonderful lesson with the American named Christian. Where we talked about the plan of salvation and the 3 uestions you ask, where did I come from, why am I here, where am I going after I die? (If you have ever wondered these Things, and want to find out more, call your local LDS missionaries!)
And now we are here, writing home. I hope you all will have a fantastic week, and that you will be able to see God'sw influence in your lives!
Love you!
Ældste Swan

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