Sunday, August 24, 2014

I LOVE being a missionary :)

Familier og venner,

Well, this week is my last week. It's pretty crazy!

Last week was miraculous! I got to go on exchanges with a few members in the ward! That was really excited and we have more set up for this week.

Remember Sussan who came to church twice and we met less than 3 weeks ago? Well, long story short... she came to church for the third time yesterday and is getting baptized on Saturday! She had called us on Monday night last week, told us she had too much on her mind. We taught about the restoration of the gospel and she decided she wanted to follow Jesus Christ's example and be baptized. We met with her 6 days last week and are meeting with her tonight. She really loves the Book of Mormon and is really excited to join Jesus Christ's church. Every time she prays with us she thanks Heavenly Father for this opportunity she will have soon.

Today, we ate lunch at a Pizza/Kebab shop. There was a man who went to go sit down alone and then asked if he could sit by us! His name is Emmanuel. He is from Ghana (he's lived here for 15 years) and he knew about the church, but had never looked at the Book of Mormon. We got to teach him the plan of salvation and the elders here are going to meet with him again soon. It was really neat!

I know that the Lord's work. I am so grateful to be a part of it. I absolutely love being a missionary! It has been an amazing last 17 months and how every many days. The best part is, it's not over yet :)

I'll have to post one more time after this post :)

I'm so grateful for the gospel and all the happiness it has brought to my life and my family.

Med kærligste hilsener,

Søster Orgill

Second to last email... AHHH!!! SCARY!

Well, I'm really excited for this week! We have several appointments set up. We are going to go on exchanges with two ladies in the ward, so I can go to one appointment and Sister Vige can go to another. We also have exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders this week (two of my former companions- Søster Packard and Søster Ripplinger) And we have zone training this week.

Sussan came to church again and she really liked the gospel principles class. The lesson was on missionary work.

Things are going well here.

Slagelse is a small ward compared to my last ward. I love it though! :)

I'm loving being a missionary and trying to give it my all these last two weeks!

Hope all is well where ever you are. Enjoy the crazy pics :)

Med kærligste hilsener,

Søster Orgill

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Peering Into My Day: Last Thursday

Familier og venner! :)

Okay, so I think what I want to share today is experiences from Thursday. Let me give you the run down:

6:30 a.m. Pray, go on a little jog right by the apartment and stretch
7:00 a.m. Shower, get ready/breakfast
8:00 a.m. Personal study
9:00 a.m. Companion study
9:30 a.m. Bike to the church
10:00 a.m. Decorate for Elder Brindley's birthday (we had made a cake the night before and since we didn't have food coloring... we grated carrots, squeezed the juice and used it in the decorating frosting so we could write "Tillykke Ældste Brindley"
10:30 a.m. District meeting
12:30 p.m. District lunch at The Green Kitchen where we now get 10% off since the love missionaries

1:30 p.m. Contact someone on our way back who takes a Book of Mormon and starts reading it as soon as she gets it. Her name is Sussan.

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Then we went with a member to visit a previous investigator who was an hour away from us. She ended up not being home. Sad! But then we tried to visit a less active in the area... she wasn't home either. Then we took the member with us to knock on random one door. It was fun, she was a little hesitant, but ended up being glad she was there :)

5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Take a bus to Korsør
6:30 p.m. We had some time before our appointment so we contacted people in the area. This one, is name is Mark. He's from the U.S. and has been here for at least 20 years. He asked if I was American and hugged me and kissed me on the top of my head... ha ha. Anyway, we told him a little about the church and we are meeting with him this week.
7:00 p.m. We went to our appointment with a member who has only been to church about 2 times in the last few decades. She came to church last week and brought her two young adult grandsons who are not members. It turns out that she had forgotten our appointment and her son and grandsons were there. We told them we had planned to ready a chapter in the Book of Mormon, but asked if we could share a lesson instead. We asked if they wanted to hear about where the Book of Mormon came from or the purpose of life. The said the purpose of life, so we went through the plan of salvation. They were all really interested and seemed to think it made since. One of them asked, so how does the Book of Mormon tie into this. We have an appointment in 2 weeks to share the restoration lesson. It was really neat :)
8:00 p.m. Take a bus
8:45 p.m. Bike home
9:00 p.m. Plan
9:30 p.m. Fill out some records
10:00 p.m. Get ready for bed

So Thursday was a great day! Sussan ended up coming to church! She stayed for the whole thing and really liked it! We are meeting with her again tomorrow.

