Monday, August 22, 2016

A Sleeping Bag Week

Last night as I was thinking about all the things that have happened and how much was somehow packed into the week, I had a flashback of my Dad asking me to stuff sleeping bags. The problem was in this instance, I was trying to stuff the big Coleman bag into the small mummy bag because I was too lazy to get up and find the right bag. Needless to say, the sack wasn't big enough for the sleeping bag and I eventually had to find the bigger bag. 

That was my week except it all fit in the 7 days I had.... just unreal:


So C* is still sick/unable to meet but she is still down to meet so no worries!
We met some new friends about 2 weeks ago I believe. They are a young couple who love Medieval festivals and learning about religion... perfect:) We had a way killer lesson with them and it was so neat because we are still in a trio companionship because Elder Erickson's comp is still sick in the US. But the  tri-panionship juices were flowing so well and the spirit directed a beautiful lesson. So we have a return appointment to teach about the plan of salvation. Just textbook stuff... couldn't have gone better. It was legitimately refreshing to walk out a lesson like that.:) Love it.

My boy M* finally got back from Palestine where he was filming a documentary (he is Danish) and we are meeting today. He is still way stoked to come and have a church tour so we are pretty excited to talk with him. Elder Perkins and I contacted him on splits in May so it has been a while.

We met a cool young dane who was walking down the path by our house right before we had to go in. We stopped her and asked if she wanted to talk and so we did. She is super believing and was very nice and down to earth. The neatest part of the whole thing was that she told us she had just finished praying for something like this while she was walking down the path... yet another testimony block to my foundation of faith that God answers prayers:) How cool is that? 

We are waiting on meeting with a bunch of the new people we have met so we will see what happens this week with them. Lots of just great stuff is happening. I made a list of people we need to work on getting appointments with and get in contact with and by the time I was done I was very grateful with how much the Lord blesses those who work hard and love others! 

​Okay here comes snippets of the week... i can't fit it all nor put it into detail that does it justice but i went hard in my journal this week so no worries:


We had a wonderful zone conference on member missionary work. It was really great for both zones to combine all the think power in the room and make a plan/train each other on things that help us as missionaries have better member relations and ultimately help members to be missionaries.​ it was solid. I also sang a trio deal with sister andrew and sister acosta (the same from last Sunday) so for the second time in my life (week) i sang a solo part. For those good at singing that does't sound too bad... but I almost wanted to laugh during it, it was hard to suppress. You definitely do crazy things on the mish hahaha. 

Right after zone conference, we got a call from a girl who recently came home from her mission. She had been reading her scriptures in the park and some guy came and asked her questions. So boom, member missionary work. We rerouted and walked to the park were she was and taught this slightly intoxicated guy. He turned out not all that down to talk again but way nice guy. During it though was the kicker... about 15 minutes in a drug dealer came up and asked who we were. We told him and he said that it was way sweet what we were doing. He offered us a hit of the marijuana he was smoking and we politely declined haha. He said it was chill, said some other things I won't repeat, and then gave us knucks and walked away. So back to the first guy right? wrong. Right after that a way cool guy from Louisiana named Crispen walked up and said "Hey you mormons. I know you" . He was on his way to buy more cheap wine but he pointed to "philosophers rock" as he called it and told us to find him there. 

So 10 minutes later when we finished talking to the first guy, we met Crispen there. He already had an audience of three other teenage danes. They were in the process of philosophizing large strings of English words that amounted to hot air basically. I didn't question it because they were also sharing a joint (probably from the homie we talked to earlier haha) they also offered us some and we said no that time as well. Gotta love the park. But Crispen had some legit questions at the beginning so we stuck around. He is such a character!! Man alive i love people:) 

 The highlight of today was that the end part of it. We went to support the sister's friend Søren in this game called showdown. It is a hybrid of pingpong and airhockey played on a table with walls and the goal is to hit a ball with a small club into a net on the other side of the table. Way sweet! We got to play as well and they blindfolded us under the goggles. There is a bell in the ball so you have to locate with your ears. These guys are unreal at it! Søren can "see" the ball wherever it is on the table just by hearing it! So awesome.

Right after that we went to Bible study with our friends at new convenant church. The best part was that they have a full music set with drums, an electric guitar, a double set keyboard, and drums. So Elder Lee was on Keyboard, elder Erickson on guitar, a guy whose name I've forgotten on drums, and I learned the bass in the 20 magical minutes we jammed. The three of us have written a song and it sounded so good on real equipment. It was a bonding experience and everyone at the bible study loved it. There were about 30 people we had a mini performance for so that was sweet!.

Tried taking cookies to a member. Got lost. Ended up in a giant field. Walked for 30 minutes. Found our way and delivered the cookies. We then sprinted desperately trying to find a bus that would come and take us home on time or else we were stranded way out an hour away. I really will never do that in my life when I am no longer a missionary haha. So great!

We attended a Catholic mass on an invite. It was cool to see the faith of the people there and how they worship. We had some very solid conversations with people about faith and stuff and made some new friends. It is fantastic to see faith, regardless of the level or depth. It is mostly the fact that they have the courage to have that faith that is so neat because most people are afraid to show it, especially here i feel. Great stuff!

A crazy Vietnamese guy basically disrupted the entire sacrament meeting on Sunday haha. When i say crazy... this dude was legit psychologically sick. Elder Lee had talked with him on Friday when we were contacting and he had seemed totally normal. He also started out way normal in the beginning of the meeting. I talked breifly with him and he was all there. But he got up in the middle of Elder Erickson's talk and started chanting and doing wierd/creepy karate poses, So Elder Lee and I had to escort him out. After that we tried for 20 minutes to get him to leave the steps of the building but he was freaking out. A way nice man in the ward from Sri Lanka took him on a walk and that was the last we saw of him. Despite how odd and disruptive he was, I feel way bad for him. But it was an eventful session of church. 

We also got invited to attend a way hip nondenominational Christian church for young adults. There was around 100 18-30 year olds all there and it was so cool! We met a ton of way great people and turns out that 3 of our potential investigators went there haha. I mean, i would too if i wasn't LDS. They really got that place down! They have a very family feel mindset and a Christian rock band and a super hipster place to meet haha. Great experience!

Inspirational thought:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people that have come alive.” –Howard Thurman

Missionary work (should) make missionaries come alive.  What makes you come alive?

Have a great week! 

Ældste  j

The Jam sesh

A portal to the parallel 

The other parts of the tripanionship Elder Lee and Elder Erickson

Solo contacting...self portrait

A "cute" danish house for your pintrests haha

The crew. Elder Erickson, Rasmus, Lasse, Oliver, Me, And Elder Lee

No description for guess...another zone newsletter :) 

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