Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Århus Dynasty

Well transfers came around looks like I get to stay in Århus another round with Elder Lee!. That is the first time I haven't transfered or gotten a new companion since Elder Jensen (my son/trainee) so I'm pretty stoked. Everything is going super well here and we are stoked to help it become even better. The Århus scene has Elder Lee and I, and Elder Erickson (a past comp) and someone he is training so it is going to be stacked:) We are all so excited to go hard haha our apartment always has high levels of stoke.


C* got pretty sick so we weren't able to meet with her this week. But we still have contact and hopefully she will be able to meet on Wednesday.

The way cool lady named B* (the one from splits with Elder Tompkins) set up an appointment with us and we had a pretty basic lesson on a lot of truths of the restored gospel. She didn't quite understand some things and felt bad for us... which is a sign she didn't understand the previous 30 minutes of the lesson haha. It was actually kinda confusing... But it ended well when we committed her to do something about it and take action on the promise in Mormons Bog (I'll translate: Book of Mormon) haha. But it was a good lesson overall because we had a cool young man from the ward named Oliver come with us and he was great to have along so it was an overall edifying experience (that lesson and some other things is why we are taking p-day today.)

We met a way cool dude named Dennis a couple weeks ago and stopped by him the other day. He let us in and we had a low key lesson where we all just kinda connected. it was great! Like all other humans, he has problems/concerns/questions and hey... we do too:) He asked near the end if we new the band Angels and Airwaves, which happens to be Elder Lee's favorite band and i am decently familiar with them as well. They aren't known in Denmark at all so that made Dennis's day and he gave us cokes and we ended up teaching the best parts of the lesson with that in the background. I've stopped questioning how the Lord helps us find the key to others hearts and so we just went with it and he asked if we could come back again. So fistpumps all around! Then we sprinted to catch a bus:)

Other Stuff:

We scheduled an appointment to meet with a guy we met a while ago. It turned into a big joke haha. He didn't show up for 15 minutes so I called him and he asked if he could bring Surströmming and two friends.

Here is the definition of Surströmming:
Surströmming (pronounced [ˈsʉ̟ːˌʂʈrœmːɪŋ]Swedish for "sour herring") is fermented Baltic Sea herring that has been a staple of traditional northern Swedish cuisine since at least the 16th century.
Just enough salt is used to prevent the raw fish from rotting (chemical decomposition). A fermentation process of at least six months gives the lightly-salted fish its characteristic strong smell and somewhat acidic taste.
When opened, the contents release a strong and sometimes overwhelming odour; the dish is ordinarily eaten outdoors. According to a Japanese study, a newly opened can of surströmming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world, even more so than similarly fermented fish dishes such as the Korean Hongeohoe or Japanese Kusaya.[1]

It is also illegal to open indoors... so we promptly shut the appointment down. So yea... fun afternoon.

I got to go on Splits with Elder McDougall on Thursday and we had a great day of knocking in the summer monsoon haha. I love the Danes because even if they don't want to necessarily hear about the message, they still feel bad for anyone out in the rain. We recieved a glass of water, a full twix bar each, and a tour of a sword collection that day. The kicker was that the last door we knocked was a cool 17 year old who let us and and we taught him the restoration in 15 minutes and then had a return appointment at the end. (it is always the last door haha:) )

Spiritual thought:
The Lord truly blesses those who are diligent in doing his work. (Not just missionaries so hear hear.) Elder Lee and I wrote out all the people with high potential on a white board during weekly planning and at the end of the list I stopped and felt a huge amount of satisfaction for the work we have done the last transfer. Our goal as a companionship was to work as it says in Doctrine and Covenants 31:
Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.  You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned. Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live. 
My thoughts were that the Lord truly has laden sheaves upon our backs, meaning he has blessed us with a ton of people to teach and help come closer to Jesus Christ and it was incredible to reflect upon. How it applies to you? Well the best way as disciples of Jesus Christ is to bear testimony:) It comes in many forms and a huge one is the examples we set. So i encourage you to keep setting those examples to everyone around you... BUT i have have recently seen bearing testimony make a huge impact and we have been challenging members to do so with their friends, relatives both active and nonactive, etc etc. so i want to extend the same to all who read this (thats what you get for being my friend haha)
. Consider the testimony you have been given by Heavenly Father and think of someone to share it with.  I can promise there will be someone that will come to mind that needs it:)  
"The Lord entrusts a testimony of the truth to those who will share it with others" Dieter F Uchtdorf
Jamen ha' det godt,-- 
Ældste  j

Elder Lee and I posing for the Northern Kingdom Newsletter

Family Picture:
Elder Stephens, Elder Erickson, Elder Lee, Elder Jeppson, Elder Magleby, Elder Johnson, Sister Baggaley, Sister Acosta

The origial aros stone (that is the face of Odin)

A view from the top of the museum (oh yeah... we also went to that museum again)

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