Also, we had a great experience with helping paint and picking red currants for a member who doesn't come to church very much. She invited three of her friends over after we were done and asked us to sing to them :)

Life is so great! I love being a missionary! I love being on the Lord's errands :)

Med kærligste hilsener,

Søster Orgill

The cake we made

My last molten lava cake... making a wish on 
my last month of how I want it to be as a missionary :)

Søster Vige and I in Korsør on the way to an appointment

At a service project where we got to wear fun jumpsuits :)

Three of Four New Investigators

Family and friends,
We were in an appointment last week with a less active. It was about 7pm and I knew that we had made a goal to find a new investigator and have 2 other lessons. I was trying to get out of there, but they decided they wanted to make us food and stuff. I was just praying the whole time we could find someone who was prepared after we left since that was our goal.
We went out to contact an investigator that our ward mission leader had given us the day before. Right before we knocked on the door, there was a guy right outside. I felt prompted we needed to speak with him, so we did. His name is Nabil and he had met missionaries before and said he had a Book of Mormon, just had not finished it yet! We talked to him about it, testified and prayed and are meeting him again this week. The referral was not home, but I knew were supposed to meet Nabil! :)
After that, we visited a previous investigator (Ghulam) from 2 transfers ago. We talked to him about coming to church and his experience coming to church. We re-invited him to read from the Book of Mormon, prayed and are meeting with him next week!
We had about 40 minutes left in the day. We went to visit another previous investigator who had not been visited for 3 years. She let us right in. Her name is Anni. She is around 70 years old and was dropped because of health concerns she had. But when we came to visit here, we started talking about the Book of Mormon and church. She told us that she really liked coming to church when she did and reading from the Book of Mormon, but that she didn't have one anymore. We gave her a new copy and talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We invited here to be baptized, she said "When?" :) She is going to be going on vacation with some family soon, so she won't be able to make it to church the next two Sundays, but we will get to meet with her this week and we asked her to think over a date to be baptized. The spirit was strong in her home and I knew it's where the Lord wanted us to be.
It's been a really good week. I'm happy to be here and I am really trying to give it my all. It scares me when I think how fast time is going. I love being here and love serving the Lord.
 It actually feels just like I've been in school the last 17 months and that this is my final test, it's comprehensive, I know what to do, the rules, all the advice you have given and now it's just I need to work as hard as I can.
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!
Until next week,

Søster Orgill

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My last area: Slagelse! :) I think I'm going to love it here!

Well, we had transfers today! I am in Slagelse with Sister Vige from Norway. I already love it! :) It was pouring when I got here, so I am all wet right now, but it's kind of fun :)

I know I am going to love it here and give it my all. I have TONS of people to meet quick, but I am so so happy about it.

We met with Peter again last week. It was great! We brought a member and he's really trying to figure out if this is the right church for him to join. I'll let you know if I hear anything new from what happens with him.

We visited Kronborg Castle last week, Hamlet's castle. I have TONS of pics. I'm sending them to my mom and most of them will be up on my blog.

Love you all!

Søster Orgill

Training, Transfers, and Service Projects

I just got transfer calls. I'm going to Slagelse and will be companions with Søster Vige who is from Norway. So next week I will be emailing from Slagelse!

Love you all!

Søster Orgill

Familier og Venner,

The man we met again at 8:57pm last week? His name is Peter. He is great! We met with him and he told us he had many questions. He asked us if we worshipped Joseph Smith. We told him that we didn't. We are grateful for Joseph Smith and honor him for all he did, but we do not worship him. We pray to our Heavenly Father through the name of the Savior. He next told us he had a question about temples, what they are used for and why are they important, but he told us we could answer it after our lesson. He said it all made sense. We are meeting with him again this Saturday.

Our 4th of July:
We had zone training in Roskilde. Our opening song was the Star Spangled Banner. We had no lyric sheet though... poor Sister Vige (from Norway) and the guest speakers... Then, we headed to a service project for a man who lives at the very border of our boundary and Roskilde's. He is moving to Arizona and needs help getting his house ready to sell (painting, tiling, removing weeds and rocks from the garden, etc). Sister Packard and I spent 4 and 1/2 hours working on the garden/yard area and were only able to complete a little strip of it while another set of missionaries painted and another set helped him move things. After we finished, him and his neighbors (who are members) barbequed some meat and we ate a delicious dinner. To finish off? Ice cream and some sparklers and a couple old fireworks.

