Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Week 68 - "Light the World"

This last p day we went to the Frederiksberg Zoo. They had this cute exhibit where you could climb in and be the animals! So the 'Mormon missionaries' were the main attraction in Copenhagen that day. ;) Actually we went on a rainy cold day so there were not many people there!

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 :)


Soster Jones

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 67 - Thanksgiving week

Monday we had a great  P day. We went to the top of the courthouse  in Copenhagen and saw the best view of Copenhagen I have EVER seen! I could see other areas I have served in, and all the way to Sweden!

I also finally went and saw the Little Mermaid in person. Apparently someone has beheaded that statue twice.

We shopped  around in the Christmas markets on Strøget, and then Miranda (the awesome member from Utah that played pro v ball) took us out for Thai food! We got to watch the “Face To Face” that night also. It was great! 
Thursday for Thanksgiving, we had district meeting and kebabs! Then a lesson with a Muslim guy who just argued with everything we tried to teach him, then tried to convince us he was right and would not stop talking. ... -__-
Friday we had leadership training, and then a member in the Ward organized a Thanksgiving dinner for Americans in the Ward. It was yummy! 
Saturday, we went to North Sjælands district meeting to present the 'Christmas Initiative' to them, (Light the World video) and how we are going to use it in missionary work. Then they had planned a Thanksgiving feast, so we also got to take part in that :) We made sweet potato casserole, and that might be my new favorite thanksgiving dish!

Saturday we also brought Frank to a baptism, and had a lesson with him where we talked about the baptismal interview questions. He has made SO much progress. He will be baptized before I leave Denmark :)
We talked about what tea he should not drink and he was confused, so Sunday he shows up to church with a giant bag full of tea and helped him sort it out. Then he said, 'what should I do, just throw it away?' .....We responded, 'uhhh yeah sure!' So he did with a smile! It was so cute! I have truly seen his countenance change as he has learned more about, and starting exercising faith in God. 
Also, some of the Elders cut down a Christmas tree and we figured out how to put it in our house. Now we have a real tree for Christmas!!

Love, Soster Jones

Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 66 - God guides our path

Another new Group of missionaries came in, and I got to take 2 sisters (Peel and Tanner) out contacting for their first time. They were full of SO much energy and were not afraid to go up to people and invite them to learn! You can learn a thing or two of faith from the greenies. 
They majority of our time this week was working with some recent converts who have been struggling to come to church. There is one lady we visit pretty often who is going through some really difficult things, but has a strong faith. We teach her hymns to help bring the spirit, and it is always a sweet experience.
Saying goodbye to Soster McDonald.
We had invited 6 of the recently baptized to come to church and only 1 came. That was a little disappointing. Sunday morning we decided to show up to one of their houses to help out with her kids, and make sure she came. We got to the station and the trains were not working that morning and then it started pouring rain. We debated whether or not we should bike to her house and get soaked and be potentially late to church.... Of course we decided that miracles never happen when we think of ourselves so we started biking! We got to her house, sweating, and dripping, and tried to encourage her to come, and even offered to help get her kids ready. Sadly, she was too tired, and would not agree to come. I am not going to lie, that might have been one of the most disappointing moments on my mission. It is SO hard to see someone who you love and see so much potential in, not make the right decision. So we biked to church, and showed up wet, and sad. BUT, the Lord provided, and we had an investigator show up who we had considered dropping if he didn’t show some more interest. We pray that people will progress and become converted to Jesus Christ, but if they don’t, we will continue in faith. 
On a lighter note, on Monday we found a random stack of old pictures in the dumpster by our house. They looked interesting, like they had a story behind them, so we grabbed then. After going through them and seeing the most random pictures, we came up with hilarious missionary life captions for all the pictures, and then gave them to Æ Smith for his birthday! We all laughed SO much. ANYTHING is funny when you are on a mission. We took a of video of me going thru the pictures so you can see :)
Some other Random Things...
Old ladies on the street give us the 'PITY PAT'. Kind of like, “ oh sweetie, that is great you believe in God, whatever makes you happy”, then she pats you on the shoulder and walks away. That is when we REALLY have to exercise charity.

Also, people have the dumbest excuses. We asked this young man if we could come back and he hesitated and said, “we are moving in the morning...”
(his house was totally put together... -__-)
Also, the latest trend going around the mission is when you are talking to someone on the phone, saying 'Hey guess what happened!' and then hanging up really fast.  We’ve had it done so many times to us. Pretty much you just want to hang up before the other person does. I was thinking about how God guides the work, and here is a story that came to mind...

