Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Mine familier og venner!
So this week, we decided to take a trip to Give. It is a city about a 30 minute train ride from here. There are not a Whole lot of members there, but we wanted to visit those who were less active or were previous investigators. It is 5 zones away, we have a 5 zone bus pass that gets us to church which is also 5 zones away, so we thought, oh that is perfect! I asked my companion if we should just quickly go double check at the desk if we can use it, but she said she didn't think we needed to, so we hopped on the train. Less than two minutes after being on the train, someone came around to check our passes. And, yep, our passes were only good for the 5 zones between Fredericia and Vejle (according to the numbers along the side which did look like random numbers, ha ha). Super sad! So it ended up costing us each about 20 US dollars for the round trip fare. Could have been worse. Moral of the story, always check just in case! We got there and the city seemed pretty sparse. There were not many people to talk to. The first lady we visited was really close and she said she didn't have time right then, but wanted us to come back next week, so that is good. The next person we went to was an hour and a half walk away. We thought we could talk to people on the way, but there was no one that we passed on the way. Crazy, right? Ha ha. Luckily, we did get to meet this guy who we had planned to see. He had previously taken lessons from the missionaries, but was not interested. He was nice though and we left him with our number in case he changed his mind. Crazy, long day, but it was good.
Oh and we had splits this week. Basically, where two of the Sister Training Leaders come and are our companions for the day. It was really great, I felt like I had lots of insight. We talked to a lot of people that day and set up one appointment to come back. A few hours later, we received a phone call that one of the people we had given a pamplet to, his friend wanted us to come back and teach him more about our beliefs. Pretty neat.
We had one member who came with us to the lesson we taught Kasper this week. That evening, we prayed that we might find more ways to get the members involved in missionary work. At 9:30am the next morning, the member who had come to the lesson called us and said (in Danish) "we forgot to tell Kasper about Jesper's baptism on Saturday!" I told her that she is right, we forgot and that we can call him. Then she said, "I would like to bring him there if he can come." I was way excited when I heard those words. I gave her his number and jumped up and down smiling and screaming. I knew the Lord had answered our prayers. Kasper did not end up getting to go to the baptism, but I knew that we had a ward that was ready to be enlisted in helping with this great and marvelous work.
That evening we had about two hours left before we had to be back at our apartment. We ended up going to a less active's apartment to get his number so we could arrange a time we could come teach him with another sister in our ward. He was home, so that was great. Then, we realized that we had 4 previous investigators in that same area that we had planned to go see the next week, but felt we should that night instead. We did and ALL of them were home which was a miracle. We set up three appointments to come back and the 4th previous investigator didn't want us to meet with her, but she talked about some medical problems she had been having. We had no idea what kind they were, but we told her we would keep her in our prayers and she graciously thanked us. Then, on the way home, we taught someone else on the street. We walked by our apartment and it was 8:56pm. I remembered what you had said about not going in even a minute early, so I relayed that to Sister Hadley. We looked around, we didn't see anyone on the street, we started walking up another street and some people leaning out a window by us started asking us questions about Mormons. We set up an appointment to come back and teach them the next day!
On Sunday, we got to teach the gospel essentials class, it was on work and personal responsibility. It ended up going really well. After that, a lady in our Ward asked me to lead the music in Sacrament meeting. The first song was really rough for me because I had never heard it before and it was fast so it was really hard for me to comprehend the pronunciation quickly :) But, luckily the next three hymns were a little slower and had more familiar melodies. The elders and us were also asked to sing a musical number that day, so we sang "My Heavenly Father Loves Me." Oh and Ældste Swenson played the organ during sacrament meeting, so it seemed like we were starting to take over the ward with all the things we'd been asked to do, ha ha, but it was fun. I'm really excited to teach Young Womens next week :)
Life is good. I hope all is well with all of you!
de kærligste hilsener,