We got a ride to the train station, took an S train to Husum, and watched our bus drive away as we were running to the bus stop. We realized we were going to have to walk home. As we approached our street, it was pretty late. I was starting to get nervous because there are always a much of drunk people at the corner of the street. I started getting really paranoid that something might happen to us. I asked Sister Packard if we could say a prayer. I prayed telling Heavenly Father that I was sorry we were out after curfew, but that we missed our bus and asked if He could protect us as we continued to walk home. After I said, "amen," I immediately felt at Peace and I was not scared at all. We made it home safely!

Other Things that happened this week:

-A less active member asked us to make her dinner. We did and her friend from The Netherlands was there. We got to talk to him about the church.
-We had media training at zone training and practiced answering tough questions (a follow up to last year's training
-The Rolling Stones came to Roskilde, therefore the trains we packed with people and their cases of beer so they could see them.
-We got to a train station and waited for our train... no one else was there... our train never came... we are really confused as to why. Luckily, the elders were able to pick us up to take us home or else it would have been a long, late bike ride home.

Things are going well. I have NO idea if I will stay here for my last transfer or go to a new area. I will most likely find out today. All mail that is sent the mission office will still get forwarded to me, so if you want to write me a letter, I'm still going to respond to you :) Send it to the office and it will get to me within 2 days after it gets to the mission office.

Random facts about Denmark and Danes:
1. Texas Thunderstorms don't exist here. I definitely miss the thunder and lightning
2. Danes are really into celebrating their wedding anniversaries here. Especially their copper wedding, silver and gold.

Madonna was wrong when she said, "time goes by so slowly." So was Tyson from All-American Rejects when he said, "time is stands still." It's going WAY fast! I only have 6 weeks left, but I know there are many people I need to meet still! I'm excited to meet them and help them all I can.

Love you all!

Søster Orgill

Miracles Can Happen... Even if You Only Have 3 Minutes to Spare!

Familiar og venner!

Sorry, this email is going to be really short, but I sent pics to my mom so that should cover us for the week :)? Ha ha

Things went really well this week:

-We had 5 appointments fall through, but met some great people
-At 8:57pm last night, I saw a man, felt we needed to go bike and talk to him. Turns out that we had contacted him before (thankfully Sister Packard remembered his name) #compunity and he says he wants us to come on Saturday so that he can ask us a bunch of questions he has had about the Book of Mormon! :) He said he started reading it and has been trying to ask his friends about it, but then didn't really know anything.
-This week, the majority of Danes celebrated Sankt Hans Aften... they burn a fake witch on the day of the year with the most sunlight

Life's going well. Miracles are happening here. I know Heavenly Father is watching over you and me.

Søster Orgill

How is Time Going So Fast?

Dear family and friends,

Here's some stuff that happened this week:

-Last preparation day we went to Copenhagen and got a pedicure by fish eating our dead skin. It really tickled and didn't work too well, but it was a fun experience. We took a video of us squeeling and squirming the first minute of it :)

-We went on exchanges in Slagelse. It is a little city, so cute! Yes, it is more like Jylland there. We participated in several heart attacks to doors. I was on exchanges with Sister Vige who is from Norway. Norwegian and Danish are very similar, but Sister Vige still has learned Danish so that she can clearly communicate. She's awesome! Anyway, she is really good at researching ancestors, so at one of our appointments with an investigator, she researched for the investigator and I just "happened" to pull out my plan of salvation cutouts and taught the investigator the whole lesson. I loved it and it was perfect because I had no idea how to help her find ancestors and so I could do something that was useful :)

-We helped a family move back into the ward

-A member who we are working with to get back to the temple gave us a referral

-Something happened to Søster Packard's eye. We went to the doctor for her and the doctor Googled it... yep ha ha. Welcome to Denmark :)

-We met with an investigator who we'd never met before. He said that he feels really good about meeting and thinks it should be more often. We have a reoccuring appointment ;)

-We didn't have a lot of numbers this week, but it was a week full of miracles and it's the people that matter.

-I love saying hi to everyone on the street. My favorite is when they act surprised and ask if we know each other, but it's a great contacting approach :)

But things are going really well here. The only thing that is scary is that time is FLYING.

Love you all!

Med kærligste hilsener,

Søster Orgill

P.S. Denmark randomness:

-There are not many jay walkers here. Danes are very obedient to stoplights
-The library we go to has no personnel the majority of the time, we can just use our card and pin code to get in. They are very trusting.
-Danes often use the Word "funny" wrong... for example if I were to say,
"I got to see my Dad for the first time in 10 years yesterday"
"Oh, how funny!"

