Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Week 52 - One year out!

Well, I officially have just 6 months left here in Denmark. Although I miss you all at home, I want to stay here forever! I Love Denmark, serving, sharing the gospel and missionary life!
Last P day we went into Copenhagen and went to this cool “street food” place! Lots of cool looking food from all around the World in a little warehouse across the Canal in Copenhagen. Søster Jex and I split some Moroccan food that looked good. We also got some ice cream and went to the top of Vore Frelsers Kirke. You could see all of Copenhagen, and see to Sweden.
We needed to buy some candy in bulk, so we went to a bazaar this week! I am not sure if they have those in America but they are just like foreign shops with lots of imported foods and things. Tyler would really like it! It probably has some of his crazy Indonesian food. Those stores are fun but are always in sketchy parts of town, so we have to be careful.
Thursday we had district meeting, and it was our district leaders’ birthday. We had originally wanted to go out for district dinner and go to an Asian buffet, but that didn’t work out. So, instead we made an Asian buffet for him and surprised him when he came to district meeting! Søster Jex and I made homemade egg rolls and it all turned out really good!
Back at Zone conference we watched a video of some BYU students WHO went out to different cities around the world and asked people to read pages of the Book of Mormon and share their thoughts. It was a way cool video, and on Saturday here in Copenhagen we recreated it!
We set up two tables on different parts of the big main shopping area downtown and tried it out! We just went around asking people if they would read a page form the Book of Mormon and highlight what they liked and then share their thoughts. We had a decent amount of people participate and gave out some Books of Mormon and got a bunch of people WHO wanted to know more! It was really fun. 

Also a miracle. It was scheduled to rain the exact time we planned to do it... so we all prayed SO much that the Lord would hold the rain back! And of course, when we started we had a little bit of sunshine, and not a single drop the whole 2 hours we were out! Then, right as we packed up, it started raining. I know he held the rain back just for us :)

Sunday was also a good day, because I got to see 'Elder Canny' at church!!! (He is from Norway and served his mission in our Ward). There was a girl from Norway and a guy from Denmark that got married this weekend so he was in town for a wedding. Our mutual friend Gismo made sure he came to our ward that day so I could say hi :) It was such a surprise when he walked in because I knew he looked very familiar, but it took a few minutes for it to click! He spoke some Norwegian to me, and I understood it too! It is similar to Danish. That was fun!
Sunday we also decorated president’s office because it is his birthday on Monday. We made a banner with favorite memories from a whole bunch of us missionaries, and put lots of flags and balloons all around.

Missionary work in our area is good. We are planning a baptism for Besweri this Saturday. We have lots and lots of appointments with people and honestly are a little overwhelmed! There is just not enough time in the day to do everything. I feel so blessed that the Lord has given us so many people to teach in our area. We had gotten a lot of new investigators that have burned us and not showed up, but we also have a few that are really progressing, so everything works out.

I am so excited to finish strong these last 6 months! I am pretty insufficient, but I have definitely learned that as long as I try my best, the Lord will help me with the rest.

Søster Jones

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 51 - Crazy busy week!

Holy cow. Yesterday I officially only have 6 months left because my release date as of now is Feb 6!!!
I can NOT believe I have only 6 months left. This mission thing has gone by sooooo fast. And everyone says the last 6 months go by the fastest. I believe it too. This transfer has blown by. It’s already week 5! We have so much going on every day. Like this last week was complete chaos!

Monday, we went into Copenhagen and were on splits with Sister Wilkerson while we waited for her new comp to come. (Some of the pictures from last week) 

Tuesday we took a train to Slagelse in the morning and did their district meeting. It was fun! Sister Jex and I taught about how we need to use the Book of Mormon more as we are teaching and finding. We started off with a role play.... We had a random person come up and we started telling them about the 'Flødeflakker', and how great it is and how much it has changed our lives. (And we were holding a box of Nyquil so they were a bit confused). We tried telling them how great it was, then asked if we could come to their house and tell them more... and they all said no. ha-ha, THEN we opened up the box and let them try it! Well, inside the box was a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie! (Don’t worry; we were not passing out Nyquil to all the missionaries.) So, once they tasted it, and experienced it, then they were more likely to want more!
Kind of cheesy, but it helped us get our point across :) We need to let people EXPERIANCE the Book of Mormon, and feel the spirit as they read it. Then we talked more about how 'The Book of Mormon along with the spirit is the most powerful tool in conversion'. -PMG.
Then we, of course, brought cookies for everyone :) And rode the train home, and the Holbæk Sisters came home with us for splits. WE had splits with them Tuesday to Wednesday and that was great! We got a few investigators and had the opportunity to invite a lot of people to hear about Christ, even though a lot said "no".

