After district meeting we spent some time wrapping over 150 Books of Mormon in Danish and in English to give out on Strøget (shopping street in Copenhagen) the next day. We had a LOT of success and ended up handing them all out! Either people are more receptive to Christ around Christmas time, or people see wrapped presents and want one. Ha-ha.
We have already had someone leave a message on our phone saying he got a book and wants to talk! We also had a few people come out to our table and tell us to “take down our crap” and tell us how bad Mormons are -_-. It is ok if people don’t believe in what we do, or don’t support us, but what hurts is when they go out of their way to try and tear us down :(
We also put a 'Light the World' poster on our front door so people WHO walk past can see it. We had a lady that lived there come the next day and told us to take it down, because it 'made the place look ugly¨' BUT she didn’t have a problem with the bright colored jelly stickers that said Merry Christmas with Santa.... (Those were a lot uglier than our nice poster with Jesus -_-)
But that’s ok, Jesus was an outcast for following the will of his faith and he suffered it.
"And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men." 1 Nephi 19:9
Sometimes that is kind of how I feel here. There are people here that are just plain rude to us. People that judge the church for false things they have seen on the internet. People who don’t even give God a chance, all because of the society they grew up in. It really makes me sad! But, I remember that Christ was long suffering, and charitable, and so I can be too.
Friday night we also had an appointment with someone who called us back from the pass along card! THAT IS THE SECOND TIME THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME IN THIS AREA! Pretty much a miracle. He is a sweet old man. He has faith in God because he has read the Bible. He just doesn’t know what to do with that faith. He gave us some herbal tea. It was licorice and I drank it and liked it! But I still won’t eat normal licorice. He also shared with us lots of goodies and chocolates! We taught him the about the restoration and he agreed with it all and was excited to read in the Book of Mormon! It was a very positive lesson :)
Saturday we had the Ward Christmas party. We ate Æbleskivers (little pancake balls) dipped in jam and powdered sugar. Then we made cute little paper star decorations to decorate the Christmas tree. We also helped out with some games, then Santa came in and took everyone by the hand in a chain and we danced all around the room and around the Christmas tree while singing. Then we had Flæskesteg sandwiches, and for dessert risalamande!
The biggest miracle though, was our investigator Dan. Dan is a Jehovah Witness that has doubted if their interpretation of the Bible is right. He also has PTSD and some phobias, so he hasn’t been to his church in over a year. We have been meeting with him pretty frequently and he has been reading in the Book of Mormon and LOVES it, and says everything he reads is true so far. He came to our church for the first time this week. Everything just worked out so perfectly. We had a member pick him and sit by him, and then drive him home after the first meeting. He felt very welcome and said 'it would not be the last time he came’: D We sat right behind him and the member, and during the sacrament hymn and one of the testimonies I saw him wiping his tears. He was moved by the spirit! It was the happiest thing ever!!
Multiple members in the Ward have told us about this famous layer cake place in Copenhagen, so went and tried it. Konditori La Glace is the oldest and probably best confectionary in Denmark. Founded in the middle of old Copenhagen on the 8th of October 1870, it has been in business through six generations! Konditori is the German word for a pâtisserie or confectionery shop.
They had lagkage displayed in the window, and we each bought a slice. We had to wait in a big line outside the store, and it was a little pricy but well worth it all. It tasted so good, and the whole store itself was just so old and Hyggeligt! (Danish word for a feeling of cozy or contentment)
Even though the days become darker and colder, the miracles we see through our missionary work make everything sweeter :)