Monday, July 25, 2016

"No Capes"

This week was pretty excellent. I wish I could just say that and that you would understand what it meant by it but I guess I will have to describe my week to give you a picture of the why:) 


We met with a girl named A* this week. She is actually someone we met at the New Covenant church Bible study. She isn't necessarily a part of their congregation but she is a strong believer and wants to check out what we were all about too. We had a way solid lesson with her on Monday night and it was great once again to see how the spirit guided the direction of the lesson. We had a beast member there named William and he was right on point with everything too! Quality stuff:)

We follwed suit on Wednesday and brought a member named Nikolai to a lesson with C* and once again, it went way solid. The common thread this week (as it should ALWAYS be) is that listening to the spirit will never steer you wrong. In fact, you can do more by the spirit of God than you can by any other means. So  that was a cool lesson from this week that I am now just realizing as I type this out so it just keep being great:)

If you're wondering at this point in the email... no this week did not include chili peppers... sorry haha'

We had a cool knocking session yesterday. We met a super cool guy from Iceland who lived in the states for 19 years. I saw he was from Iceland so I asked him how he has it in Icelandic and that got him stoked so we had a great talk and he wants to meet again! Following that we met a lady who was super believing and directed us to the back porch so we could tell her what we were all about and the message we had. We ended up giving her a Book of Mormon so we will see how that goes:) then right around the street corner we met some way chill drunk guys that actually had some connections to the church and we had a way chill conversation about it. Something I learned is that the gospel is for everyone no matter who you are!

Other good stuff:

We got to clean the baptismal font this week because a leak happened and it got the nice slimy algae green coating all over it so that was a fun service project. We were on splits that day so you would be amazed how fast four dudes can scrub tile. We are planning to be standing it again shortly;)

Once again, four missionaries turn into a four man hedge cutting crew and we cut the churches main hedges... ​we will see if the service projects continue around the church building because if so... i might have to call out the cleaning guy haha. (only mostly joking)

I got on a bus to go out to an area to knock some doors with Elder lee, and I had the fastest Book of Mormon share of my life haha. I walked on the bus- which had no sitting room- so i stood in front of an old greenlandic woman. She poked me in the arm, pointed to the good book, and I gave it to her. For about 5 minutes I watched her read it in silence, and then she looked up and said "ah I've missed this beautiful book" or something like that. I told her she could keep it because it turns out she had gotten one from a member in Greenland but had lost it. I asked her if she was a member and she just opened her eyes real wide and then exited the bus.... So I am still torn about what that meant... haha but fun stuff:)

We used the slackline to contact for a bit on Friday and it was super successful! This little 5 year old came up and asked me if he could try, so i let him haha. His mom soon came over and helped him and did mom things and at the end of it, Elder Lee had a way deep talk about the gospel with her for about an hour while this cute little guy named Jamie went at it for an hour on the slackline. I think we were friends in heaven before we came down here haha he is great! He said "whats in your pockets?" at one point so i told him he has to guess. Well I had a pass along card with Jesus on it and he asked if he could have it so he could have something in his pockets haha:) He told me it looked like his dad and he wants to keep it haha. Such a cute kid:)

Spiritual thought:

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley…but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass…
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew.
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is near.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can’t be a sun, be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail…
Be the best of whatever you are!

Have a great week!!
Ældste  j

Our district attempting to successfully take one picture... at least we smiled haha

Cleaning the baptismal font for near future use. There was a leak so it was kinda like above ground pool type green.

Splits pic with another Elder Erickson: fun fact is that he can impersonate 50 voices

The gym: our theme pic for the zone newsletter 

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