Monday, May 16, 2016

El Libro de Mormon es Cierto

Well Big things are happening around here. Father Time may have been robbed because transfers happened again. That means a lot of things... 

#1- Elder Amos will be transfering to Skive to finish up there with someone from his group and then sisters will white wash the area after they leave. Don't worry, they aren't doing anything wrong haha. The mission is just switching somethings up.

#2: So Elder Bishopp is basically just moving a bed because he is now my companion haha. It is going to be way sweet because i already know him and he is a good egg. He hails from Renton Washington and likes to randomly break out laughing haha. He is also a extremely capable missionary so that is going to be great.

#3: Elder Milward gets Elder Eaves who is also a beast. So Århus is getting pretty stacked:)

#4: Other things haha

This week we met with J a couple times. He is doing better but he had a slight relapse yesterday so we stopped by him and encouraged him. I give him major props because he is fighting very hard for this. He didn't drink for an entire day which was pretty impressive given the circumstances. So we are still pulling for him. 

As for Guliano, he said he still believes the Book of Mormon is true but he wants to hold up with meeting with us for a bit so he can find himself. But he is still very open and loves to chat with us over text. So not too huge a concern.

We met wit R* again. If you don't remember, he is the British guy who overthinks things and then some. We almost had one complete train of thought yesterday before the train derailed and all of the cars went their own seperate ways off on twenty different topics haha. So we will see what happens with him. 

Bible studies:
So we are now a part of two Bible studies (going on three). We figure that all of the religous people here are in church haha which is completely true mind you. My boy J* became a new investigator this week and we had a great discussion. (this was all outside of bible studies). It was a pretty good discussion and he said he would read the Book of Mormon. It was actually pretty sweet because we could have had a member present lesson if he was a member. What i mean by that is some Romanian guy came to clean the building and ended up sitting down and all three of us taught him a little and discussed some things. Talk about teaching when you find, and finding when you teach haha. So that was sweet:)

We also got invited to another bible study called the Kings people. They are a radical christian living style group and its actually pretty good. We got invited by a Romanian guy (no, a different one haha) to it and we went and ate there and then had too long of a sermon... it was 3 hours and it was a mix of christian singalong and a guy getting way heated and passionate who I couldn't  take seriously everytime he did that haha. But it was sweet!

You're probably wondering at this point why the title is in Spanish. Well I've had a lot of spanish influence this week. At the Kings people, i met a guy from Panama named Juan. He is a super, super awesome guy who used to hang out with the Elders in Panama on p-days back in his day (he is probably 36). But we had a way great chat and I also refreshed my spanish a little:) 

Then on Sunday the sisters brought a guy from Spain to church and I hit it off with him too. He is super chill and i took him to third hour of church and stuff so he is another spanish friend I've gotten:)

Then i found out Sister Baggaley is training a sister coming into the mission from Spain. So I'm pretty stoked about the sudden olas de espanol :)

Other things:

We did a blits splits down in Silkeborg. That means that for a day we stuck 12 missionaries in one area and went to work. It was way sweet because i got to work with both Elder Gardner and Elder Zielger again. I love those guys haha. We had a great time down in the beautiful Silkeborg!

We went to the museum here in Århus called Aros. It was pretty sweet i'll include pics but the coolest thing is a 36 rainbow panarama of the city on top of the building that you can walk

On the way back from Slkeborg, we met this small group of school kids. This kid named Peter started talking to me and told me my accent was different. I told him i am different and I am from California haha. So he got super stoked and started to talking to me haha. Then his older brother chimed in and we had a great conversation. Our train was delayed so we talked for a long time. He was such a fireball haha. He was saying things like "Man, typical train system. They still haven't figured it out" and "I want to be a thermo-energy scientist when I am older" haha, So it was a comical ride home. Also, one of his small classmates around Stella's age gave me a flower and said i need to keep it haha. I'm definitely a fan of all the little random awesome things that come with a mission:) 

Spiritual thought:This weeks thought comes from a story shared in seminary by Brother Englebrecht that i finally traced down in George A. Smiths journal of discourses. It is a Chinese proverb he shares:

“A man travelling through the country came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very righteous people, for I can only see but one little devil in this great city.’

“The guide replied, ‘You do not understand, sir. This city is so perfectly given up to wickedness … that it requires but one devil to keep them all in subjection.’

“Traveling on a little farther, he came to a rugged path and saw an old man trying to get up the hill side, surrounded by seven great, big, coarse-looking devils.

“‘Why,’ says the traveller, ‘this must be a tremendously wicked old man! See how many devils there are around him!’

“‘This,’ replied the guide, ‘is the only righteous man in the country; and there are seven of the biggest devils trying to turn him out of his path, and they all cannot do it.’”

I thought this was way great because as we face opposition in life it is usually always hard. That is why it is called opposition. And the more we feel the less we sometimes want to keep climbing the proverbial mountain to higher spheres of life. But, if the harder we try, the harder it becomes, we need to take heart because so it is with the greatest people who have ever lived. So if the demons of opposition are getting bigger and scarier, just know it is because you arent something of small matter to the adversary. it is because the you are rising to the top because the strength coming through the resistance of opposition.
Well have a fantastic week!

Ældste  Jeppson

Blitz Splits in Silkebor, almost the whole MTC crew

Elder Jeppson, Elder Gardner, Elder Ziegler: MTC crew

The brothers Peter and Jacob 

My Flower
A tiger skinned rug made out of thousands of cigarettes 

Other art stuff

"Stay in the Boat" 

The Rainbow panorama (it was by far the coolest part)

Here is the whole experience on camera :)

The trip mirror room in the museum.  I was in there for a while having some fun :)

Museum exhibits

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