It's weird how fun and funny are so different!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Southernized Dane

Hey friend and family!
 Well, I’m still not caught up on my journal, but I went through my planner so I could summarize my week J
 Last Monday was preparation day; however, it was a holiday, Anden Pinse Day. Yes, almost everything was closed. The 3rd grocery store was opened, but they didn't have stuff we needed. Two years ago they moved all post offices to grocery stores (So I heard from Sister Arbon), but all the grocery stores with post offices were closed!
The library did not have any air conditioning and the windows weren't open (and we could not get them open) and there was not personnel since it was a holiday so it literally felt like a sauna!
Monday night we waited for an investigator to come to the young single adult family home evening. We waited outside for 1 hour, trying to call and text him the whole time. He had told us he was on his way He never came.
Anyway, the next day we had zone conference. Our theme this month is Chapter 7 of Preach My Gospel about learning the language.
Really neat because we had the Stake President come and he told us tips for working with the members.
Then we gave the first lesson to a few different members from our stake.
After that, I headed out with my drawstring purple backpack full of clothes and what I’d need for exchanges in Gladsaxe 2 area which is right next to our area. While there, I ate dinner at an investigator’s house. She made us Pakistanian food. I've attached a picture ;)
We talked about the Book of Mormon. She told us it has made her so happy, happier than she’s ever been and asked us to recommend a new section for her to read.
The next day we met with an investigator in their area who has MS. So sad! : ( She pretty much can just use her hands to do everything and sits in a wheel chair. We talked to her and I could just feel God’s love for her. I didn't know her, but I told her that I know that God loved her. We watched the Mormon message, “Mountains to Climb,” bore testimony, sang, prayed and then I asked if I could give her a hug and I did. I love giving hugs.
Back to Gladsaxe 1st area (mine). The guy who never came to YSA FHE… he came to church! He was 30 minutes late, but we walked out of sacrament meeting to go get him (it’s kind of confusing since our building is a 5 story building and looks business-y and it is next to another church). Everyone was really friendly to him and spoke English to him which was great since he moved here a few months ago. He liked church and plans to come next week.
 And one more miracle for the week- We were lost and trying to find the street of a less active member  while on our bikes, trying to pinpoint where we were on the map.
This lady saw us and asked if we were from Utah and if we were lost. She’s a Dane and used to live in the South of the U.S. for 9 years! She was so cute and even had a southern accent (mixed with a Danish accent) when she spoke English! She was so sweet and told us we could come back sometime. She told us to have a “blessed day” ha ha J I felt like I was in Tennessee again! I loved it : )

 Love you all!

 Med kærligste hilsener,
 Søster Orgill

 P.S. I heard the Spurs won the championship! WOOHOO!!!! GO SPURS GO!!!!! :)

 P.S.S. I just heard that my new niece named Julia was born yesterday! :) I can't wait to meet her! I love being an aunt!

10 Minute Contacting

Dear Family and Friends,

I'm 2 months behind in my journal, there is just never any time to write... this also means it is hard to quickly summarize my week each week. I'm trying to catch up during lunches and dinner during the week when I can. For now... here are two highlights from this week:
-We had an eating appointment at the Nielsen’s house. The elders have a car this transfer and were able to give us a ride since we were in their area and did not think we would make it in time on our bikes. When we got there we realized still had ten minutes before our appointment. We all agreed to having a contest to try and find someone to share a lesson with before we had our dinner appointment and the winning team would receive chocolate milk from the other team. We frantically tried to knock on doors hoping someone would be home so we could share a message with them. The first three doors we knocked… no one was home! Finally we found a father and his little baby girl (who reminded me of nieces Daphne and Danielle combined except she was less than a year old, so how I remember them) sitting outside on their little porch patio. He said he does not believe in God, but we were still able to share with Him a some of what we believed and he even let us pray with him and his family. He said he was not interested in having us come back, but would check out the church website. We decided we are going to try to do this before every eating appointment. It really pumps us up to find those people who the Lord has prepared :)
-We ate with the Bishop and his family. My companion mentioned that I had just found out my dad was going to be getting a new calling to serve in the temple. Our Bishop had us read the first paragraph of Temples in the Bible dictionary, it says,
"A temple is literally a house of the Lord, a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead. A place where the Lord may come, it is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness."
Then he asked if the home is the only place that compare in sacredness then what makes it that way? The people there. It's ironic because the next day we went to our investigator's house and she told us that she doesn't let just anyone into her home. I think that's why we need temple recommends in order to enter into temples just to keep us in check and the environment so we can control the sacredness within.
I love temples :)
Life is beautiful!
Love you all!

Søster Orgill