Thursday we went into Copenhagen to get Søster Lanham because her companion was in the 'My Plan meeting' (A one day meeting for the missionaries who are going home the following transfer).
It was fun to bring her back to my new area and do work with her again! We knocked some doors, and some lady let us is! We taught her about the Restoration. Then we went back to Copenhagen and picked up another Sister who didn’t have a companion and just contacted around the church for a while.
THEN, both of these sisters got their normal companions back, we did some stuff in the office, and then had to go to our district meeting! Right before our district meeting a giant monsoon came rolling through! Luckily we were in a pizza place getting some dinner, but the Elders were biking to meet us and then showed up COMPLETLY SOAKED!  By the time district meeting started, half of us were soaking wet, and the other half were just absolutely exhausted because it has been such a crazy day with so many different missionary meetings and splits and things happening.

Friday morning we went to Søborg and did another district meeting in Maglegårds alle. Then we ate lunch at the same kebab place I used to eat at after district meeting when I was in training in Søborg :) fun to go back! THEN, we had to bike really fast to the temple, because one of Sister Jex's new converts, Mathias was coming to do baptisms for the first time! So we all got to be with him. It was a really special experience. He said he really felt the spirits of the people he was doing work for 'hos' him (hos is like with, but a lot more personal).
After the temple we went on splits with the Roskilde sisters, because they also came to be with Mathias.
I was with Sister Wilkerson (Sister Baird trained when I left Roskilde :) and by the end of the long day, we decided we needed a chocolate triangle. It weighed probably a few pounds... and was filled with vanilla crème and marzipan. Also, it was huge. And we ate the whole thing.

Saturday- STILL on splits. Probably the coolest thing that happened that day was meeting this random lady on the street. We start talking and we are showing her the Book of Mormon and then all of a sudden we see her take off her glasses and she is wiping away tears. She starts explaining how she is going through some crazy things in her life, and was looking for a faith to help her and she found what she was looking for! She said she was so happy to meet us and we made her day!
But yet she would not take a Book of Mormon or a card or give us her number or anything? I was very confused. She said she didn’t dare take something. She seemed absolutely normal, but things were not adding up so I wonder if there might have been some anxiety or something we didn’t know about. It was sad.  We have no way to teach her or help her progress, but I believe the Lord definitely sent us to talk to her because it made a very big impact on her!
Sunday was also a CRAZY day. No splits, but ALL of the people we invited to come to church all decided to come on the same day! (Ha-ha no one came last week). So, we had 4 investigators all in church 3 of which it was their very first time. This was crazy because,

1. Sister Jex and I always need to stay together, but when the lobby is downstairs and the chapel is upstairs...
2. There were a TON of visitors because of a cruise ship so there was Literally NO seats left. There was probably like 200 people.

3. All of investigators were showing up and different times and one got lost so we had to get up awkwardly after the sacrament, leave our other investigators, and go outside and try to find him! Then we come back and there were no seats, so Sister Jex ends up going and sitting on the stand!
4. Also, tourists coming and taking up all the testimony time to share stories about their Danish ancestors who had multiple wives..... ha-ha

5. I was stressing because it was so loud and I wanted them to feel the spirit!
6. One of our investigators told me he was really nervous and then he spilled the sacrament water on his lap!!

We always want a perfect church experience for our investigators but it never seems to happen. But, they all said they really enjoyed it and want to come back :)
The work is crazy, but the Lord provides a way. Probably the busiest craziest week of my mission! But it ended great because our investigator Besweri passed his baptismal interview Sunday after church and will be baptized soon!

Missionary work can be exhausting
Have a great week!   Søster Jones

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Week 50 - Double Splits

This week was Crazy!!
Monday was pioneer day. That night we celebrated by making butter and pie. The pie.... well it didn’t turn out like a pie. But we made butter and got to celebrate our Danish ancestors :)
Tuesday we had a lesson with a new investigator Jens. He is an Old Danish man, and he was very accepting of our message! We came back 2 days later for another lesson and he now has a baptismal date! Yay!

That night we traveled to Amager (the little island right off of Copenhagen) for splits. We had a great next day working hard in their area!

