This past week was pretty awesome. It consisted of touring to the three biggest cities in Denmark and giving live concerts and being kinda famous and stuff.✌ (gotta love vague truths right? ;) ) The week of the music group finally came so much singing was done and many cool things happened because of it. I think it is actually cooler what we did, than touring in a rock band anyhow because how many rock bands make people feel the love of Christ? None! (that i know of i guess... at least not Styx Or Boston or the Steve Miller Band)
Here are some cool highlights:
We got to do a bunch of caroling on the Gå Gades in Svendborg, Odense, and Århus which was a blast because we made so many people stop and smile:) It was great to see even the people who had no time to stop crack a smile as they were walking past. It is amazing what music can do and furthermore how well it speaks to our souls. We did a lot of fun stuff like surrounding random people and then singing to them like it was a private concert and then we had Book of Mormons wrapped up to give as Christmas gifts to them. The coolest one we had by far was a nice girl in her 20s who was on her bike who stopped to listen. One of the sisters in our group went and gave her a Book of Mormon and began to chat so we all decided to sing to just her. As we sang, she became overwhelmed by the powerful Christmas spirit and began to cry. Come to find out after the fact that she is also a singer and loves music:) She also was about to move to Africa for 4 months so i can imagine that it must have been a lot of uncertainty and excitement and stress at that point in her life but it was neat to see the power of music in action.
In all three concerts we were really fortunate be blessed with energy and enthusiasm to sing very well. We were all pretty tired from having to wake up and rehearse and do this, go there, knock on some doors here, figure out food for 20 people and so on. I think most of the week i was a bit more on the everything-is-funny type of tired so that made it even more fun for me haha. It is pretty tiring to work with that large a group at the speed and focus we did so it was very fulfilling to finish a concert and think... "hey, it worked" They were all three very excellent concerts which really bespeaks the preparation that went into them. We even got standing O's at all of them which was way neat because i feel like in american we throw standing ovations out like candy but i could see as the audiences applauded that we had really touched some people. It was definitely a very different style of missionary than im used to but it was neat to be a part of.
Whats New? Well i have a new companion named Elder Baadsgaard from Spanish Fork Utah. His family actually originates from Skive area so he is way stoke to go and knock on the doors of every Baadsgaard here in Skive because it is not a common name and there are not many with it in the area. He set up the entire music group from the ground up so needless to say he is a music wizard! His piano skills are absolutely crazy good... i feel like a third grader playing mary had a little lamb next to him haha. He is a great guy though and an excellent missionary and we are going to do some WORK!
J* is still way way way way excited to be baptized next week and the area is in great condition work wise. We actually had an eating appointment with a lady who used to house missionaries 5 years back and she was way cool. Then we got invited right after that to come to the church and pick up some left over food from the ward Christmas party. Well, the people who were there to give it to us decided instead that it be a grand idea to just feed it to us at 8:45 at night... So we got wrecked haha. I haven't been that full in a very very long time and i don't plan on doing it again. Thats life though as a missionary :D
This poem is my all time favorite Christmas poem that President O'Bryant shared last Christmas and really touched me. Its called the "Christmas Guest":
Sister Jones is a wizard at the fiddle and Elder Hager is a wizard with a guitar, and i play the tin whistle... this is what happened
We all sang bass for the music group so we had a last hurrah together
|Sister Quinton, Me, Elder Hager, Sister Peterson, Elder Nielsen, Elder Shuppy, Elder Brown, Sister Jones at the Svendborg Station|
|Pics from the Christmas District :)|
|Elder Shuppy, Nielsen, and I in an elevator #swag|
|The entire group in Svendborg|
|Elder Dibble, Me, Elder Brown, and Elder Hager on a train|
|The last concert in Arhus...the band's gotta split now.|