Hope your minds have recovered from the mind bombs dropped at General Conference 2017. Isn't it a blessing to hear from inspired men and women twice a year? (if you're shaking your head no, I would recommend you watch again heh heh)
I think this week we drove into a wormhole because i have no idea how another week slipped by. I think God turned on incognito mode because i feel like last week only lasted 3 days worth of time haha. This is all i remember:
We visited our boy J* and he is doing well. We learned that we are the only people that really care to visit him which is sad because he knows more than most people ive met out here i feel like and you could learn just soooo much from him! He said that he really loves our company and i think his heart is really open to us because during the time we were there with him last he had 4 home help people come and he went as viking rage mode as a man in a wheelchair can on them... I saw why the person who referred him said he was pessimistic but then again he has a lot more reason than most to not be too happy about his life so i dont blame him. We got to the point where we were going to jump into a lesson but that was when the home help showed up and that put him in a less than pleasant mood, though it wasn't aimed at us. Anyhow, we got closer to meeting the child of God in him and definitely saw parts of it. It is so neat to see how the Lord slowly softens and changes our hearts, even when we dont realized it. By letting us come back and talk with J*, he is letting the light of Christ into his life and it is a privilege to be one of the ones to help him come closer to God. It another testimony that we are in the place we are meant to be because im fairly certain that the Thurman Jeppson combo was one of the only combos to open him up and im glad the Lord is mindful of us and others and guides our paths accordingly.
We still have a bunch of new investigators in the air right now but we have some appointments for this week which im pretty excited for because with all the meetings and conferences last week we didn't have very much time free to just go hard. This week is promising though:)
We watched general conference at a members house and then they had a surprise Easter egg hunt for us because they had promised Elder Thurman one like a year ago when he last served in this ward. So i still haven't missed out on an Easter egg hunt:)
The next day we gathered at the church building in Copenhagen that was showing General Conference with most of the missionaries in the Copenhagen area. It was way sweet because like 3 of my previous comps were there and a ton of people from past districts and stuff. Im at the point where ive gotten to know everyone just about throughout my mission because our mission isnt crazy big but i really enjoy that aspect of a smaller mission. Just a bunch of aces running around Denmark preaching the gospel :)
Here is some wisdom passed through one of my previous comps who felt like sharing something his father shared with him. Its one of those perspectives to look through to give you more insight how truth is in everything and everywhere. It drove home for me even more the words of Alma when he said "All things denote there is a God; yea even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Alma 30:44)
So here is the lesson:
So many people need to realize that there is a lot THEY can do to find happiness in their lives. The brain is an amazing organ. It is the organ that learns and is designed to be changed by your experiences. Day after day, your mind is building your brain. (This is called neuroplasticity)This is from the book "Hardwiring Happiness": "If you want to feel less stressed, anxious, frustrated, irritable, depressed, disappointed, lonely, guilty, hurt, or inadequate, have more inner strengths will help you. Inner strengths are fundamental to a happy, productive, and loving life."
Inner strengths are positive emotions but are really the fundamentals of the gospel: faith, hope, charity, honesty, gratitude, patience, etc. Gordon B. Hinkley says: 1) Be grateful. 2) be smart 3) Be clean 4) Be true 5) Be humble. 6) Be prayerful... I could wish for you nothing better than that your lives be fruitful, that your service be dedicated and freely given, that you contribute to the knowledge and the well-being of the world in which you live, and that you do it humbly and faithfully before your God. He loves you"
I'd invite you to find somethings in life that are currently burdening you and think about what will give you inner strength. Jesus Christ is there to help you bear the load you are currently carrying and is capable of providing that strength if you let him. For he said in Matthew 11 "Come unto me, all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke easy, and my burden is light."
Think about it:)
Shoutout to Scott for the Spiritual thought!
|The Roskilde DomKirke|
|Last Weeks pics: Elder Beck and I on splits|
|Service on a Farm|
|General Conference, watching the Saturday Morning on Saturday night at 6. Sister Acosta, Sister Jones, Elder Thurman|
|Me and Elder Thurman|
|After the temple, it was raining so we took a pic in the stairwell|
|The My Plan meeting with my group featuring Sisters Hansen and Bevan who are going home with us. Just about the best bunch of 6 to ever come through Denmark :)|