Søster Funk is new to the land, so she had not yet tasted Kebab. So, we had to get her 'Kebaptized'.  So we had kebabs that night for dinner!
Kebab. ..not Danish at ALL. It's mostly immigrants who open these shops. It's pita bread with a bunch of lamb meat and some lettuce and fresh veggies and if you're lucky and then crème fraiche sauce, which is like a sour cream ranch stuff. It is typical European street food. Tastes super good, but not healthy at all! Ha-ha

 I was with Søster Dietch and we learned a lot together. The people over here were a lot more closed minded (and maybe a tad bit rude) than in my own area. So, we got a lot of rejection, but that meant we learned a lot! The last guy we talked to was a young man from Germany. We talked for 45 min on the street. We taught him about the restoration and plan of salvation and answered a bunch of his questions and literally testified our hearts out that we knew it was true. He was nice, but did not accept an invitation to learn more. Although we were sad, we walked away feeling like we fulfilled our purpose. Agency is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be frustrating. But as long as I am inviting people to come unto Christ, then I am fulfilling my purpose.

Thursday we had a really good district meeting. My notes looked a little like this:

·         Humility - desire - willingness/ repentance - baptism - Holy Ghost- Endure to the end (faith hope charity).

Really, you cannot start this whole process until you become humble. So, if you are looking to come closer to Christ, humility is a good place to start!  Also, way cool. The definition of endure to the end?  Look at 2 Nephi 32 and the last verse. Endure to the end means to have faith hope and charity! I guess it makes sense. Continue throughout your life with faith in Christ, and a hope that all will work out with a love of Christ in your heart and to all others!

The Gospel is really so simple the more you learn about it!

Thursday night to Friday we also had splits with the Søsters in Søborg! It was fun to talk to them because I served in that area, so I get to hear about the ward, and who they are teaching and stuff. Søster Landeen and I Celebrated our long finding day with a good old' classic Danish pastry. YUM!
Don't you wish you could take a bite of this?
Saturday we had a few lessons and spent the day planning and calling the new people we have met.

Sunday we had a great day at church! We expected 4 of our new friends to come, but sadly no one ended up coming.

Today for p day there was a mini transfer, so a few missionaries got moved around.  We got to have Søster Wilkerson with us while she waited for her new companion to come.

We went into Copenhagen, saw the Christus statue, went into a way cool old pretty church, and ate some Danish Smørrbrød! (One is fish on rye bread, the other is pork with red cabbage and pickles, both super traditional Danish food!)

Then we met up with some other missionaries at the beach and got ice cream, but it was so fun I forgot to take pics ;)

Really good week! Splits are super fun, but I have no time to write in my journal ha-ha.
Søster Jones

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 49 - Happiness is the gospel of Jesus Christ

Last week was super fun! We went into Copenhagen and met up with some other missionaries! We did the Nyhavn boat tour again. Except this time it was not cold or dark so it was a little better :) Then we got ice cream!

Tuesday we had Zone Conference. Søster Jex, Quinton, Barney and I last minute got asked to sing a song while Æ Weese played piano! So, we threw together a quick hymn. Søster Jex and I also were in charge of doing training. We got to teach the Zone for like 15 min on how to have good study habits and committing yourself to act! It was fun to get to 'train'. Zone conference also included the classic giant cookies from Sister O’Byrant and Domino’s pizza for lunch!
Wednesday we had interviews with president at the office, and we went to lunch with the Amager Sisters at a cute cafe close by. Yummy bagels and juice!

That night we had some miracle finding! We prayed about a street, and when we got there realized it had already been knocked. Then we saw some apartments at the end of the street that had not already been knocked so we went over there. We ended up finding 3 1/2 really positive investigators! Except the half... he took a Book of Mormon and we made a return appointment but we think he was kind of drunk.... so he didn’t really count. Ha-ha ohhhh Denmark.
The Lyngby Sisters came that night for splits. The next morning we made French toast with bananas and raspberries and then went to work!
Søster Quinton and I had 2 really good lessons with 2 of our investigators and did the normal missionary things like knock on doors! I love going on splits because you get to see how other sister do the same work. You get new ideas, because sometimes you just get caught in ruts and say the same things over and over again.
Friday it rained all day, and rained HARD. We had gone out that morning to stop by and see some people and nobody was home. We did not know if we should go back for lunch, or stay out. We both felt for some reason we should stay... so we wandered around the area we were in for a while, tried talking to some people, and then all the sudden we ran into an old investigator who we had lost contact with! I guess that is why we felt prompted to stay!  We biked home (it only took 5 min) but because it was raining so hard we were DRENCHED! It was like an Arizona monsoon! Except no wind or thunder. That night after knocking we got on our bikes to go home, and realized Søster Jex had a flat tire. So we walked home, and it took an extra hour.