There was a man I contacted probably back in June, and we stopped by his house a few times, and then met his girlfriend, and taught them twice. The man was not interested and a typical Dane atheist, but his girlfriend believed a little. They are both going through a difficult time right now. The man’s name kept coming to mind, but I never stopped by because for some reason I felt really nervous. Finally after a few awkward attempts, we finally had an appointment with them and taught the plan of salvation. Eventually we stopped meeting with them because they admitted they were not really interested and did not want to read the Book of Mormon.   A little while later, the girlfriend contacted us and said she would like to try coming to church! This is a true miracle to me. I know that the Lord guided me to this man a while back, and even though it took time and some digging, God knew that they needed the gospel. Now whether  she accepts or not is probably a few years down the road, but God knew they needed help and guidance and it was by Divine Design they came into our path.

I have had a few more experiences like that, and it is a testimony to me that God really does guide our paths. Also I have learned, if you feel nervous about stopping by to talk to someone, it is probably the spirit nagging you to go do it!! They are waiting for the gospel!

Love, Soster Jones

Friday, November 17, 2017

Week 65 - The Perfect Day

This week we went up to Hillirød for splits and I got to be with Søster MacDonald my (missionary) mom! It was so much fun to contact with her and reminisce about the good old days over a year ago when she trained me. We had a really successful day and saw a little miracle! We contacted this girl on the street and she told us she had a Book of Mormon already that the sisters gave her a while back. We started talking to her about what she believed in and then she wanted to talk more, and offered to buy us a drink!
So we went to a cute little cafe, and she bought us both hot cocoa and we answered all her questions. She really was a searching soul and you could tell she had been prepared to meet us! We ended up pretty much explaining all three lessons (the restoration, plan of salvation and gospel of Jesus Christ) in the 30 min we had. We committed her to go home and pray to God, and start reading in the Book of Mormon. It was so cool! You can just clearly tell the people who are humble and prepared, as opposed to the rest of Denmark that thinks they don’t need God.

We also went contacting around the Fredericksborg Castle. It is definitely one of the prettiest things I have seen in Denmark.
In this mission we have something called the 'Perfect Day'. It consists of 3 sit down lessons, one of them being a member present, 1 new investigator, and 2 new potentials, receiving a referral and a total of 6 hours finding/ teaching.  I have tried numerous times to make this happen, but of course someone cancels or something doesn’t work out. But this Thursday we got it! When you get the Perfect Day you and your companions’ picture goes up in the mission office :)

Friday night our friend Ryan invited us over to eat. He made a traditional Danish Christmas dinner with flæskesteg, duck, potatoes red cabbage and brown gravy and weirdly enough, potatoes chips on the side!

We got transfer calls again this weekend. I have been here for 3 transfers (18 weeks) and so I expected to leave. But I will stay until after Christmas! This was a HUGE surprise! Even though I feel like I already know Copenhagen like the back of my hand, I guess there is more I need to do here. It is actually kind of a relief, because I feel like we have a lot of really great people we are working with that I cannot leave just yet.

Soster Jones

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Week 64 - Happy Halloween

Another jam packed week.
Monday- We carved pumpkins at the Stake Center in Søborg. We named our pumpkin Lenny. (Our first child was Lanham because we both trained her, and the second is Lenny this pumpkin ;). Then we practiced a song to sing in Stake Conference.

Tuesday we had Sisters over on splits. We taught a few lessons, including a crazy guy. He didn’t really let us teach him, and then started attacking me (with words of course) in our lesson and trying to prove me wrong. It was just a really awkward situation because we had a member there, and the questions he was asking were not even valid so I couldn’t really answer? It was just a weird lesson....
Trick or Treat...It's the missionaries!
That night was Halloween and we saw a few kids trick or treating so we decided to knock a few doors. One old lady answered and thought we were trick or treaters and then was really disappointed when she saw we were the Mormon missionaries, ha ha!  She still gave us candy though :) In Denmark they don’t really give out packaged candy as much as in the US. This lady just had a plate of individual little gummies and chocolates and we just picked one to eat.

Wednesday was packed. We had an AWESOME lesson with our friend from Sweden. The spirit was there, and I swear it was like something straight off the District. Then, we invited her to be baptized and the concern came up about if her previous baptism when she was a teenager was good enough. So we talked about authority and invited her to start reading the Book of Mormon to get an answer if our church had the authority. It was honestly very sad in the end. Our message requires humility, repentance and a change in lifestyle. It is a big commitment to switch religions when you have already established your life in another way. Change scares people away. What is sad is some people just do not realize that a small change now towards God is WORTH IT. To be completely cleansed from sin through Christ and live with our family in happiness is what God wants to give us. But WE have to choose it, it doesn’t just come.
 Wednesday, Søster Holbrook’s grandparents also took us out to a buffet for lunch :) Then we had a lesson with Frank and Jan. Frank is making progress and will be baptized. He REALLY has had a change of Heart. He actually sent us a text last night saying how happy he is.
Frank said that once he listened to us, and started praying to God, he found a light in his life and everything seemed to get better. He says that meeting with us is good, and that he likes coming to the Church and feels like it is what God wants him to do. It is the sweetest thing to watch the gospel change his life!