Funny enough, we were kind of cold, walking in the rain with a flat tire, hungry because it was dinner time, and everyone was rejecting our message, but yet we both were just genuinely SO HAPPY! We had every reason in the worlds eyes so be mad at that point, but we just walked home in the rain laughing and with smiles on our faces! It’s funny how much real joy the gospel brings you. You really don't need much in this life. Just love God, realize how blessed you are because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement, and serve others. I guess that is the key!
We had made a transfer goal to have an investigator in church every Sunday. Saturday night we were a little bummed because as of Saturday night none of our investigators could come. Sunday morning we woke up to a miracle text! A nice young Muslim man that we had knocked into on Saturday said he would like to come to church with us! And he ended up coming! It was his first time in a Christian church, and I think he really enjoyed it. Really interesting because you don’t normally find Muslims that are willing!
It was a really good week. The harder I work, the happier I feel. I know for a 100% fact that the Lord is real, and in charge of this work! He is guiding us to people that are willing to listen to the message. As we reach out to Him and pray for guidance, he really does make the work go forward!

Søster Jones

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 48 - Transfered to Rodover & Missionary Leadership Conf.

We had a super-fast busy week! It is funny that every transfer is so different. Last transfer we had so many lessons and things to do I felt like we never had time to find people to teach. Here, the first 2 days I felt like all we did was have time to talk to people! But that is good. It is finding where you grow the most as a missionary! We also have a whole bunch of positive investigators here, and 2 (now three!) with baptismal dates. There are a TON of immigrants here, and so we work more with them that Danish people. Right now our most positive person is a guy named Besweri from Uganda.

I am in the Frederiksberg Ward. It is huge! I feel like it is bigger than our home ward! Maybe I don’t really remember the Wickenburg Ward that much. There are lots of families, kids, old people, young adults and we get visitors too! We met some nice people from Colorado :) I think it will be a lot harder to get to know people in this ward. Everyone seems pretty busy with their own lives and not too concerned about the missionary work. They usually have new missionaries come up and bear their testimony (they did in my last 3 wards....) but not here!

My new district is the 'Copenhagen' district. It is us, the office Elders, the Zone Leaders in Tåstrup, and the Amager sisters (they go to the Amager branch). This is a really small district, but I am excited because I will get to know each person! My last district was 14 missionaries.

The most exciting part of this week was MLC! Missionary Leadership Conference. We went to President’s house Thursday night, and had pizza and ice cream for dinner. President gave us a short spiritual thought, and then we got to hang out that night! The Elders played some basketball, and Søster Whitlock and I were in charge of taking pictures for the mission blog. After some time we decided we needed to show the Elders up, so we jumped in and played. It was super fun! Here are some pictures from the blog.

Friday morning I got up early with Søs Jex and Whitlock and we went running in the forest behind the mission house. It was really pretty! Then we had baked french toast for breakfast and a few minutes for personal study. Then the training began! We talked about how the mission is doing with numbers, and let me just say, we are doing AWESOME! Ever since Elder Neil Anderson came and talked to us, it must have sparked a fire in us, because we have been finding so many new investigators and so many more people are committing to baptism. Iceland alone has 10 people on date! (Which is a HUGE deal!)  
We also got to hear a sneak peek about what Zone Conference the next week was going to be about, and got to plan what we wanted to be taught for district meetings and a few other things. It was great!

We had a super yummy total American lunch before we left. Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, the whole deal! Søs O’Byrant is the almost the best cook.... Just below MOM :)
It was a really fun two days, and super inspiring!
Saturday we made a last minute decision to go to Frederacia! Søster Jex found and taught a guy named Mathias who was getting baptized. So, we took a train and showed up unexpectedly and he was super happy. It was fun to go back to Fredericia because that is where we had district meeting when I was in Esbjerg. It is also probably the most beautiful place in Denmark! There is a fjord connecting to the ocean, a giant bridge and it is so green and beautiful!

The stoplights are soldiers. I hear they are little "Hans Christian Andersons"
I was also happy to meet Mathias. He is young, a Dane, and maybe 23. He started studying the Bible and one day the Sisters knocked on his door, and a few months later he got baptized! He really was prepared by the Lord, and I really could see a sparkle in his eye. When he bore his testimony I felt the spirit so strong! It is so beautiful to see how happy the Gospel can make people. It fills a hole in your life that you never knew was there. It is something that a lot of people don’t know they are missing, until they find it!

Oh and mini miracle. I lost my Unge Kort when I lost my wallet and those are required when you have a 'young person' ticket on the train. We though you could print out one at the ticket boxes but we were wrong. So I bought my Unge ticket anyway because I have an Unge Kort, but just not with me. So we PRAYED so hard that they ticket guy would be merciful. A whole bunch of random things happened and we ended up switching spots on the train because there were so many people we couldn’t find a seat, and the ticket guy did not ask to check our tickets (which is weird because he checked the 2 guys next to us!) Hallelujah! Or else I probably would have gotten a ticket.  The Lord watches out for his missionaries ;)  

Søs Jones