Thursday Elder Gary B. Sabin came to visit our mission. (He is the one who talked about standing up on the inside 2 conferences ago).  He held a special Zone conference and answered all our questions.
He requested to meet with the Zone Leaders and STL's right before the meeting started. So we got to go into a separate room with him and meet him. He told us, as leaders of the mission we would be able to receive inspiration to help our missionaries and to pay attention for that as we listened.
Friday Elder Sabin and his wife also held a special Missionary Leadership Conference at Presidents Home. We then talked about the Conference and concluded what we learned. He also gave us great advice for when we get home, and told us the 6 P's. I won't spoil it for you all, because he said that might turn into a conference talk here in the future ;)

Thursday I also got to See Tara Andersen. She was baptized while I was in Søborg but has since moved. Søster Macdonald and I visited her after the Conference and caught up :)
Friday night we took a train to ROSKILDE! For splits :) It was exciting and weird to be back.
While in Roskilde I got to teach Tage who is progressing toward baptism! (he was a man Sister Baird and I contacted on a bench by the library way back in April) and now he just got out of rehab and is working past his addiction! It was a sweet surprise to see the progress he has made.
We came to Roskilde on the right weekend, because it happened to be their 'Culture night' so we took our dinner hour to eat street food and see all the cool things that were open, including underground church ruins!
Saturday night we went to go support our new Swedish friend. She was singing in a concert in the Swedish Church in Copenhagen. The whole thing was in Swedish, and I probably understood like 10 or 15 Words. It was a cool experience!
The work is really going well and I can see the Lords hand in everything we do. We contacted this sweet family in Roskilde and asked if they believed in God. The 2 parents said no, but the little 8 yr. old girl shook her head excitedly and said yes! We ended up giving the little girl a Book of Mormon and explained a little bit about living prophets to the parents. The Lord is in the details, and will make sure the gospel is spread to those who will listen!
Elder Foulger is the one elder that is in our going home group. He is SO FUNNY. He also always makes trunky jokes about us being on the plane home. He will say things like.... “hey, could you pass the peanuts?” to joke that we are on the plane.
We found a Delta plane blanket in our apartment, and so we HAD to wrap it up and give it to him. We added some peanuts, a Coke, a deck of cards, an eye mask and a fake plane ticket too :) He LOVED the gift and thought it was SO funny.
The best advice I got this week was from Lars and Cecilia Paulsen. They said  “If you marinade yourself in Christ, you will become like Christ”- So marinade, or surround yourself with what you want to 'taste like' and that is what you will become!

Love, Soster Jones

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Week 63 - Tivoli

This Monday we went to Tivoli for Pday! It was decorated for Halloween and so cute!

They have Virtual Reality experience, and they had us put goggles on for a roller coaster and it made it like we were in China flying on a dragon instead! It was pretty cool. They also had a cool haunted house, but it did not compare to how scary Things can get in the U.S....

Roskilde Sisters came with us, so they stayed over and had Splits the next day.
We have a new investigator who is from Sweden, and is completely normal.  She has a family and a nice house and 2 baby kitties.... she is like the dream person to teach. We just knocked on her door and she was willing to listen to what we had to say. The Lord does have people ready!
We went around and taught at the District meetings again this week. It was focused on how to TEACH while you find and talk to people. I like going to other district meetings, because even though we present the same lesson, it is always fun to hear the other missionary’s comments. I definitely get more trained by them, than they do me!
Things are going ok with our other investigators. We are getting to the point with them where we have to decide if they really are progressing and have a desire to change, or if they just like us coming over to chat.... So we will see!
We have had a ton of members reach out to us and say what a great job we did on the Radio. We also got Word that there will be an article in the Liahona about us! (The Danish insert though....). Happy Day!

The past few weeks have been BEAUTIFUL Autumn with changing leaves and crisp air... but now winter has hit! I will have to break out the winter jacket and hats. Plus is gets dark around 530ish. Also, the Wind here is crazy. The past two days have been insane. I don’t know how fast it is, but I know I have fallen off my bike because of a huge gust of wind. Here comes another Danish Winter!
Love, Soster Jones